Prayers for the Week, April 14th, 2013

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Good morning, my friends, and welcome to our Prayers for the Week for April 14th, 2013!  There have been some serious prayer requests this week, plus some great praises as well!  I normally take prayer requests until late on Saturday night, but this weekend I had to write this post early, so please, please, please, if you have any prayer requests that I wasn’t able to include here, please comment and we’ll pray for you!  Also, if you like, feel free to leave a comment on our Facebook page as well!  Here is last week’s Prayer Requests if you missed it.  Please take time to pray for those requests as well as these here today!

Praises!

My dear friends, we have so many things to be thankful for!  It is so easy to neglect thanking God for what He has provided to us, but this week, I have seen example after example after example of God’s Love before us, so let’s get right on it!

  • First up is praise for the life of Tommy Gibbs.  We experienced the Lord’s presence with us last Sunday afternoon at Tommy’s service, and it was a wonderful service, full of love.  Tommy’s life, especially at the end, was a witness to the Lord, and we thank God for knowing Tommy.
  • Next, I would like to give praise to you for the life of Evelyn Shute, the mother of my friend Dave.  You brought her home on Monday, April 8th, after a long illness, and we are grateful for her life, because if the Lord hadn’t given her to us on earth, none of us would have known Dave.  So thank you Lord for that.
  • Lord, I was humbled this week.  After we learned the news of Dave’s Mom, those of us on the Magical Blogorail combined our forces and made a donation in her name to the charity Give Kids the World.  After we had combined all of our funds, the amount of the gift worked out to $300, so I give a huge praise for the love that our Magical Blogorail has for one another.  It is an honor to be a part of that astounding team.
  • Lord, you also called home my dear friend Beth and Joy’s Grandmother.  I give thanks for her life, and am so glad that she is in Your loving embrace, and no longer has any pain, suffering, or grief.  Thank you for her life!
  • Lastly, Lord, I give you highest praise and honor and thanks for my family!  Cindy and Sophie are my loves, and this week, Sophie was able to bring home A/B Honor Roll at school for the first time in the 6th grade!  Lord, we are proud of Sophie, and thank you for her every day!

Prayer Requests

Lord, we have some serious prayer requests this week, and none grabs at the soul more then those involving children in our midst.  Everyone, please lift up these concerns to the Lord!  Thank you!

  • We praised Beth and Joy’s Grandma just a moment ago — but prayers are needed for the family.  Please call upon the Lord’s Peace, Strength, and Comfort to keep the family close to Him so that they may overcome their grief, while still remembering their Grandma.
  • In the same light, please also pray for Dave and his family, especially his Dad, who has lost his Soul Mate.  Life them up to the Lord as well so that God’s Peace and Strength can come down upon them all, and give them the comfort they need in their time of grief.
  • My friend Amanda has an update to her daughter’s diagnosis, so here it is:

    BIG UPDATE!!

    The surgeon’s office just called and Kennedy does not have CDH (Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia), she has a Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia. From what I’m understanding (and nursing friends feel free to correct me) her stomach has bulged through her diaphragm around her esophogus. They will be doing a nissen fundoplication (Huh?) laproscopically to repair the problem.

    Surgery is set for 4/26 and she’ll be there at least a week. She’ll also be given a feeding tube which we’ll have to use for the first 6 weeks but will stay in for 2 months.

    I’m not sure if this is good news because some of it sounds scarier than the originaldiagnoses.

    Please pray for Kennedy, for her healing, pray for the skill of her medical team, that God would use them to cure Kennedy of this ailment, and please also pray for Kennedy and her family, that God would send his Peace, Strength, and Comfort to Kennedy and the family so that they will know that she is going to be okay. Thanks everyone!

  • Please pray for my friend Jon’s Aunt, who has been battling health issues for years now, and who just had a spot detected on her lung. A biopsy has or will be performed, but no result has come back yet. Please pray for her comfort and healing, and pray for Jon and his family, who have had a rash of health troubles come upon their family in recent weeks. Please pray for their Peace, Strength, andComfort depending on the outcome of this latest challenge.
  • Please pray for my friend Mark from Facebook. Here is what he wrote:

    I am not one who normally asks for prayers, however I just got some very bad newsabout a family member and their prognosis. Please send your thoughts and prayers to my family.

