Celebrating the Lord!

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Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post!  Today we were out shopping for some clothes for Sophie, and we ran into Cindy’s former co-worker, whose husband we prayed over after he contracted ALS.  It’s been almost a year since he passed away, and it was a joy to see Janice and her mom.  After catching up a bit, we talked about the memories — memories of our family, our friends, those we love, whether they are here now or not, and we celebrated the time that Janice and her husband had together.  In short, we rejoiced.

It’s been a while since we did a lot of rejoicing — most of the time, we spend a lot of time praying for those things that we need, but far too little time spent rejoicing all that God has given to us.  Today, I aim to change that.  Of course, we have some prayer requests, just like we normally do, but at the end of each request we are going to give at least one praise that goes along with that request.  As always, I invite you to pray along, and to add your prayer requests at the bottom in the comments, or email them to prayer@mydreamsofdisney.com and we’ll add them for you, and pray over them.  Thank you for praying with us as we spend some time celebrating the Lord!

Prayer Requests and Praises!

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice!” ~ Philippians 4:4 (ESV)

  • Reader Julie has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:You are a true blessing in a seemingly dark world! My request is for my husband, who will be preaching for the first time in about a decade. Thank you for being salt!And my reply:Thank you Julie! I will gladly pray for your husband — for his courage, for his nerves, but most of all, that God would use his mouth and his mind to speak the words that God wants him to say. I have no doubts that your husband will do great things for the Lord!Our praise with Julie’s request is this: After a decade, a man of God is back in the pulpit, helping to spread the Word of God to all of us! Thank you God for leading him on this path!
  • My cousin Michelle wrote this prayer request on Facebook:A friend of a friends 13 yo boy is lost in the mountains, it has started snowing, I can only imagine what his mom is going through. He has survival training, praying The Lord keeps him safe and he is found quickly!Please pray for his safe return!
    The Praise for this request is that he was found and has been reunited with his family!  Praise God!
  • Please pray for my friends Mike and Jane. Mike lost his father today, here is what Jane wrote on Facebook:I feel that the VA hospital in Durham represented “home” to Mike’s dad.
    He left his home in coal country Pennsylvania at the tender age of 17 to join the Army and the Army became his “family”. He went “home” last week and died peacefully early this morning. RIP Michael G. Oniffrey, Sr. – your battle is over.Please pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, and Strength to descend upon Mike, Jane, and their family in their time of grief. Thank you everyone!As sad as it is to lose those we love, what Mike and Jane have is their memories of Mike’s dad, which is a big thing if you ask me.  Additionally, Mike’s dad went like I think we all would like to go — peacefully, and without struggle.  That’s a huge praise!
  • My friend Terri needs prayers for her daughter Jane. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:Tomorrow morning, Jane will be having surgery at Children’s Hospital. Both of her eyes will be operated on – she’s been diagnosed with Dissociated Vertical Deviation. We’d appreciate your prayers! Thanks.Please pray with me:Healing God, we ask for Your Hands to guide the hands of Jane’s medical team tomorrow when she has her eyes operated on. Father, please be with her, allow Your Peace, Comfort, and Strength to descend upon Jane, her team of doctors and nurses, and her family and friends as they struggle to keep fear and doubt out of their minds. Grant them a measure of Faith strong enough to endure all that Jane goes through tomorrow, Faith in knowing that all will be well. Heavenly Father, we have seen evidence of Your Miracles on our fallen world — just take a look at the story of Baby Ryan, now over a year old, and able to come home, as proof of Your work in our lives. Lord, we know with You all things are possible, and we pray that Your Will would be for a successful operation and easy recovery for Jane, so that Your Glory may be displayed yet again for all the world to see. We ask these things in the wonderful name of Your Son Jesus. Amen.

    Thank you for praying for Jane!

    Jane’s surgery was on Friday, and was a huge success!  Give praise to God for all of Jane’s medical team, for all that they did for her, and for her recovery, which has so far been great!  Thank you everyone!

  • Please continue to pray for Dee’s father-in-law Jim.  Things don’t look good for Jim at all, but despite that, and the fear, worry, and stress that they are all going through, despite all of that, the praise is that every day they have is one more day than they had the day before.  Please pray for all of them, for healing, for Peace, for Comfort, for Strength, for all of the things we normally pray for.  But additionally, pray that they would appreciate each and every day they have with one another, that they would love one another, not let the stress get in the way of that love, and that they would follow God’s direction and let His Will be their guide.

Thank you for praying with us, my friends.  Now, please pray the prayer that Jesus taught his Disciples to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed by 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.

Prayers for the Week – Relaxation

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Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayer for the Week post!  Today, as we close down our Christmas week, one of the biggest blessings I experienced this week was the ability to just relax.  It is a shame that we all aren’t able to do that — my wife, for example, only had Christmas day off — and it is equally a shame that we don’t all choose to relax when we are given the opportunity to do so.  For me, though, relaxation is a true gift that I hope I never take for granted.  We have some serious prayer requests, so let’s get right to them, shall we?

