Strength of God

Prayers for the Week – The Strength of God

Strength of God

My friends, thank you for joining me today for our Prayers for the Week post.  Today I was reminded of the power of Scripture.  During my Bible Study, our speaker referred to Philippians 4:13 as one verse that got him through a tough challenge.  I’m sure that most of you know this by heart, but here it is for you once again:

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13

The Strength of God is something that we all need to depend on.  For so many of us, we try to do it all on our own, and inevitably we fail.  As I get older, and learn that this body is not as strong as it was when I was younger, I have learned that while my body may not be strong, my Faith is, and I am learning to rely on God more each day.  When I am weak, I call on the strength of God to lift me up.  When I get bad news, the strength of God is there to support me.  Whenever something happens to someone I love, I have learned through the years that I can do all things — I can get through all things, even grief — by turning to God.  He will give me the strength I need to endure.  Now, please pray for and lift up our praises this week.  Thank you.

Prayer Requests & Praises…

  • Here is the latest update from my friend Amanda about her husband Daniel:
    This will be a short update because it’s good news! We received Daniel’s PET results yesterday and they were clean. YAY! They saw nothing even start to light up and no masses that caused any concerns so the cancer is staying in the liver. Surgery is scheduled for 7/31. We have a preop appointment with the surgeon on 7/25 to learn more about the surgery and the risks and recovery. Because the tumor is covering so much of his liver it will be a long surgery increasing the risk of intraoperative hemorrhage. Post op the concern is liver failure because of the small amount of liver he will be left with. But God has given us a chance for a cure. We feel everyone’s prayers and God’s presence through all of this and know He will take care of us!
    Please pray that the tumor shrinks, the cancer does not spread during these next few weeks, Daniel’s healthy liver continues to grow (more than it did in the previous 6 weeks!). Please pray for God to guide the clinicians treating Daniel before, during and after surgery and that he comes through with no complications. And if you feel like praying for a miracle, please pray that Daniel be cured of this wretched disease!
    Thanks to all of you for your prayers, kind words, hats, calls, notes, and love and support during all of this! We could not do this without the fabulous support system we have in place!
  • We’ve also got a big praise to share too! My friend Bambi has this update to her medical condition. Here is what she wrote:
    Whew! After 6 hours of scans, tests, and a meeting with my Dr. I am healthy and remain cancer free! My kidney is working perfectly! What a long day, now I’m starving!!!!
  • More praise as my cousin’s daughter Julia continues to improve! Here is what was written:
    I am so thankful for all the prayers!! The infectious disease dr thinks Julia is doing good enough right now that we can try oral antibiotics, so hopefully we won’t ever need a picc line!! I’m on cloud nine with this news, please keep the prayers coming and I know she will bee 100% in no time!!Thank you everyone for your prayers!
  • On other medical fronts, though, the news is not as good. Please continue to pray for Jim, the father-in-law of my wife’s co-worker Dee. He has a brain tumor behind one of his eyes, and it has spread to his brain stem. Everyone is very concerned for him, so please pray healing prayers for him, as well as prayers for God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to descend upon him and all of his family. The stress is causing short tempers at times, so please fervently pray for them. Thanks everyone for praying for this family.
  • I learned today of a family that is in need of your prayers. Their daughter was abused by a person they thought was a family friend, and she has had to go through a lot of counseling about this, as has her parents. Please pray for all of them, that God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, Healing, and Love would descend upon all of them, and that she would know that she is loved, that it wasn’t her fault, and that she would be able to recover from this emotional and physical trauma. Thank you everyone, your prayers always mean the world to me and those that you are praying for.
  • Sometimes the words are hard to come by when you are praying. There’s a little girl named Katy who has had so many afflictions ravage her poor body that it’s been hard to put your mind around it all. Well, today we have a huge praise! She has been in a medically induced coma, and today we have this report:
    From Katy’s Mom:
    Katy girl is in there! She opened her eyes… Squeezed the I love you code to daddy… Responded by moving her head no when asked if she was in pain. Huge! She is back to sleep now… Has lots of resting she needs to do.Please pray for this girl, for her family, for continued good news. Please pray.
  • Please pray for my friend Kuleen. She lost her Grandma this week, and while she knows that she is in Heaven, it is still hard for her. Here is what she wrote — her words say so much more than I ever could:
    My last Grandma Lucille passed away today at age 94. Widowed from her first husband, she married my Mom’s dad. She was widowed again when my Grandpa died when I was only 5 years old. For the past 41 years she has been my Grandma by choice.I will remember her for scratching my back, playing the piano and singing, and always signing her cards with XX OO. I always thought she looked like the Grandma in the Family Circus cartoons.She was a very faithful woman, and had been ready to be with her God for a while. She passed quietly without illness or pain, and is now with her savior.

