Monday, March 19, 2012

Prayer is Powerful

Prayer is indeed powerful so here's my request... 

If you took the time to visit this blog today, I ask that you pray for our Isabella.  She is making much progress with her new ABA therapist and in school as well.  She is also experiencing new frustrations.  Because she doesn't know how to process her frustration, it often results in bodily harm.  See below.

As her mother, my heart literally breaks to pieces when she comes home from school with these bite marks.  I ponder the ways in which she was frustrated that day, and wish that I could be by her side from sun up to sun down to protect her.   God healed Bella from her constant head banging, and I believe he can do the same in this situation.  So, I will remember this from God's word:

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of Him" (1 John 5:14-15).

Josh leaves for Afghanistan soon.  This verse touched my heart today as I tried to mentally process the huge mountain we are about to climb.   I don't pray enough, that is a fact.  I am not joyful and do not give thanks in all circumstances.  I pray I can live this out ... in real life... 

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).


  1. Oh Annie! I just prayed for your little precious girl! You are such a fantastic mom and I pray God gives you the strength you need each day to care for your Bella while Josh is away. I prayed for God's protection over Josh.
    Thinking and praying for you!!!
    -Julie (DeSantis) Nickerson

  2. Joshua,

    Today I recieved an email which requested prayer for US service men. It had some touching pictures of military life and a prayer for them. It also included the statement that Navy chaplins are not allowed to use the name Jesus in prayer. I find that very hard to believe. So I thought I'd find out for myself. So a quick search for "navy chaplian" turned up your name. Please can you tell me if that is right? I am the author of a blog "" that amoug other things tries to set the record staight on social issues. What better source for the truth here but an actual navy chaplin?

    Thank you in advance for an answer, true or hopefully false. If it is true maybe a word of explianation? Please respond to my email address:

    And thank you very much for the comfort you give to our soldiers and the service you render to our country.

    Leni Barker