Prayers for the Week – That Perfect Bible Verse

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Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s edition of the Prayers for the Week post.  Have you ever been thumbing through your Bible, with some problem or quandry or concern or whatever on your mind, and all of a sudden, you find a Bible verse and it just hits you that this is the exact verse that you needed to read?  Well, it happens to me every day!

This past Wednesday, I found that my daughter Sophie had been drawing when she shouldn’t have been; it is something that we are working on because it is taking away from her school studies.  Sophie is a very creative person, and she draws very well, at least, in this biased father’s opinion.  Well, we talked a bit about it, about how she needs to not do that during school, and all of that, and she told me that it is hard sometimes to not do it, even though she knows she ought not to do it.  We both agreed that she would try and prevent it in the future.

Well, later that same day, I was on the computer, checking my blog feeds that I look at, and some of them are Bible related sites that share a verse every day.  Well, that day, it just so happened that one of the verses was 1st Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.  And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

My friends, I wasn’t searching for a verse, I wasn’t in my Bible, I was online — and still God found the right verse for me to share with Sophie to help her in her struggles!  God is Great, my friends!

In short, I have one last thing to say before we get to the prayers and praises for this week, and this is it: Trust God, look in His Word, search for some inspiration; you will find it and then some in the Bible — all you need to do is open your eyes to it.

Praises!

  • Yesterday Cindy, Sophie and I went to our church to participate in the morning shift for Stop Hunger Now, an organization that gets people together to package the ingredients needed to make meals for people in challenged countries — for example, the Philippines.  Our shift was from 10A-Noon, and when we were done, we had packaged over 41,000 meals for the organization!  If you have never done this, look them up — it is a joy and a blessing, and it is fun too, and in the end, you will know that you made a difference in the world and that you did what Jesus describes in Matthew 25:31-46:
    31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
  • Huge praise for my friend Bambi! Thank you all for praying for her as she underwent treatment for cancer. Here is the best status update of the day! Praise God, to Him be the Glory — great things He has done, and continues to do!Hope Everyone had a great weekend.
    My wife had surgery and everything went great she is NOW CANCER FREE. PRAISE GOD!!!

Prayer Requests…

  • Please pray for my sister Robin — here is what she wrote on Facebook:
    Sweet Flash crossed the Rainbow Bridge tonight. He was an amazing dog who brought joy into our lives while stealing the couch!
    Flash was a Greyhound that they rescued. He is survived by Lotto, another Greyhound, and was 12 years old — the normal life expectancy for a Grey is 9-10 years. Thank you for praying for Robin and her family.
  • My friend Stephanie left a prayer request for Lilly, a little girl who is battling cancer. Here is what was written:
    Sometime today the phone will ring with the results from Lilly’s MRI . We will know if the spot they detected on her cat scan is cancer or not. I ask everyone to please pray harder than you ever have for my Lilly. I just want my daughter to be cancer free, to LIVE. To have a life outside those hospital walls. She’s had 4 months living a life outside the hospital, only 4 months in her whole life. We need a miracle, again. Please pray, share, think happy thoughts that our Lilly is cancer free!
    Please pray healing prayers for Lilly, lift her up to the Lord, and use the power of prayer to help her overcome her illness. Thank you everyone!
    UPDATE: I received this update later that day:Great news!! Lilly is cancer free!! Thank you so much for the prayers!! God is great!!
  • My friend Emily needs prayers for her Dad, who is in critical condition. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:
    Thank you so much for those of you who have checked on and prayed for our dad. His condition is very critical right now. His heart, which is normally the culprit, is actually a doing okay. The doctors told us he is “very critical” due to liver failure, which is now causing kidney failure. We just don’t know what is causing it.
    Right now, we covet your prayers for healing from our Heavenly Father. We ask that you pray for his speedy recovery, and that God would be glorified in it. Thank you so much for your calls, cards, prayers and support.
    Thank you everyone for praying!
  • Please pray for my friend Lori, who has battled cancer for far too long. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:
    Sometimes I want to wave a white flag. Yesterday my doctor called with the results from my biopsy. It came back positive for cancer. The extent of the lymph node cancer is still not known and this is separate. Thursday I will get shots to boost my white count and my surgery is Friday.
    Please pray with me:Father God, it is in times of tribulation such as what Your servant Lori is going through that we turn to You for help. You are the Great Healer, and if You are willing, Lori will be healed of her cancer. Lord, please carry Lori as long as You need to — grant her Your Peace, Your Comfort, and Your Strength to see her through all of this. Lord, please look after her medical team and guide their hands so that they may treat Lori the way You need her to be treated and so that she may be healed of this horrific disease. Despite all of the worry and heartache that Lori is going through, I find comfort in Your Word, specifically Jeremiah 29:11, which fills my heart with Your Peace every time I read it:

