Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad

Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!

Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!

Today is a very special day in the lives of my Mom and Dad.  Today is their 49th Wedding Anniversary, just one year shy of the coveted Golden Anniversary!  Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!

It is hard to imagine that 49 years ago today my parents were off going to the Justice of the Peace, eloping after just a few months of dating.  My parents were a blind date — and I guess  you could say that the date worked out quite well!

I have so much respect and love for my parents, it is really hard for me to put my feelings for them into words.  But you know me, I’m going to try!

As I’ve gotten older and hopefully wiser (although Dad would probably disagree with the wiser part of it) I’ve come to realize that there are so many little things that really contribute to become the man you are (well, not in my sister’s case, cause she isn’t a man…)

In any event, seeing my parents work hard at their marriage, seeing them sacrifice this luxury or that thing they wanted because something else was needed, those little lessons that they taught Robin and I became learning lessons in life for us to teach our kids.

Being married to Cindy for almost 13 years has taught me one valuable lesson: Being married and loving your wife is the easy part; what makes marriage difficult is when outside influences, such as job stress, school issues, the economy, etc, come into play into your relationship.  It is those outside influences that play the major roles in making a marriage hard work.

The biggest key that I’ve learned is that it is extremely important to love your wife, and to tell her that, day in and day out.  Those sorts of lessons, I learned from my parents by observing their marriage.

So, today, Mom and Dad, I congratulate you, I raise my glass to you, and I celebrate the life that you have had together, and the life that you will continue to have in the years to come.

I thank you for the influence that you have had in making me the man that I am, and I give God thanks for you both every day.  Most of all, I love you.  Happy Anniversary!  May God bless you with many more years of wedded bliss!

Celebrating the Lord!

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Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post!  Today we were out shopping for some clothes for Sophie, and we ran into Cindy’s former co-worker, whose husband we prayed over after he contracted ALS.  It’s been almost a year since he passed away, and it was a joy to see Janice and her mom.  After catching up a bit, we talked about the memories — memories of our family, our friends, those we love, whether they are here now or not, and we celebrated the time that Janice and her husband had together.  In short, we rejoiced.

It’s been a while since we did a lot of rejoicing — most of the time, we spend a lot of time praying for those things that we need, but far too little time spent rejoicing all that God has given to us.  Today, I aim to change that.  Of course, we have some prayer requests, just like we normally do, but at the end of each request we are going to give at least one praise that goes along with that request.  As always, I invite you to pray along, and to add your prayer requests at the bottom in the comments, or email them to prayer@mydreamsofdisney.com and we’ll add them for you, and pray over them.  Thank you for praying with us as we spend some time celebrating the Lord!

Prayer Requests and Praises!

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice!” ~ Philippians 4:4 (ESV)

  • Reader Julie has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:You are a true blessing in a seemingly dark world! My request is for my husband, who will be preaching for the first time in about a decade. Thank you for being salt!And my reply:Thank you Julie! I will gladly pray for your husband — for his courage, for his nerves, but most of all, that God would use his mouth and his mind to speak the words that God wants him to say. I have no doubts that your husband will do great things for the Lord!Our praise with Julie’s request is this: After a decade, a man of God is back in the pulpit, helping to spread the Word of God to all of us! Thank you God for leading him on this path!
  • My cousin Michelle wrote this prayer request on Facebook:A friend of a friends 13 yo boy is lost in the mountains, it has started snowing, I can only imagine what his mom is going through. He has survival training, praying The Lord keeps him safe and he is found quickly!Please pray for his safe return!
    The Praise for this request is that he was found and has been reunited with his family!  Praise God!
  • Please pray for my friends Mike and Jane. Mike lost his father today, here is what Jane wrote on Facebook:I feel that the VA hospital in Durham represented “home” to Mike’s dad.
    He left his home in coal country Pennsylvania at the tender age of 17 to join the Army and the Army became his “family”. He went “home” last week and died peacefully early this morning. RIP Michael G. Oniffrey, Sr. – your battle is over.Please pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, and Strength to descend upon Mike, Jane, and their family in their time of grief. Thank you everyone!As sad as it is to lose those we love, what Mike and Jane have is their memories of Mike’s dad, which is a big thing if you ask me.  Additionally, Mike’s dad went like I think we all would like to go — peacefully, and without struggle.  That’s a huge praise!
  • My friend Terri needs prayers for her daughter Jane. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:Tomorrow morning, Jane will be having surgery at Children’s Hospital. Both of her eyes will be operated on – she’s been diagnosed with Dissociated Vertical Deviation. We’d appreciate your prayers! Thanks.Please pray with me:Healing God, we ask for Your Hands to guide the hands of Jane’s medical team tomorrow when she has her eyes operated on. Father, please be with her, allow Your Peace, Comfort, and Strength to descend upon Jane, her team of doctors and nurses, and her family and friends as they struggle to keep fear and doubt out of their minds. Grant them a measure of Faith strong enough to endure all that Jane goes through tomorrow, Faith in knowing that all will be well. Heavenly Father, we have seen evidence of Your Miracles on our fallen world — just take a look at the story of Baby Ryan, now over a year old, and able to come home, as proof of Your work in our lives. Lord, we know with You all things are possible, and we pray that Your Will would be for a successful operation and easy recovery for Jane, so that Your Glory may be displayed yet again for all the world to see. We ask these things in the wonderful name of Your Son Jesus. Amen.

