Holy Spirit

Prayers for the Week – the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit

26Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. ~ Romans 8:26 (ESV)

Sometimes my friends, I have trouble forming the words in my heart to speak with my lips in my prayers to God.  Sometimes they come very easily, but sometimes they don’t.  The beauty of being a Christian, though, is that the Holy Spirit lives within me, and when I lack the words I need to speak, the Holy Spirit is able to translates the feelings I have for the prayers I need to pray, and He does this for me.  That is the message for today’s Prayers for the Week post.  As you will see, in many of our prayers you may see that the words are hard to frame, but rest assured, the Holy Spirit knows what our heart is saying to us, and the Holy Spirit is interceding on our behalf.  Please remember that the Holy Spirit is our link to God, to Jesus, and that it is one part of the Holy Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Ask the Holy Spirit for direction, for the path to take, and you will not be let down.  Now, please pray with us our prayer requests and give God praise for the praises you see as well!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Please pray for friends of my friend Torri. Here is what Torri wrote on Facebook:Asking all of my friends to remember in prayer Jerry and Brittany in the loss of their sweet, angel daughter Leila. Leila passed away this morning just 6 weeks after her precious brother Hudson passed away. Please pray for this family that they would be comforted beyond all measure.Please pray with me:Heavenly Father, we turn to you in anguish, in grief, in sorry over the passing of Leila and her brother Hudson. Lord, we don’t know Your ways, and we will never fully understand Your ways, but Lord, we know that Your way is perfect, so we turn to You with our grief. Lord, please be with Leila and Hudson’s family, comfort them, strengthen them, give them Peace, Your Peace, which is the greatest gift in times like this. Lord, reassure them that they would know that their sweet Angels are now with Jesus, and that He is taking good care of them now. Lord, remind them that their children are in no pain, no sorrow, no anguish, and Lord, place in Jerry and Brittany’s minds great memories, the memories that they will carry with them the rest of their lives.

    Lord, we don’t know why Leila and Hudson were called home so soon, we only know the hole that is left with their passing. Please be with Jerry and Brittany and all of their family, now and forevermore. It is in Jesus loving name that we pray. Amen.

  • I wish to give God praise for the wonderful news that we heard — my friend Torri is engaged, and getting married!  Please pray for God to be with Torri and Michael, to lead them in their steps, and to remind them to turn to Him together so that their marriage will be built on God’s solid foundation.  Thank you for praying!
  • Please pray for Ann Marie, the friend of my niece Stephanie.  Ann Marie is having some health issues, so please pray for healing for her, and for Peace, Comfort, and Strength for her and all of her family and friends.  Thank you everyone!
  • Please continue to pray for Jim, the father-in-law of our friend Dee.  The news is not good for him on the medical front, so please continue praying for healing, but in addition, please pray for his Peace, his Comfort, his Strength, and that of his family and friends.  My friends, in Jim’s case, this may be a time where Dee, her husband Robert, and all of their family and friends may be having trouble forming the words to pray, but the Holy Spirit knows what is needed, and is interceding on their behalf.  Please be with them in this hard time of tribulation in their lives.
  • Please continue praying for my friend Sheila’s friend Kitty.  Her health is slowly improving, so please keep that going with strong prayers for healing for her.
  • My friend Heidi had a prayer request.  Here is what she wrote:Can I ask a few friends to commit to praying for an unspoken request (aka a decision that needs to be made) today?
  • Lastly, please continue praying for my wife Cindy’s cousin Lori, who is recovering from a stroke.

Thank you everyone for praying each and every week.  I lift you all up in my prayers each night, and hope that you are feeling the Peace that comes from being prayed for.  Now, let’s 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.

