She must have been in her 70’s.

That age where you have finally come into your own.

Settled into confidence.

Ready, now, to share the wisdom of what life had impressed upon her soul.

Those lessons, seared right into her heart, were manifest in her home, in her heart, and in her habits.  Her passion, so raw, left it’s mark.

For a minute, you wished you lived next door.

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She would walk you through her house, past the Wall of Remembrance, and you would see a framed piece of parchment with beautiful scrolled writing across the top –– Answered Prayers.  You would look at the lines and see dates encompassing decades.  She would tell you as you passed by, “This wall allows me to look back and remember God is in control and it encourages me.”

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In a quiet moment she would ask you two questions:

If I asked you what your prayer life was like what would you say?

If there was one thing in your life you could make better what would it be?

And then, she would teach you her prayer strategy.

She would encourage you to pray over each area in your life.

At some point in your conversation she would invite you into her War Room.  The small closet she cleaned out so she could talk with God.  The room where battles are fought, and victories are gained.  On the wall you would find papers that had been strategically taped together.  Prayer lists –– reminders of who and what needed to be focused on during those conversations with God.  Photographs might find their way next to those lists.  And scriptures.  Hand written.  Reminders of the power of God.  Screen Shot 2015-09-18 at 8.35.26 AM

You would think to yourself, I need a room like that.

When she was done teaching, you would consider cleaning out a closet, making space for God.  In your home.  In your life.  In your heart.

She would remind you that there is a warrior in you that needs to be awakened.

She would encourage you to plead with God and then get out of the way and let Him work.

She would change the way you approach prayer.

Perhaps you would like to meet this woman.

The good news is, you can.

Her story is found within a movie playing in theaters right now.

War Room.

You should go.

It will change the way you pray.

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Emily Freeman
Emily Freeman took her first creative writing class in high school and has loved writing ever since. She finds great joy in studying the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Her deep love of the scriptures comes from a desire to find their application in everyday life. She is the author of several books, including The Peter Potential: Discover the Life you Were Meant to Live; 21 Days Closer to Christ; and Written On Our Hearts. There is nothing Emily enjoys more for breakfast than a bowl of coconut ice cream, strawberries, and toasted coconut. Other favorites include parades, vacations, firework displays, and going for a long walk with a good friend. Emily and her husband, Greg, live in Lehi, Utah, with their four children, whom she adores.
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