Father's Day

Prayers for the Week – Father’s Day

Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads out there!

Hello everyone, and welcome to our weekly Prayers for the Week post.  Today is Father’s Day in the United States, and I’m taking a moment to wish all of the fathers out there a wonderful Father’s Day!  Any man can make a child, but it takes a truly committed man to be a father.  Dad, I love you, and thank you for showing me the example of how to raise my children like you raised Robin and I!

By that same token, our Heavenly Father cares just as much for each one of us as our human father does.  Remember the words found in the book of Matthew, the 18th chapter, verses 12-14:

12“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

Just like the sheep, God does not want any of His Children to wander off — He wants them all accounted for, taken care of, and kept safe from the evils that this world represents.  Most of all, He wants us to be loving towards others, and reverent towards God, and His Son Jesus, who died for us as the payment for our sins.  He wants us to love Him, and to tell everyone about Him.

On this Father’s Day, take the time to talk to your Dad, to wish him a wonderful day, and if he has already made it to Heaven, talk to him anyway.  He hears you, and loves to know when you are thinking of him.  Now, please take a moment and lift up our prayer requests and praises — we have a lot of them, so thank you for reading through all of them!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • We had a comment left on a past prayer post by Junya — I’m leaving it here so that we can all pray for it. Here is what they wrote:I’m a long haul driver sick of being attacked through pornographic images every where, it is wearing me down physically and spiritually, it is affecting my prayer life and thus my ability as a spiritual leader and protecter of my family. This one is not the ordinary daily temptations but all out brazzen attacks that are also manifesting themselves in physically impossible acts such as beams leaning on the truck lifting up and hitting me . I’m calling for any prayer warriors on this one.Please pray for them, for God’s mighty hand to take care of these problems in their life, that they would be able to resist the temptations from pornography, and that they would find the strength within to withstand the physical and spiritual attacks on them. Thank you everyone!
  • We have received a prayer request from one of our readers, Kelley, who needs prayers for her son Brandon. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:Please lift up prayers for my 9 yr old son, Brandon. We just recently found out he has 2 congenital heart defects.And here is my reply to Kelley. Please pray for these things for her and Brandon and all of their family during this time of need:Kelley, I’m sorry for your son’s heart conditions, but rest assured that we willpray for God’s Healing touch to come upon him, as well as Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to descend upon all of you in your time of need. I’m going to transfer this to the blog so that we can see it and pray for Brandon throughout the week. Please feel free to let me know how he is doing or if there is anything else we can do!
  • We have been praying for little Rebecca, the five year old girl who was fighting brain cancer. You may remember reading about her in our Palm Sunday prayer post. Well, I am saddened to report to you that my friend Amy let me know that Rebecca passed away on her 6th birthday. Here is what I wrote back to Amy, and I urge you to continue your prayers along this line please.Oh Amy I am sorry for all your loss. It feels as if our children are being taken earlier and earlier in life these days. I will continue to pray for all of you – for God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and most of all, His Love to come down on all of you in this most difficult time. Take comfort in knowing that Rebecca is in Heaven, that she knows no suffering and pain any more, and that she is smiling down on you, keeping tabs on you. I’ll post a comment for the family, thank you for sharing with me.
  • My friend Michelle is in need of some prayers. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:Need prayers please. I’m still in the hospital. Dr. Was just in. News is not good. Sitting here crying. Could use some prayers and positive thoughts…….Please pray with me:

    Heavenly Father, we do not know what is wrong with Michelle — but we know that You do, and that you are with her even as we speak. Please have Your Peace descend upon Michelle so that she may know the Comfort that you can provide. Please give her Your Strength to endure the medical issues that she is facing, and please remind her of Your Love for her. If it is Your Will, Lord, please heal her of the issues that are attacking her, so that she may know the Glory of God even more. It is in the name of Your Son Jesus that we pray. Amen.