    Thank you for praying for Jane!

    Jane’s surgery was on Friday, and was a huge success!  Give praise to God for all of Jane’s medical team, for all that they did for her, and for her recovery, which has so far been great!  Thank you everyone!

  • Please continue to pray for Dee’s father-in-law Jim.  Things don’t look good for Jim at all, but despite that, and the fear, worry, and stress that they are all going through, despite all of that, the praise is that every day they have is one more day than they had the day before.  Please pray for all of them, for healing, for Peace, for Comfort, for Strength, for all of the things we normally pray for.  But additionally, pray that they would appreciate each and every day they have with one another, that they would love one another, not let the stress get in the way of that love, and that they would follow God’s direction and let His Will be their guide.

Thank you for praying with us, my friends.  Now, please pray the prayer that Jesus taught his Disciples 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.

Happy 50th Anniversary

Prayers for the Week — Wedding Vows

Happy 50th Anniversary

Today my parents are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary by having a vow renewal after church.  Their actual anniversary was May 1st, and I was touched when my Dad said that he wanted to say his Wedding Vows again with Mom.  God talks to us about marriage several times throughout the Bible, including Genesis 2:22-24:

22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[a] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

I’ve seen a lot of life in my 46 years, faced my share of both struggles and triumphs, but the one constant in my life has been my parents.  Throughout the years, I’ve been the cause of some grief in their lives — of course, not as much as my sister ;) — but some.  Throughout it all, though, Mom and Dad were always there for us, and for themselves, and Robin and I are better as a result of it.

Prayer Requests and Praises.

  • First up today is a comment from my sister Robin.  Here is what she wrote: Mike, this came from Pastor Travis Moger. He does a blog called Salty Bread on Word Press. It is a great blog and always gives me food for thought. This post seemed appropriate. I am going to try to attach the link but here is the text from Pastor Moger. “The week after Easter I spent three days on retreat at the Holy Cross Abbey near Berryville, Virginia. It was my first retreat in many years, but not my last I hope, and my first time at a monastery apart from visiting as a tourist. My goals were modest: catch up on sleep and spend time praying, reading, and relaxing. I accomplished these goals and learned a few valuable lessons I’d like to share with you.

    One thing I learned is that I eat too fast. At our communal meals, eaten in silence, I was usually the first one done, even though I took bigger portions than most. I need to eat less, chew more. The same goes for prayer. Monks pray slowly and deliberately as if chewing on every syllable. I need to slow down and take time when I pray.

    Not only do I need to pray more slowly, I need to pray more frequently. Monks pray seven times a day, following the example of the Psalmist: “Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments” (Ps. 119:164). These aren’t short God-bless-us-all prayers but prayer services lasting from twenty-five minutes to over an hour. They even rise every night at 3:30 a.m. and shuffle on groggy feet to the chapel where they pray and read Scripture aloud, their voices still raspy with sleep. Some days I am so busy that I only pray three times – breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

    I also learned that monks stay busy too. In addition to their set times of prayer and worship in the chapel throughout the day and night, they are required to perform manual labor. This requirement goes back to the sixth-century Rule of Saint Benedict, which prescribes daily periods of prayer, work, and rest to help maintain a healthy balance. The monks at Holy Cross Abbey run a bakery and sell their products in the monastery gift shop, and they also stay busy maintaining the grounds and running the monastery. It’s a good reminder that I need to balance work, rest, and prayer, allowing sufficient time for a healthy dose of each.