James 5:16

Prayers for the Week – James 5:16

James 5:16

 

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. ~ James 5:16 (ESV)

Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  This week I’m sharing with you a verse from the book of James that I came across this week.  In reading this verse, it struck me that this verse is very much what this prayer post is all about.  Believers praying for each other, confessing our sins, and asking for help in the battle against the evil one.  I am thankful to each and every one of you for your commitment to this ministry, and I include you all in my prayers each night.  Now, please read these requests, and pray for them.  Also, please include your own prayer requests so that we can pray for you!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My sister Robin has a prayer request, and also a comment regarding how many people leave the site because of my prayer posts.  Here is what she wrote:
    I wondered how many people would turn away because the “Cross is offensive to those who don’t believe.” (paraphrase mine) I can’t say I am surprised, only surprised it isn’t a higher number. That is God working through you and this ministry. You, my dear brother, are a missionary in every sense of the word and I am so proud of you.
    I will ask for prayers and guidance over the next few weeks regarding school and work, which is school too :-) and praying that God leads me to a position that He wants me in. I am also asking for the faith I need to stay in my current role if that is what He wants.
    I am going to leave you with this verse, because as you stated earlier sometimes we don’t have the words we want when we pray, but the Holy Spirit does. Hebrews 7:25 is my birth verse and it goes like this: “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”

    • Here is my reply, as well as a prayer request for my brother-in-Christ Glen:
      Thank you Robin for your words. I’ll pray for you always! Also, please lift up my brother Glen, who has had a recurrance of prostrate cancer. Please pray for healing. Thanks!
  • My friend Shannan lost one of her best friends yesterday. Her family is devastated, I don’t know all the details, but here is what she wrote:
    My family is heartbroken. We are in tears. My kids can’t stop crying. We will miss you so much. Tell me this is a bad dream.
    Please pray for them. Please pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to descend upon them all, and on the family of their friend. Please help them come to grips with this and to realize that they may not get the “Why?” questions ever answered, but that God is there for them. Thank you for praying for them.
  • Here’s the latest update on Katy from my friend Kuleen. Here is what she wrote:
    Update from Katy’s Dad: Katy is still heavily sedated but making progress in her recovery. So far all of her organs are functioning as expected. Her transplanted heart is still very sick and may not recover. We are discussing the options that are available with her doctors. We’ll have more answers over the next few days. Please continue to pray for our little Rockstar.

    • Since this update, we have had a slew of updates on little Katy.  Please read and continue to pray:
      Update from Katy’s Mom:
      Keep praying… Still making BIG decisions … Never imagined we would ever need to be pick between option worse and worse. We need a miracle.Update on Katy from her Dad:
      Not a great update. It has been decided that Katy’s transplanted heart is too sick to recover. She needs a second transplant. The problem facing the team is to figure out a way for Katy to survive until that time without going into cardiac arrest again. There are no great options. We’ve decided that the only option that gives us the any hope is to implant a device called an LVAD in her chest. This pump would do the work of the weakened left side of her heart with the hope that the right side will continue to improve. The 12 hour surgery is scheduled for Friday. Please pray extra hard for our little girl.For anyone interested, a Go Fund Me site has been started to raise funds for little Katy’s medical expenses.

      http://www.gofundme.com/c1gx9w

      From Katy’s Mom:
      Headed to bed… Our girl has a big day tomorrow. I feel at peace knowing we are giving her the best chance possible and praying and hoping that it works. Mike and I feel so much comfort as we read through your kind words and messages. Seeing my smiling girl all over Facebook warms my heart. Thank you to all who donated to help get us over this bump and as we embark on a journey that is so different yet so familiar. Katy is tentatively scheduled for 2nd case tomorrow. Mike will update as he can… It is going to be a long, stressful day. Please do not be alarmed if the updates are few and far between… we expect that our updates from the OR will be sporadic. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Much Love, The Murphys Mike, Amiee Katy & Patrick

      Update from Katy’s Moms:
      Katy just went into the OR. Surgery should last about 12 hours.

      Update from Katy’s Mom:
      Ready to start putting in the LVAD hardware.

      Great update from Katy’s mom on surgery!
      Katy’s surgery is going great. The LVAD is in and pumping. Her right ventricle is working on its own as we hoped. She is now off of bypass and they should be finishing up within an hour or so. 4 hours ahead of schedule because they didn’t have any problems. Keep the prayers coming.

      Update from Katy’s mom:
      Katy is back in her room in the ICU. She’s stable after some post-op bleeding and very puffy from fluid.Her LVAD is working well and she will still be on the ventilater for at least a few days. Thanks for the prayers.

      Another Katy update- not as good as the last:
      Rough post surgery day for Katy. She’s very puffy from the surgery. They’re working to get all the fluid off of her over the next couple of days so they can close her chest up. Her heart rate continues to fluctuate up and down depending on the load on her heart. The next 12 to 24 hours is critical. Please keep those prayers coming.

