Triumphant Entry

Prayers for the Week – Jesus’ Triumphant Entry!

Triumphant Entry

Today is Palm Sunday in the Christian Calendar; the day when Our Lord Jesus entered Jerusalem.

Hello everyone, and welcome to our Prayers for the Week post, the weekly prayer post that receives your prayer requests and lists them here so others all across the world can pray over them and lift up you and your cares to the Lord.  Today is, of course, Palm Sunday in the Christian Calendar, and it is the day of Jesus’ Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, to the cheers of the people of Jerusalem.  This day is the day when everyone acknowledged Him as their Lord oh so many years ago, and for us, today is the day we remember the love that those people had for Jesus, as well as the love that we have for Jesus.

The sad part of the Easter story for me, anyway, is how quickly those people — us — turn away from Jesus when He doesn’t do what we want Him to do for us.  Those people, less than a week later, were the same people that were shouting “Crucify Him!”  For many of us, including me, I am sorry to say, far too often we leave Church on Sunday, go eat breakfast or lunch or brunch or whatever you wish to call it, and by the time we have changed out of our Church clothes we have already forgotten the message that should have been put on our heart.

In Raleigh, today is also the day that the Rock and Roll Marathon is being held.  Today.  Palm Sunday.  Thousands and thousands of runners, walkers, volunteers, and so on have decided that they have nothing better to do than go run in a race.  Oh sure, I’m sure that the Rock and Roll Marathon is raising money for some worthy cause.  I know that there are plenty of people that don’t go to Church anyway, regardless of the time of year.  But what disgusts me a bit is that the City of Raleigh and the organizers of this event specifically selected Palm Sunday — and that, when the plans were first being finalized, they had no problem with interrupting people’s access to their church to worship their God.  The Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure event is held on a Saturday every year — and I say that the Rock and Roll Marathon could have been run on a Saturday as well.  It should have been run on Saturday.  I think I know exactly what they worship — and it isn’t God.

My friends, I am sorry if I sound harsh today; it is not my intention to be so.  It just bothers me that so many people don’t put God first in their lives.  More than that, it bothers me that I don’t put God first in my life more often. I think of Easter, and I praise God for being so willing to send His Son Jesus to die for me, for my sins — and it really bothers me that He should have to do that at all, that me and you and everyone else just wasn’t smart enough, didn’t care enough, didn’t love Him enough to do what He asked of us.  Even now, despite knowing and believing and loving Jesus — despite all that, still I far to often put Him aside and focus on other things.  Far too often I don’t include Him in my day to day decision making.  Far too often I put my self to the front, and not make it the least.  One thing I do do, though, is every day I thank God for loving me and for forgiving me when I sin.

