Prayer Requests 11-3-16

It’s Thursday, so don’t forget to pray for Jo, her students, and the people of PNG.

Anyone else?

Psalm 34

¹I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.

11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?

13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

16 The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

22 The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

23 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 11-3-16

  1. Please continue to hold my mom in prayer. I spoke with her yesterday evening and she said my dad has left her alone (after being told by hospital she should not be left alone for at least two weeks) numerous times….. I reminded that my three brothers had offered to cover expenses for a home health provider–but they had declined. I urged her to reconsider and she admitted she may need one…..She’s not supposed to get out of bed unless someone is holding a support belt from behind her, while also using a walker–so she said she feels trapped in her bed much of the day…..My dad is a wonderful man, but caregiving isn’t his forte and he has a lot of other responsibilities to keep the ranch going…..Please pray they would accept the help offered them and hire someone to take care of my mom. Thanks.

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  2. Praises that some testing was done for one of my students and the problems I am seeing were clearly seen. A sweet little guy. Now his family may be going on furlough, so wisdom on how to help him learn. He is so cute. Several times lately he has exclaimed, “This is the best day ever!”

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  3. Praying wisdom will prevail for the decision making your parents now face Ann…asking for help is difficult for many of us….
    Thankful your concerns were verified Jo…now praying this little guy receives the help needed…he surely has a wonderful attitude with his “best days ever”…..bless you for loving His little ones! ❤

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  4. November 3 Daily Affirmations for ACOA
    I am learning behaviors that enhance my recovery.

    When I do not feel free to express my desires directly, I sometimes try to get them satisfied indirectly, by manipulative behavior. By manipulation, I might be able to gain what I want in the short term, but in the long term I wind up creating distance rather than closeness with people.
    In my alcoholic home, I learned that honest expression hardly ever produced positive results. I saw models that taught me that needs were met only through manipulation and crooked communication. In my adult life, I realize that coercing people by manipulation, by playing for sympathy or guilt, stimulates resentment.
    Today I will communicate honestly. I possess the courage to be who I am and to express my thoughts, feelings, and desires. I am ready to give up manipulation as a survival strategy. I will not sabotage my recovery be reverting to dishonesty.

    I could not find my paperback copy of Daily Affirmations for ACOA the other day when I felt like AnnMS could use some of the wisdom and coping skills I learned from it. Because you can get it instantly I paid to download it to my Kindle. I told myself and I emailed AJ that I would post whatever the day was each day here, because I know that Ann and I are not the only ones to be touched by alcoholism. (I didn’t post yesterday’s because it had to do with sex and I didn’t feel it was appropriate).
    I started typing out today’s affirmation wondering what it would bring. I will let the rest of you determine if it means anything to you or if it helped you. As for me? I took a thump on the forehead and a “listen here” from it. I was told early on that I was quite manipulative. It angered me to be accused of it, but to a degree I have used it for good in sales. 😉
    What poked at me was ” I learned that honest expression hardly ever produced positive results.”
    I struggle with this almost every day and several times a day at that. I have a couple of areas of my life right now that need me to express myself honestly and I am terrified to do it.

    I hope you get some sort of “take away” from this.

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  5. My take away, Kim, is that possibly, fifteen year old is not hopeless. He learned his coping skills in just such an environment.

    I also learned from Proverbs this morning that there are some children who are just going to be foolish, and he may well be that one. Again, I need to let it go.

    Though when he is going to stay away at night, it would be nice if he would let me know so I can rest in the assurance nobody is going to try to break my hand for the next few hours.

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  6. Pretty sure I’ve written about this before, but it’s also no piece of cake being the Adult Child of an Adult Child of an Alcoholic who did not deal with her feelings. (I’m also the wife of a former alcoholic who is also an Adult Child of an Alcoholic himself. He is – we are – still often dealing with the attitudes an alcoholic develops.)

    Mom was indeed manipulative & controlling, & had such a sharp tongue. I loved her, but being with her had me walking on eggshells, & was exhausting. There were truths & feelings we did not talk about in our house when I was growing up, or even later.

