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Guest Post: Praying for an Enduring Friendship

This post is shared with us by our friend Sarah. I can speak for both of us how blessed we are to call Sarah our friend. The testimony she shares truly points to our God who hears our prayers and blesses His children with sweet friendships.

Sarah shares…

Before high school, I attended “regular school”. That means I was always in contact with lots of people with close ages. But there, I would never find a true friend. Their thoughts were not pure, they were not Christ followers, and their friendship was not enduring. So as the Bible says:

“…In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6)

I prayed for months. I prayed for years.

My brother never attended “regular” school because he was homeschooled. So one day I thought of homeschooling too. I started to search on the internet for homeschooling things that could help me and then I opened an image with the title “homeschool jokes”.

I rarely do this, but this time I clicked the link beside the image and entered a blog called “Blog of Joy.” This click changed my life… FOREVER…

I read some of the posts and watched a funny video by Blimey Cow called “You might be a homeschooler if…”. But I still had my doubts. I wasn’t sure yet…Should I get out of school and start homeschooling?

I was tired of what I had to hear every day: bad words, nonsense, ideologies. I was tired of having to get out of the classroom when they would watch movies a Christian shouldn’t watch, and all of these things were leading me into depression.

One day I had a dream.

I dreamed I was in a bus that was taking people to high school. Then the bus stopped, and my classmates started to get off. A girl asked me: “Aren’t you going to get off the bus too?”  I answered her I wouldn’t, because I needed to take care of a sick girl.

I woke up the next morning with that dream still fresh in my head, but…

“WHO WAS THAT SICK GIRL I NEEDED TO TAKE CARE OF?”

I told my mom the dream I had had, and she just smiled and asked me: “Is there any sick girl  needing to be taken cared of?”

It was me.

I was sick. My soul was sick. And I would not go to school because I needed to take care of my heart.

After this, I started homeschooling. I created my blog called agulhanopalheirosarah.wordpress.com, and I searched for Joy’s blog again. I made a comment on one of her posts. She answered me, and we started to get in  touch by email, and chatting by Skype. We became friends. We became close friends. We became true and close friends.

Some time later, Joy talked to me about Peyton. And Peyton and I started talking on Skype too. We also became true and close friends.

This is the story of an enduring friendship.

I have not had yet the opportunity of giving Joy and Peyton a BIG HUG, but I love them with all of my heart. They are very special! They are a blessing, a gift from God, and an answer to a prayer. A prayer of years, a prayer from my heart.

~ About Sarah ~

Sarah Fernandes Wawginiaks is a  highschool homeschooler who worships the all-mighty God, loves her family, and despite the myths about socializing, has great friends. She loves reading good books, like the ones written by Janette Oke.

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Testimony Tuesdays: I Surrender All

Photo courtesy of Jay Williams

Recently, I have been struggling with trusting Yahweh with my future.

It had been a subtle underlying thing that I had, for the most part, ignored. Most of it seemed so innocent. Maybe a thought here, or a dream there. None of that is wrong, but I had continually dwelt on that thought or that dream. I had “chewed” on it too long. I had chewed on it so long that it was nasty, but I didn’t want to spit it out. I wanted to keep those thoughts and those dreams.

It was the battle for the flesh. My flesh was winning–every time–and I wanted to stop it.

I tried everything that I could think of to stop it. I verbally talked to myself saying, “Peyton! What do you think you are doing? You must stop this!” I also put my hands into fists and beat the air. Nothing seemed to be working! I was frustrated and wanted answers. Why could I not STOP? I was angry inside, and sometimes that anger was displayed toward my family members. That frustrated me even more.

Finally one morning, I sat down to read my Bible and my hand moved to my journal.

I knew it was time to get things straight with Yahweh. I began to write:

“Sometimes it is hard to trust God and what He has in store for me. I don’t know what the next year holds and where He’ll lead me, but I need to trust Him with all my heart.  It seems the struggle gets harder at times, and at other times I don’t have a struggle at all.”

Then I wrote the words I’d resisted:

“Yahweh, I surrender my future to you. Pry it out of my hands and keep it from my reach. Help me to live for today!….Let each moment be for Your glory. Satisfy my heart with Your presence. Strengthen my faith….Yahweh, I want to lay it all down again. I have taken some things back and tried to do them my own way. Please forgive me…..May today be a day that I start a new journey. I am nineteen years old and I start anew and afresh. I desire You, Yahweh, and none other. Make Your path clear for me in Your timing. Help me to trust Your timing.”

