Our Savior Lives

Prayers for the Week – Our Savior Lives!

Our Savior Lives

Jesus Is Risen!

11Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” 16Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). 17Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’18Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

He is Risen!  He is Risen, indeed!  These are the words that indicate the immense joy in knowing that our Lord and Savior, Jesus, has conquered death, even death on a cross, and has ascended into Heaven.  On Maundy Thursday we learned that the mandate Jesus gave to us was this: “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  Then, on Good Friday, we saw the bitter hatred that caused us to join in with words of Crucify Him! Crucify Him!  It was then that we were at our lowest, as we watched Our Lord die.

Today, though, is an entirely different picture!  He Is Risen!  Shout praises to God for this miraculous truth — Jesus Is Risen! Our Savior Lives!

Prayer Requests and Praises!

  • My sister Robin starts us off this week.  Here is what she said, followed by my response:
    Mike, we had a similar situation in Round Hill a few years ago. The bike riders were doing an event, not for charity, and they asked the churches to close one Sunday so they could have the downtown for their bike rides. It was absolutely ridiculous. Of course we said no and to the best of my knowledge they haven’t asked since. 
    If you could add Carol to the prayer list, she has stage 4 ovarian cancer. She is a friend of mine and Jim’s and has until December. She is doing an alternative form of “treatment” instead of the surgery, chemo, and radiation so we hope that this decision will give her peace and some sense of control. It is a horrible situation and one I would not wish on anyone. Either “treatment”, I use that term loosely since it is a terminal diagnosis, will garner the same results so essentially she is choosing to not do the more violent form of therapy. I can’t blame her one bit.
    Our county school board is playing Russian roulette with the budget again so teachers are being held hostage, and RIF notices are pending. I don’t know if I will be teaching in the fall or not so prayers for that situation are desperately needed. I know that God is bigger and better than this, but still it is somewhat daunting and clarity would be a good thing. But then I wouldn’t depend on Him as much so I guess He knows what He is doing :-)
    Love to all of you!

    • Robin, I’m sorry that I didn’t see this request sooner!  I’ll add you all in my prayers right now, in fact, please pray with me:

      Heavenly Father, your servant Carol is fighting a serious illness, one that the doctors believe she won’t overcome.  We know that Your Will will be done in this, and we pray that you would help Carol to have the Peace, Comfort, and Strength to endure in whatever way You lead her.  Lord, please be with her friends Robin and Jim as well, and all of her family and friends as well, and grant them the Peace and Strength that they need in the days, weeks, and months ahead as they stare death in the face.  Please remind them that You are there for them during this struggle as well as any other struggle that they endure.

      Lord, I also ask that You look after Robin and all of her fellow teachers as they wait to hear what the school board does with the budget for the teachers of Loudoun County.  It is such a shame that insanity seems to rule the day, but we know that this is because of Satan’s influence on our fallen world, and know that one day Jesus will come again and set things right.

      Until then, Lord, please plant that seed in us to be prepared for that day, so that we will not be like the brides that didn’t have enough oil for their lamps and thus missed out on His return.

      Lord, we pray these things in the beautiful name of Your Son Jesus, with absolute Thanksgiving for all that He has done for us.

      Amen.
  • My friend Amanda has an update on her husband Daniel’s medical issues.  Here is what she wrote:

    Happy Easter!  First we wanted to thank everyone for all the prayers, support and positive thoughts coming our way!  They seem to be working!  It’s an amazing feeling to feel people praying for you!  
     
    Now, on with the update!  Daniel had a biopsy last Friday.  On Wednesday, the results came in and it is a recurrence of the colon cancer on his liver so we are now at Stage IV.  The good news is it appears to be a single, localized lesion.  We met with the oncology surgeon on Wednesday.  He seemed very positive about the possibility of being able to surgically remove the tumor after a round of chemotherapy to see if it can be shrunk to a more manageable size.  So he scheduled a CT of the liver for this coming Monday to make sure there are no major structures involved in the tumor and that it is in a place that can be resected.  
     
    Today we met with the oncologist.  He  was also very positive.  He took Daniel’s case before the Tumor Review board and they felt there was a chance the resection surgery could be done before the chemo is started.  This is awesome news!  It’s still a long shot but it would be a huge step in the right direction if it comes to pass.  The CT will tell them if that is possible.  If the resection can be done now, we will do the surgery, then go on a chemo regimen for anywhere from 6-12 cycles and then a maintenance chemo for however long the oncologist tells us.  If it can’t be resected now, we will do 6 cycles of chemo, reimage to see if the tumor has shrunk and if it has, do the resection followed by another round of chemo.
     
