Prayers for the Week: Happy Mother’s Day

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28Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.” ~ Proverbs 31:28-29 (ESV)

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Moms out there!  Officially on the calendar, today is Mother’s Day — but in reality, every day should be Mother’s Day!  Today we give Praise and thanks to God for Mothers across the world, spanning this day and age and throughout eternity.

The Bible is filled with incredible Mothers — starting with Eve, continuing through Sarah, then Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, and on and on.  In all of my studies, the one thing I’ve learned is that none of us are perfect, the only perfect one is Jesus, of course, and Mother’s are no exception.  But one thing that is important to remember is that, despite the flaws, despite the frustrations of husbands, children, and life in general, despite all of that, Mother’s across the world still put their families first, and that continues on to this day.

On this Mother’s Day, I wish to leave you with a poem I read yesterday that I think you all will enjoy:

If life were without water, where would we be?
If life were without mothers,
There would be no you or me.
We all need to take hold, of how precious life really is,
and not take for granted the gift of love and the ability to give.
Thank you to God for creating us all
For giving us our mothers
So we can stand proud and tall.
Humans are no accident, no mistake or error
We sometimes live our lives in fear of this,
Even to the point of terror.
But when the truth is told, and recognised by all,
God does not create rubbish. He knew what he was doing when he created
me and you, but the best gift of all, is giving us loving, caring
Mothers who love us unconditionally through and through.
None of us are perfect, that includes ourselves and family.
Hold onto how precious we are and thank God for our mothers.
Amen

Now, please join me in praying the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples 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 – Bible in 90 Days

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Delving into God’s Word is one of the best things any of us can do.  Having just finished the Men’s Study Bible Study, where we were focusing on the book of Genesis, I found myself intrigued by a Facebook status update by my friend Heidi about this Bible reading series called The Bible in 90 Days.  In this case, MomsToolBox.com is the site that is hosting this.  Each day, we read a certain amount of the Bible, with the key being that we just read, not study, God’s Word.  At this point, I’m not certain if it is beneficial to me or not, but we’re only a week in.  The first four days we were reading Genesis, and now I’m finishing up Exodus.

I guess the more I think about it, the more I realize that reading God’s Word isn’t always easy, especially in just 90 days from cover to cover, but the way I see it, the harder it is, the more worthwhile the reward at the end, and the closer to God I’ll be.  Have you ever read the Bible from start to finish?  I know I haven’t; I’ve tried, but something always got in the way of me completing it.  Let me know if you have, and thanks!  Now, please continue reading and praying for our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Please pray for my friend Sheila’s friend Jodi, who is suffering from uterine cancer and multiple sclerosis. Please pray for healing, for Peace, for Strength, and for Comfort for her and her family and friends.
  • My Mom’s friend Scarlett Lucas lost a dear friend today.  Please pray for the family of Mary Lowndes, who passed away while at Bible Study.  Please pray for the Peace, Comfort, and Strength of her family and friends in the days to come.
  • Please continue praying for Aunt Connie and all of the family as we remember Uncle Ted.
  • I’m giving Praise to God for the marriage of my parents — they celebrated their 51st Wedding Anniversary on the 1st!  Thank you God for the example that my parents have been for me and Robin in our lives!

If you have a prayer request you feel led to share with us, please include it as a comment so we can lift you up in the days to come.  There is nothing so moving as to be prayed over!  Now, please pray the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples 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 – Well done, thy good and faithful servant.

Hello everyone, and welcome to this weeks Prayers for the week post. Today’s title is in honor of Teddy Lane Matthews, a man of God who passed away last Tuesday. Uncle Ted (pictured, on right, with Uncle Bob, who we lost last year) was a good man, a man of Faith, a man who loved and knew the Lord. When someone passes, the grief we feel is for our friend, our loved one, but we know that they are no longer in any pain, that they are no longer suffering. When one such as Uncle Ted passes, the sorrow, the prayers, the concern is for those left behind, in this case, Aunt Connie, his wife of nearly 50 years. Please pray for her and the rest of the family, and to Aunt Connie, please remember this very important point: I have no doubt that Jesus welcomed Uncle Ted with these words: ‘Well done, my good and faithful Servant.’

