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.

Prayers for the Week – May 19, 2013

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Prayers for the week of May 19, 2013.  This week has been an absolutely crazy week, so for me personally, the biggest praise I’ve got is that we made it through okay!  I don’t have a whole lot to lift up right now, so this will be a shorter post then normal — but if I missed hearing about any of your prayers requests or praises, please leave them in the comments and we’ll pray over them!  As always, thank you to everyone for praying for these people that need our prayers — the more prayers we can get for them, the better off they will be!  Now, on to the prayer list!

Prayer Requests…

  • The first prayer request I would like to lift up to you is for my daughter Sophie.  This week is a big week for her because she has end of grade tests for 6th grade, along with some final exams for the grades that don’t offer EOG tests.  Please pray for her peace, calm, and tranquility during this week, and for that of all the rest of the kids that are going through EOG testing this week as well.  Additionally, Sophie has some work to catch up on for school, so please pray that she would get it all taken care of in time so that it would be all done!  Thanks, everyone!
  • Please also lift up my brother-in-law Otis this week.  He is on a business trip to Istanbul, Turkey, so please pray for his safe travels this week, for a productive workweek abroad, and also pray for his Nancy and Anna Jane, who are missing their husband and father!
  • My good friend Jon, who we have been praying for with regard to his aunt, is not doing well.  His Aunt Oakley had another stroke recently, and is likely not long in this life.  Please pray for her salvation (although we all believe her to be saved), and pray for her Peace, comfort, and pray that she not suffer.  Also, please pray for her family, who are coming to grips with the loss of their loved one.
  • Please pray for my friend Sherry, who has some medical issues to deal with — I won’t go into details, but please pray for her healing.  Also, please pray for my other friend Linda, who also has some medical issues to deal with, please pray for her healing as well.
  • Please also pray for my friend Donna, who has had a medical issue to deal with, but is now in the stages of recovery, so please pray for her continued healing and comfort.
  • Also, please pray for my niece Stephanie, who has some tests to go through in a few weeks, please pray for her comfort, Peace, and strength in the weeks to come, not only because of this, but because her husband Shane is still at basic training.  Please pray for him as well, that he get through his training safely, and return home soon.
  • On top of these prayer requests, please lift up the unknown prayer requests as well.  I’ll say a special prayer to those right now:
    Lord, please, on top of the specific prayers that we have been praying for, Lord, please also lift up those prayer requests that we don’t know about.  Please take care of the unknown people, those that don’t share their requests, but are hurting, nonetheless.  Lord, please pass along your transcendent Peace to all of us, for the whole world, because it just feels like the stresses of this world are becoming more and more, and much harder to take.  Lord, also, please lift up our Men and Women of the armed forces, always keep them safe from harm whenever possible, and Lord, please lift up our government officials, regardless of their party — may they be led in their decisions by your guidance, and not blindly, of their own volition. Lord, for every prayer request we leave with you on these Sundays, we know that there are hundreds, even thousands, more that we don’t know about.  It is for those that we especially pray today for, for all of those that we don’t know.  We pray these things in the name of your beautiful Son, Jesus, with abundant Thanksgiving! Amen.

Praises!

Lord, the biggest praise we have this week is that of your son, Jesus!  Please keep us focused upon Him, it truly makes our days better when we remember to lift our concerns to Jesus first!

Thank you everyone for stopping by.  Please, share the post along, and include your needs in our prayer list also!  Thanks for reading, and God Bless all of you!

 

Prayers for the week, May 5th, 2013

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This week, my friends, has seen some progression, at least in my eyes, in some of the Prayer Requests that we have had over the past several weeks.  By the way, this is the tenth week that we have been sharing our prayer requests and praises with you, and I thank each and every one of you that has taken a few moments out of your Sunday to read and pray over these requests.  It is the power of Prayer that allows us to accomplish anything that God puts upon us, so keep it up!  As always, don’t forget to include any prayer requests that you have!

