Prayers for the Week – Angels

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{Editor’s Note: Today’s Post is written in honor of Bobby Wayne Matthews, my wife Cindy’s Uncle, who passed away last night about 10:30PM after a struggle with lung cancer and pneumonia.  Please pray for our family in our time of grief, but know this — we grieve because of the man that we lost, but we REJOICE because Jesus was there to welcome him home, saying, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”}

Hello everyone, and thank you for coming to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Last week was an incredibly trying one because of Cindy’s Uncle Bob’s illness, and her Uncle Ted’s illness as well, so for today, I wanted to take a moment and focus on them, and on the impact that God can have on us when He has His Angels help us out.  Reading this verse from Psalms 91:11-12, I am instantly calmed down, as so often happens when I put myself in the Word.  Please read along with me:

[box] 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. 12On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.[/box]

My friends, we don’t know what will happen in our lives — what trouble we will face, what joys we will experience.  But what I have learned as I’ve gotten older is this: by putting our trust in God, He will pave the way for us, and He will take care of us.  How do I know this?  The Bible tells me so.

Prayer Requests

  •  Please pray for my friend Beth — she is a Youth Minister, and has two of her charge that are facing a horrible reality — the loss of their father due to cancer. Here is what Beth wrote, please pray for these Sisters-in-Christ and for all of their family. Also, of course please pray for their Daddy, and ask God to give him and them all the Peace, Comfort, and Strength that they need in the months ahead.Cancer SUCKS! I have 2 youth (sisters) ages 18 & 16 whose daddy is dying of brain cancer. Hospice came in last Thursday. We didn’t think he would make it through the night last night, but he’s still hanging on. I stayed over there until 10:45 last night with the girls. It’s so sad to see a child lose a parent.
  • Please pray for Shane and Stephanie. Stephanie, as you know, is my niece, and Shane is her husband. Now that he is back from Boot Camp and AIT, they are getting back into their routines, and are working on getting the steady employment they need. God is in control, of course, and we all believe that it will work out to the Glory of God and His Will, but please pray for them to get things settled as quickly as possible. Thanks, everyone!
  • My dear friend Beth’s nephew Dustin has been in our prayer requests before. He had kicked cancer, but unfortunately, his struggles are not over yet. We have learned that his cancer is back, and it’s in his bone marrow. Please pray for him, his family, and pray that God would use this tribulation in their lives to show how powerful He is as he heals Dustin of this illness once and for all. Thanks everyone! With God’s Love and our prayers, Dustin will be free of cancer once and for all!
  • Continued prayers please for my friend Sheila, who has been looking for a job for over four months now. Please pray for one of her leads to pay off for her!
  • Continued prayers also for Cindy’s Aunt Carol, who has been fighting breast cancer for a few years. The treatment continues, and it is working, but I know that she would like to kick this now for good. Thanks!
  • My cousin Barb’s husband Tim is still fighting his colon cancer. The treatment is going well, but there have been some bumps in the road every now and then. His latest bump was an abscess that they had to treat, so please pray for him.
  • Please continue praying for Aunt Ginny, who is battling breast cancer.
  • Please pray for Dr. John Sailhamer — he is a Christian Theologian who is batting both Parkinson’s and Alzheimers.
  • Please pray for the Mom and Dad of my friend Steve. His Dad needs to have surgery on October 21st, and his Mom has Alzheimer’s Syndrome. Please pray that God would bring them Peace, Comfort, and Strength in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead.
  • Please pray for the Open Door committee as they determine the path they should take. Please pray for me as I wrap my hands around this and look to God to see how He would lead me.
  • Please pray for my friend Jaime’s work partner JD. JD’s mom has breast cancer, and his father passed away some months back. Please pray for that family as they deal with these multiple tribulations in their lives. May God grant them His Peace, comfort, and strength in the days and weeks ahead.

Praises!

  • Big Praise to my cousin Kelly, who, with God’s help, has conquered breast cancer of her own! Yay Kelly!
  • Praise to God for my friend Elisha, who’s neck x-rays were negative and is feeling much better!
  • Big Praise to Cindy’s Uncle Sam and Aunt Saundra and cousin Jeannie, who have all arrived in town safely after long drives from Montana and New York City!
  • Lastly, the biggest praise I have today is for Jesus, and for Uncle Bob, who has been embraced in Heaven by family, friends, and most importantly of all — by Jesus!

As I have told Sophie many times this week, what we are going through with Uncle Bob serves to remind us how important our relationships with loved ones are.  In the end, I told Sophie, the things that we cling most closely to are the memories we have with our family, friends, and other loved ones.  Because of that, in my opinion we should work hard to have good, meaningful memories — and not ones that are ones we would like to forget.  Of course, that isn’t possible all the time, but when a loved one is sick and moving on to Heaven soon, now is the time to make good memories, not bad ones.