From that morning on, I have surrendered all.

Surrender never happens once and then it is over with. We have to daily surrender to Yahweh. May each of us grow closer to the Creator and surrender our lives to Him. We cannot surrender alone and we cannot stop things on our own. We need Yahweh to get us through.

Photo courtesy of Sharon W

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Testimony Tuesdays: Prayer Changes Attitude

Photo courtesy of Jay Williams

My family has always been a “together family.” If Mom goes grocery shopping, we all go along. It is just the way we have always done things.

About three years ago, we added another member to my family’s everyday life.

Not a child, as you would think, but my grandmother. I remember thinking about how much fun it would be to have my grandmother living with us. She could make delicious meals for us, go with us on family outings, and share her knowledge about life with us. A few weeks after she moved in, we realized that space was a major issue. All of us felt cramped.

As a family, we began to pray for guidance.

We felt as if Yahweh was calling us to move to a bigger house with my grandmother, but months passed, and it seemed impossible to find a house that would match our needs. Finally we found a house that was workable, but six months after moving in, we were getting cramped again. It was becoming frustrating. Grandmother didn’t seem to fit into our family any more. It brought tears to our eyes and frustration to our prayers. As much as we prayed, there was never a definite answer. We were divided over what we should do.

At several points on the journey, I got mad at God.

I didn’t understand why He had divided my family and why things like that had to happen. I stopped praying and started blaming. But slowly I began to pray again, and my attitude changed. The situation was the same, but my heart was being molded by the Almighty! He turned my life back to prayer, and in His timing, He answered our prayers.

Prayer brings us closer to God.

You may not have a situation like mine, but no matter how big or small the circumstances are, Yahweh is always there for you!

Photo courtesy of Jay Williams

Click for printable PDF:

Color–Perseverance Prayer
Grayscale–Perseverance Prayer

When was a time that prayer changed your attitude?

P.S. Revelation 12:11 shares that one of the ways to overcome is by the word of our testimony. Sharing our testimonies of answered prayer is a powerful reminder to us and to others of how our God is faithful. Do you have a prayer testimony you feel led to share in a blog post? Please contact us at: sistersonourknees@gmail.com

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Testimony Tuesdays: Friendships and Prayer

Photo courtesy of Jay Williams

Some of the dearest friendships in my life are connected with prayer.

When my family moved to Alabama nine years ago, I struggled deeply with loneliness. Two year later, on a summer afternoon, I surrendered my longing for friendship, declaring that Yahweh was the best friend I could ever have, and that I’d rather be lonely than have friends that would pull me away from Him. It was only a few weeks later that my family met another like-minded family in our community. Over the following year I was able to spend many hours playing board games with them, particularity with their oldest daughter, who later became my sister-in-law.

In 2014, I went on a camping trip with my brother’s family and their friends for the Feast of Tabernacles. By the end of the week, I connected with a girl who soon became a sister by heart. Later we discovered that leading up to this trip, my mom had been praying for me to find a new friend. The girl had been praying for a friend as well. It was the perfect timing and stage of our lives for us to meet and encourage each other.

After graduating from high school in 2015, I wanted to know what Yahweh desired for me to pursue. I felt there was something missing in my life. My mom and I prayed that I would have direction by the time I came back from our family trip to Israel that fall. Two days after I arrived home from Israel, I was contacted with the opportunity to babysit a 9-month-old baby girl. Fast forward a year and a half, and that precious little girl has blessed my life more than words can say.

Last spring I had the opportunity to volunteer for two weeks at a Christian kibbutz in Israel. I worked alongside a prayer warrior from Colorado. Our times of prayer together nurtured my passion for prayer and deepened our friendship. When I came back to the USA, she and I continued to pray over the phone. Those times inspired me to have prayer times with others, including weekly prayer times on the phone with Peyton, which led to launching this blog.

My heavenly Father has blessed me with each of these friendships as a result of prayer.

He’s the best at connecting friends.

Do you have a friendship testimony?

P.S. Revelation 12:11 shares that one of the ways to overcome is by the word of our testimony. Sharing our testimonies of answered prayer is a powerful reminder to us and to others of how our God is faithful. Do you have a prayer testimony you feel led to share in a blog post? Please contact us at: sistersonourknees@gmail.com

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