Prayers for the Week – Rest in Peace, C.A. & Jim

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1I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
6For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. ~ 2 Timothy 4:1-8 (ESV)

My friends, welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today is a solemn day for many of our Brothers and Sisters in Christ, and today we are going to remember C.A. Dillon and Jim Eastman.  Both men were called home last week, C.A. on Thursday and Jim yesterday.  I knew C.A. personally, and he was a rock of faith, had a gentle soul, and anyone that met him knew that he walked the way Jesus would have us walk on this earth.  Jim I didn’t know, but I know that he leaves behind his wife, his kids, grandkids, and many other family that are grieving at this time.  Please pray for the families, for those that are left behind with their grief.  Also, please pray with us for the rest of our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests

  • Nikki has a prayer request. Please pray for her: Prayers for my family are much needed right now. God knows the need. I may not get to see them as often as I’d like, but they’re always close in my heart.
  • Amanda has continued prayer requests for her husband Daniel: We need more prayers for my husband, Daniel. His tumors indicators were stable the last check but his platelets are rebounding slower and slower. He is getting treatment today with his platelets lower than normal. We get scanned next week to see if the new chemo is keeping his cancer in check. Please pray that his body handle this treatment well and it be super effective in kicking the cancer cells’ butt! Please pray for good or great results on our scan. I know God has a plan, but I hope He agrees with me to cure Daniel here on earth! Thanks!
  • Please add Mildred Dillon and her family to your prayers. Mildred lost her husband of 59 years, CA Dillon, yesterday. He was 91 years old, as strong a Christian as I ever met, and the most gentle man you’d ever meet. Before he left us, Mildred told him that she wished she could go with him to Heaven when he passed. In some ways, her heart was already there, as she is a strong Christian herself, but her heart is heavy this morning.
  • Please pray for Brandi: If you don’t mind, I’d like prayers this morning. Fear, anxiety and worry are like a storm cloud over my head today. I feel weighed down with it but there’s nothing I can do to stop my worry other than pray and have faith.
  • Angela has a prayer request: My beautiful daughter Chandi…..is having some serious medical issues right now. I appreciate the prayers of my family and loved ones while she goes through this most difficult time. My family and I thank you.
  • Kathy has a prayer request: I am asking for all prayer warriors to pray for a unspoken prayer God know the need its for my Sister’s husband and his family they need strength.
  • Please continue praying for our neighbor Tina. She was home but had to go back to the hospital due to some bleeding unrelated to her heart surgery. Thanks.
    • UPDATE: Tina is better and has returned home now, thank you for praying for her!
  • Please pray for Amy and her family in their loss of her father-in-law Jim.  Please pray especially for Amy’s children who have lost their grandfather, and for her husband and his siblings, and for her Mother-in-Law Carolyn.  Carolyn and Jim were married for nearly 50 years.
  • Lastly, please remember that there are many anonymous prayer requests that we never hear about.  Please lift up those unknown prayer requests, and also pray that those that are afraid to speak up for their needs would find the courage to do so.

Now, please join with us in one voice as we 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.

Prayers for the Week: Here I am, Lord

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8And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” ~ Isaiah 6:8 (ESV)

Good morning good people, and welcome to today’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today we are focusing on Isaiah 6:8, when we learn of God’s calling to Isaiah.  Can you imagine God speaking, asking His Heavenly Host who will go?  Can you imagine God asking that question of you each and every day of your life?

Well, the simple answer is that God does ask that question each day of us.  Each day God asks each of us “Who will do My Will?”  Each day He asks us to take up His Cross for Him, and each day so many of us say “I’ll do it tomorrow God.”

My prayer for each of us, myself included, is that from now on, when God asks who He should send, each and every one of us will scream from the top of our lungs like Isaiah did: “Here I am! Send me.”

