Prayers for the Week – God’s Timing

Ecclesiastes 3:1

Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today, we are exploring how perfect God’s Timing is in everything that happens, with special emphasis in looking at the words of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:

1For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (ESV)

My friends, please click on over to our Prayers for the Week site and check out the thoughts that I have regarding God’s Timing.  Thank you for stopping by, have a wonderful day!

Merry Christmas

Prayers for the Week – Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post!  Since this is the last Sunday before Christmas, let me stop and say Merry Christmas to all of you!  The Christmas season is my favorite time of the year — it feels like the world is full of promise, of hope, and it’s all because of the birth of one little child…

Our Scripture verse this week comes from the book of Isaiah, Chapter 9, verse 6:

6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~ Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)

Christmas is a time of hope, a time of joy, a time for looking at all that we have been given.  For most of us, our blessings far outweigh our deficiencies, and I hope this is the case for you as well.  I don’t have much to write this week, mainly just a plea for you to take a moment, consider your life, and realize all of the things you have been given — all of the blessings you have received.  Now, please pray with me these prayer requests and praises, and once again, Merry Christmas!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Amanda has an update on her husband Daniel. Here is what she wrote:Merry Christmas! We had a lot of things happen in the past few weeks and needed to get an idea of direction before we could send an update. First, it looks like we are staying off the CPT-11 (irinotecan) indefinitely. Daniel’s liver enzymes came back into normal range after a few weeks off the CPT-11. His Alkaline Phosphatase is still high but is lower than it has been since it went up shortly after surgery. His platelets are still struggling to stay above the level to get chemo so we have had a delay and started round 6 last Wednesday. This round should have started last Monday but he has developed a spot of osteonecrosis of the jaw in his mouth. This is basically an area of trauma that has developed an infection and eaten at the gum so the bone is exposed. As horrible as that sounds, after a consult with an oral surgeon, they determined the infection hadn’t spread to the bone and we are treating with 2 types of antibiotics a total of 5 times a day for 30 days. We go back in a few weeks so they can check progress and determine if the antibiotics are working. We really need the antibiotics to work because as it spreads, the outcomes get worse.
    Because of the osteonecrosis, they have also taken him off of Avastin indefinitely. This means that he is only receiving the 5FU chemo drug. Because we are down to only 1 drug, they are thinking he will need to extend his chemotherapy through February. Not what we were hoping for but we can find the silver lining! Because he is off the Avastin, we can look at getting the hernia repair done as early and mid-January. We meet with the surgeon to discuss the fluctuation in liver enzymes and hernia repair on Wednesday. He should also get a PET Scan sometime the next few weeks to make sure there are no new areas of cancer developing.
    Specific prayers for the next few weeks are for the osteonecrosis to heal as or better than expected, any scans we have to come back with no issues or cancer, a clear plan for the hernia repair and for mental, physical and emotional strength to Daniel to help him weather this additional treatment.
    Thank you all so much for walking on this journey with us! May you all have a blessed and happy Christmas and a safe holiday season!Please continue to pray boldly for Daniel, Amanda, and all of their family. Thank you!
  • Please pray for the family of my friend Dee — we’ve been praying for Jim, her father-in-law.  Sadly, Jim was called home.  Please pray for them all, for their strength, courage, Peace, and comfort, and please also give Praise to God for Jim’s life.  The service is today, so particularly be prayerful for them this day.
  • Please also pray for the family of my friend Carey.  Carey’s Dad passed away last week.  Please be with them during their time of sorrow, but also give praise to God for his life as well.
  • One of my ministers at Edenton Street left this on Facebook.  Please pray for all involved in this:
    52 years old, alone and homeless, he started weeping there on the sidewalk when I asked if there’s anything I could pray for him this Christmas. He said, “I’d like to find my son and tell him I love him.” He spent years trying, to no avail. He was leaving town that day so after 50 minutes of talking I had him record what may be the most heartfelt 50 second message I’ve ever heard and told him I would try and get it to his son. I located his son today and ask for your prayers that I would be led by God in sharing this. His name is Michael.

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.

Prayers for the Week – Jesus Knocks

Jesus-Knocking-At-The-Door-Picture-Revelation-3-20

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. ~ Revelation 3:20

The events in our country of the past several weeks have been very distressing.  I’m not smart enough to know the truth with regards to Ferguson, MO or New York City, so I’m not even going to attempt to weigh in either way.  What I’m going to focus on today, though, are the words of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as He relayed to us in Revelation 3:20.  The problem, as I see it, is that for far to many of us, the wrong person is knocking, and we are letting the evil one in more and more often each day.

