Prayers for the Week – Faith in a Storm

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35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” ~ Mark 4:35-41 (ESV)

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  The other day I was listening to my John Denver playlist, and heard one of my favorite songs of his — the song titled Matthew.  In listening to the song, some of the words caught my attention.  Here they are below:

They had a storm in ’47, twister came and stripped ’em clean.
He lost the farm, he lost his family, he lost the wheat, he lost his home.
But he found the family bible, his faith as solid as a stone.
Yes, and joy was just a thing that he was raised on,
love was just a way to live and die.
Gold was just a windy Kansas wheat field,
blue was just the Kansas summer sky.

In hearing these words again, and listening to what he is telling us, it reminded me that there is joy, even in the storms of life that are unleashed upon us.  Listen to how Matthew kept things simple in the song:  Gold wasn’t about money, or financial gain, or any of that — to Matthew, the wheat fields in Kansas, blowing in the wind, that was what gold looked like to him.  Joy — now joy, pure joy — to Matthew, it wasn’t something he bought in a store, came in a video game, or in a movie, or anything like that — for Matthew, he was raised on joy, that was the lasting lesson that his parents left him — to find the joy in the every day, in the heat of the sun or the cold of the winter, in the satisfaction of a job well done; even finding joy in the midst of sorrow, in the losing of a loved one.

My friends, there’s a lesson for us all in those simple words.  In short, faith, even faith in a storm, when you don’t know what tomorrow will bring, well, faith in a storm will bring incredible Peace to you, knowing that God is going to take care of things, if you just ask Him to do so.  Faith and joy, in many ways they go hand in hand — on the one hand, having Faith means that you know that God is there for you, and that He will look after you — and just knowing this brings joy to my heart.  Now, how about an incredible Praise to go along with a prayer request also.  Read what my friend Amanda wrote about her husband Daniel, who has been fighting cancer for quite a while:

Just wanted to provide a quick update on Daniel’s health and a short prayer request. We had a check up a week ago and everything was cancer free! He has healed from his hernia repair surgery and is starting to seriously look for employment again. So if you know of any HR, Training or Retail regional manager positions out there, please let us know! The prayer request is that God brings him a full time permanent job that lifts him up (and that he stay cancer free!). Our next scan is at the end of July – assume no news is good news if you don’t hear from me! Thanks to you all once more!

So, if you know of any job positions in Georgia that might fit the bill for Daniel, please feel free to email me at prayer@mydreamsofdisney.com and I’ll pass along your information to Amanda.  By the way, did you know that Amanda and I have been praying for her husband for almost 2 years exactly?  It was late May, 2013, when Amanda first asked me to add her and her husband to our prayer post, and now look at them.  Their story is a true life example of what Faith in a Storm is all about!

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. Amen.

Prayers for the Week – Power of Answered Prayer

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Last week, my prayer post was about persecuted Christians around the world — and how they are closer than we realize sometimes.  In the post, I wrote about the events that happened in our life, and for this week, I want to give you an update.  First of all, though, I want to thank each and every one of you for lifting my family up in prayer.  It meant a great deal to me, and it still does, and because of your prayers, I have no doubt that things worked out for the best because of them, and because of God’s hand in our lives.  Answered Prayers are wonderful to experience, and I hope you have seen answered prayers in your life often!

So after the events unfolded on Friday, May 15th, my wife and I had decided that Sophie would not go to school on Monday until we went to have a conference with the counseling staff about what happened.  The last thing we wanted was for their to be any hard feelings left over from the previous Friday, so Sophie didn’t go to school until I picked her up around 1 to take her to the meeting.  When we got there, we learned several key things.  The first was that the other girl’s mom realized just how far she had overreacted.  Second, we learned that Sophie and this other student don’t have any classes together, and it was purely coincidental that they happened to be on the track that day together.  Third, we knew that the only time they see one another is rarely at the carpool pickup location, and there is enough adult supervision there to prevent any problem from happening going forward.

