Hubster and I have been cleaning out the attic, closets, cabinets and other clutter in our house for months now. It initially started to make some room for a few boxes and has turned into a mission to go ahead and offload some furniture and downsize a bit.
Yesterday I was clearing out my entertainment center shelves and found my old flipbook of index cards where I would write down scripture reminders to myself. One of the index cards was this verse (Luke 22:31-32 NLT): Jesus said, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”
I can absolutely verify that I have been sifted. My family has been sifted. Life is HARD. This past year, good friends of mine have gone through absolute hell with things like their child being sexually assaulted, having a child murdered, losing family members. When life hits me that hard, I find it can be easy to feel like I’ve been sifted and turn away from God, friends, and people in general. But I love this little tid bit. Jesus has pleaded for us in prayer that our faith should not fail. And when we’ve turned back to God, we should strengthen others.
I love this reminder y’all. We are guaranteed to have trouble in this life, but we have a cheerleader who has prayed for us. And that makes my little faith heart happy 🙂