    So we need our prayer warriors to pray for some specific things in addition to Daniel being healed and cancer free.  We need prayers that no major structures are involved in the tumor and the resection can move forward immediately AND that the tumor is KRAS negative.  This will allow them to use a more effective chemo agent.  We so appreciate everyone being there for us.  You are all our support system and with that and our faith, we can stay positive and ready for battle!

    Please pray for her and her husband — and please, pray specifically for what Amanda wrote above.  Thank you everyone for being a prayer warrior for Amanda and her husband and their family during their time of struggle!
  • During the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon last Sunday, there were two runners that suffered conditions and died as a result of this condition.  Jason Schlosser, age 31, was from High Point, NC, and Derrick Myers, 35, of Raleigh, passed away during the event.  Please take a moment and pray for their families as they mourn the loss of their loved one.

As always, my friends, we close today by saying 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 our Daily Bread,
And forgive us our Trespasses,
as we forgive those who Trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.

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.

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Capturing Magical Memories

 

I wanted to share with you today that I am featured over at my friend Mary’s site, Capturing Magical Memories!  Mary has a great skill for scrapbooking, and today she asked me to write about some of my all time favorite memories of our trips to Walt Disney World.  I have a list of five, but I’ve got to tell you, I could have written all day about it!  Please head on over and say hi and see what memories make my top five Sophie/Daddy memories!

Thanks, and make it a Magical Day!

Also, don’t forget about our new contest that started today, April 8th, 2013!  We have teamed up with Ideally Disney and the Disney Food Report to give away a New Fantasyland Tote Bag, a Disney Fantasy Crystal Dumbo, and a Little Mermaid Media Poster.  One lucky winner will win all of the prizes, so make sure you get your entries in this week!  There are plenty of opportunities to enter each day, so good luck!

Friendship Friday: My sister, Robin

Robin's Family

The Cunningham Clan, from left -> Right: Brett, Stephanie, Leslie, Jim, and Robin.

The older I get, the more I appreciate the simple things in life.  Family, friends, I have have learned that some of the best moments in life happen when we are willing to let God take over, and just “be” in the moment.  Today’s Friendship Friday tribute is in honor of my sister Robin, both the little girl that annoyed the crap out of me, and now the woman that has a very dear place in my heart.

Robin is my only sister, and she is the oldest.  Born a couple of years before me, I don’t remember much about my sister until we all moved to Sterling when my parents bought their first house.  I have a lot of memories of my childhood, and almost all of them are good memories.

Robin was a tom-boy as a girl, always out and about getting into things outside.  Unfortunately for Robin, this came back to bite her on more then one occasion.  For example, Robin lost both of her two front top teeth in separate accidents.  She lost the first one by having a board come loose as she propped up the neighbors sandbox so I and other kids could look for salamanders.  Thinking back on that, it’s kind of amazing that she didn’t have a concussion too as the board slipped out of her hands and hit her square on the chin.  Ouch.

Like all little girls I expect, Robin was a Daddy’s Girl.  She loved it when Dad would come home from work.  If memory serves me correctly, Robin lost the second tooth by running down the hallway to welcome home Dad, and slipping on the tile floor.

Add to those two accidents the time she had to have a tetanus shot because she stepped on a rusty nail in the woods, the teeth she had to have pulled for her braces (I think), and the time she egged me on enough that I put my fist through our storm door glass insert (I’ve still got the scar from that on my thumb!) — and it truly shows that God had a plan for her simply because she made it through childhood in almost one piece!

Robin and Jim were married on May 25, 1985, with Robin being just 19 years old — two months to the day before she would turn 20.  Their first child, Brett, was born in June, 1986, just a month before Robin would celebrate her 21st birthday!  So Robin grew up in a hurry.

Really, it wasn’t until Robin moved out of the house that I began to appreciate her good qualities (yes, I’m a slow learner.)  Robin isn’t afraid to try anything once.  Proof positive is the fact that she has gone back to school, and is *thisclose* to finishing her work to becoming a full-fledged teacher!

The biggest compliment that I can give anyone is the one that I have for Robin.  She knows Jesus, and Jesus knows her.  Robin and Jim have had three children in their almost 28 years of marriage, Brett, Leslie, and Stephanie, and the surest evidence of the success of Jim and Robin lies in their kids.  Brett, Leslie, and Stephanie have been raised into adulthood by two loving parents, and are making their own mark on the world in which they live.  Their success is a direct result of the role that Robin and Jim have played on nurturing, mentoring, and leading them on the path they are meant for.

I hope that I have conveyed in my post what my sister Robin means to me.  It isn’t always easy writing about a loved one, and I wanted to capture as best I could the love I have for my sister.  In the end, I think the last thing I have to say is this:

I love you, Robin.