Give me the right words, the way Lord....I see little signs sometimes, I know I'm not worthy Lord so help me...
Just tonight, Laney, my brother seemed as though he wanted to be near me. He has avoided me for a long time and here lately, he seems to be wanting to come around me. He told me he has to keep himself busy to sustain his "spiritual health" tonight. I didn't even ask, as we were on the phone and I had one bar left....but.....I'm seeing little windows...just waiting for the right time and place to strike up the next conversation....this is delicate and ongoing, and I try very hard to open up dialogue when both of us are in a good place to get into it.....
Trusting God will give me the words, at the right time, to help the conversation go in a new direction...the direction he needs it to go in, but is unprepared for it to go in.....he always has the "right answers" that are "the wrong answers."
Only God can fix this mess....I am just willing if I am called or allowed to participate as a witness.
I heard a really good sermon on witnessing to family members today! Every little bit of experience and advice helps. The pastor suggested picking around three family members, and fasting and praying one day for each. He said to pray for the Lord to give you special insight when you're around the loved one. Not everyone will respond to the same thing, and something as insignificant as a doorknob can hold the right words to paint a picture that will stick with them. The Lord can give us the words, the insights, the special "thing" that will move them on the inside....so I am praying for all of these things. Then he said to keep a journal about small conversations you hit on with the family member each time the subject gets "touched on" so that you can refer back...he said this makes it personal to the other person and they will see evidence that you care and are keeping up with them. Never push, never get upset...just keep the dialogue going and full of genuine love. Live by example so that they want what you have, even if they never tell you that this is what they want....they will be thinking about it...and will come back for little bits over time.
Praying for Todd, Adam and Nathaniel...and praying for those of us who want an opportunity to serve them!