Prayer Requests 3-2-19

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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.

28 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 3-2-19

  1. It’s a very stressful time at the tax office. Please pray for peace, calm, and for everything to work out for clients to be well-served and get good results. I think refunds are down because people have taken home more each paycheck and not had as much withheld to produce the refunds they have gotten in the past.

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  2. I’m just hoping I don’t owe anything this year due to some changes. But I did increase the withholding on my work pay to the highest possible amount.

    Pray for my neighbor who’s going through some stressful times — her husband goes in for surgery March 12 to repair a hernia (though there may also be an appendix issue); she meanwhile is still struggling with knee and mobility issues and one of their daughters-in-law has an unexplained numbness in both her legs that also is of concern, testing is being done on that. They’re a few years older than I am and are not believers (former now very disgruntled Catholic on her end from childhood, not sure about his background).

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  3. I got a phone call this afternoon from Daughter-in-Law in the Mid-Atlantic. Oldest son had an episode Thursday night which caused her to call emergency services. The two policemen who came to the house were veterans and well and handled him well. He went with them willingly. He was taken to the local emergency room that night. Yesterday mental health moved him to another hospital.
    This is the call that Mr. P has been expecting for a really long time. He wants son put in at least an eight-week program to deal with the PTSD and the alcoholism.
    That is the prayer request. That son is admitted to long term mental health. DIL knows she has our support. Mr. P and I have talked before that when this call came he would go help her with the grandchildren. Obviously now things are different with Little Miss. I suppose I could hire BG to take care of Miss and he could go if absolutely necessary, but DIL says their school and daycare know what is going on and are being very helpful. Both of her parents live in the area and are helping.
    Please pray that this works out for the best of all involved but especially for the two little people who can’t understand as well as the adults in their lives.

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  4. Praying, Kim.
    My tax gal is not happy with me, not a good sign. And my renters are leaving. And my car is still in the shop. Meanwhile I am not spending any money. But…. God is good and it is all in His hands.

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  5. I am heavily burdened and feeling soul sick. I can’t give many details except to say someone we’ve known for a number of years has acted deceptively, and we do not yet know all the ramifications. It is not a family member. This is a most stressful time already without this additional overwhelming burden. I am very sad and also doubly burdened by not being able to drive and pretty much feeling useless to help when I am needed most. Thank you for heartfelt prayers. Karen is being a support to me which is good so that she feels needed. She is some better but trying to adjust to new meds and figuring out what she can and can not drink based on her meds and ailments.

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  6. Feeling discombobulated inside.

    Nightingale and I have made an important decision about our future (moving to a new home in two to three years), and although it is exciting, I feel overwhelmed thinking about all that is involved.

    You may remember me mentioning that our house is full of stuff from Hubby’s and my 31 years of marriage as well as his mom’s stuff, which included her mom’s and sister’s stuff. Besides a lot of furniture in the living areas, the attic and basement are full of stuff. (Hubby always had going through it all and dealing with it as a project to get to “sometime”, but “sometime” never came.) And then there is what Nightingale has upstairs.

    So we have a lot of pairing down to do over the next couple years. (Earlier today, we were discussing ideas of what should go and what should be kept.) At least it doesn’t have to be done all at once, but it is still a daunting, overwhelming task to think about.

    Add to that that The Boy is tough for me to deal with at times. I realized recently that with Nightingale’s work schedule, which means I am taking care of him a lot, I need to step it up in the discipline department, but I really don’t feel strong enough. Even Nightingale, who is very firm and can be quite tough with him, says he is a challenge. He is impulsive, impatient, and immature for his age (and possibly mildly autistic) – not a good combination. (It isn’t merely a matter of him being a little boy. Nightingale knows other boys his age, and sees the differences.)

    And add to that that Nightingale will begin classes for her nursing degree this fall, as well as keeping her full-time work schedule, meaning I will be taking care of The Boy even more. I am getting overwhelmed just thinking about it.

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  7. Kizzie, is there any reason you need to be the sole baby-sitter for the Boy? Can his mother trade babysitting with another single mom for a few hours a week, for instance?

    Also, isn’t he old enough now that he can be given responsibility for managing a lot of his own time? (For instance, when he gets home he has a snack, does his chores, and then does homework–and he manages a lot of it on his own rather than needing direct oversight)?

    “Sorting” is a challenge, and I emphathize–and that without having had a lot of other people’s stuff to go through. But I can be a bit of a packrat, and it took me a couple of years when we were preparing to move to sort through everything, and we still brought some stuff that would have been better given away or sold before we moved. But yes, it is a tough challenge.

