Prayer Requests 4-13-18

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

Anyone else?

Psalm 64

Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint;
    protect my life from the threat of the enemy.

Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,
    from the plots of evildoers.
They sharpen their tongues like swords
    and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.
They shoot from ambush at the innocent;
    they shoot suddenly, without fear.

They encourage each other in evil plans,
    they talk about hiding their snares;
    they say, “Who will see it?”
They plot injustice and say,
    “We have devised a perfect plan!”
    Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.

But God will shoot them with his arrows;
    they will suddenly be struck down.
He will turn their own tongues against them
    and bring them to ruin;
    all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.
All people will fear;
    they will proclaim the works of God
    and ponder what he has done.

10 The righteous will rejoice in the Lord
    and take refuge in him;
    all the upright in heart will glory in him!

7 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 4-13-18

  1. Thanks, Mumsee. Yesterday was kind of a “perfect storm” kind of day, with some ongoing sagas and a new (unexpected) one. I woke up today kinda numb and glad my husband was still lying beside he (he rarely is still there if I wake up after daylight). But today seems to be finding some of it (the second-most important issue) resolved, and others outside my /our control, so no telling.

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  2. And my little family again. They go to the mortuary in a little bit to pick up the remains. That text made me cry.

    Yesterday, I took the girls to choir–all four Adorable girls are in choir together. As I sat reading in the hall, I heard them pray for Ava Grace. She was real to them.

    Today, I wondered about what it will be like growing up knowing there is a sister/cousin with a name whom they’ll never know. How will that affect them or will the candor and honesty actually settle them better with the idea of heaven is a wonderful place?

    We’ll see. I don’t know what the plans are after they pick up the remains. I can’t imagine how you handle that.

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  3. Michelle, we gave names to our miscarried babies. My children often (in the early weeks and months following our losses) referred by name to the siblings whom they’d never met. Those little ones were very real to them, as well.

    Giving them names and doing a burial service at the edge of our woods, with my husband leading prayer and reading select Bible verses about God’s love for all of us and His preparing a place for us in heaven (John 14:1-3), brought much comfort to the children.

    Those babies’ names (ours and your Ava Grace’s, as well as many others’) are written in the Book of Life. There was peace for the children (and Hubby and me) in the knowing.

    Praying for you all.

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  4. Apologies in advance for a long post. The nutshell of the prayer request is in the second paragraph (and the last), so feel free to skip the in-between, if desired — it’s just me processing many thoughts, which I feel I need to do now and then… Sometimes it help me clarify things.

    I would like to request prayer for wisdom in balancing homeschooling and music opportunities. Teaching piano and performing energize me, but in the slower seasons, I tend to experience lethargy and the blahs, and that affects my homeschooling. Being musically active, on the other hand, though it takes more of my time, actually invigorates my homeschooling. I function better all around when I’m active with both. However, I realize there could come a point where music becomes so engrossing that I don’t have enough time to homeschool well. That is what I don’t want to happen, and is why I’m asking for prayers for wisdom in balancing them.

    Three new musical opportunities have presented themselves in the last month. The first, volunteering to be on the District Auditions Committee that our current DA spokesperson has suggested to replace her as she steps down this year, is something that I have now said yes to. Two other teachers accepted, as well, so I won’t be doing this (big job) alone, but it’s still pretty involved even with three people sharing duties.

    The second opportunity came when I was asked to sing in a local vocal ensemble that performs numerous times a year. I am available at the time the group meets for weekly rehearsals, but I told the lady who asked me that I would consider it for maybe a year from now, after I’ve had a chance to see how much time my District Auditions job takes over the course of a year.

    So I’ve got one yes and one no-for-now.

    The third opportunity was (re-)opened today. My duet partner emailed me and mentioned something she’s stated to me before: She wants to do a recital with me. Each of us playing solos we select for ourselves, and possibly playing a duet together.

    In the past, it was more of a, hey, maybe we could do something like this in the future…

    Now… she really wants to perform again the duet we played at last weekend’s concert. And I love that idea. We spent a lot of time working on it, and as she said in her email, it would be a shame to only perform it once. I agree.

    Maintaining it, if we were to perform it in the future, would be much less time-consuming than the initial investment of time to get it up to performance standard. It would also take less time to continue in maintenance mode now until a near-future performance event, rather than to drop it totally for now, and then return to it X years down the road.

    Given my currently very small studio of piano students, there would be more time to devote to performance practice than if I had a lot of students.

    But, again, I don’t want to crowd homeschooling to the fringes of my life, either.

    Anyway, those are some of my rambling thoughts. If you’ve read this far, sorry for the ramble. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, though. 😉

    In all seriousness now, my overarching thought in all of this, of course, is what is the Lord’s will for my life, and how best can I walk steadfastly in His calling for me? I always can use wisdom on that. Thank you for praying.

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  5. Michelle, I think I have told you that some years ago an acquaintance give birth to a little girl they knew would only live hours. She was born at 5 or 6 months. I gave the mother a Christmas ornament with the baby’s name. She is remarried now with two little girls but recently she told me she still hangs Sophia’s ornament on the tree. Perhaps you can do something like that? Or, maybe I will do something like that. 😉

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