  • My friend Sherry needs our prayers. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:ENT says virus has damaged my inner ear. Series of steroid shots in my ear starting tomorrow to try and salvage hearing, but no guarantees. I am quite worried so I could use all the prayers you could send me.Please pray for her healing, for her doctor’s skill, for the medicine to do what it needs to do, and for God’s Peace, Comfort, and Strength to descend upon Sherry during it all. Thanks!
    • Sherry has given us an update, here is what she wrote:Hearing has improved and second shot done-it’s progress!!! Thanks so much for all the prayers and support-it means the world to me!Please keep praying, thanks for all your prayers so far, it’s making a difference! Keep it up!
  • Please pray for my friend Norman. Norman just went through hip replacement surgery. Here is what was written on Facebook:I want to share with you that I’ve just talked with Norman’s surgeon, and his total hip replacement went well. He said that Norman is in recovery now and should be in his room in a few hours.Please pray for a strong recovery for Norman, that he would be well soon, and that he is up and about again very soon. Thanks!
  • Please pray for my friend Brooke, who’s son has been ill. He had to have an unexpected procedure today, and while we don’t know the details, we do know that he is doing better. Here is what Brooke wrote on Facebook:We are home. I can’t go into details but he is doing well. Your prayers have been answered and are greatly appreciated. Keep ‘em coming, esp. for deep sleep tonight (for us all!) and pain management over the next few days.Please pray for their comfort, healing, strength, and for God’s Peace to descend upon their family. Thank you very much!
  • Great news regarding my cousin Barb and her husband Tim! You may remember that Tim has been fighting cancer. Here is the latest update on his condition:I apologize for the lack of updates, but I finally have great news to share! Tim is Cancer Free! After 8 sessions of chemo, which were pretty rough on him, he is feeling better now, and could not be happier to have gotten this news today! We have an appointment to have the chemo port removed next week! Now, we just have to get rid of the **** drain tube! Yes, he still has the drain tube (since October!). Hopefully, it will be out soon! Thank you all for your support and prayers during the most difficult year of our lives!Please praise God for Tim and Barb and for His healing of Tim’s cancer! Also, please keep them in your prayers that there wouldn’t be any setbacks, and also please pray for everyone else that has cancer. Thanks!
  • Please continue to pray for Dee, her Father-in-law Jim, and her cat.  All three are suffering from medical issues and need all the prayers they can get.
  • Please lift up Praise to God for Glenn and his wife Joyce — you may remember that Joyce was home from the hospital, and she is doing really well now, so keep the prayers and praises going for them please!
  • Please pray for my cousin Michelle and her daughter Julia.  Here is what Michelle wrote on Facebook:
    I debated on writing this but I am desperate for prayers for my littlest one. Yesterday the Dr said he thinks Julia might have a bone infection. We are waiting on insurance to approve the MRI (if no resolution by tomorrow we will just pay it and deal with insurance later) if it is an infection then the next step is to figure out what bacteria it is and match antibiotics. Unfortunately I didn’t have a clue what a bone infection meant so I didn’t ask very many questions yesterday. Now, thanks to the internet, I know pretty much what’s in store for Julia and this is why I’m asking for prayers. I’m sorry I didn’t call you all to ask but for some reason my voice cracks and my face starts getting wet when I try to talk about this. I will keep everyone updated. Thank you!

    • The good news is that the MRI was approved, and will be performed on Tuesday.  Here is what I wrote to Michelle:
      Michelle, we’ll certainly be praying for you and Julia! I write a prayer post each Sunday on my blog, if you want I’ll add this request to it, but you tell me. In any event, never hesitate to ask us for prayers, that is the best thing we can do for you. I’ll be praying for healing, for good results from the tests, and for Peace, Comfort, and Strength to deal with the unknown for you all!
  • Continued prayers for my friend Amanda and her husband Daniel, who is going through cancer treatments.  Here is the latest word from Amanda:
    It’s been a while but we have kind of been just hanging out with no movement in one direction or the other. And that has been frustrating. Round 3 of chemo was harder in that Daniel is very fatigued and for some reason, we kind of feel like we aren’t doing anything to move forward in treatment. Now we know that’s not true but mentally that’s the feeling. But we did get through round 3 which was delayed by 2 days due to dehydration and low white blood cell counts. So now our chemo regimen starts on Wednesday and ends on Friday.The oncologist is doing everything we can to keep round 4 from being delayed. Round 4 is the final round before we reimage to see if we are making any progress. They pulled another CEA and it was slightly elevated which means nothing (it’s not uncommon but it’s not common during chemo), there is another tumor or the current tumor isn’t reacting to treatment. So round 4 is the round that starts things moving again. After round 4 starts (hopefully this Wednesday 6/18), we will schedule another scan – CT or PET, we aren’t sure yet – within 2-3 weeks. 2 weeks from the last dose of chemo is July 4th so they are trying to decide if they move us up a few days or wait until after the holiday. Then IF the image shows we have enough healthy liver to resect, the surgery will be scheduled no more than 4 weeks after the final dose of chemo. If we don’t have enough healthy liver, we will need to regroup and see how to proceed.Daniel also had an MRI of the brain last week due to complaints of dizziness and vision issues. Those could be side effects of the chemo or it could be something else going on. Hopefully, we will find out the results on Monday. We have another appointment for fluids and neupogen on Monday along with a general check in. Then Wednesday we go in to see if we can start chemo.

    So specific prayers we need for now are that the tumor is reacting to the treatment and shrinking while the embolization is working and the healthy liver is growing; the cancer has not spread and the MRI results are negative and the issues are truly just side effects; round 4 of chemo starts as planned on Wednesday; Daniel’s overall health (mind, body and spirit) remain well enough to keep fighting; and the reimaging shows there is enough healthy liver to move forward with the resection. I’d also like to put in a prayer request for our daughter, Cate, that she continues to handle things as well as she has been, that she finds ways to talk about her concerns when she needs to and that we can find time to move the focus to her for a while. Thank you all for your prayers and support! And for the hats! I haven’t gotten Thank Yous out yet but it is on the to do list! We have hit a hard spot in the road which we knew we would and knowing you are there to help us through is making it much easier to let go and let God! Prayers and blessings to all of you!

  • Please give Praise to God for my niece Stephanie, who made it through her surgery with flying colors and is now home recovering.  Hopefully this will take care of all of her issues she has been having, so please pray for complete healing for her, for no more side affects from the medications, for lots of rest for her and her husband Shane, and for Peace, Comfort, and Strength to see them through the next weeks and months!  Thank you everyone!