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for my friend Deb and her husband. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:
    Heading back to ICU to see hubby. Praying for some good news today…

    Here’s an update from Deb:Oh thank you Mike! He’s had surgery to stop the internal bleeding so prayers for healing would be greatly appreciated. His heart is showing signs of needing another stint (sp) so healing there too. His spirits are great though and have been throughout. We could use some peace of mind! Thank you so much!

    Please pray with me:

    Father God, we come to you to pray for your servant Deb and her husband. You know all of the health issues that he is going through, and we know that through You, all things are possible. Please lift up Your Servant so that he may feel the healing power of Your love, and please grant them all of the comfort and strength they need to get through this ordeal. Lord, aside from healing, perhaps the most important thing that we can grant to them is Your Peace to descend on them so they may feel Your presence in their lives. We ask for these things in the name of Your Son Jesus, who lovingly gave of Himself so that we might have Eternal life. It is in His name that we pray with Thanksgiving. Amen!

  • My friend Melissa has a prayer request for her dog. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:Mike, my dog Liam is dying. And he’s me and husbands best friend. I would really appreciate your prayers.
  • My friend Donna left this comment on Facebook.I’m not a Christian, but if you could aim your energy so that my 7 weeks of Unemployment checks that have been held up finally get released to me I would be grateful!

    Please pray for those that are saved and unsaved, so that they may know the true Peace of God in their lives. Thanks!

  • My Dreams of Disney reader Becky wrote this comment about Christmas, and how so many people suffer during this time of year. Please remember them in your prayers also.I know so many this year who are struggling with severe health, financial, or relationship problems. Holiday time seems to make struggling with these issues even harder. We must continue to pray throughout each day that they will feel and see God’s presence, peace, joy, and love in their lives, and be blessed with strength. Thank you for your page that reflects this.
  • My friend Catherine posted this on Facebook. Please pray for her Mom:Just to let those of you who know my mom she fell last night in our garage around 11pm & the garage was open & I didn’t find her until 630. She is at baptist health on warmers. Her internal temp was 89 degrees when she got here.
    Please say prayers that there are no long term effects.
  • My friend Brenda is left a prayer request on Facebook.  Here is what she wrote:

    To all my friends who are faithful believers in the one true God, please join me in praying for this precious family. Beth and Chris are newlyweds. They have a sweet little boy and so much love for one another it warms your heart. They have just found out that Chris has Stage IV cancer. They are keeping the faith and keeping their attitudes positive but I know the power of prayer and that this is what they need more than anything else. Won’t you please join me in lifting up this sweet family? I sure would appreciate it and I know they will too! Thank you!!

As you can see with these prayer requests, there is anything but relaxation going on for the families of these prayer requests.  The biggest thing that I think we, as Christians, can pray for is for us to be able to let go of our problems and let God take over.  When we do that, truly my friends, that is when it feels like the Peace of God pours down on us, and we really have a sense of calm about us.  So, my friends, pray, of course, for healing, comfort, strength, and all of the other things that our prayer requests need; but, on top of all of that, pray earnestly for God’s Peace to descend upon those that are suffering, so that they may know that sense of calm that will see them through the trials and tribulations that they are going through.

Praises!

  • My Dreams of Disney reader Vickie left us a prayer request last week about her jaw.  Here is her update, so give thanks to God for helping her out!  Here is what she wrote:
    Merry Christmas to you and your family! Love the pocket watch.Just wanted to thank you for your prayers. Doctors finally got me back up and running with a round of antibiotics and a root canal. I also received my Disney Magic+ flash drive today. Not really sure what it is for as I already had My Disney Experience on my home page, but it sure looks cool.

    Wishing you a blessed New Year,
    Vickie Kearns

    Vickie, thank you for your words, and we are glad that you are doing better!  I found out that you can use the flash drive just like a normal flash drive, so use it with pride!  It’s really cool to me to have a great flash drive like that!  I hope you have a Happy New Year, Vickie!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thank you everyone for stopping by and contributing to our post — and most importantly, thank you for praying for our requests!  Together, we can make a difference, simply by being the prayer warriors that God wants us to be.  Have a great week, everyone, and we’ll talk to you later!

Prayers for the Week – the Open Door Project

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My friends, thank you for stopping by for our weekly Prayers for the week post!  This post means so much to me and so many others, and I thank you for taking time to pray for these requests, and lift up these praises each and every week.  The power of prayer is incredible, as you will read about in a short while with some of our praises!  However, before we get started, I wanted to talk with you about Open Door Project that I am involved in at the church I attend, Edenton Street UMC.

