September 11

A Day I’ll Never Forget – September 11

September 11

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It was a wonderful fall day in Raleigh.  I was staying home while Cindy was working.  Sophie was days shy of being three months old, and was still an itty-bitty little baby.  I was sitting in Cindy’s rocking chair, feeding Sophie, when Cindy called and told me about the crash and had me turn on the TV.

I’ll never forget that for as long as I live.  I remember watching, mesmerized, as I saw the planes crash into the Towers.  I remember hearing of other hijackings of other planes.  I remember hearing of the heroic efforts by the passengers of the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania — they knew they were going to die, but they also knew that this was an attack, and they weren’t going to sit by and wait for it to happen again.

I remember hearing how the airlines were all grounded — every single plane — and jumping ahead a bit, I remember being at Lowes several days later when I first saw a plane in the sky again.  It was so odd to see after so long of not seeing any aircraft.

Back to September 11.  I remember that Sophie and I were supposed to have lunch with our friend Lisa, and when I called Lisa, we both wondered if it was safe to go and still have lunch.  In the end, we decided that yes, we would have lunch, that there were far more important places than Raleigh to attack, and that we shouldn’t let this stop us from doing what we would normally do.  We shouldn’t let the Terrorists win like that.

I remember holding Cindy when she got home from work that day.  I remember the three of us hugging it out, locking our doors, we were afraid.  I’ll never forget Cindy telling me that she wanted Sophie to sleep between us that night.  She wanted to make absolutely certain that her baby was safe from the world.

Cindy’s cousin Jeannie lives in New York.  She worked at the World Trade Center.  She was supposed to be there that morning — but something went “wrong” at home, so she decided to work from home that day.  Never has something so “wrong” been so right.

My prayers are still with all of those that lost loved ones.  My prayers are still with all of the countries affected.  There were so many innocent lives lost that day because of a bunch of crazy people that are burning in Hell right now.  My prayers are still with our leaders, our country, all of us.

September 11, 2001 is a day when the world became a much more dangerous place.  Gone were the days of playing outside during the summer vacation.  Gone were the days when you could not lock your door.  Gone was the innocence of our children.

Where were you on September 11, 2001?  What do you remember about that day?

May God have Mercy on all of us, and on all of those that lost their lives that day.

Prayers for the week, May 5th, 2013

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This week, my friends, has seen some progression, at least in my eyes, in some of the Prayer Requests that we have had over the past several weeks.  By the way, this is the tenth week that we have been sharing our prayer requests and praises with you, and I thank each and every one of you that has taken a few moments out of your Sunday to read and pray over these requests.  It is the power of Prayer that allows us to accomplish anything that God puts upon us, so keep it up!  As always, don’t forget to include any prayer requests that you have!