Will you join me in serving God in any way that He asks of us? One way to do so is by praying to Him each morning, each evening, all day, every day.  You can start by praying with us the prayer requests listed below and lift up to God His praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Sheila has a great praise report from Friday! We have been praying for her daughter Jagan and her selection for high school.  Well, here is what Sheila wrote: Thank you all for your prayers. Jagan was accepted to Champs High School. We are so very grateful for all of your thoughts and prayers.
  • We continue our prayers for Jodi’s Father-in-Law: Please continue prayers for my FIL, who is recovering from a severe head injury. He fell/fainted(?) this morning. Checks out ok at doctor physically. He is still struggling very much with affects of this injury: cannot control emotions, is extremely impulsive, is very angry and frustrated, and is still being very mean to his wife (who has to keep reminding herself it is the injury talking). Please pray as he heals there are no long-term or permanent effects to his personality and that he has a full recovery. Thank you!
  • Today we join Hiro in praying for her father.  Here is what she wrote: Could you pray for my father please? I can’t go into things but he has his demons and it’s affecting the people who love and admire him so much. Thank you so much.
  • Please continue praying for my friend Laurel — her mom is really sick. Here’s what she wrote: Please pray for my mom, Donna Potter. She is in the ICU with complications of her cancer.
  • Jodi also asks for prayers for her brother Ken: Please keep my brother Ken in prayer. A year ago he had total knee replacement, but it never healed properly. Turns out there is major infection in there that will require another surgery to re-replace the whole joint and clean out the infection. He will take home an IV he will have to have for 6 weeks! He is confident the surgery will go well and all, but he is alone, as his wife passed away in September. The only family left in the Dallas area are my other brother Tom and his wife & kids and Ken’s step-daughter, Cami & her family, who live near Austin. Tom & his family will do what they can, and Cami has said she can spend the week following the surgery with him. Please pray friends from his church will be able to help as well, and that he gets through this without complication. Thank you!
  • Please continue praying for our neighbor Tina as she recovers from her heart surgery. She’s improving and has come home, but still needs prayers for her and her husband.
  • Friends, please pray for Jessica and Chris. They are fostering a family of 4 siblings, but one of them did not work out. Jessica and Chris are strong Christians, but I know that their hearts are heavy right now, so please pray for them, for their foster children, for the one that had to leave their nest, and that God would bring them all back together if it is His Will to do so. Thank you everyone.
  • Please continue praying for Shannan and for everyone involved in the fallen police officer.  The memorial service was this past week, but please be with her and all involved in this in spirit, and pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to surround them all.
  • Please pray for my friend Pam. Here’s her request: Once again, I need to ask all my facebook friends to lift Ronnie up in prayer. Yes, once again, it’s that time…time for surgery. He has another one this week. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
  • Thank you for praying for Susan’s husband Ronnie, who had heart surgery.  He is doing very well in his recovery, so please keep praying for him and all of their family.
  • Thank you for praying for Cindy’s co-worker Tommy, he had his surgery and is recovering nicely.  Thank you for continuing to pray!

Now, please join with us in one voice as we 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.

Lastly, join in our worship by listening in and singing along with the video for “Here I am, Lord.”

Prayers for the Week – Jesus’ Family

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1The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, 4and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, 6and Jesse the father of David the king.
And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, 7and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, 8and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, 9and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, 11and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
12And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, 14and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, 15and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, 16and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.
17So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations. ~ Matthew 1:1-17 (ESV)

My friends, welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today I thought a lot about how unique we all are, and that got me to thinking a bit about Jesus and His family tree.  So today, let’s talk about what some of those that came before Him, and compare their lives with some of the things we do sometimes.

  • Judah unknowing slept with his daughter-in-law Tamar, producing the twins Perez and Zerah.
  • Rahab was known as Rahab the Harlot before she helped the two spies.  One of them, Salmon, loved her, married her, and they produced Boaz.
  • David was King — but he slept with his friend Uriah’s wife Bathsheba, and when she became pregnant with Solomon, had Uriah killed.
  • Solomon had more wisdom than any man of his time or since — with the exception, perhaps, of Jesus.  However, Solomon turned from what God wanted of him, and the sad result of Solomon was that his kingdom was divided.
  • Uzziah was made King of Judah at the age of 16, and rose greatly, because he walked with God. But later on, after he was strong, he turned away from God, and God struck him with Leprosy, and Uzziah died.

The point of all of this, my brothers and sisters in Christ, is to point out that the genealogy of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is littered with people that made mistakes — huge mistakes in some cases.  For some of them, they started their lives walking with God and turned away later, and for others, they started their lives walking away from God and turned toward Him later.  From my perspective, the big key for all of us is that we all make our own choices — choices to either follow God or to not follow Him.  The beauty of it all is that God is long-suffering, and He wants everyone to come to Him, and for all to be saved!

1First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. ~ 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (ESV)

So the ultimate question I have for all of us, whether we are Believer or non-Believer, is this:

“Will you choose to walk with God, or will you turn away from Him?”

