Prayers for the Week – June 30, 2013

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Today I’m opening up this week’s Prayers for the Week post to all of you!  Please continue to add your prayer requests and praises to the comments section of this post so I can post them for next week, when we will be back in the swing of our Prayer request post.  For last week, we had these requests, please know that, while I didn’t comment on all of them, I was thinking of all of you that commented, and praying for you also, and will continue to do so.  I hope that this week has been a good one for all of us, today we take our daughter to her first sleep away camp for the week!

Prayer Requests…

  • My friend Stacey needs some prayers, please. Here is what she wrote:I need some prayers too, Mike. Please pray for my family. My uncle has been on life support for over a month and they have given up. Please help pray that they let him go home so he can be surrounded by his family and he can go peacefully. He is one of the best men I have ever met in my entire life!
  • Alecia has a prayer request and a praise!  Here is what she wrote:I love reading your posts, all of them. Mine is a prayer request and a praise. I have cancer and am going through chemo. I’ve been fighting since April of 2012. Please pray that God continues to give me the strength to get through each and every day.Now the praise. Thank you God for my life! Thank you for my cancer. I have gotten so much closer to my parents and family because of it. I also made a new friend through my trials. A pure and Godly woman. God, I don’t know what you have planned for me but I bet it’s awesome. Thank you for everything.
  • Another set of prayer requests comes to us from Linda.  Linda wrote that she didn’t think her requests were all that much, but Lord, it certainly sounds like they are for me.  We all know that God puts in our path only things that He knows we can handle.  Here is what Linda wrote:Prayers to you and your family. Praying for the first 2 replies as well.In comparison to the first two, my prayers seem to be less needy, but prayers are needed still. I am a single mother to a teenager and have been disabled due to a rare orphan disease that took about 5 years and 25 doctors to diagnose properly–CIDP. It is similar to MS but attacks the peripheral and autonomic nervous systems instead of the central nervous system. It leaves me with severe chronic nerve pain 24/7 all over my body. It also causes spasms of my muscles, pretty much all over my body 24/7 as well. I recently has a flare that caused more damage due to a bout of the flu. So, I am in morepain as a result too.

    Additionally, I have arthritis in my back, hips, knees, ankles–most joints on my lower body due to long term undiagnosed Lyme Disease. It took 8 yrs to find out that I had a probable positive test from one of those 25 doctors to re-test and find that I had a severe long term case which left many other issues that contribute to my disability and cannot be cured at this point, but only put into remission. I pray that the remission remains as it has for the last 2 yrs. We were afraid that it had re-activated during my recent CIDP flare as my arthritis has become more painful since the flare of CIDP. Thankfully, the tests came back negative!

    I have 2 surgical procedures on my spine in the upcoming month to help reduce the pain of both. I have had these surgeries many times before. But, I have a new doctor in the practice performing these surgeries as the doctor who typically performs them is unavailable. I pray for wisdom and steady hands for the doctor performing these surgeries as they are directly in my spine and have major risks is something were to go wrong.

    Additionally, I have been waiting for 3 weeks for my Dept of Social Services case worker to process my paper work for Medical Assistance. I qualify for Medical Assistance every 6 months based on showing proof that a large percentage–probably close to half of it–of my income is spent on medical expenses. Once they deduct my medical expenses from my income of SSDI and Child Support, I then qualify for Medical Assistance coverage. I need this to finally be processed. I need prayers that it gets done this week.

    Without approval of my Medical Assistance, I cannot have my Personal Care Aide who typically comes for 2 hrs M-F to help me shower safely, blow drys my hair for me, cooks for me and assists with light housekeeping. I paid for her out of my own income for 3 weeks figuring that I would get the money back once she was paid by Medical Assistance since once it is finally approved, it is approve back to the date it lapsed – May 1st. I cannot pay her any further. Also as a result of paying her for the 3 weeks, I cannot pay my rent for this July.

    Please keep me in your prayers that my pain will reduce and my surgeries will be safe and successful, that my Medical Assistance will finally be approved so i can get my aide back and some of my major medical bills will be covered too. Finally, that somehow, the funds will come to me that I can pay my rent for July.

    Blessings to all.

Praises!

  • Lord, quite simply, the biggest praise I have is for You!  Thank you for all that you have given to me and my family, and thank you for allowing me to be of service to you!  May my life be used even more for you and your will, and less for mine.  Thank you Lord!

How can an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner help you?

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When it comes to planning your Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland, Adventures by Disney, or Aulani vacation, what can an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner do to help you have the best vacation possible?

When someone asks me that question, I immediately think of six things that will help to answer that question.  Today I’m going to spend a few minutes and let you know how I can help you in your quest for the best Disney vacation possible!