  • Lastly, please pray healing prayers for our dog Regan.  He has come down with something that is causing vomiting, and we are worried about him.  Please allow the medication to work as it should, so that he can be better very soon.  Thanks!

Thank you for praying for all of our requests — please keep little Katy in your prayers over the next several days, and thank you.  Now, please pray the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be do e,
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.

2Timothy 1:7

Prayers for the Week – 2Timothy 1:7

2Timothy 1:7

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” ~ 2Timothy 1:7

To be a Christian is to accept Jesus into your life.  To tell God that you know that you are a sinner, and that you know that you have failed Him.  To tell God that you know and believe that God sent His Son Jesus to earth to die for our sins, to pay the ultimate penalty for our sinful nature.  To be a Christian is to believe and acknowledge how far we have fallen, and to ask God to forgive us.

Once you do that, you are saved — you are a Christian, and you have eternal life when you die your earthly body.  More than that, though, Scripture tells us that when we Believe, God sends the Holy Spirit into our heart to guide us, to allow us to have Him near, to be our counsel when we need Him.  Once you do that, your life is different, changed, 180 degrees different from how you lived your life before.  To be a Christian is to accept responsibility for your actions, but to know that someone’s got your back.  To be a Christian is knowing that despite how many mistakes you make, God will forgive you — if you ask Him for forgiveness.  However, to be a Christian is to know that you are special, that you are now a Child of God. Knowing this fact sets you apart from everyone else that has not accepted Jesus into their lives.  Knowing this makes you realize that your life has a plan now — you aren’t just going through the motions of life one day after another.  Knowing you are a Child of God puts things in perspective.  After you accept all that God has given you because of your decision, 2Timothy 1:7 makes a whole lot of sense.

When you are a Christian, you do not need to be timid, you do not need to be questioning, you do not need to be scared.  When you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit is there for you, waiting for you to ask.  I hope that this makes sense to you and that I’ve made my point clear.  When you are a Christian, God empowers you to ask for the things you need by praying — and the Holy Spirit is your counselor and will approach God for you.  Now, please use the Holy Spirit that lives within you to lift up these prayer requests and praises to God.  Thank you everyone!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Continued prayers for my friend Amanda and her husband Daniel. Here is what Amanda wrote:Ok, settle in – this is going to be a long one! Daniel had his 4th round of chemo on schedule on 6/16. A CT of the liver was done this past Monday. We met with the surgeon yesterday and the oncologist today. The surgeon said the tumor had not shrunk but also did not grow or spread based on the CT – so not exactly what we wanted but not bad either. The healthy liver only grew slightly putting Daniel just over the line needed to move forward with the resection. So the liver resection will be scheduled in 3 weeks. YAY!
    But, because of the healthy liver growth just taking him over the line his resection moves from risky to highly risky due to the increased risk of intraoperative hemorrhage or post operative liver failure. Based on my very, very brief research at 1 am last night, the mortality rate is 11% when only leaving 20% liver volume. So, I’m pretty much scared out of my wits! But God gave us a fighting chance by answering our prayers to move forward with surgery and we will continue to trust in Him to get us through.
    We have to have a PET/CT prior to surgery to make sure the cancer hasn’t shown up any place else. Daniel does have another mass that showed up a few weeks ago on his side but both doctors think it is not a cancerous mass – but they will check to be sure. If the cancer is anywhere else, it is likely the surgery will be canceled. His healthy liver will continue to grow during these 3 weeks but it is unlikely it will grow enough to move us out of the high risk category. But every extra % we can get is a good thing. And God can do anything He wants so if He wants it to grow, it will.
    The surgery will be 5-8 hours and can’t be done laparoscopically. He will spend at least the first 48 hours in ICU and we can expect a total inpatient stay of 10-12 days if there are no complications. To make it even more fun, the end of the stay will coincide with the first day of school for Cate! But God never gives you more than you can handle, right! After surgery, they will give his liver time to regenerate before we meet with the oncologist to determine next steps in treatment to work to prevent or prolong recurrence. This could mean the same chemo regimen he’s been on for a few months, a different treatment or nothing. I will tell you I’m not rooting for nothing – I want to do everything we can to keep this away. Now, the man dealing with being poisoned every 2 weeks might have a different opinion!
    You all have been such awesome prayer warriors, I hate to ask you to kick it up a notch but that’s what I’m going to do! We need prayers that Daniel is healthy and has his energy back prior to surgery so he can fight with every ounce of his being. We need prayers that that healthy liver grows like crazy – maybe even 10% or more extra volume – and that the tumor doesn’t grow or the cancer doesn’t spread. We need prayers that God’s plan is for Daniel to make it through and be cured and able to live on this earth with us for many, many years to come. We need prayers for God to guide the clinicians hands, eyes and minds to a successful outcome. And, finally, we need prayers that Daniel, Cate and I have the strength to get through this and the grace and peace to handle whatever God’s plan for us may be. Feel free to put us on whatever prayer lists you have available to you. We fully believe in the power of prayer.
    Thank you all so much for your love, support and prayers! Please everyone have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!
  • At our church, our friends Sarah and Eric are expecting a baby!  Please give Praise to God for their child, and also pray to God for Sarah’s comfort during the heat of the summer!  Thank you!
  • My cousin Michelle and her daughter Julia have been going through some stress.  Julia had a leg problem that they had surgery on this past Thursday.  Everything seems to be going well, so please keep praying for her recovery and give Praise to God for the successful surgery.  Thanks!
  • My friend Rosanne and her husband Tom are expecting a baby!  Please give Praise to God for their child, and pray for Rosanne’s health and that of the baby during their term.  Thanks!
  • Lastly, continue to pray for Stephanie and her recovery from surgery, and for Leslie and her pregnancy.  Thanks!

