Prayers for the Week: Happy Anniversary Cindy

Happy Anniversary Cindy

‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.’

Genesis 2:24

Happy Anniversary Cindy

My friends, my brothers and sisters-in-Christ, on this day 19 years ago, Cindy and I were married. It has been 19 years by the calendar, and 20 years that we have known each other, but I can truly say, like my brother-in-law Jerry, when asked how long I’ve been married, the correct answer is “All my life.” The simple fact is that, when God gives you into your keeping the woman that He had picked out for you from before you were even a twinkle in your parents eye — well, that is a time for rejoicing, for praising Him, and for realizing that she is just one of the countless blessings that He has granted to me, and I would be a fool if I didn’t recognize it.

My friend Tisha asked me after we had been married for a while if being married was difficult. At the time, she had not been given her soul mate, and she wanted to know what it was like. My answer to her then is the same as it is today — being married to Cindy is the absolute best decision that I’ve ever made, and being married to her is easy — except for those times when the world buts into our affairs. What I’ve learned, though, is that this isn’t entirely accurate, because those worldly interruptions have given us a better reliance on God, on trusting Him with all our heart, mind, and soul.

Before we start our prayer requests, my brothers and sisters-in-Christ, would you please pray for all of the marriages out there — those that are rooted in God’s Love, and those that aren’t; those that are strong, and those that are facing troubles; and pray for those that are no longer married or have never been married, that they would live for the fulfillment of God’s Plan in their lives, whether married or not. Thank you, my friends, those prayers work wonders, so please continue praying for those we have listed below.

Prayer Requests and Praises

  • Vickie starts us off with a prayer request: “Prayers for my cousin. They have found a tumor that is usually benign so we are believing that everything will be fine. Please cover in prayer. Thank you.”
  • We have been praying for Robin’s colleague Bill. Here is a sad update from Robin: “From Jill regarding my colleague Bill, her husband, ”This news is hard to share. The fact that it is 1:30am is indicative of how I’m handling all this.
    Yesterday Bill had his appointment to have his scans at City of Hope. And to say we didn’t get good news is an understatement. The chemo isn’t working. His CEA (tumor markers) went from 25 to 80plus. The overall tumor growth is about 20%. More (albeit tiny) tumor particles were found in the lungs. There are no other traditional chemo routes left to choose from. Our only option is to look at clinical trials.
    We found some hope in one that the doctor shared with us, but that won’t be “active” and available to sign up for/start for 6-7 weeks. In the meantime we will make appointments at Georgetown and National Institute of Health to see what trials they have coming up.
    I have tried half a dozen times to write down my feelings relative to yesterday’s news, but I just can’t. I don’t have the words. And I’m afraid if I really start processing how I feel, I might just dissolve in pain.
    For now, we’ve decided to extend our trip in CA and rent a car to go north to visit Katie and Dave and the grandkids.Maybe seeing those sweet faces of the grandkids will help heal the gaping wound in my heart.
    I love you William Turgeon.
    Thank you for praying.”
  • Jodi asks for continued prayers for her family: “Please pray for my sis-in-law, niece, and nephew today/this week, as they are moving Tatum into her college dorm. As you can imagine, doing this without her dad (my late brother) is rough. Thanks!”
  • Lori shares a praise, a Scripture, and a Witness with us: “Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV): 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for you to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.
    Well, Happy, Happy Birthday to me! I just got the word that I will be starting a NEW JOB in 2 weeks!!!
    Only 7 minutes from my house, & better pay!!!
    I cannot THANK YOU all enough for the PRAYERS & SUPPORT that you have offered me. The last 5 years (exactly!) have been a roller coaster (with mostly downs) ever since my ex-husband (of 16 years) walked out the door on my birthday 5 years ago and left me to pack and sell the house, refused to negotiate with me & would only go through the attorneys ($$$’s!); and I might add that he made ME be the one to file for the divorce!
    Praying that streak is over! Thank you all!”
  • Sheila has a prayer request for us: “Please add my Architect, Don, to your prayer list he was recently diagnosed with Kidney Cancer. Don is scheduled for surgery on 8.8.2019. Will keep you posted please pray.”
  • Lastly, please continue praying for the families of those affected in the El Paso and Dayton shootings, as well as for all of our nation, our leaders of all political parties, and all of those that are afraid to ask for prayer. Please continue praying with us the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be 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 in temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
Truth

PFTW: The Way, The Truth, and The Life

Truth

The Way, The Truth, and The Life

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

John 14:6-7

Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by today for our Prayers for the Week post. Two weeks ago our post was titled “Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled” and we were focusing on the first four verses of the 14th chapter in the book of John. Those well versed in Scripture will recognize that today we are continuing in that chapter, with the sixth and seventh verses.