My Brothers and Sisters, I thank each and every one of you for your commitment to praying for those that need our prayers.  It is an honor to lift these up to the Lord for all of those suffering, and I thank you all for being the strong prayer warriors that you are!  Please be safe this week, and as always, let’s close our week 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.

Prayers for the Week – Our First Year

Prayers for Sorrow

Hello my friends, and thank you for stopping by today for our Prayers for the Week Post.  Today’s post marks the anniversary of our first year of writing our prayers for the week posts, and while I am proud of all of the answered prayers that we have seen in that year, today my heart is heavy because of some of the requests we have this week.

We all know that God is there for us, and for the prayer requests we have this week, I see direct proof of this statement.  Many of the requests we have are very serious, yet despite that, the families that are affected are experiencing a feeling of Peace because God is with them.  While their hearts are breaking, they know that God is there, and that He is taking care of them and their loved ones with the care and compassion that only God can show.  This post is dedicated to the family of Dustin — to Jeff and Kelly, Braden and Collin, and all of their relatives.  Please pray with me for them, and all of the other prayer requests we have this week.

Prayer Requests and Praises.

  • My friends, I ask for prayers for the nephew of my friend Beth. We have been praying for Dustin and his healing over the past several months, and today I learned that it likely won’t be long before Dustin is called home to Heaven. My prayers this day are for Dustin’s family, who are heartbroken, obviously, and for God to shower them with His love and to hold them tight in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. Dustin is not quite four, and his older brother, who turned seven yesterday, is devastated. Please shower them all with your love, kindness, prayers, and whatever else they might need to get through. Heavenly Father, we ask for you to grant Your Peace, Comfort, and Strength upon Beth’s family, as they deal with this difficult journey. Remind them in Your Loving way that You are there for them, and carry them throughout this with the love and compassion that You have for them. We ask these things in the name of Your Son Jesus, who died for us, with Thanksgiving. Amen!
  • Please pray for a friend of mine. They are trying to adopt a child, and have run into a complication because of a situation that happened with a different adoption of someone else. Unfortunately, a little boy who was adopted came to harm. It’s sad that, no matter how much background you put into a case, there are no guarantees. Unfortunately, because of this separate case, it has caused doubt to be raised on so many other adoption cases, and that has caused stress on many families and children. Please pray with me:“Heavenly Father, we grieve for the little boy who was harmed by his adopted father. We can not understand why things like this happen, and I’m not sure that we are expected to know. What we do know, though, is that a lot of other families who are trying to adopt a child are now at risk of not being able to do so, and because of that, we turn to You, Lord. We pray for the salvation of that little boy who we know is now with You. We also pray for all of the other families that are under stress because of this isolated incident, and we pray that You would see them all through these times. Please have Your Peace, Comfort, and Strength descend upon them and the children that they are looking to adopt. Please remind these families that we are all Children of God, and to remember to put You first. Please remind them to have Faith in Your ways, and that, in the end, it will all be okay. We ask these things in the name of Your Son Jesus, who paid the ultimate price for our sins. Amen.”
    • Even as we were praying this prayer regarding my friend and their pending adoption, they received word that the final approval process was done and that they would be able to adopt the newest member of their family. Please praise God for this miracle, and lift up the entire family in prayer so that they would appreciate every day all of the incredible blessings that God has bestowed upon them. Thank you everyone!
  • My friend Laura has some heavy prayer requests. Her friend Shirley, who she considers an Aunt because of how close they are, is having an emergency mammogram 2/26. Please pray for a good result from this test. Also, Laura’s Father-in-Law George has cancer in multiple locations, including his lungs, liver, and back, and is unable to walk. Please pray with me:Heavenly Father, we ask that You lift up Shirley and George. They are going through some really serious issues, and we ask that You please give your Healing touch to them, and skillfully guide the hands of the medical team that is looking after them. Lord, we know that You know their hearts, and we pray that they know You and Your Son Jesus, that they turn to you with their worries and concern, and that they talk to You daily. Lord, please grant Your Peace, Comfort, and Strength to Shirley and George and all of their families so that they may face these tribulations in their lives the best way they can. Lord, if it is Your Will, please heal them of their medical issues so that they might be a Miraculous Blessing to all of how wonderful You are. We ask these things in the name of Your Son Jesus with Thanksgiving. Amen!
    • I learned from Laura that her friend Shirley’s prayers were answered — the test came back negative!  Praise God for the answered prayer!
  • My friend Stephanie asks for prayers for her husband’s Grandfather. Here is what she wrote:Please keep my husband’s grandfather in your prayers. He has been in the hospital all week…failing kidneys among several other things. It wasn’t unexpected, but still hard! He actually told us at Christmas that it would be his last and that he is ready to be called Home. We all have comfort knowing that he is at peace and that his beloved wife, Gran Gran, will be waiting for him when the time comes.Please pray for his Peace, Comfort, Healing, and Strength, and also that for all of his family. He is ready to come home, so please pray for him. It is, of course, God’s Will, and if God thinks there is more for him to do here on earth, please put him in the path of those he needs to help so that he may share and bring others to know our Lord. Thank you!
  • I have an anonymous prayer request for all couples that are trying to have a baby. In particular, I have one friend that has tried, and had a miscarriage early in one pregnancy. Please lift up her and her husband in prayer as they strive to start their family. Please pray with me:“Heavenly Father, Your Son is such a part of our lives, and we give thanks to You for Jesus. There are many people in this world that are having difficulty in bringing a child into the world, and today, we turn to You for help in their situations. Please be with them, and if it is Your Will, please nurture them and, at the right time, grant them the gift that they long for — a child of their own. Lord, we know that it isn’t in our timetable, it is in Your timetable that this will occur, so please, also grant them Your Peace and Patience so that they will not worry over it, but just submit to Your Will concerning this in their lives. Be with them, Lord, and if You see fit to grant them a child, remind them to raise their child to be a testimony to Your own Son, Jesus. It is in His glorious name that we pray with Thanksgiving. Amen.
  • One of my closest Disney friends is Amanda. Amanda is a lady of many different layers, but her primary layer (outside of the Mom, Wife, etc. layer) is that she is a teacher. Please pray for two of her students that are in the midst of cancer treatments right now. I don’t know what is causing all of this cancer, but I’m sick of it! God, I’m sorry, but please take care of all of this.Amanda’s students’ names are Patrick and Madalyn. Please lift them up to the Lord as we pray together:“Heavenly Father, we are staring at cancer once again, this time in the bodies of two teenage students, Patrick and Madalyn. Cancer has proven time and time again that it will strike anyone, of any age, at any time, and Lord, this week has been hard enough that I’m truly leaning on You more than I normally do. I’m weary, Lord, weary of all of these babies facing such tribulations. I know that You have our best interests at heart, and I know that You are looking after all of us, so Lord, please look after Patrick and Madalyn, Stephanie, Dustin, Baby Ryan, and everyone else that is ailing. Lord, please provide healing for all of these children, so that they might know You better. I ask this in the name of Your Son Jesus, who told us in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” — Lord, help us through this trouble, these trials, these tribulations, and Lord, see us to Paradise in our appointed time with the grace of You shining from us. It is in Jesus’ name that I pray. Amen”
  • Lastly, Lord, I want to give You praise for the marriage yesterday of my cousin Bob and his new wife Lori.  They are very happy together, and I thank you for bringing them all together.  May their days be filled with love and compassion for all of their days.

