Prayer Requests 5-3-17

It’s Wednesday, so don’t forget to pray for The Gambia, and for Ajisuun as well. 

Anyone else?

Psalm 59:1-10

Deliver me from my enemies, O God;
    be my fortress against those who are attacking me.
Deliver me from evildoers
    and save me from those who are after my blood.

See how they lie in wait for me!
    Fierce men conspire against me
    for no offense or sin of mine, Lord.
I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me.
    Arise to help me; look on my plight!
You, Lord God Almighty,
    you who are the God of Israel,
rouse yourself to punish all the nations;
    show no mercy to wicked traitors.

They return at evening,
    snarling like dogs,
    and prowl about the city.
See what they spew from their mouths—
    the words from their lips are sharp as swords,
    and they think, “Who can hear us?”
But you laugh at them, Lord;
    you scoff at all those nations.

You are my strength, I watch for you;
    you, God, are my fortress,
10  my God on whom I can rely.

22 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 5-3-17

  1. I haven’t given an update about the husband of the couple because there was no change in his condition. He is still experiencing the symptoms I mentioned before, but he wouldn’t contact his doctor about it because he didn’t want to lose his doctor because he had so many problems (my mother has met the man’s doctor, and neither she nor I think that the man is reasonable in his fear). However, my mother told me yesterday that the night before, in the wee hours of the morning, she heard the sound of something falling and then both she and my father heard the man calling. They went down and found that he had fallen in the bathroom, breaking his nose and tearing the skin from his hands. My mother said there was blood the length and breadth of the entire bathroom floor. They called the ambulance, and he was taken to the ER and bandaged and stitched, and then came home again. There is a nurse coming in to change the bandages and homecare is going to be arranged. My mother said neither she nor my father could go back to sleep after the ambulance left, because they were so traumatized by the event. The man is going to see his doctor in a couple of days. I asked my mother if the man’s children/step-children knew about what had happened, and she said the man hadn’t phoned them. It made me feel frustrated, because the man hides his problems from both the family and healthcare until they get too bad to hide; and so the weight of them falls on my mother and father, especially on my mother, because, as I’ve said, my father is not intuitive when it comes to caregiving.

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  2. Roscuro to me it seems this man is taking advantage of your parents. There is being a good Christian and there is doing more than you are capable. You have spoken of your mother’s health issues and I am really sorry this man is using them like he is.

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  3. I would like to thank all of you for the prayers and kind words over the last two months as I dealt with issues concerning BG. This week has been hard and Guy has especially worn me down. He has hurt my feelings and insulted me whether consciously or unconsciously. I think he thinks I am beneath him so whatever he says to me is justified.
    I have been looking for another job. I have spoken with someone that I really thought had potential but it seems I am always the one contacting him and he says wait. Yesterday he sent a text that he would call in a bit but never did. I am a little fed up with begging others for scraps, so I will move on.
    I spent a lot of time awake last night and came to several realizations.
    1. When I let myself need others, I get hurt.
    2. It is time to suck it up, call my doctor, and admit that I am depressed and need to go back on medication. A least I had a couple of non-medicated years.
    Again, thank you for suffering through my self pity.

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  4. Kim, I’ve considered that, and while there is much about this man that could lead one to think that, the sheer severity of his physical condition leads me to rule that out. He is simply a fiercely independent, naturally reticent man who has reached the end of his life. He would be beholden to no one if he could. His misplace sense of pride has led him to the utter end of his resources, and he is barely able to exist, never mind consider the future. Before my parents took the couple in – they were only able to do that because he was briefly hospitalized and she had no one to take care of her – I kept wondering if the neighbours would find them both dead one day. We knew they were fragile, but they eschewed nearly all help. Just after Christmas last year, he phoned my family, because she had slipped on the ice while trying to get into the car, and he couldn’t help her up. Two of my siblings-in-law happened to be there at the time and were able to go and help her stand up, but if we hadn’t been home, what might have happened? If the man was living by himself, and fell as he did last night, he would have been found dead in a pool of his own blood. The children of the couple maybe could have been more assertive in helping their parents, but, as I’ve mentioned before, the family dynamics are fragmented. The one son who has been most active told my mother that he has wanted to help them for a long time, but they wouldn’t let him. In a strange way, the couple seems to trust my parents more than their own family members. The only thing that seems to be keeping that man alive is his concern for his wife, so that their house is sold and affairs are settled. He hangs by a thread. A mutual friend is of the opinion that he will let go once that is done, and I’m inclined to agree.

