Prayers for the Week: Studying Proverbs

Hello everyone, welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Starting today, we’re going to delve into the book of Proverbs.  Studying Proverbs is something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, but haven’t committed to doing so before now.  I don’t know how many weeks this particular study will go, but for the next several weeks I think we’ll explore some of the incredible testimony that can be learned from this book.  For today, we’re going to focus on the beginning verses, listed below:

1The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand words of insight,
3 to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
4 to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youth—
5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
6 to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction. ~ Proverbs 1:1-7 (ESV)

In many ways, these first seven verses can sum up a lifetime of knowledge for us, if we just take the time to learn these verses.  Intelligence can be learned in many ways.  You can learn it in school, in reading, in study, and just by living in the world.  But true knowledge to me comes from wisdom, from knowing what is smart and what isn’t, from understanding those words of insight.  In particular, I like the final verse, verse 7.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

I think sometimes we all play the role of the fool.  We want it our way, we don’t want to do things the way they should be done, we want to do them the way we want them done.  We play the role of the fool, and in times like that, we turn away from wisdom, from instruction, from listening to what might be the best course of action and instead sail directly into the path of the storm.  The key, I think, is that we not play the fool too often; if we do, we need to recognize the outcome of our course of action, and learn from it.  If we can do that, then we’ll start living verse 5: Let the wise hear and increase in learning…

What is your take on the book of Proverbs? Tell us below in the comments, and thanks!  Will you commit to studying Proverbs with us?  Now, please pray with us the prayer requests and praises we have lifted up this week.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Mikel starts us off with a prayer request for her sister, Saundra: I would like to ask prayers for my sister Saundra who is having knee replacement surgery this week.
    • The surgery had to be postponed a bit because of some tests, so please pray for those tests to stabilize so this can get taken care of.
  • Lori has a prayer request: I may have an interview this week. They wanted me to come on Thursday but my boss’s wife is having surgery that day, so I have to be in the office all day. I emailed them back asking if they could see me either tomorrow or Friday (with the reason I could not meet them Thursday). That was late in the day today…..no word back….keep me in your thoughts and prayers.
  • Kipp has a prayer request: Guys I have a childhood friend that needs prayer. His name is Len. He is having his kidney removed tomorrow morning. That kidney is so full of cancer. Can we pray for no complications, a rapid recovery, complete containment for the cancer to just that kidney, and wisdom/clarity for those giving him care!!
    • UPDATE: Just literally walked back in from hospital! They are saying ….he is cancer free…. it was confined to the kidney….praise God!!
  • Linda has a prayer request for her husband: My husband has been receiving treatment for years for a-fib (irregular heartbeat). He had open heart surgery and a valve replacement 11 years ago which helped tremendously. Today, his heart began beating extremely fast and he is now scheduled for a cardioversion (electrical shock to the heart) on Thursday to restore its natural rhythm. Prayers that all goes well or even that his heart regains its normal rhythm on its own before then would be greatly appreciated.
    • Update: My husband Dan came through the procedure just fine this morning and is back to being himself. (He even cut the grass this evening)! Now our prayers are that it will “hold”. The doctor said that sometimes this fixes the situation for several years … or it could be for just a few days. Naturally our prayers are that the “correction” will last. Thank you all so very much for your prayers.
  • Jodi has a big praise! My brother Ken is scheduled to go home on Monday afternoon! Will have oxygen and nebulizer as he works on strengthening lungs. He’s been so bored at the hospital & rehab. He’ll be so glad to be home!!! Thanks you for and please continue the prayers!
  • Lastly, thank you to those that prayed for the Raleigh, NC area during their huge rainfall totals last week.  Things have settled back down after over 8″ of rain in some areas.

Do you have any prayer requests you want us to pray over?  If so, please leave a comment below and we’ll pray for you!  Now, please pray 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 that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.

A Winter Tour at Yellowstone National Park

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Peach Loop. Today we are exploring fun you and your family can have this winter.  Read along as I talk about some of the winter tours of Yellowstone National Park you can take!


My wife, daughter and I have been to Yellowstone National Park just once as a family.  We spent 3 days visiting as part of a trip we took to visit Cindy’s family as part of our 5th anniversary, way back in 2005.  Since we were there in August, this is part of what we were exposed to for that trip.

Yellowstone

Gorgeous scenery, incredible temperatures, and believe it or not, we actually received quite a bit of hail on our last day there — enough that it looked like snow.  But despite the incredible scenes and memories we have from that trip, one thing I really want to experience once is the experience of visiting Yellowstone National Park in the winter!

