Our Mothers

Prayers for the Week – Our Mothers

Our Mothers

My mom sitting with Sophie in Minnie’s House back in 2006.

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today, I would like to join everyone else in wishing my Mom — and all of our Mothers across the world — a very Happy Mother’s Day.  When it comes to the Bible, there are so many verses that honor our Moms for what they mean to you and me, but to me, this passage speaks directly to the heart that my Mom possesses.

26She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” 30Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 31Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. ~ Proverbs 31:26-31

As is often the case, today we take the time to praise our Moms for who they are: loving, caring, kind, and generous.  However, far too often we end up praising them on one day, and, much like Jesus, ignoring them on the next day.  Why do we humans tend to take advantage of those we love so much?  Why do we appreciate them one day, and not the next?  My friends, I truly don’t know why we do this — why I do this sometimes.  The only answer I have is to remember your Mom in prayer each day, to not take anything for granted, and to remember that, as long as life might seem to you, it is gone in an instant, so make the most of each day.  Talk to your Mom, tell her you love her, and do this often.

Now, please take the time to read and pray for our prayer requests and praises.  This ministry is built upon your prayers, and I thank each and every one of you every day for the faith you show in lifting up the prayers of those you don’t even know to our Lord and Savior.  Thank you, and God Bless You.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Lin asks for prayer requests. She is trying to figure out where God would lead her in her career, and doesn’t seem to be getting any direction at the moment. Here is what she wrote:I could use a lot of prayers right now. I’m really, really struggling with what I am doing as a career, and I feel very sure that it is NOT the right thing. The problem is, while I feel that God is making clear that he does not want me where I am, he is not making clear to me where he wants me to go. The very thought of trying to step out into something new is terrifying me because it is completely directionless. I feel I could take a leap of faith if I had a general idea of where that leap was aimed, but I don’t. A leap without even idea of a next step seems like the wrong move. I’m hoping/praying that God speaks to one of you in regards to me, and that someone can shed some light on what my purpose is. Thanks in advance.Please pray for her, and for God to speak to her heart in a way that she can determine where He would lead her. Thanks everyone!
  • Last night I learned that Martin St. Louis’ Mom passed away suddenly from a heart attack at the young age of 63. St. Louis is one of the players for the New York Rangers hockey club, and growing up a Washington Capitals fan, I know how hard it is for the Caps when they play the Rangers.  Despite that, my prayers go out to Martin St. Louis and his family in their grief.  May God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love descend upon them in their time of trial, and may they know that their loved one is in Heaven right now, rooting on her Rangers as they play today in the playoffs.
  • Today I give praise to all of the mothers out there — from my Mom pictured above, to my wife Cindy, who is Mommy to our daughter Sophie, and now our dog Regan.  To my Grandmas, both of them, now in Heaven, to Cindy’s Mom, who is also in Heaven, I wish I could have met her.  There are billions of Moms out there — chances are pretty good that most of you reading this are Moms, so if you are and you’re reading this, then I give thanks to God for you too.
  • Today I give praise to my sister Robin, another Mom, but I don’t give praise just for her being a Mom — I give praise to God for the woman that He molded her into, a woman of faith, a woman of honor, a woman who loves her family, loves her Lord, and loves all of those that are less fortunate.  A woman that God has led to be an educator after many years — a woman who teaches special needs children, but doesn’t just teach them; she loves them like they are her own kids.  Thank you Robin for all you have grown into.
  • Today I also give praise to my niece Leslie, who is celebrating her first Mother’s Day as her and Matt’s daughter develops in her belly.  I love you Leslie — look to your Mom for guidance, and you won’t go wrong.
  • I also give praise to my wonderful niece Stephanie — Stephanie, who graduated yesterday with her Masters of Education in School Counseling.  Stephanie, we love you, and know that you are going to do great things for the kids that you counsel to in your new school!

My friends, thank you for continuing to pray for our prayer requests and praises.  Your prayers have worked, and helped many people who were struggling and those that continue to struggle.  The comment I get back time and time again is how much Peace those that you pray for feel knowing that you are praying for them.  So I thank you for praying for all of us.  Do you need any prayers lifted up for you?  If you do, please let us know what they are so we can lift you up to the Lord.  He will hear our prayers, and if you are afraid of giving all the details, you don’t need to — we don’t need to know all the facts.  We know that God knows, so we’ll leave it up to Him and He will take care of it.  Now, please pray with me 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.

Happy Birthday to my Mom!

Happy Birthday to my Mom!

Happy Birthday to my Mom!

Today is my Mom’s birthday!  Please join me in wishing her a very happy birthday!  This picture was taken on August 1st, 2006, when we took Sophie and Meemaw (as she is known to Sophie) to Walt Disney World for the day!  It was a lot of fun, and was the first time Mom had been there since we went in 1979!  It also marks the last time my Mom has been there, which is something that needs to be changed at some point!  Who knows?  Maybe next year…?

Sophie had a great time enjoying the Magic Kingdom with her Meemaw, so I thought we would let the pictures do the talking!  Enjoy!

Riding Aladdin's Magic Carpets!

Riding Aladdin’s Magic Carpets!

It's not the best quality, but I love the photobomb by the little guy!