The answer to that question will determine where you will spend Eternity. Choose wisely.  Now, please read along and pray with us our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests and Praises

  • We start off today with a prayer request for the family and friends of Officer Mumaw of the Nashville Police Department.  Here is what Shannan had on her page: These are the words of the Mayor: Our worst fears were realized today when Officer Mumaw was recovered deceased from the Cumberland River after having given his life to save a woman in distress. Officer Mumaw dedicated his life to the safety and protection of us all, and today he gave his life to that calling. My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Mumaw’s family and friends and all of our Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Officers today.
    I want to thank the men and women of our Metro Nashville Police Department and Nashville Fire Department, as well as the city of Hendersonville, Tennessee, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and US Army Corps of Engineers who all came together this morning to assist in the search for Officer Mumaw.
    Updates: Our Metro Courthouse, Korean Veterans Bridge, and other buildings will be lit in blue this evening to honor Officer Mumaw. I have ordered all flags to half staff on all Metro buildings until further directed.
  • Please pray for my friend Laurel — her mom is really sick. Here’s what she wrote: Please pray for my mom, Donna Potter. She is in the ICU with complications of her cancer.
  • Jodi has this continuing prayer request: Please continue prayers for my FIL, who is recovering from a severe head injury. He fell/fainted(?) this morning. Checks out ok at doctor physically. He is still struggling very much with affects of this injury: cannot control emotions, is extremely impulsive, is very angry and frustrated, and is still being very mean to his wife (who has to keep reminding herself it is the injury talking). Please pray as he heals there are no long-term or permanent effects to his personality and that he has a full recovery. Thank you!
  • Please pray for Early and her group as they head to Haiti for a medical mission trip. Also, praise for Early, her husband Chris, and their son Aidan, who is improving day by day in his environment!
  • Please pray for Cindy’s co-worker Tommy. He has his heart surgery next Wednesday. Thanks!
  • Lori has a prayer request: Please send Prayers up for my friend, Barb & her husband, Joe, and Joe’s father especially. Joe is wheelchair-bound with cystic fibrosis and is having to fly tomorrow (alone) to be with his father for surgery. Barb has to let him go on his own as they have 3 very, very special needs children at home that they adopted. God Bless them & their hearts!
  • Please continue your prayers for our friend Tina in her recovery from surgery.
  • Lynda has a prayer request: A work friend of mine and my company’s is undergoing a double mastectomy on Wednesday. Asking for lots of prayers.
    • Update: She had the surgery, please keep praying for her good recovery!
  • Please continue praying for Amanda’s husband Daniel and their daughter Cate: My husband’s tumor indicators are still increasing after switching chemotherapy drugs. Please pray that this chemo at least stops the cancer from spreading and growing but better yet that God cures and heals him. Please pray for his emotional and spiritual well being as well. He’s taking it pretty hard even though it’s only one indicator and isn’t always correct. There are several new treatments coming in the next several months and we need to keep the cancer in check at least until then! Thank you all so much!
  • As always, please pray for those requests that we don’t hear anything about.  The anonymous prayer requests are greater perhaps than the sands on a beach, but you know what? God knows the details of each and every one of them. He is that awesome and He loves us that much to care about the most mundane prayer requests we have.  So even if you don’t think you can ask us to pray for you, know that you can still ask God directly.

Remember, Jesus died on the Cross to pay the penalty for each of the sin that we all have.  His sacrifice for us tore the curtain that separated us from God, and now, we can pray to God because Jesus intercedes on our behalf.  Pray.  It’s as simple as that.  Prayer is simply talking to God, telling Him about what is going on in our lives.  Pray.

 

Now, please join with us in one voice as we 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.

Prayers for the Week – Psalm 101

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My friends, welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today we are taking a look at Psalm 101, a reminder to all of us who look to God:

1 I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will make music.
2 I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will you come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house;
3 I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.
4 A perverse heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil.
5 Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not endure.
6 I will look with favor on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in the way that is blameless shall minister to me.
7 No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.
8 Morning by morning I will destroy all the wicked in the land, cutting off all the evildoers from the city of the Lord. ~ Psalm 101 (ESV)

What is God telling us in Psalm 101? On first look, it can be easy to say that those that do wrong in the world should be destroyed; and for many, I think that is exactly what they will glean from this Psalm.  To me, though, it goes beyond that.  Really, it goes into what is in our own individual hearts, minds, thoughts, and souls.  Look at verse 4 again:

4 A perverse heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil.

I read that and remind myself that far too often my heart knows too much of the evil of this world.  Far too often I let Satan invade.  This is a reminder for me that I need to keep him (Satan) out and make sure that I let Him (Jesus) in!