    “For I know the plans for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

    Lord, please let Your Word remind Sister Lori of all the good that You will do for her, and let it help her to find the Peace that she needs.

    We ask all these things in the name of Your Son Jesus, with Thanksgiving. Amen.

In the end, my friends, what it comes down to is this question, at least for me:

“How much does God mean to you, and how far are you willing to go to be closer to Him?” If you are willing to make the effort, then I urge you to make the Bible your friend, carry it everywhere, whenever you have a moment, turn in the book to somewhere, anywhere, and read a few verses. You will be amazed to see how much you will get out of that little time investment, and how often God will point you right to a part of Scripture that you needed to hear!

Until next week, my friends, may God keep you safe from harm, may He take the sorrows and trials and tribulations of your life and turn them into beautiful Glories; and may He see you back here, next week, for our next Prayers for the Week post.  Until then, my friends, please pray over these requests and praises, and please add your prayer requests to our comments so that we can pray for you!

Prayers for the Week – Conversational Prayer

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Hello, my friends and fellow prayer warriors, and thank you for coming to this week’s Prayer for the Week Post.  Today, I thought I would discuss with you how hard I sometimes find it to pray, and how I am looking at two different styles of prayer that might help you if you find praying hard also.

The first style of prayer is called conversational prayer, and the way I understand it, it is the process of praying by just having a conversation with God.  Just tell Him you are here, what’s on your mind — almost as if you are talking on the phone with your best friend — which, you are, if you think about it.

I think I sometimes get too caught up in the formality of prayer, using phrases like Heavenly Father, and so forth.  Instead of saying Heavenly Father, sometimes I just say Dear God — doesn’t that work just as well?

Another form of prayer that I am trying to adopt — but, I’ll admit, I’m struggling with it some — is called the ACTSs method of prayer.  ACTSs is an acronym that stands for the following words:

  • Adoration — telling God how much you love Him.
  • Confession — Confessing your sins to God and asking for His forgiveness.
  • Thanksgiving — Thanking God for all of your blessings that He has given to you.
  • Supplications — Praying for the things that you need and also the things that others need.
  • surrender — Surrendering to God’s Will — usually I close with the Lord’s Prayer at this time.

Both of these styles are effective, I think — especially if you are finding yourself having trouble in your prayer life.  Give it a shot!  Now, let’s lift up all of the prayer requests and praises we have for this week.

Prayer Requests

  • My friend Dawn left a prayer request on Facebook. Here is what she wrote:Prayers for my Dad. His cancer moved to his spinal cord. UC Davis is starting him on a clinical trial and a new round of chemo on Monday. He did well during the summer with the chemo but just not sure how well he is going to do with this round. Trying to remain positive.

    Lord, please hear the Healing Prayers directed towards your Servant so that he may beat this cancer. Please provide your Peace, Comfort, and Strength to him and his family as they struggle with what the future might bring, and please remind them that You are there for them and will take care of them in the good times and in the bad times. We ask these things in the name of Your Son Jesus with Thanksgiving. Amen.

  • Please pray for my friend Bambi. She has a surgical procedure tomorrow at 5:30AM (Friday, December 6, 2013). Please pray for God to look after the skillful hands of her team, and heal her of her afflictions, and speed her recovery. Please also pray for peace for her husband Ricci and their two children and all their other family and friends.Thanks, everyone!

