Prayer Requests 2-24-20

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Psalm 22:1-11

A psalm of David.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me,
    so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
    by night, but I find no rest.

Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
    you are the one Israel praises.
In you our ancestors put their trust;
    they trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried out and were saved;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

But I am a worm and not a man,
    scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
    they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
“He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
    “let the Lord rescue him.
   Let him deliver him,
    since he delights in him.”

Yet you brought me out of the womb;
    you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
10 From birth I was cast on you;
    from my mother’s womb you have been my God.

11 Do not be far from me,
    for trouble is near
    and there is no one to help.

23 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 2-24-20

  1. Prayer for daughter and granddaughter as they spend forty eight hours together in the Nicu, trying to prep baby for going home, again. It is trying for daughter to be told she is coming home and then cancel over and over. But we do want best for baby.

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  2. I heard a great report on Hannah, the young woman who plays the saxophone and burnt her hands. The doctors are amazed at the progress of the healing of her hands. They are still stiff and sore, but they recommend she play her sax for rehab benefits! I have heard this high schooler play at a church woman’s banquet. She is very good and a lovely person in all ways.

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  3. Dear friends, I still feel like a baby. I spent some time crying and praying this morning, after my usual prayers for others, asking God what is wrong with me, and to please heal me or whatever it is that I need to break this awful mood. (I have also been asking forgiveness for it.)

    And I remembered that Kim is going through a difficult time herself, so I lifted her up in this, too.

    In my own case, I am wondering if it is due to an increasing sense of feeling overwhelmed by various things going on here. Anyway, thank you for your prayers, and please forgive me for any whining I have done over the weekend.

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  4. Karen, you can only do one thing at a time. An old saying but it works.
    Do the next right thing and everything else will fall into place.
    I know. I have been through that.
    If your goal is to satisfy someone else, forget it. It will never happen. There is always something else. Always..
    Do the next right thing and it will all work out in the end.

    Sage advice for Kim, too, if she’s listening.

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  5. I am requesting prayer for Wesley. He has an especially heavy duty week starting today. Please ask God to help W to get done all that he needs to do and to have a good outcome from all his efforts. Thank you all for praying.

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  6. Well it must be a week for us all. I was awake much of the night being hit with every failure in my life. I felt as though a huge dark cloud was pressing down on me. I got out of bed grumbling. Made my coffee, then sat down to read His Word…prayed, sat and tried to listen. I decided I was going to walk and air out my head…that turned into an adventure! I do believe a bit of exercise is good for my state of mind. Winters are difficult due to the icy roads and the elliptical is indoors…I prefer fresh air exercise 😊 Praying for you all who have been struggling.
    And thank you for the good report Kathaleena…she has been in my prayers!
    Praying for Wesley….may he press on in his efforts as he relies upon the direction of the Lord…

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  7. Many prayers going up for you and yours, friends.

    Kathaleena, thanks so much for the report on Hannah. I’ve thought of (and prayed for her) several times over the weekend.

    Kizzie, thanks for asking about 4th Arrow. (And Cheryl from yesterday, thank you for your understanding and compassion. You got to the heart of how I was feeling — I was scared for my daughter, and thoughts about flu deaths kept forming in my mind — and your kind words brought tears that helped me feel better than when I was so busy trying to keep my emotions in check.)

    Daughter is less dizzy today and is sitting up more often. She’d been lying down almost non-stop since arriving home Saturday evening after her 7-hour work shift. The elderberry syrup she’s been taking the last couple days (elderberry is said to help protect against and/or fight eight different flu strains) seems to be kicking in now. She slept well last night, too.

    This is minor in comparison, but I woke up today with pain near my left shoulder blade. Any movement, including trying to take a deep breath, is uncomfortable. I’m pretty sure I wrenched something when 4th Arrow passed out a second time last night, while I was walking her down the hall to her bedroom so she could go to sleep there. I had my hands under her arms and was walking slightly behind and to her left side when she blacked out and slumped sideways against the hallway wall. I slowly lowered her into a sitting, then lying position on the floor, but I think the position of my upper back/shoulders was such that the slow-motion, trying-not-to-drop-her exertion was more than I could physically handle (though nothing hurt while I was doing that).

