Prayer Requests 10-5-17

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

Anyone else?

Psalm 54

Save me, O God, by your name;
    vindicate me by your might.
Hear my prayer, O God;
    listen to the words of my mouth.

Arrogant foes are attacking me;
    ruthless people are trying to kill me—
    people without regard for God.

Surely God is my help;
    the Lord is the one who sustains me.

Let evil recoil on those who slander me;
    in your faithfulness destroy them.

I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;
    I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.
You have delivered me from all my troubles,
    and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.

13 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 10-5-17

  1. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will move upon Chickadee’s heart to move back home & help shoulder some of the burden of various things that need to be taken care of. Like helping to shovel snow in the winter or help with housework (more for Nightingale than for me), for instance.

    I think I may have previously written that when I asked her to please move back home, she cried, “I can’t! I just can’t!” I’m not exactly sure why not, but I’m guessing it is a combination of her anxieties (in this case, not wanting to deal with The Boy hanging around a lot when we’re not actually babysitting), & her being too bonded to the McK family.

    Nightingale is kind of stepping into her dad’s shoes in many ways. I am proud of her, but sad that she is taking on so much, although she is willing to do so, of her own accord. (IOW, I am not pressing her to do anything.)

    Even if Chickadee could only manage to help out a little here & there, while being a presence in the home, that would be a great help & relief. So please pray God will give her a willingness, & a sense of responsibility, to come home & be a part of this family again.

    I’ll admit that sometimes I am miffed that, besides the mother, the McKs have three grown women, as well as a grown man who didn’t work near the hours that Hubby did, living in their home & helping out with things. I don’t know what Chickadee does within their home as far as housework, but she has mentioned having a section outside that is hers to shovel when it snows (I think they get a break on their rent for shoveling), & taking her turn to walk their dog.

    Anyway, please pray that unless it is specifically against God’s will for her at this time, she will come home.

    Thank you.

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  2. Not doing too well today. In addition to the waves of grief, I have a very uncomfortable feeling inside, like panic is trying to build up within me. I’m trying to not let that happen, but I do feel scared, as well as bereft.

    It doesn’t help that I haven’t been able to sleep well for almost a week.

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  3. This is just the beginning, Kizzie. Grief comes in waves–ups and downs. The advice I got was laughter is the closest thing to crying and if you feel like laughing, go right ahead.

    Similarly, feel free to cry if you want to–it honors the person you’ve lost.

    The widow research I did all those years ago to become “a good Navy wife,” advised to change as little as possible about your life the first year. The first year is about surviving and getting through. The fewer changes you make, the simpler it is to walk around the new hole in your life. It doesn’t make it easier, but at least you don’t have to worry about adapting to changes while your heart is so sore and your brain may not be able to focus as well in the past.

    I’m proud of Nightingale.

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  4. We have been laughing at times, especially for a while earlier today while our pastor & his wife were here to talk about the memorial service, but especially talk about Hubby. We shared lots of stories that had us laughing.

    But by the end of what was a pleasant visit of almost two hours, I could feel myself wearing down, & I’ve had that feeling I mentioned above since a little while after they left. (To be clear, I am not putting the blame on their visit.)

    I’ve heard that same advice before, & have kept it in mind, & was even telling Nightingale about it today. There have been some minor changes – such as throwing out his toothbrush – that have been enough to make this feel all too real.

    Well, I need to get to bed now, so I’ll say goodnight. God bless!

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  5. I’m proud of Nightingale, too.

    And I’m proud of Chickadee for agreeing to childsit this evening so Nightingale can go spend some time with a good friend for the evening.

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  6. I think making no changes in the first year generally applies in or out of the Navy 🙂 — seems reasonable.

    Sometimes changes are forced — when my mom died unexpectedly, I wound up having to leave my cute, little (very little) 1920s apt in Long Beach into a rental house only a few blocks away so I could take in her dogs (I’d tried to find new homes for them but couldn’t).

    Along with my having had surgery just a month before my mom died, the move added to what was a pretty major change all around within a short period of time.

    But I survived and, looking back now, strangely, I realize that I even thrived during that time, spiritually speaking.

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