Prayers for the Week: Passage of Time

The Passage of Time

But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.

Mark 13:32-37

Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s prayers for the week post. We have a lot going on, and this week my thoughts keep coming back to thinking about the passage of time, and how it relates to us in our walk with Jesus. The longer I live, the more I recognize just how short time can be for us all. Take a moment and consider this:

  1. Most Biblical scholars put the writing of the book of Mark, our selection for our Scripture for today, in the 65-75 CE (formerly AD) time range.
  2. In the 13th chapter, as we read above, Jesus tells us that no one other than the Father knows the date and time when Jesus will come again.
  3. For sake of demonstration, let’s suppose that Mark wrote his Gospel in 69 CE, that would be 1,950 years ago.
  4. For all of that, in 69 CE Jesus didn’t know when He would be called back, and now, in 2019, we still don’t know when He will be called back to earth, we just know that it hasn’t happened yet.
  5. The point of this exercise isn’t to figure out when Jesus will return; the point of all of this is to follow Jesus’ direction explicitly, and to stay awake!

As a 51 year old middle age man, I recognize just how often I have been asleep when I should have been awake and focused on Jesus. I have now been a Christian for 27 years. I made my profession of faith on Easter Sunday at Round Hill Baptist Church, and I have not regretted it for a moment since. However, even though I gave my heart to Jesus, there are times when I let the world get in the way of my devotion to Him. Times when I realize that I let the world system, under the control of Satan, to influence my decisions far more than I should have. Now, I look back, and realize that the passage of time has shown me just how little I have done to advance His Kingdom here on earth.

For sure, that isn’t always the case. I write my prayer post, we pray for you and your prayer requests here and in our Facebook group, and I am involved in my local church and in my Bible Studies; but I also turn a blind eye towards those in need too often. I turn my head to a homeless person as if by doing so they will not be standing on the street corner. That is one area I would covet your prayers over — to make sure that I am all in for Jesus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, day after day. Are you like this at times also? Well, remember these words from the Apostle Paul, and remember them well:

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:6

How wonderful is it to know that despite our flaws, despite the times when we don’t put our all in for Him, He still works on us, and will continue to work on us until the day that we are perfect — which will happen the day we see Him face to face. So, my friends, remember, on those days when the world system and Satan get the better of you — on those days when he gets the better of me — God is still with us, and He will still see us through it. Remember, He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world!

Lastly, for our younger generation — generations like those my daughters age — I urge you, do not look in the mirror, see yourself as a middle aged person, and realize that you have not given your all for Jesus. You have a wonderful opportunity before you right now to make a difference in this world — to show the world that, even though you are younger and less experienced, you are no less capable than those older than you. And you can show this world that you are all in for Jesus. When I see the young men at my bible studies, it warms my heart to know that they have Jesus in their lives, and aren’t afraid to share that. Be that generation. Be the generation that makes a stand for Jesus. By doing so, you will also help Him to make the changes our world needs to see happen at the same time.

Now, please join us and pray for our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Mrs. Lucas starts us off with a prayer request for a friend of hers: “Asking for prayers for my long time friend. She is having brain surgery to remove a large tumor tomorrow morning at 8:30 am. She had a tumor removed years ago and her story about that is nothing short of a miracle. Hoping for that outcome tomorrow! Thank you!”
    • Update #1: “UPDATE! The surgery was five hours long! The surgeon said the tumor was totally removed and my friend should do well!
      Praise God and heartfelt thanks to you for lifting her up in prayer!”
    • Update #2: “Another update. She was released to her daughter. Now she has a fever and vomiting! On her way back to the hospital! Please pray for her! Thank you!”
  • Deb has a prayer request: “Prayer request for myself, please. I may have Nasopharyngeal cancer again. My PC doctor ran some blood tests, examined me and checked my symptoms today. The symptoms are almost the same as 2015. She told me to contact my oncologist right away. I may be concerned for nothing but I am scared. I almost died the last time. I just hope I am physically strong enough to do battle again. Your prayers would be greatly appreciated !!”
  • Lori has a prayer request: “I’ll be honest in saying I am questioning my ability to meet the expectations of this new job. I did not work for 10 years while in PHX while taking care of my ex-husband’s mother with dementia, and then coming here to NC and working on out-dated systems, I am scared.
    It’s 3:40 in the morning and I cannot sleep.
    I am 14 years behind the times and trying desperately to make it.
    Please pray for me, I am all that I & My Girls have got.”
  • Jodi asks for prayers for all in the path of Hurricane Dorian, and if possible, that it would turn out to see and not affect any more people than it already has.
  • Please lift up the family of my friend Joey in prayer. Joey’s dad Joe passed away on Tuesday. His service was Thursday at Edenton Street UMC in Raleigh. Please pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to surround Joey, his wife Kim, and all of their family and friends. They celebrate Joe’s ascension to Heaven, but they also grieve the loss of their loved one. Thanks everyone!
  • Connie has a prayer request: “Asking for prayers for 96 yr old aunt who lost her last child to an accident, and for his family as they grieve and run the current race before them.”
  • We also pray for the families and victims of the shootings in Midland and Odessa, Texas, yesterday. All of these shootings are the work of Satan, and the only one that can conquer Satan is Jesus — and far too often, Jesus is cast aside.
  • Lastly, there are countless people that are afraid to ask for prayer. Please pray for them, and pray for God to look after them in whatever the desires of their heart might be. He knows the details, we don’t need to know, so pray for them as well.
  • Now, please join us in praying the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not in temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
Truth in Love

