Prayers of the Week

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Over the past 2+ years of writing on this blog, the posts have all generally been about Disney.  Of late, though, it has occurred to me that the reach of this little blog has spread greatly, to the point that it isn’t unusual for me to see traffic from such “remote” locations as Russia, India, and Bangladesh!  In fact, My Dreams of Disney has been accessed from 135 different countries/territories across the globe.

The point of all of this isn’t to bring praise to me, but to share with you a realization that I have had along my faith journey — witnessing for the Lord doesn’t just come in the form of face to face conversations — your witness can be as simple as writing a blog post.

To that end, every Sunday I am going to write a post called Prayers of the Week.  This special post will share with you some prayers requests that I, my family, or friends have, and if you are of a mind, please lift up these requests in your daily prayers.  However, this isn’t a one way street by any stretch!  The world that we live in today has many, many problems, and we all have concerns that we need addressed.  So, if you have any prayer requests of your own, please share them in the comments, and know that I will note them down and include your prayer requests in when I pray as well.

For privacy’s sake, I won’t always share all of the details for a prayer request, but I should share enough information that you’ll know what to pray for.

Thank you in advance for your prayers, and don’t be shy — share your prayer requests here!  By doing so, we will show the world how powerful prayer can be!

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray for Kenny and his family.  Kenny’s wife Sherry recently passed away, leaving Kenny and his two young children without their mother.  She was a Believer, so we all know she is in Jesus’ loving embrace, but please pray for God’s Peace to descend upon the family, as well as for His Strength to see them through these trying days.
  • Please pray for my friend’s mother, who is having a difficult time with Chemo and Radiation treatments for breast cancer.  Her daughter travels back home soon, and it is a big worry how she will get on — or whether or not she will have to move up here with her.
  • Please pray for my cousin, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer, as well as for my aunt, who is also undergoing treatment.  Please pray for a healthy result to their treatments.
  • Please pray for my other aunt, who has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer for a long time now.
  • Please pray for my wife’s cousin, who had a stroke recently, and for her parents, who are having to look after her in their later years.
  • Please pray for my family, that we see the stresses of work and school even out some so that we can remember each day the love that we have for each other.
  • Please pray for my friends, for jobs applied for and health looked after.
  • Please pray for my friend’s brother-in-law, who has fought cancer for years, and now has it in his lymph nodes.  He is undergoing some bone scans, and hopes to be eligible for a special clinical trial — if he gets in he has his medicine provided, but if he doesn’t the medicine runs $7-9,000 per month!
  • I have also learned of a specific prayer request for some dear friends; this request is private, but please pray that the parties in this ordeal would receive God’s Wisdom on them, and realize that the course of action they are about to undertake isn’t the best for them and their families.  Also, for everyone that is close to them and is struggling because of the decision this couple is making, please pray for God’s Peace to descend upon them, so that their worries may be lifted away, and they can get back to being the witnesses to the Lord that He needs them to be.

Praises:

God wants to hear our sorrows, our tribulations, the things that are keeping us up at night.  As the 1 Peter 5:7 says:

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

However, it is also great and wonderful to give Thanks to God for those things that we have received!  In that thought, here are some praises we can give to God in Thanks!

  • I, and hundreds of other people, were blessed tonight to be part of the Red Rose Banquet at Edenton Street United Methodist Church.  We were lifted up in song by the children’s choirs, and we had both a silent and live auction to raise funds to help the Ruth Sheets Adult Day Care Center.  It was a wonderful night, and I for one was blessed this night.
  • Wonderful praise is to be lifted up each and every night for the leadership and organization that has led to a wonderful Bible Study called The Men’s Study.  This is my third year studying His Word in this group, and I am closer to God now then at any time in my life — and each day I draw even closer.
  • I am deeply blessed by all of my family and friends.  Each one of them is a blessing, and for each of them I give thanks to God that I have been able to have them in my life — or, in some cases, I thank God that He allowed me to be in their lives!
  • I would like to give thanks to God for my wonderful friends Ervin and Lois.  They are the wonderful parents of my dear friend Monica, and God has blessed me to be able to help them out with a computer problem here and there.  The beauty of it, though, is that, while I’m able to help them, and I gladly do so, I’m not really doing anything that couldn’t be done by someone else.  What I love is, when I leave their house, I have been blessed, and I have learned some new nugget of wisdom that will help me, both in my faith journey, and in my worldly travels as Cindy and I work together to raise our daughter into the daughter that God would have her be.