Enough about me, though.  This is a prayer request post, isn’t it?  It’s time to focus on our prayer requests, and as always, I thank you for praying for all of these people, for praising them to God, and I give thanks to God for each and every one of you for continuing this ministry of Love.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friends Amanda and Daniel need your prayers.  Daniel has been fighting cancer for quite a while, and earlier this week, I received this message from Amanda.  Here is what she wrote:
    “Some of you know that at my husband, Daniel’s, last check in with his oncologist, his CEA was elevated and we had to go for more tests. We had a PET scan last week and got the results yesterday. He has a large mass on his liver that wasn’t there in May. There are a few things it could be – nothing, something unrelated to the cancer, a recurrence of the colon cancer, primary liver cancer or lymphoma. The oncologist feels it isn’t likely related to the colon cancer because of how quickly it developed and because the rest of his body was completely clean in the scan. Of the options, nothing or lymphoma are our best choices. We go for a biopsy sometime this week – it is still to be scheduled. Then we go to an oncology surgeon on Wednesday and follow up with the oncologist next Friday (4/18). We will then have a plan of attack. If it is cancer – no matter the kind, we will go through a round of chemo to try to shrink the mass. If it shrinks enough, they will then surgically remove the mass. While this isn’t the news we wanted, it is much much better than it could be. It was caught early and at this point there is a very good chance we can kick it. We have an amazing oncologist as well as other doctors and all of you to support us so we will make it through! Please continue to pray. I will start sending regular emails with updates again probably beginning next week after we meet with the doctors. My friends have started a novena. They are praying the prayer below to Saint Peregrine in hopes of a healthy outcome for Daniel. We will be saying the novena daily through next Friday (the date of the oncologist appt). If you’d like feel free to join us. If praying to saints isn’t something you do, that’s fine too. We’ll take whatever prayers and positive thoughts you want to send our way! Thanks so much for all of your love and support! It is truly amazing the great people we have in our corner!Prayer to Saint Peregrine
    O great St. Peregrine, you have been called “The Mighty,” “The Wonder-Worker,” because of the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse to you. For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fibre of our being, and who had recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more. You were favoured with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction. Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of the sick whom we entrust to you.For Daniel – for a complete and immediate healing of his entire body-especially his liver.
    Aided in this way by your powerful intercession, we shall sing to God, now and for all eternity, a song of gratitude for His great goodness and mercy. Amen.”
  • Last week we prayed for my friend Dawn and her Dad.  Unfortunately, he passed away during the week, so please give praise to God for the life of William Winston, but please also pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, and Strength to descend upon his wife Judy, his daughters Victoria and Dawn, and for all of his grandchildren.  The man they love is gone, and they celebrate his life, love that Jesus is taking care of him, but still miss him dearly.
  • Please continue to pray for little Rebecca and her family.  Every post I read brings tears to my eyes, but I give thanks to God that He is with them.  If you wish to read one of their posts, here is one about their trip to Disney, thanks to the Make a Wish group.
  • Please continue to pray for my niece Stephanie as she battles her illness.  Be with her and her husband Shane.
  • Please pray for everyone that has prayer requests on their heart but is afraid to voice them out loud.  Please pray for the anonymous prayers that we sometimes hear about.  Please keep them close, and pray for those that live in fear.
  • Lastly, Lord, thank You for Your Son Jesus, and for all that He means to us.

Now, Lord, we pray the prayer that You taught us to pray, saying:

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 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 – God’s Word

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“Thy Word is  Lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path.” ~ Psalms 119:105

Such a simple verse, my friends, but full of power!  In today’s Prayers for the Week I wanted to touch upon a problem I have — one that is quite easy to overcome, but one that I find myself failing to do so…I am not as well-read in the Bible as I ought to be!

Please pray for me about this, because I have seen time and time again the power of our prayers, and I have also seen many times how good the day goes when I do start my day in God’s Word, and how much trouble the day can be if I don’t.  So, my friends, today I ask you this simple question: “How much time do you spend in God’s Word each day?”  Is your Bible too often like mine — forgotten on a shelf instead of open in your lap, searching out God’s direction for us?  If it is, how about we make a challenge together — to work with one another, making each other our accountability partners?  If you would like to do this, shoot me an email to mickey@mydreamsofdisney.com, and I’ll email you what I read in my Bible, and you email me and tell me what you read.  That way, together, we can keep each other focused in the Word, and over time, we’ll be more “Bible Literate” and better able to withstand the challenges of a fallen world!

Prayer Requests and Praises!

Prayers go out this week to my friend Jeff, who’s Mom lost her battle against Breast Cancer this week.  Jeff and all his family know that she is in Heaven right now, but that doesn’t ease the pain any, so please lift them up in prayers for their comfort and strength in the days to come, but also give thanks and praise to God for Jeff’s Mom, and the witness that she was throughout her life.  As Jeff wrote so eloquently:

Today Mom ended her battle with cancer and we celebrate the peace that she can now have in heaven. Mom lived by her motto of not just surviving but thriving. She has been an inspiration to so many and the best role model I have ever known. The family will have a visitation on Sunday evening from 6-8pm at Brown-Wynn Funeral home in Cary and the funeral will be at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary on Monday at 2p. We can all celebrate knowing that Moms faith in god kept her and all of us at peace as she passed. Donations are preferred to The Wolfpack Club, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Wake County Hospice, or your favorite charity in lieu of flowers.