Thank you everyone for praying for all of our requests throughout the week!  It means a great deal to me, and I know it does to those that you are praying for!  If you have any requests you need us to pray over, please leave them in the comments!

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 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.

He is Risen! Jesus is Risen, indeed!

jesus_resurrection He is Risen!  Jesus is Risen, indeed!  With those simple, simple words, the world was irrevocably changed for the better.  Gone were the days of darkness; the Light has arrived! Jesus the Son, Perfection, God in man form, has saved all that believe in Him from their sins.

Today is Easter, my dear friends, and those of us that are in Christ and have Him in our hearts are celebrating the joy and peace that His Resurrection has provided us!

We have had a lot of prayers requested this week, and I’ll get to them further on in this post.  However, with this being Easter Sunday, today we are going to offer up our praises first.  If you wish to go back through the weeks prior to this one to see the prayer requests, here is the list of our posts — just click on any of them that you wish to look back at.

Praises!

  • All of the requests that people have been leaving with us — and we are honored that you all feel comfortable leaving those requests so that others can pray for you — would have absolutely no meaning if Jesus wasn’t our Lord and Savior!  The biggest Praise we can have any week, but especially today, is that Jesus came to earth, shared His ministry, taught us all that Love matters, and then, in the ultimate sacrifice, the ultimate expression of love — at that moment, Jesus died for us!  The story would just be a tragedy if it happened then, but the beauty of that story is that it didn’t end there.  Today, thousands of years ago, the stone of the tomb was rolled away, and Jesus was gone!  But He wasn’t taken — no, it wasn’t anything as ordinary as that!  Jesus was Risen!  And with that wonderful Resurrection, Jesus overcame death, and paid the ultimate penalty of our sin for us — for those of us that believe in Him!
  • Holy Week has been a tumultuous week for my family.  We have had school issues that we have been dealing with, Sophie got sick on Monday, and then had an issue later on in the week. On Thursday we went to a beautiful church service, our annual Maundy Thursday service, and then on Friday, Sophie woke up with an ear infection.  We were able to get to the doctor, and they were able to give us the medicine we needed, which was good, because Sophie was an Acolyte for our Good Friday service of Tenebrae, and she was able to perform her service to God without any problems.  All of this, in many ways, reminds me of the Holy Week that Jesus endured the week of his Crucifixion.  So triumphant one day, and so horrific the next.  So Praise be to God, for helping my family get through our week, and helping Sophie to show her love for You in your Service.
  • A Special Praise to you, Lord, for your servant Tommy.  Tommy was admitted back to the hospital this week, and the doctors don’t give much hope.  However, what we know, Lord, is that Tommy is your servant, he has spoken for You at his rebaptism ceremony, and while only You know how long Tommy has, we also know that Tommy is being kept comfortable, and isn’t in much pain.  That is the praise.
  • Lastly, we give praise to You for all of the things that You have done for all of us, even those that we don’t even realize are being done for us.  I particularly give praise to all of my Brothers from the Men’s Study, those that shared their stories of love with all of us, those stories that told us all how living for You has changed their — no, our — lives.  Thank you for that wonderful night!

