Prayers for the Week – Jesus Knocks

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Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. ~ Revelation 3:20

The events in our country of the past several weeks have been very distressing.  I’m not smart enough to know the truth with regards to Ferguson, MO or New York City, so I’m not even going to attempt to weigh in either way.  What I’m going to focus on today, though, are the words of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as He relayed to us in Revelation 3:20.  The problem, as I see it, is that for far to many of us, the wrong person is knocking, and we are letting the evil one in more and more often each day.

It is extremely important to me that I try and make my point to you that Jesus knocks on the doors of our lives every day, wanting to be let into our hearts.  Is your heart receptive to Him?  Do you hear His knock?  Or, have you already opened the door to the evil one?  If you are like me, you have opened the door to Jesus’ knock, and you have let Him in.  However, I know also that I have answered the door when someone other than Jesus has knocked also — and I have let the wrong person in far too often.

There is only room for one — room for Jesus or room for Satan, but not both.  When you let one in, you evict the other.  Every day I pray a simple prayer to Jesus, it is so simple that I ask you to pray it with me right now:

“Lord, make me a blessing to someone today” ~ Father Tim, in the Mitford Series “At Home In Mitford”

It is such a simple prayer, but it packs quite a punch.  By making yourself a blessing to someone each and every day, you are showing that the love of Jesus resides right in your heart.  Now, please read and pray for our prayer requests and praises.  Thanks everyone for doing so each and every week!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Rebecca has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook, please pray for her family:My father has cancer again & will be in surgery today. He’s already been through lymphoma, lung, & kidney cancer, so I’m not too worried. He still has not seen the surgeons for the brain tumor, which worries me a little more. If you have a moment, could you please say a prayer for him to get through this surgery & have the strength & perseverance to see the other surgeons afterwards? I would greatly appreciate it. All my love to you all …
  • I have a prayer request for my friend Melissa. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:I have never met a dog who could charm anyone quite like Lucy could. Sadly, last night Lucy left us. We got 18 extra amazing months with her after her original osteosarcoma diagnosis. This beautiful girl was courageous, loving, and strong. She left us with Eliza, myself, and her oncologist all wrapped around her in hugs telling her how much we love her. An entire medical practice took time yesterday to come into the room to spend time with her, give her treats and say goodbye. She touched a lot of lives, and none more than mine. She has been my companion, my snuggle bug (she insists on being the inside spoon), and my confidante for almost 6 years to the day. She listened to me cry, she nuzzled against me and she always tried to make me feel better. Please say a quick prayer for our family and our beloved Lucy – we will see her again at the Rainbow Bridge. And until then, Run free sweet pooch.
  • My friend Pam has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:FB friends please keep Ronnie in your prayers as he has surgery in the morning. Thank you as always from both of us!
  • One of my good friends, Wendy, is in need of prayers. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:PRAYERS PLEASE::: Dear friends, I’m not one to put every personal detail on FB so please forgive the vagueness of this post… But I do believe in Facebook when it comes to the power of prayer, and our family is in GREAT need of it right now for this amazing little guy, Owen. PLEASE join us in lifting him up in prayer for the next several days. Thank you all!!!!
    (BTW in case you can’t tell in this picture, he is showing off his firetruck shoes!)Please pray with me:Heavenly Father, Your Servant Wendy needs prayers for her little guy, Owen. We don’t know the details, and we know that we don’t need to know them, that You know exactly what is wrong, and that You will take care of it. Please be with your Servant Wendy and her family, and take care of everything that Owen needs. We ask these things in the wonderful name of Your Son Jesus with thanksgiving this and every day. Amen!
  • Praying for my friend Maria and her family tonight — here is what she wrote on Facebook:Feeling the loss of my dear mother-in-law, Eleanor Lundberg Milnes, who passed away yesterday. She welcomed me into her family 42 years ago and always treated me like another daughter. We were blessed to have her for 93 years. She will be greatly missed, but I have no doubt that she’s organizing an amazing choir in Heaven, and singing like a true angel. Love you, Mom!Please pray for Maria and her family, but also give Praise to God for His Servant Eleanor.
  • December 7th is my Uncle Phil’s birthday — unfortunately, we lost him far too early. On this day, I ask you to remember the wonderful legacy Uncle Phil left behind — his wonderful wife, my Aunt Claire, and their three wonderful daughters, my cousins Cathy, Ann, and Beth.Ladies, I’m remembering you all, and Uncle Phil also, giving Praise to God for his life, and the wonderful women that you all are. I love you all.
  • December 7th is also the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. That is so long ago that many of us that know of that date didn’t experience it, and only know about it from the history books. Please remember, though, the sacrifices that our ancestors went through so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have today, and never forget.

Now, please pray the prayer that Jesus taught us 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.

Disney Music Monday

Disney Music Monday – Julie Andrews

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To me, Julie Andrews best Disney role comes in the form of that Practically Perfect Mary Poppins!