    A final lesson comes in the form of a wonderful mixed metaphor from the previously mentioned Rule of St. Benedict: “Listen with the ear of your heart.” This is a good lesson for all of us. If we listen with the ear of our heart, we may be surprised by what we hear. “
    http://jtmoger.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/lessons-from-a-monastery/
  • My friend Joyce has a prayer request for us. Here is what she wrote:Friends and family we need prayers for 4 year Makayla Lassiter. She needs our prayers as well as her family. Lord I ask you to lay your loving hands upon her and heal her. Lord I believe and will keep on believing that prayer helps. I have been anointed with oil and prayed for Makayla at church. I know it is Gods will not my will. Come on prayer warriors my family needs you right now.Please pray for Makayla’s healing, and for God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to descend upon her and all of her family. Thank you everyone!
    • Here is an update from my friend Joyce:This is from Makayla’s Mom: Well Makayla update is great prayers do work. Dropping meds and lowering ventilator and basically she had fluid messing with her heart rhythm so she gets fluid out she’s great.This is from me: Thank you all for helping me pray for good news. Family need lots of prayers. Someone broke into their home Saturday night and stole several things. Pray that they get the person or persons that are doing all the break ins in Woodland. Be safe family and friends who live there. I pray that Makayla will continue to improve. We know that none of us can make it without our Lord and Savior. Thank you.
  • Update from my friend Amanda on her husband Daniel’s cancer:It’s been a while but things have been moving fast so we were waiting until we had a bigger picture to send out the update. This is going to be a long, technical one!
    The CT results show the tumor is resectable but they would need to take 80% of his liver if they did the surgery today. That would not leave enough healthy liver behind if they took the margins they want to take. Fun fact – you can survive with 20% of your liver without significantly increased risk of liver failure! So, we started chemotherapy yesterday to shrink the tumor and prevent, hopefully, more from showing up. We will have 4 cycles of chemo with each cycle being 2 weeks long. The tumor was KRAS positive so we had to drop one of the chemo agents from the regimen. As for the regimen, Daniel gets 2 agents in the office and then brings the third home in a portable chemo pump that he wears for 48 hours then we go back to the office to have it removed. That way he is getting the agents continuously for 3 days.
    In addition to the chemo, we will be having a bypass embolization of the portal veins – all 4 branches of the right and at least 1 of the left sometime in the next week or so. I’m oversimplifying this explanation. This will shut off the blood supply to the tumor and hopefully increase blood supply to the healthy liver. The hope is the tumor will stop growing at the very least and shrink as cells are killed off due to no blood at the best. In addition, we hope the increased blood supply to the healthy liver will grow as well. If everything works the way it is supposed to, between the shrinking of the tumor and the growing of the healthy liver, we will have more than enough liver left after they take the tumor plus a good margin.
    We will reimage in 8 weeks to see if everything has worked the way we wanted. If it has, the liver resection will be scheduled. If it hasn’t, then we’ll figure out where to go next. So far, he’s had a little nausea that we are trying to regulate and we will probably end up going into the office for more fluid until we can get that fixed so he can eat and drink appropriately. Other than that, it is going well for now. They said a lot of the side effects kick in at the second cycle so we’ll see.
    So, prayer requests for this round is that the tumor shrinks and healthy liver grow as we need them too, that Daniel do well with the chemotherapy so he can keep his nutrition and hydration up and that Daniel, Cate and I have the stamina, patience and perspective to get through this hard part of the road. Thanks so much for all the prayers, calls, cards, thoughts, emails, PMs, etc! Everyone’s love and support really helps keep us focused on the ultimate goal – to kick this in the butt!! We’ll be praying for each and everyone of you too!
  • Please pray for my wife Cindy’s co-worker Glenn and Joyce.  Joyce has been diagnosed with a tumor, and needs to have surgery next week.  Please pray for healing for Joyce, as well as for God’s Peace, Strength, Comfort, and Love to descend upon them and all of their family.  It is a scary time when you are sick, so please pray also for God to take their fears away, and to remind them of how great God is in case they need the reminder.

Thank you all very much for praying each week for all of our prayer requests and praises.  It means a great deal to me.  Now, let’s close 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 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.

Happy Birthday to my Mom!

Happy Birthday to my Mom!

Happy Birthday to my Mom!

Today is my Mom’s birthday!  Please join me in wishing her a very happy birthday!  This picture was taken on August 1st, 2006, when we took Sophie and Meemaw (as she is known to Sophie) to Walt Disney World for the day!  It was a lot of fun, and was the first time Mom had been there since we went in 1979!  It also marks the last time my Mom has been there, which is something that needs to be changed at some point!  Who knows?  Maybe next year…?

