Bible Emergency Numbers

Prayers for the Week – Bible Emergency Numbers

Bible Emergency Numbers

The Bible Emergency Numbers has some great Bible verses to check out!

Hello everyone, and welcome to our weekly Prayers for the Week post!  Today I re-found this great resource — the Bible Emergency Numbers that you can feel free to call on when you see something going on in your life or the life of those around you.

God calls us to love Him, and to serve Him, and the sad reality is that far too often, we do not do either in a great enough measure.  I think that this list, the Bible Emergency Numbers, is a great way for us to refocus ourselves when we fit one of the criteria.  For example, take a look at the last line:

If you find the world growing small, and you great, call Psalm 19.

Psalm 19 is just one of the Psalms of King David.  In it, he tells us of how Heaven is proclaiming all of God’s Glory, and then he goes on to talk about all of God’s laws are great — His instruction revives our being, His commands are pure, giving light to our eyes.

King David then goes on to ask the question, what happens if we sin accidentally?  He then goes on to ask for forgiveness, and for God to keep him from any willful sins, and to keep sin from ruling his life.

Finally, he gives us one of the most important benedictions we can receive:

Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you, Lord, my rock and my redeemer. ~ Psalm 19:14

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Another update for my friend Amanda and her husband Daniel:Just a really quick update! Daniel has been completely cleared for surgery. The surgeon is going to try to leave him with 25-30% of his liver to lower the risk of liver failure but no promises. Surgery is this Thursday. We have to be at the hospital at 5:30 am and they will take him back around 7:30. Suregery will last 5-6 hours. He’ll spend the first few days in ICU and have a total stay between 10-12 days if there are no complications. The risk of liver failure is a concern through the first week postop.
    Please pray for a successful surgery and complication free surgery and post op. Please ask God to guide the clinicians treating Daniel and to give Daniel the strength needed to fight this battle. Thanks for your prayers and support! We truly can feel you praying for us!!Please pray for them and their kids, for all of the reasons Amanda listed. Thanks everyone!

    • Then, today, we had this update from Amanda:Sorry I haven’t gotten an update out since the surgery but it’s been a whirlwind! This will be short because we are in watch mode right now. As of now Daniel’s progress has been good. He’s in ICU recovering as planned. He’s doing everything he can to move to the standard floor. Please keep the prayers coming! They are definitely working! I will send another update when I have more to report. Thanks again for all of the love and support!
  • Here is the latest on Katy throughout the week:Today’s update on Katy:
    Another stable night for Katy. The LVAD is still running well and they continue to try to take fluid off of her. All tests are in normal ranges. She is a Rockstar as always.Continue the prayers, please — they are working!From Amiee this morning: Ugh…Miss Kate needs to turn the corner. Her kidneys aren’t working as well as we need them to…her right heart pressures are too high. She has a culture growing something. She is not in a good place please step up the prayers.From Katy’s Mom:
    Feeling blessed… Although Katy is very sick I find comfort that she is getting the best care. Her bed is surrounded by 6 of the best cardiologists, her nurses, her surgeon while they are performing an echo and making the best decisions for our girl. No one is giving up.

    Great update about Katy:
    We have an increase in PEE! I never thought pee would bring me to tears! The rockstar is rocking on!

    Katy update:
    Seriously Katy is so amazing… I get all my strength and courage from her. They lifted her paralytic and she is fighting through the ridiculous hug morphine dose to open her eyes and nod. I told her she was doing a great job and she was going to get better and she nodded her head. Another great day of peeing and the talk is they hope to close her chest tomorrow.

    As you can see, the world is definitely a roller coaster of emotion for them.  Please keep up your prayers, so that we can see her overcome all of these obstacles!  Thanks everyone!

  • Lastly, I have a big praise to share courtesy of my friend Rusty:One year ago today, my wife found out she had breast cancer. The following day, she told me she was pregnant with our second child!
    It has been an absolutely insane, crazy, hectic year. While it is not the journey that either one of us wanted to take, I am so proud of my wife for taking each hurdle in stride.
    I look forward to putting cancer behind us and having fun with our kids!
    We could not have done it without the love and support of family and friends. You know who you are. THANK YOU!

