Prayers for the Week – RIP Martin Harris

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Thank you for joining us in this week’s prayers for the week post! The Pixie Family learned of the passing of the husband of one of our own this past Monday.  Martin Harris, the husband of our dear sister Leslie, passed away, leaving behind a grieving wife of 14 years and three young boys, aged 4, 8, and 11.

I have not met Leslie yet, but the Pixie family is just that — a family, and I have shed many tears this week thinking about the grief and sorrow that she and her family is going through.  At times such as these, I turn to the Bible for answers, and while we will never know why God called his Servant Martin home so soon, we do know that he is in a much better place, where there is no sorrow, no sadness, no pain, no sickness.  Looking through my Bible this week, I keep coming back to John 14 for inspiration.  Verses 1-4, in particular:

1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going.”

My friends, I do not know why Martin was called home so soon; but I do believe that he is where we all strive to be one day — at home, with our Heavenly Father, looking down at his loving family and waiting for the day that he is reunited with them once again.

Prayer Requests

  • In addition to the obvious prayer request for Leslie and her three boys, as well as for all of their other family that are grieving, we have other prayer requests as well.  Starting us off, though, please pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, and Strength to descend up on Leslie and her family as they continue dealing with the loss of their husband/father/son.  Please, Lord, be with them constantly during their time of grief, lifting them up, giving them the comfort they so desperately need, and helping them to find the strength to carry on, even though they don’t want to.  Lord, we lift them up to you — please comfort them as only You can do so.
  • Please pray for my friend Karen.  Here is what she passed along to me for her prayer requests and praises: “Thank you Mike! I do have a few praise and prayer requests. First I’d like to praise the fact that both my sister in law and myself have both lost 10lbs on our diet so far. We both have medical problems and weight loss is recommended. One prayer request is for my older brother who has PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) from the Navy. The other is for my sister in law. She has MS and the summer heat is her worst nemesis. We also live in Phoenix, AZ so it’s that much worse. God bless you and your loved ones.”
  • Please pray for my friend Elisha and his mom. She had surgery on June 3rd, she is in recovery. Please pray for her healing, Peace, and comfort at this time, and for strength for the family to get through these days.Thanks!
  • Christa is still in need of prayers for her husband — he is looking for a job, and has been for quite some time.  Please pray that he would be able to find a job quickly and end this struggle that they have been going through.  Here original prayer request came through on March 24th, and they have been looking for quite a while before then, so please continue to lift them up until we hear the great news that her husband has found a job, and we can give Praise to God for that blessing!  Thanks, everyone.
  • Please pray for my friend David and his family. David’s mom passed away, so please pray for the Peace and Strength that the family will need in the days and weeks ahead. Thanks.
  • Please continue to pray for my Cousin’s husband Tim as he goes through his colon cancer treatments.  Please also continue to pray for my other family members Aunt Ginny, Aunt Carol, and my cousin Kelly as they also go through their cancer treatments.  Please pray for their strength and comfort to beat these diseases!

Praises!

  • Lord, we give thanks to you in all of our things, but most of all, we give thanks to you for your son, Jesus!  Thank you for bringing Him into our lives, and help us to lead the kind of life that would be reminiscent of Jesus.
  • Lord, thank you for our health, for my job and Cindy’s job, and for the blessings that you have given to us.  Please remind us daily to remember to thank you for all that you have given to us, especially Sophie.
  • Lord, thank you for Sophie’s teachers, for another school year completed, and for all that she has learned.  Lord, help her during the summer months to remember and expand on what she has learned, and keep her mind active for the things that we would have her do to improve her knowledge.
  • Lord, thank you for my niece Stephanie and the rest of my family.  Stephanie has been struggling, and she successfully went through some tests yesterday, so hopefully what they came up with is all that it is.  Whatever the outcome of the tests, please be with her as you always are, and lift her up and deliver healing and comfort to her at this time.

At the end of the day, my friends, we find ourselves continuing to be in a battle with the darkness.  On the one hand, there are so many prayer requests — more than I know about, certainly, and the Devil besets us at every opportunity.  However, God is always there for us if we just ask Him for help, and we thankfully give Him praise every chance we get.  The true blessings, my friends, as I see it, anyway, is in the little things. The sunlight that returns after torrential rains; the wonderful companionship of friends and family; the wonderful smell of the roses in bloom.

The beauty of the world is in the gifts that God provides us every day, if we just open our eyes a little bit more and see them.  Take time each day to observe what’s around us, and to appreciate it for what it is — a miracle from God.  Thank you for reading and praying all week with us, and please, include any prayer requests and praises you have in the comments below!