Lord, we don’t know what tomorrow will bring for us, but we have a lot of people hurting right now.  Please be with all of these requests, and with those that we don’t know about, and remind us that You are here for us, and that You love us.  Thank you for all of our blessings, for our answered prayers, for our families, for everything you give to us, both now and in the future.  We ask all of these prayers in the name of Your Son Jesus with Thanksgiving.  Amen!

Prayers for the Week – Trust

Image ©LucyAnnMoll.com

Image ©LucyAnnMoll.com

Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today I’m writing about a very hard thing for some of us — the concept of trust, particularly when it comes to trusting God.  I don’t know about you, but for my human self, I find it very hard to release control of a situation and trust that God will take care of it.  Do you find the same problem to be the case for you?  A short while ago, my daughter was subjected to a bullying attack, with criticism being directed at her by a person that very much needs our prayers.  My daughter endured it as long as she could, then she reacted, first physically, and then with emotional tears of anguish.  This post is dedicated to her, but also to her Mom and I and all of her family and friends that love her — and all of you, too, because we all are in a situation where we have to trust that God will take care of a situation for us.  For my particular situation involving my daughter, there are certainly things that we as parents and friends can do for those that hurt, but there are also times when we need to try not to control the whole situation, and step back so that God can take over and work His healing touch on the situation.  So, my friends, when I found this image and, more importantly, the powerful words of Isaiah 41:10, I knew that I had found my focus for this week’s post.

Trust…such a simple five letter word, not a $20 word by any stretch of the imagination at all — and yet, one of the most powerful words we know, particularly when it comes to trusting God.  Do you have a situation in your life where you need to trust God, and are having a hard time doing that?  Please leave it with us as a prayer comment, and we will faithfully pray for you to find that trust, so that you can let God work His Will on you and your situation.  Now, please read through these prayer requests and praises, and pray over them throughout the week.  Thank you for stopping by weekly — it means the world to me that you pray for all of our requests.

Prayer Requests

  • My Sister-in-Christ Torri has a prayer request — her Grandma is in the hospital. Here is what Torri wrote:Say a little prayer that this precious gem feels better- she is definitely on the mend. We are currently listening to some Hymns and having us a little church service.Please pray with me:
    Lord, please give Torri’s Grandma the love and comfort she needs, as well as Your healing to make her feel better. It certainly sounds like You have been with her already, as she is on the mend, but please also grant Your Peace to her family and friends as well. It is in the name of Your Son Jesus that I pray. Amen.Later, we had this update from Torri: Thank you so much for the prayers. She has been released from the hospital and sent to rehab to get her up and walking again. We definitely felt the prayers.
  • Update on friend’s son Ben: The Good, The Bad, The Plan, Their Needs, Prayer RequestsI would like to personally thank the many people who are praying for Ben and who have asked me how he is doing. It means a lot to me and to his family.(This one is written by me rather than Ben’s mom Jenny)The Good: Ben finally has an accurate diagnosis.The Bad: The Kid has cancer. Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma to be exact. (his previous diagnosis of Epstein Barr and or pneumonia were inaccurate)The Plan: Ben will undergo several (hopefully under 7) rounds of treatment. Each round will consist of one week in the hospital getting chemo, one week at home recovering, and one week getting ready to do it all over again.At least the first two rounds of treatment will be done in the hospital, so Ben will not be going home until at least Valentine’s day.Their Needs: Prayers are still their number one need. Once Ben is settled into the pediatric oncology ward this will change. I will keep you posted. I do have an address if you wish to send Ben or his family a card. Send me a PM and I will get it to you.