Sophie had a great time enjoying the Magic Kingdom with her Meemaw, so I thought we would let the pictures do the talking!  Enjoy!

Riding Aladdin's Magic Carpets!

Riding Aladdin’s Magic Carpets!

It's not the best quality, but I love the photobomb by the little guy!

It’s not the best quality, but I love the photobomb by the little guy!

Mom riding the Carrousel!

Mom riding the Carrousel!

Mom also rode Goofy’s Barnstormer — and DID NOT like it!  We ate at Cosmic Ray’s I believe it was.  We enjoyed a lot of good wholesome rides that Mom liked, and we saw Cinderella and her Prince get married at the Castle!  All in all, even though it was only a day, we had a great time.

Thanks for stopping by as I wish my Mom a very happy Birthday!  Have a Disney Day, everyone!

Prayers for the Week – Memorial Day, 2013!

Image courtesy and ©Arlington National Cemetary

Image courtesy and ©Arlington National Cemetary

Hello my friends, and welcome to our special Memorial Day Prayers for the week post.  As you all likely know, tomorrow, May 27, 2013 is Memorial Day, and before we get started on our prayer requests and praises, I wanted to take a moment and give high praise to God for the men and women that have served in our armed forces — and also to give praise to God for their families as well, many of whom have sacrificed greatly because of their families decision to defend our country.  In addition to the praise that we give to God, I would also like to offer up a special prayer.  It goes something like this:

Our Heavenly Father, today we give thanks to You for the dedication and commitment that the members of our armed forces — and their families — gave in defense of our country.  Our great country has been built on their blood, sweat, and tears over the past 236+ years, and those of us that have not had that calling owe a great deal to those that did.  Lord, please look after our current members of the military, keep them safe from harm please, and return them to their families as soon as you can.  Also, please be with those that have suffered in their service, care for them please, and hold them and their families close to Your heart.  Lord, for those of us that have not served in our military, please remind us daily — not just on special holidays such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day — to be thankful for those that do serve to protect us, and also, exert Your Will upon those that would do harm to our men and women, whether it be in a physical sense through war, or in a psychological sense like those hate groups delight in.  Lord, Thank You for all that you have done for our country, both now and in the future, and thank You for looking after us in times gone by.  It is in the name of Your Son Jesus that we pray with Thanksgiving this day and everyday.  Amen.

Praises!

Image courtey Hardin Sigmon.

Image courtesy Hardin.

I have spoken with you before of the Men’s Study and what a blessing it has been in my spiritual journey.  That session ended around the time that Spring arrived, but fortunately, we have continued our faith journey during the Spring and Summer months.  This past Tuesday, we met for dinner and fellowship, as well as for some great Bible study.  We were blessed to have our meal offered up to us by Kenneth Strader, the owner of Meadows Family Farms and a fellow Brother in Christ.  God leads us every day if we just look for Him, and Saturday a week ago he led my Brother Jim to the State Fairgrounds — where he happened to meet Kenneth.  Mr. Strader, I give thanks to you and to God for sharing your delicious food with us, and I look forward to the day when I might get to meet you in person!  Thanks, Brother!

Heidi and Mike, great friends who finally got to meet in person!

Heidi and Mike, great friends who finally got to meet in person!

I also have another praise to lift up — on Friday Cindy, Sophie and I were able to meet with my great Blogorail Friend Heidi and her two daughters and son for dinner!  They spent the week at Hilton Head Island, so they were passing almost right by our house!  We met them at Outback and had a great time meeting them and enjoying some great conversation, food, and fellowship!

Heidi is the creator of the blog Heidi’s Head, and is one of the members of the Magical Blogorail (and also one of my cohorts for Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!) — so I have known Heidi for a couple of years, even though we had never met in person before.  So this was a special night, and we all enjoyed being able to meet one another.  Sophie and Gracie hit it off, Ian and I became best buds, Ashley reminds me of Stephanie, and Cindy and Heidi even have the same print for their Disney Dooney & Bourke Purses!  It’s kind of freaky how much we seemed to have in common!

Prayer Requests

We do, though, have a laundry list of prayer requests this week — so please please please take the time to read through all of them and pray for them — it means a great deal to me, and it means even more to those whom we are praying for as well!  Thanks!

