Intercessory Worship

This past weekend we decided to take a little trip to change some perspective. We went to the beach. If you know me at all…this is my place of refuge away from home. It felt so good when we walked in through the door and saw the ocean. For the next 4 days, we were going to have peace and relaxation.

Well, we did…until 1 am the first night when Kevin woke up and said, “Amy, you hear that?” To my resting body…I didn’t hear a thing!


It was getting louder and louder. Then Kevin said, “You know I don’t have enough strength to get up on a ladder to change the battery in that smoke detector!”


“I know I am having to think through this…give me a minute”, I said.

Well, needless to say, we had a ladder and a 9 volt battery to change it, but I needed to go wake up my father so that he could help me. (They had traveled with us! – I am so glad they did!) This is where the comedy came in! He usually doesn’t do 1AM! 🙂

During this middle of the night situation, Dad and I stood listening to Kevin give instructions on how to take the battery out of that contraption that was making such LOUD noises above my youngest daughter’s bed where she was sound asleep….not bothered at all by the annoyance.

We then, all began to laugh at the coincidence of this situation.

After it all was over and we were quietly settled back in bed…resting, the bed began to shake.

Kevin was laughing…because this only happens when WE go down to the beach house. No one else in my family has had the batteries go bad in 6 years while they were down there. Just us! {We are special like that!}


In the last week, we could tell you at least 6-7 stories of things we encountered that I believe the enemy wanted to derail us…get us off track…take our eyes off of Jesus and His blessings.

{Those stories will for sure be in a book someday…they are just too good!}

Somewhere in my life, I don’t know if it was taught to me in my childhood, or through books and studies that I have done in the Bible but somewhere someone planted in me, that it is always not the WORST thing that could happen.

I pray. I submit to God my heart’s cry and then leave it there for Him to deal with it at the foot of the Cross.

    Psalm 55:22 “Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”

Tuesday night, after the last {one time a week} chemo Bleomycin treatment, Kevin had a small fever and some aches that are usually associated with that drug. He has been so blessed not to have these side effects except only one other time. It frustrated us that we had to go out with a bang.

As we laid there awake, during another “middle of the night – God moment,” I remembered running into a precious lady who taught me in school, that we had seen at the Cancer Treatment Center earlier that day. Her story…rips my heart out!

“I don’t want her story…Kevin! This is manageable.”

I am teaching my girls that no matter what things may look like or whatever may get thrown our way…expected or unexpected…we need to learn to praise God. Sometimes that takes some practice. It’s not an easy t-shirt to wear.

God doesn’t expect us to always start out doing that with a beautiful smile on our face. He just calls us to do it.

    Psalm 32:11 “So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure”

    James 1:2 “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.”

    Psalm 33:1 “Let the godly sing for joy to the LORD; it is fitting for the pure to praise him.”

Sylvia Gunter has a website that I receive devotionals from and this one really stood out to me. It confirmed what I believe God had been setting in to motion in my heart this weekend. These are her words….

Intercessory Worship

Maybe you feel that God promised you something, and it has been too long in coming. Maybe you are feeling desperate and even despairing. Hope deferred makes the heart-sick when it is set on our expectations in our time frame. You’ve asked “Why, Lord? Where is it? What’s going on? Why are You silent?” You have examined your heart to see if there is sin in your life. You’ve bargained and pleaded, maybe even pouted a little. It seems that God is far away, and the heavens are brass.

David knew that taking up his harp in the midst of pain connected him with God in a special deep way. In Psalm 42 and 43, ten times he asked “Why?” Two times he asked “Where?” and once he asked “When?” He described abandonment, oppression, betrayal, and accusation at the hands of wicked men. In two short psalms, he recorded a range of intense conflicting emotions: thirst and satisfaction, fear and courage, doubt and faith, dejection and hope, despair and assurance of blessing, disturbance and peace, impatience and resolve, pouting and praise, tears and singing, accusation and vindication, rejection and confidence, weakness and strength, darkness and light, oppression and deliverance, mourning and joy.

Amid all that, David heard God’s songs in the night and sang tephillahs, prayer hymns or prayers set to music. Four times in 16 verses, he broke into praise and thanksgiving. “I will praise You with the harp, O God, my God. I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.” The word yet means continuance, again, repeatedly, still, more, all life long. Regardless of his circumstances, David was devoted to praising the Lord. In another psalm, he said that his heart was fixed and steadfast, making music and praising God for His great love, which never changes.

With sacrifices of worship, we come before Him in spirit and in truth. In the presence of the King of glory, we enjoy His matchless power and care. The real heart of intercessory worship is seeking His Face, then seeking His heart, not His hand.

Intercessory worship employs the name of God to attract the presence and power of God into a time and place for particular people. I have seen God do amazing things in response to praise and worship, where I simply exalted Him as God by faith and let Him be God. Intercessory worship is faith in action. We know the character of the One who is faithful. Intercessory worship is as simple as singing “He is Lord,” which declares the authority of the rule of Jesus in all things.

Intercessory worship praises God even when the situation doesn’t change immediately, because He places His presence in our hearts in His promises, His vision, and His purposes. And we will yet praise Him for His answer that He will bring forth in His appointed time.

Intercessory worship is faith in Action. I like that!

I pray that just one person can be blessed by this message of beginning a perspective of Praise as we walk through the good…the bad…and sometimes the UGLY in life. It is not an easy road to walk but it sure helps in the process…and like I have said before…we are all going through processes…yours just may be different from mine.


Prayer Requests:
* Praises that Kevin’s numbers look great! We met with our Oncologist that is in Valdosta…{who is the best!} and things are still looking great with an encouraging prognosis!
* Kevin has gotten a blood clot due to the PICC line. We have increased our dosage of blood thinner to twice a day with shot. Pray that the discomfort is relieved.
* Continued healing and regaining of strength.
* As the medications wear off, increased clarity and HOPE.
* Just daily warfare!
* We go back to Houston to meet with the surgeon and have CAT scans on the 17th and 18th.

Thank you Prayer Warriors! You have no idea how your prayers are being felt all around us! No matter where you live or who you are – God is honoring your prayers! I am praising God for this today as I lift up prayers for each of you!


  1. “God doesn’t expect us to always start out doing that with a beautiful smile on our face. He just calls us to do it.” Ah, so true about praise. It’s certainly not an easy practice, praising in the midst of the hard times, but how sweet the song.

    I love you, beautiful lady!

  2. Amy,
    I just wanted to let you know how encouraging your perspective is to me. I am praying for you all often but I especially love lifting you all to God as I ride by your lovely home going to and from various places.

  3. Ms. Amy, thank you for posting those encouraging notes and meditations on God’s Word, despite the difficult times you and your husband have been facing. You might not know me, but I met your husband at Mr. Eager’s funeral earlier this year, and since we heard about his illness, we have been praying for him, trusting God for complete healing for him and continued strength and guidance from God as he continues with the treatments. My children and I understand some of the situations you are facing as we faced a similar situation in our family 4 years ago. May God continue giving you all courage to overcome the trials you are enduring. Jeremiah 17:14

    Omar Rincon

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