    Prayer Requests:
    *Their local church in MN will have a prayer vigil on Thurs 1/16 from 6-7 if you would like to join in from home.

    *Ben is still very sick. He has skin lesions, and is retaining fluid due to the cancer. That includes fluid in his lungs which causes respiratory distress. Please pray that these symptoms are under control quickly so he will no longer need to be intubated and sedated.

    *Ben is still sedated and is unaware of his diagnosis and the path ahead. Please pray for his strength as he learns what is going on and his parent’s strength as they tell him.

    *Please pray for Ben’s parents. Pray for their strength, patience, health, and good humor. Someone will need to be with Ben at all times through this process.

    *Please pray that Ben’s family stays healthy. Due to his compromised immune system, they will not be able to be around Ben if they are sick.

    *Please pray for patience and understanding on the part of Ben’s extended family and friends. Ben’s visitors will be limited and there will be strict rules in place in order to keep him healthy.

    Thank you.

  • Here is the latest update for young Ben. Thank you Kuleen for sharing this so we can all lift him up to the Lord!
    Update on Ben (My friend Jenny’s son): Things are finally looking up!**A prayer vigil will be held tonight at Ben’s church in Minnesota. If you would like to join in from home, the time is 6-7 central**Ben now has a caring bridge.com site under the name Ben Puzzo****Jenny will be taking a leave of absence from work in order to care for Ben. A fund has been established to help the family with expenses. Donations in the form of a check may be made to:Friends of Ben Puzzo Benefit Fund
    c/o Associated Bank
    4305 Peony Lane North
    Plymouth, MN 55446**Update 1/15: Progress is Good
    Sorry for not updating last night, we were exhausted.Ben is responding well to his chemo medications at this point. We are pleased with his progress. The skin lesions have gotten better, he does not look like a kid with raging chicken pox anymore. His neck and throat are still swollen, but they are not as bad as before. The physical therapist thought his range of motion in his arm and shoulder was a bit better today and they are eager to get him up and moving. His chest tube has been removed as well, that was fun to see. It drained a liter of fluid in a very short period of time and then it didn’t do anything after that.

    Today was a day of testing his lungs and seeing what he can do on his own. He did a ventilator sprint this morning where they turned it off for two hours and made him exercise his lungs. He did well and the doctors were pleased. He is currently doing another one and he is again doing well. The goal is to get him extubated soon, so they want his lungs to show off. There is rumor of Thursday morning or Friday morning being the time, but we won’t know until it happens.

    His chemo meds have not had any negative side effects yet. He takes Zofran to battle upset stomach and a patch behind his ear that I can’t spell to help as well. We have been told that future rounds will not be this easy, but so far things have gone well. Our oncologist, Dr. Chu, is pleased with his progress on the meds. When the oncologist is happy, we are happy.

    We are still in the PICU and we will be until Ben can prove that he can breathe on his own without much support. The concern with this is that he still has significant coughing spells and I worry about his oxygen saturation at that point. We will cross that bridge when we get there. Eventually we will move to the 7th floor, which is where all of the hematology/oncology patients are located. We were able to take a quick tour tonight and it felt good to see what our next destination is going to look like. He will be able to have his own bed sheets and pillowcases, so if you are looking for something fun, I’m sure that he would love some new and fun pillowcases. And what he can’t use, we will share with others.

    We will be cutting his hair in the next week or two. We ask that his friends don’t cut theirs yet, as some kids with cancer really don’t want to see it reflected back at them all the time. We will know more about that after he is able to talk with us. Teddy is ready to go, so we know he has at least one person joining him. Ellie has also volunteered to shave her head and donate her hair, I’m not nearly as excited about that one. Ben probably won’t appreciate it either.

    We have heard that the kids at his school are going to wear blue on Friday to show that they are thinking about him. We hope that someone takes a few pictures to share with us. I know that he will enjoy them eventually.

    We have so many people to thank already in this journey, we are humbled by your love. Please forgive us if we forget to thank you, but please know that we greatly appreciate your thoughts, love, and prayers.

    We anticipate attending the prayer vigil at church on Thursday night. Depending on how things go here at the hospital and how the roads are, we will be there.

    Daily prayers for healing, strength, Peace, and comfort for Ben and all of his family. If you can support them in a financial way, that will be greatly appreciated also, but at the least, please pray for them. Thank you for all the prayers you have lifted up for him already!

