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Amy lives “out West” with her husband and baby girl. She loves stories and snapshots, handwritten notes and moments of peace served warm and fragrant in a teacup.

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  1. “watching a battle … and stood helpless”
    I’ve been there – and several times recently – where I’ve felt helpless in a situation, forgetting the most powerful thing I can do is pray. God is powerful. Why do we forget that?

    • I’m sure there are myriad answers to that question from my life alone… but you made me think of certain entries in my journal (spaced out over time) that say, “PRAYER WORKS!” It’s the astonishment of a child with an upturned face… thankful that her Father hears.

      Hopefully it’s a lesson that will sink in deeply this year! 🙂

  2. Wow. Such awesome scripture connections between the Psalms and the battle in exodus.
    This is the kind of work out I need too. Your words are powerful and lasting in my mind. Thank you.

  3. Thank you for this wonderful piece. So many battles I’ve sat out and just watched…Father, forgive me.

  4. This was so good.I was just readig those scriptures the other day. What a powerful reminder!yes, PRAYER WORKS!!! AMEN! great post.

  5. Thank you so much for this! The timing of this blog post was incredible seeing as I’d made a decision only this morning to “hold up my hands as I watch a battle not my own”.

    You have really encouraged me to keep praying as God IS indeed powerful and I only regret that it has taken me this long to lift my hands and watch Him work!

    God is so good.

  6. “I don’t know how many hilltops I’ve stood on with my hands hanging by my side, watching a battle rage in the valley below — sometimes not my own — and stood helpless.”

    I love this story, but never thought of it like this. Thank you…

  7. Yes, God has given us the call to take up arms in our battles! I have never thought of it this way. Thank you, Amy for bringing this to my attention. I too have faced battles and stood there with my hands down and dumbfounded. I needed this! God Bless you!

    • Hi Cameron,

      Thanks for taking the time to read the entry. I very much appreciate that you were concerned enough to leave the comment. Affirming those concerns, I want to say here that I am not in any way purporting to add to Scripture. Reading it over, however, I now see how it is possible for it to have been taken in such a manner.

      The passage stands alone as truth, and the imagined details that I sketch above are strictly those — thoughts that came out of a simple-minded desire to view the event as a historical one, and not merely as a quaint Bible story, as I am sometimes apt to do. I am truly sorry that you found nothing edifying in it, and regret that you in fact found the opposite — something that caused alarm.

      Thank you again for the check. It will make me look long and hard at the things I write in the future, and step carefully so as not to dishonor our Lord.