    Please pray for healing for his family member, and for God’s Peace, Strength, and Comfort to descend upon the family in their time of trial. Also please pray for the salvation of the family and in particular for the one that is sick. Thank you.

  • My dear friend Beth also needs prayers for her nephew Dustin. Here is what she wrote, please pray boldly for healing and a cure!

    Please pray for Dustin. He was admitted to the hospital for IV fluids because he was sick. But he just woke up from a nap and things are not good. I don’t have a lot of details, but he has lost the use of one of his hands and there is something wrong with one of his eyes.

    Lord, you know how much we can take, and it seems like time after time when we think things are better, something happens to those we love to remind us that our struggles are not quite over yet. Such is the case with young Dustin. You know what he needs, please give that to him as only You can do — and thank you for loving him and all of us. Use us to spread Your word to all of those that haven’t heard it yet, and use the miracle that is Dustin as one more powerful message to all of us that You are in control, and that we will survive because we have You in our lives. It is in the precious name of Jesus that we pray with Thanksgiving! Amen.

It does seem like sometimes the rain will never end, doesn’t it my friends.  Please know that, as hard as it may seem to be, it is vitally important to turn your concerns over to the Lord.  I have seen first hand evidence in my own life what that does for me when I do that, so please, try and do that in your lives if you don’t already.  Thank you all for your prayers on this ongoing series, they mean a great deal to all of us!  God Bless You!

Prayers for the Week, March 24, 2013

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English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey

English: Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello everyone, and welcome back to our special Prayers for the Week post.  Today is Palm Sunday, that special day in the Christian calendar when our Savior Jesus triumphantly arrives in Jerusalem, riding on the back of a donkey.

It is amazing how the people of Israel could wave palm branches, shouting Hosanna one day, and then days later, they would be shouting “Crucify Him!”

When I was younger, and not truly in Christ, I still read the Bible, and I could not believe how dumb the Jewish people could be!  The Israelites time and time and time again spurned God, turned their backs on Him, and worshipped whomever or whatever they wanted to.

As I’ve grown up in my Faith, though, and especially since I have been part of The Men’s Study Bible Study, I have learned that WE are, in essence, doing the same things that the Jewish people did so many years ago.  It was humbling when I realized this, because I learned a very important lesson — I turned my back on Him just as often as the Israelites did.

Once I learned that valuable lesson, I began to see that the Scriptures aren’t dated, aren’t written for a people from 2000 years ago, they are just as relevant today as they were then.  My friends, Brothers and Sisters, that is perhaps as valuable a lesson as you will ever learn.

At this time, I invite you to join with us, all across the world, as we pray for those that are hurting, and praise our Father in Heaven for those special things that He has given to us!  As always, you can read and pray over last week’s prayer requests here.

Prayer Requests:

  • We have a prayer request from J Darling, who writes: 

Praise for good health and the ability to work out!
Prayers for My Sailor who is deploying soon, and for strength as I work through my dad’s cancer. He’s opted to go on Hospice. He’s been married to my mom for 41 years (all of my life and my brother’s). We’ll never be ready to let go and say good-bye, but if something should happen while My Sailor is away, it’ll be very challenging if impossible to let him know, and I’ll need him more than ever… So peace and strength to get through this challenging year.
And gratitude for the strength and new skills I’m learning every day.

  • From Facebook, my friend Jessica asks for prayers.

My friend Jessica needs prayers for her husband’s father, who is battling cancer. Please pray for healing for him, but also God’s Peace and Strength to come upon all of the family in the days and weeks ahead! Thanks! 

  • From my friends Karen and Tim, who have this prayer request:

Small request Mike, my husband lost his job back in Sept 2012 due to bankruptcy and he has only had several short part-time jobs without insurance for the family. Prayer for health for our family, we have our kids on medicare but my hubby and I have zero insurance. We have work but the jobs dont offer ins. and we cant afford ins. thru independent carriers…..Thanks

  • My Aunt Ti also has a similar request, here is what she asked prayers for:

I’ve been in that same boat as Tim Pugh Mike, since Jan. of 2009 and I know exactly how they feel. Obamacare hasn’t helped one bit.

