i'll trade you

Remember that post where I was floating on Cloud 9? No, not the Farting Post. This one.

Yeah. Well.

Things are really hard right now.

And no, I don’t want to talk about it. And no, I don’t need hugged, poor-babied, or back-patted.

I just need some people to pray for me. For me and Gabe. For me, Gabe, Livi, Ava, and Nina.

We’re okay. There’s no emergency, no crisis, just some tough stuff, and I need some strength. And/or some deliverance. And wisdom. And patience. Maybe (hopefully) it’s all just due to the fact that we’re on the verge of major breakthrough, so there’s pushback from the realm o’ evil. I don’t know.

In exchange for your prayers, I’d like to pray for you. If your request isn’t too personal, feel free to mention it in the comments. Otherwise, you can share with me privately here.

Thanks, friends. I don’t take your prayers for granted. xoxoxoxo

17 thoughts on “i'll trade you

  1. Sharon

    Praying! And so glad you are reaching out and asking for prayers.

    Would love prayer for peace of mind and complete healing from cancer. Had a hard meeting with my surgeon earlier this week that painted a very ugly picture of what my possible future could look like if I have another tumor down the road.

  2. Hannah

    Praying, my friend!

    For me – it’s work. Uninspiring, energy-zapping, frustrating work. I know I should be grateful for a job, and I am, but looking forward to bigger and more different opportunities.

    xx
    Han

  3. Amanda

    Marla, I’m lifting you up in prayer along with all the previous commenters. 🙂
    I’d love prayer for my husband and I as we seek the Lord for His will for us. We’ve been exhorted to fast and pray, so that we are doing. We are seeking His will for our marriage, potential family (been trying for a child for a couple years now), and service to Him, among many others. God is moving in us and it’s both exciting and scary. 🙂
    Thank you and many blessings to you and your family as He brings you through the present trials.

  4. Danielle

    Just prayed Isaiah 26:3-4 for you guys. Will keep you in my prayers this week. JJ’s off at summer camp with the kids so I get a lot of time to read and pray.

    Will you pray for me to trust God’s plan for us rather than worry about what people may think of God’s plan for us? I know, sounds ridiculous, but it’s where my heart is at, and I keep finding the little Pharisee in me asking “is that enough?” Like, we must be doing dozens of ministry things in the church when our hearts were made for the one we are in. And, our little house that is perfect for the two of us isn’t good enough because it isn’t impressive like all of our friends’ houses. And, I don’t love orphans enough if I support my friends’ adoptions but I’m not sure if we will ever try to adopt again. And, is a married couple enough of a family unit for other people to acknowledge it, or will we always be incomplete in someone’s opinion.

    So, yes, I’m struggling to set my heart on God, to trust in him, to rely on his firm foundation. This is also what I get to work through this week while my love is away!

  5. Shay

    Praying for you all Marla. Thank you for asking for prayer when you need it. Part of why I love to read your blog is because you are so very real. Praying that God gives you all peace and his perfect resolution to what you are struggling with.

    Please pray for the same for me and my family.

  6. Julie Sibert

    Praying for you Marla…. praying for you to have strength to do one breath at a time, because looking too far beyond can feel overwhelming. Praying for your family, you and Gabe, and whatever challenges or valleys have come your way. Praying that God meets you in the most tender of places and sheds hope, peace, and perseverance where it feels there is none.

  7. Joel McLaughlin

    You got it Marla….

    Right now I have a couple things God’s put on my heart.

    1. I have a friend…without going into a lot of details….she’s gay and “married” who just had a baby. Yeah a baby. A group we both belong to are getting some money together to purchase a present. Now I know what the Bible says in Leviticus but my thought is….this is a gift for the baby and not her so it’s not approving of the sin? Just so very conflicted with this. I don’t want to be like the WBC folks. I want to treat her with love but I also don’t want to do something that would approve of the sin. I’m praying for the baby and her.

    2. We’re having some finance issues. Nothing super big but I am circling it in prayer. If I could get these resolved it would make it so much easier for my family. Just wanting to know why God’s putting us through this trial.

    I’ll pray for you and the family Marla. Totally get where you are coming from.

  8. Addie

    Will definitely be praying for you and yours… 🙂

    Please pray for us as well… after an almost 14 week wait, we got our LSC for our China adoption yesterday, which means things can get rolling again…. so we need prayers for the last little bit of funding for the adoption, and for our daughter Willow…. and how Im struggling with the lack of support from especially our “christian/church” friends

    (and as a sidenote, Im almost done with your book so will be writing a review soon!)

  9. Sheri

    FAther I just bring Marla and her gang to you… only you created them and YOU know exactly what they need, so father send it…quickly Lord. We do thank you for the breakthrough that is on the verrge… we have seen this before.. we know the sensations of all of it… swirling around… not tormenting but just there… Father we thank you that you protect them.. You hold back the waves and flood from them.. YOU LORD, YOU in them, doing what you do best… bringing, giving, adding, protecting, opening eyes to see it as you do… We love you Lord, in this place for them… we love you Lord, In Jesus name.

  10. Laura Eckstein

    I will be praying for you! Say it, scream it, let God know what you want! I have been doing a study “Gripped by the Greatness of God” by James MacDonald….I have been working on relationships in my life that are exhausting….but so worth the tears and the pain. I see God in His greatness….more and more as I struggle to be gripped by all of HIM…not just what I am willing to see! Love you all!

  11. Donna

    Marla, I pray for your continued willingness to stand in the place where you are as you look to the place God is taking you. Your journey is an inspiration.
    I, too, need prayers for courage and patience as I am waiting and trying to find my mext step.
    Amen and amen.

  12. Risha

    We are closing on our house in a couple days and do not have a new home to move into. We will be living with family nearby. We haven’t found a home that meets our needs as a family of 6 and is at a price we can afford. Oh, and did I mention I just had a baby a couple weeks ago? Selling our house was a huge praise and a total God thing but the timing has been a little stressful! I need to trust that finding the right home will also be a huge God thing.
    Will be praying for you too!

  13. Jennifer

    Praying for you! I agree that you are on the verge of a breakthrough. The difference between a breakdown and a breakthrough is the ability to withstanding the tension. Both are a breaking point and are usually an uncomfortable journey.

    Speaking of uncomfortable, we are now facing a layoff on the 8th. Job searching like crazy but so far everything we are finding in the field is in Austin (big move). Apparently they are the new Silicon Valley for programming and design.

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