Gentle Nudges

This year, the Lord gave me the word courageous as my word for the year. He’s already given me several areas to stretch myself and trust in Him.

One way I feel His nudges more and more frequently is through praying for others.

You may be thinking, “All followers of Christ pray for others, Alynda! What’s so special about that?”

Well, nothing is special at all! He’s just calling me to pray for and WITH complete strangers in public places.

Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Jesus and I want to share His story of redemption in my life.

But can’t I do it from my phone?

Over coffee with a friend?

Through a Facebook post?

Sure, I can (and SHOULD) do those things.

But He wants me to be courageous in HIM. He wants me to approach His children who are hurting and offer them a prayer wherever I may meet them.

One such person was the bagger at my local Kroger (shout out for #clicklist and all you people who are organized enough to plan a shopping list and use that feature).

I was standing in line at the grocery store. Just chatting with the cashier and the bagger like my ridiculously extroverted self.

The cashier politely responded to my incessant babbling, but the bagger avoided eye contact with me like crazy.

“How are you doing, today, sir?” I tried to engage him in conversation.

He was having none of it.

A gentle nudge in my chest from the Holy Spirt, “Ask him if you can pray for him, Alynda.”

Sorry, Holy Spirit, I don’t think he wants to talk to me.

He finishes bagging my groceries, I say thanks and start to walk away.

“ASK him, ALYNDA!”

I really don’t want to do that, Lord. Are you sure about this?

             I feel a bigger nudge…more like a push.

Why did my word have to be courageous this year?

FINE, I will ask him. He’ll just say NO or look at me like I have two heads!

            Awkwardly (as are many of the things I do…I’m good like that), I push my cart back to Mr. Bagger Man. “Uhm, sir, Mr. (reading his name tag) James. God is telling me to ask you if I can pray for you.” (I am seriously prepared for him to cry out in fear of this crazy woman with the curly red hair and talking about God). “Is that okay with you?”

I think I see a slight nod, so I rush forward. “How may I pray for you, sir?”

He looks at me. I mean REALLY LOOKS at me and says, “I am on dialysis. I’m on the kidney transplant list and I just lost hearing in my left ear. I could really use some of those prayers.”

Now I’m almost in tears. I ask if I can hold his hand and he agrees. I pray for him right there in the checkout lane of Kroger. I assume people were staring at us, but I didn’t notice them. He thanked me and squeezed my hand before letting go.

Mr. James from Kroger is on my prayer reminder list every day at 7pm.

We really never know what will happen if we listen to that gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit.

How has He nudged you lately, my friend?

Will you join me in praying for Mr. James?



  • Anne Mackie Morelli March 21, 2018 at 1:24 pm Reply

    Alynda, thanks for sharing your story. Good for you to listen to God’s nudge and pray for James. What a powerful experience for him, and for all those that witnessed you praying for him. Your story gives me confidence to reach out to others in the same way and to be bolder in praying with others.

    • AlyndaLong March 21, 2018 at 1:54 pm Reply

      Thank you so much, Anne! It is uncomfortable to stretch outside my comfort zone, but exciting to see where the Lord may lead! Praying for your boldness. Blessings to you!

  • Cindy April 10, 2018 at 2:27 am Reply

    What a blessing being able to read your story and recognize that it can be uncomfortable following Christ, yet so rewarding.

    • AlyndaLong April 10, 2018 at 5:59 pm Reply

      Thank you so much Cindy! It is exceptionally rewarding following His path!

  • Jaclyn Musselman April 10, 2018 at 5:46 pm Reply

    This is beautiful and your story is an encouragement!

    • AlyndaLong April 10, 2018 at 5:59 pm Reply

      Thank you, Jaclyn! Blessings to you!

  • April 12, 2018 at 5:09 pm Reply

    I ᴡager he is PERFECT at іt!? Laughed Larry.

    • AlyndaLong April 12, 2018 at 6:14 pm Reply

      YES! Blessings!

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