    Or maybe I just slept wrong, or it was a combination of the two things. All I know is that she suffered a lot more with this flu or whatever it is than I did in trying to keep her from collapsing to the floor again.

    Please pray for her continued healing. Thank you.

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  8. Chas – “Do the next right thing” is something I try to live by, too.

    In this case, we are behind on things because Nightingale has been out of sorts, feeling stressed and anxious, as well as overwhelmed herself. Often those feelings make us procrastinate overmuch, because the thought of all we have to do is overwhelming. My own way of getting around that is to do a little bit at a time, if that at all possible, to get myself moving in the right direction.

    I have done as much as I can on the things we are behind on, and the rest of those things need both of us or just her. I tend to not try to push her, or even remind her, because I know how she has been feeling. (And when I do remind her of something now and then, she replies that she remembers, and I don’t have to remind her.)

    Nightingale has gotten over that nasty stomach bug (she had felt awful even the day after the vomiting ended), and yesterday afternoon she seemed to be in a pretty good mood. I’m hoping that can continue through this long week + a day she has ahead of her.

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  9. Please pray for my friends, D & S. Her parents convinced them to move from their lovely townhouse with small yard to the basement of the house the parents were renting and now the parents are moving to another province on April 1st.

    I could cry for all this young family has gone through – they have 2 under 3 years old.

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  10. Oh, it’s a praying day for sure

    Being overwhelmed is a common enemy to our peace. I believe the original phrase (Elisabeth Elliot?) was even simpler: “Do the next thing.” I need simple when I’m on overload and don’t know which of the necessary things to do next!

    As mumsee says, God knows.

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  11. Although I’m aware of the actual quote, I like the insertion of “right”. But yes, sometimes we don’t know what is “right”, so doing the next thing is good enough.

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  12. I have a small square of paper on which is written “Do the next thing” on one side and “Done is better than perfect” on the other side. The feeling that I won’t do something perfectly, or even very well, sometimes paralyzes me from doing the thing at all.

    My perfectionist mindset that I’m still trying to let go really bought into this quote I’d heard long ago: “If what you did yesterday still looks big today, then you haven’t done much today.”

    It’s a horrible feeling to think one has to match or outdo one’s previous actions/accomplishments every single day. Too much beating up on oneself happens, and that’s a sad thing, in my opinion (now).

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  13. 6 Arrows – I am a recovering perfectionist. There are things that I “let go” or do “good enough”. That would have practically horrified me years ago. But there are some things that I still want to do “just so”.

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  14. Kizzie, my best friend (whom I didn’t meet until my late 20s / early 30s) recognized my perfectionist tendencies long before I did. She’d often say “You’re being too hard on yourself,” and she was right, but I’d get irritated (inwardly — I didn’t express it) and think that lowering my standards would be a terrible thing, and how could anyone suggest I should do that?

    I’ve gotten better at doing just that, though, and she hasn’t had to admonish me that way for a few years now. 🙂

    Problem is that we’re both married to men who believe no amount of work is ever enough, or isn’t the right kind, or the right combination, or…

    You might bust your backside all day and most of the time (except for during the man’s infrequent good moods) it either won’t be enough, or something will be wrong with it, or you should have done these six other things instead of the seven you did do…

    Exhausting to be a perfectionist, and exhausting to be a recovering perfectionist in a household where you’ll never measure up, even when you ask what he wants done, and how.

    It’s a slow process, learning to free oneself from unsustainable expectations, whether self- or other-imposed.

    I’m glad you’re getting comfortable with “good enough,” Kizzie. And I do think it’s alright to want to have a few things “just so,” as you say. Sometimes we have more of a drive in certain areas toward pursuing excellence (not the same as perfection), and that’s OK. It’s when everything has to be top-notch, perfect, timed exactly right, etc., that things fall apart.

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