Prayer Requests

  • My friend Shannan asks for this prayer request, please read and pray:Please add my town of Erin, TN. We got flooded again last night. Roads are washed out, people are out of homes, businesses flooded, retirement home evacuated, etc.Thanks!Lord, lift up your servants in Erin, Tennessee, as they battle the waters that invade their community. Lift them up, Lord, please keep them safe, and see to it that the community would rally around one another to help each other out in their time of need. It is in Jesus’ name we pray with Thanksgiving, Amen!
  • Please lift up my friend Bambi. She and her family have had to deal with a miscarriage in their life, so please pray for them in their time of grief and sorrow. I’m praying that God would give them His Peace, that loving Peace that only Jesus can provide, and that He would comfort them and give them strength in the days to come. Thank you all for doing this for my friend!
  • Please continue to pray for my nephew Shane and his wife Stephanie.  Shane left on April 30th for Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and will be gone for 19 weeks as he also goes through AIT training.  Please pray for his safety during his training, that he not suffer any injury, and please pray for Stephanie, who is missing her husband and Soul Mate.  They are young, just starting life, and have only been married six months, so this is really hard on Stephanie in particular.  This will be a continuing prayer request until Shane and  Stephanie are reunited, so thank you for your prayers now and ongoing.  Thanks!
  • For any prayer requests that I haven’t had an update on, please continue to pray for them.  God knows all of the details even before we think or say them, so He will know what you are referring to even if you don’t remember every specific detail about them!  Please keep praying, never stop praying!
  • My Dreams of Disney reader Julia has an unspoken prayer request.  Please pray for her at this time!  Lord, you know the suffering that Your servant Julia is going through right now.  We do not need to know the details because we know that You know what is going on.  Please, Lord, lift up your servant, that she may experience Your Peaceful touch upon her, that she would have God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and whatever else she needs to see her through this time of tribulation!  It is in the name of your Son Jesus that we pray with Thanksgiving, today and every day!  Amen.
  • My Dreams of Disney reader Lisa has a prayer request.  Here is what she wrote:  “I’m looking for work and I’m also battling severe OCD at the moment. Any and all prayers appreciated!” Lord, please help Lisa with her job and OCD issues.  Thank you everyone for praying for her.
  • My Dreams of Disney reader Vickie also has a prayer request.  Here is what she wrote: “I have family issues. Physical, emotional, mental and legal. Your prayers are appreciated greatly.” Lord, please lift up Vickie as she battles these family issues.  Dealing with family is one of the hardest things sometimes, but God created families for a reason, and we need to remember that.  Lord, please give Vickie and Lisa your Peace and comfort to deal with what they are going through.  Amen.
  • Lastly, Jennifer, my friend and one of the My Dreams of Disney writers, wishes for us to pray — and praise God also — for the following things: “Absolutely! Brynn’s IEP is taken care of, and her sleep study came back almost normal–just not getting into the restorative sleep, so we’ve added some melatonin. Julia has almost made it through the school year and is thinking of home schooling next year, which would be wonderful! Leaving that decision to her, but secretly it’s what I want. Sawyer has learned to potty, making this the first time in seven years that I don’t have to deal with diapers! I do have a BIG reason for prayer related to his health, but I’d rather not go into details, as it’s private. Pray for the next 13 school days, for both the kids and their teachers. We’ve also got a ton of paperwork up in the air concerning Brynn’s health and the finances behind it, so pray for calming for the anxieties and that things would work out the way they are supposed to.”  Jennifer, we will pray for you for all the things you listed, and also give Him thanks for the things that are working out regarding Brynn!  We’ll also lift up you and your whole family to make sure that everything is taken care of.  Thanks for praying with us also, and may God shine His blessings upon you and your family!
  • Brittany is in need of prayers, my friends.  Please read what she wrote and lift up her and her family:“Please pray for me and my family my husband is an activity duty marine suffering from multiple problems both mentally and physically. We are currently separated and I am left with four children to care for and no real income to do so with. I pray god will find a way to keep a roof over our heads and food in our stomachs and that my husband can get the help he needs and we can someday be a family again.”

Praises!