It’s not the best quality, but I love the photobomb by the little guy!

Mom riding the Carrousel!

Mom riding the Carrousel!

Mom also rode Goofy’s Barnstormer — and DID NOT like it!  We ate at Cosmic Ray’s I believe it was.  We enjoyed a lot of good wholesome rides that Mom liked, and we saw Cinderella and her Prince get married at the Castle!  All in all, even though it was only a day, we had a great time.

Thanks for stopping by as I wish my Mom a very happy Birthday!  Have a Disney Day, everyone!

Prayers for the Week – Happy Mother’s Day!

Sophie-Mom-Minnie's-Country-House

Hello everyone, and welcome to our special Mother’s Day edition of our Prayers for the Week post!  Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Moms that are reading this post today!  This is a wonderful day for all of the mother’s that are out in our world, and what greater way to honor them then to give thanks to God for allowing us to have Mom’s to look after us, teaching us right from wrong, and moulding us into the strong men and women that we are because of their nurturing touch!  We’ve got a lot of needed prayers, but we’ve also got some huge praises for this week, so let’s start with them first!

Praises!

Our Lord is great, and what better way to show His love for us then through our Mom’s?  My biggest praise today is for my Mom, Ellen, who means so much to me, even though I don’t show it as much as I ought to.  Mother’s Day is a wonderful day to remember our Moms, but we shouldn’t use the single day to do so — so I’m going to strive to be better at doing that throughout the year!  However, Mom, if you read this, know that I love you, and thank you for everything you did to make me the man I am today!

In addition to all of the Moms out there, we’ve got these praises as well:

  • To me, the biggest praise of all is the escape of the women and child from the house in Cleveland.  What a scary, scary story that was, and to me, the biggest thing I can say is that, as traumatic as that was for all of them, they now have the ability to work through all of that, put it behind them as best they can, and live the rest of their life!  Praise God for second chances, and for saving them just as He saved Peter from prison in Acts 12:1-19. However, prayers are still needed for them, so lift them and others like them up in your prayers. Please pray for the unknown victims of violent acts; that God would protect them and keep them safe. Thanks!
  • My sister Robin has some praises for this week, plus a couple of prayer requests sprinkled in, here is what she had to say:
    Well, almost one week down for Stephanie and Shane so that is a praise. I also have a friend who is coming home from Afghanistan and will see his daughter for the first time! Of course there have been Skypes and pictures, etc. but Corey and Lauren will be together with baby Cadence this week.
    We do have an appointment tomorrow with the judge in Jim’s disability case, so prayers for peace will be greatly appreciated.
    I officially graduated even though I still have one class to finish and another to take, but praying for God to open doors as He sees fit and bless me with my own classroom if that is what I am able to do.
    Love to all of you!

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for my cousin Barb’s husband Tim, who has been diagnosed with cancer. He is undergoing treatment right now, please pray for his health, of course, but also pray for peace, his comfort, and the strength to get through this. Also pray for Barb and their son Jason, who is about to graduate from high school and very likely is going through some stresses because of this double whammy of school and the health of his Dad. Please pray for God’s Peace to descend upon all of them so that they can see the joy that will be created when Tim is recovered from this illness!Thanks everyone!
  • Please pray for my friend Leigh Ann’s sister-in-law Tina.  She has had surgery, and needs  prayers for healing, for God’s Peace to descend upon her and her family, for comfort during this time, and also for strength for the family. Thanks!
  • I also want to lift up my friend Kris, who is a reader on the site! Kris is raising money for March of Dimes for their walk. During the fundraising period, Kris had to have some surgery, so she hasn’t made her goal yet, but she is still going to do the walk, even if she is in a wheelchair! The deadline for raising funds is tomorrow, but more then raising funds, please pray for Kris’ recovery from her surgery, as well as lifting praise to God for this wonderful cause that she is participating in. If you want to donate, you can still do so at this link:http://www.marchforbabies.org/personal_page.asp?pp=4826529&ct=4&w=6121184&u=AmunetThanks! God Bless You, Kris!
  • Please pray for my wife’s co-worker Virginia. Virginia’s mom was just diagnosed with lung cancer, and they don’t know how extensive it is. Virginia also recently lost her mother-in-law, so please lift up her mom with healing prayers, and pray for the whole family to experience God’s Peace and comfort in their lives so they will have the strength to fight this disease. Also pray for their salvation, that they know Jesus if they don’t know Him already.Thanks everyone!
  • Lottie, the creator of the Crunchy Disney Ma blog, is asking for some very special prayer requests! Here is what she wrote:Prayer requests?!?! AWESOME! Add me. Prayers for a happy, healthy pregnancy and smooth delivery of an adorable baby are always welcome.Congratulations, Lottie, on your pregnancy and the upcoming birth of your baby! We’ll be praying for your and your baby’s health, as well as your comfort during the pregnancy, and that, if anything worries you, you would let God’s Peace descend upon you to put you at ease! Keep us posted, please, so we can celebrate with you!

As always, thank you for taking the time to read and pray for these requests, and for giving thanks to God for our praises!  The more we pray, the better the result, and minute by minute, day by day, week by week, we will make a difference in these lives — and you’ll find that you are making a difference in your own life also!  Thanks everyone!