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A Very Present Help in Trouble

Candid: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

by Leslie Ludy

Something scary happened this week. After a several day bout with the stomach flu, my five year old daughter, Avy, ended up in the emergency room with dehydration. Several other members of the family had been sick throughout the week, with Eric being out of town during the worst of it. By the time I brought Avy to the emergency room, I myself was battling with nausea, dizziness and extreme weakness. While the doctor examined Avy, I was leaning miserably over a trashcan, feeling like I might get sick any second. And just when I thought that things couldn’t get any worse - they did. As the doctor was looking in Avy’s mouth, she grabbed my arm and closed her eyes in sorrow and concern. “I hate to tell you this,” she said in a serious tone, “But I believe your daughter has a life-threatening illness.”

My mind reeled, as I fought back even more intense waves of nausea. “How could the stomach flu cause a disease like that?” I asked in confusion.

“Sometimes a virus can turn into something much more serious,” she informed me soberly. “We won’t know for sure until we do bloodwork, but I really think that this is what’s going on. I pray that I’m wrong.”

As the nurse drew Avy’s blood, I could barely lift my head from over the trashcan and my body was shaking with adrenaline. But even in my weakened state, I knew what my first response should be - faith-filled prayer. Rather than immediately give in to panic, I felt a clear, resounding exhortation to my soul...”do not fear, believe only, and she will be made whole”. Even though I was barely functional, I began praying intensely against any life-threatening disease and claiming the promises of God over my little girl. Though my adrenaline was still pumping and my body was still weak, I began to feel a supernatural peace wash over me—God was in control.

A few minutes later, the nurse came in the room to inform me that Avy’s blood work looked fine and there was no life-threatening disease. Oh how faithful is our God! Though we spent the next four hours in the E.R. so that Avy could get intravenous fluids, I felt a clear sense of God’s grace, help, comfort and presence the entire day. One thing I have learned during parenting “crisis” situations like this one is that everything changes when my first response is faith and not fear.

This week, I’d like to share a video excerpt from our Set Apart Motherhood conference, on the power of prayer for mothering challenges. No matter what difficulty you may be facing with your children, I hope this message will remind you of the faithfulness of our God and the amazing efficacy of faith-filled prayer.