Prayer Requests 2-22-20

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Psalm 21

A psalm of David.

The king rejoices in your strength, Lord.
    How great is his joy in the victories you give!

You have granted him his heart’s desire
    and have not withheld the request of his lips.
You came to greet him with rich blessings
    and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.
He asked you for life, and you gave it to him—
    length of days, for ever and ever.
Through the victories you gave, his glory is great;
    you have bestowed on him splendor and majesty.
Surely you have granted him unending blessings
    and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
For the king trusts in the Lord;
    through the unfailing love of the Most High
    he will not be shaken.

Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies;
    your right hand will seize your foes.
When you appear for battle,
    you will burn them up as in a blazing furnace.
   The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath,
    and his fire will consume them.
10 You will destroy their descendants from the earth,
    their posterity from mankind.
11 Though they plot evil against you
    and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed.
12 You will make them turn their backs
    when you aim at them with drawn bow.

13 Be exalted in your strength, Lord;
    we will sing and praise your might.

31 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 2-22-20

  1. Fourth daughter needs to spend forty eight hours in the Nicu with twin girl before they discharge her. Husband is going down to help his sister care for one year old. Patience and strength.

    Daughter and her husband wrote a letter to one of our Senators and things are moving. The chain of command, of course, is not happy. The Senator is not happy either, to see what has not happened for this family. Interestingly, it was a letter from then ten year old daughter to our Governor years ago, that got her adoption finalized. Something that should have been done relatively easily got bogged down in the quagmire and was well into two years before he intervened and got it done.

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  2. There is a young woman named Hannah who burnt her hands (second degree) in a work accident. She plays Sax and is quite concerned about being able to do that again. She is high school aged. Please asked God to heal her hands for all she needs to do with them.

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  3. Kim – Praying for you as I deal with something similar. 😦

    Please pray for my attitude. For the last several days, I have felt very irritable, sometimes boiling over into anger.

    One thing I have been struggling with (not only the past several days, but for quite a while) is resentment over a certain matter here. (Kim’s mention of resentment reminded me that I keep forgetting to ask for prayer on this.) It is a decision that Nightingale made a couple years ago, that I asked her to undo, but she did not, and I am the one who has to deal with the situation, to one degree or another, on a usually daily basis. (I will try to remember to explain this on the daily thread if I ever catch up with it.)

    Please pray that my attitude on that will change. As for my irritability, please pray that that, too, will change, and if need be, that I will come to understand what is causing it so I can deal with the underlying issue. Thank you.

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  4. Nightingale is recovering from that nasty stomach bug, but still feeling pretty bad. At least she is no longer vomiting, but her stomach still hurts, and she is exhausted.

    Still praying Boy and I do not get it.

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  5. Oh! Another thing: Starting this Monday, Nightingale will be working eight days straight, including two doubles. One double is on a school-day which won’t be too bad for me, but the other is on Saturday, so it will be from waking up too early to when he finally settles down to sleep.

    The main concern for myself is that since, like many of you, I don’t always get enough sleep, I will be getting up earlier than I would like for eight days straight, as Boy rarely sleeps past when his mom leaves for work, even on days off from school. Usually if I have to get up early after not getting enough sleep, I comfort myself by reminding myself that I can sleep in a little more on Tuesday and Friday (and the weekend, if it is her weekend off).

    Even while I am typing this, it occurs to me that maybe we can have an agreement that he will not come downstairs until a certain time on the weekend.

    And please pray for Nightingale to feel much better when Monday morning rolls around, and to get enough sleep (she suffers much more from insomnia than I do). Thank you.

    Okay, that should be it for today. 🙂

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  6. Kizzie, Boy is old enough bought that he should be helping out and not occupying all your time now. My nephew’s of the same age are relatively easy to watch for a day because they read, do their alloted game time, and even play outside by themselves. I might do something with them, but I don’t have to be present in the same place as them all the time. They are early risers, but they have orders to not disturbed the rest of the house in the morning, and so they just get their breakfasts and get dressed on their own.

