Judgment

Prayers for the Week: Judgment

Judgment

1but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.8And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?11She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” ~ John 8:1-11 (ESV)

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s prayers for the week post.  Today I’m feeling led to talk about something that affects us all, and something that it seems is more prevalent today more than ever.  That subject is judgment.

My friends, the world is out of control, and it seems like in one way, the way that everyone is judging each other is a big part of the reason why.  Democrats judge Republicans. Republicans judge Democrats. Someone does something, and everyone seems to judge them.  It seems like no one is exempt from this.  The other day, I noticed a person driving a car cut me off when there was no one behind me.  Then, that same car cut off someone else when turning left.  After that, the first thing that crept into my thoughts was how that person felt they were entitled to do those things, like they were better than I was or this other car was.  Right then, the Holy Spirit spoke to me, He said to me that I didn’t know all the details, that maybe there was some other reason that person did the things they did.  I immediately found myself stepping back on my judgment a bit.

Casting judgment is something that it seems like we all do.  The ultimate question, though, is whether or not we will work to cut down on the judgements that the world so expects of us.  Will we make the decision to move beyond the way the world sees things and instead put our focus on the things that really matter?

My friends, the subject of this post makes me nervous.  I truly hope that I’m not coming off as passing judgment by talking about judgment.  If I have done that, I am truly sorry for that, for it isn’t my intention to be doing that, and I hope you can forgive me.  My prayer is that all of us would take a moment before we speak — shoot, before we even think about speaking — and try to avoid those judgment calls that seem so prevalent in today’s age.  Now, please continue reading and praying with us for our prayer requests and praises.  We have some very hard prayer requests, so please give them every consideration and prayer that you can.

Prayer Requests and Praises

  • Pam starts us off with prayer requests for her family: Please keep my family in your prayers. We lost our dear, sweet 93 year old mama to cancer this morning at 1am. Thank you.
  • Mrs. Lucas asks for prayers for her friend Madge: Please keep my friend Madge in your prayers! She is a friend of almost 50 years! She is in Cardiac ICU at Duke following heart surgery on Monday! She is still on a respirator and she needs healing! Thank you!
  • My cousin Barb is calling for all the prayers she can get for her husband Tim.  It’s not looking good, but God is good nonetheless: Ok prayer warriors, it’s time to circle the wagons. Tim’s clinical trial was unsuccessful, and we are out of options. We started receiving hospice services this week. I don’t know how much time we have left, but I will cherish each minute. #CancerSucks
  • Torri has a prayer request for her friends who are getting married as well as for all those affected by the wildfires in California: My precious besty, Mary Catherine and her sweet fiancé Dylan lost everything they own yesterday in the horrible wildfires in Santa Rosa, CA. Losing everything you have would be hard anytime but especially hard as this is their wedding week. Pray for our dear friends and pray for us as we head out west tomorrow. So very thankful God kept them and our friends that were staying with them safe.
    He really does bring beauty from the ashes.
  • Jodi asks for prayers for California: Please keep our California friends in prayer! Many are being evacuated and possibly losing homes & property due to wild fires.Thanks!
  • Jodi also has a prayer request for her nephew: URGENT PRAYER, PLEASE! My nephew, Clayton, is a freshman at Texas Tech University, where there are currently 2 active shooters 2 dorms down from him. The shooters have killed a police officer. Clayton’s safe for now, on lockdown, but can hear the gunfire.UPDATE: Shooter (was 1, not 2) is in custody!!! Possibly 2nd officer killed, tho.
  • If you would please pray for Cindy’s Uncle Bud and Aunt Carol. Uncle Bud is the last of her Uncle’s on her mom’s side, and lately his health — and in particular his mind — has been deteriorating. We are worried that it is dementia. Please pray that God would heal him of this, that Uncle Bud would be okay visiting doctors if needed, and please pray for Aunt Carol and Uncle Bud both that they would have God’s Peace, Comfort, and Strength surround them. Thank you everyone.

