When you pray, I will listen

From CJ:

James reminds us to “count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

In Romans  “we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

And one of the more often quoted passages in Jeremiah reminds us,  “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen.” Jeremiah 23:11-12

There will be countless lessons for us to teach our boys as a result of the journey of Carter’s black eye.  One of the lessons will be the power of community and how God uses others to encourage us in trying times and intercede on our behalf.  We would love to be able to look back one day and show Carter just how many people prayed for him and where those prayers were lifted up from.  If you would, please take a second and fill out the two lines below.

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23 thoughts on “When you pray, I will listen

  1. Carter-God Loves You. You are precious, and He has a plan for your life. So live your life precious boy. Live it fully & fearlessly. Laugh often & cry when you must. And know that you are His.

  2. Dear Carter,
    We love you and and have been praying for you and your family. Love, Uncle Jeff and Aunt Julie and your Six Cousins

  3. Carter- I am a friend of your mom’s from college. We live in Ft. leavenworth, kansas and have been praying for you!

  4. Carter, We have been praying for you and your sweet family as you go through this difficult time. We have shared your story with Christian friends at church and work. We praise God for all He has done thus far and look forward to seeing His continued works in your life. To God be the glory!

  5. Carter-Your Michigan family has been praying for you and your family. Your cousin’s Olivia and Owen have been praying for your healing from God’s hand. XOXO

  6. Carter, this is you Great Uncle Danny and Great Aunt Marta in Brownfield and we have been praying for you and your Mom and Dad. Also, Immanuel Baptist Church of Brownfield has had you on it’s Prayer List too. You will never know how many people have lifted you and your family up in prayer. We love you and look forward to seeing you soon.

  7. Carter,
    We love you very much and have been and will continue to pray for you and your family! You continue to get well.

    Much love,
    Your cousins in Michigan
    Lynn, Paula and Ashley Kisselburg
    XOXOXO

  8. Carter, we have been faithfully praying for you and your family as God continues to heal your eye and make a new one. You have been such a trooper through it all. God cares about you deeply and loves you. So do we!

    Many people at Champion Forest Baptist are praying for you as well as people from around the world. It has been such a blessing watching God at work.

    Heal fast, keep smiling, and never forget how much you are loved!

    Your Peepaw and Mimi

  9. Carter-we go to Fielder Church and have been praying for you on this journey. What a testimony you have! I know God has huge plans for you!

  10. Carter, I have been praying for you since your dad first asked for prayer. I knew your dad and uncle when they were about your age. God loves you and has great things in store for you. We will continue to pray for you and asking for a quick recovery.

  11. Carter, I am praying for healing, and I can’t wait to see how God uses you in the future. You have a wonderful heirtage, and you are blessed because of their faithfulness to God.

  12. Carter, Many people in Bronte Texas have been praying for you from the very beginning of this journey. They don’t know you personally but because of Christ love they love you and your family. I know God will use this time to bless many people because of you and how your whole family has been a shining witmess of His goodness even when trails happen. Love you much! Brenda Barnett. Your mamaw Leslie in one of my favorite cousins.

  13. Not used to posting on these blogs so I hope this works. Carter, I have 2 daughters (Courtney is now in college at Oklahoma University; and she’s been praying for you from college. Kailey is at Martin High School and she and a ton of her friends have been praying for you too). I also have several friends that work with me and they too have been praying for you in their Sunday school groups at their church. We are members of Fielder and your mom and dad are two of the most incredible people anyone could ever meet!!! Your mom was Courtney’s small group leader last year. Just remember this….”To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see. — Hebrews 11:1 (GNT)” And all you need is faith as small as a mustard seed and YOU CAN move mountains, in Jesus name!!

  14. Carter, You have that special gift of your beautiful smile that just lights up a room and my heart. Also, your trademark of your thumbs up. I believe that maybe when God sees you He has two thumbs up. Love you and your family. Aunt Debbie

  15. This is Donna Ocheskey, a friend of your Aunt Stacie in Denver City!! We have been following your truly COURAGEOUS journey!! You are ALL certainly faithful and loving servants of the LORD and HE has blessed you with a beautiful FAMILY!! My prayers have been for ALL of YOU in this difficult time, and you have shown your light throughout every minute of it!
    Carter, your wondeful smiles have been captivating!! Continue to smile and KNOW that the LORD has a plan for you!! You are an AWESOME and AMAZING young man! You are showing ALL of us what TRUE COURAGE means! Trust that the Lord will continue to BLESS you! Prayers for continued healing!!

  16. Carter, I am a friend of your aunt Stacie. I have been praying for you everyday!! I have also been praying for your mom and dad and brother as well! You are so courageous and brave!! God has already taken great care of you and he will continue to take care of you and your family! I’m so glad that your surgery went well and I will continue to pray for you everyday!!

  17. Carter, we go to church with Roger and Dempsey Dearing and they shared your story with us. We are praying for God’s presence to be with you as never before. Stay strong and never lose hope. We serve a mighty God who can do more than we ask or imagine. God bless you and your family on this journey.

  18. Sweet, Precious Carter…I am also a friend of your awesome aunt Stacie. She loves you very much and it shows when she talks about you. Her love for you has spread to all of us here at Denver City High School. We pray for you and think about you every day. Your aunt has kept us all updated on how brave you have been throughout this whole journey. You are a special little boy and God has great plans for your life. What you are going through will only make you stronger in the end. We never know what God has planned for us, but stay patient and obedient and one day this will all make sense. People say that how we act during misfortunes show our true character. I believe this is true and judging by how you have been I must say that you are a boy of outstanding character. You have inspired me to be braver in the midst of pain and look for the positive sides of things when I go through my daily trials. Never forget how much your family loves you, and how much God loves you. Thank you for letting us be a part of this journey. You have inspired all of us here DCHS and we will continue to pray for you and your family. God Bless You Sweet Carter 🙂

  19. Carter you are a brave and courageous little guy! God has big plans for you! I have been praying for you and your family everyday! I miss y’all! Keep smiling that contagious smile of yours!! Love you!

  20. Hi Carter, I am also a friend of your Aunt Stacie’s. I have been praying for you and your precious family and am truly amazed at how courageous you are! I know God has great things in store for you. By the way, I LOVE your beautiful smile!!

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