    Mike

    • I’ve had an update on Bambi from her husband! Thank you all for praying for her, here is what he wrote on Facebook:Well bam is outta surgery and in recovery now, just got off the phone with dr, they saved 70-80% of her kidney. Will be about another 2 hours before we go back to see her.
    • All in all, the recovery for Bambi is going pretty well — she is in some pain, but she is making strides each day.
  • My friend Elisha’s uncle passed away over Thanksgiving break. Please lift up his family as they remember their loved one who has been called home to Jesus. We all know that, while we celebrate with our loved ones his ascension to Heaven, it is still hard for those of us left behind to deal with. This is Elisha’s Mom’s last surviving sibling, so please especially lift her up.Thanks,
    Mike
  • My friend Teresa has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:Such a sad night for me. A very special and dear friend passed away tonight. If there are angels in heaven she truly is one now. Rest in peace Margie Pooh… you will always have a piece of my heart.

    Please pray with me, Christian Prayer Warriors!

    Lord, we don’t know Margie, but what we do know is that Teresa is struggling right now. Please show her how You take care of those that need help by granting your Peace, Comfort, and Strength to descend upon Teresa and all of the other friends and family of Margie. I am worried that Teresa may be having a crisis of faith, Lord, so please, lift her up, and let her see that she can lean on You when tribulations such as this strike our lives. Lord, we don’t know what happened to Margie, but Lord, please be with those left behind. Remind Teresa of Your beautiful Word, as spoken in the Gospel of St. John, 16:33, when Jesus said:

    “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

    Lord, we pray this in the name of Your Son Jesus, who died for us, so that we might live, with Thanksgiving each and every day — even today. Amen.

Praises!

  • We have many blessings in our lives, and one of them is the love we have for Stephanie and Shane.  They were able to hang out with us for a brief moment on Friday before they drove home, and it was a good time.
  • I am blessed with the love of my wife Cindy, and my daughter Sophie.  Thank you Lord for these incredible blessings!
  • Today I am blessed in that I am helping coordinate the Ordinary Houses of Prayer that I talked about previously.  Today we are having a training with the families that have agreed to open their homes for our Ordinary Houses of Prayer, and I am blessed to be able to help these couples pray for God’s Will for our campaign!

Thank you all for stopping by today and during the week and praying for our requests.  It is a big deal, and I thank you all for doing so.

May the Lord bless you and keep you safe this week!  Amen.

Prayers for the Week – Praise the Lord

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Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s edition of our Prayers for the Week post!  I was looking through the Bible this week when I came across this verse, which immediately struck me and made me realize that this was the perfect theme for this week’s prayer post:

Psalm 9:1 “I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.”

My friends, doesn’t that just speak right from our hearts?  Praise the Lord! What a beautiful verse to come across — and there are many such verses just like that in the Bible.

So often I get all caught up in what is happening around us that I don’t take time to give God the thanks, praise, and adoration that He deserves.  Lord, please forgive me for this.  So today, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I am giving God praise for all the blessings that He has provided me in my life, and I urge you to do the same.

Praises!

  •  My Sister-in-Law Kim put into words what I was thinking, so I wanted to lift up her prayer request and praise. Here is what she wrote:What a blessed Thanksgiving service tonight. I am thankful for my faith and for my church family who helps me grow in that faith in so many ways. I pray everyone has a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.
  • Please pray for my friend Bridget. Her Grandma passed away last night, this is what she wrote on Facebook:Heaven gained a new angel last night. At 11:46pm my grandmother was reunited with my grandfather, her greatest love. My mom, my aunt and I were with her. Thanksgiving was her holiday. This was the holiday that she brought her entire family together, what she loved the most. Her family and her strong faith in God were the things she held dear in this world. My heart is shattered. There’s so much I will miss…. I will miss our Sunday Classic movie afternoons, her love of Christmas, her unwavering reassurance that “everything will work out”, her sitting on the floor with Nick playing cars and planes…. Her loving me like another daughter…. It’s endless. Rest in peace now, Gram. Give Papa the biggest hug and kiss for us. I love you to the moon and back.Please pray for Bridget and her family’s Peace, Comfort, and Strength in their time of need — and give Praise to God for the life her Grandma lived! There are, perhaps, no more reassuring words that we can here when we reach Heaven than these: “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” I have no doubt that Bridget’s Grandma heard these words.
  • I have a huge praise for my sister-in-law Nancy and her family, who opened up their doors on Thanksgiving to us.  We had a wonderful family time with them, and Sophie and her cousin had a sleepover, and were on their best behavior.  Thanksgiving is all about being thankful around our loved ones, and Nancy, Otis, and Anna Jane were perfect hosts.  Thank you for having us!
  • I also want to give thanks and praise to God for a safe trip to our house by Stephanie and Shane, and for their wonderful trip today to Walt Disney World!  They are going to have a great time, and I am very excited for them!
  • My friend Mary also included a praise for this post.  Here is what she wrote:
    Thank you for continuing this series. It always grounds me for the week.

