Prayers for the Week – Praises!

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Hello everyone, welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week!  We’ve got a quick post today — but I have a few prayer requests and praises to share with you.  First, the praises!

Praises!

My biggest praise is that we have had a wonderful trip meeting and visiting with friends old and new.  It has been a relaxing, peaceful week and we have truly enjoyed our time here.  It ends today, though, as we head home, but it was a great trip!

We also give thanks for my niece Stephanie’s baby Zazzy, who had dog surgery last week and is recovering well.  Thanks, Lord, for all of our blessings, even the four-legged blessings such as Zazzy!

Prayer Requests!

Prayers for a safe journey home, thank you everyone.  Bigger prayers for my niece Stephanie, who has a surgical procedure on the 31st.  Lord, please be with her and guide the surgeons skillfully so that she can have this taken care of easily and please make it help her out.  Thank you Lord!

Thank you everyone for reading and praying for these prayer requests and praises!  Please leave your requests here and we’ll pick back up in force next week!  Thanks everyone!

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!

Come and See — How God moves Men!

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Today, I’m taking a moment to talk to you about a Men’s Bible Study that I am participating in called “The Men’s Study”.  This year will be my 4th year participating in the study, and I’ve got to tell you, each year brings me even closer to my Lord and Saviour than the year before.  If you are reading this blog post and live in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area, and are looking to learn more about our bible study, I strongly urge you to visit The Men’s Study website, sign up for the free dinner on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, and learn more about how your life can be changed for the better!  I believe God is calling to you.  He wants you to spend time in His Word, and learning how you can use those powerful words to help you through the trials and tribulations of life in the world.  He is calling to you — can you hear Him?

I urge you, come and see what the Lord has in store for you.  Come and see how God moves men in The Men’s Study Bible Study!  I hope to see you there!

Prayers for the Week – June 30, 2013

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Today I’m opening up this week’s Prayers for the Week post to all of you!  Please continue to add your prayer requests and praises to the comments section of this post so I can post them for next week, when we will be back in the swing of our Prayer request post.  For last week, we had these requests, please know that, while I didn’t comment on all of them, I was thinking of all of you that commented, and praying for you also, and will continue to do so.  I hope that this week has been a good one for all of us, today we take our daughter to her first sleep away camp for the week!

Prayer Requests…

  • My friend Stacey needs some prayers, please. Here is what she wrote:I need some prayers too, Mike. Please pray for my family. My uncle has been on life support for over a month and they have given up. Please help pray that they let him go home so he can be surrounded by his family and he can go peacefully. He is one of the best men I have ever met in my entire life!
  • Alecia has a prayer request and a praise!  Here is what she wrote:I love reading your posts, all of them. Mine is a prayer request and a praise. I have cancer and am going through chemo. I’ve been fighting since April of 2012. Please pray that God continues to give me the strength to get through each and every day.Now the praise. Thank you God for my life! Thank you for my cancer. I have gotten so much closer to my parents and family because of it. I also made a new friend through my trials. A pure and Godly woman. God, I don’t know what you have planned for me but I bet it’s awesome. Thank you for everything.
  • Another set of prayer requests comes to us from Linda.  Linda wrote that she didn’t think her requests were all that much, but Lord, it certainly sounds like they are for me.  We all know that God puts in our path only things that He knows we can handle.  Here is what Linda wrote:Prayers to you and your family. Praying for the first 2 replies as well.In comparison to the first two, my prayers seem to be less needy, but prayers are needed still. I am a single mother to a teenager and have been disabled due to a rare orphan disease that took about 5 years and 25 doctors to diagnose properly–CIDP. It is similar to MS but attacks the peripheral and autonomic nervous systems instead of the central nervous system. It leaves me with severe chronic nerve pain 24/7 all over my body. It also causes spasms of my muscles, pretty much all over my body 24/7 as well. I recently has a flare that caused more damage due to a bout of the flu. So, I am in morepain as a result too.

