Prayer Requests 7-28-18

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Psalm 142

I cry aloud to the Lord;
    I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.
I pour out before him my complaint;
    before him I tell my trouble.

When my spirit grows faint within me,
    it is you who watch over my way.
   In the path where I walk
    people have hidden a snare for me.
Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;
    no one is concerned for me.
   I have no refuge;
    no one cares for my life.

I cry to you, Lord;
    I say, “You are my refuge,
    my portion in the land of the living.”

Listen to my cry,
    for I am in desperate need;
   rescue me from those who pursue me,
    for they are too strong for me.
Set me free from my prison,
    that I may praise your name.
   Then the righteous will gather about me
    because of your goodness to me.

7 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 7-28-18

  1. Having somewhat of a tough summer. (Tough year, actually.) Last week was a nice break with no childsitting as Nightingale and The Boy went to the Boy Scout day camp each day, but some stress about other things crept in.

    I’m feeling so tired, feeling weak in every way, as the stress of the grieving is taking a toll.

    Some people have told me that I am a strong woman. I’m really not, but can do a pretty good impression of a strong woman now and then. Nightingale does not see me as strong, and I think that due to her no-nonsense and common sense kind of temperament, she can get annoyed at me when I struggle with things that come easily to her. My prayer is that somehow, God will be glorified in her eyes, as He says that His strength is made perfect in our weakness. I need that promise to be made very real in my life right now.

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  2. Being strong, in my opinion, is not how you feel, but your determination to go forward and make the best of what is. It is linked with faith in my mind, knowing that God is doing something great, even in our most painful and difficult times. I do see that in both of you ladies, as well as some others in this fellowship. You are members of a select group. Praise God for His grace, we could not do it without Him!

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  3. Yapamom – I think you are right. It’s like the saying that courage is not the absence of fear, but doing what needs to be done despite the fear. So I guess I can be strong in that way. (You, too, Kim.)

    Once we were discussing that (I had forgotten that until you brought it up), and Nightingale said something along the lines of, “But people have to do what needs to be done anyway. There is no other option.” I thought about that a moment, and then told her that a lot of people do not do what needs to be done. They run away from responsibilities, or self-medicate, or some such thing.

    I pray that she will see some kind of strength in me, not for my own aggrandizement, but for God’s glory, to point her to Him.

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  4. And wouldn’t ya know, Nightingale is now annoyed with me over an issue with The Boy that she is strong in and I am not. I have tried to do what she wanted me to do, but it doesn’t work for me.

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  5. I tried to post this before church, but it wouldn’t allow me to. Let’s see if it lets me now . . . hey, I don’t think I have ever used two forms of “lets” in the same sentence before.

    Kizzie, I think that is the key. We weren’t created to be strong. Humans aren’t especially strong. I have looked over at my husband when he is sleeping and thought that if God wills, he might not be alive when I wake up. At best we live a few decades, and at the end of that time we may need a cane or a walker or a wheelchair. Mentally we grow weary.

    I used to think that mature believers were somehow strong. Eventually I realized God never intended us to be strong in ourselves; He intends us to stand in Him. The “stand on my own two feet, lift myself by my own bootstraps” mentality isn’t a Christian one. We need one another, and all of us need God. Without Him we cannot even exist, and walking without Him (or thinking that we are doing so) is arrogance, not strength.

    Kizzie, you have always been weak. So have I. But we know the One who is strong, and He calls us to Himself to find rest, and to find strength in Him.

    I feel that weakness this week. My husband and I have both been struggling with weaknesses, and we have multiple things in our new home that are only partly done (some of which need the help of other people), and a big editing job that I need is being delayed, and so forth. It has all felt a bit overwhelming. But Scripture tells us that God knows our frame, and He remembers that we are dust. He chose to love us anyway and to give us His life and His strength.

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