Prayer Requests…

  • My Dreams of Disney reader Jerry wrote his prayer request on our Facebook page. Here is what Jerry wrote:what i think needs to be prayed for are the people in the midwest affected by the tornadoes last sunday. Especially the towns of Washington, East Peoria, and Pekin who were the hardest hit.Please keep the people of the midwest in your prayers, as well as those that are affected by the severe cold weather. Thanks everyone!
  • I’ve got an anonymous prayer request. Here is what was written on Facebook:Lord, this is an immediate request. May you please be with someone very special to me. His faith is being tested daily and though I know there is a plan for him he cannot yet see what that is. Please, open his eyes and his heart that he can receive the answers he so desperately seeks. In your name, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen, Amen, Amen!!!Lord, please be with those that are under a crisis of Faith — please show them that You are there for them, and help them to have their eyes opened, and their heart receptive to listening, so that they may become a better servant of Your Word. Give them Your Peace, please, Lord, so that they may know that You are there for them. It is in the name of Your Son Jesus that I pray! Amen.
  • My friend Heather posted a prayer request on Facebook tonight for a friend of hers. Here is what she had to say:Say a little prayer for Brett Cooper..he is on two antibiotics to treat an infection on his hand that has traveled up his wrist. Hopefully it will stop the redness and no trip to hospital on Thanksgiving.Please pray with me: “Lord, please look after Brett as he struggles to clear the infection in his hand. Please allow the medications to do what they need to do so that he can enjoy his Thanksgiving, and not need to seek additional treatment on Thanksgiving day. Please take care of him, and lift him up and heal him. It is in the name of Your Son Jesus that I pray with Thanksgiving. Amen!”

My friends, thank you for taking the time each week to share your prayer requests and praises with us, and for also praying for the requests and lifting up the praises that you read here.  This weekly ministry is quite small when compared to some of the other things ministries that are out there, but nonetheless, it is a meaningful one — at least, I believe it to be.  Thank you for all of your support, and may God bless you and keep you safe from harm throughout the week ahead, until we meet again next Sunday.

Prayers for the Week – Evangelism

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Hello my friends, and thank you for stopping by today for our weekly Prayers for the Week post!  There was a lot going on at church this week, and it, in many ways drew me to write about evangelism, our topic for today.

Jesus is very clear in what he expects of us — just take a look at the Great Commision, particularly, Matthew 28:19 – 20, where Jesus tells us:

“Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

On Tuesday night, I had the distinct honor of listening to David, a young man born in Iran, talk about how the Bible is being spread throughout Iran, at great risk to those that are caught with it.  I learned of Farshid, who is in prison, an Iranian Christian minister, who wrote a letter to David, and when David read it to us in our Bible Study session, I felt like I was listening to the Apostle Paul.  My friends, hearing about life in Iran for a Christian was very convicting to me.  My friends, despite all of the problems we have in our country today, Christians today lead a very blessed life.

I ask that you pray for all of the Christians around the world, for all of those that are living in fear of persecution, and despite that, are still spreading the Word of God.  My friends, I also ask you to look at yourself — as I am — and ask yourself these questions: Am I doing enough to spread the Word of God, the Love that Jesus has for us, to those around me?  If I am not, why is that, and what can I do to improve on this?

Prayer Requests

  • I’ve got two prayer requests for Levi, who was lifted up in prayer last week.  Please keep him and his family in your prayers.  Here are the requests, one from Jess, and one from Barbara:I will continue to pray for dear Levi. What a horrific accident!

    Levi is still in critical condition. Took a turn for worse this morning and needs to be lifted up in prayer.

  • Joanne left a prayer request for those affected by the terrible tornadoes last week:
    Please pray for all the people affected by tonight’s tornado outbreak in the Midwest. I am horrified by the pictures but I pray that they find comfort.
  • Heather left both a praise and a prayer request.  Here is what she wrote:I want to thank Mike for this wonderful, wonderful place where we can share our joys and troubles and know that we are loved and will be lifted up in prayer. Right now, my life is undergoing a monumental change with a death in the family and the sudden addition of a very sweet, yet sad little boy who has already had such a rough start and now this too. Yet, when I come here my heart is lifted and I feel peace. So, thanks Mike for this place!