Now, please close with us by praying the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples and 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 that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.

Prayers for the Week: Fruit of the Spirit – Forbearance

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. ~ Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s Prayers for the Week post.  We continue our series on the fruits of the Spirit, this is the fourth week, and that means this week we are discussing forbearance, or more commonly known as patience.

As there are no coincidences when it comes to God, let me tell you straight out that this particular fruit comes to us at the perfect time.  We have a lot of prayer requests this week, and an equally great number of praises, but in the unspoken requests category, one of my biggest needs as a Christian brother is to learn to better draw upon the patience that God has granted me.  I far to often tell others that I wasn’t given this particular fruit, but you know what, that is flat out not true.  God doesn’t withhold from us the fruits of the Spirit — rather, it is us that choose to accept the fruit from Him, but by saying that you weren’t given a particular fruit, really, isn’t that a case where we are just blaming God for our shortcomings?  If so, Lord, please forgive me and thank You for doing so.  I’ll try and be better in the future.

Before we feature our prayer requests and praises, let me ask you something.  Do you ever have a situation where you need to make a decision on what to do — this path or that path — and just aren’t sure which path to take?  I’m sure we all have been there.  When that situation arises next, ask God what you should do, and then, wait for God’s answer.  Listen from your heart about what He wants from you.  He will tell you by way of the Holy Spirit, and then, when He tells you, make absolutely certain that you obey His direction.  You will be glad you did.  Now, please continue reading and praying with us our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Hiro starts us off today with her prayer request: Hi everyone! Could I ask for prayers…
    this time, every year, my daughter has her annual appointment at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She has a rare eye condition called Ocular Melanosis (you can kind of see it in my profile pic). So far everything has been okay, but of course as a parent, I am anxious and worried.
    And thank you to Mike for his prayers last year when I asked for the same prayer request and posting Bible verses for me to read. I really appreciate it.
  • Brandi has a prayer request: My husband has applied for a bank manager position and another position (not sure about the title) and I would love some prayers sent his way. His name is Brad. Thanks!
  • Lori has a prayer request: I am awaiting and so hoping for an interview next week. This possible new job is literally 3 minutes from my home where I could come home and let my girls, Thelma & Louise, out at lunch!!! Please keep us in your prayers!
    • UPDATE: Thank you all for your prayers!!! I have an interview on Monday afternoon! Literally 3 minutes from our home….God knows if it is meant to be!
  • Jodi had a prayer request for the Facebook Group and a followup as well: My Mock 1 class for VIPKIDS is at 9AM (Eastern) Friday morning. Prayers appreciated!
    • UPDATE: It went pretty well! I did advance to the Mock 2 class, which I will do Tuesday morning at 9AM, and *should* be offered a contract after that.
  • Please pray for my friend Laura – she lost her Grandma.
  • Please pray for my friends at UNC-TV. The Master Control and Transmitter Control folks are losing their jobs, and after a year of dread over this, finally have their date for termination — July 31st. They will be receiving severance packages but please pray for them to land on their feet quickly.
  • Please pray for Shannan’s friend Darleen, who had heart surgery this week.  Here’s what was performed: Update on my friend Darleen:
    What Dr Fong did:-5 bypasses
    -Maze procedure
    -Mitral valve replaced, cow valve
    -Closes a PFO hole between the atrium
    -Removed some tissues waving in the aortic valveNow we wait for her to wake and come off the vent in ICU.
  • Amanda has a prayer request regarding her husband Daniel.  Please keep praying for this family! We got Daniel’s FoundationOne results today. There are some mutations which makes him a possible candidate for immunotherapy but there are not any FDA approved immunotherapy drugs that he is a candidate for. The good news is he is a candidate and there are several possible clinical trials. The bad news, it’s not something simple and we will have to travel for one of the trials. But I’ll take the answered prayers – we have options!! Thank you all for your prayers! Please continue to pray especially that we can be placed in a trial close to family/friends and that his numbers stay in the range they need to be to qualify for a trial. Also, my brother and SIL have just filed paperwork to foster to adopt a child. Please pray for them as well. Thanks again! Each of you are in my prayers daily!
  • Sad news from my friend Mrs. Lucas. Please pray for her friend: Thanks for all the prayers for my friend’s husband, Tom. He passed away as there were too many complications. Pray for Trudy and their children, please!
  • Jodi has another request for her family: Please keep my relatives in prayer! They had a mini-reunion over the 4th of July, and several have come down with a nasty virus, including my 99-yr-old grandma! She’s been in the ER twice for fluids and is doing ok, but my uncle Al, who was already in poor health due to a stroke last year is currently hospitalized and also fell yesterday. His wife, my other uncle & his lady-friend, my brother, my nephew, and my cousin’s wife all have this bug too.
  • Now, how about some big praise reports!  I’ll start us off: We’ve had a string of tough prayer requests lately, so let’s lift up a big praise! I’ll start. I’m praising God for my friend Maureen and her recent engagement to her soon to be husband Jamie! Congratulations Maureen!
  • My sister Robin gave praise for Vacation Bible School at her church!
  • Amanda has a praise: My brother and SIL decided to pursue adoption thru foster care!!! So excited!
  • Pat has a praise regarding her son: My son was diagnosed with scoliosis & told that the more he grows, the worse it will get. They expected to have to put him in a brace at our last visit. Instead of getting worse, it actually improved with LESS curvature at our last doctor’s visit, no brace needed! I’m praying and believing in complete healing from it and total reversal of the curvature already there from it.
  • Leslie is praising her soon to be daughter-in-law: Praising God for my new daughter-in-law in three weeks! The Lord really answered my prayers that my son find a wonderful woman to share his life with.
  • Sheila is giving praise for their new 3 month old German Shepherd puppy named Queen!
  • Jodi has a huge praise regarding her RA: I have a big praise! Just got a call from my Rheumatologist with lab and x-ray results. (I’ve had Rheumatoid Arthritis for 20 years!) The wrist x-rays show some narrowing of joint space but no damage or destruction! PRAISE! And a lab we do periodically to judge certain markers shows improvement. Two yrs ago I was in the severe range, one year ago in the moderate range, and today, I have dropped another 13 points and am in the MILD range!!! Big praises!
  • Mikel has a praise: Praising God for my five wonderful grand babies – oh yeah and their parents too
  • So what are your prayer requests?  And just as importantly, what praises to God do you want to share with us today? Whether you share them with us is irrelevant, but make sure you tell God how much you love Him!