  • A last, desperate prayer request for my fellow Park View High School graduate Jeff:

Want to send prayers to Jeff Fowler. This was just posted. This is Natalie. Jeff has taken a turn for the worse. He is in ICU at NIH. Sadly it wont be much longer. Jeff has fought a valient fight. I will update with another post later with additional information.

Please pray for Jeff’s salvation at this late hour — pray that he knows Jesus, and that Jesus also knows him! Also, please pray God’s Peace and Strength upon the family and friends in the days and weeks to come, and also pray for Jeff’s comfort, that he be free from pain, and that he wake up in Jesus’ loving embrace when the time comes. Thank you, everyone!

  • Prayers from my Cousin Ann for a little boy, Joey Angel.  Here is what she said late last night:

Praying for Joey Angel tonight – he’s still in the ICU at Children’s Hospital and progress is slow-going.

Please pray for these and any other prayer requests that you know about!

Praises!

  • We have several praises this week!  First of all, I have a very special praise for my wife’s cousin Tommy.  He had a re-baptism ceremony this past Monday night, and while the tears were flowing, I believe the Lord was beaming at Tommy’s public declaration that he is one of Jesus’ Men! For as it is written in Matthew Chapter 10, verse 32:

Jesus said “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.”

  •  A good friend of mine has a praise — after 47 years, he has been reunited with his mother, and they have begun to communicate with one another.  This is a huge praise because she lives hundreds of miles from where he lives!
  • Yesterday was the family reunion of my wife Cindy’s family, and we attended that.  It was a beautiful day, with a lot of love, and even though the family is sad over the condition of Tommy, we made the most of our day and remembered the love we have for one another.
  • From yesterday’s family reunion, more praises!  God is so good, he provides the comfort we all need just when we need it.  It was so refreshing to see so many of Sophie’s cousins yesterday, from Jeremy and Jenna all the way down to Ben’s kids, especially little Katie, who knows how to wrap a Daddy (even if it isn’t her own) right around her finger!  My friends, whenever you are sad, do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to see life through the eyes of a child.  It will be an incredible, uplifting experience for you!
  • Friday and Saturday I was able to spend time with my friend Tabitha, one of the great TA’s with Pixie Vacations!  She was nice enough to include this rookie in an event that she was participating in, and even though we were already friends, we had never met, so it was great to be able to hang with her and learn from her!  Thanks Tabitha!

As always, my friends, if you have a prayer request that we haven’t covered here today, please please please add it to the comments!  I strongly believe that the Lord is looking over all of us in these prayer requests, and your requests are being seen across the Internet, so please add your requests in the comments!

Prayers for the Week, March 10, 2013

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Welcome back everyone!  This is the second week of our new series, Prayers of the Week, if you missed last week’s edition, I’ve included a link so you can read it and pray about those requests and praises.  Each week I will link back to last week’s post, and as I know more information, I’ll do my best to let you know how your prayers worked out.  We come into this knowing that all of our prayers are very important, but despite all of our prayers, we also know that our Lord’s Will will be done.  So now, let’s move on to this week’s prayer requests and praises!