  • I saw this tweet just a moment ago — pray for him and his wife please!
    #WarrenWeinstein is 72 y/o and was abducted by Al Qaeda while in Pakistan. Pray that He’ll be able to see his wife before he dies. #Pray
  • Please pray for the Rector of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. He had a heart attack and had to have open heart surgery. Please pray for his healing and for the Peace of God upon him and his family.
  • Please pray for my friend Lesley, who has had a death in her family. Here is what she wrote on Facebook: Heaven gained an amazing angel tonight. Holly thank you for being the best aunt, playmate, friend and inspiration a girl could ask for! Enjoy your perfect body in heaven. We love you !!! Please pray for the Peace, Comfort, and Strength of God to descend upon them in their grief, and shower them with God’s Love in the days and weeks to come.
  • Please pray for my friend Warren — here is what he wrote on Facebook:
    For those that haven’t seen Janet’s post, we are headed to be with my mother. Hospice has started her on drugs to keep her comfortable. Unfortunately, it seems her end is near. Please keep her in your prayers.
  • My friend Tanya needs some prayers this evening.  Here is what she wrote on Facebook:
    I’m asking for prayers for a precious family that is needing peace and comfort to surround them as the enter a very difficult time.
  • Lastly, please pray for my Brother Alex and his family.  His Mom and oldest brother live in Iran, and are under persecution from non-Christians, so please pray for their safety and continued faith that God will see them through their struggles.  It’s a hard place to be in, but from a Christian perspective, being in a persecuted nation shows a great love for God!

Praises!

  • Big praise this past week for the start of our Houses of Prayer to pray for Edenton Street UMC and it’s open doors campaign.  We went to my friend Monica’s house and had a great fellowship and prayer session with fellow members as well as a great time praying with our Lord.  We’ll continue for the next three weeks, so please pray for us as we submit these plans to God to see if it is His Will that they be followed through on.  Thank you everyone!
  • I give praise for God putting Cindy and Sophie in my life.
  • I also praise God for my family and the love that we have for each other regardless of the distance between us.
  • I give thanks for the Men’s Study and the effect it has had on my walk with God.
  • I give praise for Steph and Shane and their love and marriage.
  • I also give praise for Brett and Tara, and their love and plans going forward to get married.
  • I also give praise for Leslie and Matt, who are getting married on Valentine’s Day!
  • In the answered prayers department, I give big praise to God for putting the right job in my Sister-in-Christ Sheila’s hands.  She has been looking for a long time, but she didn’t let that stop her from finding the job that is right for her.
  • Lastly, I give highest praise to God, for loving me enough that He gave us His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.

My brothers and sisters, remember to trust God with the things that you can’t take care of yourself — and even for some of the things that you can take care of yourself!  If you ever doubt that God is on your side, remember the words of Jeremiah 29:11 — it always brings me comfort and a renewed sense of peace when I read it:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Prayers for the Week – Forgiveness

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Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  We have turned the corner, we are fully involved in the year 2014 — but is it possible that we are carrying some baggage that we should shed from 2013, or even 2012, 2011, 2010, or even earlier than that?  Is it possible that we need to forgive someone?  Is it possible that you need to forgive yourself? My friends, I’m going to share with you a quote I read when I was researching an image to use for this post.

Forgiveness is not something we do for other people. We do it for ourselves ~ to get well and move on.

My friends, I believe a truer statement was never said.  Failure to forgive is to keep a bitter pill in your heart, and that pill will grow and grow and grow if you let it, until you end up becoming a bitter person.  It changes your outlook on life.  It makes you angry a lot, it turns you into a cynic, it causes you to just be someone that no one wants to be around except other bitter people.  My friends — it is very important that we learn to forgive.  Failure to forgive leads to a hardened heart, and that keeps you away from God.  My friends — please forgive if you have some baggage to get rid of.  It will be the biggest thing you ever do.  Now, please read and pray for these requests and praises.  Thanks!

Prayer Requests

  • Starting us off is my friend Ivon.  This story is sad and full of pain, so please make sure you pray for all involved.
    My friend Ivon left a prayer request on Facebook. Here is what she wrote:To everyone of my friends & family.. Please I ask you all for a very special prayer tonight! I’ve just gotten word that someone that is extremely near & dear to our hearts has been involved in an accident and we don’t have any further news from FHP.

    I have an update to Ivon’s prayer request. Unfortunately, it is not good news. Here is what she wrote:

    My heart aches and it saddens me so much to have to share this news. Today we lost someone extremely Dear to all our hearts. I ask please that you keep my Bestfriend, Renee’s family in your prayers. Her 19 yr old daughter, Savannah, whom was like my niece, passed away in a terrible car accident. Please, pray that they may find strength to deal with this tragedy. RIP ‘Pumpkin’ you may be one of God’s angels now but you will never be forgotten.

    Please pray with me:

    Heavenly Father, we know that you are now embracing Savannah in Your loving arms, and that she is in no pain or suffering. That thought alone gives us comfort. However, there are a lot of grieving family members and friends right now that need You to lift them up, to carry them during their intense grief. Please carry them, please hold them close, please give them Your Peace, Comfort, and Strength to deal with this tragedy, and to remember Savannah for the loving, caring person that I know she was. We ask these things in the name of Your Son Jesus, who carries us whenever we call on Him. Amen.