Lastly, please pray with us 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 that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.

Joy

Prayers for the Week: Fruit of the Spirit – Joy

Joy

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post!  Today we continue our look at the fruits of the Spirit.  Last week we explored Love, this week, we are turning our attention to Joy.  This is the second of the fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22.  Here is the verse again for you to remember:

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. ~ Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

But, as you will soon see in our prayer requests, this week has been about anything but joy for so many of our Brothers and Sisters!  How are we supposed to find joy amongst so much sorrow, so much grief, so many broken hearts?  Well, my friends, that is not easy for certain, but it is possible.  To this poor man’s thinking, the joy is not with regards to the joy that the world can provide — no, the world is fallen, and death, sadness, and destruction are by-products of all of that because of our sin and the fallen state of the world.  To me, the joy comes in knowing and living for God.  We may not know why we suffer, or why our loved ones suffer, but we do know that we have in our corner a loving God.  Remember today the words from the Prophet Jeremiah as found in the book bearing his name:

11For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. ~ Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)

The Lord made that promise to the people of Israel while they were in exile in Babylon.  They didn’t know that it would take 70 years of captivity before they would be released, but it did — and still they called on God to hear their prayer.  Now, we can call of God directly through His Son Jesus Christ, and He will hear our prayers, and He will respond accordingly.  My brothers, in my opinion there is no greater joy to be found than that!

