God of Hope

Prayers for the Week: the God of Hope

God of Hope

The God of Hope

Hello everyone, and thank you for joining us today for our Prayers for the Week post. Today we are sharing with you a special passage of Scripture, Romans 15:13. Here is the Word of God for you:

‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’

Romans 15:13

Today, we send these words out to the friends and family of Amie Miller, a young child of God who was called home to Jesus sooner than we wanted her to be. I never had the pleasure to meet her, but my friend Kristin told us about her in our prayer group, and we joined her and countless others in praying for Amie and her family. While we grieve with her parents, family, and friends over her passing, we also celebrate with them in knowing that Jesus has her in His arms, and that He has taken away her illness and healed her body from all sickness.

My friends, while I don’t know Amie’s parents, I can relate in some ways with them. You see, Amie passed away on Sophie’s 18th birthday. While Sophie has had a healthy upbringing aside from her Asperger’s and her ADHD, Sophie was born 7 weeks early, and when she was born, neither Cindy nor I knew what the outcome would be. However, I had God’s Peace — that Peace that transcends understanding — upon my heart while she was being born, and I knew that she would be okay. That was a very powerful reminder that our God is the God of Hope.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, let me remind you that our God is the God of Hope, and we find that in Romans 15:13 and throughout the Bible. It’s important that we remember that, because if we forget it, then it becomes that much easier for Satan to infiltrate our lives and distract us from our true calling. Remember, our true calling is to praise God and His Son, Jesus, and to spread His message of salvation for all of those that need to hear it. If we don’t do that, we are ignoring Jesus’ commandment to us in the Great Commission. We must always be ready to share that wonderful news, especially in today’s world.

Now, please join us in praying with us in our Prayer Requests and Praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Cindy’s friend Linda is traveling to Ohio to visit with her Mom, who is in a skilled nursing facility and is fading quickly. Please pray for Linda and her husband as they travel and for Peace, Comfort, and Strength to surround them all in these final days before she is called Home. She is a Christian so she knows where she is going. Thanks everyone!
  • This was the prayer request from Kristin that shared the wonder of Amie with us: “I need prayers for a friend’s family. Their daughter has a rare chromosome condition like my son. She has heart surgery two days ago and it did not go well. Last night they told her mom that they would have to amputate both legs. Then this morning, they told her that the arythmias that her heart was having damaged every organ in her body. They are having to let her go. The surgery was supposed to allow her to be a normal 12 year old girl again. Please pray for her parents.”
  • Hey Everyone, Cindy’s cousin Debbie has a prayer request. Her boyfriend Mark is having back surgery today, it’s his second surgery for his back. Please pray for God’s Healing Touch on him, as well as for God to guide the medical team, and for Peace, Comfort, and Strength for Mark and for all of them. Thanks everyone!
  • Remember to pray for our list of prayer requests from last week’s post.

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
God's Wrath

Prayers for the Week – God’s Wrath

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Romans 1:18-32 (ESV)

18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
24Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
26For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

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Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post. Today we are starting a hard lesson, understanding how we are under God’s Wrath and what we can do to change that. This world is so full of chaos, clutter, confusion, anger, and hatred, and until we know why that is, we will never have the opportunity to change it.

My prayer for this post is that God would use these words I’m writing to drill down deep into all of our souls and see where we are lacking, with the aim of improving ourselves, and by extension, improving the world around us.

The opening chapter in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the people of Rome is a hard word for us all to hear. The sad fact is that our world we live in is fallen; we have girls being killed and left in the woods; we have people battling cancer; we have sorrow and sadness all around, no matter where we turn. So much of this is because we have turned away from God. Now, this is not to say that if we were 100% focused on God, that our lives would be perfect and that we wouldn’t be going through these things. That is not necessarily the case.

However, a big key for us to remember is this: When we turn our attention to God, and call on His Guidance, His Peace, His Love, and His Strength, He will see us through the trials and tribulations, and we will be better off than we would otherwise be.

