On this 8th day of November, 2016, the United States stands poised to select the next president of this country. We stand at a crossroads, one between selecting a person that many believe to be a criminal, or selecting a person that many believe is a racist, sexist individual that will lead this country into greater despair.
My friends, I do not know which person will be the better president, and at this point I can only guess at who will win the election. However, I started thinking about that incredible attraction in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, the Hall of Presidents, and that gave me pause. Ponder with me for a few moments on three key things that I’ve realized about this great country of ours.
This is not the first time our country has faced fear and uncertainty.
Believe it or not, but our country has been more divided before — the Civil War is proof of that division.
The president that adheres to these words from the Hall of Presidents production will be a great leader:
“Our hopes should be their hopes, our fears should be their fears.”
In this time of fear, uncertainty, and the unknown, take a moment, my friends, and watch the YouTube video of the Hall of Presidents. Watch it, remember it, and relish in the simple truths that this show teaches us — that together, we are Americans, and we can tackle any challenge as long as we do it together.
The Cross is perhaps the most important symbol of Christianity. The Cross, such a simple structure, is the point of our salvation. Our lives, as sinful, as hurtful as they are, take on a new meaning when we believe in our hearts these wonderful facts:
God sent His Son, Jesus, to earth to save us.
Jesus taught all of us how to live, and what is truly important.
Jesus died for us so that we might be saved from our sin.
Lastly, Jesus was resurrected, and, in being resurrected, conquered death.
It is a simple thing to believe, but it is also something that we have convinced is not as simple as that. We have taught ourselves, or allowed ourselves to be taught, that it isn’t that simple. We have allowed ourselves to believe that it isn’t God’s Gift to us, that we must earn our salvation. That is not true or possible. Salvation comes in believing that God sent His Son to die for our sins, and that Jesus died, and was resurrected from that death. When we believe that and put our trust and faith in Jesus, we are saved. After we are saved, if we have truly been saved, then our actions, our words, our deeds, will evolve over time, and we will act more like Jesus would have us act. This is because when we are saved, God sends the Holy Spirit to us, and we are indwelt with the Spirit of God.
My friends, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, when you read these prayer requests, you are praying to God on behalf of these requests. When you give God Praise for the good things that happen in our lives, you are thanking God for giving us those good things. Thank you for choosing each day to read these and pray and praise with us. If we can pray for you, please leave us a comment, and we will add it to our prayer post and pray for you. Now, please pray with us this week. Thank you!
Prayer Requests and Praises…
Prayers please for Decatur, Alabama police officer Josh Driggers and his family. Here is the press release:Press ReleaseOn February 4, 2015, Decatur Police Officer Josh Driggers went to his doctor after experiencing persistent headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Medical tests were conducted and it was revealed that Josh had a tumor on his brain. After initially scheduling Josh for immediate surgery in Huntsville, his physicians reconsidered and referred him to Duke University Medical Center. Josh and his family will leave for Durham, North Carolina on Wednesday. His surgery has been scheduled for Friday.Josh has been with the Decatur Police Department for almost five years and is married with two young children. In addition to his work as a patrol officer, Josh serves on the department’s Honor Guard. His condition came on suddenly, with very little warning. In addition to his concern about his condition, Josh is dealing with the financial impact it will have on his family. An account has been set up at Redstone Federal Credit Union under Joshua Driggers Love Offering.
We ask that everyone remember Josh and his family and keep them in your prayers as they go through this difficult time. We will provide updates on Josh’s condition as we receive them.