  • My friend Vickie has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:Please keep my daughter and me in your prayers and thoughts today. God knows the reason.

    Vickie, the Lord will keep you under His care today, and knows the reason even if we don’t voice it here! It’ll be okay!

    Mike

  • Please continue your prayers for my Cousin Barb’s husband Tim. He has been battling cancer for almost a year, and it is taking a toll on him emotionally. Please pray for his healing, of course, but also for his Peace, comfort, and strength. Please also pray for my Cousin and all of their immediate family. Thank you everyone!
  • My friend Sig posted this on Facebook. Please pray for his family in their loss:I would like to pass along my deepest condolences to my Aunt Marge and all my cousins in the passing of a great husband, father, grandfather and uncle. My you Rest in Peace uncle Dave, love you Nib

    Please pray for their Peace, Comfort, and Strength and that they will turn to God for their needs. He will comfort them and they will be at peace knowing that Uncle Dave is now in Jesus loving embrace!

  • You may remember the prayer request for Ben from a couple of weeks ago. He is still struggling, and we need to intensify our prayers, please. Here is the latest in his struggle:Latest update on Ben (my friend Jenny’s son):
    Update 1/9—roller coaster city
    We started the day with nothing new to report, no progress made and nothing new to be worried about. He was fine all morning and he headed into surgery a bit ahead of schedule. The doctors continue to repeat that not worse is good. I’m waiting to hear about something better.
    The surgery went well enough. They completely removed a lesion on his shoulder that was filled with necrotic (dead) tissue. It is the size of a clementine orange, so we are likely going to have issues with it healing. They also removed two lymph nodes in his armpit from a bundle of nodes. This was much easier than expected and the surgeon closed it nicely. Surgery was a success from our perspective.
    Ben’s blood pressure tanked in the evening and we had to do a variety of things to bring it back. The most likely cause is that we were too aggressive on the Lasix which pulls fluid off of him. That may have thrown his other numbers into trouble which caused him to have low blood pressure. It has now stabilized, but we are very worried.
    There are no updates from any of the biopsies today. We can only hope for results sooner than later.
    Please remember to not talk about this with the twins. Not only do they not know any information, but we are also trying to keep their lives fairly normal.
    Prayers of patience for me would be a good thing. I feel very short with some of the staff around here. I know that they are trying to help, but I am frustrated with their lack of answers.

    Just reading Jenny’s updates just wrenches my heart. I’m going to keep Ben in our Prayers for the week posts until I hear that he is better. Please pray with me at this time:

    Our Heavenly Father, we know that you are in control of all that needs to be done with regards to little Ben and his family. His Mom Jenny, who has been updating us, needs your Peace, Comfort, and Strength to continue. She also needs Patience as she is seeing herself becoming short with the doctors and nurses treating Ben. Lord, please work Your healing touch upon Ben, but additionally, work Your healing upon all of the family, because these kinds of situations can lead to more hurt than exists just with the patient. Lord, thank You for hearing our prayers for Ben and his family. I know that it means the world to this family that they have prayer warriors around the country and world praying for them. Lord, I especially want to thank You for the gift of Your Son Jesus. Without Him, we all would be lost, despite our health. Lord, hear our prayers, and look after Ben and his family please. It is in the name of Your Son Jesus that we pray every day with Thanksgiving. Amen!

Praises

  • Putting others before you — that’s what Mitchell did in this post on FB. This is both a prayer request — for the homeless around the country and the world — and a praise, that one person sees the blessings he has. God Bless you Mitchell, and I’ll pray for you to get the job you need! Here is what he wrote:I feel sorry for the homeless person who sleeps in a doorway at a Dr. office across the street every night. I may not have a job, but I had a lot of peanut chocolate candies and Craisins packages that we got from Mickey’s Halloween party at the end of Oct. So I put them in a bag and put it on that doorway for the person.
    I know its not really healthy, but its something. My good deed for the day.
  • My last Praise this week is for all of the teachers, administrators, and workers that care for the wellbeing of our children.  They — and God, especially — know who they are, and the number is greater than I could ever list.  For all of you, I take a moment and give thanks to you all and lift up all of you in Praise to my Lord.  Your’s is a special calling, and one that not just anyone can do — a lot of people think they can, but those are the ones that just aren’t very good at it.  So, to all of you, from the bottom of my heart, I say thank you for loving our children enough to care about what happens to them.

My friends, if you have someone to forgive — even if it is yourself — I urge you to do all you can to achieve that feeling of forgiveness.  Please, try hard to do so — and I think you will find that your whole outlook on life, and how you feel about yourself, will improve almost exponentially.

Until next week, please pray for these requests and praises, and please feel free to share any requests you have with all of us.  We are here to pray for you too, so share your requests and we’ll pray for them.  May God keep you safe from harm, and bring you back to us next week for our next Prayers for the Week post!  Amen.

Prayers for the Week – Epiphany!

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Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayer for the Week post.  Today is Epiphany Sunday in the life of my church, so as such I thought the picture shown above was appropriate for today.  I don’t really have a lot to say for today, except that the words listed in the image “The wise still seek Him” are as appropriate today as they have ever been.

