A Walk Through Time – Uncle Bob and the Atlanta Braves

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Image courtesy The Magical Blogorail

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Riding the Rails post that our friends at the Magical Blogorail host each week.  In this week’s edition, we are taking a look at the Wide World of Sports complex, and particularly how it has been the home of the Atlanta Braves for Spring Training for 17 consecutive years now!  Personally, I have never been over to the WWoS facility — I’m not sure why, maybe it’s because that Magic Kingdom captures my attention ;) — but I do have family that have been there, and today I’m going to take a moment to think about them for a while.

This Spring Training has got to be a little hard for many of Cindy’s family.  Uncle Bob, who we lost a few months back, was a huge Atlanta Braves fan, and he and his wife, along with Cindy’s Uncle Sam and Aunt Saundra, and even Uncle Bud and Aunt Carol once, would make a pilgrimage of sorts to visit the Spring Training facilities for their favorite teams for many years.  It was a tradition that they had.  Uncle Bob’s Braves, Uncle Sam’s Reds, Aunt Saundra’s Dodgers, Aunt Clara’s Cardinals, and Uncle Bud’s Orioles — at some time or another they were all in Florida for Spring Training, if my memory serves me correctly.

For Aunt Clara in particular, this year is hardest because the tradition that they all observed — being in fellowship with those they loved, and enjoying the sport that they enjoyed so much — that tradition is in part broken with Uncle Bob’s passing.  This spring is a reminder to us all that our memories are very important — and that, just when we might be moving on and remembering the good and putting aside the bad, something reminds us of our loss — like Spring Training for Aunt Clara — and just like that, we remember the sorrow and the loss all over again.  Last month I wrote a post about the song “Do you want to build a snowman?” from the movie Frozen.  Today, I’m thinking that Aunt Clara is another person who would like to be building a snowman with Uncle Bob…

My hope and prayer today is that Aunt Clara will take at least one more trip with Uncle Sam, Aunt Saundra, and the others, and travel through to Spring Training one last time.  It would be a difficult journey, I believe, but I think it would remind her of all the incredibly great times that they have all had with those trips in the past — and I think Uncle Bob would be there too, rooting on his Braves in Spirit, even if he isn’t there in person.

Thank you for stopping by today!  This post is part of the Riding the Rails series over at the Magical Blogorail — click on the button below to check out the rest of the posts, and thanks!  Now, go out and make today and everyday a great Disney Day!

Prayers for the Week – Praises in the midst of Trials!

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Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post, featured here at My Dreams of Disney!  This is the 34th week we have run this weekly post, and I hope that you have seen as much benefit out of it as I have in writing it.  Each week, I am reminded of all of the wonderful good that God has brought to me and my family — and I have seen first hand how some of the prayers that we have been praying for have been answered!

You know, this past week was an incredibly hard week for my family.  Hearing of Uncle Bob’s passing, despite the joy we feel in knowing that he is in Heaven with Jesus and in no more pain, still was hard, because we are left to make due as best we can in this cold, hard world without him.  We had the visitation this past Monday, and he looked so much at peace, you could tell he was all better now.  Then, at the funeral on Tuesday, I was one of eight men that were asked — no, given the honor — of being a pall bearer for Uncle Bob.  It was my pleasure to do so, and, like I said, my honor to do so.  Seeing all of Cindy’s family and friends, from as far away as Montana and New York state, meeting new family that I hadn’t ever met before, and seeing family and friends that I hadn’t seen in a while — it was all good to see them.  In the midst of all of the trials and tribulations that burying a relative can bring, God reminded us that He was there for all of us, there in the tears, the laughs, the hugs, the quiet solitude.  God was there.

Praises!

