Prayer Requests 3-3-18

Anyone have something to share?

Psalm 24

1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
    and established it on the waters.

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not trust in an idol
    or swear by a false god.

They will receive blessing from the Lord
    and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek your face, God of Jacob.

Lift up your heads, you gates;
    be lifted up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord strong and mighty,
    the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
    lift them up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
    The Lord Almighty—
    he is the King of glory.

11 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 3-3-18

  1. An update and a request (seems like I have a lot of those lately), along with a question, and advice welcome.

    Update on a prayer request from last year: the motorcycle saga is done now, with nothing bad having happened, praise God. All paid for, and title is out of hubby’s hands and into the new owner’s. Thank you for praying.

    A question and a request: Is it ever appropriate to erect boundaries with one’s spouse via the written word, rather than the spoken word?

    I’ll check back to this thread in two or three days, to read what any of you has to say, if you so choose. In the meanwhile, I would appreciate prayers. Thank you.

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  2. Do you mean to request those boundaries via a letter or email rather than speaking face-to-face? That’s how I read it.

    I will admit to sometimes writing Hubby an email to pour out my thoughts and concerns about our marriage when I knew it would be hard to get it all out face-to-face. That gave me the opportunity to think carefully about my words, making sure my real point came across, and to re-read it before sending to edit out anything that may have come across as bitter or angry.

    But each person is different in how they handle these things. Do you think your husband would take it well, or at least be open to reading your words, knowing they came from your deep concerns?

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  3. Good thoughts, Kizzie.

    I think that if one’s spouse is prone to interrupting and not listening, then it could definitely be appropriate to use written communication. That might be the only way to break through a barrier built on habit. But if the communication is used to give a negative message non-stop then it could be a very hurtful and crushing way to communicate. So much depends on motive (hopefully love) and expectations (hopefully reconciliation) with the help of Christ).

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  4. I think sitting down and writing a well thought out letter may be just the thing to do. Especially if you have trouble getting everything out. I have been married to two very opinionated men. One, because he was quite a bit older shut me down by telling me this was life, grow up. The other is more willing to listen but will start countering my arguments almost immediately. I never wrote to 1 and have written notes to 2. I also am on a more equal footing with 2 and have on occasion told him he may not speak until I say everything I have to say. “Let me finish before you say anything”.
    Think back years ago when people actually sent letters to others instead of calling, texting, or emailing.
    Of course the fact that I have a 2nd husband may mean that you don’t want to take marriage advice from me.

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  5. No Miss Kim you have very sage advice!! My dearest friend who is now facing a divorce, not of her choosing, has a difficult time voicing her view/opinion/emotions to her soon to be ex. Every time she tries he shuts her down, disregards what she is trying to say and totally turns the “conversation” around to make her look like the offender in every issue that comes up between them. (Their counselor witnessed such an incident this week). I suggested to her to either write down what she wants to say or get in his face and tell him to keep quiet until she finishes saying her piece (I know that last bit may seem too assertive to some but I have just about had it with his manipulation and mouthyness!) 😠

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  6. When I had something important to tell Hubby, that I knew he would initially not like to hear, I would tell him to please let me say what I have to say before answering, and sometimes ask him to think about it for a couple days or so before answering.

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  7. I can’t imagine that someone who was so selfish and arrogant would actually read and thoughtfully consider a letter anymore than they would a letter. Unless you are very careful, letters can be very misunderstood. I have had some experience with that, although never with a spouse. It is amazing how writing something you understand one way, can be interpreted in a very different way by someone else.

    That is true in conversation, but unless someone is shutting down, it becomes apparent and can be cleared up more quickly.

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  8. My husband and I are both word people, and once or twice I have written something, just to make sure I word it correctly, and have given it to him to read with me standing there, and then we talk about it. For him and me, it worked. Other people have at times been offended by notes from me (sometimes completely unjustly, possibly sometimes justly–I have known people so determined to take everything the wrong way that even a note meant to be positive, and re-read a dozen times before I sent it to make doubly sure nothing was negative or subject to misunderstanding, still made her mad). It really depends on what works best for each person and each couple.

    In fact, when I was a teenager I slipped a note under my mom’s bedroom door several times, when there was something I wanted to tell her but I was nervous–like my feelings when a family friend, a year younger than me, killed himself when I was 14.

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