Thank you all for reading and praying all week.  If you have any prayer requests, please feel free to add them in the comments, and we’ll pray for you too!  Thanks!  Now, let’s close by asking that God’s Will be done by 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 do e,
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. Amen.

2Timothy 1:7

Prayers for the Week – 2Timothy 1:7

2Timothy 1:7

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” ~ 2Timothy 1:7

To be a Christian is to accept Jesus into your life.  To tell God that you know that you are a sinner, and that you know that you have failed Him.  To tell God that you know and believe that God sent His Son Jesus to earth to die for our sins, to pay the ultimate penalty for our sinful nature.  To be a Christian is to believe and acknowledge how far we have fallen, and to ask God to forgive us.

Once you do that, you are saved — you are a Christian, and you have eternal life when you die your earthly body.  More than that, though, Scripture tells us that when we Believe, God sends the Holy Spirit into our heart to guide us, to allow us to have Him near, to be our counsel when we need Him.  Once you do that, your life is different, changed, 180 degrees different from how you lived your life before.  To be a Christian is to accept responsibility for your actions, but to know that someone’s got your back.  To be a Christian is knowing that despite how many mistakes you make, God will forgive you — if you ask Him for forgiveness.  However, to be a Christian is to know that you are special, that you are now a Child of God. Knowing this fact sets you apart from everyone else that has not accepted Jesus into their lives.  Knowing this makes you realize that your life has a plan now — you aren’t just going through the motions of life one day after another.  Knowing you are a Child of God puts things in perspective.  After you accept all that God has given you because of your decision, 2Timothy 1:7 makes a whole lot of sense.

When you are a Christian, you do not need to be timid, you do not need to be questioning, you do not need to be scared.  When you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit is there for you, waiting for you to ask.  I hope that this makes sense to you and that I’ve made my point clear.  When you are a Christian, God empowers you to ask for the things you need by praying — and the Holy Spirit is your counselor and will approach God for you.  Now, please use the Holy Spirit that lives within you to lift up these prayer requests and praises to God.  Thank you everyone!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Continued prayers for my friend Amanda and her husband Daniel. Here is what Amanda wrote:Ok, settle in – this is going to be a long one! Daniel had his 4th round of chemo on schedule on 6/16. A CT of the liver was done this past Monday. We met with the surgeon yesterday and the oncologist today. The surgeon said the tumor had not shrunk but also did not grow or spread based on the CT – so not exactly what we wanted but not bad either. The healthy liver only grew slightly putting Daniel just over the line needed to move forward with the resection. So the liver resection will be scheduled in 3 weeks. YAY!
    But, because of the healthy liver growth just taking him over the line his resection moves from risky to highly risky due to the increased risk of intraoperative hemorrhage or post operative liver failure. Based on my very, very brief research at 1 am last night, the mortality rate is 11% when only leaving 20% liver volume. So, I’m pretty much scared out of my wits! But God gave us a fighting chance by answering our prayers to move forward with surgery and we will continue to trust in Him to get us through.
    We have to have a PET/CT prior to surgery to make sure the cancer hasn’t shown up any place else. Daniel does have another mass that showed up a few weeks ago on his side but both doctors think it is not a cancerous mass – but they will check to be sure. If the cancer is anywhere else, it is likely the surgery will be canceled. His healthy liver will continue to grow during these 3 weeks but it is unlikely it will grow enough to move us out of the high risk category. But every extra % we can get is a good thing. And God can do anything He wants so if He wants it to grow, it will.
    The surgery will be 5-8 hours and can’t be done laparoscopically. He will spend at least the first 48 hours in ICU and we can expect a total inpatient stay of 10-12 days if there are no complications. To make it even more fun, the end of the stay will coincide with the first day of school for Cate! But God never gives you more than you can handle, right! After surgery, they will give his liver time to regenerate before we meet with the oncologist to determine next steps in treatment to work to prevent or prolong recurrence. This could mean the same chemo regimen he’s been on for a few months, a different treatment or nothing. I will tell you I’m not rooting for nothing – I want to do everything we can to keep this away. Now, the man dealing with being poisoned every 2 weeks might have a different opinion!
    You all have been such awesome prayer warriors, I hate to ask you to kick it up a notch but that’s what I’m going to do! We need prayers that Daniel is healthy and has his energy back prior to surgery so he can fight with every ounce of his being. We need prayers that that healthy liver grows like crazy – maybe even 10% or more extra volume – and that the tumor doesn’t grow or the cancer doesn’t spread. We need prayers that God’s plan is for Daniel to make it through and be cured and able to live on this earth with us for many, many years to come. We need prayers for God to guide the clinicians hands, eyes and minds to a successful outcome. And, finally, we need prayers that Daniel, Cate and I have the strength to get through this and the grace and peace to handle whatever God’s plan for us may be. Feel free to put us on whatever prayer lists you have available to you. We fully believe in the power of prayer.
    Thank you all so much for your love, support and prayers! Please everyone have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!
  • At our church, our friends Sarah and Eric are expecting a baby!  Please give Praise to God for their child, and also pray to God for Sarah’s comfort during the heat of the summer!  Thank you!
  • My cousin Michelle and her daughter Julia have been going through some stress.  Julia had a leg problem that they had surgery on this past Thursday.  Everything seems to be going well, so please keep praying for her recovery and give Praise to God for the successful surgery.  Thanks!
  • My friend Rosanne and her husband Tom are expecting a baby!  Please give Praise to God for their child, and pray for Rosanne’s health and that of the baby during their term.  Thanks!
  • Lastly, continue to pray for Stephanie and her recovery from surgery, and for Leslie and her pregnancy.  Thanks!

