Prayer Requests 3-19-18

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Psalm 39

I said, “I will watch my ways
    and keep my tongue from sin;
   I will put a muzzle on my mouth
    while in the presence of the wicked.”
So I remained utterly silent,
    not even saying anything good.
   But my anguish increased;
 my heart grew hot within me.
   While I meditated, the fire burned;
    then I spoke with my tongue:

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
    and the number of my days;
    let me know how fleeting my life is.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
    the span of my years is as nothing before you.
   Everyone is but a breath,
    even those who seem secure.

“Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
    in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
    without knowing whose it will finally be.

“But now, Lord, what do I look for?
    My hope is in you.
Save me from all my transgressions;
    do not make me the scorn of fools.
I was silent; I would not open my mouth,
    for you are the one who has done this.
10 Remove your scourge from me;
    I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
11 When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin,
    you consume their wealth like a moth—
    surely everyone is but a breath.

12 “Hear my prayer, Lord,
    listen to my cry for help;
    do not be deaf to my weeping.
   I dwell with you as a foreigner,
    a stranger, as all my ancestors were.
13 Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again
    before I depart and am no more.”

13 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 3-19-18

  1. Praises for how well my teacher conferences are going. My hardest conference the mom said how much she appreciated that she knew when she sent her son to school that I was patient and kind and would care for him. Wow. Then she asked to pray for me. This student is a challenge each and every day and the mom knows and appreciates me. Blessed.

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  2. Please pray for BG. I finally tracked her down yesterday and she met me at her Nana’s. She is having stomach issues. This is something she inherited from her Nana. Please also pray for everything else you have been praying for her for all these years.

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  3. Several prayer requests.

    * Michael Farris of the Alliance Defense Fund is arguing before the US Supreme Court this morning on behalf of the California Pregnancy Counseling Centers. Our progressive state government decided all the PCCs in CA need to post signs basically suggesting pregnant women consider fleeing the centers and visit either a CA health clinic or planned parenthood for an abortion instead. (My spin and that of many others).

    Please pray that justice would be served on this illegal attack on the First Amendment rights.

    * A friend just wrote to say that a young member of her church choir had a seizure, fell against something and died from a broken neck. The choir, and my friend, are understandably upset.

    Thanks.

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  4. Carol is on some major antibiotics, the house doctor discovered some different kinds of bacteria in her fistula and she’s also having a return of cellulitis in her legs which can be very serious and may require her to be transferred either to the hospital again or to the local rehab center. And of course she has no cell phone service this month (due to her spontaneous March Easter candy shopping spree).

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  5. Thanks for mentioning me today, Mumsee.

    Chickadee’s quitting has hit me hard. Neither Nightingale nor I have told The Boy about it yet. We’re going to wait a bit and tell him on some day when both of us are here, and I’m not childsitting. He’s gonna take it hard.

    It turns out that Nightingale didn’t exactly swear “at” Chickadee, but that she did use a swear word in her text. And I feel bad because the misunderstanding that started this all – thinking that Chickadee was going to be dropped off, not needing to be picked up by Nightingale – was due to my misinterpretation of Chickadee saying she would be back on Sunday. I thought that meant that she would be dropped off. Of course, Chickadee should have notified Nightingale much earlier than she did.

    Nightingale and I both have a suspicion that YF influenced Chickadee to quit. The text she sent to Nightingale seemed to have YF’s “handprints” on it.

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  6. Do you have to tell him that she “quit”? Maybe just explain she has scheduling problems for the time being and won’t be able to watch him for a while (as she may, indeed,I suspect, wind up coming back to child sit but perhaps not on such a regular set schedule)? I agree, she probably was urged to do this by her host family, but I’d be surprised if it winds up being such a hard-and-fast decision as everyone calms down. Probably the less fuss that’s made of it (and the less attention it gets), the better, .

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  7. DJ – I meant to say something similar to that – that I have come to suspect that this is a temporary thing, until her feelings calm down. (Although, I also thought her moving in with the McKs would be temporary, but as of the 31st of this month, it will be four years she’s been with them.) And no, I wouldn’t tell him that she quit, but word it differently. We’ll wait on that anyhow for the time-being.

    I sent her an email earlier, explaining that it was my misunderstanding of her words that made Nightingale think she was being dropped off, and also telling her about the stress that Nightingale has been under (so she’ll maybe understand Nightingale’s terse response).

    She replied that she would get back to me later, after she’s had time to compose her thoughts. (I just hope YF is not involved in helping her compose her thoughts.)

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  8. It is much easier to stay with a family that will validate all you want validated, which cannot be done by those who sacrificially love you. Hopefully, Chickadee will find that out one day. I would hate to see my children fight, too. Disagreements, short tempers and using words we shouldn’t are a part of life. I suppose those who never have done anything like that should throw the first stone. I do hope that Nightingale considers her own responsibility for the reaction of her sister and learns not to use stress as an excuse. For sure, Forrest does not need to be brought into the drama. Prayers for all.

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  9. It was actually me using her stress as an excuse. It may be an just an excuse, but I think it is an understandable one. Believe me, Chickadee has said some bad stuff when she has felt overwhelmed.

    Right now, Nightingale is too irritated with Chickadee to consider her own part. I hope she will come to see it, though. Before getting The Boy from the school bus, I spent some time praying for the Holy Spirit to move in this situation, to minister to each of my daughters.

    Nightingale does have a tendency to be terse, and she realizes that. I think it comes from the no-nonsense streak she has in her. And Chickadee is more sensitive than the average person, even than the average sensitive person. So you can see how those two could have some tensions between them. But they don’t usually argue or have open conflict, they both keep it to themselves, but I often hear about it later.

    I would really like for them to be able to sit down and talk openly. I suggested to Chickadee that the three of us should occasionally have brunch or lunch when The Boy is in school so that we can really talk. But I will not push anything if they don’t feel like talking.

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  10. Time heals a lot of things. I would imagine part is their own personalities and part is birth order. Stress certainly can make us less self-disciplined. So can hunger and tiredness.

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  11. It sounds like part of that whole growing up thing. Don’t take their “business” upon yourself. Just love the little fellow, let him entertain himself so he is not exhausting you, and enjoy the time with him. The girls will sort their stuff out as they will. Pray for them.

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  12. Oh, I do! (Pray for them, that is.)

    The little fellow talked my ear off for close to 40 minutes this evening. But it was sweet that he wanted to talk to me. Before that, he read a chapter to me from a book he needs to read for school, and I read a chapter of a different book to him. As active as he can be, I’m glad that he still likes to be read to in the evening. I’m thinking of introducing him to the Chronicles of Narnia soon.

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