Prayers for the Week – Memorial Day

Memorial Day

A Boy Scout salutes at the foot of a grave after volunteers placed flags at the Los Angeles National Cemetery on Saturday, May 28, 2016 in preparation for Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9 (ESV)

My friends, on this Memorial Day weekend, we salute and honor all of those that have paid the ultimate price for the freedom that our country enjoys today.  On this weekend, there will be beach goers, there will be those that have a cookout in their backyard, there will be those that go to a ball game.  And there will be those that go to visit their family member who is one of the fallen that we salute today — them and their families, whose lives were changed forever.

Our Word today comes from the book of Joshua, a verse that I’ve used many times before, but seems really appropriate for today and this weekend.  God commands us to be strong, to be courageous.  God tells us not to be afraid, not to be dismayed, and to remember, He is with us wherever we might be.  Those words of encouragement are for all of us to hear this day.  This is the Word of God for us, the people of God.  Thanks be to God!

If you are the loved one of one of our fallen heroes on this Memorial Day, know that our thoughts and prayers go out to you this weekend and every day.  My family salutes your sacrifice, your courage, and your commitment to serve our country, and we give thanks to God for the ultimate sacrifice that your loved one gave for us.  Jesus said it best when He said:

13Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. ~ John 15:13 (ESV)

Brothers and Sisters, on this Memorial Day weekend, let’s remember those that aren’t able to celebrate with us, and remember them in whatever way is appropriate to you and gives them the honor and glory that they deserve.

Now, please continue reading as we go over our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Jodi starts us off this week: Long story short, my son’s left foot has been swollen for 2-1/2 years following ant bites. Several doctors and tests have been unable to figure it out. Adam has an appointment with a vascular specialist this morning. Please pray if there’s something to be concerned about that it will be revealed, and if nothing, that we would be reassured it’s ok to let this go. Thanks!
    • Update from Jodi: We finally have a diagnosis! It is something that will probably never go away, but it is not life threatening or life altering and will be treated with a simple compression sock. They will do an ultrasound next week to confirm, but this doctor is confident in his assessment. Thanks for the prayers!
  • Please pray for my friend Peter, his mother passed away at the age of 91. Pray for their peace, comfort, and strength moving forward. Thank you!
  • Please pray for my friend Kip and his family.  Kip is very ill.
  • Please pray for all of the anonymous prayer requests — especially for those that need changed hearts like we talked about in last week’s prayer post.
  • Please pray for my businesses, that they both would take off to the point that my wife could stop working at a job where she is not appreciated.
  • Lastly, pray for the families of our servicemen and women, serving now and those that served before, and especially for those that have fallen heroes in their families.

Thank you for all of your 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 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.

Memorial Day

Prayers for the Week – Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Correction: This is actually Isaiah 60:20, not 60:18.

“Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end.” ~ Isaiah 60:20 NIV.

To all of my fellow countrymen and women that serve or have served in our armed forces, I thank you.  To all of your families that have sacrificed just as much as our soldiers have so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we do as Americans, I thank you.  For all of you that have lost loved ones in their service to our country, my heart breaks for you for all the pain, grief, and sorrow that you went through, and I lift my prayers up to God today for all of you.  On this Memorial Day weekend, I remember that it is because of all of you that have served our country that my family is safe and has the freedoms that it enjoys to this day.  That dedication is not forgotten by my family, nor will it ever be.  Thank You.  Now, please lift up our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Amanda has an update on her husband Daniel and his cancer treatments. Here is what she wrote:Are you all tired of the updates yet?! This has been a long week but we are trudging forward. School has ended for the year, softball season is over and we’ve passed another checkpoint in our journey towards Daniel’s liver resection. Now, hopefully, we can have time to take a deep breath and reset!Daniel was able to have the embolization on Friday. YAY! It went well and the radiologist was happy with the embolization he was able to get. We started cycle 2 of chemo this past Monday. It was rough but not as rough as the first round. Daniel is very tired and it seems he gets chemo hiccups as one of the lovely side effects. For those that have never heard of chemo hiccups, they are caused by the steriods they give the patients prior to administration of the chemo regimen. He will have them off and on (mostly on) for the second through fourth days of the cycle and they are not a nice calm hiccup but a move your whole body hiccup. The chemo nurses are working to get them under control for next round. Otherwise, he had limited vomiting but still had nausea and the fatigue that comes with treatment. He will get fluids Friday through Tuesday to help with dehydration and neupogen shots on Friday and Tuesday to try to keep that white blood cell count up. Since we only have 4 cycles, the oncologist is kind of throwing everything at him to help get that healthy liver to grow.As for the resection, we will re-image in the next 6 weeks or so (the 4th of July holiday will affect the scheduling) to see if the healthy liver has grown and the tumor has shrunk enough to move forward with the resection. There needs to be enough healthy liver for the surgeon to take the tumor and good margins and him still have 20-25% liver left. If we have the results we want, the resection will be scheduled for 2-3 weeks after the imaging so mid- July to early August. If we don’t have the results we want, we will likely have more chemo and work with the doctors on next steps.So specific prayers, beyond total healing, is that the embolization and chemo work together successfully to get us enough healthy liver to move forward with the resection this summer (I’m praying for at least 45% healthly liver but that’s just a number I came up with – not medical guidance), that Daniel continue to have the strength to fight the fight he needs and that we can continue to support each other and keep perspective.Once again, thank you for all the love, support and prayers! We love our prayer warriors and pray for each of you daily! If you have anything specific need us to pray for, please let me know!

