Prayer Requests 3-9-18

It’s Friday, so please remember to pray for Mumsee, Mike, and the Nestlings.

Anyone else?

Psalm 29

Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
    the God of glory thunders,
    the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
    the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
    the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
    Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord strikes
    with flashes of lightning.
The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
    the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord twists the oaks
    and strips the forests bare.
   And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
    the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
11 The Lord gives strength to his people;
    the Lord blesses his people with peace.

15 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 3-9-18

  1. The Boy had a follow-up appointment with his pediatrician this morning. It did not go well, and Nightingale was in tears when she got home from dropping him off at school.

    He failed his hearing test, but that may only be due to his excessive ear wax. (Nightingale will treat that for the next month, and then his hearing will be checked again.) He is gaining weight faster than he should. (I don’t think he looks “fat”, but he is definitely chubby.)

    The other thing is that he is being referred for an autism assessment. (It will be about six months before he gets in.) Neither Nightingale nor I are surprised by this. We have both suspected that maybe he is autistic, although we didn’t voice those suspicions to each other until today. (Well, we may have spoken of possible autistic tendencies, but not to actually saying we thought he may be autistic.)

    He is doing very well in school, is making progress on the things he had a little trouble with initially, like focusing on his work or paying close attention, but he has greatly improved in those areas. So this suspicion of autism is not a matter of an out-of-control, undisciplined child. (Nightingale is a very firm mother, and follows through on what she says.)

    I must admit I shed some tears for My Boy, too.

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  2. I’m sorry, Kizzie. The “A” word (Autism) can be a hard one to hear. I pray The Boy gets an accurate diagnosis, and the help he needs.

    I mentioned on the prayer thread earlier this week about the progress on the marital communication front, and said I’d write more.

    It was interesting that, during the time I was seeking advice, and contemplating your thoughts (and others’) and mine about whether to speak or to write down my boundaries and present them to my husband, one of the boundary issues came up before I’d written anything.

    So I ended up going the verbal route to establish a boundary right then. The praise is that, though he wasn’t initially happy with my asserting control where it was mine, causing him to give up and leave the room in a bit of a huff after a short time, over the following two days I saw a slow but steady “warming trend,” and by 48 hours later, he was downright sweet in thanking me for something I’d done for him just before he’d arrived home from work. (He is very sparing in his compliments, so when he does, and especially when he combines kind words with physical affection, as he did that evening, then that is special, and gives me hope.)

    Thank you for all your prayers. I am grateful. Please continue. This is a journey, and it’s not the end. There certainly could be, and probably will be, twists and turns in the road ahead, but like I told another friend, I’m so encouraged that God’s walking with us, and that He’s hearing all the prayers lifted. Thanks so much for being a part of that.

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  3. Kizzie, from the things you say about the Boy, he seemed quite normal. I can only assume that there are certain traits that cannot be so easily communicated. My Eldest nephew has certain traits which have led us to think he may have Asperger’s. They were obvious from very early on in his life, and they were sometimes concerning, since his inability to accept things as the way they were often triggered his strong temper. Yet, as he enters puberty, I see positive changes in him. He is growing up, and while he probably will always be somewhat eccentric (I often wonder if the eccentrics of former eras were those whom we would diagnose with Asperger’s now), he also has great potential. The Boy is verbal, he can learn new things, he is well disciplined – he also has great potential.

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  4. Roscuro – I very much agree with you that he has great potential. But he will have challenges in certain areas in his life that the neurotypical person does not have. (And yes, I realize that many people have different challenges in life. I did myself.)

    I don’t know all the details, but what I know is that his small motor skills are quite behind, he can be obsessive about a couple things, he has some “sensory issues” with clothing. and he doesn’t have any good friends at school. (He has one he can play with sometimes, but usually no one wants to play with him.) To other kids, he is just too weird, I guess, in his behavior.

    It is that last part that makes me cry for him. Not sure what else may be pointing towards autism.

    I love that little boy so much. (And I wish I could talk to his Papa about this, and we could pray together for him.)

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  5. My niece, who is on the autism spectrum, is graduating from university this spring. She took her Bachelor of Science degree in 5 years due to the autism, but was on the dean’s list every year. From her initial awkwardness with her peers (not knowing when to smile, etc) she has blossomed into a lovely young lady with good friends, a great sense of humour, but still has her unique ‘quirks’. She was quite difficult to raise for her parents as far as her emotional development, but had a wonderful aide during her normal school years and did very well. She met Temple Grandin recently who was a tremendous encouragement to her.

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  6. Boys having problems with small motor skills are common and usually are a problem because the schools are forcing them into using those skills earlier than they might have. Can you get him to run around and play outside more and use his large motor skills for success?

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  7. He is pretty active with his large motor skills. He loves being involved in sports – football in the fall, wrestling in the winter, lacrosse coming up soon. And at home he runs, jumps, climbs, rides his bike, etc.

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  8. Kizzie,

    I would keep in mind that you had only girls and he is the only male in the household–both of those will affect both how you and his mom see him and how he acts. Children mature at different rates. I myself have sensory issues with clothing, and I didn’t make friends easily, and I’m distractible. Also a bit obsessive with some things. But all within the range of “normal,” I think, just personality stuff.

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