  • Obviously, for my family the biggest praise I can give is that Uncle Bob has come home, and is in the welcoming arms of Jesus.  However, I also have praises for the two Army soldiers that treated his funeral with the dignity that it so richly deserved.  One played Taps perfectly, and the other presented the American flag to Aunt Clara on one knee, there to be there for the wife of a soldier that served his country.  They were wonderful people to the family, and I was only one of the people that thanked them for their service to our country as well as their service to our family.
  • My sister Robin is always full of praise, and this week is no exception.  Here is what she wrote:  Great song choice Mike. I always liked the Scripture about entertaining angels, basically treating everyone well since we may be entertaining angels and not know it. Hebrews 13:2 is the verse. Love to all and thanks for this weekly encouragement. Even though we have trouble in this world we can take heart since Christ has overcome it all!
  • Praises to God for my friend Jodi and her family, as they continue the path of their life from Texas to Florida!  They sold their house in one day and are now under contract for their new house in Florida!
  • Dana writes: I just love that you have all these prayer requests!!! We would get nowhere in the world (not even back to Disney) without God!!!
  • My friend Brenda reminds us of how wonderful our reunion will be with Uncle Bob:  Hugs and prayers to you and Cindy and all the family. You are so loved by people all over the country and that is such a blessing. We are blessed with a little time with those we love and then, thankfully, with an eternity with them once again. You will see him again in God’s time and what a wonderful reunion that will be. Love you all.
  • Lastly, I want to share with you a most beautiful praise.  Many of you know that we just concluded a special giveaway on this and other blogs.  Well, the winner of the $200 Disney Gift Card had these words to say when I asked her what she was going to do with her prize:
    My GC will be used on my two very Special Need Kids to navigate the parks for Christmas and some balloons to pay it forward for other guests in memory of a child we know and loved who has passed away. We do this every year.

    She then went on to say in a followup email:
    We have a very close friend who lost her daughter 2 years ago as a toddler. Even though my kids are special needs and will have burdens they will live their lives. It taught us to preserve, be thankful and to live life. Every trip we give balloons and pins to other kids. It also helps to teach my youngest, who is capable of grasping it somewhat, that it is good to pay it forward. Life is a lesson, even at Disney!It is for reasons such as this that I love to have giveaways that reward good people with a little Disney Magic.

Prayer Requests

  • My friend Beth wrote: Thank you so much for including Dustin! As I pray for him to beat cancer once and for all, I will be praying for everyone who is facing difficulties. I am so sorry to read about Cindy’s uncle. We are sending prayers and hugs for all of you!
  • My friend Doug needs prayers. Here is what he wrote on Facebook:“Prayers for Millie Carman, who remains on the hospital for at least a few more days. They were successful today with the procedure to install a drain to relieve a blockage in the bile duct. Another procedure on Friday to finish that with an internal drain.”
  • Proof positive of the power of prayer — here is what I wrote for my friend Jodi’s prayer request:  Please pray for my friend Jodi and her family. They are making the journey from Texas to Florida, and are looking for housing, putting their house on the market, and doing all that is needed to make this transition. Please pray for their sanity during this stressful time, and that God would lead them in the way He would have them go, and that they would get the house that works for them, and lastly, that their house would sell quickly, and also that their journey would be safe. Thanks everyone!
  • Please pray for my friend Heather. Her job is being halted because of the government shutdown effective October 25th — despite the deal signed Thursday morning. The true sadness is that Heather works with kids that are abused — but those types of programs are considered “non-essential” — despite how many people they benefit, yet the salaries of our “elected” representatives continue to be paid. It will be at least 6 weeks before funding is restored and the program she works with can be started back up. What nobody in Washington realizes is that things like this are just playing right into the Dark One’s hand. Satan is taking on marriage, he’s taking on government, and he’s battling for those that have not found the Light that is Jesus. It is more critical than ever that we all pray fervently to Jesus for our nation, our world, and for all the lost souls.I am glad that the shutdown is over — I have family and friends that are now able to get back to work — but the way things are is not the way they should stay. They need to focus on the country, not on themselves, and do the job that they are elected to do. There is too much at stake, and I hope that they will see that and start acting like the representatives to our country that they are.I am sorry to turn that into a political rant. Please pray for Heather, for her ability to find a temporary job until her real job is back and she can keep helping the kids she loves so much. Please pray for those kids, who may not understand why this is happening, and pray for the Lighthouse, which is able to keep it’s shelter running, but has to halt all of it’s other services until they start getting funding again. It is the little people who are hurt in times like this. Thank you my friends!
  • Follow up to the last prayer request, please pray for our elected leaders and our president.  They need to be led by God, and it is my fear, and the fear of many of us, that they are not relying on God, but are going their own way.  If they would just call on God for help, our nation would be restored to the greatness that it once was.  Thank you, everyone, for your prayers!
  • Lastly, please continue the prayers for baby Ryan, who had to have heart surgery at 2 days old. He is still having problems, after they thought it was a success, so urgent prayers are needed for him and his family. Please pray to the Lord to keep a close eye on that little one, to heal him of his trauma, make him whole, and for his doctors to take great care as they are led by God’s guidance. Also please pray for the family, for their peace, and comfort, and strength as they face the unknown. Thanks, everyone.

