Prayer Requests 3-29-18

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

Anyone else?

Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
   according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
   so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

18 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 3-29-18

  1. A major glitch in the sale of this house, which could prove expensive and/or time consuming. I think the sale (and purchase) will still go through, but it could end up being expensive for us, and using up money we need at the other end for flooring and other such. (Well, we think we will still have enough for flooring, but that isn’t the only thing we need.) It’s also far enough into the process to risk delaying the closing and/or not give us enough time to get the flooring and new plumbing ordered–but we cannot order those until we know more about what is happening and when.

    I don’t want to go into more detail than that, but if you could pray for patience for us, and also for a really quick resolution and answers, that would be helpful. We had hoped to be able to order stuff today (because we were supposed to have final answers by Tuesday), but we are now into extra innings.

    I have gotten almost no sleep overnight, somewhere between 90 minutes and two or three hours, but probably not deep and restful sleep even then. And my husband sounded restless, too. I’m going back to bed for a bit now.

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  2. Weep with us who weep; mourn with us who mourn.

    Word came last night the baby will not survive. J and A are devastated.

    We are so very sad. They will not try again.

    Please pray for wisdom with the decisions they must make; and that the peace of God which passes all understanding will flood their hearts and souls.

    And wisdom for the rest of us to know how best to comfort them. Feeling numb.

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  3. My friend Linda is in for knee surgery this morning, arthroscopic, outpatient, but afraid in Tucson. I’m one of the people who makes decisions for her if she’s incapacitated–so no problems would suit me very well.

    It’s Maudy Thursday and I’m wrung out already. I’ve only been up half an hour.

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  4. Maybe I should just hang out on the prayer line today.

    I’m overwhelmed. I have a full day ahead of me with child care, house prep, Easter plans prep, daughter comes home excited to be home for Easter for the first time in years, food stuff to organize, egg dying with two Adorables, emails needed to send to friends and relatives about the baby, playing clarinet in church, singing during Maudy Thursday service and then cantata rehearsal.

    All I really want to do is sit and cry.

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  5. Weeping with you Michelle…asking our precious Father to bring comfort to you and yours. This is so very hard. I recall sitting with my dearest friend so many years ago…all we could do was to embrace each other and cry….. 😢

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  6. My friends here who have been in Cairns for almost a month for medical care, Dr. Jeff, and yes, one of our precious doctors, are not doing well. They are now arranging a medevac from Australia to Dallas. He was released earlier this week, but had to go back to the ER. The only good is that all of their children are in Dallas.

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  7. I’m so sorry Michelle. Praying for God’s presence to be very real to the family in the days and months to come.

    Cheryl, Noooooo. No. No. Praying the house situation will work out and not be what you dread.

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  8. Thanks. They have two healthy brilliant charming girls, nearly 7 and 4.5. She had a miscarriage at 17 weeks two years ago and has had another, earlier, since. Most of the plans and purchases they’ve made in the last couple years were made with a third child in mind (car, condo with three bedrooms, etc.). Obviously God has something else for them.

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  9. Well, we’re now all home again–including the baby who is still with us. (My prayer has been “Confound us, Lord!”). This is what my daughter-in-law posted on FB. I’m so proud of them:

    “So after an ultrasound, they have told is that the baby is severely small for her age. Currently, they feel like doing an emergency c section would do nothing for her chances. So now it appears to be completely in God’s hands. Either we go home, she stays alive and continues to grow or God takes her to heaven. All we have left is a miracle. Thank you all for all your continued prayers, love and support.”

    Shall we pray for a miracle? 🙂

    The word “termination” came up yesterday with hedging because she’s past 24 weeks. “We don’t know what your religious preferences are, but . . . We can give you a shot that will stop her heart.”

    They were polite but were not going to stop a beating heart.

    My pro-choice family members have all been very kind, loving and concerned.

    Interesting how God can use crisis for opportunity.

    A found an article on the Internet last night about a baby even less likely to live than ours who was born at 33 weeks weighing 4 pounds–“so that’s a tiny bit of hope.”

    I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for your prayers.

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  10. Michelle, I know a baby who wasn’t expected to survive birth. My whole workplace prayed for this couple with a longed-for, waited-for late-in-life first child they might not even hold alive. Mostly we prayed for them as they processed her death, I think, not that she would live.

    Many, many happy tears when she was born alive–and, unexpectedly, kept breathing. When her parents brought her to an employee assembly weeks later, I looked around at my fellow employees and didn’t see a dry eye even on the men. She had serious problems, but she was alive, and no child better loved. She was three-and-a-half or four when I left Chicago, and periodically I saw her on campus. I have no idea if she is still alive, but God gave precious years to a couple who thought they would have empty arms forever.

    One never knows what God will do. He is good, and He works all things for our good and His glory. But I can tell you that that little girl had a soft spot in the hearts of hundreds, maybe thousands of people when God let her live, born to a family who would see her as a blessing in spite of her great limitations.

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  11. Michelle,
    I am heartbroken for all of you, but still very hopeful that everything will turn out for the best.’
    Ultimately, God is love and this baby is obviously loved already. Miracles happen every day if we look.

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  12. I will be asking God for a healthy little life to bless her parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles and doctors and nurses and everybody else.

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