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  7. I would appreciate prayer. I got a phonecall from the doctor’s about a recent test result that is significant enough for me to need to talk to my doctor about it. They told me what the result is already, and while it is not immediately serious, in view of the symptoms I have being experiencing, there are further tests to be done and decisions to be made. I am trying not to worry about the future, but I am also fully aware of the possible implications of this result. Pray for God’s will to be done, and for clarity of thought for myself and those involved in my healthcare.

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  8. Praying for peace of mind, Roscuro.

    Kim, Mumsee, Kizzie, though I don’t fully know your situations, either, know that I’m praying.

    Kathaleena, I’ll be praying for Hannah. Oh, the hands — as a musician, I know the concern that damage to the hands can cause.

    Kizzie, additionally, I second Roscuro’s 2:42 post. Establishing boundaries with Boy is good for you both. Boundaries, period, are important, and if that’s at the heart of the issue with Nighingale that you mentioned in your first post above, then I’d suggest applying the same principle with her. It’s not your duty to deal with the situation she has not undone as you have asked.

    A little (or a lot of) firmness, when needed, can go a long ways in restoring good relationship.

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  9. Praying for you Kim. Asking our Lord to settle you in spirit and soothe your emotions as only He can ❤️
    Ah Mumsee your post reminded me of when our attorney got his friend, a state senator involved in bringing our girl home. Case worker was not happy making that phone call to us telling us we could go get her…on Christmas Eve! The Lord can surprise us in how wheels will be turned for His purposes and glory…
    Roscuro…praying. Trusting Him with your care and future….
    Kathaleena…praying for this precious young lady and that He will indeed bring healing…
    Kizzie…praying for you and trusting Him with the details. So are the supervised visits with X off the table at this point? Just wondering why his other Grandmother cannot take Boy for a bit on that Saturday? And how is Boy with the dogs? Can he be given the task of taking dog outside on leash and exercising the dog so that you could at least have an hour or so break and he could get some exercise? … and the dog too! 😊

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  10. This is both a prayer request and a praise.

    If God wills it so, there is going to be a very special meet-up next week that I will most likely be a part of if it happens.

    I’ll fill you in on the details later, but there is a young woman who lives in the South who plans to travel to the Upper Midwest, where she has roots. None of my extended family has met her, but she’s going to meet with my brother, whom she contacted last month, at my parents’ house, bringing with her some letters and pictures her grandmother had received from my dad’s brother who died during WWII. (Her grandmother and my uncle had been dating at the time he got sent overseas.)

    Please pray for safe travels for J. (I don’t know whether she’s flying or getting here another way, or what day she’s starting her journey, but the plan so far is to meet on Friday.)

    And also, if you could pray that God makes a way for J’s travel plans to work out that my parents can get to meet her, those prayers would be especially treasured. My dad has spoken so much over the years of the only sibling he ever had (Dad was 15 and Uncle 19 when the latter died). For my dad to be able to meet this young woman who has some keys to the past when his brother was still alive would mean so much to him, I know.

    Thank you so much.

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  11. My prayer request about the childsitting was mostly for me to get enough rest, and I am hoping that this irritability will pass by then. Sorry if I didn’t make that clear. Boy does in fact occupy himself so much better than he used to, so that’s not an issue at this time.

    Even so, a full day (next Saturday) of being responsible for him can be tiring, especially if I have not had enough sleep prior.

    NancyJill – Yes, X will have Boy for four hours either Saturday or Sunday, which will be a nice break. We tend not to ask too much of Other Grandmother. Besides that, she has to supervise X’s visits with Boy.

    Boy does often have Janie with him when he plays outside especially if Gabby is with him. (Janie gets so excited when she sees that Gabby is at the door. 🙂 ) It would be great if she would be available to play.

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  12. 6 Arrows I was going to eventually explain what causes my resentment, but since you mentioned it, I will explain.

    My resentment is over having to take care of Janie so much. When Janie was still a puppy under a year old, I realized how much of that was going to fall on my shoulders, due to Nightingale’s work and other activities, I hinted a few times and then came out and suggested that she re-home her. But she did not want to get rid of her dog, so she didn’t. (I understand that. She and Boy love her.)