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  8. A friend has had excellent “luck” selling things on Facebook Marketplace. Why now start there with your excess furniture?

    I’d start one drawer at a time. It’s the only way.

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  9. Cheryl – We wish he could take on more responsibility for himself, but The Boy still needs a lot of supervision, and he also “needs” company. If he happens to be in the living room doing something, and realizes that I (or Nightingale and I) have moved to another room, he will soon appear in that other room to hang out with me (us). Also, as I mentioned, he is immature for his age, and may be mildly autistic. There are things he should be able to do on his own, but for which he needs supervision or constant reminders.

    One of the compulsive habits he has (due to autism? I don’t know) is that he will get stuck on a word or phrase for a couple weeks or so. For a while he would be blurting out “Shut up!” (But he wasn’t actually telling anyone to shut up, he was just blurting the words.) Then he moves on to another word or phrase, and uses it excessively.

    As for someone else babysitting him, the times when I have to watch him for the most amount of time, thus being the more difficult days, are when Nightingale works 2nd shift, which is a difficult time for another mom to watch a child, and I would still have to have him home early enough to wind down for bedtime. But often on those days (or on the weekend days Nightingale works) his dad takes him for a couple or a few hours.

    On one hand, that is a relief for me, but on the other hand, that time with his dad may be adding to his behavior problems (and definitely is adding to his weight problem). His dad is more of a playmate than parent.

    So I was thinking about that – that one person (Nightingale) is firm and tough with him, while the other two adult authorities in his life are not as much as she should be (me) and seemingly not at all (X). That works against what Nightingale is trying to do for him. So I need to step up my efforts with him. And that is hard, because he is a strong-willed little boy with a lot of physical strength. And he sometimes has outbursts of anger which can be scary.

    Also, I think he needs the consistency of not being with too many different caregivers.

    For better or worse, I am the other parental authority in The Boy’s life (which he has acknowledged). I want to do what is best for him, but I need the strength (emotionally and mentally as well as physically) to handle him properly.

    Prayers for both of us are appreciated. And of course, also for Nightingale, as she is the primary parent and authority for him, and I know she often feels weary and frustrated with dealing with him. Thank you.

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  10. Wow. That’s a lot, Kizzie. When will you receive the results of the ‘spectrum’ testing?

    It is exciting that Nightingale has found a way to begin nursing classes. But with work and the planned house clean-out and move, not to mention the issues surrounding The Boy, I can understand the feelings of being overwhelmed by it all. And adolescence looms in a few years. 😦

    Praying

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  11. Kizzie, Michelle had an excellent idea about going ahead and selling some of the furniture you don’t love and want.
    Years ago when I followed the FlyLady method she had mesh bins that were labeled Give Away, Put Away, and Throw Away. She broke it down to not pulling out anything you couldn’t get done in a certain amount of time (it may have been as little as 15 minutes–You would need to go to her site to get the full plan now). For anything Give Away she advocated putting it in the trunk of the car and donating it the next time you passed a charity of your choice. Throw Away and Put Away are self-explanatory.
    I would combine this with a portion of the KonMari Method that seems to be so popular–If you don’t love it and it doesn’t bring you joy, release it to bless someone else.
    I was overwhelmed when I had to decide what of my father’s to keep and what to let go. I am pretty sure I let some stuff go that if I knew what it was would make me sad. Since I don’t know, oh well. This is an opportunity for you to go slowly and at your own pace instead of having to make a decision on everything in a limited amount of time.

    Liquidate some of it and put the money in savings towards moving expenses and replacement of needed things.

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  12. I had less stuff when I moved more often, but once you’re in a place for a while — and have added someone else’s ‘stuff’ (all my mom’s things that had been in storage came to my garage when I moved in here) — it gets more complicated.

    For the most part, deciding what to keep or let go of was fairly easy for me, the decisions were obvious and I went mostly with my gut on that, I didn’t over-think it. Most was sent on its way, either in the trash or, most of it, to the Salvation Army. It would be good if you could sell some things, though — I just was trying to tear through all of it and decided it was more trouble (generally) than the things were worth, although I did hang onto some of the antique dishes and books and very well might sell those down the road. My supplemental retirement fund 🙂 although it probably won’t bring much.

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  13. See? This is exactly how we lost the entire classified ad business which (who knew?) was one of the major revenue pillars for newspapers all those years. Gone.

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  14. The extra furniture is not great quality. Either it started out that way, or became that way through the years (like my dining room table and chairs). There is one particular piece that may have some value, though.

    Nightingale and I will each be pretty “brutal” in our pairing down.