    Here is my response to her:
    Heather, thank you for your comment — what you wrote touches my heart, and I am glad that this simple ministry has enabled you to find some Peace. I will pray for you in both your loss and your gain, and that through God’s love, you and the young boy will find joy and happiness together. May God comfort you, give you Peace, and strength in all the days ahead. I have two verses that I store right by my heart that I’m sharing with you, I think you will appreciate them:John 16:33 (Jesus Speaking): “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

    Also, with regards to the little boy who has come into your life, teach him this verse — it will serve him throughout his life:

    Jeremiah 29:11: “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.”

    Show this young boy in your life that God is looking after him, tell him that through God all things are possible, and show him that the love you have for him is small compared to the love that God has for all of us.

    Thank you for stopping by, and please keep us updated on how things are going for you all.

    In His Service,
    Mike

  • Please pray for my friend Theresa, here is what she wrote on Facebook:Everyone, please pray for my cousin Joseph Chipchase. His heart is failing and he needs all the prayers he can get! Thank you.
  • Prayers needed for Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds, who was stabbed and is in critical condition, and his son, who was shot and killed. Here is what I saw on FB from my friend Tracey:A sad day here in Virginia. Prayers appreciated. Va State Senator stabbed and in critical condition, his 24 year old son was shot and killed. Also, an early morning shooting at one of Liberty University’s housing areas leaves one student dead after an altercation with a campus police officer. (Matt attends Liberty University. Campus is open).
    UPDATE: Investigators believe Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed by his son, who then shot himself in an early morning altercation in their home, state police said.
    Creigh Deeds, who was stabbed repeatedly in the head and torso, has been upgraded from critical to fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. His son, 24-year-old Austin “Gus” Deeds, died from his gunshot wound.
  • Prayers for the family of Diane Disney Miller, the daughter of Walt and Lillian Disney, on her passing. She died due to complications from a fall. She was 79. Please pray for the strength and comfort of all of the family as they mourn the loss of their wife, mother, and grandmother. However, let’s give praise also for all that Mrs. Miller did in promoting the legacy that her Daddy left behind, and give thanks to God for her life!
  • I have a friend in need of prayers for her husband. Here is what she wrote:I need to ask for some prayers. Daniel’s office here in Atlanta closed so he is looking for a job. He has a second interview tomorrow morning for a new position in a different company. Please send prayers that God provides him guidance during his interview and opens the mind and ears of the interviewer to know how valuable he would be to this company. HR is a rough career to have in this economic climate so to find something this quickly would be amazing! Thanks!
  • My friend Stephanie posted a praise for little Addison, but a prayer request for her family. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:Please keep the family of little Addison Miles in your prayers. Addison lost her battle with cancer earlier this evening. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel! May God be with her family and bring them peace during this difficult time.

Praises!

  • Amber left this comment last week:Love the prayers every week! Thank you for sharing this with us and I’m sure everyone appreciates all the prayers. Everyone needs prayers! Thank you!
  • I have an update on one of our prayer requests! Here is what Lisa wrote — you may remember her prayer request for her husband who had a brain tumor:Thank you for praying. God is good, and surgery was a success! Brain tumor out on Thursday and home on Saturday!! Now we await pathology report to determine next course of action.

My friends, in the end, all we really have to give others is our prayers.  Jesus was sent to pay the penalty for our sins — and He did just that — so those of us that call us Christians need to remember that, and do what we can to fulfil the Great Commission, to go out and make disciples of all the world.  Not everyone will listen to us — in fact, I would say that 9 out of 10 — or perhaps higher than that — will not listen to us.  But, we should not let that stop us.  We must keep striving, keep working towards that goal, because if we stand up for our Savior Jesus, He will stand up for us before His Father.

My friends, while it may seem that I’m writing these words to you, let me reassure you that, in many ways, I’m actually writing these words to me — because this is one aspect of my Christian life that I truly need to work on.  So, let’s work on this together, shall we?

May God give you all the Blessings in the world.  Thank you for reading, and thank you for praying for us, and please, do not hesitate to leave your own prayer requests as well!  It is our honor to pray for you and your family!  Have a great week, everyone!

