Prayer Requests 9-14-19

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Psalm 39

I said, “I will watch my ways
    and keep my tongue from sin;
   I will put a muzzle on my mouth
    while in the presence of the wicked.”
So I remained utterly silent,
    not even saying anything good.
   But my anguish increased;
my heart grew hot within me.
   While I meditated, the fire burned;
    then I spoke with my tongue:

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
    and the number of my days;
    let me know how fleeting my life is.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
    the span of my years is as nothing before you.
   Everyone is but a breath,
    even those who seem secure.

“Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
    in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
    without knowing whose it will finally be.

“But now, Lord, what do I look for?
    My hope is in you.
Save me from all my transgressions;
    do not make me the scorn of fools.
I was silent; I would not open my mouth,
    for you are the one who has done this.
10 Remove your scourge from me;
    I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
11 When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin,
    you consume their wealth like a moth—
    surely everyone is but a breath.

12 “Hear my prayer, Lord,
    listen to my cry for help;
    do not be deaf to my weeping.
   I dwell with you as a foreigner,
    a stranger, as all my ancestors were.
13 Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again
    before I depart and am no more.”

15 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 9-14-19

  1. The young woman who was missing has been found. She asked for help from her mom, which was a real blessing. Her family is still asking for prayer for Shay for the spiritual battle that is being fought for her heart.

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  2. I’m glad she’s been found, Kathaleena. I will keep Shay in my prayers.

    My mom could use prayers. (Well, and my dad, too.) I think the strain of taking care of him while struggling with some challenges of her own is getting to be too much for her.

    She totally forgot about 4th Arrow’s graduation party last weekend. It was about two hours into the party when I realized that, though all my siblings who live in the same town as my parents were present, Mom & Dad were not there.

    Mom hadn’t asked any of them for a ride, and none of them had thought to ask her if she wanted a ride.

    I called Mom then, to check on her, hoping she hadn’t tried to venture out on her own and gotten lost. (Party was at a place she’s only been to three other times — for the graduations of the oldest three of our arrows, the last one being four years ago.) It was reassuring to me when she answered the phone, but she was dismayed to realize that she had clean forgotten about the party. She said, “And it’s [the invitation] sitting right here.” (Probably on her tray next to the chair she sits in a lot of the day.)

    She was especially distressed to hear that 2nd Arrow and baby were at the party. Baby is her first great-grandchild, and she hadn’t met her yet.

    Thankfully, there was still time for 1st Arrow to leave the party and go pick up my parents so they could be at the party briefly before we had to pack up and vacate the building by the end of our contracted time.

    My dad wasn’t feeling well that day, so he stayed home, but 1st Arrow brought Mom to the party, and she seemed to enjoy herself. We also got a 4-generation photo with Mom, me, 2nd, and DG (Dear Grandbaby). One of the sweet parts of the day.

    I think Mom’s having a rougher time coping than she’s letting on. She asked me once this summer, “Am I losing it?” This forgetfulness of an important event (4th Arrow is not only her granddaughter, but also her Goddaughter) is probably reinforcing that feeling. There have also been recent conversations with her that may have exacerbated some feelings of “losing it.” Those conversations have been about some of the driving concerns we siblings have had. She got quite defensive with my brother, retorting, “There’s nothing wrong with my driving!” (She’s not angry now, though, thankfully. In fact, my brother was at her house later that day that they’d had the driving conversation, and he said she was fine, and no longer upset with him.)

    Anyway, my guess is that those recent driving conversations weighed heavily on her mind for a while, such that she probably temporarily lost track of remembering upcoming events, like the grad party.

    When she left the party, I heard her say to 6th Arrow, “Pray for Grandpa and me.” They do really need prayers. Thank you for doing that, friends.

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  3. An update, if you care to hear the gory details. I posted last week that Hubby was hospitalized with cellulitis. He’s had a pretty terrible week and is still in the hospital. Overnight on the first day he was here they took him to surgery and put three incisions in his arm of about one, two, and three inches and a hole in his elbow that looked to be about an inch in diameter. They basically laid the skin back to allow the stuff that was swelling the arm to drain and packed the elbow hole with a gauze-like strip of something that worked like a wick to drain the bursar cavity. The blood test they do to measure infection came back at 32, where normal is 3. He’s been on three different IV antibiotics, around the clock. By mid week that was down to 25. On Wednesday they stitched up two of the incisions – with only a local anesthetic, which itself is very painful. An the smallest one with none. Yesterday his “number” was down to 10, but last night the surgeon determined that there was still a pocket of swelling, so she did another incision of about a half inch to relieve that – again bedside with only a local. Apparently the local numbs the skin but not the deep tissue where she ended up poking around quite a bit. It drained a lot overnight and this morning she manipulated more out of it, a re-dressed it, and “signed off” on him. Yesterday the infectious disease doc said he *might* be able to go home on Monday with only oral antibiotics The other possibility is a picc line to continue with the IV. He’s hoping to avoid that.

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  4. So, Linda, now you know more about cellulitis. Sounds a lot like the procedure for staph infection when we were going through that. I did not need that intensity but husband needed the packing and such. Awful but I am glad they can do it with success.

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  5. She beat me to it

    That sounds like quite a stressful & painful ordeal he has been through (and you, too), I’m so sorry. Continued prayer for recovery and a ‘soon’ homecoming.

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  6. Please pray for the court date on Monday that I mentioned on the daily thread. This is only another one where they are merely hashing out a custody agreement for X’s visits and such. Not sure when they will go before a judge for the other issues.

    (Since there is that protective order, they do not meet in the same area, but the lawyers go back and forth between them.)

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  7. Also, please pray that a desire to be a more responsible father, and to instill a sense of responsibility in his son, will rise up in X. Of course, most of all please pray for X’s salvation, and that his heart and life would be transformed in an amazing way. Thank you.

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  8. Praising God that Michelle’s visit went so smoothly and that she was surrounded by loving Christians here.

    Praying for the things mentioned. Linda’s husband’s ordeal reminds me of when Art had MERSA in his elbow.

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  9. Thanks for the update, Linda. That all sounds so grueling — for both of you in different ways. Continued prayers. I hope he can avoid the PICC line business. That isn’t a fond memory of our experience treating 3rd Arrow’s Lymes Disease for a longer time than the standard oral antibiotic treatment.

    Prayers for Nighingale’s next court date. I would imagine it’s frustrating to have things drag on so, that multiple hearings are needed to get details arranged.

    Please pray for my husband’s youngest sibling. She needs prayers on multiple levels. Doctors found a mass in her brain, so it appears her cancer has spread there now. (Though we don’t know what kind of cancer she has, where it started, or many other details. She doesn’t want to talk about any of it, so family, as far as I know, are respecting her wishes and are not asking her for details.)

    We did learn this weekend that she had had brain surgery last Monday and was released from the hospital Wednesday.

    She’s lost an awful lot of weight in the last two years or so since the cancer started, and now that it’s gone to her brain, I’m afraid she may be nearing the end.

    Please pray that Christ will draw her to Himself before the close of her life here on earth, and give her freedom from fear, loneliness (her husband — or ex? — doesn’t appear to be in the picture anymore, and her only child lives many states away), and anything else you can think of to pray for her. Thank you.

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  10. Prayer for our pastor, please. He was not supposed to speak today, Gideons were but did not show up. He spoke but seemed to be quite out of it. He was able to read the Scripture powerfully and pray but his speech was quite slow and quiet and long pauses with few words. We finally had him sit down before he fell down and continue from there. You may recall, he had a stroke not too long ago and I am concerned he had another or is having one. He would like to head home. God knows.

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