    Janie is a very sweet dog, and I do love her. My main issue with her (there are also some minor issues) is that I cannot merely put her out on the tie-out and leave her for a few minutes to do her “business” and sniff around out there. If left too long (which sometimes can mean less than five minutes), she will start to dig a hole. So whenever she wants to go out, I have to stand out there and wait for her to “go potty”. Usually, she tends to take a minute or so sniffing around before squatting to pee, and then she has to sniff around some more before pooping. Often, she then sniffs some more and poops some more. Then she wants to sniff around some more. After all, she is a dog, and that’s what dogs do.

    Waiting a few minutes for a dog to do its business doesn’t sound like such a bad thing, but she often goes out a few to several times a day, meaning I have to stop what I am doing and wait for her to do her thing.

    There also is an issue between Nightingale and I about where to feed her, but that’s another longish story.

    A couple or so months ago, I decided to start putting Janie in her crate upstairs shortly before my lunchtime, and letting her out again in a couple or three hours. Although I could try to get her to stay in her crate most of the day, I won’t do that to her, for her own sake. She very much wants to be around her people, and to be able to play with Heidi. Also, then I don’t feel so guilty for asking for her to be crated when they go out for a while in the evening.

    I really do love this sweet-but-annoying dog, but I wish I didn’t have to deal with her care so much. Nightingale doesn’t understand the thing about Janie going out so often when she is downstairs, because she tends to “hold it” longer when she is upstairs. (The difference is that the door to outside is downstairs and easily accessible.)

    So anyway, for Janie’s sake, as well as for the fact that I do love her, I am trying to switch my thinking about it all, and trying to not feel resentful of Nightingale for ignoring my past pleas. And trying to not feel so annoyed and/or irritable about waiting for her to do her thing outside. But that is hard, I will admit. Sometimes I think of it as a time to offer up a prayer, but other times I am so annoyed at having to interrupt whatever I was doing that I don’t even think of that.

    This issue, it seems, is partly Janie’s habits, but also my own attitude to the situation. Janie is basically a very good dog, but I guess I am not a very good human. 🙂


  13. I think you’re a very caring human, Kizzie, both to people and animals. 🙂

    I know nothing about training dogs, but I wondered, reading your post, if Janie can be trained to go longer between potty breaks so you don’t have to go out as often with her throughout the day? But then, maybe at her age (whatever age she is; I don’t recall) that isn’t something that can be changed? Maybe the optimal training window has closed?

    Anyway, ugh, didn’t mean to use the prayer thread as an advice column again. Sometimes I’m too into trying to fix problems, and, well, sometimes that causes problems!

    Thank you for bearing with this seemingly perpetual take-my-advice firstborn tendency. 😉

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  14. Kizzie, any way a fenced area could be added to your property so Janie could be left outdoors on her own for a while? We may have discussed this before, can’t remember. Life with dogs would be impossible for me as a single who works (and still often outside the home for some long hours) without a pet door and a high-fenced backyard.

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  15. 6 Arrows – Thanks for caring. 🙂

    There are some days when Janie only goes out maybe three times over the course of time I have her down here. Other days, especially nice days weather-wise, she likes to go out more often. Nightingale says I don’t have to put her out every time she wants to go out, but I cannot tell when it is merely a matter of wanting to go out rather than having to go out. I do make her wait a while before I put her out, unless she’s starts doing that “I really, really have to go, Mimi!” whine (and even then, I don’t race to the door), so it doesn’t seem like I am jumping at her every desire. She “goes” every time I put her out, too.

    DJ – If Janie had a fenced-in area, that area would be full of holes.


  16. Step mother in law went into the hospital last night for heart issues. That leaves father in law driving around Florida. He is ninety three. Husband may fly back to help him out. Today husband takes eighteen with him to Boise to help with one year old while twenty two does forty eight hours in the Nicu in another attempt to get baby girl discharged. If he flies straight to Florida, that will leave eighteen down there for who knows how long. A welcome break for me but could be challenging for whatever relative there gets her. Wisdom.

