Sunday, July 19, 2009

on my knees

This Friday is a big day.
... especially for Danielle
... but also, for me.

My 21 year old daughter, Danielle, leaves for a month long mission trip to Nepal this Friday. She is very excited, and a little nervous, to be finally leaving after months of preparing for this trip. She and eight others have bonded as a team and feel like they are ready - emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Me? Well, my level of readiness for having her leave isn't quite as high. I can't help but have a certain level of anxiety over her traveling half way around the world, to a country with political unrest and where there has been violence perpetrated towards Christians.

Danielle has said from day one that she felt God wanted her on this trip, and as I've watched her over the months, I believe this, too. And if God has called her and the rest of the team, then His plans for them and the trip will be carried out. He will be watching over them.

But that doesn't mean that I won't be on my knees each and every day. I know the power of prayer and this team and trip have been bathed in prayer. Our pastor had Danielle come forward this morning so he could say a special prayer for her and asked the congregation to be praying for her during the month. Tonight, there was a send-off for the team where family and friends were invited. The meeting ended in a powerful time of prayer. It has given me some peace to know how many people have been and will be praying for this small group who's only desire is to be the hands and heart of Christ.

If you are so inclined, can I ask you to say a prayer for Danielle, for her team, and for this trip. And you could add me to that prayer, too - just for the relief of anxiety that creeps up when I let my guard down and forget that God is in control.

Thank you so much. Your prayers are greatly appreciated.


Momma Roar said...

You can count on mine!!!!

Will be thinking of you all this week as she prepares to go and certainly while she is traveling and there!!!

Jamey said...

What a great opportunity for her. I will pray for both of you as she prepares to go and while she is there.

brspeer said...

I will defiantly be praying for Danielle and her team! How long will they be there?

jennifer said...

I prayed for her!

You must be so pleased that she has chosen to do something so important. I've prayed for her safety and I pray that God will use her in a mighty way.

thedomesticfringe said...

Your daughter is doing a great thing. You must be so proud of her. There's no better place to be than where God wants you. She'll definitely be in my prayers this month. Can't wait to find out how her trip went.

Danielle! said...

Thanks for writing this post about me. Even though Nepal is on my heart, mind and lips for the next month, I can still take time to pray for my mama ;) I love you!

Steve said...

You're a good momma.

To send a loved one into harms way for the Lord's work is to follow in the footsteps of select saints. She is not going into harms way by chance, but by providence. God sees something in her that he sees in few people.

MightyMom said...

will be remembering all of you.

Jen said...

What a wonderful opportunity for her and the people she will be helping in Nepal. Praying for her safe return and your sanity in the meantime. :)

kailani said...

No matter how old our kids get, we'll always worry about them. I'm in my 40's and my parents still worry about me! LOL!

Sending prayers your way.

Karen said...

Thank you for asking us to pray for Danielle! I would be honored to be a part of her mission in this small way. And I'll definitely send up some prayers for you, too:)