John 14:6 is one of my favorite verses in all of the Bible, in part because it tells us so clearly how we approach God. We do so by coming to Jesus. If you believe that the Bible is the Word of God, then John 14:6 tells us in very clear terms who Jesus is. Jesus is the way, and the truth, and the life. More importantly perhaps than even that is that no one comes to the Father except through me. And even better, if you know Jesus, then you know the Father as well.

My friends, the problems of this world really come down to one thing in my humble opinion. The fact is that this world has for the most part turned it’s collective back on God, and by extension, Jesus, and instead, has put it’s lot in with the evil one, Satan.

There will come a time when God will call for a reckoning on what we believe. Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that God sent His only Son down to the earth in the form of a man, that He died on the Cross after living a sinless life as a payment for all of our sins? And do you believe that He was resurrected from the dead on the third day, and that He is going to come back to earth a second time? If you believe that, then you will be saved. If you don’t believe that yet, well, you may come to believe it one day. However, if you die without believing that, then you will be separated from God for all eternity, and you will not reach Heaven.

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:9

My friends, it really comes down to that one verse. If you believe that, and believe it in your heart, not just speaking the words, then you will be saved. I urge all of you that are unsure about all of this to reach out to someone you trust that is a Christian and ask them. If you don’t know anyone, then reach out to me. You can do so by leaving a comment below, or by joining our Prayers for the Week Facebook group. Now, please continue reading and join us in praying for our prayer requests and praises below.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • We start off with Jodi. She has had a big time prayer request for her brother Tom: “Here’s the latest on Tom: They have gotten almost all the fluid drained. Did 2nd echo yesterday to check the valve that they suspected of leaking. It looks OK and does not need further surgery at this point. He is still on ventilator, but only using the full mask overnight. Today is the first day with just the nose tube. Ken (my other brother–who had a heart attack 4 years ago) said Tom’s been sitting upright in his chair and is awake and alert! Still in cardiac ICU for foreseeable future. (Btw, Tom turned 51 on Sunday. Our dad died from a heart attack at 59, after a quintuple bypass a few years earlier and stroke before that. His dad, my grandfather, died from a heart attack on the same day, 12 hours later, after at least 2 prior attacks. All 3 of my dad’s brothers have also had heart attacks. I’m sure all this, and especially the age correlation, is weighing on Tom too.)”
    • Earlier, we had these updates: “URGENT!! My sis-in-law’s friend is sending updates for her. My brother is not doing well.
      (This is reina for Vicki) Tom needs your prayers, they are not seeing any improvement, having problems stabilizing his breathing. Vicki is is back with him trying to help calm him. He can’t have any visitors at this time. We are asking for prayers. We will keep you updated as soon as we can.”
    • Another update: “Please continue prayers for my brother Tom! 1 artery had 100% blockage. He received two stents. He is in ICU having difficulty breathing.”
    • This is the original request: “Please pray for my brother Tom! Yesterday, he turned 51; today, he’s being admitted to the hospital. He has pneumonia on the entire left side, and they’re screening for a possible blood clot. The ER he is in right now has administered meds, but they are trying to find a hospital with availability to admit him. He’s in the Dallas area. Thank you!”
    • The reason I’m giving all of this detail is because it shows how much God works in our lives. It actually turned out that Tom had a heart attack on July 4th and didn’t realize it, and that is what led to all of this. So on top of our prayers for Tom’s healing, we are also giving huge Praises to God for looking after him until he received the help he needed! God is Good, my friends! Tom is just one example of how Good He is!
  • We had a prayer request for Stephanie’s grandson James last week. This week we have an update on his condition: “James was finally moved out of ICU!! His temperature has stayed down, so hopefully he’s on his way to a full recovery!! Thank you for the continued prayers!!!”
  • Please pray for our brother Don — he had a medical condition recently, and he’s fine but he’ll be on medication now as a result. Please pray for him and that he doesn’t have any additional occurrences of this.
  • Bridget has a prayer request for her son: “Please remember my son as he starts a new job tomorrow.”
  • Jennifer has a prayer request: “Please pray for my family as I am ill and have ALS. Please pray that I’m not a burden to them and they can survive spiritually and economically. Please pray that they can find peace in God because their hearts are restless.”
    • Please pray hard for Jennifer and her family and friends. There is so much tragedy in her statement. She is married and has a 12 year old daughter.
  • Please pray for my travel this week. I’m traveling to Virginia on Tuesday, please pray that I would have safe travels.
  • Also, my dad has lung surgery on Wednesday. Please pray for him, for his medical team, and for my Mom and family. Please pray that God would guide the hands of the medical team, and that He would give him complete healing and an easy recovery.
  • Remember, if anyone wants to join our Daily Scripture group, just click the link.
  • Lastly, please pray for any unspoken prayer requests. Pray for those we don’t know and that God would hear their prayers.

