Can’t Ignore the Call

Tomorrow starts September, can you believe it?  I’m super excited and here are some things you should know:

1.  I want to pray for you

2.  I’m mostly genuine in that statement

3.  I’m currently eating ice cream for breakfast.

Ok, why am I telling people this?  To be honest, sometimes God puts an idea in my head and I completely resist it.  And He persists.  And I persist trying to ignore Him (as bad as that sounds…) but yet He persists.  The truth for #1 here is that I really do want to pray for you.  If you read my last post, then you know that I’ve been dealing with chronic headaches and since I let people in on that I’ve had a lot of amazing people praying for me and that’s always awesome.

So if you’d allow it, I’d like to do that for you.  I’m going to be praying every day diligently in time I’ve set aside for the whole month of September for whoever needs it!  I only need as many details as you want to give me, I’m not looking for gossip or dirt, I just honestly want to give back to people in a way that they’ve given to me.

I’ve written on prayer before.  I know some people think that if there’s a need and God knows it then He should just fix it and we shouldn’t even have to pray.  But I want to remind you that God works in prayer.  I cannot and will never deny that, even if I don’t completely understand it.  He is faithful to us as we are faithful to coming to Him in prayer.  

That’s how it works, you don’t have to like it or approve of His methods. He doesn’t need your approval.  

Just sayin.  Felt like I should highlight this.

But even Jesus prayed, like a lot.  So I know it’s something that’s important for us to do as well.  I believe that praying for others makes us better followers.  It makes us more sensitive to the needs of others and how we can help.  Communing with God in this way is always very special, so yes there is a selfish element to it I suppose, but my true heart’s desire is to lift others before the Lord.  I’m not trying to make myself look good or like a “better Christian” than anyone else, that’s just silly.  I read in Acts 10 just this morning how God doesn’t have favorites.  And I’m not trying to make myself look good to others, I don’t really care anymore what people think, so there’s that.  But I have a pretty neat tool here on social media, so I’d like to use it.

As for #2, I wrote in my journal the other day about how I felt God leading me to do this but how I, well, didn’t want to.  I know how crazy that sounds because umm if God’s calling you to pray for people then just do it, right?  No big deal!  The problem is that He has lead me to do this twice before and each time something catastrophic has happened in regards to my health.  Maybe a coincidence but maybe not.  The first time I did this I was diagnosed with cancer and the next time I did it I was pushed to stage 4.  This is a mental block that I want to get past especially since God was so faithful – to me and to those being prayed for.  So yes, my heart’s cry is to pray for people right now.  But there’s also a little hesitation there that I believe God wants me to bowl over.  

I’m called to be obedient, not cautious, so I want very much to do this.  

And why in the world am I telling you about my horrible breakfast habits? 

 
There is good reason, I promise.  In this endeavor I’ll be giving up sugar for the month.  Totally and completely (hopefully).  This is kind of a long story and will be really, really difficult for me, but I will be fasting from all refined sugar and sweeteners in general as I pray for you.  So, since it’s August 31st, ice cream for breakfast it is!

So anyway, this probably didn’t need to be this long, but it felt good to get that off my chest.  Walking in God’s will is exciting and challenging and I am ready to pray for people!  Anyone!  Feel free to leave a comment here, or on facebook, or if you know me text or call me, or private message me, or email me at morelikecantcer@gmail.com.  There’s like tons of ways to get a hold of me, just don’t send a carrier pigeon, that’s super rude because I hate birds.

I want to thank everyone who took the time to respond after my last post.  It’s really difficult sometimes to let people in on things like that but your love and support and prayers have not gone unnoticed.  So thank you!  And I’d love to do the same for you…hit me up if you want some prayer!  If you don’t see this before Sept 1st, get at me after, I’d still love to pray for you.

I also read in Romans this morning:

Don’t just pretend to love others.  Really love them.  Hate what is wrong.  Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.  Never be lazy but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.  Rejoice in our confident hope.  Be patient in trouble and keep on praying.  When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them.” 

~Romans 12:9-13 

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23 thoughts on “Can’t Ignore the Call

  1. I would be grateful if you would pray for me…recently I’ve felt distant from God, and I know he’s still there so it’s on me! I’ve removed myself and am not sure why. Thank you

  2. Kim I’ll take your prayers! I know when prayers come from the heart of another who is suffering they are powerful. As I shared last comment I’ve been fighting migraines for 19 years & they’ve just been getting worse & worse. I recently made the choice to go on a candida diet which is really restrictive in hopes of resolving other health problems. Over the years my health problems have just piled on top of each other. I am struggling emotionally to hold on the HOPE & JOY, which are the things God has told me to focus on recently. I will focus more prayer on you also! Thank you so much for being REAL & sharing your heart & caring for others! πŸ™‚

  3. Yes Kim, I would like you to pray for me and my family, Three days ago God assured me we would have peace in the end. I know that comes through Faith, faith comes through prayer, my prayers and from the hearts of people like you and all those who truly believe in God and Jesus Christ. I keep you in our prayers always as you fight your fight. Stay strong dear lady of faith and know YOU have also helped so many through your faith. Giving up sugar can be so hard.

  4. Bless your heart! I carry a key chain (without keys!) in my purse that simply says “Prayer changes things.” And it does! You continue to be in my prayers even though we have never “met”. I would ask for a couple from you….since you offered! For God’s continued healing and blessings on my husband who is 3 1/2 years removed from Whipple surgery and still in chemo treatment for pancreatic cancer. Praises and thanks to God for being faithful throughout the past years to us. Prayers for me to overcome anxiety and doubt and stand firm in faith. As for your sugar fast…our oncology nurse told us last week she and her fiance have started a sugar fast and all she could think about was ice cream! So prayers for your strength in that as well. πŸ™‚ Thank you Kim for being such a great witness and servant for God.