It is extremely important to me that I try and make my point to you that Jesus knocks on the doors of our lives every day, wanting to be let into our hearts.  Is your heart receptive to Him?  Do you hear His knock?  Or, have you already opened the door to the evil one?  If you are like me, you have opened the door to Jesus’ knock, and you have let Him in.  However, I know also that I have answered the door when someone other than Jesus has knocked also — and I have let the wrong person in far too often.

There is only room for one — room for Jesus or room for Satan, but not both.  When you let one in, you evict the other.  Every day I pray a simple prayer to Jesus, it is so simple that I ask you to pray it with me right now:

“Lord, make me a blessing to someone today” ~ Father Tim, in the Mitford Series “At Home In Mitford”

It is such a simple prayer, but it packs quite a punch.  By making yourself a blessing to someone each and every day, you are showing that the love of Jesus resides right in your heart.  Now, please read and pray for our prayer requests and praises.  Thanks everyone for doing so each and every week!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Rebecca has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook, please pray for her family:My father has cancer again & will be in surgery today. He’s already been through lymphoma, lung, & kidney cancer, so I’m not too worried. He still has not seen the surgeons for the brain tumor, which worries me a little more. If you have a moment, could you please say a prayer for him to get through this surgery & have the strength & perseverance to see the other surgeons afterwards? I would greatly appreciate it. All my love to you all …
  • I have a prayer request for my friend Melissa. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:I have never met a dog who could charm anyone quite like Lucy could. Sadly, last night Lucy left us. We got 18 extra amazing months with her after her original osteosarcoma diagnosis. This beautiful girl was courageous, loving, and strong. She left us with Eliza, myself, and her oncologist all wrapped around her in hugs telling her how much we love her. An entire medical practice took time yesterday to come into the room to spend time with her, give her treats and say goodbye. She touched a lot of lives, and none more than mine. She has been my companion, my snuggle bug (she insists on being the inside spoon), and my confidante for almost 6 years to the day. She listened to me cry, she nuzzled against me and she always tried to make me feel better. Please say a quick prayer for our family and our beloved Lucy – we will see her again at the Rainbow Bridge. And until then, Run free sweet pooch.
  • My friend Pam has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:FB friends please keep Ronnie in your prayers as he has surgery in the morning. Thank you as always from both of us!
  • One of my good friends, Wendy, is in need of prayers. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:PRAYERS PLEASE::: Dear friends, I’m not one to put every personal detail on FB so please forgive the vagueness of this post… But I do believe in Facebook when it comes to the power of prayer, and our family is in GREAT need of it right now for this amazing little guy, Owen. PLEASE join us in lifting him up in prayer for the next several days. Thank you all!!!!
    (BTW in case you can’t tell in this picture, he is showing off his firetruck shoes!)Please pray with me:Heavenly Father, Your Servant Wendy needs prayers for her little guy, Owen. We don’t know the details, and we know that we don’t need to know them, that You know exactly what is wrong, and that You will take care of it. Please be with your Servant Wendy and her family, and take care of everything that Owen needs. We ask these things in the wonderful name of Your Son Jesus with thanksgiving this and every day. Amen!
  • Praying for my friend Maria and her family tonight — here is what she wrote on Facebook:Feeling the loss of my dear mother-in-law, Eleanor Lundberg Milnes, who passed away yesterday. She welcomed me into her family 42 years ago and always treated me like another daughter. We were blessed to have her for 93 years. She will be greatly missed, but I have no doubt that she’s organizing an amazing choir in Heaven, and singing like a true angel. Love you, Mom!Please pray for Maria and her family, but also give Praise to God for His Servant Eleanor.
  • December 7th is my Uncle Phil’s birthday — unfortunately, we lost him far too early. On this day, I ask you to remember the wonderful legacy Uncle Phil left behind — his wonderful wife, my Aunt Claire, and their three wonderful daughters, my cousins Cathy, Ann, and Beth.Ladies, I’m remembering you all, and Uncle Phil also, giving Praise to God for his life, and the wonderful women that you all are. I love you all.
  • December 7th is also the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. That is so long ago that many of us that know of that date didn’t experience it, and only know about it from the history books. Please remember, though, the sacrifices that our ancestors went through so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have today, and never forget.