Prayers for the Week: Truth in Love

Truth in Love

Prayers for the Week: Truth In Love!

I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.

2 John 1:4-11

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post. Earlier this week I heard a message from 2John, and it struck me that this is what I should write about this week. The theme for the message is that we need to proclaim the truth in love — that if we truly love those we claim to love, we need to share with them the truth in love. What do I mean when I say that we need to proclaim the truth to them? Well, from my standpoint, the only truth that is out there is God’s Truth with a capital T. The truth is simple — if you wish to have Eternal Life, you must accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and ask for forgiveness of your sins, and follow him with your whole heart, mind, and soul. When you do that, you are accepting the ultimate Truth. Then, taking it a step further, when you, as a believer, see something happen that is against that truth, you need to proclaim to that person what the real Truth is, but do so in love. Gentle, not harsh, is the correct way to proclaim that Truth.

Doing so can be hard to do. In fact, I would say that if we don’t have the Holy Spirit within us, it is downright impossible. For starters, if we don’t have the Holy Spirit within, we don’t know what the Truth is. We may think we know, but all we really know is a worldly view of what the truth is, not a Heavenly view. Also, even if we have been granted a divine providence to perceive the Truth, if we don’t have the Holy Spirit within us, then our selfish, hard, worldly nature will take control, and we will not proclaim that Truth in Love — we will instead proclaim that Truth more in hatred and indignation.

This world is so full of the works of the flesh, as described to us in the book of Galatians: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like this. The only way to combat those works of the flesh is by relying solely on the Holy Spirit, indwelt in us, to keep those works of the flesh at bay. It is the only way to keep our Spirit shining for Jesus, it is the only way to allow the Light of Christ to shine through us in this dark world. So, my friends, we need to proclaim the Truth in Love, so that those we proclaim it to can see the work of Jesus, and can turn to Him for their salvation. It is the only way we can truly bring any change to this fallen world. Please pray with me that we are successful, and pray with us our prayer requests and celebrate our praisies.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Vonni starts us off with some additional prayer requests. Here is what she wrote: “Well, I know I’ve asked for a lot of prayer this year as I’m battling stage 4 breast cancer but I need y’all to add my brother as we’ve just found out he’s battling stage 4 colon cancer and our favorite cousin who’s battling malt b lymphoma. Our younger brother just got over a different lymphoma so it’s just been a lot. Please pray for us.”
  • Lori has a big time praise to share with us all: “Prayers of PRAISE!!!
    I’m almost hesitant to post it “out loud”, but I LOVE my NEW JOB!!! What’s not to love? Used less than 1/4 tank of gas this week, lunch @ home with The Girls, AMAZING ERP system that BLOWS the socks off the AS400 dinosaurs I’ve worked on since I got to NC, and really great co-workers!
    Oh, and they shut down the office today at 1:00 to cater in lunch for the employees to celebrate meeting 2nd quarter goals, and then took us all bowling for the rest of the afternoon! So nice to finally be with a company that acknowledges that they are only as good as the people who work for them! Probably why it took me 6 interviews to get here; they want the right people!
    God is so GOOD!!!”
  • We’ve been praying for some friends that are lost at sea. The Coast Guard has been searching for them; this is the latest update from Leslie as of Thursday the 22nd: “At sundown tonight, the coast guard will be suspending their search for Justin and Brian, the 2 firefighters lost at sea. I have no words. Please, pray that they at least find something worthy to continue their search efforts. Please.”
    Please keep praying for Justin and Brian. Pray that God’s Peace, Love, and Strength would surround them and their families and friends, and that if it is His Will, that they would be found. Thank you everyone.
  • Nikki has a prayer request for clients of hers: “Just spoke with the 3rd client in as many days who has lost their job unexpectedly. All the markers show a recession coming – praying for those who are already affected, and those who will be affected if that comes to pass. And, yes, being in travel sales, I am definitely one of those people along with my fellow TAs on here.”
  • Following on that request, Stephanie also has a prayer request: “I’ve worked for the same chiropractic clinic since 1993, and I just got laid off two weeks ago. Thankfully, our upcoming Disney trip is already paid off! I still had my two weeks paid vacation left for this year that I now won’t receive unfortunately.”
  • Also, Nikki has an additional prayer request for Katie: “And my best friend just called me in shock – her wife was just told “go home, your position has been eliminated and we no longer need you” – what is happening? I am so sad for them and shocked. She has been with them since leaving the military, and has moved up and around and has had the steadiest of steady jobs. This is going to get worse before it gets better. Please keep Katie in your prayers this morning!”
  • Cindy has praises and prayer requests to share: “I start with a praise! My daughter celebrated 2 years clean from opioids last Wednesday! God is SO good! Please pray for me and my family. I have a rental house and have been accepting applications. After spending thousands, that we don’t have, repairing the damage from the last tenant, I pray for wisdom in choosing the best applicant. I also am trying to sell my car as soon as possible to recoup some of the money put out. Lastly, as Jody and I go on vacation next week (thankfully that was paid for in March or wouldn’t happen) I pray for travel mercies, peace (for both of us) as he takes his first plane ride along with good health for us and family at home, and a relaxing trip. Thank you all so much!”
  • Jennifer has a prayer request: “Please pray for Mark and I as we are going to Lourdes France, that we will gain spiritual enrichment so that we can deal with my situation. My daughter is staying home with friends please pray that she has a good week as well. also to give my husband the strength and Faith to continue caring for me.”
  • Hey everyone, please pray for my friend Pam and her husband Tim. Tim has had complications from kidney stones and has been in the hospital. Please pray for his healing, and for their Comfort, Strength, and most importantly, Peace for them both. Pam is the children’s director at our church. Thanks everyone!
  • Lori has a prayer request: “OMG, I had no idea ‘Navy Seasoning’ still goes on, but my niece as now a Chief Mess is going through it. Chantelle stands about 5’1”, the mother of one of great nephews (who we never believed would survive at 27 weeks); my sister is with him now.
    They will not not break her. I’m sorry, I am crying, for the pain she is going through.
    Please pray!”
  • Lastly Jason has a prayer request: “Just want to say a quick prayer for everyone in the group and all their friends and family before I zonk out and awaken to a new week. I hope and pray everyone seeing this has a blessed and spirit filled week ahead. If you read this please feel free to join in in lifting each other and everyone up.”

