A Praying Life Cohort - Moms of Special Needs Children/Adults (Wednesdays 10:30-11:45 AM Eastern Time)
10-week cohort on Wednesdays at 10:30 am ET
Julie Gaking is the mother of three adult children and grandmother to two grandsons. Her youngest, Peter, has Down syndrome. Julie is excited to combine her passions for prayer and ministering to parents of special needs children. She lives with her husband, Mark, in Summerville, SC, a suburb of Charleston.
The prayer cohort has been a boot camp for my soul. Just like any other life skill, training and practice in prayer are critical to improvement... and this cohort has provided just what I needed.
Prioritizing prayer in this way was transformative for me - I realize how much I had made prayer about me instead of about God. I was convicted of many sins that have plagued and taken away from my prayer life (enter repentance card...), as well as challenged to grow in thankfulness (and thanksgiving card!). God is so good! I was truly blessed to have gone through the prayer cohort with my leader and the rest of my group, and am excited to see how God will continue to work in all our stories.
The Praying Life cohort I participated in changed my life forever. It was helpful, life-giving, and encouraging as I learned I'm not alone in my struggle to pray. It helped me to not only grow in my desire to talk to God more, but also in my love for Him.
It is so powerful to watch the Spirit at work in each person's life (including my own) and to pray specific requests with a group. I love how quickly friendships form. I am not always quick to see the how the threads of my requests are interwoven. . . and it is [now] something that I am praying about.
Women's Cohort Participant
Prayer is often the first thing sacrificed as we try to finish our daily to-do list. But prayer focuses our attention on our Heavenly Father who grants us the grace and strength that we daily need. And when we pray with other brothers, we see our Father working not only in our lives but in each other's lives.
This helped my feeling of isolation as I discovered I'm not the only one that struggles, gets tired, and fails. After weeks of praying with these men, they may be my closest friends.