Yellowstone

Yellowstone Alpine Guides is just one of the companies that offers tours to Yellowstone in the winter, and they utilize some of the original snowcoaches that were introduced into Yellowstone, back in the 1950s. You can read more about these unique vehicles on the Yellowstone Alpine Guides website. There are a full line of different winter tours that you can take, with rates that vary depending on the tour you take.  Here’s a breakdown of the ones that YAG offers:

Old Faithful Winter Tour

This tour is offered from December 15 – March 15.  Rates for this trip, which includes options for skiing and snowshoeing if you wish, are $145 for adults, $135 for seniors, and $110 for children under age 16.  There are some extra costs that aren’t factored in these prices, such as park admission, taxes, gratuities, and any lunch costs.  The Old Faithful tour is done via snowcoach.

The Canyon Winter Snowcoach Tour

You can take this tour from December 15 – March 6th.  This all day tour runs from 9AM – 5PM, and you’ll need to bring your own lunch for this because there are no locations for food during this tour.  Transportation is also via snowcoach, and features the following highlights of Yellowstone: Yellowstone Falls, Norris Geyser Basin, Natural Thermal Features, Yellowstone’s Wildlife.  This tour offers the same prices as the Old Faithful tour.

Yellowstone Quick Escapes Tours

If you have more time and want to experience both tours, then a Quick Escape Tour might be just the thing for you.  From $209/person you will have two nights and be able to pick one tour.  Lodging is in West Yellowstone and includes lodging, breakfast and the tour of your choice.  However, if you have the time, you can schedule the 3 night/2 tour package.  I’m not sure what the pricing for that one is, but it would cover both tours.

Yellowstone Winter Photography Tours

If you have a big group and you like to take photos, you may want to look into a chartered winter photography tour.  These tours are for up to 8 guests, travel by snowcoach, and are flexible enough to give you the ability to chart your own course and draw on the experience of your guides to get the best settings possible for some incredible photography.  You’ll want to bring your lunch with you on this one!

Obviously, these sorts of tours aren’t for everyone.  My wife has already told me that I’ll be taking this one on my own while she sits in front of the fire drinking hot chocolate!  From our location in North Carolina, this will be something that will take more planning to accomplish, so obviously I don’t have a timeframe on that just yet.  But what about you?  Have you taken a trip like this before?  If so, what did you think?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

For more winter travel ideas,
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!


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Who wins the poll: #TeamParks!

Who wins the poll

The Winner is #TeamParks!

Who Wins the Poll?

By Mike Ellis.

As my friend Roe so creatively put it, she is a a fan of #TeamParks in our poll that we had last week — and she’s not the only one either!  The voting was sparse, as most of my polls are, but fun nonetheless — and with 61% of the vote, The Parks wins!  This is an open ended poll, so there is no closing date assigned, so if you wish to go vote in it, you can do so!  Just click on over and tell us what you like most about Disney!

Who wins the poll

What do you like most about Disney?

Part of the reason for conducting this poll was to get an idea of what sorts of things you wanted to see us write about on the blog.  We’ve been around for over five years now, so we’ve written a lot of things — but we are always looking for input from you, our readers, on what you would like to see us dive into.  Hence, the poll.  So, here’s an open ended question, just like our poll — do you have something you would like to see us dig into in an upcoming blog post?  If so, there are several ways you can reach out to us!  You can leave us a comment here on this post; you can shoot us an email to mickey@mydreamsofdisney.com; you can comment or message us on our Facebook or Google+ pages; or you can shoot us a Tweet on Twitter.  So make yourself heard, let your voice be counted, tell us what you want to see explored in more detail, and we’ll get to work!  Thanks for joining us, and for those that voted, thanks for doing so!  Until next time, go out and make it a great Disney Day!

Merry Christmas 2014

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From all of us here at My Dreams of Disney, to all of you, we wish you a very Merry Christmas 2014, and a Happy New Year too!  May you remember in your hearts the reason that we have Christmas, and may all your dreams come true, whether you be at Disney or not.

For me, I thank God for all of you, for stopping by, for saying hello, for caring, for showing me each and every day what a blessing you all are.  I also give thanks to God for my family, for my friends, and for everyone that has hugged me when I needed a hug, laughed with me when I needed a laugh, cried with me when I needed a cry, and loved me — even if I don’t always deserve love.

For my Disney friends, I have several, but in particular I have some that I would love to mention by name today.

  1. To my friend Amanda, the original Disney’s Cheapskate Princess, I salute you, and love you for all of the friendship you have shown me over the years.
  2. To all of my friends on the Magical Blogorail, both past and present, I love you all — we have laughed quite a bit, cried when necessary, but most of all, we have loved one another — and I wouldn’t trade any of you for anything!
  3. To my friend Andy — the incredibly talented and generous photographer also known as the WDW Shutterbug, I salute you.  You are a great photographer, but even more, you are an even better friend.
  4. Lastly, but by no means least, I give thanks to my friends Steve and Lisa Griswold, owners of Pixie Vacations, and to all of my fellow Pixies.  You all are great people, and I am a better person for having known you.

I could go on and on, but I know you might have some last minute shopping to do or quality time to spend with your family than spending it online, so I’ll let you go.  Once again, Merry Christmas everyone, and thank you for all that you bring to the site each and every day!