I mentioned at the top of the post that some of prayer requests are seeing some improvement, in particular I would like to focus on two incredible children…

  • Last week I mentioned that Kennedy, the beautiful daughter of my friend Amanda, had her surgery and came through it with flying colors.  She continues to improve, thanks to all of your prayers and God’s Healing power upon her!  Thank you Lord!
  • I also mentioned my friend, who’s nephew became a Daddy, but that the baby was born a month early, the baby’s mother was addicted to drugs, and so was the baby.  Well, that little bundle of love has progressed incredibly well, and he came home from the hospital on Thursday!  He’s still on medicine to get him off of his addiction, but he is doing incredibly well!  However, please continue to pray for the mother of this baby; I know that she has some issues, and her addiction to drugs will not end unless she acknowledges her problem and seeks help for it.  I pray that she would do that, and that she come to realize the life she has lost, and work towards being able to enter the life of that little one — when he is ready for her and she is complete once again.  If I were her, I would be racked with such feelings of guilt, it would be such a hard thing to even move from day to day!  So please keep her in your prayers.
  • My Dreams of Disney reader Laurie has some praises!  Here is what she said:  I HAVE MANY BLESSINGS, THANK YOU!!!. Just got 20 year old buttons and 4 collectible watches along with some rare pins. Bougth a van with 6 month insurance and tags for $2500/ thanks for the prayers
  • My Dreams of Disney reader Michelle also has some praises!  Here is what she said concerning her daughter:  Our daughter who was diagnosed with JIA at just shy of two years old received a great checkup this past week. Currently, there is no active arthritis in her little body! After having injections and losing knee tissue and cartilage due to the injections, she is doing great now for three years. Her eyes so far have not been affected either. We are most blessed!
  • My friend Donna from Disney Donna Kay (and a fellow Magical Blogorail Red team member with me!) shared with us that her son Eric is coming home from Afghanistan!  He was deployed there last fall, and his picture with his brand new baby was featured in my Veterans Day post on November 11th.  He is slated to leave Afghanistan on the 9th of May, and will be home within two weeks!  That is great news, indeed!

 

Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop – Disney Hats, Caps, Bonnets, and Bows!

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Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!  As always, Deb from Focused on the Magic is hosting this for us, so a big thank you goes out to her!  This week the theme is Disney Hats, Caps, Bonnets, and Bows!  Since I have not been known to wear bonnets and bows, I don’t have any pictures of them — but I do have a couple of pictures to share with you, I guess they fall into the Disney Hats category.  At the top of our post you see me and my new nephew-in-law Shane (remember, Shane was smart and married Stephanie) with me sporting my very first pair of Mickey Ears!  On the back it proudly says “Mickey” in honor of my nickname when I was a kid, but as you can tell, even though it was an adult large size, it barely fits! Now it sits around the house more as a Disney momento then anything else!

The picture below us is from when we were riding the ferry over to the Magic Kingdom from the TTC.  The day was October 1, 2011 — who can tell me what milestone date that was?  Actually by my side is my wife Cindy, but she doesn’t like her picture being taken, so she had me crop her out.  I’m sporting my fun Mickey Safari Hat, that I got several years before and still enjoy to this day.  Tell me, don’t I look good in that hat?

Thank you for stopping by today to get your Disney photo fix!  Now, head on over to Deb’s site to see what other great entries there are for us to enjoy!  Just click on the button below, and thanks!

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Wordless Wednesday: Love is in the Air!

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Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop entry!  My friend Deb from Focused on the Magic always does an outstanding job with this series, so it is a real treat to me to bring you some of my favorite photos.  This week the theme is appropriately named “Love is in the air” in honor of Valentine’s Day coming up on Thursday, so I thought I would share some of the photos that really captured what love is about — at least in that particular shot!

The first picture I’m sharing is of my daughter Sophie next to Mickey Mouse over at ‘Ohana when we had breakfast there.  The look on Sophie’s face says it all in my opinion — she loves her some Mickey!

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This next photo was taken in 2006 when Cinderella and Prince Charming celebrated their wedding vows in front of Cinderella Castle!

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This next photo is of Sophie and Winnie the Pooh at the Crystal Palace.  The contentment on Sophie’s face is purely visible, and at that moment, there is no place she would rather be on God’s Green Earth!

After all of these photos, though, the one photo that sums it all up better then any other could is the one that I’m saving for last. It was June 11, 2012, at 12:52 AM, when my new nephew Shane proposed to my niece Stephanie in front of Cinderella Castle. Many words have been written about this magical evening, but in many ways, it is the picture itself that does all the talking!

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Thank you for stopping by and visiting!  I hope you have enjoyed this look down memory lane with us, now don’t forget to go see the rest of the entries as well!  Just click on the button below to see all the entries this week, and thanks!

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