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not in temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Top 3 rides at Disneyland Paris

Hi, I’m Georgia and Mike has been kind enough to let me write a blog post for his blog! 

Since I have been to Disneyland Paris 3 times now, I have a good idea on what my favourite rides are. My top 3 rides are a combination of rides from both parks at Disneyland Paris. 

Firstly, I’d have to say that my favourite ride is Hyperspace Mountain. This is a Star Wars themed ride which I think actually makes the ride even better. The music really adds a thrilling, exciting effect and gets my adrenaline going even more! I also think the laser lights in this ride are really cool, especially since the ride is in the dark; the lasers are a great element to the ride. I’m someone who loves a fast ride that goes upside down and so this ride ticks all my boxes! I’ve been on it many times that I’m already prepared for the photo opportunity. 

Disneyland Paris

Secondly, for the sake of it being a different ride, I’ll say the Tower of Terror is next. I knew this ride was a drop ride however I didn’t really just how intense the ride was. This was the only ride at DLP where I felt nervous to go on it! As soon as the drop happened I grabbed onto my boyfriends leg and thought to myself ‘okay I didn’t expect that’. But because it isn’t just a rollercoaster and it’s something different, it makes me like it even more! I also think the build up to the ride is really effective. It really creates the hotel effect and builds up the tension of ‘right when is this drop going to happen’; I’m always on edge! It may not be a ride for everyone, but it’s definitely one I’ll always do! 

Disneyland Paris

Lastly, my third favourite ride has to be Rock n Roller. Again, like Hyperspace Mountain, this ride is a thrill ride, which I love! I absolutely love the beginning of this ride how it counts you down and then you speed off, it’s so exciting!!! I also love the music and sound effects that this ride offers; it makes it so much more fun. It’s a very fast ride and I do find that my head gets knocked about quite a lot and normally I leave the ride with a headache but it’s a headache that’s worth it. Because of this, I suggest doing this ride near the end of the day just so if your head does hurt, then you haven’t got loads of other rides to face! 

Disneyland Paris

I find it hard to pick my top 3 rides at DLP because I really do love so many of them and it’s tough to call! I hope that soon I can go back to DLP and experience this rides again. 

Thanks for reading. I have my own blog over at The Disney Way and Instagram account ‘the_disney_way’, check me out! 

My help comes from the Lord

My Help Comes from the Lord

My Help Comes from the Lord

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

Psalms 121

My friends, my brothers- and sisters-in-Christ, welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post. Today we are sharing one of my wife’s favorite pieces of Scripture, Psalm 121. This is such a comforting Psalm, it is a clear reminder to us all that the Lord is looking out for us, and when we are in need of help, He is there for us.