    Please pray for Kuleen and her family as they learn what life is like without her. Please pray for their comfort and strength. Thank you.

My friends, I give thanks for you each and every day.  I don’t know if you know this, but I have received so many words of encouragement from people thank me for praying for them — and asking me to thank you for praying for them too — that I’ve lost count.  We have been doing our posts now for well over a year, and the response from all of you has been incredible.  Occasionally I receive a note asking why I’m asking people to pray for things on a Disney fan site, and occasionally I get people that tell me they aren’t going to follow us anymore because of this.  But that, my friends, is very few and far between — overwhelmingly, the response I get is thanks, thanks for listening, thanks for praying, thanks for sharing what is on their hearts, and thanks to all of you for taking the time to pray for them, a stranger, someone they don’t know, and yet, taking the time to lift them up.

My friends, it is my honor to put together this post every week, to facilitate it, and now, let’s give thanks to Him that stands head and shoulders above all of us.  Let’s pray the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be do e,
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.

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.

Isaiah 41:10

Prayers for the Week – Isaiah 41:10

Isaiah 41:10

Hello my friends, and thank you for stopping by today and joining in on our Prayers for the Week post.  This weekly post is our way to help you with the prayer requests and praises that you have, and I am glad that I am able to compile these for you.  Please take the time to read all the way through our post, as we have a lot of prayer requests for today.

I’ve been led to share with you a very powerful verse — one of my favorites, from the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament.

10fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)

My friends, there is a lot of fear going on in the world today.  Fear over what is going on with our children, fear over what is happening with the world, with our military in Iraq, with the turmoil between Israel and Hamas, and fear with what is going on with our jobs.  In all of this, I urge you to remember that we are not alone — that if we turn to God, He will help us out.  His help may not be the help we are looking for, but His plan for us is perfect, while our plan for ourselves is often flawed.  My friends, please read and pray for these requests, and remember, in our praying, God is with us.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Good news from my friend Amanda about her husband Daniel’s condition. Here is what she writes:Another short update! Daniel is doing very well. If everything stays on track, he may be discharged sometime this week – so a few days earlier than anticipated. The liver is doing great and has thus far stayed out of the danger zone! The surgeon was able to get negative margins on the tumor so we think they got it all. I’ll send another update when we get the discharge papers unless something changes between now and then.
    THANK YOU for all of your prayers! I’m feeling like I may have gotten my miracle you all helped me pray for! And I have no doubt all of us praying is what got it done! God is great!
  • Prayers for my friend Heather, whose husband Adam lost his father. Here is what she wrote:Adam’s Dad went to his Heavenly home early this morning peacefully at his home surrounded by family. Please continue to pray for the family. We will have a memorial service and we will post the info when it is planned. Thanks for all the prayers. He will be missed by many but we know that he is rejoicing with God and we will see him again.Please pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, Mercy, and Strength to descend upon them in their time of grief.
  • Ed has a prayer request for us to pray over. Here is what he wrote on FB:
    I don’t think anyone here knows, but for the last year, my mother has been fighting cancer and my sister and I have been her caregivers. The last few days have been difficult, and today in agreement with Hospice we are just going to make her comfortable and let things run their course. I am asking for your support during this trying time for my family.Here is my reply to him:
    Ed, I will definitely be praying for you and your mother and sister (all of your family, for that matter). I’ll pray for God’s Peace to descend upon you all, for God’s Comfort to take care of your Mom, for God’s Strength to see you all through this, and lastly, for God’s Love to remind you all of all the love that you share, and to remember the great memories you have. I will also include this with my prayer warriors too so they can lift you up also.Please pray for Ed and his family in their time of trial. Thank you!

