Sustaining Strength

I invite you to read Veronica’s post about sustaining strength. Ever thought you could go it alone and realize you do need people?

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By Veronica Scurry

As my family and I prepare for the 4th of July this year, I’m reminded of where I was around this time last year. I was in a hospital room suffering with multiple blood clots in both of my lungs. In one moment, my life as I knew it had changed. I was afraid, felt lonely, and had every thought anyone could imagine about what was going to happen next. The very second the doctor delivered the news to me, my first thought was Oh My Goodness, my cousin died from this. I can’t leave my husband, my kids, and my family. What’s going to happen to me?

Surrounded by loved ones who immediately began to pray and to call prayer warriors to pray on my behalf, I began to feel a sense of security and strength. I would like to say that it was my strength and my faith in Christ that gave me that feeling but that would be a lie. It wasn’t my strength that I was holding on to. It was the strength of my brothers and sisters in Christ. I felt each prayer go up for me. I felt each word of encouragement that was given to me. I knew then and there that Jesus was with me and that He was going to get me through this.

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I’ve learned through the years that I am an introvert and only want to be around my family at times. I don’t like drama so my circle is kept very small. I’m normally happy just being by myself but this experience taught me that I can’t walk this walk alone. No matter how strong we may feel when we are by ourselves, we still need each other. I believe God allowed this test to happen in my life so that I can realize it’s not just about me. I thought about the times I had nonchalantly accepted someone’s prayer request or said I would pray for someone but forgot. If I did pray, it wasn’t worth the air I used to say, because my mind was elsewhere. Selfish and a shame, I know. Then I thought: What if those that were supposed to pray for me did what I did? What if they prayed with their minds on something else? What if they forgot to pray? What if they said they were going to pray but had no intention of doing so? That was a hard pill to swallow.

Through all of that, I realized just how important the prayers of others really are. It was surely the prayers of others that helped to pull me through. My prayers for others have not only become more frequent but are more like prayers for myself. I’ve experienced first-hand the sustaining strength from the prayers of those who really care and who really believe in the power of prayer. Yes, there will be times when we have to encourage ourselves but there will also be times when we need the prayers and support of our brothers and sisters in Christ. The Lord has not only provided His grace in moments like these but He’s also provided His family. We don’t have to walk this walk alone.

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT)

 

VeronicaScurryVeronica Scurry is a Prophetess, Worship Leader, and Women’s Ministry Coordinator. She has served in ministry for 14 years. As a speaker, Veronica is a woman who delivers the word of God with transparency, personal conviction, passion, and authority. She has a strong desire to see everyone walk in the ways of Christ, not only with their mouth but with their heart. Therefore, she prays that her ministry not only reaches the ears of those listening but that it penetrates their hearts to bring about true repentance and freedom through a real relationship with Jesus Christ. Veronica lives in Sanford, Florida with her husband and two daughters. She is a full-time homeschool mom and entrepreneur. Her passions are spending time with family, singing, learning to DIY, and cake decorating. You can reach Veronica via email at vscurry@sanctuaryhope.org.

10 Responses to Sustaining Strength

  1. Veronica,

    Whether introvert, such as yourself, or extrovert, such as myself, we all need each other. None of us can walk this walk alone. There are times even as a more outward living person, I still have to remind myself of that and for me it’s about feeling “safe” enough to extend myself particularly as a Christian leader, outward to others because sadly, not everyone has good intentions or right motivations in “connecting” with you.. Often, they “need and want” from you, and don’t realize that you are still a human being and that you sometimes need a word of encouragement or prayer as well.

    Your post reminds me of that old saying, “No man is an island”. I’m grateful that in all circumstances we have Jesus. I remember when you were going through your situation and your Mom called me to pray. I was and am grateful to be a part of those whom God has called to surround you in love and prayer. Jesus has so much more fruit-bearing for you to do for the Kingdom and I’m so thankful that His plans for you are Yes and Amen!

    I love your post! Many will be able to identify with it on different levels, as did I. Thank you for sharing your heart.

    Much love,
    Lisa

  2. I am always amazed at how the Lord expands our boundaries. After I read your post I then read your bio; and there I could see the route He used to place you in community ~ a community of service & outreach to many. He certainly does move us beyond our comfort zone, doesn’t He? What a beautiful rendering of His faithfulness & personal tutoring in your life.

    Blessings,
    Kathleen

  3. How humbling to find ourselves in such a community as God has designed for us! Praising God for His healing & protection upon your life and asking Him to use you more and more for His purposes and glory! Till He comes….

  4. I don’t fit in the normal box. I am an extrovert that is an introvert on the inside…..or some uniquely crazy combination….my heart gets what you said in a BIG way. I vastly detest conflict and will almost always do whatever I can to avoid it. Over the years, I too have learned that community…..a healthy community is vital. Thank you for sharing your story and reminding me that though their will always be conflicts and people who don’t agree with me….GOD has raised up a Godly team of prayer warriors and I need to stay connected.
    Blessings,
    andrea

  5. Veronica – I loved this post. I’ve recently discovered I’m an introvert as well and I’ve been learning what that means. As you can imagine it has challenged me in the area of reaching beyond the circle I’m comfortable with. Thank you for the reminder that we truly do need one another. 🙂

  6. Yes, we need each other for sure. It’s too easy to be quiet and stick with our families but we need the body of Christ. We can pray for one another. It is a privilege to come before our Lord in prayer. I think of the words to the song “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”.

    So glad that you learned much from this very real health challenge in your life. Thank you for sharing this lesson with us.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

  7. Hooray for the Body of Christ and personal intercessors who knew how to pray for you! I love the ministry of prayer you received and how Jesus healed you, but taught you things besides. I was in a discussion about this very topic yesterday and someone said when I’m in a hard place I need lots of prayer from others. Another said I would prefer a few righteous ones who would pray with confidence and faith. You targeted this in your post that when I’m asked to pray whether one on one or being added to the many, really take it seriously and I do. Very encouraging, Veronica!

  8. Veronica, I am so proud of you. I praise God for you allowing him to use you in a such a powerful way. I know God has so much in store for you as you use your testimony for His glory. When we see God brings us through one test our faith increases to trust Him in every area of our lives. You are a blessing to the body of Christ. I know I am your mom and sometimes moms are bias, but I think I have the best daughter in the whole wide world! When God gave you to me, He blessed me with the most valuable jewel. Love you very much. Continue to trust God!
    Blessings,
    Your mom

  9. Thank you all so much for the encouraging words! I pray that it continues to touch those who read it. God knows that I’m learning each and every day. I’m truly thankful to have joined the Women Walking With Jesus community. I know God has placed us together for a greater purpose. Love you all! Especially you mom. 🙂

  10. Veronica, as one who is naturally introvert and it’s so easy to stay wrapped up comfortably in my own little world. But God has designed all of us to be wonderful gifts to each other. Reading your words bring to mind a situation I had when someone I didn’t know stop to lend a helping hand to me physically. The hands of Jesus doesn’t always come in the form of family and friends.

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