Now, please feel free to add your prayer concerns in the comments below, and don’t forget, praises are a big thing too, so share those also!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!

Enter to Win from Pixie Vacations!

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Did you know that Pixie Vacations is having a contest to give away a trip to Walt Disney World?  Each week they will select one lucky winner to win a special Magical Mickey plush doll, and this new friend contains some extra special magic — and for one lucky winner, one of them contains a 4 day, 3 night trip to Walt Disney World for up to four adults!

If you win one of the weekly drawings, but don’t win the trip, there are still special goodies in the other dolls, so enter each week to see what you might win!

To enter, you need to go to the Pixie Vacations website, and while you are there, take a look at all of the great specials that they are running throughout the year!  Good luck everyone!

Don’t forget that I’m a new Pixie Vacations travel agent, so if you would like for me to help you plan your next magical Disney vacation, I’m here to help!  Our concierge level services are available free of charge, so why not see what we have to offer?  You can reach me at 919-606-6725 or by email at Mike@PixieVacations.com, so reach out to me — I’m here to help!

Thanks for stopping by, and good luck in the contest!

2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

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The 2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs from March 6 – May 19, 2013, and is one of the special events that you can visit at Epcot.  Featuring incredible flower displays all throughout Epcot, along with special events and guests, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is a highlight for many people in their Disney Vacation plans!

My family has never been to the Flower & Garden Festival before, but this is certainly one thing that is on our bucket list of things to experience!  In addition to the incredible topiaries, flower displays, and other incredible gardening exhibits, Epcot also has their Flower Power Concert series throughout, and HGTV, as one of the sponsors of the event, has special hosts at their pavilion throughout the Festival’s run.  Here is the list of HGTV hosts that will be on hand during the Festival’s run:

  • March 8-10: Chris Lambton of HGTV’s Going Yard
  • March 15-17: Chris Grundy of DIY Network’s Cool Tools
  • March 22-24: Egypt Sherrod of HGTV’s Property Virgins
  • March 29-31: Brandon Johnson of HGTV’s My Yard Goes Disney
  • April 5-7: Meg Caswell of HGTV’s Meg’s Great Rooms
  • April 12-14: Jason Cameron of DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves
  • April 19-21: Sara Peterson of Editor-in-Chief, HGTV Magazine
  • April 26-28: Carter Oosterhouse of HGTV’s Million Dollar Rooms
  • May 3-5: Casey Noble of HGTV’s Design on a Dime
  • May 10-12: Dan Faires of HGTV’s Design Star and HGTV.com’s DanMade
  • May 17-19: David Bromstad of HGTV Design Star, Color Splash, Design Star All-Stars

Are you interested in attending the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival this year?  If so, then Pixie Vacations has a great deal for you if your travel dates fall between April 7 – 14, 2013.  If this is the case, then you can get a 5-night, 6-day vacation for an astounding deal!  Included in your trip will be accommodations at one of these incredible Disney resorts:

  • Disney’s All Star Movies Resort (Value Level Resort)
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside (Moderate Level Resort)
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort & Spa (Moderate Level Resort)
  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort (Deluxe Level Resort)
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort (Deluxe Level Resort)

Additionally, you will receive Magic Your Way tickets, Disney’s Plus Dining, and a free Disney Water Park or DisneyQuest ticket for each person of your party.