    • Ed informed us that his Mom passed away this morning. Please continue to pray for Ed and his family, for their strength in the coming days, weeks, and months, as they learn the impact of what it is like not having their Mom there, and that God’s Peace and Comfort would blanket them in their time of sorrow.
      Thanks, everyone.
  • My good friend Brooke needs prayers. We don’t know the details, and we don’t need to know either, as God knows, so please lift her and her family up. Here is what she wrote on FB:
    When it rains it pours. Very discouraged. Need love & prayers friends.
  • Please pray for my friend Amy’s cousin Brooke. Brooke has had a stroke, she’s 33 years old. Here is what Amy’s aunt wrote:My dear sweet friends I come to you with a heavy heart but lots of faith. Brooke is in a very bad way. She has had a stroke and a blood clot in a vein from her heart to her brain. There are several things they can do with major danger. I know God has his own plan of healing so I’m hanging in there for now. The part that’s damaged controls her waking up and vision. They say she might not ever wake up but I have to believe she will. Thank you for your prayers but don’t stop now we have a very long way to go. On a good note she has opened her eyes several times for just a second. I will be gone for a while to take care of her. Heather my other daughter will come on to up date you guys. Know that I love you all and thankful for your prayers. We really rely on all prayers. God bless you all.Please pray for her healing, for God’s Peace, Strength, and Comfort to descend upon all of them, and for the God to skillfully guide her doctors.Thanks, everyone.
  • Please continue your prayers for Katy, who has been featured on our prayer requests before. Also lift up her Mom, who is struggling at the moment. Here are the latest updates by way of my friend Kuleen:
    Update on Katy from her Mom:
    Katy is stable… But she definitely took a few steps back today. No one really knows what caused it… But her sats were really low she was very blue… Blood pressure was low. Ended up going back up on her vent to full support, back on the paralytic, back up to full sedation with both her morphine and versed so any headway we made was lost today. Thankfully she appears to be stable and hopefully has an uneventful night.From Katy’s Mom:
    Afraid… When is enough enough? Katy’s kidneys are giving out again. I miss my girl.
    From Katy’s mom. Not good:
    Katy is having a really tough day. Not sure how this is going to play out… Not sure how I am going to say goodbye to my baby girl. Running out of options.
  • Lastly, my friend Sheila reminds us of the prayers our animal friends need.  Here is what she wrote:We need to pray for your dog too! Animals also need prayers. I hope and pray Regan gets better soon.Thank you Sheila for your prayers.  Regan is much better.  He had to go in on this past Friday for a follow-up to his ultrasound, as well as a dental cleaning and some mole removals.  He is fine, but he really gets disoriented when he has had anesthesia.  One of the moles they sent off for checking, so we don’t know that result yet, but we’ll take prayers for a good outcome from that.  Thank you!
  • Just before I was going to close our post down for the night, my friend Brooke — who is listed above in our prayer requests, shared these words:Sometimes this world brings trouble I find so hard to bear. I know I could not make it without Jesus being there.
    It’s so encouraging to know,
    How ever deep we’re in despair…
    Jesus never fails.

When she told me I could include them, she also posted a link to the song that those words are from.  I thought you all might enjoy to listen to the song as much as I did.  Enjoy!

My friends, like we always do, our prayers are only good if we pray for God’s Will to be done on our lives.  To me, the best way to do this is to pray the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray.  Please close with 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 into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory.
Forever and ever. Amen.

Bible Emergency Numbers

Prayers for the Week – Bible Emergency Numbers

Bible Emergency Numbers

The Bible Emergency Numbers has some great Bible verses to check out!

Hello everyone, and welcome to our weekly Prayers for the Week post!  Today I re-found this great resource — the Bible Emergency Numbers that you can feel free to call on when you see something going on in your life or the life of those around you.

God calls us to love Him, and to serve Him, and the sad reality is that far too often, we do not do either in a great enough measure.  I think that this list, the Bible Emergency Numbers, is a great way for us to refocus ourselves when we fit one of the criteria.  For example, take a look at the last line:

If you find the world growing small, and you great, call Psalm 19.

Psalm 19 is just one of the Psalms of King David.  In it, he tells us of how Heaven is proclaiming all of God’s Glory, and then he goes on to talk about all of God’s laws are great — His instruction revives our being, His commands are pure, giving light to our eyes.

King David then goes on to ask the question, what happens if we sin accidentally?  He then goes on to ask for forgiveness, and for God to keep him from any willful sins, and to keep sin from ruling his life.