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.

Thanksgiving

Prayers for the Week – Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name! ~ Psalm 100:4

What better way to cap off Thanksgiving weekend in the US than by giving thanks to God!  While many of us had just Thanksgiving day to enjoy being with their family — and some not even that — we still have a lot to be thankful for!  As for me, I’m thankful for the following things:

  • I’m thankful that God put Cindy in my life, and that He gave Sophie to us to raise into a loving young woman.
  • I’m thankful for being able to enjoy time with my family, for being able to create a meal with them, and to give thanks to God for our many blessings.
  • I’m thankful for my family, both near and far, and for all of the memories that I’ve had in the past, and all of the future memories we will have later on.
  • I’m thankful for my Mom and Dad, and for their love that shines forth these past 50 years.
  • I’m thankful for my sister Robin and her family, for Jim her husband, for Brett, Leslie, and Stephanie, and for Tara, Matt, and Shane.
  • I’m thankful for baby Kennedy, and for the opportunity to meet her in the near future.
  • I’m thankful for Regan, our wonderful Old Soul, who is a little slow at times, but who then takes off in a sprint of youth in the blink of an eye!
  • I’m thankful for Bettie, Mike, and Hannah, who loved Regan before we had him, and who are now our friends because of him.
  • I’m thankful for all of my friends, those that I’ve had for decades, and those I haven’t even met yet.
  • I’m thankful for my Brothers at the Men’s Study Bible Study, for all of the support and love and fellowship they give me.
  • I’m thankful for my Sister Monica, her husband Doug, and their child Maddie, and for all of the love they have shown Cindy, Sophie and me over the years.
  • Lastly, I’m thankful for God, for loving me as only He can, for sending His Son Jesus to this earth, to die for me, as payment for my sins.  It is the ultimate gift that Jesus gave me, and you, and everyone, and there is no way I could ever repay it except by living as Jesus did.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • This week we are praying for my friend Doug and his family. Here is what he wrote on Facebook:This past Wednesday, November 26th, Millie Carman lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. While we always wish we had more time with those we love, I’m grateful for the time we had, especially over the past year.
  • Please also keep my friend Dee’s father-in-law Jim in your prayers.  He is reaching the point of no return, and the fear is that he is going to be transferred to Hospice.  Please pray for healing, for peace, for strength, but also for comfort in their time of need.
  • We have a new update from my friend Amanda about her husband Daniel and his treatments. Here is what she wrote:Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We hope everyone will be able to take time to relax and enjoy family and friends this week!We haven’t sent out an update because there hasn’t been much to update, fortunately! Daniel has been through 5 rounds of 8 rounds of chemo. We have been having trouble with his platelets being too low and have been delayed several times. To try to keep the platelets up, they reduced his dose to 80% of what we were getting. Round 5 started last Monday. His liver enzymes (ALT, AST and Alkaline Phosphatase for those that want the technical details) were on the rise which caused them to remove the CPT-11 (irinotecan) from his regimen. We don’t know if this is just for 1-2 cycles or if it will be for the rest of the cycles. CPT-11 is very hard on the body and they removed it hoping to bring his enzymes back in line. We had labs today and his AST was coming down but his ALT and Alk. Phos. were slightly higher and this time his platelets had dropped lower and his neutrophils were low too. There isn’t much we can do to bring these back in line except time and prayer.We are supposed to start round 6 on Monday. We’ll see the oncologist before and discuss our options. They could lower the dose again, remove another drug, tell us to take more time off or decide his body has taken all it can take and cancel the remaining rounds. Obviously, it’s bittersweet – the thought of being done with chemo is tempting but we also want him to get every ounce of prevention he can get. But we know God is in charge and will guide the clinicians where we need to be. So if you can please pray for wisdom for those treating Daniel, healing for his liver and body in general and that his labs come back to where they should be, we would be very appreciative!Praise to God that we have made it this far, are in the preventative mode and have Daniel with us to celebrate the season! We have heard and seen of several cancer patients that have not had the same journey in the past few weeks and know we are blessed. Thank you all for your prayers, positive thoughts and support! Please have a happy and safe week!Please keep praying for them through the season, for Daniel’s medical team and all that they do for him. For the family, pray for Peace and Strength, and for Daniel, pray for healing, Peace, Strength, and Comfort. Thanks everyone!

Now, please pray the prayer 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.