My friends, thank you so much for your continued prayers for these and all of our prayer requests each and every week.  It is a blessing to be able to compile these for you, and to join in with you as we pray for friends, strangers, loved ones, and even people we will likely never meet.  In the end, oftentimes there is nothing we can do but pray, and sometimes we feel like that isn’t enough — but truly, it is because of our prayers that we often have a great outcome on a situation, so please keep praying for all of our requests — and lift up our praises in thanks to God as well!  Thank you, everyone, and may God Bless You today and every day!

In closing, I am sharing two videos with you — the two songs that were played at Uncle Bob’s funeral.  First was Taps, and then they played Reveille.

Prayers for the Week – Worry

A Mother's (and Father's) prayer.

A Mother’s (and Father’s) prayer.

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  It seems like the worry that we all feel in our lives keeps getting worse and worse, doesn’t it?  Worry for our kids, worry for our relatives, worry over how messed up the government is, the list goes on and on!

In researching for this post, I found this image, and it really hit home with me, so I’m sharing it with all of you.  In case you don’t know, here is what Matthew 6:25 says to us:

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

In this passage of Scripture, Jesus is telling his Disciples — and all of us, for that matter — not to worry so much about where things will come.  As you continue to read the passage, you find comparisons to the birds and the grasses and the flowers, and you realize that Jesus is telling us not to worry so much about what we need — but rather, to give up our worries to the Lord, and He will take care of us.

My friends, these are incredibly difficult times for all of us, and as crazy as it sounds to the non-believer, the best thing we can do is to give up our worries, our fears, our concerns to the Lord.  Pray with all your heart, believe it will happen, believe in Jesus that He gave Himself up for us to save us — and my friends, you will feel the Peace of God descend upon you, and it will be a Peace unlike anything you have ever felt.

Now, please pray for these prayer requests so that those that need them can be lifted up by our prayers.