To those that are hurting right now, though, we lift up our prayers to God for you and your families.  Please continue reading and pray with us our prayer requests and praises below.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Jodi starts us off with a prayer request: Please keep my friend Caria and her family in prayer. Her father passed away this morning. Just last week, he fell while walking the dog and sustained a head injury. Not sure if something else was cause (anuerism, stroke?). Thankfully, he was a firm believer, as is Caria and her family, but it is still a difficult loss. Thank you!
  • Amanda has a prayer request for her husband Daniel: My husband goes in for his PET Scan on Thursday morning. Please pray that the scan is better than the last (which was great!), that it shows no new tumors or cancer, no spread of cancer, that the tumors that were resolved last scan are still resolved or gone and the other tumors are smaller and less active, resolved or gone. Please also pray that the FoundationOne test comes back that he is an candidate for immunotherapy and pray for us to have peace and give it to God between now and when we get the results next week some time. Thanks!
  • Kipp has a prayer request: Please pray for Alan’s mom Phyllis who is in the hospital dealing with her Chrones disease this morning. This is a very chronic, debilitating sickness that takes its toll on the body. It is in the IBS family. (irritable bowel syndrome).
  • Please pray for my cousins Janet and Susan and all of their families today. We lost my Great Aunt Genette today. She was a wonderful woman and I will remember her fondly from all the times she welcomed me into her home. Please pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to surround all of them in the days and weeks to come.
  • Please pray for my sister-in-Christ Genevieve and her family.  Her week started with her younger brother Mark being in a bike accident with a car, and being in ICU.  They saw improvement, evidence of God’s miracles in his brain activity, and they prepared for him to be transported to a different hospital for further care.  Then, the last thing any of them expected happened.  Her brother’s heart failed, and they had to say their goodbyes to their brother, son, grandson, and friend.  Please pray for Genevieve and her family; pray for their grief, pray for their broken hearts, pray for their shock at losing Mark when no one was expecting it. Pray that God would surround that family with His Peace, His Comfort, His Strength, and most of all, His Love, and that He would take care of them all each and every moment of every day. Pray that they would know the joy in knowing that Mark is with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • Lastly, please pray for my friend Candice. Her mom passed away peacefully in the care of Hospice.  Please pray for Candice and Martha and all of their family and friends that knew her.

Remember that the Lord has plans for us, plans for our welfare, not for evil towards us, plans for our future, plans for us to have a hope.  Remember to look for the joy even in the midst of all of the sorrow, anger, and hurt in our lives.  Look for the joy.

Now, please close out 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 that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.

your heart

Prayers for the Week: The State of Your Heart

your heart

26And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. ~ Ezekiel 36:26-27 (ESV)

The State of Your Heart

My friends, welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today I’m led to share with you verses out of the book of Ezekiel.  Ezekiel was one of the Prophet’s of God, and as such, his message was given to him by God and Ezekiel passed that word on to the people of Israel.  Like most of the prophets of the day, Ezekiel’s words — God’s Words — were largely ignored, to their detriment most often.  The sad reality is that far too often, we are ignoring God’s Word for us just as often as the Israelites were doing, whether we be Christians, Believers, Saved, or not.

So tell me this morning, what is the state of your heart?  Have you given any thought to what God would want from you?  Do you ask Him to direct your steps, to change who you are from one who is about self to one that is selfless?  Allow me to give you a little insight into the heart of Mike Ellis, Christian, Believer, Saved.