    Although Mom was not an alcoholic herself, I relate somewhat to what some of you have written about your experiences with your alcoholic parents. It is so good that you recognize that there are things you have to deal with. That will help you be better parents & spouses than those who refuse to deal with those things. God bless, comfort, & heal you all.

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  7. Re-thinking how I started off that comment. I hope what I wrote does not make anyone feel guilty about your own parenting. From what I have read from each one of you, you have tried to deal with the emotional fall-out from your childhood. That goes such a long way in helping you to be better parents to your children.

    The thing is, none of us can ever be a perfect parent. We all make mistakes, sometimes huge ones. But being honest with our children, & asking for forgiveness when appropriate, brings a lot of healing to the situation.

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  8. Kim, it is good food for thought. I shy away from anything that makes anyone feel like they are in a class of victims. It is too easy to stay there and not move on. However, much of what is learned in this group or that is good in general. It is good to learn from each other.

    We are told in scripture to renew our minds by God’s word. I believe that makes a great difference in our thinking. Sharing that with each other is part of being the church. How can we know our thinking is wrong (or at least not the best or helpful) unless we help one another? (And keep scripture paramount in that!)

    I have a birthday meal to attend and already feel the knots in my gut. I have to take the scripture and remind myself over and over again what is true. Thank God we have a God who is faithful and the same forever.

    Psalm 27: 8-10 “My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, LORD, I will seek. Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, O God my Savior. Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.”

    This whole psalm is such a blessing and that last line helped me through some hard time.

    This is not to say my parents were not good parents. They were in so many ways and they love(d) me. I am grateful for all the good. I am so proud of them in so many ways.

    Now, I struggle to finish the race of honoring and loving my mom in a somewhat difficult arrangement. We are all in different situations, struggling to do God’s will where we are. Everyone who shares a bit of that is prayed for in a more specific way. I think that is a good thing. The prayers for each other is such a blessing!

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  9. Kathaleena I use the affirmations to “shine a light” and see a different way, I haven’t used them in several years…thus the reason I had to download it to Kindle. I am not a victim of alcoholism. Don’t ever think that I think I am. I don’t run at people telling them I am an ACOA. It isn’t my crutch. Every now and then something will happen or I will react a certain way or handle a situation and then question myself. That is when I stop and go, “OH! THAT’s why…” It is never an excuse. It explains things to me on why I did it, but I never use it to explain to someone else and try to get sympathy.
    We all have our own path to travel.

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  10. As our guest preacher said Sunday, life is hard. Everyone has their own battles, no matter what the perceived cause. Life, for everyone, in one way or another, is just hard.

    But what a great philosophy from Jo’s student: “This is the best day ever!” I think I’ll remember that and repeat it a couple times to myself today. 🙂

    After all, there is a divine purpose to it all, even the “bad” — which makes it Good. 🙂

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  11. Nine year old and I were out walking the dogs just before sunrise and admiring all of the glorious colors reflecting in the clouds, and the beautiful mountain tops (why is such beauty named The Seven Devils?) and thanking God for the amazing place He has put us. And soon, I will need to go deal with fifteen year old.

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  12. Sorry, Kim. I did not mean to imply that. I just know, for myself, how easy it is to do that.

    There is nothing like children to give us such joy and yet can bring us such pain at the same time.

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  13. Kathaleena, I met BG and a friend of hers for lunch. I was thinking about what I posted while I was gone and came back just now to read it. I didn’t mean for it to sound so harsh. I didn’t intend it that way. I apologize.

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  14. Little Guy has proclaimed on different days that “this is the best day ever!” So cute!

    Mom admitted, probably when she was dying of cancer & I was taking care of her (with my SIL), that she knew she could intimidate me, & she had used that against me. It’s sad that she had recognized that but still used it in a bad way rather than trying to overcome the temptation to do that to her child. But I am grateful that she eventually was sorry, & apologized, even if it was “late in the day”, as they say. (I had already come to a place of forgiveness for her.)

    Recognizing these dysfunctions in our childhoods, & in our own thinking, should help lead us to overcoming them, forgiving them, & growing in maturity in Christ. We are “overcomers”, & “more than conquerors” in Him, hallelujah!