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  17. Yesterday was Kim and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. I hauled myself to bed early.
    Monday starts a long run to the end of March. Next week I will have to be in the office every day. I don’t think my husband understands the mental part of what I do. When I try to work from home he and Little Miss come in the bedroom I use as an office. She wants my attention and he has music playing. I finally had to tell him Friday that if he didn’t turn Michael Jackson off I couldn’t be responsible for what would happen next.
    During that time I was writing a listing agreement, putting all the information in MLS for that listing and uploading photos that were not cooperating.
    I am not a person who can have noise all the time. If I am working the TV or music drives me nuts.

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  18. Kim – Have you tried explaining that to him, or does he just not get it despite it being explained to him? Either way, it sounds very frustrating. 😦

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  19. Kim, I work from home all the time (I have no other office) and my husband works from home too. Sometimes he watches sports or videos when I’m trying to work, or he keeps coming by to tell me something funny, and after about the second time I’ll tell him I’m working. He uses earbuds and/or closes his studio door when I ask him to. I too couldn’t stand noise all the time. Asking for him to use earphones is a fair request. especially when you are working.

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  20. I can’t work with music or external sounds either. The back den/office at my house is perfect (although sometimes I’ll move out to the front table near the front door, just for a change of pace, but mostly I stay in the back all day while I work). The dogs sometimes bark (when the mail comes, they spot a dog walking by out front, etc.) but they’re also pretty settled at their age so they sleep most of the time either in my bedroom or the living room where there are dog beds.

    It’s actually less distracting for me at home than in the cubby sometimes. The other day when I went in, the 3rd person who has an assigned desk in our little office made a rare appearance and it was talk-talk-talk (all 3 of us sit literally about 1 foot apart). I had to leave the room to do some phone interviews — there are common work areas w/docking station type desks just down the hall in a lounge area.

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  21. He and the other person go way back so when they get together there’s just a lot of talking to get done. But trying to concentrate writing a story in such an enclosed space then is hard.

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  22. Kizzie, a healthy adult dog should generally be able to make it through an eight- or ten-hour hour shift with only one trip outside, or two for a twelve- to fifteen-hour shift (many dogs are left closed up inside for their owners’ entire eight-hour shift plus commute plus lunch, though lots of owners get a paid dog-walking service for one visit per day). Does Nightingale actually walk her or otherwise allow her to get actual exercise when she is home? If she were to walk her a mile before she leaves for work, she should then be good to go for most of the rest of the day–even if she asks to go out. (If she were to walk her and then tell you, “Oh, she didn’t go poop and she’ll probably need to do that in a couple of hours,” then you might put her out an extra time.)

    Or . . . another way to look at it is that in this season of your life, caring for your home (and its inhabitants) is your actual job. If it’s part of the household arrangements that you look after the pets, but your household arrangements make it so that you don’t have to go out and get a job outside the home, then see the minor inconveniences as “better” than working fast food or whatever the alternative might be. I just finished a job that ended up not paying enough for the work involved, and I had to tell myself at least it’s better than another job I might be doing: I don’t have to dress up and go out, I can eat most meals with my husband, and most of my jobs pay better than this one, so oh well. But there are times that individual aspects of one’s job aren’t ideal; as long as someone isn’t actually taking advantage of you, then “that’s life.” (If Nightingale were using you for free room and board and babysitting, plus pet care, and you were paying all the bills and doing all the work, then that would be time to call a halt to the way it’s happening.)


  23. Cheryl – That is why I am asking prayer for my attitude to change, not to get out of the situation. There have been other annoyances that I have gotten used to that no longer bother me as I have adjusted to them. This one thing has been hanging on.

    And yes, I often do remind myself that this is part of my “job”.


  24. 4th Arrow is sicker than I’ve ever seen her, and just fainted in the kitchen. First time that’s ever happened to her. I think she’s got respiratory flu — cough and looking like a wet noodle. Face extremely pale, looking like death warmed over.

    Please pray for my girl. Thank you.

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  25. Kizzie, I just prayed for you. And I do understand that somehow it is a matter of needing to adjust to a situation one can’t really change. (And sometimes it’s looking for ways to change it. This could be either.)

    6 Arrows, how scary that must be. May your girl be OK, and may your mama heart be OK too. Praying for you!

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