How to Love When You Don’t Feel It 24/7 June 24, 2011

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A couple of weeks ago my pastor, Jonathan Weibel, asked me to speak about the SparrowFly mission at church. I stood in front of these people I love so much and told the story. Afterwards, the thing most people commented on was how my passion inspired them. That was cool, because I wasn’t “trying to be passionate” in the way I delivered the message. Like I said, I was just telling the story.




My passion for the lost and praying for them seems to remain pretty consistent. When I workout, I look at our map of the  world and I pray for different countries (especially China because that’s the country my daughter wants to go to someday). I pray for people as they run or bike in front of our house. I pray for people in the grocery store who appear to be hurting or broken.


However, I don’t pray for the Sparrows 24/7. They are not constantly on my heart or in my thoughts. Every time I read something in scripture, I don’t immediately apply it to the Sparrows. I don’t dream about them at night and I don’t see pictures of them in my toast in the morning. In fact, if I’m being totally honest, there are days when I don’t think about them at all. I had a day like that just two days ago. I was beating myself up because I hadn’t spent time on my face weeping for the souls of the Sparrows. I was feeling weighed down with that all-consuming, heavy cloak we know as GUILT. Yuck.


But something wonderful happened. Colette, a friend who’s on the SparrowFly team, Facebooked (Is that a verb now??)  me that she had been praying for the Sparrows and God took her to Psalm 25:15-18 to pray over them. When I read that I smiled. The Lord was saying, “Janet, this is why you don’t do things alone. When your passion wavers, it’s burning bright in somebody else. It’s wonderful to share passion. Don’t be jealous when somebody else is burning and you’re flickering. Keep praying and obeying and your passion will be a mighty flame once again.”


Now I find comfort in knowing that there’s an incredible group of women who are sharing a passion for the Sparrows. If I’m not on my knees, somebody else probably is. And for those times when I am calling out to the Creator on behalf of those girls, someone else on the team may not be thinking about them at all. And that is just fine.


Passion was meant to be shared.


Not a sparrow falls without the Father knowing,



Why Do We Pray for the Sparrows? June 3, 2011

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Last night I had coffee with a beautiful woman who is currently flying away from some major snares.

I shared with her about SparrowFly and how we feel very much compelled to just pray, gather wisdom and wait for God’s direction.


She asked, “How do you get to that point? Like, where you’re willing to just pray and wait?”


“Hmmm…good question.”


I first started praying for the Sparrows out of obedience. God was continually bringing them into my thoughts so I thought, “Well, I should pray for them, I guess.” That simple act planted deep compassion in my heart.


I kept praying because I didn’t know what else to do. I knew the Sparrows were on God’s heart so I just kept talking to Him about them. That all began July 2010. Almost a year ago.


So, now there’s a group of us who gather and pray.


Why don’t we just spring into action?

Because we love the Sparrows. We love them so much that we wouldn’t dare take action out of haste, knowing that God’s timing is something we can’t manufacture on our own.

I’ll be honest – sometimes it’s really hard to pray and wait. It goes against our “fast food” society in a big way. But we are determined that the power of prayer is bigger than anything.


The day we left for Las Vegas, my friend, Chris Heinz sent me a word he received in prayer that morning. Here it is:

“For I will make Sparrow Fly like a model for others. For the foundation is prayer–time spent before me. Others will find creative strategies and solutions on their own, but I know that you will seek me first, hearing secrets from heaven, and that is what sets you apart. I say instead of strategies, I will let you hear the cries and murmurs on the sparrow’s hearts. I say rather than nice solutions, I will give you their hearts. Prepare for an outpouring of brokenness birthed from intercession. I will cause a season of tears, even for the plight of the broken, to fall upon you. And you will come to identify with the objects of your intercession, these girls created in my image. Come before the throne, and I will grant my favor. Indeed I have eyes for the sparrow.”

I guess that’s it in a really big, beautiful nutshell.

We’re going to keep on praying. Wanna join us?


Not a sparrow falls without the Father knowing,