Prayer Requests

Please keep these prayer requests in your thoughts this week as you say your prayers:

  • Alanna sent me a Facebook message and asked that I pray for her. She has right knee pain and needs healing for it. Please include her in your prayers so that she might have comfort and healing from her ailment. Thanks!
  • Christa sent me a prayer request via Twitter. She asks for the following things. Please pray for her in her time of need:  “Prayers for peace, prayers for a job opportunity, prayers to get life back to what it was before 12/4/12. Thx”
  • Rosemary asked for continued prayers from a prior Prayer Request:  “Keep them coming for me, please, Mike. I spent the weekend in the hospital after some minor surgery. I am positive that with God’s help, I will be fine, but more prayers are always appreciated. Thank you.”
  • Emily left a comment on our Facebook page, she said: “Love this post!!! Thank you….I will take ANY prayers.” Emily, I’ll pray that you know Jesus and that the Holy Spirit lives in your heart!
  • Lisa left a comment on our Facebook page also, here is what she said:  “I need to go to Disney really soon! Good thoughts are in order!”  Lisa, prayers that you get the break from daily struggles that you need and that you are able to remember what it is like to be a kid once again at your closest Disney park!
  • Tina also left a comment on our Facebook page. She needs prayers for her adult son. Here is what she said: “My adult son that was raised to do right but is making wrong choices!” Tina, we will pray for your son, that he learns that life is much harder when you don’t have Jesus to guide you, and that your son will return and let Jesus into his heart soon. In the meantime, we’ll also pray for your Peace from worry, comfort that all will be okay, and also we’ll pray that nothing harmful happens to your son while he is walking alone in the wilderness. Please keep us updated, thanks!
  • Cathy has the same type prayer request as Tina does. She left her comment on Facebook:  “Mine is the same as Tina. Both of my children have chosen to walk away from the Lord and how they were raised. Breaks my heart.”  Cathy, I’m sorry that you are going through this. Know that we will all include you and your children in our prayers, that they realize that they are missing out on the best things life can give by turning from the Lord, and that they will come back to Him soon. We’ll also pray for your Peace, Comfort, and that nothing happens to them while they are alone in the wilderness. Please keep us updated!
  • Julie has a prayer request related to adoption that she would like for us to pray about. Here is what she wrote:  “We’ve been trying to have a 2nd child for over 10 years after having one miracle that we were told would never be born. (He’s a fabulous 11 year old.) I’ve been talking with a young lady contemplating adoption. I pray that she finds guidance in whatever her decision turns out to be in the end. I also ask for prayers that we are blessed by adoption. We can’t afford the high cost or we would have went this route in the past, but we would be able to do an independent adoption. We’d love to find a family willing to share a child with us. We hope that God keep us in his graces.”After I replied to her, she also had this follow up:  “Thank you! We are very thankful for what we have been given and feel that it is too much to ask for another miracle and pray each day that when God is ready he will present another child to us. Since I have started talking to this expectant mother, my prayer has been for her and not for ourselves. She is really struggling with the decision and I pray that she will eventually see whatever is best for her and the baby whatever that may be. I’ve seen many of God’s sign that He has a plan for us and we are willing to wait for Him, but prayers never hurt.”

    My prayer, Julie, is for God to look upon the birth mother with kindness, that He help her to realize the best course of action that she should make with regards to her baby, whether it be to put it up for adoption or to keep the baby. If it is God’s will that the baby be put up for adoption, it is my prayer that she follow through on that, as hard as it would be, and know that she is giving her baby the best start at life that it can possibly have. I also pray that she is healthy in her carrying of the baby, and that the baby is healthy as well.

    Please keep us updated, Julie, on how things work out. Thanks!

