Prayer Requests 2-4-17

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Psalm 127

Unless the Lord builds the house,
    the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
    the guards stand watch in vain.
In vain you rise early
    and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
    for he grants sleep to those he loves.

Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
    whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
    when they contend with their opponents in court.

7 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 2-4-17

  1. Yep, Chas. 🙂 And I’m noticing now how many of the psalms have arrows in them, but Psalm 127 is indeed the one I was thinking of when I came up with my screen name.

    Praying, Michelle.

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  2. Asking for continued prayers for my husband. He went back to the doctor yesterday. His hearing in his left ear is not yet restored/improved. Doc switched him to a different antibiotic.

    He has virtually no strength in his left arm/hand anymore. He held two running shoes, one in each hand, this morning, to show me just how bad the problem is on the one side. With his right hand, he could squeeze the shoe into a mangled, crumpled mess; with his left, he couldn’t do any more than grip it enough to keep it from falling to the floor. He couldn’t make the slightest indentation in the shoe.

    His cough seemed to go away again for part of this week (he’s had it since late November and had one brief period prior to this where it looked like it was done), but he’s coughing badly again this morning.

    Massage therapy on Thursday provided a temporary help for his neck/shoulder/arm problem, but mostly he is very discouraged with his lack of progress on so many health fronts. He asks questions, but he gets vague or no answers.

    Pray for wisdom for those treating him, and for his morale.

    Thank you.

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  3. I love those first two verses:

    Unless the Lord builds the house,
    the builders labor in vain.
    Unless the Lord watches over the city,
    the guards stand watch in vain.
    In vain you rise early
    and stay up late,
    toiling for food to eat—
    for he grants sleep to those he loves.

    The next verse was quoted ad nauseaum by a certain homeschooling organization (they even called one of their children’s groups “Bright Arrows”) which persuaded parents that if they did all of the right things, their arrows would fly right. That defeated the whole message of the first two verses. It is the Lord’s work, not ours, that makes a difference.

    So, I’m still sick, though the fevers have lessened. Pondering the possibility of a sinus infection + beginnings of pneumonia – may see doctor on Monday if no improvement. Thankful for today and tomorrow to rest. I had to call my closest relative (in distance) to get some groceries. There was no way I could walk to the store and back. My relative packed all of her children in the car – she has six and homeschools – went to the store with my list and delivered me the groceries. So thankful.

    Update on my parents. The couple has been placed on a priority list for placement at an assisted living facility, however, one of the key people that has to interview them has no openings to meet with them until the middle of this month. My mother asked yesterday if I would mind the couple being there when I came home for break week. Everyone seems to be settling into a kind of routine. My mother still pushes the limits of her strength, but youngest sibling and spouse got my parents a new washing machine, so at least that stress is gone (youngest sibling, who is the closest, also has med several frozen casseroles for my mother to use).

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  4. I have another request related to the death of my cousin that I requested prayer for yesterday. I think I misspoke when I said he was a believer–he was the last time I saw him years ago, but apparently, his widow is asking that the funeral ‘not be too religious’ and some are saying it’s because they didn’t believe in God and had rejected the faith.

    My dad is 91. He is a minister and former missionary. He is also the last of his generation of 11 brothers and sisters, and is widely venerated in our extended family. The widow has asked him to be the primary speaker at his nephew’s funeral. He has agreed to speak, but I know that he is reluctant.

    He will not conduct a secular funeral. But at the same time, he wants to glorify God in a way that doesn’t push grieving relatives away. This is the Holy Spirit’s work, I know, but it is a concern that sits heavy on Dad, so I would appreciate your prayers for him and the rest of our family.

    In addition, there is some concern about the eldest sister of the deceased. Her blood pressure has shot up over 190/70 and she’s already had multiple debilitating strokes in the past. We’re trying to get her to stay home until logistics for the funeral have been arranged.

    Fire Marshals are still investigating the explosion, and the body has not yet been released. However, we do anticipate release for the funeral some time next week.

    Also, there was apparently a good bit of damage to several homes in the neighborhood. The Red Cross is now involved. It’s a tragedy all the way around.

    As always, thank you so much for all prayers.

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