The same with verses 5 and 7; rather than looking at someone else and seeing their slander and their lies, I will first look at myself and get rid of any temptations I have for gossip and slander, temptations to tell a “little white lie” instead of gently speaking the Truth.

Remember the words of Jesus as pertains to judging others:

1“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. ~ Matthew 7:1-5 (ESV)

A word of caution to us all.  It is clear that we can all interpret the Bible any way we choose to.  Some will look at Psalm 101 and see that as clear evidence to continue their verbal attacks on those in charge.  Others will read Psalm 101 and see it as clear evidence that President Trump is doing just what God is telling him to do.  The simple fact is this: none of us know what God wants of President Trump, or if President Trump is even listening to what God wants to tell him.  Remember the words of Jesus from Matthew 7, and remember them wisely — if you are judging others, how you judge them will be used to judge you.  Can you stand up to that kind of judgment?  I don’t think any of us can.

Now, please continue reading, and praying with us our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests and Praises:

  • First off, we have a praise report from Jodi: Received a letter from Chase today that the debit card fraud was indeed fraud, and the matter is finally settled. Whew! Thank you all so much for your faithful prayers!
  • Trena had a prayer request and subsequent praise! PRAYER REQUEST: These precious girls have a BIG day ahead! They are hoping to become United States citizens TODAY!!! Our appointment/interview is at 9:00 (CST) this morning and we would greatly appreciate your prayers! I began the process with Julia 7 years ago this month. It will be so nice to have total completion of the process!
    • The praise is that the process was a success, and they are now American Citizens!
  • A quick prayer request for all of the anonymous prayer requests that are out there. The overwhelming number of them we never hear about, but it’s always a good reminder to pray for those that are unable to share their fears and concerns for whatever reason. Just remember them in your prayers, and know that God knows the details, and we don’t need to. Thanks everyone!
  • We have a prayer request for our friend Tina — her heart surgery is scheduled for Thursday 2/2. Prayers please for her and for her husband Ted who is wheelchair bound. Some in the neighborhood are working on a schedule of providing some meals for them to help them out.
  • Continue praying for Angela’s prayer request: Please keep my grandson Blake in prayer he means everything to me. A few months ago he had pneumonia and has not completely healed. He went to the Pulmonologist this week and it was discovered after a Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) that his total lung capacity was at 40%, which is alarming. We are all very concerned. Thank you in advance for your prayers.
    • Angela tells me to please keep praying, Blake is still not fully healed!
  • Please continue praying for Shannan’s prayer request: Prayer request that my previous agency owner will do the right thing and make right on the commissions she owes to agents.
    • So far, nothing has changed.  Please pray for the agency owner to do what is right.
  • Continuing prayer request for Sheila: Prayer requests Jagan visted High Tech and Champs high school and loves both of them . Please pray she gets in and will have a choice on which one to pick. The only obstacle is its a lottery, however, I know with your prayers Jagan will get into both schools.
    Thanks in advance.
  • Continuing prayer request for Robin: I have a co-worker/friend who knows a family suffering a tremendous loss. The oldest daughter died in an ATV accident, middle and youngest seriously injured. This occured yesterday and although the family knows Jesus this has rocked their world. Prayers deeply appreciated.
  • We have a prayer request from Brenda: Hi Mike, would you please add our friend (and Susan’s husband) Ronnie to the prayer list? He will have open heart surgery on Monday to repair a leaky valve. Thank you. Love you.
  • Lori has a prayer request: Pray for our Country; I am afraid this divide may become an abyss. I know as Christians we have nothing to fear but I still want to bring so many, many more with us. We’ve got much, much WORK to do!
  • Continuing prayers for Caroline: My most precious cousin Angela has just minutes ago told me that her beloved husband David Rea has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. He is scheduled for surgical biopsy at Duke tomorrow and they ask for help in praying for a miracle. Her mother just died last month, and she is still reeling from that excruciating loss. Thank you for lifting up David at this dire time. It is a cancerous tumor, so please keep praying with a fervent pitch for God’s Healing Touch upon David.
  • Robin had another prayer request: Please add Christy: she had knee surgery and she is diabetic. She has had issues with the wound and is now battling MSSA, not MRSA but very serious. Her aunt is in my bible study. Thank you.
  • From me, praise for Stephanie and her family: Shane is home!
  • Continued prayer request from Jodi: Please continue to pray for my father-in-law as he heals from a severe head injury, and please pray also for his wife as she is enduring a lot of challenge in this process.
  • Continuing prayers for Amanda and her husband Daniel and daughter Cate.  Here is what she wrote: My husband’s tumor indicators are still increasing after switching chemotherapy drugs. Please pray that this chemo at least stops the cancer from spreading and growing but better yet that God cures and heals him. Please pray for his emotional and spiritual well being as well. He’s taking it pretty hard even though it’s only one indicator and isn’t always correct. There are several new treatments coming in the next several months and we need to keep the cancer in check at least until then! Thank you all so much!