In addition to this, please pray for my friend Sheila’s friend Jodi, who is suffering from uterine cancer and multiple sclerosis.

Now, please pray the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples 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 – Eternal Life

John 10:28-30

28I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me,is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30I and the Father are one.” ~ John 10:28-30 (ESV)

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  More and more often, we hear of tragic events that are happening in the world, and it’s important to me at times like this that we refocus and remember what our Lord said as recorded in the Book of John.

We are approaching the two year anniversary of when we started our prayer posts, and during that time, we have seen the tragedy that comes with the loss of a loved one. Ofttimes, that loss is of a child.  I think that this is why I was led to John this week — that, despite the loss, if we acknowledge that Jesus is our Savior, and that He died for our sins, and was resurrected, if we believe that, then we will have eternal life when we die, regardless of when that is.  If you are not sure how to be saved, please check out this post.  Now, please take a moment and read our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises…

  • My friend Jeff needs some prayers, please. Here is what he wrote on Facebook:Everyone please say a prayer for my Mamaw Davis this morning. She fell and broke her hip this morning and is currently headed into surgery. She’s 94 years old, but a very strong woman. Much stronger than I ever will be. There is always a risk involved of course, but she needs all of your prayers to pull through this.Please pray for his Mamaw’s healing as she goes through this. Thanks everyone!
  • My friend Natalie has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote:I am asking all my friends to remember my cousin when you pray. This is going to be a very hard surgery with a VERY long recovery. I plan to love her through it all and be by her side for the surgery. So, whisper a prayer for her family as well. She has been blessed with an amazing husband that loves her to the moon and back. She also has a 10 year old little girl that deserves to have a healthy mommy.The context of that prayer is her cousin, who wrote this on Facebook:

    With a bitersweet feeling I want to share a somewhat thankful yet somewhat scared announcement! Most of my closet friends and family know that I’ve battled severe debilitating bouts of pancreatitis that have escalated to the point of worrying whether I’m going to make it or not while still clinging to the faith My Lord and Savior holds me in the palm of his hands. … For those who are not familiar with pancreatitis it many cases it is not linked with alcohol abuse or chemical exposures, more times than known until so severe and investigated deeply pancreatitis is found to be genetically inherited. I found out just recently after extensive testing by a team of specialist that is the case with me also discovered that I as well have a pancreas birth defect that in itself puts my body in a struggle that keeps me very sick and that combined w the genetics is more than one can imagine to handle. … With years of high labs, near fatal lapses and close calls w the knowledge of the reasons and where it developed from they were able to determine my risk for pancreatic cancer is not only a risk but most definite. With all that being said a date has been set for my TP/AIT to remove my pancreas and to transplant the cells that will keep me alive. So within the next couple of months I will be having this surgery although very extensive and very scary, I am at peace that this will lengthen my time on earth. … I hope to be a voice of inspiration to some and to share my battle so that those who feel without hope may find some. Prayers are asked in advance for the days to come for me and my family and thanked for most indefinitely from the bottom of my heart…. Warmly, Tyra

    Please pray for her healing, and for all of their strength, comfort, love, support, and most importantly, peace. Thanks everyone!

  • The Brackbill family in Pennsylvania is in need of your prayers. They have recently learned that their daughter, Tori, has Infantile Krabbe’s Disease. The average life expectancy is 2 years, and there is no cure. Please pray boldly for a cure, for healing for Tori, for God to perform a miracle and show all of us that He is in charge, and that He can do anything!Most of all, though, pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to descend upon all of them. Thank you. If you want to read their post, click here.
  • Lastly, we give praise to You, God, for all that You do for us.  We know that we are not worthy of any of the blessings that You have given us, but we thank you for them anyway. Our prayer, Lord, is that You would lead us, guide us, to be the type of servants that You would have us be.