  • Candace wrote us with this request:  “Prayers for new employment AGAIN!! Started as a dispatcher last April for the same police agency I was laid off from in 2010. Just didn’t hack the training and was let go. Now the job search continues again. °o° ❤”  We’ll be praying for you, Candace, that you are able to find a job soon! Please keep us updated, and in the meantime, keep your chin up!
  • Rhonda is battling asthma, and needs our prayers. Here is what she wrote on our Facebook page:

    Fighting illness, had asthma for 16 years and was at th ER yesterday in a very bad attack- still not at 100%, seems to be the worst episodes I remember having….

    We’ll be praying for you, Rhonda, that you get over this latest attack and that the doctors can get it under control!

  • Carla has some family members and friends that need some lifting up to the Lord right now! They need to see that God loves them, and that He will comfort them, give them that Peace that only God can provide, and that He will also shower them with strength to get through the days and weeks ahead. Here is what she wrote:

    That is absolutely awesome! Thank you for sharing your love of our Heavenly Father! My son is struggling in his belief right now, I’d love for you to keep him in your prayers. There is also a young man I know who is having some personal battles (many of them) He is a man of God, and could really use some prayers as well. I’ll message you with their names.

    In addition to that comment, she mentioned that her son is fighting his faith right now. Please pray that he will see that the key to salvation is belief through faith, and that we are going to have troubles in this world, but those that have Jesus in their corner can take on anything and know that they will be better off! She went on to add:

    Her son’s friend is having many personal battles with employement, many losses in his family due to suicide, and his girlfriend is dying. They could both use some lifting up. Thank you again for offering. I keep all of my facebook friends in my prayers as well. God bless you today, and always.

    Please lift her son’s friend up, that he be able to win all of these battles, that he be able to have the Peace and Strength to overcome the losses in his family, and that his girlfriend be able to overcome her illness. If that is not possible, pray that she knows Jesus and has Him in her heart, so that she may know that feeling of Peace that only God can provide, and that she might have the Strength to continue to battle. Also pray for her family and friends, that they would have the courage to face what lies ahead, and the strength to deal with the challenges, and also be able to comfort her as they are able. Thank you, everyone, for praying for these people, and all the other prayer requests!

  • Laurie left a comment on Facebook, she is in need of housing. Here is what she wrote:

    I NEED A HOME!!! I iwant to go to parks so bad but have to watch every penny. I will be on the street on March 12 probably. Nobody has a free room and I cannot find rentals under $400 a month. I tried everything, got friends trying everything. Tired of living so frugal that I cannot buy a cheeseburger at Art of Animation.

    Laurie, I’m praying for your housing situation, also make sure that you yourself keep your priorities in line — which I’m sure you are doing. Worry about your life situation first, then deal with the parks when you’ve got things worked out. They will always be there. I hope everything works out with your housing — you mentioned March 12th, did you mean April 12th? Please correct that if you can. May the peace of God be upon you in your time of trouble, and may He shower you with His comfort and help you find the strength to continue to battle these difficulties!

    After this post, Laurie had a follow up message.  Here is what she had to write:
    um oops, yeah, lol, was listening to Song of the South and forgot about the month. April 12 is right. My mother sold her house then died. I was to get half in 6 months or a year. I have been living in hotels at $800 to $1000 a month for a year and that was supposed to end on February 27th and now a month later and still no money. If I get that money I could live well for 2 years or get a home and live comfortable for 30 years. I just wish and pray that the realtor would give me my money then my problems would be solved. hugs and bless you.

    Laurie left this update on the Facebook page, it’s a start at least!

    OMG, the realtor said he is sending me $700 out of his pocket, that will get me 2 more weeks and will get me to the 26th of april. If I am very careful with finances I can slingshot into May and then last until May 17th. THANK YOU, hugs tight, not the answer I want or need but at least his heart is softened and he realizes that QUALITY OF LIFE is important not just me living from day to day without going places or anything. hugs tight, it is a blessing, hugs tight

    We’ll keep the prayers coming, Laurie! Thanks for the update!