Thank you everyone for praying for all of our requests throughout the week!  It means a great deal to me, and I know it does to those that you are praying for!  If you have any requests you need us to pray over, please leave them in the comments!

Now, please pray with me 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 into Temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.

Memorial Day

Prayers for the Week – Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Correction: This is actually Isaiah 60:20, not 60:18.

“Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end.” ~ Isaiah 60:20 NIV.

To all of my fellow countrymen and women that serve or have served in our armed forces, I thank you.  To all of your families that have sacrificed just as much as our soldiers have so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we do as Americans, I thank you.  For all of you that have lost loved ones in their service to our country, my heart breaks for you for all the pain, grief, and sorrow that you went through, and I lift my prayers up to God today for all of you.  On this Memorial Day weekend, I remember that it is because of all of you that have served our country that my family is safe and has the freedoms that it enjoys to this day.  That dedication is not forgotten by my family, nor will it ever be.  Thank You.  Now, please lift up our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Amanda has an update on her husband Daniel and his cancer treatments. Here is what she wrote:Are you all tired of the updates yet?! This has been a long week but we are trudging forward. School has ended for the year, softball season is over and we’ve passed another checkpoint in our journey towards Daniel’s liver resection. Now, hopefully, we can have time to take a deep breath and reset!Daniel was able to have the embolization on Friday. YAY! It went well and the radiologist was happy with the embolization he was able to get. We started cycle 2 of chemo this past Monday. It was rough but not as rough as the first round. Daniel is very tired and it seems he gets chemo hiccups as one of the lovely side effects. For those that have never heard of chemo hiccups, they are caused by the steriods they give the patients prior to administration of the chemo regimen. He will have them off and on (mostly on) for the second through fourth days of the cycle and they are not a nice calm hiccup but a move your whole body hiccup. The chemo nurses are working to get them under control for next round. Otherwise, he had limited vomiting but still had nausea and the fatigue that comes with treatment. He will get fluids Friday through Tuesday to help with dehydration and neupogen shots on Friday and Tuesday to try to keep that white blood cell count up. Since we only have 4 cycles, the oncologist is kind of throwing everything at him to help get that healthy liver to grow.As for the resection, we will re-image in the next 6 weeks or so (the 4th of July holiday will affect the scheduling) to see if the healthy liver has grown and the tumor has shrunk enough to move forward with the resection. There needs to be enough healthy liver for the surgeon to take the tumor and good margins and him still have 20-25% liver left. If we have the results we want, the resection will be scheduled for 2-3 weeks after the imaging so mid- July to early August. If we don’t have the results we want, we will likely have more chemo and work with the doctors on next steps.So specific prayers, beyond total healing, is that the embolization and chemo work together successfully to get us enough healthy liver to move forward with the resection this summer (I’m praying for at least 45% healthly liver but that’s just a number I came up with – not medical guidance), that Daniel continue to have the strength to fight the fight he needs and that we can continue to support each other and keep perspective.Once again, thank you for all the love, support and prayers! We love our prayer warriors and pray for each of you daily! If you have anything specific need us to pray for, please let me know!