 

Prayers for the Week – God’s Word

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“Thy Word is  Lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path.” ~ Psalms 119:105

Such a simple verse, my friends, but full of power!  In today’s Prayers for the Week I wanted to touch upon a problem I have — one that is quite easy to overcome, but one that I find myself failing to do so…I am not as well-read in the Bible as I ought to be!

Please pray for me about this, because I have seen time and time again the power of our prayers, and I have also seen many times how good the day goes when I do start my day in God’s Word, and how much trouble the day can be if I don’t.  So, my friends, today I ask you this simple question: “How much time do you spend in God’s Word each day?”  Is your Bible too often like mine — forgotten on a shelf instead of open in your lap, searching out God’s direction for us?  If it is, how about we make a challenge together — to work with one another, making each other our accountability partners?  If you would like to do this, shoot me an email to mickey@mydreamsofdisney.com, and I’ll email you what I read in my Bible, and you email me and tell me what you read.  That way, together, we can keep each other focused in the Word, and over time, we’ll be more “Bible Literate” and better able to withstand the challenges of a fallen world!

Prayer Requests and Praises!

Prayers go out this week to my friend Jeff, who’s Mom lost her battle against Breast Cancer this week.  Jeff and all his family know that she is in Heaven right now, but that doesn’t ease the pain any, so please lift them up in prayers for their comfort and strength in the days to come, but also give thanks and praise to God for Jeff’s Mom, and the witness that she was throughout her life.  As Jeff wrote so eloquently:

Today Mom ended her battle with cancer and we celebrate the peace that she can now have in heaven. Mom lived by her motto of not just surviving but thriving. She has been an inspiration to so many and the best role model I have ever known. The family will have a visitation on Sunday evening from 6-8pm at Brown-Wynn Funeral home in Cary and the funeral will be at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary on Monday at 2p. We can all celebrate knowing that Moms faith in god kept her and all of us at peace as she passed. Donations are preferred to The Wolfpack Club, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Wake County Hospice, or your favorite charity in lieu of flowers.

Additionally, Sherry has a prayer request:

Please pray for my unsaved friend Kelly, she is searching and finally accepted my invitation to church on Sunday. So this is a praise & a prayer request. She loved my church and our praise and worship time. They gave her a Bible and she couldn’t believe it was free…..LOL. She has already signed up for our womens breakfast on Aug 6th and cannot wait to come back for another Sunday svc. Please pray that satan will be bound and unable to interfere as Kelly is open to hearing God’s word and is hungry for more!
Thank you and God Bless
Sherry Hofmann

My friend Bambi’s little girl was sick and had to be hospitalized this past week.  It took a while, but her baby is feeling much better, and has been sent home now, where it appears like she is no worse for wear!  So thank you Lord for hearing our prayers and healing your little angel on earth!

My good friend Lisa had need of our prayers during the week as her son had to have some surgery.  She just let me know though that his surgery was a big success, so Praises to God for that, and he is recovering very well!  Thank you Lord and all of you that were praying for him!

I also have a friend that is worried about their job — there is a contract dispute and their job is in jeopardy as a result.  Please pray for them — because of the sensitive nature of this, I’m keeping some of the details silent at this time, but please pray for them, we all know that God knows what we need even when we don’t know how to put it into words, so I offer up this prayer for my friend and all of the others that we don’t know about:

Lord, the worry that we can experience over our job situations is sometimes very hard to deal with — but we also know that You are in control of the situation, and that You will take care of us for the best if we just ask it of You.  We know that you have our best interests in mind, for you said in Jeremiah 29:11 — “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.”

As a result, while we are worried over our jobs, we know that if we turn to You it will be okay, and You will take care of it, whether that means keeping our existing job or finding a new one.  Thank You Lord for taking care of this — please give me the strength and Peace to endure whatever it is I need to endure in this trial, but also allow this trial to draw me closer to Your Will, so that I might be a better Disciple of Christ for You.  It is in Jesus’ name that I pray with Thanksgiving!  Amen.

Lastly, my friend Beth has had a nephew who was fighting cancer and other ailments.  I just heard that he is now officially cancer free!  Praise God for that, and please keep praying for him that he would remain that way!  Thanks everyone!