Prayers for the Week – June 2nd, 2013

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Desktop-Bible-Verse-Wallpaper-Jeremiah-29-11 Hello everyone, and welcome back to our weekly series Prayers for the Week.  For those that may not know, this weekly post is a list of prayer requests that you have supplied to me — oro that I have asked you to pray about.  Starting with this week, I’m going to focus on a specific Bible verse that I would like to leave with you — for this week, I’m sharing Jeremiah 29:11, which states:

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.

In the wake of the continue natural disasters that we are seeing in Oklahoma and throughout the midwest, I felt that it was important to share with you all that God has planned for us.  If you read this and have been affected by the tornadoes or other storms, please know that you have millions of people across the world praying for you, and know that God is looking out for you if you but ask Him to help you.  I know for many of you that isn’t something you want to hear right now — you have lost loved ones, or property, or any number of other things — but know that God is there for you, and the sooner you put your trust in Him, I believe the sooner you will see that things will get better.  It won’t be overnight, and it may not take the form that you want it to take, but it will get better.

Prayer Requests…

  • In a follow up to one of our prayer requests from last week, here is an update:My Friend was diagnosed with colon cancer on Friday. It appears from the CT scan and the EGD and Colonoscopy that the cancer is contained. There is a small concern over some swelling by his appendix and kidney but no one is too concerned. The care team down here has been great. Within 2 hours of diagnosis, we had seen the oncologist twice, the cardiologist 3 times, the GI 4 times and the endocrinologist once. The surgeon – who was in the ER all weekend – came into to see My Friend 3 times between 9 pm Friday and 7 am Saturday. They are all collaborating very well and want to move fast. We have follow up appointments to schedule with the oncologist and cardiologist and possibly with the GI or urologist for the area of swelling. Because he had a stent put in on 5/8, they want him to stay on the plavix through 6/8, be readmitted on the 8th for 3 days of IV antiplatelet. The colon resection is scheduled for the 12th with a 4-8 day hospital stay after that. They aren’t sure if he will need chemo afterwards or not. So far, all very good news and we know God is working and present through all of this (I can fill you in on all the signs later – including the doctor scheduling the discharge this time for 5/26 and the next admission on 6/8 so we fall into the readmission window!). Thank you for all of your prayers and support! We will continue to need them. Especially for his job since he hasn’t been there a year so is not protected by FMLA and will likely be terminated when he asks for a 3-4 week leave of absence and for the fact that he will be at a slightly higher risk for a heart attack during and after surgery due to the short timeframe between the stent placement and the colon resection!

    I will add that I am 110% convinced that the good CT results were a result of all of your prayers when I only gave you a small piece of information. Thanks for being there! When this is all over, we’ll throw a huge party to celebrate!!!

  • Please pray for my friend Denise — her mother passed away May 23rd. They are having the service for her on Saturday, please lift up Denise and her family as they deal with the loss of their loved one. Please pray for God to give His Peace upon them, that they would have comfort and strength, and joy in knowing that she is in a better place.
  • Please pray for my friend Susan — her mother passed away on Saturday the 25th. Please pray for God’s Peace to descend upon them, pray for their strength in the days and weeks ahead, and pray for them to have comfort and joy in knowing that she is in a much better place now with our Lord.
  • My friend Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse would like some healing prayers for a stomach bug that she has developed. She’s had it a couple of days and it’s not getting better at the moment. Please lift her up, and thanks!
  • Also, please pray for the people in Oklahoma City and throughout Oklahoma tonight as they get hammered again by tornadoes. May God hold them close and keep them safe. In addition to Oklahoma City, please pray for all of Oklahoma, and include the entire Midwest in your prayers. St. Louis is also under alert, so please pray for all of the people in the midwest to be safe.Thanks!
  • My friends, please pray for the families of those heroes lost in the fire in Houston. Every day people put their lives on the line, and today, God called four of them home. May God give their families Peace, Strength, and Comfort in their time of grief.  From the Local 341 in the International Association of Firefighters Union:“Houston firefighters mourn the loss of our three brothers and our sister and will forever honor their sacrifices. Our association and the International Association of Fire Fighters are monitoring the conditions of the six injured firefighters and will be assisting them and their families in every way possible. This tragedy underscores the inherent dangers of our profession. Please keep Houston firefighters in your thoughts and prayers.”