Prayer Requests

  • Chelsea left this comment in our previous post. Here is what she wrote:Praying for all the above prayers! If I could add a dear friend to your list she has been struggling with many different illnesses ranging from Pneumonia,Calciphylaxis…She’s been in and out of the hospital since last may…We have been praying God works miracles in her life but she was just put back in the hospital Saturday night with pneumonia,infected tissue where she had surgery, heart arrhythmia,and a UTI… She means the world to me.. Thanks!
  • My friend Bambi asked for some prayers for her dad. Here is what she wrote:I would like to add my dad to this weeks prayer list. I’m sending this message from the hospital waiting room, he is going back for surgery soon. He is having his knee replaced. It’s a pretty extensive 5 hour surgery, there isn’t much left of his knees and it is being replaced by donated cadaver. I pray that The Lord looks after my dad and eases his nerves. That He guides the doctors hands and that dad has a fast and speedy recovery.You’ve got it, Bambi! I’ll add that to the list right now. For starters, I’ll add my prayers to yours that your Dad has a very successful surgery, that God guides the hands of his doctors, and that you all have Peace and comfort and strength to be there for your Dad as he needs you. We also give praise to God for procedures like this — while a risk, still it is a blessing that this is able to happen to improve the quality of life for those that struggle! In Jesus’ name we pray with Thanksgiving every day! Amen.
  • Please pray for my friend Rusty and his wife Elise, who are expecting their second child. Elise is also fighting cancer.
    She will soon start chemo. Please keep them in your prayers.Lord, please keep your servants Rusty and Elise from harm; lift them up and take away any fear and anxiety that they might have. Bless them as you have with a healthy baby, their second, but please help Elise’s doctors treat her properly — guide their hands so that she may be around for many years to come. Grant them the Peace that only you can give them, as well as comfort and strength to face the challenges ahead. It’s in the name of Your Son Jesus that we pray with thanksgiving. Amen.
  • My sister Robin’s pastor is speaking at an event. Here is his information from Facebook. Pastor Chip writes:In Bandra speaking to group of leaders from Bollywood & Mumbai’s business community. Topic is”Can Man Live Without God?” Please pray for us!Lord, lift up Your Servant Chip today as he speaks about how futile life is without You in our lives. Be with him, may his journey be safe, but more importantly, may his words be Your words, and may they lead to many saved souls for You today! It is in Jesus’ name we pray with thanksgiving! Amen.Thank you, everyone!
  • Please continue your prayers for Uncle Ted and Uncle Bob.  Uncle Ted has started his treatment, and is in some pain, but that’s all I know.  Uncle Bob is in Hospice care in Goldsboro, but has made some recovery so he is not in as much discomfort as he was.  Please continue to lift up these strong Christians, and pray also for Aunt Connie (Uncle Ted’s wife), Aunt Clara (Uncle Bob’s wife), and all of their family.  Pray for their strength, peace, and comfort in the days ahead.  Thanks everyone, it means the world to me!
  • Continue your prayers also for my friend Kourtney’s nephew, who had a successful surgery but needs more in the days and weeks ahead.  Having heart surgery at 2 days old is really hard, but with God’s Guiding Hands leading the surgical team, it was successful.  Thanks everyone!
  • Another prayer request from my friend Bambi.  Here is what she wrote on Facebook:
    Hey everyone! Thanks for the prayers and kind words. I am home from the ER after an 8 hour visit and 2 CT scans , I have a wonderful (sarcasm) stone that has taken up residence in my left kidney. I also have an unknown mass on my kidney and have to see a urologist next week. This has been the most painful thing ive experienced, and I have had 2 children! So keep those prayers coming that this stone gets bored soon and wants to move on, and that I have a good outcome at the doctors next week. Thanks everyone!!

Praises!

  • As I said, huge praises for Kourtney’s nephew!  He is not completely taken care of right now, but with God leading the way, he will be before you know it, God willing!
  • Huge praise as well for Bambi’s Dad, who had successful surgery and is on the road to recovery!
  • Praise also for the men of The Men’s Study Bible Study, who are helping this sinner in his comprehension of the Word of God each and every week!
  • Praises also to all the Mama’s of the Girls of Grace Bible Study that Sophie participates in — they are a blessing to our church, and to each and every one of the girls!
  • Praise also for Sophie and her dance group at Church, who will be dancing during both traditional services today, and also for Miss Sarah, who leads them each week!

My friends, praise also goes out to each and every one of you!  It is because of your prayers that so many of the praises are able to be lifted up!  I am a strong believer in the power of prayer, and with all of these prayers, we have some complete miracles happen, so thank you for staying strong in the Faith and lifting these prayers up each and every week like the Prayer Warriors I know you to be!  May you have a wonderful week, and we’ll talk to you next week!

In His Service,

Mike