    Also, several people have asked if there is something they can send Daniel for encouragement. Before I go into this idea, please do not feel any obligation! In my frantic and scattered state, I can’t remember who has asked so I have to include it here. As one of the side effects of chemo, Daniel’s hair is thinning and he must always where a hat. He mentioned he won’t wear any of his ball caps he is currently wearing after the chemo has stopped because of the chemical smell and general emotional stress. So if you would like you, feel free to send a baseball cap. He doesn’t like the fitted or elastic banded caps because it hurts his hair follicles and the trucker hats don’t protect his scalp from the sun so just your general run of the mill baseball cap would be perfect. Again, no obligation!

  • Please pray for my friend Linda. She is having the first of two eye surgeries on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, to repair cataracts. The second surgery is scheduled for the following week. Please pray for her doctors as they repair her eyes, for her strength, peace, and comfort during this time, and for a quick turnaround on her healing.
  • I want to give a big praise for my sister Robin and her husband Jim.  Today is their 29th Wedding Anniversary!  Happy Anniversary you two!  It has been an honor to see you two grow in your love together and to watch you raise your children to be fantastic adults!  I love you both!
  • Lastly, I want to give a big praise to God for all of you that so readily pray for all of these requests week in and week out.  It means a lot to me, and I know that it means a lot to those that we are praying for.  Thank you for doing so, and may God Bless each and every one of you for doing this for those that we’ve never even met.

Do you have any prayer requests that you want to share with us?  If you do, please leave them in the comments, and we’ll pray for you!  Until next week, let’s close like we always do by 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 into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.

 

Friendship Friday: Amanda from Disney’s Cheapskate Princess!

Cheapskate Princess

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of Friendship Friday!  Last week I missed out because of work chaos, but this week I’m back, and the person I want to focus on today is my great friend Amanda — the creator of the site Disney’s Cheapskate Princess!

The blogging gig is an interesting one — quite often you interact with people for months on end, but you rarely meet them.  I can count on less then my 10 fingers the number of people I’ve actually met in my travels, and Amanda is one of them!

I first “met” Amanda when she became a writer for Chip and Company.  Amanda had a successful Facebook Fan Page, but no blog, and she and I struck up a friendship as I helped her get her blog going.  Amanda and I are both kind of wacky, and as a result, we hit it right off!

Amanda is a terrific writer, so on her blog I most often helped with her “technical challenges” as they arose. :)

I’ll never forget the day we met — at the Magic Kingdom this past June.

I had 9 park tickets with me, as I was making a beeline over to Space Mountain to get Fast Passes.  As I was walking over there, I heard someone yell out “Mike Ellis” and I turned around — but didn’t see anyone I knew, so I kept going and got our Fast Passes.

As I was walking back, this lady stops me and introduces herself — and it was Amanda!  You see, I didn’t recognize her because most of the time her Facebook picture is of some random thing or person — not of her — so it was great to meet her!  I also met her husband and kids, so it was quite enjoyable, and they met Cindy and Sophie.

It’s really hard for me to put into words what my friendship with Amanda really means to me.  She’s a great person, a teacher, and she has a huge depth of caring for her students.  She and I have struck up quite a friendship, and it’s not uncommon at all for us to text back and forth — or message on Facebook — late in the evening.  She loves numbers, so we often go back and forth about how well this article did (or didn’t do) or how well that article did.  Most of all, though, she has an incredibly kind soul — I don’t think she has ever met a person she didn’t like (or at least, didn’t talk their ear off!) — and she is forgiving, even when I post pictures like this, which she hates:

Mike and Amanda

Amanda, I didn’t post this to Pinterest. :)

That sums up my friendship with Amanda from Disney’s Cheapskate Princess.  If you haven’t seen her site, go check it out, and check out her Facebook Fan Page as well — you will love both of them as much as I love Amanda!  Now, go read who my great friend Heidi is focusing on this morning for her Friendship Friday post!  Just click on the button below, and thanks for stopping by!