Earlier this month, we had this prayer request on behalf of my friend Jodi:My friend Jodi has a prayer request for us. Here is what she wrote:Can you please add my friend Laura to your prayer list this week? Her brother Todd, to whom she’s always been extremely close, has been fighting cancer. They learned yesterday it has spread to his brain. He has been sent home with hospice care. Todd is Laura’s son’s favorite uncle, and this is very hard on him too (Sam, age 9). Thank you!Please pray with me:
Heavenly Father, we hear daily of struggles that people are going through with that horrific disease — cancer. We really are at a loss to understand how these things invade the lives of Your people, but we also know that You have a plan for all of us. We take heart in Your Words from the book of Jeremiah: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” So we know that, despite the disease that Todd is fighting, we know that his life has a purpose, and it is a purpose that You have written for him. Please be with Todd, with his sister Laura, with her son Sam, and with all of their family. Please give Todd the Peace, the Strength, the Comfort, the Love that he needs. Please be with all of them and enfold them in Your Loving embrace so that they would know You are with them. Also, Lord, if it is Your Will, Lord, we pray for healing for Todd. Show us Your Power, Your Glory, and show us that all the medicine in the world means nothing when compared to what You can do. We ask all of these things in the wonderful name of Your Son Jesus with Thanksgiving. Amen
Unfortunately, I learned from Jodi that Todd passed away. Please continue to pray for his family, for his sister Laura, and especially for her son Sam, who is missing his Uncle right now. Please pray that God will be with them all in the days, weeks, and months to come. Thank you.
Please pray for my Mom — her breast cancer surgery is on Wednesday the 25th. Please pray for her, for her medical team, and for God’s Healing Touch on her.
My wife Cindy and I would like to give Praise to God for the news that our daughter Sophie received! We learned that she was accepted for her school of choice for the fall! She will be going to Vernon Malone College and Career Academy, and will be studying Simulation & Game Development! Cindy and I are very excited for Sophie, and we give God Praise for this great news for Sophie.
Please pray for all of those that are participating in the season of Lent. I have made a commitment to track all of my food on Weight Watchers — this is disciplining me. Cindy has given up all soda during Lent, and others are doing their own Lenten sacrifices. Please pray for all of us to be closer to God and the sacrifice that Jesus made for us during this season.
Date: February 20: Prayers urgently needed
Here is an urgent prayer request for all of us!! She asked that it be forwarded ASAP to as many people possible:
Dear Friend: Just a few minutes ago, I received the following text message on my phone, from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI), We spoke briefly on the phone, and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all our contacts. We lost the city of Queragosh. It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food to. ISIS has pushed back Kurdish Forces, and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated its staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!!!.
Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of people of northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians in this area.
May I plead with you not to ignore this email? Do not forward it before you have prayed through it. Then send it to as many people as possible. Send it to friends and Christians you know. Send it to your prayer group. Send it to your pastors. Any one you can think of. We need to stand in the gap for our fellow Christians. In His Service, Beverly Bassett firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
First Baptist Church 6797 Caroline Street Milton, FL 32570
My friend Shannan has a prayer request. We have no details, but we know that God knows all, so please pray for Shannan and for God’s Will in her life.
Now, please pray with me the words that Jesus taught His Disciples to pray:
Our Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed by 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 into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever.
Hello everyone, and welcome to our special Mother’s Day edition of our Prayers for the Week post! Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Moms that are reading this post today! This is a wonderful day for all of the mother’s that are out in our world, and what greater way to honor them then to give thanks to God for allowing us to have Mom’s to look after us, teaching us right from wrong, and moulding us into the strong men and women that we are because of their nurturing touch! We’ve got a lot of needed prayers, but we’ve also got some huge praises for this week, so let’s start with them first!
Our Lord is great, and what better way to show His love for us then through our Mom’s? My biggest praise today is for my Mom, Ellen, who means so much to me, even though I don’t show it as much as I ought to. Mother’s Day is a wonderful day to remember our Moms, but we shouldn’t use the single day to do so — so I’m going to strive to be better at doing that throughout the year! However, Mom, if you read this, know that I love you, and thank you for everything you did to make me the man I am today!
In addition to all of the Moms out there, we’ve got these praises as well:
To me, the biggest praise of all is the escape of the women and child from the house in Cleveland. What a scary, scary story that was, and to me, the biggest thing I can say is that, as traumatic as that was for all of them, they now have the ability to work through all of that, put it behind them as best they can, and live the rest of their life! Praise God for second chances, and for saving them just as He saved Peter from prison in Acts 12:1-19. However, prayers are still needed for them, so lift them and others like them up in your prayers. Please pray for the unknown victims of violent acts; that God would protect them and keep them safe. Thanks!