Edenton Street is a growing church, with many members.  At this point, though, they are investigating whether or not it is God’s will to expand their borders beyond their current location and open up a satellite office.  As part of that campaign, which starts in January, I have been asked to help serve in a prayer capacity — to help organize “Houses of Prayer” within homes of our congregation where we will pray for God’s will to lead us in our project.  In my mind and in the mind of many, it is extremely important that we make sure that any action we take happens because we feel the hand of God leading us in a particular direction — or, perhaps, not leading us in a direction we thought we should pursue.  In this day and age, where the Church as an institution is under what seems to be a relentless attack, and where many churches appear to be falling away from preaching the true Word of God, I see this project as a way to increase one congregation’s ability to pray, and to ask God for the things that we need.  God wants our fellowship; He wants our Love; He wants our Faith; and He wants our devotion to Him.

My prayer to all of you, my dear friends, is that you pray for me, for Edenton Street UMC, and for everyone associated with this project, that we would listen to God’s direction for our church, and that we would not only listen, but that we would act in the way He would have us act.  Thank you, my friends, from the bottom of my heart.  I am honored to call you my friends.  Now, please read these incredible praises and prayer requests, and pray over them, because we have had many of both that need your attention.

Praises!

  • My friend Stephanie left this comment last week:Mike, thank you so much for not throwing in the towel! Sometimes the people who think they don’t need prayer are the ones we need to pray for the most. To each his own, as they say…I, for one, know for a fact that prayer works. Just this past week, a very dear friend of our family went to the doctor for what she thought was irritable bowel syndrome. What they found out was that she had colon cancer. Our entire community gathered around her with prayer. She went in to have her colon removed as well as lymph nodes around the area. After the biopsy, they discovered that the cancer had not spread and, after removal of the colon, there was no more cancer in her body. The power of prayer…praise God!
  • My Dreams of Disney reader Tammy left this comment:What a fantastic site!!! As a fellow Christian and lover of Disney I commend you for leaving up your prayer requests and Christian based posts. Stand tall in the name of Jesus!!!! Blessings
  • My friend Brenda had left a prayer request for her son Johnnie and his wife Kay-Cee.  Well, the other day we received a beautiful message!  Here is what I saw:
    What a wonderful message to wake up to this morning, from my dear friend Pixie Brenda! She has a wonderful update on her daughter-in-law, please read and give God the Glory:I want to say a special thank you to all our family and friends who have been praying. A special thank you to all who added our family to your church’s prayer chains and to Mike Ellis at MyDreamsOfDisney.com who has spread the word for prayer to people all over the country with his weekly prayer and praise posts. I cannot thank you all enough. God is SO good. Praise His holy name!!!{Editor’s Note: This part is the message from her daughter-in-law Kay Cee}So I want to start out by saying thank you to everyone for all of the prayers! The power of prayer is amazing! They just discharged me from the hospital! Apparently McKinley and I have been doing perfect. The risk of infection is not as high because she is in her own sack. They are not even putting me on strict bed rest. They said I can go back to work on the 18th and resume semi-normal activity. I do have to take it easy but they strongly believe that we will have a “normal” pregnancy from here on out. Also I can possibly carry her to full term, which is the best thing of all. Thank you all for the prayers and support! I am so happy to be able to go home and be with my wonderful husband and amazing daughter.
  • My Dreams of Disney reader Kristan left this comment.  Thanks Kristan!Hi, I came to your site through the contest for the disney gift card and the first thing I see is about Jesus.. Let me tell you it was very refreshing to see that.

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for one of my good friends — they are facing job cuts at the end of the month. Please pray that they would find work soon, if anyone knows of any bookkeeping/accounting jobs, please let me know and I’ll pass the information along to her! Thanks!
  • My Dreams of Disney reader CarolLyn left this message on last week’s post:
    Mike, thank you for this thread. While I adore all things Disney, people do need more sometimes. Please allow me to add my request at this point. My mother was recently diagnosed with metastatic uterine cancer in her lungs. She starts chemo Wednesday. The prognosis is good at this point but I do ask for the chemo to do it’s wonders with out causing her too much distress, especially through this holiday season. Thanks again. 

    Here is my reply to her, please pray along with us:
    CarolLyn, thank you for your kind words, especially when faced with the tribulation that you and your family are going through right now. Please pray with me:Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for all of the blessings that you have given to us, even though we deserve none of them. Your Will will be done in all things, but at this time, we pray that You would provide the Healing that CarolLyn’s mom needs. Her illness is a tough one, and we have seen so many of Your servants, our loved ones, brought home to You this year. Please give CarolLyn and her Mom, and all of their family, too, Your Peace, Your Comfort, and Your Strength so that they will be able to endure in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Please be with the doctors, guide their hands in their treatment, and please allow the medicines to do the trick that they are supposed to do. It is in the name of Your Son Jesus that we pray this day and every day with Thanksgiving. Amen!”

