Prayer Requests 6-8-17

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

Anyone else?

Psalm 96

Sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;
    tremble before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
    The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;
    he will judge the peoples with equity.

11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
    let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
    let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
13 Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,
    he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples in his faithfulness.

19 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 6-8-17

  1. Next week is ‘cry week.’ So many are leaving and some of the Seniors will never see their friends again. A difficult time of transition.
    I am happy to be leaving and to spend time with my family and friends.

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  2. I am fighting doubts today. I know I need to stay positive, but very much like my daughter, when things don’t go the way I think they should, my default is thinking the worse. I can usually drag myself out of it but today I could use a little extra push.

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  3. Yesterday I wrote, “Asking more prayer for Hubby, particularly that God will strengthen his heart. (And I mean that both literally & metaphorically.)” Here is more explanation:

    As for his metaphorical heart, Hubby has been sinking into depression, with some moments when anxiety causes his heart to race (although there very well could be a physical reason, too). The depression seems to be bringing out some bitterness in him.

    I heard him praying & crying out to God this morning, so I prayed for him, that God would help him to trust Him more fully with our situation, & fill him with peace & joy.

    This morning I got a text from him to check my Facebook private messages, & saying that he had been depressed but had a thought that made him happy, & I should read the FB message to find out why. I felt so relieved & grateful as I finished up my morning chores & went to turn my laptop on.

    Sadly, what he wrote was from bitter “humor”, that maybe the assessor/appraiser (what is the correct word?) was here so the bank could decide to foreclose on us rather than roll the HELOC into a loan, & we would be free of the house & its responsibilities.

    My heart sank. I know we are not supposed to let others’ moods affect us, but when the “other” is our spouse, we are affected. Some of his attitudes & behavior are a painful weight upon my own metaphorical heart.

    Then there is his physical heart, which does need some healing & strengthening. (And if you’re praying for healing for him, please throw in the painful arthritis & the prostate cancer while you’re at it. Thanks!)

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  4. Prayers for Carol and her relationship with her brother (in NJ) — very strained, unfortunately. I suggested a couple weeks ago that she never bring up birthday gifts (as in, when is mine coming?) with him as I could tell from my brief texting with him last month that it’s a particular sore spot with him, it seems to just set his teeth on edge.

    Well, I guess she forgot because when she talked to him yesterday right away she asked him if he’d sent her a birthday gift because she hadn’t received one yet from him & she wanted to make sure it didn’t get lost in the mail.


    Guess he hit the roof. Praying she can reassess where she may be misstepping in all of that and will be able to reconnect on a better foundation with him. He’s her only close relative left and I hate to see their relationship so broken, though I understand his frustration with all of that.

    She does have a cell phone again (courtesy of the people at her home church) but remains on another week’s isolation order per the doctor due to the skin infection. They want to make sure it’s completely cleared up. Those facilities can’t afford to have things like that getting spread, obviously.

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  5. DJ, does she give him a birthday present? I’m guessing she doesn’t, and I might be inclined to approach it from that angle. Most adult siblings do not buy each other birthday gifts.

    If I were talking to him, I’d tell him something like, “Tell her bluntly and clearly, ‘We are past the age to be sending each other gifts, and I won’t be sending you any more. If you bring up the question again, I will say goodbye and that will be the end of that conversation. We can talk on the phone, but we will not be having that conversation.'” If he can say that, and hold to that particular limit, then he should be able to talk with her on the phone. But personally, if she were my sibling and she brought it up every conversation anyway, even though it was ending the conversation, the second or third time she did it, I would say something stronger. “You do not seem to understand. I told you I will not be sending you any more birthday gifts, as I do not expect you to buy me gifts for my birthday, either. Since you will not respect me enough to stop bringing this up, I will not call you again until long after your birthday is over.”

    I really don’t see any reason that he is morally obligated to continue to call her and be subjected to that, once he has made it clear he won’t be going down that road. If it isn’t helping her or their relationship to have him call her, then why should he?


  6. He tried to have the talk with her a few years ago, about how gifts are voluntary gestures, not obligations. He quit sending her anything for a couple years. Then he began sending her gifts again, for which he told me he was sorry now as it just set up the expectation in her.

    She’s something like a 6-year-old when it comes to Christmas and her birthday, she starts reminding people months in advance and, in my case (and her brother’s I suspect) she’ll tell you exactly what she wants this year. And then she’ll ask if you can get it for her “early.”

    It has become annoying, granted.

    I don’t think she “sees” it yet, but hoping and praying she will. I do think her brother should call her from time to time, but I understand not wanting to hear the gift thing over and over again, too. Because her BD is in June, it’s nearly a year-round request for gifts — when Christmas is over, her birthday (in her mind) is right around the corner. 🙂 And visa versa.