Prayer Requests

  • Continue your prayers from last week, but please also add Casey to the list — she left a comment that she is receiving a port during the week, so please pray that the procedure was a success and that she will be doing better soon!
  • Please add to your prayers my friends who are traveling to Poland for their adoption of a little girl.  Please pray that the Lord keep them safe  and that their little girl is brought home safely.  Please also pray for their boys, who were not able to travel with their parents.
  • Please pray for the family of Stan, who passed away after a long illness.  They need God’s Peace upon them in their time of grief, as well as His Strength to see them through this.
  • The cousin of one of my Brother’s was recently diagnosed with breast cancer — please pray for her speedy recovery.
  • Please pray for our friend as she battles stage 2 breast cancer.
  • Pray for my friend’s Uncle John, who has a terminal stage of cancer and has been given just a few months to live.  At this stage in his life, pray that he knows Jesus, and that Jesus knows him as well, but don’t forsake the body — boldly pray for a miracle cure so he can recover as well!
  • Please pray for Sue, who is battling a form of cancer that keeps coming back.
  • Please pray for Dustin, that his health continues to improve and that this amazing little boy can put his health problems out of his mind for good!
  • Please pray for my friend’s Mother-in-Law, who is fighting breast cancer.  Please pray that she is healed of the disease, and that it doesn’t spread.
  • Please pray for my friend’s Papaw, who was recently diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment.  I know what it is like to have a grandpa fighting cancer, so please pray for a successful treatment and many more years for him!
  • Cindy’s cousin Tommy is fighting stage 4 liver and pancreatic cancer.  He has started treatment, but even with that, they figure he has about a year to live.  Please pray that he has all his affairs in order for his family, that he knows Jesus, is saved, and that the family will have God’s Peace and Strength upon them as they all battle this difficult time in their lives.
  • For all of you that may be reading this that are in poor health, or unemployed (or underemployed, for that matter) — this prayer is for you!  May your health improve, your job status improve, and may our country return to what made it great!

Praise the Lord!

Of course, there are always things to lift up to the Lord in praise as well!  It’s important to give our worries to God, but it’s just as important to thank Him for the things He provides for us!  Here are our praises this week:

  • Like I mentioned, thanks be to God for my friends that are adopting a little girl from Poland.  The road to get there is a long, arduous path, but the rewards for this family are immeasurable!
  • Today is my niece Leslie’s birthday!  She, and all the rest of my family are a huge praise for me!  Not a day goes by where I am not blessed by my family, especially Cindy and Sophie!
  • Huge praises go out to Sophie’s teachers at school!  They, along with Mrs. Keech, the principal, and all the other staff do a great job at taking care of our kids and keeping them safe!
  • Praises for our jobs and health, of course!

Thank you to all of you for praying for these things and the things from last week!  Please comment and add your prayer requests below, and I’ll have them up on the list for next week!  If any of you have any update to your prayer requests, please let us know if you are comfortable doing so how things are progressing!  May the Lord bless you and keep you, and may He shine his countenance upon you, both now, and forevermore.  Amen.

 

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!

Friendship Friday – My buddy Elisha!

Elisha Hello everyone, and welcome back to another edition of Friendship Friday!  This special series is the brainchild of my good friend Heidi from Heidi’s Head, and it has become one of my favorite series because it allows me to take a few minutes out of the week and truly write from the heart.

Today it’s time to embarrass my really good friend and co-worker Elisha.  Elisha and I have known each other for over 15 years, as hard as that is to believe, and I can probably count on one hand the number of days where that smile of his wasn’t evident on his face.

Elisha is one of three brothers that his Mamma had, God Bless Her, and Elisha and his brother Elijah are twins on top of that!  Both of them have served in our military, and the irony, at least in my mind, of it all is that Elisha ended up being a Drill Sergeant!  When you talk to Elisha now, that humor is so evident that you wouldn’t know his Drill Sergeant past if you didn’t already know that!

Elisha and I both work in the Information Technology department.  I’m in charge of the network security aspects of our network, and Elisha is in charge of the systems administrators that take care of the user computers.  What really makes our department special is that we are all ready to help out each other whenever needed, and that keeps the tension low — at least, most of the time!

Elisha is married to Cynthia, they have been married for 32 years, and together they have raised two fine sons, and also have 2 grandbabies also!

You know, I am a firm believer that God puts people in our paths to help us when we need it, and having worked at my job for as long as I have, there have certainly been times when things weren’t as rosy as they could be.  It is during those times that Elisha’s true worth shines through, whether it be in being able to sound out something with him, asking him to listen so you can vent, or any other reason.  Elisha is a man of quiet confidence, of faith, and he lives life like it is meant to be lived — by sharing the joy that God has given to each and every one of us, if we are just able to recognize it.  I am a better man for having known Elisha.

Thank you for stopping by my little blog today for Friendship Friday!  I hope you enjoy these posts, if you like mine, you’ll love the ones that Heidi posts!  Just click on her button below to head over to her site and see who she is focusing on today!