Now, please join with us in one voice as we 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.

Prayers for the Week – Answered Prayers

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22And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” ~ Matthew 21:22 (ESV)

My friends, welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today we are talking about when God answers our prayers.  Sometimes it is fairly quickly, sometimes it takes longer, but God always answers our prayers.  The answer is not always what we want it to be, but it is answered nonetheless.  For this week, we actually have several answered prayers that we want to give praise to God for, so let’s get right to it!

Answered Prayers

  • Jodi has an update on her Father-in-Law from her prayer request of last week: *1/16/17 update: Gerald was discharged from the hospital yesterday! He will receive therapy at home and have daily nurse visits. Please continue prayers for complete healing, that the cause would be revealed, and for Elaine to have patience during this time. And, of course, lift shouts of praise for his rapid improvement! Thank you!!!
  • Jodi also had a prayer request for her son Kyle and his job interview, and we have an update on that as well: Kyle got the job!!! Starts next Tuesday (24th). Thank you so much for praying over him!
  • Jodi also had an answered prayer regarding the person that shot the police officer in Orlando: They got him! Thank you, again, for your faithful prayers!

Prayer Requests

  • Leslie has a prayer request: My sweet dog, Meg, is having surgery tomorrow to have a tumor removed. I know this is just a little blip in light of others troubles, but please think a good thought for her. And for me-
    • I found out from Leslie that Meg is doing well, they find out the results of the testing on Monday, but Meg is much better.
  • Please continue praying for the prayer requests we had from last week.  There were a lot of them, please keep lifting them up to God.  Here is the post in case you need to read and pray them again.

Now, please join with us in one voice as we 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.

Prayers for the Week – Bless the Lord

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1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! ~ Psalm 103:1 (ESV)

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  This week we have a lot of prayer requests; it seems every week we turn around and see more sorrow, more anguish, so today, we turn to God and give thanks to Him first.

In times of sorrow, it’s very hard to thank God for where we are in our lives, but it’s vitally important to do so.  With so much happening, it’s hard to find the blessings in our lives — but if you are able to look beyond the trouble, you may just see the wondrous blessings that God has given you.

I referenced just verse 1 of Psalm 103, but I urge you to go over and read the entire Psalm.  It is an uplifting Psalm, one of hope, one of love, and it speaks to us of all of the blessings that God has given us.

But now, please pray with us on our long list of Prayer Requests and Praises.

