In the business of our daily work, it is difficult to stop and call on the Lord in all things. The fact remains we all are human and we are all busy people. Keeping Jesus in front of us at all times has to be an intentional task. It is a task I personally strive for continuously. The Love INC staff and volunteers offer prayer to people who call on the phone, who come to the office or when visits are made to the homes of folks. In Love INC’s core values, we state prayer is an integral part of who we are. Our Lord wants to communicate with us, He created us to be in relationship with Him. He sent Jesus to show us how.

Early this week, I visited with a young lady who was so broken and discouraged that I have prayed for her continuously during the rest of this week. She has been on my heart and mind and I hope I see her again. As I prayed with her, I held her dirty hands, wiped the tears from her rough face, smelled the days old stale smoke from her clothes, asked God to change her heart, and to give her courage and wisdom to make good decisions. I just wanted to show her nothing but His love, not mine. She was hard to love. I knew she was not telling me the whole story and she wanted me to give her a gas card. This was her primary reason for stopping by. She had quite a story and wanted to go to a distant relative to get off the street. And, yes I gave her a $20 gas card. I also gave her several options for housing, job ideas and other suggestions. She had a complication for every suggestion I made, except when I offered to pray for her circumstances, she agreed. God granted me a prayer to connect her to a loving God who wants the best for her. I have prayed often for her since, and I will continue to ask God to keep her safe and allow His people to cross her path. Love INC can supply many material items, money and labor, but praying for God to intervene in the lives of the hurting is the most treasured gift of all.

During our CHAIRished blessings fundraising event and our Nacogdoches County Christmas Blessings event, we had a “prayer corner.” During the Christmas event, people flocked to us to pray. Families and single parents prayed with our visiting pastors and our volunteer prayer warriors during the event. During the fundraiser, our volunteers had supplied “prayer sacs” with situations to pray for. The sacs were all taken and folks were asking for more. God has laid on my heart to ask you to join us and pray for the individuals and families who request assistance from Love INC. I am not sure how to implement more of a prayer “program,” if you will, but I do know we must make it more of a priority. We have a wonderful volunteer who is designated as our prayer warrior and she actually calls people who request prayer on our application. She serves a crucial role. We are very thankful for her.

If you will, please add the following situations to your prayer list:

• The homeless man with his dog we mentioned a few weeks ago, we are trying to help him get his Social Security benefits straighten out.

• The homeless lady whom I gave the gas card to, that her family members will open their home and heart to her.

• The family of eight who recently had a house fire and will be looking for a new place to live.

• Parents of a head injury child who are tired and whose income has been depleted by the situation.

• A 2-year-old who has brain cancer and the struggles of treatment on the family.

• The elderly man who is too proud to ask for help and is lonely and depressed.

• The widowed dad who is caring for his children.

“Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them.” — Matthew 18:20

“May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.” Romans 15:13

Do you know someone who has no prescription insurance coverage and is struggling to buy their medicines and pay their bills? Many people suffer from life threatening illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes, and cannot afford the medications prescribed by their doctors. Community RX help is a small non-profit whose only purpose is to help people get the medications they need. Community RX help assists patients (who live in, or have a doctor, in Nacogdoches, Angelina, San Augustine and Shelby counties) access the free, patient assistance programs offered by the pharmaceutical companies. Over 30 percent of the population in Nacogdoches is uninsured. If you know of anyone who needs help with their medications, just call Community RX help’s main number 936-568-0055 to get more information and to make an appointment. Our services are offered at no charge.

• Other validated requests are for new or gently used: dressers and chest of drawers; twin, full, and queen size mattresses; twin, full and queen bed frames; microwave ovens; kitchen tables and chairs; TV trays or folding tables; and kitchen utensils and silverware.

Patti Goodrum is executive director of Love In the Name of Christ of Nacogdoches.

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