    Also, several people have asked if there is something they can send Daniel for encouragement. Before I go into this idea, please do not feel any obligation! In my frantic and scattered state, I can’t remember who has asked so I have to include it here. As one of the side effects of chemo, Daniel’s hair is thinning and he must always where a hat. He mentioned he won’t wear any of his ball caps he is currently wearing after the chemo has stopped because of the chemical smell and general emotional stress. So if you would like you, feel free to send a baseball cap. He doesn’t like the fitted or elastic banded caps because it hurts his hair follicles and the trucker hats don’t protect his scalp from the sun so just your general run of the mill baseball cap would be perfect. Again, no obligation!

  • Please pray for my friend Linda. She is having the first of two eye surgeries on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, to repair cataracts. The second surgery is scheduled for the following week. Please pray for her doctors as they repair her eyes, for her strength, peace, and comfort during this time, and for a quick turnaround on her healing.
  • I want to give a big praise for my sister Robin and her husband Jim.  Today is their 29th Wedding Anniversary!  Happy Anniversary you two!  It has been an honor to see you two grow in your love together and to watch you raise your children to be fantastic adults!  I love you both!
  • Lastly, I want to give a big praise to God for all of you that so readily pray for all of these requests week in and week out.  It means a lot to me, and I know that it means a lot to those that we are praying for.  Thank you for doing so, and may God Bless each and every one of you for doing this for those that we’ve never even met.

Do you have any prayer requests that you want to share with us?  If you do, please leave them in the comments, and we’ll pray for you!  Until next week, let’s close like we always do by 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 into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.


Wordless Wednesday – October Calendar Shot

Our October Calendar Shot comprised of pictures that Sophie and I chose!

Our October Calendar Shot comprised of pictures that Sophie and I chose!

It is our first attempt at a montage of photos put together for your enjoyment…I’m not sure we did a very good job arranging them, but the photos themselves we love!  Thanks for stopping by, now go check out the rest of the entries, and as always, thank you for stopping by and thank you Deb from Focused on the Magic for hosting this for us!

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Wordless Wednesday – Memorial Day!

Walt Disney World Railroad

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop — hosted as always by my friend Deb from Focused on the Magic! We don’t have a whole lot to share with you today, really just some pictures that remind us of Memorial Day, in honor of both our country and Deb’s theme for this week, but we hope you enjoy our offering nonetheless!

The first picture is of the Walt Disney World Railroad’s Main Street Station.  I don’t know why, but this picture, with the American Flag on top, just screams “Americana” to me!

Voices of Liberty

The second photo I’m sharing with you is of the group Voices of Liberty — that you can hear at the American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase!  They are a great group — well worth listening to — so stop by and hear them before seeing the show!

Colonial Band marching

Our last picture to share with you is of the colonial band that is marching on their way to (or from) the Liberty Inn restaurant.  They are great to listen to also, so make it a point to eat a leisurely lunch at the Liberty Inn and wait for them to appear.  You’ll be glad you did!

Thank you for stopping by today — now, please, go check out the rest of the entries!  Just click on the button below to see the rest of the entries, and thanks!

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Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – Disney History!

Cinderella Castle


Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!  Along with my friends Jodi, Jenn, and Heidi, I’m Mike here to share a bit of Disney trivia with all of you!  I’ve got a few selections from this day, so I hope you enjoy them all!

All of our trivia today comes from one of the best Disney history sites around, in my opinion — This Day in Disney History!

This Day in 1965…

The Miami Herald runs the banner headline, “Giant Land Deal Near Orlando Revealed.” Staff writer Clarence Jones states:
A Miami law firm working with $5 million in cold cash has quietly engineered one of the biggest, most-talked-about Florida land deals in years.

Twelve miles southwest of Orlando, the firm has bought 30,000 acres of strategically located land that could become the state’s largest industrial complex.

Hottest current speculation says the purchasers will offer 3,000 acres to the Atomic Energy Commission for its new national accelerator laboratory, then develop the remaining 27,000 acres for related space age industry.

Rumor also says the Ford Motor Co. plans to break into missile and space technology at the secret site. Ford officials in Detroit deny it.

The McDonnell Aircraft Corp., builder of the Mercury and Gemini space capsules and a series of supersonic warplanes, is also mentioned as a possible buyer. McDonnell now has headquarters in St. Louis. There were some St. Louis men involved in the land negotiations.

Still another possibility is Disneyland East, the long planned amusement park that would be bigger and better than the original Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Walt Disney was at Cape Kennedy several weeks ago, but denied that he’s still considering Florida for his new venture.

Bankers and real estate brokers have been trying for months to find out what’s in the works. If any outsiders know, they aren’t telling.

I think it’s safe to say that we now know what the project was!

On this day, in 1977…

The Magic Kingdom Space Mountain

The Magic Kingdom Space Mountain

Disneyland holds a grand opening ceremony for its newest attraction, Space Mountain (just in time for the Memorial Day weekend crowds). Attending the debut are the six surviving astronauts from the original seven Project Mercury space travelers and the widow of the seventh. Also opening along with Space Mountain is the 1,100-seat Space Stage, the 670-seat Space Place fast-food restaurant and the Starcade electronic arcade. It is the second Space Mountain in the world (the first one opened at WDW in Florida in 1975).

Lastly, on this day, in 1985…

American Adventure Pavilion U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his wife visit EPCOT for the President’s Second Inaugural Parade. (The original outdoor parade in January had been cancelled due to very bad weather in Washington, D.C., and an indoor mini-parade had been hastily organized in the Capital Centre sports arena.) Some 2,500 bandsmen from sixteen states participate at EPCOT on this day and the event makes television news and newspaper headlines around the world. The President is brought in by helicopter that landed behind the American Adventure pavilion. (Reagan, then an actor, took part in Disneyland’s debut in 1955.)

Thank you for stopping by today as we take a look at three important events that happened in the history of Disney!  I hope you have enjoyed this look, now, please take a look at the other sites to see what they have to share as well!