Now, please join us in praying the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be 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 in temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
The Great Commission

Prayers for the Week – The Great Commission

The Great Commission

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The Great Commission

16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:16-20 (ESV)

Good morning everyone, and Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there this morning! Welcome to the return of our weekly Prayers for the Week posts here on My Dreams of Disney! Our last post in this series was November 5, 2017, but I’ve been feeling a call from God lately to bring back these posts and lift up prayer around the world. Each week, we are going to focus on what you need us to pray for. Know that in your requests, we will lift you up for God’s Peace, Strength, Comfort, and Love to surround you all, that His Will would be done, and that His Healing Touch would descend upon you.

In Matthew 28, the last verses of the book of Matthew are where Jesus gives us the commandment that is known as the Great Commission. Believers are instructed to make disciples of all nations, and teaching them from the Bible. In addition to that, Jesus reminds us that He is with us always, until the end of the age. How reassuring are those words!

It is because of this command that I have started back up our prayers for the week posts. How can we pray for you? Leave us comments below and let us know, and we will highlight them in next week’s prayer post. In the meantime, please pray for these requests and lift up our praises to God.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Mikel asks for prayers for her friend. Here is what she wrote: A friend’s father is very ill and I am asking for prayers for God’s will and comfort and strength for Katherine and her family
  • Deb asks for prayers for her son Steve, who is going through cancer treatments; in addition, he is facing difficulties at work. Please lift them all up in prayer.
  • Pray for all of the graduates that are celebrating this month, for God to guide their steps and keep them safe. Also, please pray for all of the parents that are going through emotional memories at this time as well.
  • Please pray for all of the students that are going through or are about to go through their final exams. Pray that their knowledge would see them through the tests.
  • Pray for everyone that is looking for employment please; whether they be a father looking to feed their family, a single person trying to make it on their own, a student looking for summer employment, or anyone else. Thank you.
  • Give praise to God today, for giving you life for another day; for putting the people in your life that love you and that you love; for giving you health, or if you are struggling with your health, for giving you the opportunity to improve it; and for helping us turn our focus to Him instead of to all of the evil in this world. For these and a million other reasons, give thanks to God today.
  • Give Praise and thanks to God for your Mom; thank Him for giving her to be your Mom, and tell her you love her. Call her or visit if she is still with you, but think of her anyway even if she is already in Heaven. She’s still watching you, regardless of where she is.

The Lord’s Prayer

Please join us as we 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 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 in temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever.
Amen.

Thank you for joining us today in prayer. We’ll see you next week, please add your prayers below so we can pray for you and your family and friends!

God's Got This

Prayers for the Week – God’s Got This

God's Got This

7for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. ~ 2Timothy 1:7 (ESV)

Hello everyone, and thank you for joining us in our weekly prayers for the week post.  Last week I spent the week in Orlando at a training session for my travel agent business, and returned home last night.  I was supposed to return home on Friday evening, but a security incident at the airport caused me to miss my connecting flight and as a result my flight was rescheduled. Briefly what happened was a battery exploded at the airport, and it caused a panic because people thought it was a gunshot. That caused an evacuation of the terminal, and then everyone had to go back through security again.

Throughout all of that, though, the terminal was calm, people did what had to be done, and really no one that I encountered seemed angry or let their temper get the best of them. In honesty, it surprised me that more people didn’t get angry at the mass chaos that was going on but I commended one mom who was telling her child that they had to walk back to the terminal to be rechecked.  She was calm and was explaining to her child that we needed to do that for safety reasons.  Many people could have been angry at this time, but like she said to me, getting angry over the circumstances wouldn’t help — it’s not like getting angry would cause them to change their minds about going through security again.