Additionally, Sherry has a prayer request:

Please pray for my unsaved friend Kelly, she is searching and finally accepted my invitation to church on Sunday. So this is a praise & a prayer request. She loved my church and our praise and worship time. They gave her a Bible and she couldn’t believe it was free…..LOL. She has already signed up for our womens breakfast on Aug 6th and cannot wait to come back for another Sunday svc. Please pray that satan will be bound and unable to interfere as Kelly is open to hearing God’s word and is hungry for more!
Thank you and God Bless
Sherry Hofmann

My friend Bambi’s little girl was sick and had to be hospitalized this past week.  It took a while, but her baby is feeling much better, and has been sent home now, where it appears like she is no worse for wear!  So thank you Lord for hearing our prayers and healing your little angel on earth!

My good friend Lisa had need of our prayers during the week as her son had to have some surgery.  She just let me know though that his surgery was a big success, so Praises to God for that, and he is recovering very well!  Thank you Lord and all of you that were praying for him!

I also have a friend that is worried about their job — there is a contract dispute and their job is in jeopardy as a result.  Please pray for them — because of the sensitive nature of this, I’m keeping some of the details silent at this time, but please pray for them, we all know that God knows what we need even when we don’t know how to put it into words, so I offer up this prayer for my friend and all of the others that we don’t know about:

Lord, the worry that we can experience over our job situations is sometimes very hard to deal with — but we also know that You are in control of the situation, and that You will take care of us for the best if we just ask it of You.  We know that you have our best interests in mind, for you said in Jeremiah 29:11 — “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.”

As a result, while we are worried over our jobs, we know that if we turn to You it will be okay, and You will take care of it, whether that means keeping our existing job or finding a new one.  Thank You Lord for taking care of this — please give me the strength and Peace to endure whatever it is I need to endure in this trial, but also allow this trial to draw me closer to Your Will, so that I might be a better Disciple of Christ for You.  It is in Jesus’ name that I pray with Thanksgiving!  Amen.

Lastly, my friend Beth has had a nephew who was fighting cancer and other ailments.  I just heard that he is now officially cancer free!  Praise God for that, and please keep praying for him that he would remain that way!  Thanks everyone!

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 of the Week

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Over the past 2+ years of writing on this blog, the posts have all generally been about Disney.  Of late, though, it has occurred to me that the reach of this little blog has spread greatly, to the point that it isn’t unusual for me to see traffic from such “remote” locations as Russia, India, and Bangladesh!  In fact, My Dreams of Disney has been accessed from 135 different countries/territories across the globe.

The point of all of this isn’t to bring praise to me, but to share with you a realization that I have had along my faith journey — witnessing for the Lord doesn’t just come in the form of face to face conversations — your witness can be as simple as writing a blog post.

To that end, every Sunday I am going to write a post called Prayers of the Week.  This special post will share with you some prayers requests that I, my family, or friends have, and if you are of a mind, please lift up these requests in your daily prayers.  However, this isn’t a one way street by any stretch!  The world that we live in today has many, many problems, and we all have concerns that we need addressed.  So, if you have any prayer requests of your own, please share them in the comments, and know that I will note them down and include your prayer requests in when I pray as well.

For privacy’s sake, I won’t always share all of the details for a prayer request, but I should share enough information that you’ll know what to pray for.

Thank you in advance for your prayers, and don’t be shy — share your prayer requests here!  By doing so, we will show the world how powerful prayer can be!