  1. Concierge Level Service — The best thing a Disney vacation planner has to offer is a level of service that is second to none.  I became a Disney vacation planner because I LOVE to plan Disney vacations — for both my family and for yours!  With my concierge level service, I’ll stay on hold to get that great Disney Dining Reservation so that you don’t have to!
  2. There is no fee to you for my service.  Despite the fact that I offer concierge level service to each of my clients, you don’t pay anything extra for that service.  Disney pays me a commission because I’m working to bring business to them — so there are no hidden fees at all.  In fact, you might find that I can save you more money then you can find on your own!  I’ll explain how in the next point.
  3. I am a representative of what I believe is the BEST travel agency in the whole industry — Pixie Vacations!  As a result, Pixie Vacations negotiates deals with Disney that you can’t find with any other agency — some of which can save you hundreds of dollars!
  4. As a Pixie Travel Agent, I am always monitoring the specials to see if they will help you save money on your trip — or add services at ridiculous savings!  For example, if you book a vacation with me today, and tomorrow Disney releases free dining during your stay, I’ll make the necessary changes so you can capitalize on that, with your approval, of course.
  5. My first trip was in 1979, when I was 11 years old.  Since my daughter was born, my wife and I have been taking her to Walt Disney World every year since 2005.  One of the biggest things we love to talk about in our house is Disney, and I am a person that loves planning Disney vacations almost as much as taking Disney vacations!  That passion drives me to help you make the best vacation plans possible for your vacation!
  6. I have travelled to Disney with my grandparents, by myself, with my wife, staying off property, staying on-property, with just the three of us, and all the way up to having a trip with 4 different families, two resorts, and 12 people!  As a result of all of that planning, I have a pretty good idea the type of communication that is needed to make sure that everyone in your vacation party has the vacation of their dreams!

All of that comes down to one thing — I would love to help you plan your Disney vacation!  With my enthusiasm, your travel information, and some Pixie dust, we can create the perfect Disney vacation for you and your family, one that will generate some memories to last a lifetime!

If you would like my help, please fill out the contact information below, or email me at Mike@PixieVacations.com or call me at 919-606-6725!  I promise that your information will never be shared or sold!

Enter to Win from Pixie Vacations!

Pixie Vacations Walt Disney World Vacation Sweepstakes

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Did you know that Pixie Vacations is having a contest to give away a trip to Walt Disney World?  Each week they will select one lucky winner to win a special Magical Mickey plush doll, and this new friend contains some extra special magic — and for one lucky winner, one of them contains a 4 day, 3 night trip to Walt Disney World for up to four adults!

If you win one of the weekly drawings, but don’t win the trip, there are still special goodies in the other dolls, so enter each week to see what you might win!

To enter, you need to go to the Pixie Vacations website, and while you are there, take a look at all of the great specials that they are running throughout the year!  Good luck everyone!

Don’t forget that I’m a new Pixie Vacations travel agent, so if you would like for me to help you plan your next magical Disney vacation, I’m here to help!  Our concierge level services are available free of charge, so why not see what we have to offer?  You can reach me at 919-606-6725 or by email at Mike@PixieVacations.com, so reach out to me — I’m here to help!

Thanks for stopping by, and good luck in the contest!

Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor at Magic Kingdom

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Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor is usually not listed in people’s list of favorite Magic Kingdom rides or shows. If you are using those lists to plan out your Magic Kingdom touring, you may miss out on a often overlooked but entertaining (in my opinion) experience. Of course, Disney doesn’t offer boring wastes of time (again in my opinion) but I really think this should be on everyone’s ride list at least once.

Monsters Inc. makes it’s home in Tomorrowland, next to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and across from Stitch’s Great Escape. The fun begins when you enter the waiting area before the show. Guests are encouraged to text their (family friendly) jokes that may be used in the performance. There are television overhead that explain the main story line of the show. (You don’t need to have seen the movie to understand this show)

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Next you make your way into the main seating area which has been set up to resemble a comedy club. There are rows of benches with clusters of light (it makes the benches feel like tables). A camera pans the audience and will stop on a person and use humorous descriptions below the person on camera (for instance, one man was tagged as “This guy will be buying churros after the show).

The show starts when Mike comes out to explain that instead of screams Monsteropolis now uses human laughter to power their city. Mike is also the show’s MC; he introduces the three comedy acts. The show is interactive, it will be funnier if the audience members play along with the “performers”. Near the end of the show, Mike’s nephew comes out and this is when you will hear some of the jokes the kids sent via text from the pre-show area.

Because the actual show is interactive, the show is different each time. In fact, the first time my daughter and I saw this show, we noticed that there were empty seats. I asked a cast member if we could stay rather than leave and line up again. We sat through three shows and laughed every time. Bonus, you get to sit through the show so your feet get a rest. So to sum up, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor is a good time and I suggest everyone see it at least once (I don’t think you will be disappointed).

Disney In Pictures: Favorite Disney Restaurant!

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of Disney In Pictures, the weekly series that gives you the opportunity to share your photos with all of us!  This week the theme is “Favorite Disney Restaurant!” and you all have been scouring your photos for pictures to share with us!  Let’s get started!

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