Prayer Requests and Praises

  • Jodi has a prayer request: *1/13/17 update on my FIL: 1) He has 3 “quite severe” skull fractures, the worst of which is on his crown. The how/when/where of the accident is still a mystery! 2) He will remain in ICU 1-2 more days then be moved to floor for head injuries where he will receive therapy. 3) If not for his otherwise impeccable health, this would have killed him. He’s 74. Doctor said 1 of 2 people his age who get this severe a head injury die. It is truly a miracle he is still with us! 4) He does not grasp that he is injured and NEEDS to remain in the hospital and periodically fusses with nurses, trying to remove wires, monitors, and such, and just go home. 5) My husband will be flying to Dallas to be with him sometime this week.
    Thank you for continued prayers!!!
    I’m sorry to post so many requests lately, but I have another. Almost 2 weeks ago now, my father-in law had an episode. We thought it was severe dehydration after not properly fueling/drinking on a long bike ride (avid bicyclist, 50 miles), but turns out he may have had a head injury and forgotten or not realized it happened. After many days of refusing to eat and drink and being relatively incoherent, he started to improve. Long story short, a CT scan today showed bleeding on the brain. He was sent by ambulance to the hospital for a 2nd CT and an MRI and will be kept overnight. (He is not happy about that, lol!) We suspect he may have wrecked his bike and hit his head and not remember it. Please pray doctors find the source of bleeding and can get it stopped without any brain damage! Thank you!
  • Jodi also has a prayer request for Kyle: OK, let’s try this again…please pray for my son Kyle re: job. He has an interview with Greenway Ford in Orlando at 1:00 PM this Thursday. Thank you!
  • Angela has prayer request: Please keep my grandson Blake in prayer he means everything to me. A few months ago he had pneumonia and has not completely healed. He went to the Pulmonologist this week and it was discovered after a Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) that his total lung capacity was at 40%, which is alarming. We are all very concerned. Thank you in advance for your prayers.
  • Jodi has a prayer request about the shooting in Orlando: I shared this on my personal page a little while ago. Things have settled down, but the suspect could possibly be in our area still. A house about 10 miles away was searched earlier this afternoon, and the one I mention below is about 1-2 miles from me. Too close for comfort!
    Prayers, please! Rumors flying that the suspected murderer of the Orlando police officer is in my town at this moment, just a couple miles from our house. Reports say he has not been found here, and nothing has been confirmed, but I do not like the thought that he even could be where we live!
  • Shannan has a prayer request: Prayer request that my previous agency owner will do the right thing and make right on the commissions she owes to agents.
  • Sheila has a prayer request: Prayer requests Jagan visted High Tech and Champs high school and loves both of them . Please pray she gets in and will have a choice on which one to pick. The only obstacle is its a lottery, however, I know with your prayers Jagan will get into both schools.
    Thanks in advance.
  • Robin has a prayer request: I have a co-worker/friend who knows a family suffering a tremendous loss. The oldest daughter died in an ATV accident, middle and youngest seriously injured. This occured yesterday and although the family knows Jesus this has rocked their world. Prayers deeply appreciated.
  • Deb has a prayer request: Happy thoughts good vibes and prayers for Peter would be greatly appreciated today!! He’s having some oral surgery. I am nervously waiting in the office. It’s 12* and I forgot to put on moisturizer. If I step outside my face may crack.
  • Caroline has a prayer request: My most precious cousin Angela has just minutes ago told me that her beloved husband David Rea has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. He is scheduled for surgical biopsy at Duke tomorrow and they ask for help in praying for a miracle. Her mother just died last month, and she is still reeling from that excruciating loss. Thank you for lifting up David at this dire time.
    • David’s biopsy did determine malignancy, so we are really powering up our prayers.
  • Robin has another prayer request: Please add Christy: she had knee surgery and she is diabetic. She has had issues with the wound and is now battling MSSA, not MRSA but very serious. Her aunt is in my bible study. Thank you.
  • Stephanie has a prayer request: My sanity… A. L. M. O. S. T….. T. H. E. R. E…..

And now, after all those requests, please pray with us 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.

Lastly, play the video, and sing along to Bless the Lord O my soul.

Prayers for the Week: Combating Fear

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9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9 (ESV)

On this 8th day of January, the week has seen the celebration of starting a new year torn apart by the ravages of violence and fear throughout the country and the world.  On this day, we remember those that have lost their lives, whether it be in Ft. Lauderdale or in icy regions of the country.  We remember those that are suffering, and those that can’t seem to stop living in fear of what tomorrow may bring.  My prayer is that we all remember that we are each the Light of Christ and to let that Light shine forth throughout the darkest night.

Now, I’m fighting a head cold that is taking root within, so I ask that you please pray for me but also pray these prayer requests and praises that we have listed below.

Prayer Requests and Praises

  • We start off with prayers for all of those that were affected by the shootings at the Ft. Lauderdale airport.  We remember with love those that lost their lives, and pray for Peace, Comfort, and Strength for their families.  We remember those that are injured, and pray for God’s Healing touch upon them all.
  • Prayer request for my friend Stephanie: It’s just one thing after another for my family. My uncle Robert is in the ICU tonight and it isn’t looking good 😢. Scerosis of the liver, kidney failure, fluid in the heart and stomach, not promising. Robert was a great uncle the best you could ask for. He and my uncle Kenny introduced me to the Three Stooges, Chiller, and many other classics! He was always there for me and my friends, taking us to and from school, picking us up and taking us places whenever no questions asked. I hope he knows how much he means to me.
  • Prayers go out to the family of 6 year old David who was found drowned in a pond in Colorado this week.  Please pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to descend upon this family.
  • Praise for my Dad, who celebrated his birthday on Friday!  Happy Birthday Dad, you are a treasure to me and Cindy, Sophie and I love you very much!
  • Prayers for those that are stuck out in the cold on these winter nights.  Please pray that heat would find them and that they would know God’s Peace, Comfort, and Strength.

As always, if you have a prayer request, please share it with us!  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.