Several things jump out at me when I turn introspective and start focusing on who I am as a Christian. Let me list some of them for you:

  • Sinner
  • Often selfish
  • Prideful
  • At times, angry
  • Caring
  • Compassionate
  • Loving
  • Devoted Husband and Father

The adjectives on both sides of the ledger could go on and on.  I imagine that as you look at yourself and think of adjectives to describe you, you will probably have a similar makeup of bad and good.  The key, though, is that I left off three very important ingredients in the makeup of my heart:

  • Saved
  • God-Fearing
  • Born Again

What does it take to gain these last three adjectives?  And what does any of this have to do with the state of your heart?  Simply put, to be saved, to be born again, is to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He came down on this earth, that He died on the Cross, that He was resurrected from death back to life, and that He did all of that to pay the penalty for our sins.  If you are God-Fearing, you fear being separated from God.  When you believe, and ask God into your life, you are Saved, and when that happens, you are Born Again, and the transformation of your heart as illustrated in the Ezekiel verses at the beginning of this post will take place immediately.  Additionally, when that happens, the Holy Spirit will enter your heart, and the Holy Spirit will intercede on your behalf and talk to God with you and for you. That is how your heart can be transformed from a heart of stone to a heart of flesh and spirit.  Thank you for reading this far, please keep reading and pray with us our prayer requests and praises for this week.  Do you want to share your prayers with us? Join our Facebook group and do so there, or leave us a comment with your prayer requests and we’ll pray that way as well!

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Stephanie starts us off with a prayer request: Please pray for my husband, Tim! I had to bring him to the ER because he’s having shortness of breath. He’s been given a breathing treatment and a steroid shot and was just taken back for a chest x-ray.
    • Update: Tim is on some medications but still struggling, so please keep praying!
  • We have been praying with Amanda on a request she has this week.  This has been a roller coaster of emotions all week: Please pray for my brother and his K9. He is a K9 officer and his dog was hit by a truck. She has significant internal injuries and her rear leg was almost completely severed. She made it out of surgery for the internal organ damage (Praise God!) but must recover from that before they can address the leg. My brother prayed and waited many years to be a K9 officer and his first dog bit him so badly he was on desk duty for several months. His faith has never wavered  He’s inconsolable and weighed down with guilt right now. Thanks to you all!
    • UPDATE: Jelka was stable through the night and did not need a transfusion as expected. They still haven‘t addressed her leg and she has blood in her chest tube making them think she might have an internal injury they missed. Thank you for the prayers – they are working!
    • UPDATED UPDATE: Jelka is in the clear! She will be going home in a few days. They haven’t done anything to her leg but the blood flow is good. If the tendons are in okay shape, they will repair but if not they will fuse the leg. She’ll most likely be able to go back to police work in the fall. Thank you all for your prayers! I told my brother my warriors got results!
    • Then, this update: My brother’s K9 is not doing well. She is bleeding in her chest. They are taking her into surgery but aren’t confident she will make it out. Please pray!
    • Lastly, this Praise! Thank you all so much for the prayers for my brother’s K9 partner. They have worked miracles. Here she is yesterday – only 3.5 days after she was hit! She still has to have surgery on her leg but wow!
  • Hiro has a praise report and a continued prayer request: I didn’t get a chance to thank all of you for your prayers a few weeks ago. My father is doing well. In fact, he has been talking about Jesus a lot. And he is reading the Bible and in class (he teaches Karate) he relates Karate Philosophy to Jesus’ stories. It’s fascinating.
    He grew up Buddhist and Shinto. So it’s deeply rooted in him. He also reads the teachings of many other religions as well because he has so many students around the world. A cool fact, He had a special tree planted in his honour when he visited Israel/Palestine (there was a brief time of peace a couple decades ago). So with all these religions he is influenced by I can imagine how difficult it is for him to follow one. But it’s been so wonderful to hear him talk of Jesus. Please continue to pray for him as he has many personal obstacles he has to overcome.
    Thank you Mike for this Facebook group.
  • Please pray for Dakota Miller and his family, a 13 year old who accidentally shot himself, and is in critical condition.  I am not sure of the status of his injuries at this time.  There was some confusion as to the legitimacy of this prayer request as it seemed to closely resemble one that was a fake request going around Facebook, but here is a story about it that sheds more light on it.
  • Continuing regarding Dakota Miller prayer request. Please pray with me: “Lord, we don’t know if the prayers that were lifted up were for an actual situation or not — only You know that. What we do know, Lord, is that real or imagined, hoax or true, we know that You care for us, and want what is best for us. Thank You for loving us as you do. We learn in our Bible the very true words written by the Apostle Paul as given to him by You in his letter to the Philippians: “6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
    8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
    Lord, whether Dakota Miller be true or made up, we don’t know, but what we do know is that You hear our prayers. So, Lord, we direct our prayers to the Dakota Millers of this world, those unknown souls who struggle, who may not know You, and we lift them up to You. Grant them the Peace that only You can give, and thank You for the saving faith we have been given by believing in Your Son, Jesus. It is in His precious name that we pray. Amen!”