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first post in our new series, #DisneyMusicMonday!  Since the start of the work week often has it’s own blah moments, whether it be from not having the weekend anymore to enjoy, or your boss stressing you out, I thought a little Disney Music pick me up would be the perfect thing to start the week off right.  Since this is our inaugural post, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite music from that person who is Practically Perfect in every way — Mary Poppins!

Julie Andrews brought her to life on the screen, of course, as she was the actor that performed those great Sherman Brothers songs.  I won’t get into the story a whole lot, because I’m sure you know it all better than I do anyway, but I will share with you a few of my favorite songs from the movie.

I’m a sentimental type anyway, so for me, the two songs I’m featuring from Mary Poppins really do show the best in all of us.  They may not be as catchy as Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, or as witty as Chim Chim Cher-ee, or give good advice like A Spoonful of Sugar, but the two songs below are my favorites by far.

The first one is Feed the Birds, that wonderful song that shows what true kindness is all about, and reminds us all that there is always something we can do for others.  I was fortunate enough to learn of a YouTube video of Kristin Chenoweth performing this song.  It is a tribute song, and Jeffrey Sherman, one of the children of Robert Sherman, helped produce the video.  Amazingly, it was compiled by a whole bunch of iPhone recordings of people in the audience at the Hollywood Bowl where the song was performed, and it features some special interview segments that you won’t want to miss.  For those that want to see it, here it is, courtesy of YouTube.

The second song that I’m talking about is Let’s Go Fly a Kite.  In my opinion, this song — both portrayed in the movie and sung in the streets of London during a mash-up, is one of the most cheerful, uplifting songs I’ve heard.  The video I’m sharing with you is from that London mash-up, and it’s amazing how recognizable that song is.  Here it is for your enjoyment.

Thank you for stopping by today in our inaugural Disney Music Monday!  Go check out the rest of the posts, and check back next week for another edition!  Have a great week!

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Prayers for the Week – God Provides

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Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s prayers for the week post. This is a very important post for me – I write these posts to give you all hope. There are times when it just feels like nothing we do is good enough, right? Well, my friends, I’m here to tell you that God Provides for our needs if we just ask Him.

I have been having a hard time getting this post written, not because I don’t know what I have to say, but because my technology has been letting me down some.  So for this post I’ve been working partly on my iPhone and partly on the MacBook Air that Sophie has, and together, we’ll get this written.

Today I want to focus on Matthew 6:33.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. ~ Matthew 6:33 (NLT)

When I came across this verse, it hit me.  So often we humans — whether we are Christian or not — try to do everything on our own.  Far too often we do not ask God to help us.  Well, when I read this verse, I realized that God will provide all that I need — as long as I put God first, and not myself.  I know that this is easier said than done, but once we get in the good habit of putting God first, we’ll see a change in how our lives are lived out.

Please read these prayers requests, and pray for them with all your heart.  Also, add your prayer requests so that we can pray for you.  That’s why this post exists — to get us all praying for one another, and to make sure that we lift each other up when we need it.  Thank you for praying.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My wife Cindy’s cousin Lori had a stroke recently, and is in need of prayers for healing. Please lift her up in your prayers and pray also for all of the family and their strength to do what is needed to help her. Thank you everyone!
  • My leader in Bible Study, Russ, has requested prayers for his childhood friend Maggie. Maggie had 10 hours of surgery for tongue cancer, and is in the hospital recovering from that. Please pray healing prayers for Maggie. She has lived a long life, but wants to be around for a few years longer. She is a strong Christian, so thank you for praying for her and all of her family during this time.
  • My friend Beth has this prayer request.  Here is what she wrote: “So much going on!  My prayer list continues to grow and even though I don’t always comment I appreciate this series.  I do have a prayer request.  My uncle has been diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer.  Please pray for healing for him and for peace with my aunt during the months ahead.  Thanks Mike! :)”
    • After this request, we had an update from Beth.  Here is what she wrote: “Today my uncles doctors told us it is NOT pancreatic cancer like they originally thought.  It is cancer still, but it’s non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  Still cancer, still needs treatments, but not Pancreatic.  The doctors feel so much better with this diagnosis.  He starts his first treatment on Friday.  Continue to pray- we’re not out of this yet! :)”
  • Please continue to pray for Peter and Naomi. They are facing marital issues, so please pray that they would work it out. Thanks!

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.

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#DisneyTrivia – runDisney

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Hello everyone, I’m back!  After a few week hiatus from #DisneyTrivia, I’m proud to rejoin my friends Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and Heidi from Heidi’s Head to take a look at the best Disney Trivia available!  Today I’ve got a special look at runDisney, the athletic arm of Disney, and we’re going to look at some great facts and figures about all of the runDisney events.  In addition, I’ve got a special announcement about this as well, so keep reading!