  • Continued prayers for my cousin Barb’s husband Tim! He is in the middle of his chemo treatments and is feeling some of the effects. Please also pray for my other family members that are battling various cancers — my cousin Kelly, my Aunt Ginny, my Aunt Carol on Cindy’s side of the family, and any others that my old mind has forgotten at the moment.Thanks everyone!
  • My friend Jodi asks for some prayers, here is what she wrote:Mike, I love that you are definitely not ashamed of the gospel! Thanks for these prayer request lists! I’d like to add a few:
    -My friend is undergoing breast cancer treatment
    -My uncle is undergoing cancer treatment for the 2nd time in a year
    -(praise & prayer) My great-nephew, who was born a month preemie and drug addicted, is improving and showing no drug-related health issues. However, he is still having withdrawalsymptoms.
    -Someone dear to me is struggling with alcoholism
  • Diana also asks for prayers.  Here is what she wrote:Please lift up my husband and his family. They are facing the difficult decision of moving my father in law into a nursing home.
  • My sister Robin, who never fails to delight me with wonderful Scripture, has some prayer requests.  Here is what she wrote:
    Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.Ephesians 3:20-21So many prayers concerns, and yet we have one who sits at the right hand of the Father living to intercede for us. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Hebrews 7:25There are so many concerns, but we don’t need to worry because He lives.
    ~Pogo- lost greyhound in the Herndon area, may be injured and is very scared.
    ~Deb- cancer surgery successful, prayers for a speedy recovery
    ~Tara and Mike- busy week moving
    ~My students who are testing and facing trials no adult should have to face, yet alone a child…
    ~Myself and hubby still waiting for decision regarding SS disability
    ~Stephanie, Shane, Leslie, Brett, Matt, Tara, all the kids who are so important to me!
  • My friend Lisa, the author of the popular book Beyond the Attractions, has a prayer request for us.  Here is what she wrote:Please pray for Scarlett, a beautiful first-grader who is fighting leukemia.She and her family are an inspiration to everyone that has the blessing of knowing them.
  • On Facebook, Brandi left this prayer request:
    “Please help me pray for the change our family needs…thanks”Brandi, we’ll be praying for you, not only for the change your family needs, but that the Lord would speak to you and make sure that you know the exact change He wants your family to make — that is an important part of it. Go with God, and may God’s Peace descend upon you and all your family in your time of need!
  • Sue gives us a prayer request and a praise!  Here is what she wrote:Please pray for my 89 year old uncle. He had a stroke 3 weeks ago, and desperately wants to get out of the hospital. The good news is that he is progressing nicely with his PT and OT. As soon as he can walk without a walker they will release him. Thank you!
  • Lainie left us some prayer requests.  I’ll list them and then put my reply as well:
    I just found out you have this area of your site… LOVE ITMy first prayer request is for my marriage, we’ve been struggling our whole marriage (20yrs), there’s been alot of hurt, need healing, strength, wisdom, etc.My second prayer request is for my daughter Sierra. She is a Junior in High School. She is struggling to bring her grades up and she has some classes to make up to graduate. Pray for her strength, wisdom, speed, etc. She needs to graduate on time.

    My last request is for healing…. I have diabetes and weight issues I’m struggling to resolve. I need strength, endurance, willpower, etc.

    Here is what I wrote back to her:

    Lainie,

    We just started this prayer request series on March 3rd, so it’s only been around about 12 weeks. If you don’t mind, please feel free to go through the entire series and lift them up in prayer, it never hurts to go back through the series. Plus, it can be beneficial to see the answering of prayer as the weeks go by. Here is the link to the series:http://www.mydreamsofdisney.com/category/services/prayer-requests/

    Now, Lainie, of course we will pray for you. I’m lifting you up right now, prayers for your marriage — that you and your husband would continue to see the blessing that you are for each other, and to remember that God is with you both. May you both receive God’s Peace upon you, and know that the hurt, the healing, and all the rest is available to you both if you just ask God to give it to you. I know that you both have been struggling for some time, the beauty of it is that, if you think about how you have still stuck it out despite the hurt feelings, imagine how wonderful it would be once you get these problems sorted out and can move into that true state of being with one another. That is my greatest prayer for you, that you both receive the forgiveness from one another that you need, and that you both also forgive one another. I urge you to lean on the Lord for this, He will help you both out, if you just take the time to ask Him to help.

    We will also pray for your daughter Sierra. May she not stress over the issues that she is having with school, but instead, channel her energies into making the changes she needs to make to get past this hurtle and enter her Senior year full of optimism and hope for the future, and not worry about what might be. May God grant His Peace to her, that she would know that all will be well, as well as the wisdom to make the right decisions at this stage in her life and beyond, as well!