  • My good friend and co-worker Jon needs prayers for his brother Tom, who has some blood clots in his lungs. He spent some time in the hospital because of it, and he’s better now, but prayers for his healing and comfort are always appreciated. Also pray for the entire family so they do not stress too much over this, that God would give them the Peace they need.
  • Karen on Facebook asks for prayers for her family. I don’t have specifics, but God doesn’t need the specifics — He already knows what is wrong. Lift up the family, please, to see them through whatever the issues might be.Karen’s daughter is a one year survivor of cancer at this point! Praise be to God for that miracle blessing! What Karen would like continued prayers for would be her daughter’s continued good health, and strength for Karen in the days and weeks and months to come to make sure that she is able to do the things that she needs to do for her family. God Bless You all, Karen, we are lifting you up!
  • Bridget on Facebook needs prayers for her niece. Here is what she wrote:

    My niece is having to have her Aortic valve replaced again after being post op 14 weeks from the first aortic valve replacement. Please pray that scar tissue will not develop again and she recovers as well this time as last. She is a mother of 2 young men.

    We’ll be praying for her, Bridget! Prayers for her healing with no scar tissue, and also prayers for God’s Peace and strength to be yours while you are worrying over her.

  • The last prayer request this week is from one of my dearest friends on earth.  This Sister is going through some deeply emotional family turmoil, and she needs prayers in the biggest way.  Please pray for her family, for God’s Peace to descend upon them in great abundance, and that their prayers would be answered.  Lord, please give them the comfort and strength that only You can provide, and keep them all safe from harm.  Thank you, Lord!

Thank you all so much for sticking through this to the end, it is a big blessing to know that so many prayer requests are being lifted up to God by complete strangers!  It truly warms my heart to know that the Lord is hearing our prayers from all over the world!  I’m going to leave you with the three most important words you will here today: “He is Risen!”

Friendship Friday – My good friend Monica

My good friend Monica, posing with Sophie at the Animal Kingdom Villa

My good friend Monica, posing with Sophie at the Animal Kingdom Villas

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of Friendship Friday!  Today I am turning my attention to one of my best friends — our dear friend Monica!  Monica, her husband Doug, and her daughter ML go to the same church we do, and the highest compliment that I can give Monica is that she walks with the Lord, and is a strong Witness to His word!

We first met Monica several years ago at our church, Edenton Street UMC, but we only knew her as “the lady that does the children’s sermon.”  Later on, though, we re-met her when her daughter Madelyne-Lois started taking dance in the same class that Sophie did, and it was then that we remembered where we knew her from.  From that moment on, ML and Sophie became almost sisters, and Cindy and I were blessed to have Monica and her husband Doug in our lives.

Over the years, we’ve laughed together, cried together, prayed together, and counseled together.  Doug and I attend the same Bible Study — it’s called The Mens Study, and it is comprised of about 250 men, learning more about God, Jesus, what it means to be a Christian, what it takes to be a Christian, and reaping the wonderful benefits of being in fellowship with your fellow believers.  I will tell you right now, I don’t think there is anything more powerful that I’ve experienced with regards to my faith then hearing 250 men singing hymns at the top of their lungs in church.  It brings chills down my spine just to think of it!

As I’ve said before, one of the main reasons we bought our DVC membership was so that we could invite our dear family and friends to enjoy all that Walt Disney World has to offer with us, and not have to worry about the hotel costs associated with such a trip.  This past June, Cindy, Sophie and I were able to take our dear friends Kerry and Neal and their kids, my niece Stephanie, her (at the time) boyfriend Shane, his brother Kyle, and Monica and ML with us — and it was a wonderful time.

When I think of the blessings that I’ve received in this life of mine, first and foremost, of course (other then Jesus, of course), is Cindy and Sophie, and all that they mean to me.  Our family is certainly second, and of our friends, Monica is at the top of the list.

As I wrap up this week’s Friendship Friday post, I think the three things that best sum up Monica is this:

  1. She walks with the Lord, she talks with the Lord, and the Holy Spirit is plainly evident at one glance.
  2. Not a day goes by when she isn’t doing something for someone other then herself, whether it be family, friends, co-workers, or a stranger she meets on the street.
  3. Just knowing Monica is a blessing, because she has the kind of spirit that stays around long after she leaves the room.

My whole family is blessed to know Monica, her husband Doug, and their wonderful daughter Madelyne-Lois.  God knew what He was doing when he put that family back into our lives, and we are the better for it.

Thank you so much for joining me this week on my Friendship Friday post!  As you all know, this great idea was the brainchild of my dear friend Heidi from Heidi’s Head!  Click on the button below to see who she is featuring this week, and thanks for stopping by!