  • Did you know more than 163,000 participants run in runDisney events (currently around 26 different races!)?
  • Did you know that there are two women-focused runDisney events?  The Tinker Bell Half Marathon and the Princess Half Marathon allow men to run, but the first two corrals are for women only, and only women can win prizes (except for coed running teams).
  • If you like race medals, and are up for a challenge, you need to look into the Dopey challenge!  This challenge requires you to run the 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon all in the same weekend event — that’s 4 medals for running the races, plus you get the Goofy Challenge medal (for running the half-marathon and marathon on consecutive days) plus the special Dopey challenge medal!  All told, 6 medals, and 48.6 miles of running over 4 days!  Crazy!
  • Did you know that if you run in one of the races, you can dress up in a favorite character costume?  You can’t do this normally at Disney — costumes aren’t allowed except for children — but doing so during the race is quite common!
  • Most of the half-marathon and marathon races start in the late evening — like 10PM or so, and run (pun intended) until around 4AM!  Afterwards, there is a party to celebrate and enjoy some good food!

Have you ever run in one of the runDisney events?  If so, I’d love to hear about your experiences, because my daughter Sophie and I have decided to start training to run in a Disney 5k of our own!  Our training starts today, and we’re utilizing the Couch-to-5K free app for our iPhone.  Tell me what you thought of your race experience, and thanks!  Now, please check out the rest of the entries and we’ll see you later on with more Disney content!

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Remembering 2013 at My Dreams of Disney

Thank you for visiting with us this year!

Thank you for visiting with us this year!

My friends, as the 2013 calendar year winds down, we here at My Dreams of Disney would like to take a bit of time and look back at all of the great posts that we have had, and really look back at the impact you, our readers, have had in helping us to become one of the sites that you look to for your daily Disney fix.  As a result, this post is written from the heart with you, our reader, in mind, and I hope you enjoy our take at remembering 2013!  My plan is to share with you some of the posts that you really enjoyed reading about, so sit back, relax, and enjoy our own version of the wayback machine!

The Disney Apps I roll with

iphone5_large-294128 I wrote this post in response to some questions I had from a few friends about what I have on my iPhone, and I can tell you that all of the apps listed in that post are some of my favorite apps.  What apps do you have on your phone for getting your Disney fix with?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!

Tanya’s Tips for being selected as First Family at Disney

Tanya's Family We sent out a call to see if anyone was interested in pursuing their interest in Disney blogging, and Tanya was one of the people that responded and wrote some great posts for us.  Among them were her tips about being selected as the First Family at Disney — they actually were selected to open Animal Kingdom one year!  This is a great post, and one I highly recommend for anyone that is interested in participating in such a great Disney tradition!

TimeStream Software Updates Its Disney World Mobile Guide App

Disney World Mobile Guide iPhone 4 - 172 x 310 The month after my post about the Disney Apps went live, my friends at TimeStream Software announced an update to their mobile guide app.  This updated app included all of the new information related to the Fantasyland Expansion, and is still a must have on my iPhone!  Check it out if you haven’t done so yet!

Traveling to Orlando – My Tips and Tricks…

Cinderella Castle - Theresa Another of my new writers, Theresa, wrote some great posts as well!  In this post, Theresa wrote about some of her tips and tricks that she has found about traveling to Orlando.  It’s chock full of information, so if you are planning your trip, have fun and stop by and read these tips!

Five Ways to Ruin Your Disney Vacation

IMG_6886 In this post, Tanya is back talking about some of the ways that you can ruin your Disney Vacation.  Read her advice — it may or may not apply to your situation, but they sure do give you ideas about how to make your vacation less magical than it would normally be.

10 Places I want to eat at at Walt Disney World

Dining-Reviews In this post, I shared with you ten places that I have not eaten at over at Walt Disney World, and listed them.  I received some great comments from you, but if you haven’t seen the post, check out my list, or better yet, check out our Disney Planning Resources page for reviews of the restaurants that we have eaten at.  Thanks!

Outside of our Disney posts, which take up the bulk of our writing, this past year I did start a very special series of posts on March 3rd.  That Sunday I started our weekly Prayers for the Week posts, and it has been my privilege to continue those posts to this day.  If you ever have any prayer requests that you need us and everyone that reads these posts to pray over, please leave a comment here, or on our Facebook page, or email me at mickey@mydreamsofdisney.com, or something, and we will do that for you.

My friends, we here at My Dreams of Disney would like to thank you for spending part of your day stopping by and visiting with us.  It is truly an honor to us that you find our information helpful and fun in your Disney planning — or even just in your Disney fix!  We are humbled by your presence, and want you to know that.  Please have a very fun, but safe, close to 2013 and start of 2014, and remember, don’t drink and drive and don’t text and drive — all of those are tragedies waiting to happen, and totally preventable.  Be safe, and we’ll talk to you in 2014!