Now, please pray with us the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed by 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.

Merry Christmas

Prayers for the Week – Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post!  Since this is the last Sunday before Christmas, let me stop and say Merry Christmas to all of you!  The Christmas season is my favorite time of the year — it feels like the world is full of promise, of hope, and it’s all because of the birth of one little child…

Our Scripture verse this week comes from the book of Isaiah, Chapter 9, verse 6:

6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~ Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)

Christmas is a time of hope, a time of joy, a time for looking at all that we have been given.  For most of us, our blessings far outweigh our deficiencies, and I hope this is the case for you as well.  I don’t have much to write this week, mainly just a plea for you to take a moment, consider your life, and realize all of the things you have been given — all of the blessings you have received.  Now, please pray with me these prayer requests and praises, and once again, Merry Christmas!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Amanda has an update on her husband Daniel. Here is what she wrote:Merry Christmas! We had a lot of things happen in the past few weeks and needed to get an idea of direction before we could send an update. First, it looks like we are staying off the CPT-11 (irinotecan) indefinitely. Daniel’s liver enzymes came back into normal range after a few weeks off the CPT-11. His Alkaline Phosphatase is still high but is lower than it has been since it went up shortly after surgery. His platelets are still struggling to stay above the level to get chemo so we have had a delay and started round 6 last Wednesday. This round should have started last Monday but he has developed a spot of osteonecrosis of the jaw in his mouth. This is basically an area of trauma that has developed an infection and eaten at the gum so the bone is exposed. As horrible as that sounds, after a consult with an oral surgeon, they determined the infection hadn’t spread to the bone and we are treating with 2 types of antibiotics a total of 5 times a day for 30 days. We go back in a few weeks so they can check progress and determine if the antibiotics are working. We really need the antibiotics to work because as it spreads, the outcomes get worse.
    Because of the osteonecrosis, they have also taken him off of Avastin indefinitely. This means that he is only receiving the 5FU chemo drug. Because we are down to only 1 drug, they are thinking he will need to extend his chemotherapy through February. Not what we were hoping for but we can find the silver lining! Because he is off the Avastin, we can look at getting the hernia repair done as early and mid-January. We meet with the surgeon to discuss the fluctuation in liver enzymes and hernia repair on Wednesday. He should also get a PET Scan sometime the next few weeks to make sure there are no new areas of cancer developing.
    Specific prayers for the next few weeks are for the osteonecrosis to heal as or better than expected, any scans we have to come back with no issues or cancer, a clear plan for the hernia repair and for mental, physical and emotional strength to Daniel to help him weather this additional treatment.
    Thank you all so much for walking on this journey with us! May you all have a blessed and happy Christmas and a safe holiday season!Please continue to pray boldly for Daniel, Amanda, and all of their family. Thank you!
  • Please pray for the family of my friend Dee — we’ve been praying for Jim, her father-in-law.  Sadly, Jim was called home.  Please pray for them all, for their strength, courage, Peace, and comfort, and please also give Praise to God for Jim’s life.  The service is today, so particularly be prayerful for them this day.
  • Please also pray for the family of my friend Carey.  Carey’s Dad passed away last week.  Please be with them during their time of sorrow, but also give praise to God for his life as well.
  • One of my ministers at Edenton Street left this on Facebook.  Please pray for all involved in this:
    52 years old, alone and homeless, he started weeping there on the sidewalk when I asked if there’s anything I could pray for him this Christmas. He said, “I’d like to find my son and tell him I love him.” He spent years trying, to no avail. He was leaving town that day so after 50 minutes of talking I had him record what may be the most heartfelt 50 second message I’ve ever heard and told him I would try and get it to his son. I located his son today and ask for your prayers that I would be led by God in sharing this. His name is Michael.

Now, please pray the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed by 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.