In closing, since we were talking about Angels, I would like to remind you all that I believe that Angels can be found anywhere, at any time.  Heaven has a new Angel, and one day it may be Uncle Bob that helps out when we need one.  To that end, please enjoy this YouTube video of a great band — Alabama — singing their song “Angels Among Us”.  May the Lord Bless you and keep you safe this week.

Prayers for the Week – God’s Word

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“Thy Word is  Lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path.” ~ Psalms 119:105

Such a simple verse, my friends, but full of power!  In today’s Prayers for the Week I wanted to touch upon a problem I have — one that is quite easy to overcome, but one that I find myself failing to do so…I am not as well-read in the Bible as I ought to be!

Please pray for me about this, because I have seen time and time again the power of our prayers, and I have also seen many times how good the day goes when I do start my day in God’s Word, and how much trouble the day can be if I don’t.  So, my friends, today I ask you this simple question: “How much time do you spend in God’s Word each day?”  Is your Bible too often like mine — forgotten on a shelf instead of open in your lap, searching out God’s direction for us?  If it is, how about we make a challenge together — to work with one another, making each other our accountability partners?  If you would like to do this, shoot me an email to mickey@mydreamsofdisney.com, and I’ll email you what I read in my Bible, and you email me and tell me what you read.  That way, together, we can keep each other focused in the Word, and over time, we’ll be more “Bible Literate” and better able to withstand the challenges of a fallen world!

Prayer Requests and Praises!

Prayers go out this week to my friend Jeff, who’s Mom lost her battle against Breast Cancer this week.  Jeff and all his family know that she is in Heaven right now, but that doesn’t ease the pain any, so please lift them up in prayers for their comfort and strength in the days to come, but also give thanks and praise to God for Jeff’s Mom, and the witness that she was throughout her life.  As Jeff wrote so eloquently:

Today Mom ended her battle with cancer and we celebrate the peace that she can now have in heaven. Mom lived by her motto of not just surviving but thriving. She has been an inspiration to so many and the best role model I have ever known. The family will have a visitation on Sunday evening from 6-8pm at Brown-Wynn Funeral home in Cary and the funeral will be at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary on Monday at 2p. We can all celebrate knowing that Moms faith in god kept her and all of us at peace as she passed. Donations are preferred to The Wolfpack Club, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Wake County Hospice, or your favorite charity in lieu of flowers.

Additionally, Sherry has a prayer request:

Please pray for my unsaved friend Kelly, she is searching and finally accepted my invitation to church on Sunday. So this is a praise & a prayer request. She loved my church and our praise and worship time. They gave her a Bible and she couldn’t believe it was free…..LOL. She has already signed up for our womens breakfast on Aug 6th and cannot wait to come back for another Sunday svc. Please pray that satan will be bound and unable to interfere as Kelly is open to hearing God’s word and is hungry for more!
Thank you and God Bless
Sherry Hofmann

My friend Bambi’s little girl was sick and had to be hospitalized this past week.  It took a while, but her baby is feeling much better, and has been sent home now, where it appears like she is no worse for wear!  So thank you Lord for hearing our prayers and healing your little angel on earth!

My good friend Lisa had need of our prayers during the week as her son had to have some surgery.  She just let me know though that his surgery was a big success, so Praises to God for that, and he is recovering very well!  Thank you Lord and all of you that were praying for him!

I also have a friend that is worried about their job — there is a contract dispute and their job is in jeopardy as a result.  Please pray for them — because of the sensitive nature of this, I’m keeping some of the details silent at this time, but please pray for them, we all know that God knows what we need even when we don’t know how to put it into words, so I offer up this prayer for my friend and all of the others that we don’t know about:

Lord, the worry that we can experience over our job situations is sometimes very hard to deal with — but we also know that You are in control of the situation, and that You will take care of us for the best if we just ask it of You.  We know that you have our best interests in mind, for you said in Jeremiah 29:11 — “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.”

As a result, while we are worried over our jobs, we know that if we turn to You it will be okay, and You will take care of it, whether that means keeping our existing job or finding a new one.  Thank You Lord for taking care of this — please give me the strength and Peace to endure whatever it is I need to endure in this trial, but also allow this trial to draw me closer to Your Will, so that I might be a better Disciple of Christ for You.  It is in Jesus’ name that I pray with Thanksgiving!  Amen.

Lastly, my friend Beth has had a nephew who was fighting cancer and other ailments.  I just heard that he is now officially cancer free!  Praise God for that, and please keep praying for him that he would remain that way!  Thanks everyone!

