Prayer Requests 3-18-19

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Psalm 44

We have heard it with our ears, O God;
    our ancestors have told us
   what you did in their days,
    in days long ago.
With your hand you drove out the nations
    and planted our ancestors;
   you crushed the peoples
    and made our ancestors flourish.
It was not by their sword that they won the land,
    nor did their arm bring them victory;
   it was your right hand, your arm,
    and the light of your face, for you loved them.

You are my King and my God,
    who decrees victories for Jacob.
Through you we push back our enemies;
    through your name we trample our foes.
I put no trust in my bow,
    my sword does not bring me victory;
but you give us victory over our enemies,
    you put our adversaries to shame.
In God we make our boast all day long,
    and we will praise your name forever.

But now you have rejected and humbled us;
    you no longer go out with our armies.
10 You made us retreat before the enemy,
    and our adversaries have plundered us.
11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheep
    and have scattered us among the nations.
12 You sold your people for a pittance,
    gaining nothing from their sale.

13 You have made us a reproach to our neighbors,
    the scorn and derision of those around us.
14 You have made us a byword among the nations;
    the peoples shake their heads at us.
15 I live in disgrace all day long,
    and my face is covered with shame
16 at the taunts of those who reproach and revile me,
    because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.

17 All this came upon us,
    though we had not forgotten you;
    we had not been false to your covenant.
18 Our hearts had not turned back;
    our feet had not strayed from your path.
19 But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals;
    you covered us over with deep darkness.

20 If we had forgotten the name of our God
    or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
21 would not God have discovered it,
    since he knows the secrets of the heart?
22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.

23 Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep?
    Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever.
24 Why do you hide your face
    and forget our misery and oppression?

25 We are brought down to the dust;
    our bodies cling to the ground.
26 Rise up and help us;
    rescue us because of your unfailing love.

16 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 3-18-19

  1. Good morning. I’d like to request prayer for this week, for a number of people, in the run-up to our District Auditions on Saturday.

    1. For good health, stamina, and general well-being for our DCs (District Chairpersons — three of us here — LL, LF, and myself), plus our former DC (R) who is helping us in our first year as a team:

    ~ for LL, who has recently experienced a couple periods of strong overwhelm while working on her particular duties on the team;

    ~ for LF, who had a bad case of the flu and was bedridden for a week a couple of weeks ago;

    ~ for myself, as I try to figure out what’s behind my digestive problems this year, so I can avoid what might be foods that are triggering the issues, and keep from being sick on Auditions day; and,

    ~ for R, as she patiently guides our team in this final week leading up to Auditions, even as she is experiencing grief at having to have her dog put down today.

    2. For safe travels for our adjudicators — four of the six will have drives of hundreds of round-trip miles to come and judge for us. Weather is predicted to be nice this week, so please pray it will continue that way into the weekend.

    3. For our 25 area teachers who have entered students in the auditions, for a productive last week of lessons with those students before the event.

    4. For the 160+ students who will be playing, that they may use their musical gifts well.

    Please also pray for our state-level DC, S. In the midst of managing all the local DCs around the state (most locals have auditions in March), she is having to undergo surgery this week! Pray for her, and that our district and the others who haven’t had their auditions yet will not have any major problems while S is out of commission.

    Thank you so much.

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  2. Wow, 6, that is a lot going on to pray for. I will go through the list again lifting it all to God who can bring it all together. He weaves so many situations together in good order.

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  3. 6, I also prayed for students to not have hurt feelings in addition to other requests.

    Have you tried Alka-Seltzer for your digestive problems? Sometimes easy traditional remedies can do the trick.

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  4. Following my meltdown, they moved me to another teen-tiny room with only 1 other person. I’m happier. Not happy, but this is livable compared to the other situation. I literally had to leave the room to do my phone interviews, only one person could be on the phone at a time in there with all the echo-effect in such a small space. And reporters use the phone a lot. It was simply unworkable.

    This room is much tinier but way less intense and stressful. I still hope to work from home (mostly).

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  5. DJ – I haven’t commented on the things you’ve shared about your new work space, but my heart goes out to you. I feel bad for you, and am praying.

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  6. DJ, I know it is awful and I lift your situation to God. It is so unfair to expect work to be accomplished in such tight corners.

    Last year in the other tax office my brother worked in, the preparers all had the back of their chairs againt the chair backs of other preparers. There was no privacy for the tax clients I thought that was really bad, too! They do have an improved situation this year. Maybe in time they will work out a better situation for you all, too, when they gain understanding of how bad it is. Prayers, definitely.

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  7. DJ, that sounds almost prison-like, from what I understand of your set-up now (or, rather, where you started the day today, anyway). Glad there’s some improvement, but still, yuck.

    Thanks for the prayers, everyone, and for your comments, Janice. Pop pop, fizz fizz, oh what a relief it is. Wasn’t that how the Alka-Seltzer jingle went? 😉 I used to have that on occasion as a kid, but had forgotten all about it.

    I’m a little afraid to introduce something new (or something I haven’t had for decades) into my system to fight whatever my body is rebelling against. So I’m cutting out — for this week, anyway — what I think are some problem foods. Subtracting instead of adding, I guess; trying to get to the root of the problem and eliminate the offending agents instead of fighting the symptoms with something else that might cause its own reaction.

    Time to go give 6th Arrow her piano lesson. I don’t know if it’s because I’m not feeling the greatest today, but I’ve strangely had a sort of dread of teaching her today (on piano, not otherwise). Parts of my prayer request above (#3 and #4) were, truthfully, partly about me and about her. At her lesson last week, I took her off her three audition pieces to give her a one-week break. She had recently been making several careless mistakes that she hadn’t been doing before, and I was pretty sure the sloppiness was from too much playing rather than not enough. My hope is that she’ll return to the music fresh from her break. Stepping away from something on which one has been working hard can sometimes do wonderful things upon return to the thing.

    But I’ll admit that it’s possible that her mistakes were because she didn’t know her music well enough. If so, we lost a week, and she’s only got five days left before auditions. That’ll be on me if I misjudged the type of music I offered her, and my approach in directing her away from the music at such a crucial time.

    I guess you could say I’m afraid to face the music right now if…

    Again, thank you for all the prayers. We’ll survive, and maybe even thrive! 🙂

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  8. I survived the day, being in a small space but with only 1 other person (it’ll be 2 sometimes) was much better, wasn’t like being in a can of sardines!

    And we have a 4th floor lobby (that’s the floor I’m on in a 15-story building) where there’s a WINDOW looking west toward the bridge and comfy chairs for some quick break space.

    Tomorrow will be better, I’ll adjust.

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  9. Home now, sItting on the front porch looking at Michelle’s ‘I Want To See Jesus’ plant and perusing ‘A Shelter in the Storm: Meditations on God and Trouble”’ by Paul David Tripp

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  10. I did not need to worry — 6th Arrow did fabulously! And you should have seen the ear-to-ear grin on her face right before she started playing her first audition piece for me tonight. It was like being reunited with an old friend. 🙂

    She also wrote a music theory practice test tonight at the level she’ll test on Saturday. (There’s also an aural component.) Her score tonight: 92 of 93 questions correct.

    She’ll be fine, and so will mom/teacher. 😉 Thanks for bearing with me.

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