Finally, he gives us one of the most important benedictions we can receive:

Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you, Lord, my rock and my redeemer. ~ Psalm 19:14

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Another update for my friend Amanda and her husband Daniel:Just a really quick update! Daniel has been completely cleared for surgery. The surgeon is going to try to leave him with 25-30% of his liver to lower the risk of liver failure but no promises. Surgery is this Thursday. We have to be at the hospital at 5:30 am and they will take him back around 7:30. Suregery will last 5-6 hours. He’ll spend the first few days in ICU and have a total stay between 10-12 days if there are no complications. The risk of liver failure is a concern through the first week postop.
    Please pray for a successful surgery and complication free surgery and post op. Please ask God to guide the clinicians treating Daniel and to give Daniel the strength needed to fight this battle. Thanks for your prayers and support! We truly can feel you praying for us!!Please pray for them and their kids, for all of the reasons Amanda listed. Thanks everyone!

    • Then, today, we had this update from Amanda:Sorry I haven’t gotten an update out since the surgery but it’s been a whirlwind! This will be short because we are in watch mode right now. As of now Daniel’s progress has been good. He’s in ICU recovering as planned. He’s doing everything he can to move to the standard floor. Please keep the prayers coming! They are definitely working! I will send another update when I have more to report. Thanks again for all of the love and support!
  • Here is the latest on Katy throughout the week:Today’s update on Katy:
    Another stable night for Katy. The LVAD is still running well and they continue to try to take fluid off of her. All tests are in normal ranges. She is a Rockstar as always.Continue the prayers, please — they are working!From Amiee this morning: Ugh…Miss Kate needs to turn the corner. Her kidneys aren’t working as well as we need them to…her right heart pressures are too high. She has a culture growing something. She is not in a good place please step up the prayers.From Katy’s Mom:
    Feeling blessed… Although Katy is very sick I find comfort that she is getting the best care. Her bed is surrounded by 6 of the best cardiologists, her nurses, her surgeon while they are performing an echo and making the best decisions for our girl. No one is giving up.

    Great update about Katy:
    We have an increase in PEE! I never thought pee would bring me to tears! The rockstar is rocking on!

    Katy update:
    Seriously Katy is so amazing… I get all my strength and courage from her. They lifted her paralytic and she is fighting through the ridiculous hug morphine dose to open her eyes and nod. I told her she was doing a great job and she was going to get better and she nodded her head. Another great day of peeing and the talk is they hope to close her chest tomorrow.

    As you can see, the world is definitely a roller coaster of emotion for them.  Please keep up your prayers, so that we can see her overcome all of these obstacles!  Thanks everyone!

  • Lastly, I have a big praise to share courtesy of my friend Rusty:One year ago today, my wife found out she had breast cancer. The following day, she told me she was pregnant with our second child!
    It has been an absolutely insane, crazy, hectic year. While it is not the journey that either one of us wanted to take, I am so proud of my wife for taking each hurdle in stride.
    I look forward to putting cancer behind us and having fun with our kids!
    We could not have done it without the love and support of family and friends. You know who you are. THANK YOU!

Thank you all for reading and praying all week.  If you have any prayer requests, please feel free to add them in the comments, and we’ll pray for you too!  Thanks!  Now, let’s close by asking that God’s Will be done by praying the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be do e,
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.

2Timothy 1:7

Prayers for the Week – 2Timothy 1:7

2Timothy 1:7

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” ~ 2Timothy 1:7

To be a Christian is to accept Jesus into your life.  To tell God that you know that you are a sinner, and that you know that you have failed Him.  To tell God that you know and believe that God sent His Son Jesus to earth to die for our sins, to pay the ultimate penalty for our sinful nature.  To be a Christian is to believe and acknowledge how far we have fallen, and to ask God to forgive us.

Once you do that, you are saved — you are a Christian, and you have eternal life when you die your earthly body.  More than that, though, Scripture tells us that when we Believe, God sends the Holy Spirit into our heart to guide us, to allow us to have Him near, to be our counsel when we need Him.  Once you do that, your life is different, changed, 180 degrees different from how you lived your life before.  To be a Christian is to accept responsibility for your actions, but to know that someone’s got your back.  To be a Christian is knowing that despite how many mistakes you make, God will forgive you — if you ask Him for forgiveness.  However, to be a Christian is to know that you are special, that you are now a Child of God. Knowing this fact sets you apart from everyone else that has not accepted Jesus into their lives.  Knowing this makes you realize that your life has a plan now — you aren’t just going through the motions of life one day after another.  Knowing you are a Child of God puts things in perspective.  After you accept all that God has given you because of your decision, 2Timothy 1:7 makes a whole lot of sense.