    And yes, it’s time for me to have the talk with her as well.

    In her mind, her brother has a really good job (he does) and makes a lot of money so shouldn’t he help support his poorer sister? But she voluntarily quit her (very good) county job 10 years ago after some health setbacks, even when doctors told her she could keep working, to go onto disability and “retire early,” thereby self-limiting her income for the rest of her life. It was her choice, one she says she now regrets.

    She could maybe send him a Starbucks card, something inexpensive, for Christmas or his birthday, but she doesn’t as far as I know. It’s a definite blind spot she has.


  7. DJ – Was your question about the visit for me? (I don’t remember if anyone else was expecting a visit.) If so. . .It went well. The lady was pleasant & amicable. She looked around, took pictures, asked some questions. I thought she would be looking more closely at the precise condition of the house, but I guess a general idea was good enough.

    Although I wore myself out with all the extra cleaning (& my shoulder is complaining about that), I am really happy & pleased to have accomplished what I did in that week. It has given me a great jump start on what I had already planned to be doing.

    Btw, as I would be feeling tired after each day’s cleaning & child-&-puppy-sitting, I would think of all that you have had to do over the past several months, & realize my cleaning frenzy was probably easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy compared to what you have done. I pray strength, energy, & peace of mind for you.

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  8. Yes, about Carol, and I’m her fairy godmother, apparently.

    Kizzie, yes, question was for you, glad to hear it went well. I’m sure it’s good to have that behind you.

    If I didn’t have to go off to work every day, my house would be finished by now. 🙂 I don’t usually get home until 7ish. Can’t wait to get things more in order so I can establish a better routine around here, but for now it feels like everything is still pretty upside down with way too much to do. There are still some things I need to finish boxing up in the garage (not a lot, but I also think I’ll plan to put all the Christmas decor in there, no reason that should be taking up space in the closets when I only use a portion of it once a year).

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  9. If she voluntarily gave up a good job, then yes, it is her issue. I mean, I gave up a “good” job (not high-paying by American standards, but plenty for a frugal single woman) to go freelance, and it was my choice, and thus my responsibility. If she were genuinely disabled and unable to work, that would be one thing, but if the doctor said she could continue to work, then it’s her choice and it obligates no one else, especially beyond the levels of necessity.


  10. She was borderline, I’d say — but the doctors at that time said she could return, that they’d give her clearance, and her supervisor was holding the job for her. I think she made almost as much as I was making (for a job that had a super-light workload, she read her books at her desk for most of the days unless explicitly told what to do, she was just not that “into” work but it was a program that hired the mentally ill so they were very lenient).

    Of course, now she is truly disabled enough to where working would not be feasible. But she certainly could have had a few more years. Their pension and benefits were the usual government gold-standard, something many of us in the private sector can only dream about. She definitely could have bumped her pension allotment up a bit with a few more working years.


  11. DJ if you would like to give gifts and throw your money away on someone, I would at least write you a thank you note. My birthday isn’t until January but my best friend growing up, her birthday is July 16th and we always got something for each other’s birthday, so you see it really is just around the corner and I would be happy to provide you with a list of things from which you could choose just 1 or 2, maybe 3 gifts. Nothing extravagant. I’m thinking a $50 limit on each. That isn’t too much to ask, now, is it?

    Sarcasm off. 😉

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  12. *sigh*

    One of Hubby’s foibles is that he sometimes phrases an assumption of his as if it were real. He doesn’t purposely do this to mislead, I don’t think, but doesn’t think about how his words are taken.

    So, I found out today that the HELOC being rolled into a 15-year loan is not a sure thing, but still needs to be approved by the bank. It is not a done deal that the loan will be approved, & if it is, it is not a done deal that they would give us 15 years. If they shorten the time of the loan, we would probably not be able to afford it, even with Nightingale’s help.

    Something Nightingale & I each thought of, separately, is asking if we could sell the house to her for that amount, so the loan would be a mortgage for her, hopefully for 15 years, not a loan for us. We would, of course, help her with the payments.

    I’m feeling overwhelmed & a little scared.

    Asking favor for Hubby (& us) with the bank, & mercy from our God for Hubby.

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  13. Kizzie, don’t you have a first mortgage on your house? If so, you can’t sell it to someone else without paying that off. If not, you could get a first mortgage on your house (for 15 years for the amount of the HELOC) and pay off the HELOC. Or are you thinking sell it to her for the sum of the first and HELOC?


  14. Linda – We were able to buy the house outright (no mortgage) with money from selling my MIL’s house.

    Kim & I have emailed, & she has given us some advice to try.

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