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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

An Unlikely Friendship

Sunday, October 14, 2007, an email arrived with a comment from my blog:

I have been fighting a spiritual battle continually since I was twelve. I watched this video and it restores me but I keep falling backwards from Christ. Thank You so much. Please pray that I will overcome this. –Fighting Teenager

My eyes blurred. I could feel the pain in this young life. I was also confused. How did this teenager land on a blog about unequally yoked marriages.

Several months ago I began posting a series on spiritual warfare. It was a verse study of Ephesians 6 with application to marriage. Early in the study my writing partner sent me a link to a video. The video is a dramatization of Jesus in the battle for our lives. It fit perfectly with the series on spiritual warfare. I posted it on my blog and titled it, Real Warfare. That was the third week in August.

I didn’t think much more about the post, however, I remember sending an email to a few friends with the link. This is where God took over. The email started to circulate. One friend sent it to another and so on and so forth. Today, it still is floating around in cyber space, going in and out of mailboxes, especially among our teens. They relate closely to the struggles depicted.

I am certain this is how Fighting Teenager landed on a mismatched marriage blog. I also know this child arrived here by God’s direction. I am compelled to pray for this kid and support his/her deliverance in any way possible.

What God has taught me through this encounter is what we post on our blog matters. What does NOT matter are the numbers of visitors or the number of comments. Sitemeter statistics are inconsequential. A post may be destined for only one person. God can and will use our posts, perhaps months or years later to bring hope and healing to a hurting life.

Don’t become discouraged in doing good. Keep on typing. Keep on praying. Keep on trusting. The following scripture has become a living treasure to me this week.

Galatians 6: 9-10 (The Message)
So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

While reading the email from Fighting Teen on Sunday, I knew God wanted my blog partner and me to come along side this child. This is an unlikely friendship, two older women who struggle in unequally yoked marriages and teenager who is alone and hurting. However, it is just like our God to place people together in such a manner. My blog partner and I do not have much experience with teens in crisis. We don’t know exactly how to help today. However God does and He will help all of us in the months ahead.

I wrote back to Fighting Teenager to ask how I could pray and to also inquire about his/her support system.

I was broken hearted to learn this teenager’s parents are unapproachable. In Fighting Teen’s words, “…..Now I find myself in secrecy. Please keep praying that God will deliver me.”

We are praying my friend and God is listening!

Please pray for Firghting Teenager today and thank you for any Godly advice. Be blessed!

I would love to visit with you over at my place: Spiritually Unequal Marriage.

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Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...


It can be so easy sometimes to divert our focus from the ONE a word we've been given is meant for and instead think we've failed if many don't comment. I wrote something last week that got practically no response and yet I received a private email that said, "this is exactly what I needed this very moment. I know God spoke to me through you."

THAT is what it is all about. The ONEs. Fighting Teenager found such a great place when he found SUM.

Much love,


Just a little FYI - Vicki Courtney has a website for teens at where they can post prayer requests, etc.

October 15, 2007 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

AMEN! thank you for sharing this. God bless you...

October 16, 2007 at 12:04 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

Thank you for being so willing to help those who are hurting, regardless their age. Be blessed my friend.

October 16, 2007 at 12:18 AM  
Blogger Laurel Wreath said...

God leads people to other people for a reason, you may not understand but God does =) Praying with you my friend.

October 16, 2007 at 9:09 AM  
Anonymous GP said...

Amen.. let us reach run the race set out for us (cant remember the exact bible passage)!

gp in montana

October 16, 2007 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Amy Grant Bayliss said...

This brought so many tears to my eyes. I was a youth leader for a couple of years and saw so many of the girls go through this. It broke my heart then and it breaks my heart now. This is a powerful video. Thank you so much for bringing it to our attention. I will be praying for Fighting Teenager.

October 16, 2007 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Wow, how humbling to be used in such a manner. I will pray for this teen.

October 16, 2007 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger lori said...

Isn't it amazing how God works...HE knows what she needs and will place her on the path to restoration...
not the path we would have seen coming...but all in HIS time and way...
Praying for all of you...
That is what this "Body of Christ" does..

October 19, 2007 at 5:37 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

I'm praying for this youngster.

God let me know quickly that it wasn't about the numbers. I got fixated on visitors and subscribers to my blog, until God clearly spoke to my heart and told me to get rid of the site meters. I did, and now I am not bound by the charts and graphs. I am free to excitedly imagine what God might be doing instead of trying in vain to analyze Him!

November 9, 2007 at 10:57 AM  

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