Tuesday, January 31, 2012

How Do You Stay Near to Him?

Hi Friends~

I want this to be a place that you can visit to be encouraged, or you may learn something from the Bible.  Perhaps you can make friends through the comment section.  I want you to have your prayer needs lifted up when Joan and I pray over them.

Yesterday, I received some news from Cathy Kraft.  Her dear mother has gone to be with Jesus.  She has been suffering in the hospital, and Cathy and her husband have had one of the most challenging years I have known of.  Her husband's Mother, Lillian passed away a few months ago.  She left updates in the comment section, and we prayed -- often.  Now, they face the passing of Cathy's mother, with-in a few months of her mother-in-law's passing.  I worry about the toll it has taken on Cathy and her family, and of course, I only share this with her permission.  I ask that you please pray for them. They must be so tired. They have had so much to endure lately. Please join us as we pray that they find comfort in the Lord, Jesus the Christ.  That they will seek Him when lonely and heartbroken.  For He is the real Physician. 

Just last night I was reading a book by my Pastor, in it it said that when we think of the Great Physician, we usually think of Him healing physical pain only, when He of course, can cure emotional pain, sadness or loneliness.  If anyone wants to send them a sympathy card, or a card to share something uplifting and beautiful, something full of His love, then please email me, and I have permission to share their mailing address, or you could send your card to me, and I will mail a large amount of cards at once.  Which ever you prefer.  I like the idea of many cards reaching them at once.  We will need to work quickly.  It doesn't need to be a "deep" sympathy card per se...often a Scripture that you love will be one that brings them joy and peace also.  Here is my email.  Please contact me if you need their address...or if you are going to send a card to me and I will mail them all off at once.  tracistarkweather@gmail.com


The day before last, Dave and I went to an art show that also had Gospel music, and I was singing along, enjoying the crowd of people, praising the Lord!  I woke up at 2:30am that morning, and I kept saying, "Thank You, God for ____."  And, I would fill in the blank.  It went on for two hours.  I felt so close to Him...as if I was sitting right there before Him, thanking Him for everything in my life.

I really don't know what to say...but I want to be honest here. I want this blog to serve Him. And, I want to be honest with you.  The last day and a half I feel completely disconnected from Him.  I don't know why.  And, I have been praying, confessing when needed, I watched a great movie, Seven Days in Utopia, reading His Word...and I don't feel connected.  So, today, I am coming to each of you.  I am asking if you ever feel this way, and what you do to be closer to Him.  I do have one thing going for me.  Make that two.  I know I am a Child of God, and I know that even though I don't feel near to Him...I know He is right here with me.  I would really appreciate hearing from any of you.  And, I am sure you will be helping someone else at the same time. 

I appreciate your being here today.  I'm sorry it's such an unmotivating topic.
I pray your comments are encouraging for each of us.  A winner of the He IS Able Card Sets of the Week will be announced on Wednesday!  Leave a comment by Tuesday 8pm to be eligible!

He IS Able!
Traci Starkweather


  1. praying for Cathy and her family. She really must feel over wrought. May God send his healing touch. Blessings

  2. Thank you for joining me in prayer for Cathy and her family. They have been through so much this year. It would have been unbearable if it weren't for the love of our Lord and Comforter, Jesus Christ! Amen!

    Thank you for all of the prayers you offer on behalf of all of our guests. You have such an amazing heart. I am honored to be your friend.

    He IS Able!
    Traci S.


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