    I have had several members of my family serve in volunteer firefighter (and rescue squad) organizations throughout the country, and everyone knows that this is a risk to anyone that puts on that uniform.  Please be with their families who, while proud of the service their loved ones did, still mourn their loss. Thanks!

Praises!

  • The biggest praise I can give is the same one that I give everytime that there is a big natural (or other) disaster.  The love and compassion that we feel towards our fellow men and women at times such as this is heartwarming, and it truly makes one feel like there is still good in this world.  The prayer I have to go along with it is that we would remember this when things go back to “normal” and that we would continue our good wave of humanity.

Thank you all for your prayers and praises this week!  It truly does help all of us out when we become the prayer warriors that God wants us to be!  We all should strive to be more like Epaphras, as he is described in Colossians 4:12:

Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.

Have a blessed day, my friends, and may the Peace of God be with you, today and forever. Amen.

Prayers for the Week – Memorial Day, 2013!

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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!

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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.

Prayers for the Week – May 19, 2013

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Prayers for the week of May 19, 2013.  This week has been an absolutely crazy week, so for me personally, the biggest praise I’ve got is that we made it through okay!  I don’t have a whole lot to lift up right now, so this will be a shorter post then normal — but if I missed hearing about any of your prayers requests or praises, please leave them in the comments and we’ll pray over them!  As always, thank you to everyone for praying for these people that need our prayers — the more prayers we can get for them, the better off they will be!  Now, on to the prayer list!

Prayer Requests…

  • The first prayer request I would like to lift up to you is for my daughter Sophie.  This week is a big week for her because she has end of grade tests for 6th grade, along with some final exams for the grades that don’t offer EOG tests.  Please pray for her peace, calm, and tranquility during this week, and for that of all the rest of the kids that are going through EOG testing this week as well.  Additionally, Sophie has some work to catch up on for school, so please pray that she would get it all taken care of in time so that it would be all done!  Thanks, everyone!
  • Please also lift up my brother-in-law Otis this week.  He is on a business trip to Istanbul, Turkey, so please pray for his safe travels this week, for a productive workweek abroad, and also pray for his Nancy and Anna Jane, who are missing their husband and father!
  • My good friend Jon, who we have been praying for with regard to his aunt, is not doing well.  His Aunt Oakley had another stroke recently, and is likely not long in this life.  Please pray for her salvation (although we all believe her to be saved), and pray for her Peace, comfort, and pray that she not suffer.  Also, please pray for her family, who are coming to grips with the loss of their loved one.
  • Please pray for my friend Sherry, who has some medical issues to deal with — I won’t go into details, but please pray for her healing.  Also, please pray for my other friend Linda, who also has some medical issues to deal with, please pray for her healing as well.
  • Please also pray for my friend Donna, who has had a medical issue to deal with, but is now in the stages of recovery, so please pray for her continued healing and comfort.
  • Also, please pray for my niece Stephanie, who has some tests to go through in a few weeks, please pray for her comfort, Peace, and strength in the weeks to come, not only because of this, but because her husband Shane is still at basic training.  Please pray for him as well, that he get through his training safely, and return home soon.
  • On top of these prayer requests, please lift up the unknown prayer requests as well.  I’ll say a special prayer to those right now:
    Lord, please, on top of the specific prayers that we have been praying for, Lord, please also lift up those prayer requests that we don’t know about.  Please take care of the unknown people, those that don’t share their requests, but are hurting, nonetheless.  Lord, please pass along your transcendent Peace to all of us, for the whole world, because it just feels like the stresses of this world are becoming more and more, and much harder to take.  Lord, also, please lift up our Men and Women of the armed forces, always keep them safe from harm whenever possible, and Lord, please lift up our government officials, regardless of their party — may they be led in their decisions by your guidance, and not blindly, of their own volition. Lord, for every prayer request we leave with you on these Sundays, we know that there are hundreds, even thousands, more that we don’t know about.  It is for those that we especially pray today for, for all of those that we don’t know.  We pray these things in the name of your beautiful Son, Jesus, with abundant Thanksgiving! Amen.

Praises!

Lord, the biggest praise we have this week is that of your son, Jesus!  Please keep us focused upon Him, it truly makes our days better when we remember to lift our concerns to Jesus first!

Thank you everyone for stopping by.  Please, share the post along, and include your needs in our prayer list also!  Thanks for reading, and God Bless all of you!

 

Prayers for the Week – Happy Mother’s Day!