My sister Robin has some praises for this week, plus a couple of prayer requests sprinkled in, here is what she had to say: Well, almost one week down for Stephanie and Shane so that is a praise. I also have a friend who is coming home from Afghanistan and will see his daughter for the first time! Of course there have been Skypes and pictures, etc. but Corey and Lauren will be together with baby Cadence this week. We do have an appointment tomorrow with the judge in Jim’s disability case, so prayers for peace will be greatly appreciated. I officially graduated even though I still have one class to finish and another to take, but praying for God to open doors as He sees fit and bless me with my own classroom if that is what I am able to do. Love to all of you!
Please pray for my cousin Barb’s husband Tim, who has been diagnosed with cancer. He is undergoing treatment right now, please pray for his health, of course, but also pray for peace, his comfort, and the strength to get through this. Also pray for Barb and their son Jason, who is about to graduate from high school and very likely is going through some stresses because of this double whammy of school and the health of his Dad. Please pray for God’s Peace to descend upon all of them so that they can see the joy that will be created when Tim is recovered from this illness!Thanks everyone!
Please pray for my friend Leigh Ann’s sister-in-law Tina. She has had surgery, and needs prayers for healing, for God’s Peace to descend upon her and her family, for comfort during this time, and also for strength for the family. Thanks!
I also want to lift up my friend Kris, who is a reader on the site! Kris is raising money for March of Dimes for their walk. During the fundraising period, Kris had to have some surgery, so she hasn’t made her goal yet, but she is still going to do the walk, even if she is in a wheelchair! The deadline for raising funds is tomorrow, but more then raising funds, please pray for Kris’ recovery from her surgery, as well as lifting praise to God for this wonderful cause that she is participating in. If you want to donate, you can still do so at this link:http://www.marchforbabies.org/personal_page.asp?pp=4826529&ct=4&w=6121184&u=AmunetThanks! God Bless You, Kris!
Please pray for my wife’s co-worker Virginia. Virginia’s mom was just diagnosed with lung cancer, and they don’t know how extensive it is. Virginia also recently lost her mother-in-law, so please lift up her mom with healing prayers, and pray for the whole family to experience God’s Peace and comfort in their lives so they will have the strength to fight this disease. Also pray for their salvation, that they know Jesus if they don’t know Him already.Thanks everyone!
Lottie, the creator of the Crunchy Disney Ma blog, is asking for some very special prayer requests! Here is what she wrote:Prayer requests?!?! AWESOME! Add me. Prayers for a happy, healthy pregnancy and smooth delivery of an adorable baby are always welcome.Congratulations, Lottie, on your pregnancy and the upcoming birth of your baby! We’ll be praying for your and your baby’s health, as well as your comfort during the pregnancy, and that, if anything worries you, you would let God’s Peace descend upon you to put you at ease! Keep us posted, please, so we can celebrate with you!
As always, thank you for taking the time to read and pray for these requests, and for giving thanks to God for our praises! The more we pray, the better the result, and minute by minute, day by day, week by week, we will make a difference in these lives — and you’ll find that you are making a difference in your own life also! Thanks everyone!
Far too often, our men and women in service to our country are forgotten while they put themselves in harms way to keep America safe from the likes of terrorists and other people that would do us harm. Today is Veterans Day, and here at My Dreams of Disney, we remember that so many people have given of themselves — and sometimes paid the ultimate price — so that the rest of us could enjoy the freedoms that our great country has provided to us. So for today, we are remembering all of you — the men and women of our armed forces, and their parents, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters that have paid such a heavy price in service to our country. Sit back, enjoy the pictures, and remember the sacrifice that our troops — and their families — give of themselves day in and day out, to keep their loved ones and all of us safe in America. Read More