The hard economy has affected many in our nation, including the small town of Edenton, NC.My family and I are part of this community.
Edenton has a summer league baseball team that they represent named The Steamers. This baseball team consist of college baseball players from all over who are invited to play on a summer team. These players are housed and taken care of by residents of the area they are playing for the summer. They go around to different areas and play against those who are doing the same thing to make up these teams. The Steamers are in a financial struggle to be able to continue this for next year. The Steamers were not able to get enough sponsors for this year, so they have to raise $50,000 to be able to have a league next year. We have gone to the last few games to help support our Steamers as they battled Morehead City in the playoffs. Between innings kids participate in races and small competitions that are set up by staff members. My youngest son, Luke, chose to participate in the crab walk race to win a discount on Lawn care. In this race the kids have to use their feet and hands while looking up to the sky and crawl backwards as fast as you can to the finish line. Luke won. He gave the little boy he was racing the prize. Luke told him that he could have the prize because he liked to cut his own grass. Noah and Luke also entered a Frisbee contest. They had small Frisbees that they had to thrown in a hoop or the closest one wins. The prize was half of the money that was earned for the contest- 50/50 jackpot. Each Frisbee cost $2 and the kids wrote their names on a piece of tape on the bottom of the Frisbees.
My husband told our boys that the Steamers were really hurting for money and if they won it would be cool if they gave the money that they won back to the Steamers. All the kids were waiting for the Frisbee toss. They finally started. We were sitting on the other side of the field. We saw the sky full of white little Frisbees. They announced the winner. Luke won! We saw him jumping up and down with excitement. He won $86 which is a lot of money for a kid. He walked out on the field to claim his prize and he told the young man to take the $86 and give it back to the Steamers to help them so they can come back next year. The young man said, “Luke, are you sure?” Luke said, ” yes.” My husband was so proud of Luke he told the young man that he needed to announce to the crowd what Luke had done. The young man agreed and announced it to the crowd. Everyone stood up and clapped for Luke’s generous heart! My husband even called the newspaper the next morning to let them know what Luke had done and to encourage others to help our Steamers. Luke said he loved going to the Steamers games and he thought it was a good place for families to go with their children. Luke wants to be able to go back next year and so do I. Thank you Luke for helping those who need it with your gift of giving.
This morning I woke my boys up and told them that we had to go to a prayer meeting. Some of the people in the community were meeting in our library for Prayer for our Nation. Sadly the room wasn’t packed. My kids were the only kids there. Sadly this was my first time going too. I was off work this weekend which allowed me to take part in this wonderful meeting. We came in and we bowed our heads and we prayed as a group for our nation, for our leaders, for Israel, for our churches, for our military, for boldness for Christ to replace the fear of man, etc… We prayed for an hour. We prayed and prayed. When one would stop praying another would pick up. We prayed as a group that wanted to make a difference by making an effort to get out of the box and talk to God as a group.
I didn’t know many people in our small group but I knew we are all on the same side and I do know the one who we represent, The Lord Jesus Christ. I encouraged both my boys to pray if they had something on their heart. My oldest son, Noah, prayed. He asked for the Lord to give the kids in his age group the boldness they need to stand up for Christ and that they wouldn’t be tempted by peer pressures. His prayers brought tears to my eyes. Although Noah may have been a little nervous he overcame his fears with a prayer of boldness. Thank you, Noah, for your boldness and obedience to God. Thank you for your leadership for praying for all those children in your age groups. After we finished our prayer meeting, some of the prayer warriors came up to Noah to ask his name. He said, “Noah,” and they asked what his brothers name was. He said, ” Luke”. Noah said, “I’m the old testament and Luke is the new testament.” One lady told Noah how his prayer touched her heart and she knew it touched God’s heart. On the way home, Luke said, “mom we prayed for a whole hour.” I said, ” yes Luke.” I told him that sometimes he talks with his friends for an hour and maybe even two hours. I said that it’s OK to stop and talk with God for one hour, for sixty whole minutes. I told him that God was his best friend and we need to spend more hours with Him. Luke said , “you know Mom, that’s right.”
I pray that God will take the scales off our eyes and allow us to see Him as our best friend. I pray that we take time and spend talking with Him and crying out to Him. I really enjoyed our meeting and I look forward to the next one. Thank you Lord for Blessing my heart this week. Praise Jesus!