The beauty of the Bible is that God’s Hope for us all is found throughout. Even though we have the hard truth of Romans 1:18-32, we also have the incredible words of John 3:16. 16“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Our world is in upheaval. The only one that can change that is God and His Son, Jesus Christ. We may not be able to change the world on our own, but we can pray to God that He would use us to help bring that change to the world. Change that transcends politics, that transcends all of the normal things that we complain about in our day to day lives. Change that brings more and more people to God as His adopted children. That is the change that our world needs to see.

For now, you can start that process by praying along with our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Scarlett has a prayer request for a friend of theirs: “Please pray for our young friend, Mike! He is at the Anderson Clinic for a trial therapy! Pray it is successful!
  • Pam asks for prayers and remembrances for her friend. “Hey Mike. I’m asking my fellow prayer partners to remember my dear friend, Debbie, today. She lost her mom this morning and that is always hard, especially on Mother’s Day. Thank you!
  • My Aunt Kitty asks for prayers for her cousin Linda: “Mike our family n friends need to pray for my cousin Linda who fell last night n broke her pelvis in three places. I’ll let you know of any updates I get. Please pray for her.
  • My cousin Deb has a prayer request for housing: “Please pray that we find a home to rent asap, been packing by faith not by sight.
  • My friend Joe has a prayer request for a friend in need of housing: “Needing prayer for friend. Him & his family just got evicted. Doesn’t have ANY family in NC.
  • Connie has a prayer request for her cousin’s husband: “Cousins husband has cancer around the vena cava, a large blood vessel in the chest. He has had chemo and radiation, now a very tricky surgery tmrw to remove the rest. Prayers greatly appreciated!!
    • Update from Connie: “Surgery went well and recovery is going smoothly, thank you for prayers, they are working. God is good.
  • Please pray for the family and friends of Riley Crossman, the 15 year old that was abducted and killed in West Virginia. Please pray for her Mother, for her Friends, and all of the rest of her family. Also please pray for justice, and if it was her mother’s boyfriend that did this, that he would be punished for his crimes.
  • Sheila has a prayer request for her co-worker Liz: “Please pray for my co worker Liz , she was just recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is scheduled for surgery on May 24,2019. Please keep her in your prayers.
  • Please pray for Kyle and Steph, a married couple that is facing infertility issues. Please pray that God would use their situation for His Glory, either through a miraculous pregnancy or adoption of some wonderful children.
  • Lastly, please pray for all of the Christians in the world; pray that they would rely on God in all circumstances, and that they would avoid the persecutions that we hear about. Pray that we would be the change that the world needs to see happen, and that God’s Kingdom can continue to gain more and more co-heirs with Christ!

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 in temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever.
Amen.

Thank you for joining us today in prayer. We’ll see you next week, please add your prayers below so we can pray for you and your family and friends!

2Timothy 4:7

Prayers for the Week – 2Timothy 4:7

Run the Good Race

The Apostle Paul is credited with writing a lot of the books of the Bible, but to me, perhaps his best words are left for 2Timothy, when he writes to Timothy about persevering even in the face of difficulties.  The letter from Paul to Timothy is full of depth, full of emotion, full of passion, and full of reminders of what Jesus will one day do.  For many of us, the words in 2nd Timothy can be truly uplifting, reminding us of why we are Christians, and what the ultimate reward is for our faith.  For Paul, near the end of his life, he had no doubts about what was to come, and what would happen, as we find out in 2Timothy 4:7-8 (ESV):

7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. ~ The Apostle Paul to Timothy, 2Timothy 4:7-8