Prayers of the Week

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Over the past 2+ years of writing on this blog, the posts have all generally been about Disney.  Of late, though, it has occurred to me that the reach of this little blog has spread greatly, to the point that it isn’t unusual for me to see traffic from such “remote” locations as Russia, India, and Bangladesh!  In fact, My Dreams of Disney has been accessed from 135 different countries/territories across the globe.

The point of all of this isn’t to bring praise to me, but to share with you a realization that I have had along my faith journey — witnessing for the Lord doesn’t just come in the form of face to face conversations — your witness can be as simple as writing a blog post.

To that end, every Sunday I am going to write a post called Prayers of the Week.  This special post will share with you some prayers requests that I, my family, or friends have, and if you are of a mind, please lift up these requests in your daily prayers.  However, this isn’t a one way street by any stretch!  The world that we live in today has many, many problems, and we all have concerns that we need addressed.  So, if you have any prayer requests of your own, please share them in the comments, and know that I will note them down and include your prayer requests in when I pray as well.

For privacy’s sake, I won’t always share all of the details for a prayer request, but I should share enough information that you’ll know what to pray for.

Thank you in advance for your prayers, and don’t be shy — share your prayer requests here!  By doing so, we will show the world how powerful prayer can be!

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray for Kenny and his family.  Kenny’s wife Sherry recently passed away, leaving Kenny and his two young children without their mother.  She was a Believer, so we all know she is in Jesus’ loving embrace, but please pray for God’s Peace to descend upon the family, as well as for His Strength to see them through these trying days.
  • Please pray for my friend’s mother, who is having a difficult time with Chemo and Radiation treatments for breast cancer.  Her daughter travels back home soon, and it is a big worry how she will get on — or whether or not she will have to move up here with her.
  • Please pray for my cousin, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer, as well as for my aunt, who is also undergoing treatment.  Please pray for a healthy result to their treatments.
  • Please pray for my other aunt, who has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer for a long time now.
  • Please pray for my wife’s cousin, who had a stroke recently, and for her parents, who are having to look after her in their later years.
  • Please pray for my family, that we see the stresses of work and school even out some so that we can remember each day the love that we have for each other.
  • Please pray for my friends, for jobs applied for and health looked after.
  • Please pray for my friend’s brother-in-law, who has fought cancer for years, and now has it in his lymph nodes.  He is undergoing some bone scans, and hopes to be eligible for a special clinical trial — if he gets in he has his medicine provided, but if he doesn’t the medicine runs $7-9,000 per month!
  • I have also learned of a specific prayer request for some dear friends; this request is private, but please pray that the parties in this ordeal would receive God’s Wisdom on them, and realize that the course of action they are about to undertake isn’t the best for them and their families.  Also, for everyone that is close to them and is struggling because of the decision this couple is making, please pray for God’s Peace to descend upon them, so that their worries may be lifted away, and they can get back to being the witnesses to the Lord that He needs them to be.

Praises:

God wants to hear our sorrows, our tribulations, the things that are keeping us up at night.  As the 1 Peter 5:7 says:

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

However, it is also great and wonderful to give Thanks to God for those things that we have received!  In that thought, here are some praises we can give to God in Thanks!

  • I, and hundreds of other people, were blessed tonight to be part of the Red Rose Banquet at Edenton Street United Methodist Church.  We were lifted up in song by the children’s choirs, and we had both a silent and live auction to raise funds to help the Ruth Sheets Adult Day Care Center.  It was a wonderful night, and I for one was blessed this night.
  • Wonderful praise is to be lifted up each and every night for the leadership and organization that has led to a wonderful Bible Study called The Men’s Study.  This is my third year studying His Word in this group, and I am closer to God now then at any time in my life — and each day I draw even closer.
  • I am deeply blessed by all of my family and friends.  Each one of them is a blessing, and for each of them I give thanks to God that I have been able to have them in my life — or, in some cases, I thank God that He allowed me to be in their lives!
  • I would like to give thanks to God for my wonderful friends Ervin and Lois.  They are the wonderful parents of my dear friend Monica, and God has blessed me to be able to help them out with a computer problem here and there.  The beauty of it, though, is that, while I’m able to help them, and I gladly do so, I’m not really doing anything that couldn’t be done by someone else.  What I love is, when I leave their house, I have been blessed, and I have learned some new nugget of wisdom that will help me, both in my faith journey, and in my worldly travels as Cindy and I work together to raise our daughter into the daughter that God would have her be.

Now, please feel free to add your prayer concerns in the comments below, and don’t forget, praises are a big thing too, so share those also!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!