I guess, in the end, I’m left with one question — one that I hope I know the answer to for all of us — “Whom do you seek?”  Or, perhaps more telling, “What do you seek?”  If the answer is not Jesus, well, I believe you are looking for the wrong thing.  If you think differently, well, that’s your choice.

Prayer Requests

Please take the time and pray for all of these requests.  It does a world of good for those that are suffering, and I truly appreciate each and every prayer that you lift up for those that need them.  If you have your own prayer requests you need us to pray for, please leave them in the comments.  If you don’t, we won’t know to pray for you.

  • My friend Kuleen has some need of prayers for her friends. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:A friend of mine is in desperate need of prayers. Her 12 year old son has what is believed to be some form of pneumonia. His condition continues to get worse while the doctors try to figure out what he has and how to treat him. He is now intubated and the ICU. Please pray for Ben and his family.Please pray with me:Father God, we know that You are in control of all situations, even ones that scare us to know end such as this one with Kuleen’s friends. Please shower Your love and care upon Ben and his family — show them that You are there for all of us, if we just ask for You, and please also give Ben’s family Your Peace that they so desperately need so that they may be able to help Ben in whatever way he needs. Please also grant them the strength to deal with this, both now and in the future, for as long as is needed until Ben is better. I ask these things in the name of Your wonderful Son Jesus with Thanksgiving. Amen!
  • You may remember we have been praying for Baby Ryan here — if you don’t remember, you can read about him here:http://www.mydreamsofdisney.com/2013/10/prayers-week-praises-midst-trials/(His is the last prayer request for that week).Anyway, we’ve got the potential for a big praise! Here is the latest on this fighter’s plight:

    I just wanted to let everyone know that baby Ryan is being released from the hospital in 10 days if everything goes as planned! Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. We appreciate each and every one of them.

    Please pray with me:

    Heavenly Father, the wonders of Your miracles know no boundaries, and we are so close to seeing evidence of Your Healing Touch in Baby Ryan. Please keep his progression moving forward so that he may be released from the hospital when he is supposed to be, and please continue to shower Your Love, Peace, Comfort, and Strength on Ryan and all of his family so that they know that You are with them. Thank You for continuing to show Your love to all of us, no matter what the circumstances are, in all of our lives, and thank You for reminding us all that we are able to move mountains if we just remember to call on You for help. It is in the wonderful name of Your Son Jesus that we pray this with abundant joy and Thanksgiving. Amen!

  • A friend of mine has prayer requests for a family that is going through a lot right now. Here is what she wrote:Feel bad but right now it’s looking like my time tomorrow is needed for a friend. Her husband in horrible accident Nov. 5th when 15 yo son pulled out in front of transfer truck….he had surgeries on shoulder, bowel, and knee……b/c of horrific wreck, testing showed that he had mass in chest which was confirmed 3 weeks ago with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma……was suppose to start chemo Jan 7 but just 5 days ago he was admitted back into the hospital for an infection in his knee, well infectious disease drs came in and said its a bone infection and that he will need a pic line and antibiotics to clear infection. Well, now yesterday, her best friends husband died, and she needs to go see her, get hubby home from hospital. She needs me to go to her house, take her son to baseball, gym, clean her house……I don’t imagine I’ll be home by 4:30…..but I feel that her house helping her is where I need to be!Sometimes the struggles we face are daunting, and seem to pile up on us all at once. However, remember that nothing is impossible for God, so please lift all of this up to Him, and ask Him to sort it all out so that all of the tribulations may be dealt with and handled. The biggest thing I can pray for is healing and Peace, and I will do that. Thank you for praying for these families.

Praises!

In addition to our prayer requests, we certainly have some praises too!  Let’s shower God with all of His Glory as we celebrate all that He has done for us!

  • Right off the bat I’ve got two great praises! Here is the first praise, as it involves my friend Deb and her husband. Here is what she wrote on Facebook:Hubbly is home from the hospital! Hoozah! He’s feeling good and his spirits are up! One thing was really reinforced by this and that is to continue to live a healthy lifestyle. We’re celebrating every day!
  • Right after that I saw this praise, from my Brother-in-Christ Chris. Here is what he wrote on Facebook:

    Visited a little church in Gretna VA this morning. The preacher knew Early from back when she was a child and hadn’t seen her in about 25yrs, He started the day talking about how prayers do get answered and then asked Early and Viktoria to stand up and explained that the church had been praying for us while we were in Poland during the adoption. Total strangers knew us and about the difficult process we went through. What an amazing group of people!

My friends, the power of God is incredible, and He is working miracles that we don’t ever know about.  I urge you all to put your trust, put your faith, in Him, and Believe that it will be okay, because if you believe that with all your heart, it will be okay.  As always, thank you to each and every one of you for taking time to read over these prayer requests, and for praying faithfully over them.  It means more than you will ever know, and I know I speak for everyone that has ever left a request when I say that.

If you ever feel like there is nothing you can do for some situation, or somebody, please remember that you can always pray for them.  That, more than anything, will help them more than anything else.  Never forget that.

Until next time, my friends, may God grant you all His Peace on your lives so that you may have a safe, productful, joyous week, and return safely to us next week.  Amen.