    Kim – I have read some of the FlyLady’s methods, and they are very like my own. And Nightingale and I both watched the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. In fact, Nightingale used one her phrases when she said that we should only take what “we want to take into our future.” 🙂

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  15. I’ve told you before about the retired Marine flyer in our church who five years ago got a heart transplant on Easter Sunday, then got a severe infection in his feet and hands which required amputating them. (And I still don’t know how his wife got him out of the house during the fires–fortunately, their house didn’t burn down).

    They’re our age.

    Ran into the wife in the grocery store just now. I’d heard he had gotten prosthetics and was now DRIVING and BIKING again. Last I saw his wife, she looked exhausted.

    Today, she looked terrific and confirmed he’s doing both those things–which is fine for around town, but hair raising when he insists upon driving to Stanford hospital, 2.5 hours away in good traffic. (“I make him change with me at San Francisco–he can only drive halfway.”)

    An engineer, he donated his body to science five years ago and spends a lot of time on forums linked to his specific disease, encouraging and counseling people. I haven’t seen him at church in years, but I love how he’s taking his horror and turning it into go.

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  16. I should clarify that Nightingale is not going to be taking a full schedule of classes, but going part-time. But it will still be a lot on her plate.

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  17. Meanwhile, in baby news, 4.5-month old J is now crawling and his siblings are being trained in the baby Heimlich maneuver. I don’t know how they’re going to keep the floor picked up enough for this one. 😦

    Alisha is 32 weeks pregnant, looks pregnant, feels pregnant and has a bad cold. At her doctor appointment on Friday, they did a 20-minute stress test. Technician called her doctor (now back from maternity leave herself) because she had four contractions during the monitoring and didn’t feel a single one.

    Please pray the older baby doesn’t get into trouble on his hands and knees (and with his mouth) and the younger baby stays in place for a healthy and safe delivery–on time.

    Thanks.

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  18. Kizzie (5:13), yes, I gathered she’d be taking classes on top of keeping up with work schedule. That’s overwhelming in itself, along with being a single parent!

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  19. Kizzie–

    One drawer a day, have the Boy help you–before a snack, so you do it every day. He can help and use it as a time to remember things–“your grandfather bought this because . . . ”

    Or, “Let’s move the table upstairs a lady is coming by to purchase it. Your grandfather picked it up at an estate sale because he loved the carving on the legs . . . .” Whatever.

    Tell him whatever you sell, you’ll give him a dollar–that will motivate him–and help him learn a little delayed gratification along the way. “If we sell fifteen items, you’ll have fifteen dollars. How would you spend $15?”

    Using the exercise of cleaning out a drawer each day will delay eating a little bit, too, and may inspire him to help with another drawer. Link reward to the work, so he learns that lesson personally.

    When he wants to buy something stupid with his earnings–let him, so he can learn the value of work. This could be a win-win teaching situation for him and help for you.

    Perhaps he’ll see something he really likes: “These were your grandfather’s binoculars.” Make him work for them: “When you clean out twenty drawers/however many, I’ll let you have them. Grandpa had to work 20 hours to get enough money to pay for them. He would want you to value them and often we don’t value things we don’t work for.”

    An idea.

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  20. Michelle – That sounds like my dad’s attitude when he had his right (primary) arm amputated at the shoulder. He did not have a prosthetic, but learned to do as much as he could without help. He had a special knife that curved, kind of like a rocking chair, for cutting his own meats. He also tried a special golf club for people with only one hand.

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  21. We should make huge progress toward getting our condo in order this week, since we finally are on track to have two professionals in–the plumber to install the dishwasher (the new one is being delivered today, and the plumber is coming back Wednesday) and the electrician to do a whole lot of jobs we’ve been saving up for when we can get one. He may not do all the work this week–he is a dual-income pastor from a nearby town–but we need to have three lights installed (two of them in places that haven’t had a ceiling light), two lights rewired so they can be turned on with wall switches and not pull cords, one or two lights moved (bathroom lights that no longer are centered correctly over new fixtures), electricity restored to the bathroom outlets and outdoor outlet, etc. My husband can install light fixtures if it is just trading out an old one for a new one, and he already installed the chandelier in our dining room. But some of this is beyond his expertise and some is “well, he’s coming anyway . . .”

    And my husband realized that some of the master bathroom needs to be painted before the electrician installs stuff in there, so he plans to do that today. (Our master bath is really being done piecemeal.) After the broken light is switched out, my husband will switch out the old mirror and narrow (broken) medicine cabinet for our new medicine cabinet . . . and then he can finish the painting and hang towel racks and the TP holder, and the bathroom will be finished except for the shower. (We need to replace the shower, which we didn’t expect when we moved in. I think so far it’s our only “surprise.”)

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