Prayer Requests 3-5-18

Anyone have something to share?

Psalm 25:1-11

In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.

I trust in you;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
    will ever be put to shame,
   but shame will come on those
    who are treacherous without cause.

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
    for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth
    and my rebellious ways;
   according to your love remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.

Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
He guides the humble in what is right
    and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
    toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, Lord,
    forgive my iniquity, though it is great.

13 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 3-5-18

  1. I now have permission to share our family’s prayer request.

    Our second son and his wife, the parents of Adorables #3 and #5, are pregnant with a third daughter following several miscarriages. A is 21-22 weeks pregnant.She is going in this morning for an amniocentesis–the baby appears to have a multitude of problems.

    At this time we know she has a hole in her heart that will require surgery after birth. She’s only measuring 17 weeks and not growing as she should, obviously. Specialists here and in San Francisco believe she has some sort of chromosomal abnormalities. They’ve been able to rule out Down’s Syndrome and Spina Bifida and a few others but physicians are concerned. Apparently one of the potential problems could send the baby’s heart into arrest and provoke a stroke in A.

    They should know within two weeks from the amnio just what we’re dealing with and how best to preserve both A and our tiny granddaughter.

    They told their other daughters, 6.75 and 4.5 years old, last night about the baby for the first time. I’ll know later today what the girls think.

    We’re numb, concerned, struggling and praying a great deal. We worship a God who loves us and uses events and people in our lives for a purpose–to His glory. We’re asking prayers for the baby and A, of course, that God’s will be done and that we will be able to thank him.

    Our son J is our most sensitive child. He’s a hard worker and his boss is also an elder at their church. He has been generous with J’s time to attend these high level appointments with A.

    The baby is due in early July. We recognize our lives will be turned upside down with her birth–but, again, Jesus knows what He is doing with this little girl and we wait to see what He will do.

    Certainly we pray for a miracle–a safe delivery at term and a healthy baby. We believe God can confound the doctors and our fears. I’m also asking the Lord to surprise us. Will you join us?

    Thank you.

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  2. Will certainly pray, Michelle.

    It is not unusual for newborns to have holes in their hearts. Our little sweetie with DS had 3 of them. Two remain. One closed on its own. We are blessed in that if surgery is needed, it should be minimal.

    It is also not unusual for medical personal to put a worst case scenario out there, perhaps, trying to prepare the parents and/or encourage abortion. They are not gods, so cannot be blamed when they go by all the possibilities. However, it can be daunting to the patient.

    Prayers for all involved.

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  3. Thank you for the advice and prayers offered since my post on the weekend thread. I’ll be back with an update later today.

    First, may I ask additional prayers about the church/school music event that was all mixed up, (dis)organization-wise? I planned to write key people next week (after the event is over) about my recommendations for how this could be much better organized in the future. However, I got an email today from one of those people, and it appears that now is the right time to express my frustrations and recommendations with what has unfolded so far.

    Asking prayers for wisdom and grace. Thanks.

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  4. Praying for wisdom for you, 6. Be careful; they may put you in charge. 😉

    Adding to the conversation on writing: I think it can be very helpful to put your thoughts on paper to help solidity them and give you perspective. Sometimes things look quite different on paper.

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  5. Daughter has totally flipped. She is smiling and pleasant and helpful. I asked her why, she says she wants to stay here in the family. Wisdom.

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  6. My request is small compared to some above, but here it is anyway. . . I have an appointment to get my taxes done today. I’m a bit nervous, as this is something Hubby handled for most of our marriage, and I hope I have everything I need.

    I have been keeping anything to do with taxes in one spot, so I just had to put the papers in an envelope to take with me, and I am also taking stuff I may not even need (like Hubby’s death certificate). Better to have too much than too little.

    Please pray for wisdom and skill for the person who does the returns, and that if anything is missing, I will be able to find it easily. Thank you.

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  7. Taxes are done! Getting refunds from federal and two states! (The company Hubby worked for was in Massachusetts.)

    And I did need Hubby’s death certificate, so I was glad I thought to bring it.

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  8. Good deal, Kizzie.