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray for Kenny and his family.  Kenny’s wife Sherry recently passed away, leaving Kenny and his two young children without their mother.  She was a Believer, so we all know she is in Jesus’ loving embrace, but please pray for God’s Peace to descend upon the family, as well as for His Strength to see them through these trying days.
  • Please pray for my friend’s mother, who is having a difficult time with Chemo and Radiation treatments for breast cancer.  Her daughter travels back home soon, and it is a big worry how she will get on — or whether or not she will have to move up here with her.
  • Please pray for my cousin, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer, as well as for my aunt, who is also undergoing treatment.  Please pray for a healthy result to their treatments.
  • Please pray for my other aunt, who has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer for a long time now.
  • Please pray for my wife’s cousin, who had a stroke recently, and for her parents, who are having to look after her in their later years.
  • Please pray for my family, that we see the stresses of work and school even out some so that we can remember each day the love that we have for each other.
  • Please pray for my friends, for jobs applied for and health looked after.
  • Please pray for my friend’s brother-in-law, who has fought cancer for years, and now has it in his lymph nodes.  He is undergoing some bone scans, and hopes to be eligible for a special clinical trial — if he gets in he has his medicine provided, but if he doesn’t the medicine runs $7-9,000 per month!
  • I have also learned of a specific prayer request for some dear friends; this request is private, but please pray that the parties in this ordeal would receive God’s Wisdom on them, and realize that the course of action they are about to undertake isn’t the best for them and their families.  Also, for everyone that is close to them and is struggling because of the decision this couple is making, please pray for God’s Peace to descend upon them, so that their worries may be lifted away, and they can get back to being the witnesses to the Lord that He needs them to be.

Praises:

God wants to hear our sorrows, our tribulations, the things that are keeping us up at night.  As the 1 Peter 5:7 says:

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

However, it is also great and wonderful to give Thanks to God for those things that we have received!  In that thought, here are some praises we can give to God in Thanks!

  • I, and hundreds of other people, were blessed tonight to be part of the Red Rose Banquet at Edenton Street United Methodist Church.  We were lifted up in song by the children’s choirs, and we had both a silent and live auction to raise funds to help the Ruth Sheets Adult Day Care Center.  It was a wonderful night, and I for one was blessed this night.
  • Wonderful praise is to be lifted up each and every night for the leadership and organization that has led to a wonderful Bible Study called The Men’s Study.  This is my third year studying His Word in this group, and I am closer to God now then at any time in my life — and each day I draw even closer.
  • I am deeply blessed by all of my family and friends.  Each one of them is a blessing, and for each of them I give thanks to God that I have been able to have them in my life — or, in some cases, I thank God that He allowed me to be in their lives!
  • I would like to give thanks to God for my wonderful friends Ervin and Lois.  They are the wonderful parents of my dear friend Monica, and God has blessed me to be able to help them out with a computer problem here and there.  The beauty of it, though, is that, while I’m able to help them, and I gladly do so, I’m not really doing anything that couldn’t be done by someone else.  What I love is, when I leave their house, I have been blessed, and I have learned some new nugget of wisdom that will help me, both in my faith journey, and in my worldly travels as Cindy and I work together to raise our daughter into the daughter that God would have her be.

Now, please feel free to add your prayer concerns in the comments below, and don’t forget, praises are a big thing too, so share those also!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!

Are you ready for Season Two of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time?”

Are you as big a fan of Once Upon a Time as my wife and I are?  I was fortunate enough to be able to review the first season on Blu-Ray for Chip & Company a while back, and while we were fans of the show already, being able to watch it again on Blu-Ray was absolutely incredible and really cemented our enjoyment of the series!

Well, get ready for season 2!  This coming Sunday, September 30, at 8PM, the second season of Once Upon a Time will be here!  To get you ready for the next season, here is a trailer for the upcoming season that you might enjoy.  Have fun!

If you want to catch up again on what happened in the first season, check out the Once Upon a Time site over at ABC.  It has a lot of information about the upcoming season, as well as bios of the characters, little snippets of information about things, and more.  Have fun!

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