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Hello everyone, and welcome to our special Mother’s Day edition of our Prayers for the Week post!  Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Moms that are reading this post today!  This is a wonderful day for all of the mother’s that are out in our world, and what greater way to honor them then to give thanks to God for allowing us to have Mom’s to look after us, teaching us right from wrong, and moulding us into the strong men and women that we are because of their nurturing touch!  We’ve got a lot of needed prayers, but we’ve also got some huge praises for this week, so let’s start with them first!

Praises!

Our Lord is great, and what better way to show His love for us then through our Mom’s?  My biggest praise today is for my Mom, Ellen, who means so much to me, even though I don’t show it as much as I ought to.  Mother’s Day is a wonderful day to remember our Moms, but we shouldn’t use the single day to do so — so I’m going to strive to be better at doing that throughout the year!  However, Mom, if you read this, know that I love you, and thank you for everything you did to make me the man I am today!

In addition to all of the Moms out there, we’ve got these praises as well:

  • To me, the biggest praise of all is the escape of the women and child from the house in Cleveland.  What a scary, scary story that was, and to me, the biggest thing I can say is that, as traumatic as that was for all of them, they now have the ability to work through all of that, put it behind them as best they can, and live the rest of their life!  Praise God for second chances, and for saving them just as He saved Peter from prison in Acts 12:1-19. However, prayers are still needed for them, so lift them and others like them up in your prayers. Please pray for the unknown victims of violent acts; that God would protect them and keep them safe. Thanks!
  • My sister Robin has some praises for this week, plus a couple of prayer requests sprinkled in, here is what she had to say:
    Well, almost one week down for Stephanie and Shane so that is a praise. I also have a friend who is coming home from Afghanistan and will see his daughter for the first time! Of course there have been Skypes and pictures, etc. but Corey and Lauren will be together with baby Cadence this week.
    We do have an appointment tomorrow with the judge in Jim’s disability case, so prayers for peace will be greatly appreciated.
    I officially graduated even though I still have one class to finish and another to take, but praying for God to open doors as He sees fit and bless me with my own classroom if that is what I am able to do.
    Love to all of you!

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for my cousin Barb’s husband Tim, who has been diagnosed with cancer. He is undergoing treatment right now, please pray for his health, of course, but also pray for peace, his comfort, and the strength to get through this. Also pray for Barb and their son Jason, who is about to graduate from high school and very likely is going through some stresses because of this double whammy of school and the health of his Dad. Please pray for God’s Peace to descend upon all of them so that they can see the joy that will be created when Tim is recovered from this illness!Thanks everyone!
  • Please pray for my friend Leigh Ann’s sister-in-law Tina.  She has had surgery, and needs  prayers for healing, for God’s Peace to descend upon her and her family, for comfort during this time, and also for strength for the family. Thanks!
  • I also want to lift up my friend Kris, who is a reader on the site! Kris is raising money for March of Dimes for their walk. During the fundraising period, Kris had to have some surgery, so she hasn’t made her goal yet, but she is still going to do the walk, even if she is in a wheelchair! The deadline for raising funds is tomorrow, but more then raising funds, please pray for Kris’ recovery from her surgery, as well as lifting praise to God for this wonderful cause that she is participating in. If you want to donate, you can still do so at this link:http://www.marchforbabies.org/personal_page.asp?pp=4826529&ct=4&w=6121184&u=AmunetThanks! God Bless You, Kris!
  • Please pray for my wife’s co-worker Virginia. Virginia’s mom was just diagnosed with lung cancer, and they don’t know how extensive it is. Virginia also recently lost her mother-in-law, so please lift up her mom with healing prayers, and pray for the whole family to experience God’s Peace and comfort in their lives so they will have the strength to fight this disease. Also pray for their salvation, that they know Jesus if they don’t know Him already.Thanks everyone!
  • Lottie, the creator of the Crunchy Disney Ma blog, is asking for some very special prayer requests! Here is what she wrote:Prayer requests?!?! AWESOME! Add me. Prayers for a happy, healthy pregnancy and smooth delivery of an adorable baby are always welcome.Congratulations, Lottie, on your pregnancy and the upcoming birth of your baby! We’ll be praying for your and your baby’s health, as well as your comfort during the pregnancy, and that, if anything worries you, you would let God’s Peace descend upon you to put you at ease! Keep us posted, please, so we can celebrate with you!

As always, thank you for taking the time to read and pray for these requests, and for giving thanks to God for our praises!  The more we pray, the better the result, and minute by minute, day by day, week by week, we will make a difference in these lives — and you’ll find that you are making a difference in your own life also!  Thanks everyone!