Come and See — How God moves Men!

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Today, I’m taking a moment to talk to you about a Men’s Bible Study that I am participating in called “The Men’s Study”.  This year will be my 4th year participating in the study, and I’ve got to tell you, each year brings me even closer to my Lord and Saviour than the year before.  If you are reading this blog post and live in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area, and are looking to learn more about our bible study, I strongly urge you to visit The Men’s Study website, sign up for the free dinner on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, and learn more about how your life can be changed for the better!  I believe God is calling to you.  He wants you to spend time in His Word, and learning how you can use those powerful words to help you through the trials and tribulations of life in the world.  He is calling to you — can you hear Him?

I urge you, come and see what the Lord has in store for you.  Come and see how God moves men in The Men’s Study Bible Study!  I hope to see you there!

Prayers for the Week — God is our Refuge

God-Our-Help_scripture This week, my friends has seen a lot of troubles for believers and non-believers alike.  As a result, I thought I would share with you all my belief — and I can think of no greater verse to share with you today than Psalm 46:1, as depicted in the photo above:

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

Such a simple verse, isn’t it, and yet, it is packed with such power!  When I read this, I immediately knew that, regardless of the problems I face or anyone, for that matter, faces, if we rely on our God, He will provide, and He will take care of us.

My friends, I have praises and prayer requests aplenty this week, so let’s get right down to business, remembering, though, as we read, that God is with us — if we invite Him to join us!

Praises!

Lord, we have so much to be thankful for!  Let’s take a moment to thank You for all of the blessings that you have bestowed on us!

  • I first want to take a moment to thank you for my family — night and day, through thick and thin, regardless of the circumstances, we know that there is Love in our family — and that because of that, we can get through everything that the world throws our way.
  • Lord, I also want to thank you for the blessing we have of having our health, and our jobs as well.  While the world struggles at times with feelings of entitlement and laziness, most of us strive to improve ourselves through good old fashioned hard work — something that many people have forgotten the definition for.
  • Lord, I also want to thank you for the blessing of being able to study your word in a country where doing so will not land you in jail, or persecuted in other ways.  It is something that those of us in the United States and other free countries take for granted at times, I think, but I try to remember to thank you for the blessings of freedom.
  • Lord, I also want to praise you for ANSWERED PRAYERS!  This became evident as recently as this past Friday, when a dear Sister in Christ was full of despair, and simply through the act of prayer, you gave her that special Peace that only you can do — and once she had Peace, the answer to her problem was revealed by You, so thank YOU for helping her!  Likewise, my dear niece Stephanie, who faces many trials and tribulations, has at least had some prayers answered — she now has more information than she had previously, and with Your help, and Your blessing upon her team of doctors, You will see her through this, You will keep her husband Shane safe, and You will see Stephanie restored to the healthy, vibrant Child of God that we know her to be!  Thank You Lord in advance!
  • Lord, I lastly want to thank you for all of the other things you do for us — things seen and unseen, asked for and only thought about, and prayers that you answer when we don’t even know how to frame them in words.  Thank You, God, for all that You give us, especially for your Son Jesus!

Prayer Requests

  •  Lord, while we saw direct evidence of how Your Will can conquer considerable hurtles, still, that family has many needs.  My Sister in Christ’s son is a veteran of our armed forces, and he suffers from PTSD.  Lord, please stay with him and help him with this tragic disease, heal him if it is your Will, and keep him safe.  Thank You Lord for answering these prayers for us!
  • Lord, please keep Stephanie close to You, and Shane also, so that they may both make it through their challenges and be reunited in two short months.  Lord, Thank You in advance for staying close to them during this time, and may their love for one another be even stronger than it was before Shane left for training.
  • Lord, while this seems small perhaps, I want to ask for your prayers for my friends Jodi and Mary, Amanda and Chip and Jeff.  We had a server experience issues, and that caused all of our sites, mine included, to have difficulty during this week.  Hardest hit was my dear friend Mary, who’s site lost data all the way back to February!  While a loss for me is more in the “inconvenience” role because I don’t do as much with my site, for Mary and Jodi, a loss of that magnitude ends up being a huge financial burden on them, espeically Mary, because of her online store.  It was a big support failure, and we have learned lessons, but Mary is going through some huge amounts of work to recreate things that were lost.  Lord, please, if it is Your Will, help Mary by giving her the ideas that she needs to not only recover from her loss, but turn it into a huge gain now — and down the road.  Thank You in advance for helping us out!
  • Lord, I just found out that my friend Bambi, who’s daughter is only two years old — is sick and is being looked at.  Lord, I know what it’s like when your child is sick, and also how scary it can be for both the family and the child, so Lord, while we don’t know what the problem is, we know that You do, and we ask that You guide the skillful hands of the doctors as they see what is wrong and work together to solve her distress.  Lord, healing prayers are what we are praying at this time, and we know that You are with this strong Christian family and their little Angel.  Thank you!
  • Lord, the last thing I want to ask for prayers for involves all of the prayers that people haven’t shared, but have need on their hearts.  Lord, You know all of thoughts, feelings, needs, and wants, and you know what is going on in our hearts when we can’t even formulate the words.  Lord, take those prayers, please, and act on them as your Will deems necessary, and thank you for everything!

Do you have prayer requests that you need to share and have us pray over?  If you do, I implore you to share them in the comments below, and watch as hundreds of people pray for you and your needs, and see what the Power of Prayer can do in your life!  Thank you for stopping by, for reading these praises and prayer requests, and thank you for praying.  I hope everyone has a great week, and may God shine His blessing upon you, and keep you safe from harm!  Remember Psalm 46:1 — He is our refuge and strength, our ever-present help in trouble.

