I love to see how God uses people with chronic illness to bring Him glory and bring those around the people comfort, even in the worst of circumstances. Kathy Nave is one of those people. She wrote to me last year and send along a beautiful prayer dove that was hand-carved. Gorgeous. . . and practical too! I asked her to share her story with the readers here at Rest Ministries. I hope it makes you wonder what God could have in store for you! The Prayer Dove is available in the Rest Ministries Shop!
The Story Behind The Prayer Dove
When I found out that I had MS I felt that part of me was gone for ever! Being a person who always did for myself, never asking for help of any kind, feeling that even God had forgotten me. . . Well, I had a pity party for myself. Through kind words of others, cards, encouraging letters, and much prayer from those who cared about me and my family, I found my hope renewed.
With some changes in my life style I realized that God had not forgotten me that He indeed was going to help me use what I was going through to help others.
One morning, during my quiet time, I came across a passage in Romans. I had read these verses many times, but this time these words made my heart jump for joy. Romans 8:26-27 says, “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.”
It was on my heart at that instant that I needed to carve a dove, a symbol of the Holy Spirit, that would fit in the palm of ones hand and Romans 8:26-27 needed to be inscribed on the dove.
This could be used by those going through trials of this world and give them the encouragement they needed to live on for Christ and the journey that is planned for each of our lives. I want to bring others to Christ and finish this race that is set before me. My hope is that the dove can touch others who need the encouragement and also those who have never heard of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
The Prayer Dove might be the perfect gift for a friend who needs comfort or for yourself, when facing a trial on your journey!
Going the Distance,
Kathy Myers Nave
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