    I am concerned for the welfare of my parents, but as my mother would have said about me, when I was so seriously ill in West Africa, they are doing what God wants them to do, and he will take care of them. I needed to remind myself of that just now.

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  5. Roscuro – Have your parents made his children aware of what has happened, & what is going on? They may think it is not their place to do so, but I think that since they are his caregivers, it is their place to do so if he won’t. It could also look like they are keeping information from the family. (I know that is not their intention, but I also know how people can twist things.)

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  6. So of course all h3!! breaks loose around here this morning. BG slings attitude. Mr. P wants her gone today. Guy is the same
    I may run away from home.

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  7. Kim, your daughter is not where you wish she was. But she needs to go do what she needs to do and leave you to live with your husband. If George does not like it, she should go live with George and his wife. Enough. You have to take care of you and your husband. She has chosen a different path, let her go.

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  8. Kizzie, I encouraged my mother to do so, pointing out that if he had fallen while being cared for in a nursing home, the home would have called the family. She expressed her intention of doing so. The fall is not the real concern, however, it is the other ongoing problem which is of more concern. When my mother accompanied him to the ER a week and a half ago, he was treated for dehydration as a result of the problem. He was also given tests and medication to slow the problem temporarily, but the medication was not supposed to be used for long-term treatment. If the problem did not go away within a couple of days, he was supposed to seek further medical attention. He did not, although the problem never went away, and my parents cannot call the doctor for him. [In that time, he actually talked to his doctor’s office, when they called him about another issue, yet he never brought up the problem, afterward explaining his fear (see above) to my mother when she asked why he hadn’t.] Instead he has been using the medication to mask the problem, and it has no doubt lead to the increased weakness, thus causing the fall. As I said, he is just a very sick old man, stubbornly clinging to the shreds of his independence, and inadvertently making things much worse.

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  9. There were times while walking the dark path with our daughter when I did not necessarily agree with the opinions of my husband….but in the end, cleaving together made us stronger, in our relationship, not only with one another , but more importantly our relationship with our Lord was forever changed. Deeper, sweeter, more trusting, releasing all to Him. It was hard….and the refining fires burned at times….on this side of it all, I would say I am truly thankful….trusting Him in all things is huge….
    I am asking the Lord to give relief to you from this evil person known as your boss….yes I said evil…there is something terribly wrong with this “guy”…and why does he even go to your church…does he even have one iota of spiritual desire or direction? Does he profess to know our Saviour?

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  10. I think she was asking if your husband is suggesting you quit and find a different job or if he has some other explanation for the guy’s behavior.

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  11. Oh. Yes he does. Mr. P has described me as an abused woman who keeps going back for another black eye. The other day we were discussing toxic relationships and he told me it was too back I was still in one.
    It’s the finding of another job and the replacement of income that isn’t working.
    It is part of the the realization that I have to get back on some medication to get out of the pit I am in and start feeling better about myself.

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  12. Please pray for former regular Tammy & her family. They had to have their beloved Teddy, a cute little Pomeranian, put down. His age & health problems had finally caught up to him. Tammy adored little Teddy.

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  13. I had lunch with my friend Leesee today. She asked a little about BG. I told her some but that I was tired of my problems, tell me all of hers. We have been friends for 25 years. I told her what to do. I played devil’s advocate. I sympathized. She is closer to doing what she needs to do.

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  14. Kim, it seems to me that a year ago your husband wanted you to quit the job, and you had a couple of job offers, but you weren’t satisfied with the income amount. And it seems to me that at some point you honor your husband and quit, even if you wish that other offers were higher. The first step in getting out may be to accept ANY decent job, and go from there–much as you’d probably tell BG if she wanted to turn down any but her ideal job. You aren’t making any progress by staying, and you are getting closer to the age at which employers can legally discriminate, and also closer to the age where they will, whether it’s legal or not. If you want to get out, then get out–every one of us will cheer for you.

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  15. Change can be difficult…and I do believe you enjoy the world of real estate Kim. That along with your salary motivates you to “take it” and stay…Have you thought of going back into teaching…using your education degrees in either a charter school or private school setting? Or even to teach at a community college?
    Relationships work both ways…mutual respect and understanding. It took my Mr P and me to give and take a lot with one another…lots of conversation, prayer and yes, frustration. But, the determination to stick together won out…it didn’t happen in an instant…it was a process with the end goal to not be divided in the process….continued prayers for softened hearts, much understanding and compassion.. ❤

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