The prize Paul speaks of is not just for him, my friends, it is for all of us that follow and believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior!  What a beautiful promise that is!  Take these words to heart, make them your story, live them to the fullest, and at the end, see the reward that is waiting for you.  Now, please pray for all of our prayer requests and praises this week, and remember, you can email your prayer requests to prayer@mydreamsofdisney.com.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friends Torri and Tia, and all of their family, are in need of prayer.  They lost their Grandmother Mary on the 19th, a Godly woman whose very life exemplified the words that the Apostle Paul wrote for all of us.  The prayers are not for Mary, for she is in the loving arms of Jesus right now — no, please pray for Torri, and for Tia, and for all of their family, prayers of Peace, prayers of Comfort, prayers of Strength, prayers of Love.  Pray for their memories of their Grandmother to never fade, and pray that they all would walk the walk that Mary did, even more so than they do already.
  • Here is the latest update from my friend Amanda about her husband Daniel:Let me start by apologizing for the lack of an update last week about Daniel’s discharge. Things have been a little crazy with everything that is going on!
    Daniel recovered from the surgery phenomenally! He was ready for discharge on day 6 but picked up a GI infection that caused us to have to stay for 1 more day to get fluids and antibiotic started. He was discharged Wednesday, 8/6. He is still having some pain and low energy levels but mostly it is the infection that isn’t behaving at this point! It’s one of those infections that can go away quickly or last for a while so it’s a day by day thing! We had a follow up appointment with the surgeon on 8/11. The staples came out and the incision looks great. They ended up leaving him with about 25% of his liver so I’m especially thankful his recovery went so well. We got great news about the tumor – negative margins and a large part of the tumor was necrotic (AKA dead!) from the chemo and embolization. So while it didn’t shrink like we wanted, it was working!
    We saw the oncologist last Friday to determine where we go from here. We will have 8 more rounds of chemo starting 9/2. It will be the same regimen and strength as before but they will also add Avastin into the mix on the 2nd or 3rd round. Avastin targets the cancer cells differently that the current regimen but with no additional side effects. So if everything were to stay on track, which we know won’t be the case because there are always delays with chemo, he would start his last round on 12/9.
    There is still some other procedures that need to happen as well. He still needs to get his EGD and Colonoscopy to double check his digestive/intestinal tract for any polyps/tumors – that will likely be scheduled in the next 6-8 weeks. He needs to get his incisional hernia from the colon resection fixed but that can’t occur until at least 6 weeks after chemo has ended. And there is the matter of the polyp in his sinus that they found on PET scan. It is not of concern but we probably want that handled at some point as it’s one less thing to worry about becoming cancerous.
    We want to let you know that we pray for each and everyone of you every single day – that God brings you what you need as well as peace, understanding, strength and seeing His presence in your lives. We are so thankful that He has put you in our lives to help us get through this journey. It is a little weird to say but I do thank Him for trusting our faith with this journey. If any of you EVER have a special prayer request, please use us as your prayer warriors!
    Now, for my usual prayer requests! Please pray that Daniel continues to heal, that the infection rights itself quickly so that he may have a few days of “normalcy” before starting chemo again, that he is completely cured with no relapse, and that we are able to easily “fix” any other thing that pops up during this final stage of treatment. I also ask that you pray for Cate, that she continue to be the amazing kid she is handling this all in stride but that she also seek someone to talk to if she needs. One of our main worries is she tries to deal with it all herself instead of letting it out! We’ll send another update after we have started chemo unless something changes before then. Have a great few weeks! God bless you all!He is doing really well, so please keep the prayers going for them! Thanks everyone!
  • Please pray for my friend Amy. Her cousin has had a series of strokes, and her lungs are filling up. Here is what was written on Facebook:Oh my gosh I really never thought it would get to this. Brooke was put on life support last night because her lungs filled with fluid. They did another MRI. SHOWED more strokes. Today I will be sending her on a journey of a life time. She will be going home to Jesus and my mom and dad. Robert had gone to get Heather and Makayla to say goodbye then they will turn her life support off. Please pray for a peaceful journey. I love you all and thank you for all the prayers and kind words through this sad journey we’ve had to travel. If I don’t respond to you for a few days forgive I just need some time to take this all in. God bless you all. Tell your children you love them today and everyday.Amy, I am so sorry for the loss and pain you all must be feeling. Know that my prayers go with you now and always for God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to descend upon all of you. Rest in the knowledge that she is with Jesus and that there is no more pain and suffering for her.
  • My friend Kuleen has seen one of her friends face the unthinkable.  Katy, who we have been praying for, passed away last week.  She was 6.  It seems like God is taking so many children to Him these days.  Dustin, Katy, Ella, the list goes on and on.  In every case, the one thing that I’ve learned from the indescribable horror of facing the loss of a child is that the child has shown us, much like Torri’s Grandmother Mary, what it truly means to fight the good fight and finish the race. As was described of Katy, “Although her heart was fragile, her strength and courage was and will continue to be an inspiration to all who knew and loved this funny and sweet little girl. Katy’s illuminating smile and spirit will remain in the hearts of all those lives she was a part of. She was a Rock Star in every sense of the phrase.”  Please pray for Katy’s family, that they would know the Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love of God in their sorrow and grief.
  • Lastly, I learned last night yet another story of Robin Williams and his selfless giving towards others.  It seems that just before his passing, Robin left a message for a woman in New Zealand who has terminal cancer.  She is 20 years old, and has an 11 month old girl named Sophie.  Her name is Vivian, and she is in Hospice at this time.  Please pray for her, for her salvation, for her healing if it is God’s Will, for her daughter and new husband, and for all her family.  Continue your prayers for Robin and his family.

