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