For many of us, we are now seeing our children head off to college for the first time. I know that it is a hard thing for some; it is scary at times, hoping that they make the right decisions now that they are on their own. There are two things that you can do in cases like this (maybe more than two, but these two come to mind) — remember how you raised them to do the right things, and pray for them. Pray without ceasing is part of Scripture, it comes from the book of 1 Thessalonians 5:17, and it is important enough that those three words are its own verse. In times like this, when you are sending off a loved one for the first time, Psalm 121 and 1 Thessalonians 5:17 take on new meaning.

My friends, if you are looking at life and wondering what has gone wrong; if you just don’t know how things are ever going to get better for your life and your circumstances; if you just don’t know what to do next; well, the answer may be that you need to put your complete trust in the Lord, the maker of Heaven and Earth. Give it all to Him. All your cares, all your concerns, all your troubles, all your sin, all your hopes, all your dreams, give it all to Him. Ask Him to forgive you for not trusting Him, tell Him you have put your faith in Him and His son, Jesus Christ, and give it all to Him. If you do this with all your heart, He will help you. I can’t say how, because that is for God to decide, but He will help you, starting by giving you the Holy Spirit, and you will be at Peace, perhaps for the first time in your life.

This video is from the Christian music group “for KING & COUNTRY”, it’s called Shoulders. Please play it, and whatever emotions it draws out of you, let it flow, and embrace the feeling you get.

Now, please join with us in praying for our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Leslie starts us off with a prayer request for their friend Justin. Please pray that they are found safely. Here’s the alert from the Coast Guard: “Coast Guard crews are searching for Brian McCluney and Justin Walker. They were last seen departing the Christopher Columbus boat ramp in Port Canaveral Friday in a 24-foot center console. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sector Jacksonville Command Center at 904-714-7558.”
  • We’ve been praying for Sheila’s friend Patty, who broke her fibula. The good news is that she doesn’t need surgery, but she will be off her feet for 12 weeks. Please pray for her healing and recovery.
  • Jodi has a prayer request for her friend Emma and her kids. Here is all the details: “Please pray for my friend Emma and her kids! A couple of weeks ago, they came home after shopping to find an intruder in their house. He was hiding under her bed with a knife & duct tape. He also killed their dog that they had for a long time. Thankfully, the intruder did not hear them & they were able to get out & police arrested him with their K-9 unit. Emma is a single mom and her kids are teens. I’m sure this will not be an easy thing to move past. I know I would be terrified to ever enter my home again!”
  • We are praying for Tabitha’s Dad. Here is what is going on: “Update – my dad got to go home this afternoon. They said he had a TIA stroke which is a mini stroke. He had no side effects from it. Said he needed to watch his diet and get his cholesterol down. Thanks for your prayers!”
  • Bridget has a prayer request: “Please pray for a gentleman I met yesterday while working who told me that he is diabetic and also has cancer. He had 3 of the sweetest dogs with him and I could see how much they loved each other. Just breaks my heart.” – in cases like this, we don’t know their name, but believe me, God knows all the details, and hears our prayers for him.
  • As always, please pray for those that don’t know how to pray or what to pray, and for those that are lost. Remember, pray without ceasing, and remember where your help comes from. Now, please join us in praying the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray

Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not in temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
Casey’s Corner

Disney Dining Review: Casey’s Corner

Casey’s Corner
Casey’s Corner is on Main Street., U.S.A., located near the Hub!

Casey’s Corner

Wander down Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom towards Cinderella Castle, and you are going to find on your left a little quick-service restaurant called Casey’s Corner. This restaurant is home to a great hot dog, and located outside is the great piano where you can sometimes hear some great old-time music playing!

Casey’s Corner
Casey’s has great hot dogs, but they also have great entertainment too!

While the bleachers and movie that gave Casey’s it’s distinctive feel are now gone, I still have memories from before of sitting there with my Grandparents and enjoying my hot dog. However, while the bleachers are gone, they have expanded the seating, so that’s a bonus. Of course, if you can’t find seating indoors, you can also look for seating outside. Often that will comprise leaning against a railing, or walking across Main Street to get to the seating over by the Plaza, but there is usually places to find seating. Of course, if you have a hot dog with ketchup and relish, then maybe you just want to wander around and look at things while eating your hot dog. That’s cool too!

Ultimately, though, to me, what makes Casey’s great is it’s hot dogs. That’s why I go there, what about you? Love Casey’s Corner or leave it? Leave me a comment below and thanks for stopping by!

Can I help you plan your next Disney trip? If so, send me an email to mike@pixievacations.com, or feel free to request a free, no-obligation quote online today! Thanks for spending time with us today, and please tell me in the comments what your favorite Walt Disney World attraction is! Thanks, and have a great Disney day!