I was in a neighborhood prayer group for almost seven years before moving to Louisiana. We met weekly (at 6:00 am!) to pray for the needs of each family represented. I joined the group when my husband and I were fighting a custody battle. It was a very difficult time—my stepson had lost his mom to cancer and his stepfather applied for custody. These ladies became my support group. I cried when I left them, sensing I could never replace their friendships. It seemed only natural to start a new prayer group after we moved.
Year after year of praying diligently for my stepfamily has resulted in some amazing healing. My stepson has changed from an angry adolescent who wanted to isolate himself from our family to a maturing young adult who loves and cares for each family member.
This year my birthday card from my stepson had this personal inscription: ““Happy birthday. Happy to call you a part of my life and supportive figure, with all your wisdom. I love you and thank you for everything you do. May your day be blessed.” (As the kids get older, I am getting smarter! *wink*)
Prayer is a powerful discipline that we often neglect.
“I have found that only God can give you the wisdom you need. And He will give it to you when you ask for it. But prayer is not telling God what to do. Prayer is partnering with God to see that His will is done.”
Prayer changes relationships.
If you are on Twitter, connect with me @GaylaGrace. I’d be happy to pray with you about your stepfamily needs.