    1. I’m honored to pray for you guys Joyce! This will certainly be a test for me but I’m hoping when I’m really preoccupied with wanting sugar That I will be able to fix my eyes on God and pray for the needs presented before me. I think I will be praying a lot!! Lol

  5. I haven’t left comments for awhile, but that didn’t mean that I don’t think of you often and pray for you. I feel like you have enough going, but since you asked, could you please pray for my grandson, Izzy Newswanger? I don’t know if you are aware of his situation, so I will spare you the long story. To make it short, he was dead (SIDS) for about 1/2 hour when he was 5 months old. Obviously, he has many, many problems. The big problem right now, is he just cannot get over a cold (He has almost no immune system) He spent 4 days in the hosp, and the doctors have tried so many things. He has to be on oxygen now Please pray that he can get over this, get off oxygen, that his lungs and airway heals, and he can get back to school. Thank you so much and we will continue to pray for you.

    1. Oh my word Linda I do know who your grandson is! I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting him but have heard his story and attended a fundraiser a few years back. I’m so sorry that he is not feeling well right now and I am so glad to pray for him! ❀ from what I hear he is a tough tough guy and just so sweet!

  6. We’d certainly appreciate your prayers. My husband John lost his battle to melanoma on 6/24. My little ones (5 and 2) and I are still in the process of developing a new normal and we all miss him so much. When John was still alive, we had made the joint decision to homeschool our 5 year old. Well, I’m moving forward with that decision and today was day one of our homeschooling adventure. Prayers for that would be appreciated too. Thank you so much!

    1. Jen I’m so sorry. I can’t even read this without tearing up. I’m just speechless. So if this isn’t very eloquent please forgive me but know that I will be praying for you and your sweet babies and for this crazy homeschooling experience! Oddly enough, my husband and I just decided to homeschool as long as I’m around and I’ve started with our 4 year old with pre-school. I’m pretty sure we’ve chatted before, right? Through email? If not feel free to email me at morelikecantcer@gmail.com and we can sort of do this together in a way. Hang in there ❀

  7. I’d appreciate your prayers Kim! It’s. It not as spiritual as others but God wants us to bring everything to Him. Could you please pray for God to help me control my sweet tooth? I’ve been gaining weight like crazy and it’s getting very depressing.
    Thanks Kim!

      1. lol good for you! Baby steps!!I guess I could start now for “no sugar September”! πŸ™‚ Bettr late than never!!

  8. Hi, Kim!
    I am stage IV leiomyosarcoma. I’ve been through 3 surgeries (1 in May for recurrence) and chemo. A major cancer center sarcoma board recommends chemo again for 2 tiny spots which have apparently grown millimeters. My local gyn. onc. was guarded about me going ahead with chemo right now. Please pray that if I’ve made the wrong choice, God will make it very clear to me. I know the whole thing is in his hands, and He has the number of my days, but I want to feel His guidance. Thanks, dear Sister in Christ! I appreciate your sacrifice of prayer and fasting.

    1. Hi Ruthann wow I’m really sorry for what you’re going through and I’m honored to pray for you! Will be praying for clear guidance from the Lord, like beyond clear, and that you will do great. Hang in there!

  9. Hello Kim,
    I would ask that you would pray for me to be willing to surrender sugar and white flour. GOD BLESS YOU, nancy

  10. Dear Kim,

    Thank you for following the Lord’s whisper to pray for everyone in the month of September.!

    I have Stage 4 colon cancer and have had this since 9/2013 and have now been on chemo for 2 years which is a very long time especially since its cummulative. From reading your wonderful blogs I know that you have been on it for a long time too.

    The cancer is in my lymph nodes, both loliver and in my rectal area which grew there a year ago. My 50th birthday is
    tomorrow a all thanks to the Lord that I am still here by his grace. Please pray that the Lord heals me by a miracle and if not for me to have a peace. Please also pray for my son Joseph who is 29 and do dear to me that he come back to the Lord. Thank you so much!! I will be praying for you too!
    Rebecca
    Will you

  11. Kim–After you posted this I got a sample of a new magazine in the mail called “Mornings with Jesus.” The letter from the publisher I thought was particularly timely (as God often is with His messages) and I thought I’d share it with you. “How do you start your day? Mine begins with prayer. I talk to God about all kinds of things, all the stuff that’s running through my mind. First and foremost I have people I pray for and because I can forget their names or what they asked for, I have a Post-it note with their needs scribbled down. (I do this too!) I’ll turn to my Bible for a phrase or a Psalm, but always at some point I say the Lord’s Prayer, the prayer Jesus taught his disciples. Have you ever noticed that it’s all in the first person plural? It’s not just “my” or “mine” but it’s phrased “our” and “us”. We say “Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” The prayer itself is addressed to “Our Father”. I think Jesus was telling us in this foundational prayer that when we pray we’re not alone. We’re praying with each other and for each other, me with my Post-it notes, you in your kitchen with a mug of coffee, millions of us all around the world in every conceivable situation. You can’t pray the Lord’s Prayer without being part of a multitude. So join us. Let’s start the morning right. Together, in prayer, as we meet Jesus working in our lives.”
    So thanks Kim for inspiring all of us to continue to pray for each other!! Blessings to you!

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