Now, please pray the prayer that Jesus taught us 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.

Amen.

Prayers for the Week – Ryan’s Joy

Image Courtesy Ryan's Aunt Kourtney

Image Courtesy Ryan’s Aunt Kourtney

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today I’m sharing with you a picture of beautiful Ryan, who, despite all of the tribulations he has been going through in his short life, still knows what it is like to Rejoice.  I titled this post Ryan’s Joy in honor of him.  Here he is smiling at some of his family.  My friends, that one picture alone is a sermon, but you know me — I’m going to add a little to it.  I think this Bible Verse sums it up perfectly, as I think this is what Ryan is doing in this picture:

Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!

Those words come to us from the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Philippians.  When I saw that picture, what I saw was Ryan smiling at his family, but also smiling knowing that God is watching over him.  The children are so knowing, even at just over 4 months — Ryan knows he has God on his side!

My friends, looking at Ryan in that picture convicts me of all the times when I could be more Joyous than I am.  My prayer is that I will learn to love God more than ever, and be Joyous in all circumstances, good or bad.

Now, please read and pray for our prayer requests and praises, and thanks!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Kelly is having surgery — I don’t know the details of when, where, and how serious — but what I do know is that the surgery and recovery timetable is significant enough that it will force her to have to change her plans for her next Disney trip in June. Please pray for Kelly, for her successful surgery, for a great recovery, and for her light at the end of the tunnel being the day she steps through that tunnel into Town Square in the Magic Kingdom. God knows all the details, and will take it from there. Thanks everyone!
  • My friend Shannan asked for some prayer requests. Here is what she wrote:I’m having hip surgery this week and will be on crutches for 4 weeks and in therapy for 10. My childhood friends Jerry M. He just got diagnosed with an aggressive cancer (3rd time since childhood leukemia). He will be having a major surgery in April to remove his lymph nodes. He moved to Memphis after graduation to work at St. Jude as he wouldn’t be here today without them. He still works there. This doesn’t sound good but I know all things are possible through prayer.Please pray with me for them:

    “Heavenly Father, we know that with You all things are possible, and tonight, we share with you the health concerns of your children Shannan and Jerry. Please cloak them with your healing touch, and guide their doctors as they do what is needed to heal them of their illnesses. Please grant them Your Peace, Comfort, and Strength — both for them and for their families and friends as well. We ask these things in the name of Your beautiful Son Jesus with Thanksgiving. Amen.”

  • A prayer request as seen on my Twitter feed:Pray for those who are struggling against the demons of addiction, temptation, and depression. The devil takes these forms daily!
  • My friend Kourtney left me an update on her nephew Ryan that I’m sharing with you. Prayers are continued to be needed for that little guy, here is what she wrote me:Ryan got to go home for a couple of days at the end of January. Unfortunately, he went into respiratory distress and had to be airlifted back to Children’s Hospital. He still has his trach and NG tube so they’re not sure what the problem is. They decided to keep him until his next surgery (originally scheduled for March 6th) just in case there were any more problems.

    On Friday they decided that maybe he’s outgrown his shunt and that could be what’s wrong. He’ll be going in to the cath lab today with the assumption that he will have his 3rd open heart surgery tomorrow. The plan is a 3-4 week recovery time after this surgery and then home (hopefully without any machines)! However, we’ve learned that Ryan has his own plan and all we can do is hold our breath and wait.

