Hey, would you pray for me?

I’d really love that.

Let me give you an idea of what I’m up to:

First, I’m being put up front again.

I am leading a group of volunteers as we launch a brand-new student ministry with Oak Leaf Church in Canton, Georgia. I am very excited about this amazing opportunity to love on middle school, high school, and college students as well as their families and those who will be volunteering.

Please pray for me and the rest of the leadership that we will be totally on top of things and thoroughly challenge the kids to own their own faith. We want them asking questions, searching for answers, and discovering God. We do not want them to blindly repeat what leadership says in front of them.

I live and die by my successes and failures. It’s something I’ve been continually working on for many years. I’ve already messed up once  in a pretty stupid way while at church and it has been really hard on me. Please pray that I can happily learn from mistakes and not dwell on them.

Second, I will be graduating this December. Finally. 

Please pray that I finish this out really well. There are always a ton of group projects within my major and I usually get put in the group leader role. Managing my time wisely and investing energy in multiple groups (students, church, class A, B, & C) can be extremely draining. I want to form meaningful relationships in each of those groups, so please pray against the temptation to only partially invest.

Third, Jenny and I need to eat.

We are living off of what Jenny makes at the bank and the savings we put aside for me to finish school. However, when I graduate, I’m going to need to have a job lined up. Please pray not only that this job exists, but that it is a perfect fit for me and my family. Pray that this job will offer me fair pay, provide strong leadership, and be able to propel me into my next dream.

Fourth, I am SadHappy. 

Or happysad. Depends on the day. This is a weird season for me because a lot of my close friends, people who are very important to me, are moving halfway around the world. I am super going to miss them. That is sad. But I’m also pumped about why they are leaving. And all their reasons are well prayed for and full of wisdom. So I’m happy, too.

On top of that, if we are able to achieve our goals, Jenny and I will also be traveling the world for a year of missions just about the same time those people are coming back.

I don’t know what kind of prayer to request for that, but I know I need it.

And Last, this is all very taxing.

Pray that I somehow stay fully rested and connected with God through these very busy four months. I can’t do anything without living in the center of God’s will. When I get exhausted and disconnected, my level of motivation disappears and my mouth says really dumb things.

Thank you for praying for me. Do me another favor? Leave a note just to let me know you are indeed praying for me. That way I can keep you posted. I love you guys.

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15 comments

  1. “…your Father knows that you have need of these things … seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”

    Praying.

    And claiming His promises for you. Here are a few for you to stand on:
    Isaiah 26:3
    John 14:27
    Isaiah 54:10-14

    Chad – I’m not going to ask about the “mess up” you are referring to because I’d be asking you to relive it – to dwell on it, and that’s the last thing you need to do, but I do want to address it. I recently listened to a series on agitation and how the enemy uses it to distract us. God is revealing to me every day things that qualify as “agitation” and “distractions” in my own life – things that I have just accepted as “life” or “the way I am.” Today He showed me how Satan loves to throw “most embarrassing moments” into my thoughts – seemingly out of the clear blue – to distract me. He tried a big one on me today and after I moaned at the memory, I shook it off by quoting a verse from Isaiah 54 (my all time favorite chapter which I have memorized so I can throw pieces of it at the enemy as needed):

    “Do not be afraid, for you will not be put to shame; neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame. For you will forget the shame of your youth, and will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore … ” OK – so the “widowhood” doesn’t exactly fit, but fear, shame, disgrace, and reproach do. Don’t take them on. Refuse them. They are a “gift” from Satan. **No thank you!** I promise you – after quoting this verse out loud, the moment passed, and right now I cannot remember what it was (nor am I going to try).

    I “amen” Kathyrandall’s prayer. I stand in agreement with you for the “things you have need of.”

    And I rebuke the enemy.

    Satan- I bind you in Jesus’ name and command you to take your hands off my son and his wife. They have overcome you because He who is in them is far greater than you. The Bible says if they resist you, you must flee. So FLEE Satan! Now! You have no place in Chad’s life! Be gone in Jesus’ name.

    We give you all the glory and praise, Father. Thank you for keeping Your hand on Chad and Jenny and for providing their every need according to Your riches in glory. We know that their earthly “paychecks” are not their source – YOU are their source and You have plenty. You promised ME Father, in Isaiah 54 that “great shall be the peace of my children.” Chad is my son. I claim this promise for him now, and I thank you for hearing his cries and mine. We love you Lord and live to serve You. In Jesus’ name – Amen, so be it, and that’s the way it is.

    I love you Chad, and, as I have said so many times in the last 27 years – I promise, everything is going to be OK.

  2. Hey roomie, I will be praying for you. You are a good friend of mine and I’ll gladly mention you & your heart when speaking to my best friend, God.

  3. God,
    Be with Chad over the next 4 months. You know the kind of exhilarating/exhausting work that he is involved in, with youth and young adults, with a final semester of school, and with the continual learning process that is marriage. Guide him as he works and plays and rests in you. Allow your provisions to be made known, especially in the miracle of love and service to you. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.


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