When you are a Christian, you do not need to be timid, you do not need to be questioning, you do not need to be scared.  When you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit is there for you, waiting for you to ask.  I hope that this makes sense to you and that I’ve made my point clear.  When you are a Christian, God empowers you to ask for the things you need by praying — and the Holy Spirit is your counselor and will approach God for you.  Now, please use the Holy Spirit that lives within you to lift up these prayer requests and praises to God.  Thank you everyone!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Continued prayers for my friend Amanda and her husband Daniel. Here is what Amanda wrote:Ok, settle in – this is going to be a long one! Daniel had his 4th round of chemo on schedule on 6/16. A CT of the liver was done this past Monday. We met with the surgeon yesterday and the oncologist today. The surgeon said the tumor had not shrunk but also did not grow or spread based on the CT – so not exactly what we wanted but not bad either. The healthy liver only grew slightly putting Daniel just over the line needed to move forward with the resection. So the liver resection will be scheduled in 3 weeks. YAY!
    But, because of the healthy liver growth just taking him over the line his resection moves from risky to highly risky due to the increased risk of intraoperative hemorrhage or post operative liver failure. Based on my very, very brief research at 1 am last night, the mortality rate is 11% when only leaving 20% liver volume. So, I’m pretty much scared out of my wits! But God gave us a fighting chance by answering our prayers to move forward with surgery and we will continue to trust in Him to get us through.
    We have to have a PET/CT prior to surgery to make sure the cancer hasn’t shown up any place else. Daniel does have another mass that showed up a few weeks ago on his side but both doctors think it is not a cancerous mass – but they will check to be sure. If the cancer is anywhere else, it is likely the surgery will be canceled. His healthy liver will continue to grow during these 3 weeks but it is unlikely it will grow enough to move us out of the high risk category. But every extra % we can get is a good thing. And God can do anything He wants so if He wants it to grow, it will.
    The surgery will be 5-8 hours and can’t be done laparoscopically. He will spend at least the first 48 hours in ICU and we can expect a total inpatient stay of 10-12 days if there are no complications. To make it even more fun, the end of the stay will coincide with the first day of school for Cate! But God never gives you more than you can handle, right! After surgery, they will give his liver time to regenerate before we meet with the oncologist to determine next steps in treatment to work to prevent or prolong recurrence. This could mean the same chemo regimen he’s been on for a few months, a different treatment or nothing. I will tell you I’m not rooting for nothing – I want to do everything we can to keep this away. Now, the man dealing with being poisoned every 2 weeks might have a different opinion!
    You all have been such awesome prayer warriors, I hate to ask you to kick it up a notch but that’s what I’m going to do! We need prayers that Daniel is healthy and has his energy back prior to surgery so he can fight with every ounce of his being. We need prayers that that healthy liver grows like crazy – maybe even 10% or more extra volume – and that the tumor doesn’t grow or the cancer doesn’t spread. We need prayers that God’s plan is for Daniel to make it through and be cured and able to live on this earth with us for many, many years to come. We need prayers for God to guide the clinicians hands, eyes and minds to a successful outcome. And, finally, we need prayers that Daniel, Cate and I have the strength to get through this and the grace and peace to handle whatever God’s plan for us may be. Feel free to put us on whatever prayer lists you have available to you. We fully believe in the power of prayer.
    Thank you all so much for your love, support and prayers! Please everyone have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!
  • At our church, our friends Sarah and Eric are expecting a baby!  Please give Praise to God for their child, and also pray to God for Sarah’s comfort during the heat of the summer!  Thank you!
  • My cousin Michelle and her daughter Julia have been going through some stress.  Julia had a leg problem that they had surgery on this past Thursday.  Everything seems to be going well, so please keep praying for her recovery and give Praise to God for the successful surgery.  Thanks!
  • My friend Rosanne and her husband Tom are expecting a baby!  Please give Praise to God for their child, and pray for Rosanne’s health and that of the baby during their term.  Thanks!
  • Lastly, continue to pray for Stephanie and her recovery from surgery, and for Leslie and her pregnancy.  Thanks!

Thank you everyone for praying for all of our requests throughout the week!  It means a great deal to me, and I know it does to those that you are praying for!  If you have any requests you need us to pray over, please leave them in the comments!

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 into Temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.