    I have an appointment at 5:00 today to get our taxes done, too. We’re in a winter weather advisory, and it has started to snow now, and is unusually blustery. Prayers for safe travels appreciated (if I go).

    Email about church/school-related issue is done and sent. Thanks for those prayers.

    Not enough time to follow up about weekend prayer thread comments. Sometime…

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  9. A little encouragement today for the kids. The geneticist doing the amnio didn’t think the baby has the other really bad chromosomal issue. (Whatever that is. I’m deliberately NOT googling this situation so I can hang onto faith better). He did comment the placenta may be “wonky” which could be the real issue.

    I counted back. 21 weeks ago today was the night of the fires.

    We like to blame everything on the fires, though I know better.

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  10. Weather too yucky to go to the tax appt. — now rescheduled to the 31st.

    Daughter got home from work safely this evening, though, for which I am thankful. High winds, blowing snow, and poor visibility, but not too slippery, she said. Praise God for His hand of protection on her.

    Thank you again for your advice and prayers about whether to communicate boundaries to my husband in writing or speaking. Here are some thoughts I have regarding some of the comments on the weekend prayer thread:

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

    Yes, you read it correctly. I contemplated whether writing my thoughts to him might be more effective than my previous (largely unsuccessful) attempts at speaking my thoughts.

    I wouldn’t necessarily use the word “request,” though, as in, “request those boundaries.” I think boundaries are different from requests in that the former are stated/implemented, and the latter are asked. I’m not asking for permission from him to implement my boundaries.

    (I recognize I may not fully understand what you meant by your word “request,” though.)

    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?

    I don’t think he’ll take it well, regardless of how I communicate the boundaries, but if I write, he’ll have a written copy (so will I, as I would copy it, since he loses things easily) to help him remember what I said. (There are times aplenty when I need to say, “We’ve had this discussion before — remember that I said ‘_____’?”, but he doesn’t remember.)

    I recently remarked that we should record some of “those” (uncomfortable) conversations so that we both (my memory isn’t 100% either) know what was said. He agreed that recording would be a good idea, but my phone takes 30-second videos, and those types of conversations take plenty more time than that, lol.

    Janice: I think that if one’s spouse is prone to interrupting and not listening, then it could definitely be appropriate to use written communication.

    Yes, and he interrupts regularly, something I’ve not learned how to properly respond to. Too often I address his objection with an answer to whatever leads the discussion in the direction he wants it to go, and that derails my attempt to stay on the topic I originally introduced.

    Kim: 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”.

    That is what I need to learn and do. Simple, direct, and needed.

    NancyJill: 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.

    I know that pattern too well. And then my thoughts go toward the fact that I *am* imperfect, and I just want to cry. (And sometimes I do, which disgusts him, leading him to speak my name with disdain, and sometimes accuse me of manipulative crying, when he knows I’ve always been a “crier” — at sad movies, inspiring music, worrisome situations, emotional turmoil, you name it.)

    Kathaleena: It is amazing how writing something you understand one way, can be interpreted in a very different way by someone else.

    Very true. There have been times I thought I was clear in writing, but misunderstanding came about anyway. (Or I might read my own writing differently days or weeks down the road than when I first wrote it, seeing well after the fact how it could have given a wrong impression than the point I’d really been trying to make.)

    Cheryl: …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.

    My husband is not much of a word person (he rarely reads now, though he used to regularly before adulthood, he’s told me). Verbal language is more his strength, and maybe that is why he is so quick with his snappy comebacks whenever I say anything he doesn’t want to hear. But that may just work, if I hand him my written words and stay there as he reads it. He would have the opportunity to speak his mind as he reads through what I’ve written, and be heard, and I could just let the paper do the talking for my part.

    If he wants to go off-topic, I’ll just redirect him to the written words, and maybe leave the room after he’s read it all.


    My thanks to everyone here who has been praying. Please continue to pray for wisdom as I consider how to approach future conversations. I’m not ready to write anything to him just yet, as one written “confrontation” a day (referring to today’s email I sent to the church/school person) is enough for this introvert. 😉

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