  • My good friend Sheila left this message.  Please pray for her as they celebrate her Mom’s passing, but also feel the loss of not having her in their lives:
    Mike,
    So sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your cousin and all of your family members. Speaking from experience the Lord only calls the young home when he has a special job for them. My mom passed 11 years ago this coming Saturday 11/9 at the young age of 60. So sorry to hear about your cousins passing.
  • Please pray for the person who left that comment that I mentioned in last week’s post.  Here is a comment my friend Sheila left about that, and also about the feeling of Peace they had when her husband was in the ER:
    Mike,
    I can’t believe someone would unsubscribe over religion. I believe the ones who need Faith the most are the one people that have no faith. I have to tell you last week when my husband was in the Emergency Room I could feel all the prayers around us and we knew God had our back. So please do not ever think about removing prayers and praises posts from your site. Speaking from experience I know these prayers help all of us.
  • One of our prayer requests last week was from Lisa.  Here is an update from her, please keep her and her family and husband in your prayers:
    Lisa posted an update on her husband (Lisa’s prayer request is listed above). Here is what she wrote on our FB page:
    God is making our path ready for Matt’s upcoming surgery on November 14 to remove his recurring brain tumor (this is 2nd surgery since 2009). Our family knows Christ & we are placing our faith in His sovereign control, Romans 8:28. That doesn’t mean we aren’t concerned or even scared. Matt is eligible for a new clinical trial should his tumor be an advanced stage tumor. We are thankful for modern technology. We have a loving family and a willing church to help us. Our boys are only 12 & 15 and need their daddy. Matt is a huge Disney lover, having gone to WDW over 25 times & Disneyland for the first time this spring. I called MK Confectionery to see if I could purchase a huge Mickey ear shaped Rice Krispie treat (his favorite!) but due to heat, they don’t ship baked goods. So my travel agent makes cakes & she said she could make him one–how fun! Can’t wait to see that later this week. I’ll post pics!
    Thank you for expressing your love for The Lord as well as Disney on this FB site. And thank you SO much for praying for us. God bless you & remember, “There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of every day…”

My friends, thank you for reading this post and the other posts we’ve had and praying for these people that need our prayers.  In the world in this day and age, the only saving grace we have is in our Lord and Savior, Jesus, and in knowing that He paid the ultimate price for our sin — sin that continues unabated in the world to this day.  Please remember the example that Jesus set for all of us, and work each and every day to have Him lead you on the path that He would have you take.  One day at a time, one person at a time, we can change this world for the good.  If you are reading this and have any need of prayer requests, please please please leave your prayer request or praise in the comments, I would love to pray for you or lift up your praise to God!

May God’s Peace, Comfort, and Strength descend upon you now and forever.  May He watch over you and your family, and have a safe and fulfilling week!

Wordless Wednesday – Disney Letter O

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at EpcotOh my, look at Illuminations: Reflection of Earth!

Hello everyone, and welcome to the Wordless Wednesday post for this week!  With thanks to Deb from Focused on the Magic for hosting this, I am Mike, and today I’m going to exercise my artistic license and take a really big stretch with this week’s theme: Disney Letter O!  So, for example, in our opening shot of Illiminations, I might put in the caption “Oh my, look at Illuminations: Reflection of Earth!”  So, sit back, relax, and hopefully enjoy my photos that I have for you today!

"Oh My! Look at Sophie devouring her first Jumbo Turkey Leg!"

“Oh My! Look at Sophie devouring her first Jumbo Turkey Leg!”

See my pattern, here? :)

Uh Oh, it's Roger Rabbit! He'll get into some mischief!

Uh Oh, it’s Roger Rabbit! He’ll get into some mischief!

Oh wow, look at that cute girl wearing the Pixie Vacations shirt!

Oh wow, look at that cute girl wearing the Pixie Vacations shirt!

Oh, I loved eating at the Golden Horseshoe...I wish they would turn it back into a stage show though!

Oh, I loved eating at the Golden Horseshoe…I wish they would turn it back into a stage show though!

Thank you all for stopping by for this week’s Wordless Wednesday post!  I think I’m going to suggest to Deb that she have a week themed “Cheesy Disney Picture captions”!  I’d be sure to have no problem finding photos for that week!  Now, please go check out the rest of the entries, and thanks for stopping by!  Just click on the button below to head to her site.

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Working on the Blog

technical-difficulties-star-wars-dark-side-difficulties-demotivational-poster-1255054626 Hello everyone, I wanted to take a moment and let you know that I’m working on the theming for the blog — so for a while, you may see things change drastically.  Thanks for your patience and cooperation, and if there is something that you would like to see incorporated into the new theme, please let me know.

 

Thanks!

 

Mike