    Additionally, I have arthritis in my back, hips, knees, ankles–most joints on my lower body due to long term undiagnosed Lyme Disease. It took 8 yrs to find out that I had a probable positive test from one of those 25 doctors to re-test and find that I had a severe long term case which left many other issues that contribute to my disability and cannot be cured at this point, but only put into remission. I pray that the remission remains as it has for the last 2 yrs. We were afraid that it had re-activated during my recent CIDP flare as my arthritis has become more painful since the flare of CIDP. Thankfully, the tests came back negative!

    I have 2 surgical procedures on my spine in the upcoming month to help reduce the pain of both. I have had these surgeries many times before. But, I have a new doctor in the practice performing these surgeries as the doctor who typically performs them is unavailable. I pray for wisdom and steady hands for the doctor performing these surgeries as they are directly in my spine and have major risks is something were to go wrong.

    Additionally, I have been waiting for 3 weeks for my Dept of Social Services case worker to process my paper work for Medical Assistance. I qualify for Medical Assistance every 6 months based on showing proof that a large percentage–probably close to half of it–of my income is spent on medical expenses. Once they deduct my medical expenses from my income of SSDI and Child Support, I then qualify for Medical Assistance coverage. I need this to finally be processed. I need prayers that it gets done this week.

    Without approval of my Medical Assistance, I cannot have my Personal Care Aide who typically comes for 2 hrs M-F to help me shower safely, blow drys my hair for me, cooks for me and assists with light housekeeping. I paid for her out of my own income for 3 weeks figuring that I would get the money back once she was paid by Medical Assistance since once it is finally approved, it is approve back to the date it lapsed – May 1st. I cannot pay her any further. Also as a result of paying her for the 3 weeks, I cannot pay my rent for this July.

    Please keep me in your prayers that my pain will reduce and my surgeries will be safe and successful, that my Medical Assistance will finally be approved so i can get my aide back and some of my major medical bills will be covered too. Finally, that somehow, the funds will come to me that I can pay my rent for July.

    Blessings to all.

Praises!

  • Lord, quite simply, the biggest praise I have is for You!  Thank you for all that you have given to me and my family, and thank you for allowing me to be of service to you!  May my life be used even more for you and your will, and less for mine.  Thank you Lord!

Friendship Friday – My buddy Elisha!

Elisha Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of Friendship Friday!  This special series is the brainchild of my good friend Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and it has become one of my favorite series because it allows me to take a few minutes out of the week and truly write from the heart.

Today it’s time to embarrass my really good friend and co-worker Elisha.  Elisha and I have known each other for over 15 years, as hard as that is to believe, and I can probably count on one hand the number of days where that smile of his wasn’t evident on his face.

Elisha is one of three brothers that his Mamma had, God Bless Her, and Elisha and his brother Elijah are twins on top of that!  Both of them have served in our military, and the irony, at least in my mind, of it all is that Elisha ended up being a Drill Sergeant!  When you talk to Elisha now, that humor is so evident that you wouldn’t know his Drill Sergeant past if you didn’t already know that!

Elisha and I both work in the Information Technology department.  I’m in charge of the network security aspects of our network, and Elisha is in charge of the systems administrators that take care of the user computers.  What really makes our department special is that we are all ready to help out each other whenever needed, and that keeps the tension low — at least, most of the time!

Elisha is married to Cynthia, they have been married for 32 years, and together they have raised two fine sons, and also have 2 grandbabies also!

You know, I am a firm believer that God puts people in our paths to help us when we need it, and having worked at my job for as long as I have, there have certainly been times when things weren’t as rosy as they could be.  It is during those times that Elisha’s true worth shines through, whether it be in being able to sound out something with him, asking him to listen so you can vent, or any other reason.  Elisha is a man of quiet confidence, of faith, and he lives life like it is meant to be lived — by sharing the joy that God has given to each and every one of us, if we are just able to recognize it.  I am a better man for having known Elisha.

Thank you for stopping by my little blog today for Friendship Friday!  I hope you enjoy these posts, if you like mine, you’ll love the ones that Heidi posts!  Just click on her button below to head over to her site and see who she is focusing on today!