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  15. I’ve been mulling it over, wondering if my attempts to manipulate appliances rather than deal with them are at the heart of my love-hate relationship.

    I’m serious. My inhouse engineer never understands why I use “work around” rather than just deal with the issue logically. I personify the appliances and talk about them as if they are maliciously after me.

    As I’ve pondered what Kim wrote, the appliances are what came to mind, but it’s not just them, of course.

    I’m used to trying to gauge some one else’s reaction before I commit myself– because I could never be sure of what might happen. It’s hard for me to say yes or no, because I might guess wrong and then be in trouble.

    It nearly kills me to buy nonrefundable airline tickets, because I have to commit. (Which is one reason I like Southwest– not so onerous if you change your mind).

    Keeping options open is a total mantra for my family. It all goes together in my mind.

    Not sure about all of this, but I’m disquieted.

    Happy now? 🙂

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  16. Good meetings with the superintendent, principal, counselor, and sheriff. Sheriff let it be known in no uncertain terms that he was not amused and not happy with where boy spent the night.

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  17. New sliding door and window coming on the 23rd. I will have to arrange to work from home, it’s the day before Thanksgiving, but it should all work out.

    I’m awaiting a green light for a work schedule (I hope) for the bathroom.

    This is the best day ever!

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  18. Michelle,
    I totally understand. I spent a good portion of my life saying their was a demon programmed in Excel and that demon hated me. Same with a certain sewing machine. I have a hard time making a commitment. I have so enjoyed helping DJ with her house because I get to make a decision I don’t have to live with (sorry DJ). If I were deciding paint color for my own bathroom I would be completely stymied. What if I get it on the wall and don’t like it? DJ wants cornflower blue. I found it for her and gave her several shade options. She doesn’t know how far up the wall to take the bead board. Boom! 3 or 5 ft. NOT 4. It has actually been therapeutic for me. (Thanks DJ)

    Travel? Don’t tell me we are going somewhere and not deliver. My alcoholic mother used to tell me that I needed to go to sleep because we were getting up early the next morning to go to Disney World. I fell for it for a long time. Ex-husband promised me a trip to Mexico for our 10th anniversary. I was so excited. I hadn’t been anywhere in ages. And mostly before I married him. Then he told me if I would give up Mexico could have laser surgeries on my eyes. Then he backed out on that, too expensive. I finally ended up with a pair of earrings and sent the bill to his office. (BTW I am wearing the earrings right now)
    It has effected the way I mother. I never told BG we were going to do anything until the day we were going. She didn’t have my issues, she had other issues. She needed to know ahead of time. ONE time I told her we were going to Atlanta for a long weekend to visit friends. My friend’s daughter got sick and we couldn’t go.

    My standard answer when someone asks if I can do something or do them a favor? Not yes, not no, but Probably. What do you have in mind?

    It is strange to get a little perspective and realize why we do the things we do.

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  19. fifteen year old was playing video games with his friends and decided it was too late to go home so spent the night. The sheriff told him it is never too late to go home and asked me how late I stayed up waiting for him. I said the last check was about two. He had been asleep long before that and had ample time to get home.

    Further, the sheriff was quite dismayed to hear where he had spent the night and asked son if he had any idea how much we would not have liked that place. I reminded sheriff that it was probably familiar to the boy as that was how he was raised. the boy agreed, the sheriff covered his amazement and went on with well, you are not there now and need to look at a different way of living than that. Sheriff has made many visits to that home.

    The same reaction from the school personnel. They kept saying the children are great, but……

    I was not even a teeny tiny bit surprised as that is what they would gravitate toward. It is where older brother went, and this boy is younger than younger brother. They were obviously there for what they could get, not just to be friends with the boy. Though emotionally, both might be quite close to him.

    He has been given very solid direction from the school that he is to walk to school in the morning and ride the bus home so he gets home. He has not yet missed school so that is covered.

    And he was given very solid direction from the sheriff to not mess up again or he will be the one to handcuff him and take him in. I hope they are ready to back up with action.

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