Amen.

Prayers for the Week – Happy Mother’s Day!

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

Praises!

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

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

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

Prayer Requests

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

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

81 Days til Disneyland – Big Thunder Ranch!

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Image ©Disney Parks

The Big Thunder Ranch Petting Zoo is located, ironically in my opinion, right next to the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ restaurant!  Located in Frontierland, the petting zoo appears to me to be the perfect little place to relax and enjoy some quiet time in between those crazy e-ticket attractions.  The Petting Zoo is our choice for day 81 in our Days til Disneyland countdown.

At the zoo you can find cows, goats, pigs, donkeys, and sheep for your youngster to pet.  On the Disneyland website, this attraction is listed as being in the “Fun for Little Ones” category, so it certainly isn’t for everyone.  However, knowing Disney as we all do, I would be surprised if there wasn’t some great educational value to Big Thunder Ranch!

I think we’ll take a look at it, just to say we did, but I don’t expect that we will spend too much time here — but who knows?  It never ceases to amaze me the things that Sophie enjoys — this might be her favorite thing!

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Easter, everyone!  He is Risen!  Jesus is Risen, indeed!

Prayers of the Week

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Over the past 2+ years of writing on this blog, the posts have all generally been about Disney.  Of late, though, it has occurred to me that the reach of this little blog has spread greatly, to the point that it isn’t unusual for me to see traffic from such “remote” locations as Russia, India, and Bangladesh!  In fact, My Dreams of Disney has been accessed from 135 different countries/territories across the globe.

The point of all of this isn’t to bring praise to me, but to share with you a realization that I have had along my faith journey — witnessing for the Lord doesn’t just come in the form of face to face conversations — your witness can be as simple as writing a blog post.

To that end, every Sunday I am going to write a post called Prayers of the Week.  This special post will share with you some prayers requests that I, my family, or friends have, and if you are of a mind, please lift up these requests in your daily prayers.  However, this isn’t a one way street by any stretch!  The world that we live in today has many, many problems, and we all have concerns that we need addressed.  So, if you have any prayer requests of your own, please share them in the comments, and know that I will note them down and include your prayer requests in when I pray as well.

For privacy’s sake, I won’t always share all of the details for a prayer request, but I should share enough information that you’ll know what to pray for.

Thank you in advance for your prayers, and don’t be shy — share your prayer requests here!  By doing so, we will show the world how powerful prayer can be!

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray for Kenny and his family.  Kenny’s wife Sherry recently passed away, leaving Kenny and his two young children without their mother.  She was a Believer, so we all know she is in Jesus’ loving embrace, but please pray for God’s Peace to descend upon the family, as well as for His Strength to see them through these trying days.
  • Please pray for my friend’s mother, who is having a difficult time with Chemo and Radiation treatments for breast cancer.  Her daughter travels back home soon, and it is a big worry how she will get on — or whether or not she will have to move up here with her.
  • Please pray for my cousin, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer, as well as for my aunt, who is also undergoing treatment.  Please pray for a healthy result to their treatments.
  • Please pray for my other aunt, who has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer for a long time now.
  • Please pray for my wife’s cousin, who had a stroke recently, and for her parents, who are having to look after her in their later years.
  • Please pray for my family, that we see the stresses of work and school even out some so that we can remember each day the love that we have for each other.
  • Please pray for my friends, for jobs applied for and health looked after.
  • Please pray for my friend’s brother-in-law, who has fought cancer for years, and now has it in his lymph nodes.  He is undergoing some bone scans, and hopes to be eligible for a special clinical trial — if he gets in he has his medicine provided, but if he doesn’t the medicine runs $7-9,000 per month!
  • I have also learned of a specific prayer request for some dear friends; this request is private, but please pray that the parties in this ordeal would receive God’s Wisdom on them, and realize that the course of action they are about to undertake isn’t the best for them and their families.  Also, for everyone that is close to them and is struggling because of the decision this couple is making, please pray for God’s Peace to descend upon them, so that their worries may be lifted away, and they can get back to being the witnesses to the Lord that He needs them to be.

Praises:

God wants to hear our sorrows, our tribulations, the things that are keeping us up at night.  As the 1 Peter 5:7 says:

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

However, it is also great and wonderful to give Thanks to God for those things that we have received!  In that thought, here are some praises we can give to God in Thanks!

  • I, and hundreds of other people, were blessed tonight to be part of the Red Rose Banquet at Edenton Street United Methodist Church.  We were lifted up in song by the children’s choirs, and we had both a silent and live auction to raise funds to help the Ruth Sheets Adult Day Care Center.  It was a wonderful night, and I for one was blessed this night.
  • Wonderful praise is to be lifted up each and every night for the leadership and organization that has led to a wonderful Bible Study called The Men’s Study.  This is my third year studying His Word in this group, and I am closer to God now then at any time in my life — and each day I draw even closer.
  • I am deeply blessed by all of my family and friends.  Each one of them is a blessing, and for each of them I give thanks to God that I have been able to have them in my life — or, in some cases, I thank God that He allowed me to be in their lives!
  • I would like to give thanks to God for my wonderful friends Ervin and Lois.  They are the wonderful parents of my dear friend Monica, and God has blessed me to be able to help them out with a computer problem here and there.  The beauty of it, though, is that, while I’m able to help them, and I gladly do so, I’m not really doing anything that couldn’t be done by someone else.  What I love is, when I leave their house, I have been blessed, and I have learned some new nugget of wisdom that will help me, both in my faith journey, and in my worldly travels as Cindy and I work together to raise our daughter into the daughter that God would have her be.

Now, please feel free to add your prayer concerns in the comments below, and don’t forget, praises are a big thing too, so share those also!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!