Family, Fasting, Health/Sickness, Mental Illness, Mother/Daughter, Prayer, Testimony Series

My Testimony: Standing in the Gap

Happy New Year EmpowerMoments family! We have surely missed you! As we kick off the new year, we are beginning with a series entitled “Testimonies & Lessons”. We believe Revelation 12:11 when it says that we overcome by the word of our testimonies. We pray that our testimony and lessons from last year will EMPOWER you to triumph this year! May God bless you and make 2014 the greatest year of your life thus far!

As I was listening to the conversation on the other end of the phone, I could barely take in what the social worker was telling me. She wasn’t walking. She wasn’t talking and needed assistance using the restroom. Many times, she would not make it. A few days later, the news came that she was in the hospital undergoing a battery of tests but the doctors were coming up with nothing. What happened to cause such a rapid decline in my mother’s health? The doctors chalked it up to severe depression. Nearly a thousand miles away, I felt hopeless and helpless. I prayed about it but it seemed as if things weren’t changing.

Although I wanted to get home, I didn’t have the finances for an emergency trip. I wanted someone I could trust to tell me that my mom was going to be okay. Thank God for the angels He placed in my life in the form of friends. One of my friends went to visit my mom in the hospital and gave me a good report. Before I knew it a few of my close friends pooled together the resources to make the trip home possible. My mom was released from the hospital because they couldn’t find a diagnosis but she reverted to being mute and didn’t have activity in any of her limbs. The thought of seeing my mom like that was heartbreaking. I wanted to do something.

Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.  So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. (Matthew 17: 15-16, 21 KJV) I knew exactly what I needed to do. My mother needed someone to stand in the gap for her.

I studied Esther. When Haman sought to destroy the Jews, Esther’s uncle Mordecai told her that she had to do something to save her people or that she might perish along with them. Her answer was for her and all of the Jews to fast and pray. She too had to stand in the gap. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.  (Esther 4:14-16 KJV)

Like Esther, I needed God to change the situation around. I fasted for three days and nights without eating or drinking. I continued my daily routine of going to work but came home and prayed feverishly for God to heal my mother of whatever was ailing her. I found myself laying in the middle of the floor crying out to God on her behalf. I flew home later that week not knowing what to expect.

At first, my mom would only say one or two words and was confined to a wheel chair. By the second day, not only was she walking but she also got out of the wheelchair using only a walker as her guide. By the time the week was over, mom was back to her normal self. She had pushed the walker to the side and was walking completely on her own, taking herself to the restroom and functioning, as she should. I know that it was God who answered my prayers. Since that episode last spring, she has not depended on a wheelchair or a walker. Without God’s grace, this story could have ended completely different. I am thankful that He gave me the willpower to stand in the gap for her.

Dear Daddy,

Your word is true and fails us not. Thank You for healing my mother and providing me with the will to intercede on her behalf. Lord, I am grateful for the friends that You have blessed me with that don’t mind praying and giving out of the abundance of their hearts. Lord, I ask for a special blessing over their lives. With You nothing is impossible. I am forever grateful for Your love and the miracles that You perform. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to stand in the gap for someone else. Are you believing in God for someone’s deliverance or healing? To get something different, you may have to do something different.  Remember, there are some things that come only by prayer AND fasting.  Consult the Lord and do His will. Remember, you don’t have to do anything in your own strength, for His grace is sufficient and powerful enough to help you stand in the gap. 

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Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.

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The Long-Eyed Lesson!

Beautiful, gracious and kind! While those words do describe me well, today I am using them to portray my favorite heroine in the Bible. I have loved the story of Esther since I was a little girl. When the King was in search of a new wife, the word proclaims, She pleased him and won his favor. Immediately he provided her with her beauty treatments and special food.  (Esther 2:9 NIV) She was a bad chick!…and I wanted to be JUST like her.  To understand why I wanted to be like her let me tell you a little bit of her story as Queen.

Then Haman said to King Xerxes, “There is a certain people dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom who keep themselves separate. Their customs are different from those of all other people, and they do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them.  “Keep the money,” the king said to Haman, “and do with the people as you please.” Dispatches were sent by couriers to all the king’s provinces with the order to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews—young and old, women and children—on a single day….(Esther 3: 8,11, 13 NIV)

What the King didn’t know is that his own wife, Queen Esther, was a Jew. She hid her ethnicity from him when she was in the running to become the Queen. After finding out about the King’s orders her cousin Mordecai, who raised her, sent her a message to go to the King and plead for her peoples’ lives but at first she was reluctant.

When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:12-14 NIV)

Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai:“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” Esther 4:15-16 NIV

Well, guess what? Esther did not perish and neither did her people. The story goes on to tell that her people were saved and celebrated and instead the mastermind behind the plot, Haman, was hung on gallows that he originally built for Mordecai.

There are many biblical themes that can be extracted from this text regarding faith, fear, sacrifice, God elevating you to use you and others; however, I am now realizing a more personal theme for myself. My grandmother called it long-eyed or your eyes being bigger than your stomach, meaning you wanted something someone else had even if you didn’t know what it was or had no particular use for it.

Every night, I would go to bed and pray that God would make me like Esther “a savior for my people, use me for such as time as this, Lord use me.” I wanted to be the one to pull my family out of the rut that I felt we were in and I was interested in self-sacrificing causes that uplifted humanity. While those may sound like noble requests, I now realize that I didn’t KNOW what I was praying for. As a child, I saw the glamorous part of Esther in that she was selected out of hundreds by the King to be his bride. She had the opportunity to change the fate of all of her people. People favored her. In the end she succeeded.

Recently my fascination with the story of Esther came to my memory and I realized that my life has taken a similar course and I thought, “Did I become a matriarch in my 20’s because I asked for it when I was 8?”  I often find myself asking God, “WHY does everyone call me and depend on me (family and friends included)?” I get frustrated because it seems as though everyone is relying on me and there is so much pressure to make decisions that quite honestly I’d rather not. I’ve reached a point of acceptance and pray for wisdom and guidance because maybe I too have been called for such a time as this. If this is how God chooses to use me, let me be excited about it. The lesson in this is to KNOW what you are petitioning God for. Are you requesting the “desires” of your heart out of envy or because it “looks good”? That man, new car, job, new house, or friendship may look excellent on someone else but you don’t know what they had to go through to get it or to keep it.  Everything simply isn’t for everybody! When you petition the true Savior, check your motives and your readiness!

Dear Daddy, 

Thank You for being a God that answers prayers! Remind us to pray righteous prayers so that when we get what we ask for, we aren’t upset when we don’t get the outcome that we thought we would have. Give us the wisdom to see ALL of the attributes of what we may consider a “blessing” before we make our request known to You. Let us not be long-eyed! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to continue to seek God about YOUR future and purpose and not the one that belongs to someone else. If you find yourself in a situation where you are The One, walk in it boldly without fear and ask God to grant you the discernment, wisdom, and capacity that comes with the territory.

Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is a small business co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. One of her favorite scriptures is Hebrews 11:6: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.