If you are interested in booking this trip, you have until March 7, 2013 to do so, so don’t delay!  You can call me at 919-606-6725, email me at Mike@PixieVacations.com, or you can go to the Pixie Vacations website and request a quote.  It’s that simple!

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My Pixie Vacations Journey!

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As you might have heard on this past Friday’s Friendship Friday post, I am a new travel agent with Pixie Vacations!  This is a journey that started way back on September 8, 2010, the day that I started My Dreams of Disney, and continues to this day as I learn more about what it takes to be a Pixie Travel Agent!

With this post, I wanted to take a moment and share with you all of the incredible Disney experiences that are waiting for you to discover when you call on me to help plan your next Disney vacation!

Disney, of course, is more then just theme parks, more then just dining, more then just cruises.  With Disney, what you are creating is Memories, and what you are discovering is Magic — that incredible Disney Magic known throughout the world (or World, as the case may be!)

As a Pixie Vacations Travel Agent, my services are available to you free of charge — give me a call at 919-606-6725, or send me an email to Mike@PixieVacations.com, and I’ll be happy to work with you to help you come up with the perfect vacation for you and your family!

However, Pixie Vacations is a full service travel agency, so if you want me to research cruises other then Disney, or other vacation destinations, I can do that also!

So what are your plans for your next vacation?  Disney has so many more options then what you might know about.  I can help you out with any of these incredible vacation ideas:

Where will your dreams take you today?  Check in with me and I’ll help you plan the magical vacation that you and your family deserve!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friendship Friday: My Pixie Friends!

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Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of Friendship Friday!  While I normally use this post as an opportunity to highlight a special friendship that I have with a friend or family member, today I am using my forum to shout out a group of friends and professionals in the Disney travel industry — my friends at Pixie Vacations!

The picture that you see above was taken for the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, on October 1, 2011, which Cindy, Sophie, my niece Stephanie, and I had the honor to be able to attend.  On that day, we were able to meet up with some incredible people — some that I already knew through the blog, some that I knew through Chip and Company, and some that I only knew through the incredible MouseChat.net podcast.

Looking at the left you see my wife Cindy and daughter Sophie, Lisa, one of the owners of Pixie Vacations, with one of her daughters; my Sister-In-Christ Brenda, me, my buddy Bob, one of the characters on the MouseChat.net Podcast and a Pixie Vacations Travel Agent, my friend Chris, another of the Pixie Vacations Travel Agents, and also on the MouseChat.net Podcast, my friend Natalie, another of the Pixie Vacations Travel Agents, my niece Stephanie, and Steve, who is married to Lisa and is the other owner of Pixie Vacations.

I chose today to highlight this special group of people because I have a big announcement to make — at least, it is big to me, and Cindy and Sophie like it too — I have recently signed on to be a travel agent with Pixie Vacations!  Let me tell you, since I started this, I have had an incredible amount of fun — and by the way, I started it on my birthday, February 6th, 2013 — but on top of that, I have met online even more incredible people then those that I’ve featured here today!  When I was talking about this with Lisa, one of the biggest things I learned from her was that her agents are family to her, ‘Ohana, if you will, and that no matter what happened in the course of daily business, she expected her family to remember that, and to treat each other with the respect that we all deserve.

At Pixie Vacations, we strive to help you have the most magical vacation you can — whether that be at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or any of the other magical Disney destinations — or on a more traditional vacation path, also.  We are here to help you; all of us at Pixie were people that planned our vacations for our families, and we loved it so much that it made sense to branch out and help other people plan their vacations also.

So, what can I do for you today?  If you would like my advice, help, and support in planning a Disney vacation, please feel free to reach out to me; you can get started by calling the number on the image below, or shooting me an email to Mike@PixieVacations.com.  Thanks for stopping by, and reading about my friends at Pixie Vacations!

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Friendship Friday, as you all probably know by now, is the brainchild of my dear Disney friend Heidi from Heidi’s Head!  Please click on the image below to learn who she has featured for today on her Friendship Friday post, and thanks for stopping by!