Prayers for the Week – Rejoice

Psalm 118:24

24This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalm 118:24 (ESV)

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s prayers for the week post.  There’s a lot to rejoice today.  Today is April 19th and not only is it my Grandmother and Grandfather’s wedding anniversary but it’s also the day that our daughter Sophie and all of her classmates profess their faith at Church as they are confirmed. If you’re not sure what it means to be confirmed in the church it’s to step forward and say that you are standing with Jesus. It’s something that they’ve been studying for ten weeks now and what they’re studying is to get the tools they need to be able to withstand the valley’s on their Christian walk. As a parent, Cindy and I are very proud of the steps that Sophie is taking in her life.  She is doing something that neither Cindy nor I ever did, and in many ways, she is showing her Christian Spirit better than I ever did at her age.

As I said, it is also my Grandma and Grandpa’s wedding anniversary.  While they are both gone, I still remember the date — today is their 76th wedding anniversary.  Here are two pictures of them that I think you will enjoy.

Grandma and Sophie Grandpa

Of course, there are things that we are concerned about.  Cindy’s Uncle Ted is getting slowly worse; Cindy’s cousin needs a total knee replacement; my brother-in-law Jerry had to have his knee operated on; and our friend Elisha is facing back surgery.  But, despite all of these things, we still rejoice, because we understand that we know who we can count on to help us through these hard times — Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

My friends, this world is not an easy place to live in.  So many temptations, so much anger and hatred and violence and evil.  If there is ever a time to turn to God, it is in this day and age.  That is why I am so excited and happy for Sophie and her classmates — they are making a life decision that will help them for the rest of their lives!  And for that, my friends, I give thanks and rejoice to the Lord.

What do you have going on in your life that you are rejoicing over?  Let us know, and thanks for stopping by!  Now, please pray with us the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples 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.

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!