Throughout it all, the overwhelming thought I had time and time again was that we had nothing to fear; that God’s got this and that He would take care of His children. That was a great thought to have and I relied on it throughout. God’s got this — and He’s got all of our prayer requests taken care of as well, so please continue reading with me our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • We have an anonymous prayer request: Matt and I are pregnant, but things are not going as they should. I’ve been to the doctor all week for blood work to monitor my HcG levels, and when they should have doubled in numbers, they’ve only increased by 100 miU/mL.
    I’m scheduled to return tomorrow for more bloodwork, and we really need your prayers. I already feel God’s plan working out as He intends it. But there are challenges present in either outcome, and they’re hard to comprehend.
  • Mrs. Lucas has a praise for her friend Madge that we had been praying for: I have a praise! My friend Madge, who had heart surgery and was in ICU for a week. She is finally in Rehab and sounds great! She is getting stronger everyday! Madge and I appreciate your powerful prayers! God Bless!
  • We have an anonymous prayer request: So tomorrow we take our 5 month old to see a neurosurgeon…he has what has been diagnosed as craniosynostosis. This is where at least one of the sutures in the skull closes prematurely (they usually close around 2-3yrs of age to allow for the brain to grow). It seems to be common, happening about 1 in 2000 births, and is more common in males. We thank God that he currently does not seem to have and cognitive development issues from it, and it doesn’t seem to affect him in any way. It’s looking like surgery to reshape his skull followed by a helmet. We will know more tomorrow after our appointment. If surgery is our option we just pray that he is young enough for the endoscopic procedure. And we will pray that God guides the surgeons hands throughout his surgery. To my family in this group, we have not put this publicly on FaceBook yet.
    We just want our little boy to continue to be the happy baby he is and we want to get through this obstacle in his health so he can continue to grow.
    Thank you in advance for your prayers.
  • Lynn has a prayer request: Hi everyone.
    I have a prayer request for a friend of mine since high school. Her son was just hit by a car while driving his moped home from work. Lots of cuts, pain when breathing and head hurting.
  • Karen has praises and prayer requests: I have an amazing praise to share as well as an almost equally tragic prayer request. My praise is that my SIL, my brother, and myself have all received jobs at Amazon with amazing benefits! My prayer request is for my SILs hairdresser. She was just diagnosed with cancer, at 7 months pregnant, with only a week or so to live. They are trying to hold old for the baby as long as they can, but it’s such a tragedy. She is just the sweetest young woman, and I can’t even imagine what her family and husband are going through in these times.
    • Lord please be with that family and keep them close to You. If it is Your Will please heal her and keep the family whole. Also Lord we lift up praises to you for Karen and her family and their jobs. In His name we pray. Amen

Now, please close with us by praying the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples and us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be 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 that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.

prayers

Prayers for the Week – What you can do

prayers

16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)

Far too often in life we are left seeing circumstances happen where it seems like there is absolutely nothing that we can do to prevent it.  Much like watching a car accident happen, we are left with a feeling of hopelessness that there is nothing that we could have done to prevent it.

While it is true that things happen that we have no control over, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything we can do about it. The other day I learned of a sad situation between friends, and it saddens me because these are friends that have known each other for many years and there isn’t really anything that I can do about their situation. However, that hasn’t stopped me from praying for them and their circumstances. While it may not help with the situation that they are dealing with directly, I know that God will hear my prayers, and He will take the action that needs to be taken according to His Will. That action may not happen immediately; in fact, it may seem like no action is being taken at all. But what may very well happen is that in the months or even years to come, something may happen that will remind them of each other, and that may in fact be the point where God acts upon my prayers.

None of us know what tomorrow will bring. We think we do, and perhaps what happens is what we believe will or should happen, but regardless of what tomorrow brings, I’m going to re-commit myself to following the words in 1 Thessalonians, chapter 5, verses 16-18.

Rejoice always.

Pray without ceasing.

Give thanks in all circumstances.

That is what God wants me to do — that is His Will for me through His son, Jesus Christ.

Now, please continue in your prayers with our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Mikel starts us off with a prayer request: I would ask for your prayers for my husband Bruce. He has some difficult decisions to make at work that not only affect him, but the people that he manages.
  • Dennis needs immediate prayers for a family member. Please lift up Dennis and his family today. Thanks!
  • Amanda has a prayer request for her husband’s aunt, Diane is her name: My husband’s aunt needs prayers. They have found a mass on her liver and are concerned it is advanced pancreatic cancer. They are currently awaiting a biopsy and further scans.
  • Hiro has a prayer request for her father-in-law: Please pray for my Father-in-Law. He is getting surgery on his eyes tomorrow morning. He is worried about losing his sight.
  • Jo has a prayer request for financial blessings for her family.
  • Lastly, please pray for me as I travel for business this week, and lift up my family as well while I’m away. Thanks!

Now, please close with us by praying the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples and us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be 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 that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.