    This poor little guy has been in the hospital since the day he was born at the end of September. All we want is for him to be home with his parents and brother.

    thank you again for your support and prayers and please be thinking of him tomorrow as he undergoes his 3rd open heart surgery!

    Please pray with me:

    Heavenly Father, the wonder and beauty of Ryan’s delightful smile shows us that You are keeping him close to You. Despite his struggles, still he is able to find joy in his life. Father, we know that You have Ryan and his family’s best interests in mind, and that Your Will will be done for Ryan. Please continue to shower him with Your love, keep healing him as we know You are, and keep close to his family as they struggle to keep strong in the face of everything that is going on. Please have your Peace descend upon Ryan, his family, and all of his many followers, and guide the skillful hands of Ryan’s surgical team during this latest trial for him. Ryan is a miracle baby, and every trial that he faces is one more miracle that You, Father, grant for him. We love you, and ask these things in the name of Your Son Jesus, the wonderful Healer, with Thanksgiving, today and every day. Amen!

  • My friend Tabitha has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:OK, I have a client that I have been helping that has cancer and now she needs prayers more than ever! She had a cruise scheduled for next month but I just got an e-mail from a friend of hers that she is in the hospital having trouble breathing with water on her brain. Please pray for her and her 17 year old daughter and her parents. I so wanted to make this a special trip for her!

    Please pray for her client, for her health, her family, her Peace, her comfort, her strength, and that for her family as well. Thank you everyone for praying!

  • Tabitha has an update on her client. Unfortunately, it is not looking good. Here is what she wrote:
    Update on my client. I talked to her dad and he said she is in bad shape and he doesn’t think she will make it out of the hospital.
    My comment to Tabitha was this:
    I’m sorry Tabitha — I’m praying for her salvation as well as for God’s Healing touch to come to her and her family. It is an absolutely terrible thing to go through. Please tell her Dad that there are people all over the world praying for his little girl and all of them. Thanks my friend, if you need anything at all please hit me up.
    Please pray for her salvation as well as for her healing, and please pray prayers of Peace, Comfort, and Strength for her and all of her family. We know that it is in God’s Hands and that He will do for her and her family what is best for them, but please keep the prayers coming. Thanks everyone.

     

  • My friend Chelsea would like prayers lifted up for her cousin. She requested these a while back, but we’re going to refresh the request now too. Here is what she wrote me:Also a few months ago I asked for prayer for my cousin who tore her ACL two weeks before her wedding… Not sure if you remember but just wanted to thank you again for praying… Her ACL is slowly healing… But her fiancé called the wedding off 10 days before the wedding…. She was crushed but is slowly healing.

    Please pray for Chelsea’s cousin — for her physical as well as her emotional healing. While we don’t know why this happened to her, we can certainly understand how hard it is for her. Please lift her up with prayers of love, Peace, comfort, and strength for all of her ailments, and help her to know that God is with her, always. Remind her of Jeremiah 29:11, in which the Lord tells us:

    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.

    Thank you everyone for your prayers!

    • Continued prayers for my friend Chelsea’s cousin — she’s experiencing complications from her ACL surgery, so please send up healing prayers for her. Thanks everyone!
  • Prayers for my friend Heidi, who is about to go under some arm surgery today. Here is what she wrote:I have to be at the surgery center at 11:15 this morning. I think I better go wake Ashley to run an intervention for me. I keep wanting to get up and make my morning coffee (but I’m not allowed to eat or drink). Please pray that this “Manipulation Under Anesthesia” is finally the first step in getting this arm healed!

    Thanks everyone!

  • Please pray for my niece Stephanie, who is going through some serious health concerns and needs to have surgery.  God knows all the details, so please pray for healing for Stephanie.
  • Praise goes to God for my Dad’s successful procedure on Wednesday!  Thank you God for seeing Dad through that safely!

My friends, I hope that you are as blessed when reading these posts as I am when I write them.  Please please please add your prayers and praises to our list so that our post can grow exponentially!  God is great, and He is hearing all of these prayers lifted up by us!  Now, to close, let’s recite 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 that trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory,
Forever and Ever, Amen.