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April/May Illuminations

Anna's War Room

Submitted by Jean Holley, RN

Our nine year old granddaughter, Anna recently asked me if I had seen “The War Room”. I had, but only a few days prior to my discussion with Anna. I was quickly informed that she and her mother had seen “The War Room” five times.

I won’t spoil the movie, if you have not seen it, but it is a wonderful story of an elderly Christian lady’s life of faithful witness to the miracle of God’s redeeming and sustaining grace for her life, and her commitment to share what she had discovered. Her prayerful preparation for connecting and sharing with the real estate sales lady who came into her home was done in her prayer closet, her “War Room.”

Anna quickly took me to her room to “show me something”. She has turned a closet in her bedroom into her own war room. The walls of her closet hold sheets of paper on which are written selected Bible verses (“Resist the Devil and he will flee from you”) and Anna’s prayer list. Feeling convicted myself, I mentioned that my closets were straight, not really a room. Immediately, Anna responded, “Well, Nona, you could clean out that shower downstairs and use it for your war room.”

What stirring challenges come to us through the mouths of kids. Anna’s war room caused me to feel a call back to that kind of childlike faith and simplicity of belief- and to renew my commitment to quiet, dedicated prayer and fellowship with God. I tear up, realizing how blessed we are to have Anna in our family, when I look at this picture.


Our nine year old granddaughter, Anna recently asked me if I had seen “The War Room”. I had, but only a few days prior to my discussion with Anna. I was quickly informed that she and her mother had seen “The War Room” five times.

I won’t spoil the movie, if you have not seen it, but it is a wonderful story of an elderly Christian lady’s life of faithful witness to the miracle of God’s redeeming and sustaining grace for her life, and her commitment to share what she had discovered. Her prayerful preparation for connecting and sharing with the real estate sales lady who came into her home was done in her prayer closet, her “War Room.”

Anna quickly took me to her room to “show me something”. She has turned a closet in her bedroom into her own war room. The walls of her closet hold sheets of paper on which are written selected Bible verses (“Resist the Devil and he will flee from you”) and Anna’s prayer list. Feeling convicted myself, I mentioned that my closets were straight, not really a room. Immediately, Anna responded, “Well, Nona, you could clean out that shower downstairs and use it for your war room.”

What stirring challenges come to us through the mouths of kids. Anna’s war room caused me to feel a call back to that kind of childlike faith and simplicity of belief- and to renew my commitment to quiet, dedicated prayer and fellowship with God. I tear up, realizing how blessed we are to have Anna in our family, when I look at this picture.


What an amazing piece of armor the Lord has given to us through the awesome privilege of prayer.  I pray for you who are following God’s call in your nursing career.  Your friendship and faithfulness is an inspiration.  You bless us and challenge us on the GFCNA Board through your prayers as we seek to bless the lives of others.


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