Prayer Requests

  • My friend Shannan asks for this prayer request, please read and pray:Please add my town of Erin, TN. We got flooded again last night. Roads are washed out, people are out of homes, businesses flooded, retirement home evacuated, etc.Thanks!Lord, lift up your servants in Erin, Tennessee, as they battle the waters that invade their community. Lift them up, Lord, please keep them safe, and see to it that the community would rally around one another to help each other out in their time of need. It is in Jesus’ name we pray with Thanksgiving, Amen!
  • Please lift up my friend Bambi. She and her family have had to deal with a miscarriage in their life, so please pray for them in their time of grief and sorrow. I’m praying that God would give them His Peace, that loving Peace that only Jesus can provide, and that He would comfort them and give them strength in the days to come. Thank you all for doing this for my friend!
  • Please continue to pray for my nephew Shane and his wife Stephanie.  Shane left on April 30th for Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and will be gone for 19 weeks as he also goes through AIT training.  Please pray for his safety during his training, that he not suffer any injury, and please pray for Stephanie, who is missing her husband and Soul Mate.  They are young, just starting life, and have only been married six months, so this is really hard on Stephanie in particular.  This will be a continuing prayer request until Shane and  Stephanie are reunited, so thank you for your prayers now and ongoing.  Thanks!
  • For any prayer requests that I haven’t had an update on, please continue to pray for them.  God knows all of the details even before we think or say them, so He will know what you are referring to even if you don’t remember every specific detail about them!  Please keep praying, never stop praying!
  • My Dreams of Disney reader Julia has an unspoken prayer request.  Please pray for her at this time!  Lord, you know the suffering that Your servant Julia is going through right now.  We do not need to know the details because we know that You know what is going on.  Please, Lord, lift up your servant, that she may experience Your Peaceful touch upon her, that she would have God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and whatever else she needs to see her through this time of tribulation!  It is in the name of your Son Jesus that we pray with Thanksgiving, today and every day!  Amen.
  • My Dreams of Disney reader Lisa has a prayer request.  Here is what she wrote:  “I’m looking for work and I’m also battling severe OCD at the moment. Any and all prayers appreciated!” Lord, please help Lisa with her job and OCD issues.  Thank you everyone for praying for her.
  • My Dreams of Disney reader Vickie also has a prayer request.  Here is what she wrote: “I have family issues. Physical, emotional, mental and legal. Your prayers are appreciated greatly.” Lord, please lift up Vickie as she battles these family issues.  Dealing with family is one of the hardest things sometimes, but God created families for a reason, and we need to remember that.  Lord, please give Vickie and Lisa your Peace and comfort to deal with what they are going through.  Amen.
  • Lastly, Jennifer, my friend and one of the My Dreams of Disney writers, wishes for us to pray — and praise God also — for the following things: “Absolutely! Brynn’s IEP is taken care of, and her sleep study came back almost normal–just not getting into the restorative sleep, so we’ve added some melatonin. Julia has almost made it through the school year and is thinking of home schooling next year, which would be wonderful! Leaving that decision to her, but secretly it’s what I want. Sawyer has learned to potty, making this the first time in seven years that I don’t have to deal with diapers! I do have a BIG reason for prayer related to his health, but I’d rather not go into details, as it’s private. Pray for the next 13 school days, for both the kids and their teachers. We’ve also got a ton of paperwork up in the air concerning Brynn’s health and the finances behind it, so pray for calming for the anxieties and that things would work out the way they are supposed to.”  Jennifer, we will pray for you for all the things you listed, and also give Him thanks for the things that are working out regarding Brynn!  We’ll also lift up you and your whole family to make sure that everything is taken care of.  Thanks for praying with us also, and may God shine His blessings upon you and your family!
  • Brittany is in need of prayers, my friends.  Please read what she wrote and lift up her and her family:“Please pray for me and my family my husband is an activity duty marine suffering from multiple problems both mentally and physically. We are currently separated and I am left with four children to care for and no real income to do so with. I pray god will find a way to keep a roof over our heads and food in our stomachs and that my husband can get the help he needs and we can someday be a family again.”

Praises!

I mentioned at the top of the post that some of prayer requests are seeing some improvement, in particular I would like to focus on two incredible children…

  • Last week I mentioned that Kennedy, the beautiful daughter of my friend Amanda, had her surgery and came through it with flying colors.  She continues to improve, thanks to all of your prayers and God’s Healing power upon her!  Thank you Lord!
  • I also mentioned my friend, who’s nephew became a Daddy, but that the baby was born a month early, the baby’s mother was addicted to drugs, and so was the baby.  Well, that little bundle of love has progressed incredibly well, and he came home from the hospital on Thursday!  He’s still on medicine to get him off of his addiction, but he is doing incredibly well!  However, please continue to pray for the mother of this baby; I know that she has some issues, and her addiction to drugs will not end unless she acknowledges her problem and seeks help for it.  I pray that she would do that, and that she come to realize the life she has lost, and work towards being able to enter the life of that little one — when he is ready for her and she is complete once again.  If I were her, I would be racked with such feelings of guilt, it would be such a hard thing to even move from day to day!  So please keep her in your prayers.
  • My Dreams of Disney reader Laurie has some praises!  Here is what she said:  I HAVE MANY BLESSINGS, THANK YOU!!!. Just got 20 year old buttons and 4 collectible watches along with some rare pins. Bougth a van with 6 month insurance and tags for $2500/ thanks for the prayers
  • My Dreams of Disney reader Michelle also has some praises!  Here is what she said concerning her daughter:  Our daughter who was diagnosed with JIA at just shy of two years old received a great checkup this past week. Currently, there is no active arthritis in her little body! After having injections and losing knee tissue and cartilage due to the injections, she is doing great now for three years. Her eyes so far have not been affected either. We are most blessed!
  • My friend Donna from Disney Donna Kay (and a fellow Magical Blogorail Red team member with me!) shared with us that her son Eric is coming home from Afghanistan!  He was deployed there last fall, and his picture with his brand new baby was featured in my Veterans Day post on November 11th.  He is slated to leave Afghanistan on the 9th of May, and will be home within two weeks!  That is great news, indeed!