    Lastly, Lainie, we will pray for your diabetes, that you would be able to manage your body the way it needs to be handled, that you would have healing, an increase in strength, endurance, willpower (I can certainly use that willpower also!), and that God would remind you that you that perfection lies within as well, and that, if you are one of the Children of God, you are healed in Spirit, even if your body is telling you otherwise.

    Lord, please lift up our Sister Lainie. She is going through some trying times with her marriage, her daughter’s schooling, and her health concerns. Please hear her and our prayer, and work through her to provide answers to the problems that she has, both now, and forever. Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to pray for our sister, and thank you for lifting her into Your gentle embrace as You remind her that You, Lord, are for her, and will carry her when she falls. It is in the name of Your son Jesus that we pray with Thanksgiving. Amen!

  • My Dreams of Disney reader ShannAn has a prayer request for her sick son. Here is what she wrote:My 14 year old has strep and is running 103 temp. The meds they gave him last night are now making him sick. Thanks.ShannAn has reported that his fever broke but he is still sick, so keep praying please.  Thanks!
  • Prayers for my Aunt Ti and her family, please. They are having to move and are looking to rent. They have a place picked out, but please extend your prayers that they may get the house they need and have the ability to get everything moved in a short timeframe.Thanks everyone!
  • Please include the people of Oklahoma in your prayers tonight and over the coming weeks as they strive to deal with the tragedy that has befallen them. Here is the prayer I wrote up on Facebook tonight about it:Heavenly Father, we all know that Your ways are mysterious to us, and we also know that all things are done for your Glory. Lord, please help us as we deal with the tragedy, as we lift up those who have lost loved ones in the disasters today; please wrap Your loving arms around the sick, the wounded, the lost. For all of the people that may be trapped somewhere, please care for them until help can be gotten for them. For those that are reaching out to their fellow brothers and sisters, whomever they are, please give them the strength to continue the fight until all are accounted for. Lord, we don’t even pretend to know why such a thing happens, but we do know that You are God, and that You are in control. Please show us the side of humanity that is sometimes missing — the compassion that we all have for our fellow human, and please, stop the destruction so that all can be found. We ask these things in the name of your Son Jesus. Amen.
  • My Facebook friend Debbie is asking for prayers — she is taking her son James Jr. to the ER. No details yet, I’ll keep you posted as I hear them. Please pray for his healing, for their safe arrival, and for their peace in this time of stress!
  • My friend Lee has an immediate prayer request. If anyone sees this, please lift up her friend in prayer. Here is what she wrote:A friend of mine needs some serious prayers right now. C’mon people, pray with me. Positive thoughts and energy. XO
  • In the midst of all of this, I also saw a plane crash on the internet today. It was a 747 that went down, and it cost the lives of 7 Americans if I remember correctly. Please pray for the families of those people, that they would know the Peace of God to give them strength in the days ahead.
  • My friend Tanya added a prayer request on Facebook. Here is what she wrote:A Dallas Firefighter lost is life today fighting a 6 alarm fire. We should add this family and all first responders to her prayers….
  • My friend Lisa asked for some prayers.  Here is what she wrote, please pray for the family:Please pray for my friend Jackie on the passing of her daughter yesterday. Shea was born blind and with many medical problems..so it is a blessing that we had her past 20.
  • One of my friends has a prayer request. Please pray for my friend, who’s husband is going through some medical issues. Please pray for God’s Peace to descend upon her, her husband, and their seven year old daughter, and also pray healing prayers for her husband. Lastly, please pray for all of them to have the strength to be able to fight this together in the days and weeks to come. Thanks, everyone! Update: He had some tests today, so please pray for great results!  Thanks!Mike
  • Please pray for my friend Linda — she is the child of a United States Marine Corp retiree, but is also the mother of a United States Air Force helicopter pilot who is about to be deployed to Afghanistan. Please pray for her child and their safe deployment, and swift return home. Thanks everyone!

Lord, thank You for getting us through another week.  You are the glue that holds us all together, whether we are smart enough to realize it or not, so thank You for always being there for us!  Please accept these prayer requests, and lift up those souls that need You at this time, as well as those that haven’t voiced their concerns with us.  For those that we don’t have all the details, please help them anyway, because we know that You know what is wrong.  Lord, we pray all of these things in the name of Your Son Jesus, whom we know is our Counselor, always available for us, ready to help when we call upon Him.  We do all things for your Glory, Lord, and thank You for loving us!  It is in Jesus name we pray with Thanksgiving! Amen.