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 that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.

There are only two people that know the state of your heart: you and God.  If you need us to pray for you, please ask, please let us lift you up to the Lord so that He can work a miracle in your life!  Thank you for joining us and praying with us today!

Prayers for the Week: All about Hope

Hope

13May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. ~ Romans 15:13 (ESV)

Hello my friends, and welcome to today’s Prayers for the Week post, written on remote location from Stephens City, VA.  Yesterday my wife and I, our daughter, my niece and her husband (and our grand-niece), his Mom, and my sister and my Mom participated in the 10th Annual Step Sisters 5K.  The Step Sisters is an organization that helps out breast cancer survivors by helping them around their home when they get home from the hospital, cleaning, cooking, that sort of thing.  The Step Sisters helped out my mom when she had breast cancer, and yesterday, we were helping them out by participating in the annual 5K.

I asked Cindy for a verse that was speaking to her, and she came up with Romans 15:13.  The reason, she said, was simple — today was all about hope.  As soon as she said that, I knew exactly that Romans 15:13 was the verse to use.

I don’t have a long commentary today, so let’s go right into the real meat of the post, our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Shannon starts us off this week, with a prayer request for healing.  Here is what she wrote: I had been having some bad headaches and nothing was working. Monday I had some trigger point injections in my lower head, neck and shoulders. The past 2 days I’ve been in more pain that I was with the actual headache. Please pray that the pain and soreness goes away soon and the injections work for the headaches. Thanks
  • The other day I left this word of encouragement on the impact and power of prayer: So part of my morning routine as I’m walking our Golden Retriever River is to pray while we walk. It’s a great start to the day for me, and I lift up the group and all of the prayer requests we see while we’re walking. For me personally, I pray for Cindy, and I pray for our daughter Sophie — for the stresses that they see in their work/school life, and for Sophie to have the focus she needs to handle the tasks of the day. Additionally, I always pray for God to provide me with the wisdom needed to take care of my clients. For a while I wondered if remaining in the IT Industry was meant to be after my layoff, but through Bible study, I came to the realization that one of my gifts from God is the way I can tackle the challenges of IT work.Last week I spent the week wiring a new office space for one of my clients, and today I was there all day until about 4PM resolving the issues that came up from their move yesterday. While it was challenging, demanding work tackling the myriad of issues that they had (most self induced, I might add), we made it through, and I know it is in part because of the wisdom that God gave me that day.In the end, the thing I think I’m trying to say here is that prayer works, we have been witness to that in our lives, and even if the answered prayer isn’t forthcoming just yet, Believe and Expect God to handle it for you — because He will. I leave you with this verse as a reminder:

    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. ~ Jeremiah 29:11

  • We’ve got a big praise for Hayden’s Mom: Answered prayers for Hayden — his mom has been fighting cancer for a year now and is now in remission! Praise to God, the Great Physician!
  • Prayers for my friend Rebekah who is fighting cancer and has a treatment today. Rebekah, this is a prayer group we have, so anytime you need any prayers, please feel free to list them here and the prayer warriors will pray with you and for you!
  • Praise for my Dad’s cataract surgery, he had a great procedure and is doing great!  Thank you all for the prayers you lifted up for him!

Now, please join us in 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 that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.