Going into the meeting, I was nervous, and so was Sophie a little, but neither of us was actually scared of what might happen.  We knew that God was on our side, and that, while the path for Sophie may not be known right then, it would be shown to us at the appropriate time.  Inwardly, I also knew that if I could do anything about it, I wasn’t going to deny our daughter the opportunity that she earned because of the actions of some child.

So in the end, Sophie missed Monday at school, but no other days.  We have put the episode behind us, and have moved on.  End of Grade testing is this week, and each day is a day closer to the end of the school year.  Thank you for praying for Sophie and all of us, and let’s give God the glory for the great things that He did for us this week — and will continue to do going forward!  Now, please pray with me 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. Amen.

Prayers for the Week: Happy Mother’s Day

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28Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.” ~ Proverbs 31:28-29 (ESV)

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Moms out there!  Officially on the calendar, today is Mother’s Day — but in reality, every day should be Mother’s Day!  Today we give Praise and thanks to God for Mothers across the world, spanning this day and age and throughout eternity.

The Bible is filled with incredible Mothers — starting with Eve, continuing through Sarah, then Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, and on and on.  In all of my studies, the one thing I’ve learned is that none of us are perfect, the only perfect one is Jesus, of course, and Mother’s are no exception.  But one thing that is important to remember is that, despite the flaws, despite the frustrations of husbands, children, and life in general, despite all of that, Mother’s across the world still put their families first, and that continues on to this day.

On this Mother’s Day, I wish to leave you with a poem I read yesterday that I think you all will enjoy:

If life were without water, where would we be?
If life were without mothers,
There would be no you or me.
We all need to take hold, of how precious life really is,
and not take for granted the gift of love and the ability to give.
Thank you to God for creating us all
For giving us our mothers
So we can stand proud and tall.
Humans are no accident, no mistake or error
We sometimes live our lives in fear of this,
Even to the point of terror.
But when the truth is told, and recognised by all,
God does not create rubbish. He knew what he was doing when he created
me and you, but the best gift of all, is giving us loving, caring
Mothers who love us unconditionally through and through.
None of us are perfect, that includes ourselves and family.
Hold onto how precious we are and thank God for our mothers.
Amen

Now, please join me in praying 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. Amen.

Prayers for the Week – Bible in 90 Days

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Delving into God’s Word is one of the best things any of us can do.  Having just finished the Men’s Study Bible Study, where we were focusing on the book of Genesis, I found myself intrigued by a Facebook status update by my friend Heidi about this Bible reading series called The Bible in 90 Days.  In this case, MomsToolBox.com is the site that is hosting this.  Each day, we read a certain amount of the Bible, with the key being that we just read, not study, God’s Word.  At this point, I’m not certain if it is beneficial to me or not, but we’re only a week in.  The first four days we were reading Genesis, and now I’m finishing up Exodus.

I guess the more I think about it, the more I realize that reading God’s Word isn’t always easy, especially in just 90 days from cover to cover, but the way I see it, the harder it is, the more worthwhile the reward at the end, and the closer to God I’ll be.  Have you ever read the Bible from start to finish?  I know I haven’t; I’ve tried, but something always got in the way of me completing it.  Let me know if you have, and thanks!  Now, please continue reading and praying for our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Please pray for my friend Sheila’s friend Jodi, who is suffering from uterine cancer and multiple sclerosis. Please pray for healing, for Peace, for Strength, and for Comfort for her and her family and friends.
  • My Mom’s friend Scarlett Lucas lost a dear friend today.  Please pray for the family of Mary Lowndes, who passed away while at Bible Study.  Please pray for the Peace, Comfort, and Strength of her family and friends in the days to come.
  • Please continue praying for Aunt Connie and all of the family as we remember Uncle Ted.
  • I’m giving Praise to God for the marriage of my parents — they celebrated their 51st Wedding Anniversary on the 1st!  Thank you God for the example that my parents have been for me and Robin in our lives!

If you have a prayer request you feel led to share with us, please include it as a comment so we can lift you up in the days to come.  There is nothing so moving as to be prayed over!  Now, please pray 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. Amen.