Prayer Requests 11-14-20

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Psalm 96

Sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;
    tremble before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
    The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;
    he will judge the peoples with equity.

11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
    let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
    let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
13 Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,
    he comes to judge the earth.
   He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples in his faithfulness.

20 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 11-14-20

  1. One of our spiritual daughters is coming to visit tomorrow afternoon and bringing her first boyfriend. These are cerebral Berkeley folk and they’ve been discussing this monumental visit for some time (!!).

    She and I have already had a long Zoom conversation about this gentle soul and their relationship. There are some red flags about him–but Christ has redeemed him.

    Mr. Father-figure doesn’t know any of this because it was confidential. Please pray for a good, healthy conversation tomorrow. I’m not afraid or worried, but I’d like to see God enlarge their vision.

    Does that make sense? Thanks.

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  2. My mother-in-law was in the hospital a few weeks back, and, as I told you, was sent to a nursing home upon discharge, for quarantine.

    She is now back home again and celebrated her 85th birthday this week.

    Thanks for praying.

    Michelle, praying for those you mention.

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  3. Our friend Laurie, whom I’ve asked you to pray for in the past, is really struggling today. The bacterial lung infection which has plagued her for 20 years (and it killed her mother young), is roaring back with the COVID illness. They’re replacing her PICC line with a new one to send in the antibiotics as quickly as possible. Many concerns here. Thanks for prayers.

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  4. Michelle, did you ask your friend for permission to share with your husband? I always assume that anything I say to a married person, they are free to tell their spouse unless I specifically state otherwise.

    My husband and I did have a somewhat amusing experience at our former church once. He was an elder and sometimes was told information in confidence. Well, I was talking after church with a friend who had told me something in confidence several months before (the “don’t tell anyone” type confidence, so I hadn’t even told my husband), and she was giving me an update, and my husband came over and she welcomed him into the conversation. It turned out she had actually already told both of us, but asked each of us not to tell anyone, so that was the first either of us knew the other one knew. I suspect she was encouraged by seeing both of us finding out the other one knew (but hadn’t heard it from us). But that was an unusual situation. If it was a situation where someone needed advice, I’d generally rather have the freedom to discuss it with my husband.

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  5. Well, I have put a more or less formal end to relationship with my sister unless at some point she seeks me out. (I left the door open, both with her and with my oldest brother who had offered to play mediator, that she may return if she ever wants a sister, but she can’t continue to respond to me the way she has been doing.)

    My brother offered to play the role of mediator, but he also said he thinks my sister is right that I withdraw from difficult conversations. My sister says so unfairly, since she and I have had two or more conversations on each of several topics most people would talk about only once. (She talked to me three times to try to convince me to stop going to movies even though I was only attending on average less than one movie a year, and they were along the lines of “Chronicles of Narnia.” Twice she wanted to talk about her recommendation that I agree not to touch my husband before we married, and so we did. Multiple times she brought up the opinion that I could not righteously marry him without our oldest brother signing off. In this dispute, so far she has spent two years trying to convince me that I’m a chronic manipulator, and it took two years for me to stop trying to talk to her. In my mind, that makes me long-suffering, not “fleeing from hard conversations.”) I asked my brother is he going by my sister’s say-so or has he seen examples himself. He came back to me that sometimes I leave the room in a discussion about politics. (Now you have to understand that our family reunions have grown large now that descendants of my parents number around 50 people. So there are often people in three or four different rooms, and there might also be some on the porch, some out walking, and a small group driving into town. There’s no harm done in leaving a room because the conversation is one that doesn’t interest you or because the group in that room is going to play a game that takes hours.) Two of my brothers are pretty obsessive about politics; that I’m less interested, and might possibly even have left the room once or twice to find a different conversation, hardly shows that I walk away from legitimate accusations that I have sinned.

    At any rate, he offered that once Covid-19 is over, she and I can meet somewhere in person and he will come along and listen to the conversation. So maybe another year or two of putting all of this on hold, and then when my husband and I are finally free to leave the county again, we will drive several hours to meet up with my sister under circumstances that are highly unlikely to be profitable. My husband and I both communicated with him in this, and ended up saying no, this isn’t going anywhere.

    So I told him thank you, but no. I am pretty sure she has called me only one time in 2019 and 2020, for my birthday in June 2019. I have called her several times, but she has been distant and only wanting to talk about what she calls our “issues” (me being a manipulator, a liar, unempathetic, and wanting only a fake relationship with her). So she is unlikely to call me, and I have no plans to call her. It sounds petty even to say that, but clearly she doesn’t want a relationship with me, and while I do want one with her, it takes both parties to have a relationship. It only takes one to end it, but it takes both to keep it going. So here I am with five brothers and only one sister, but for all practical purposes that sister has been lost. I will continue to pray that her heart will soften toward me, but there is nothing else at this point that I can do. Except grieve. In three generations on my mom’s side I am the only female who has a sister (I do finally have a pair of sister grandnieces in the fourth generation) and that sister doesn’t want a relationship with me. I guess 2020 of all years is the time for something like that, huh?

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  6. Ah, no, I did not tell my husband. As a trained lay counselor, I don’t share what I hear in a counseling session.

    He needs to come at this one cold. I’m guessing the young man will reveal the situation, however. But, if it doesn’t come up, the Holy Spirit can if necessary. 🙂

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  7. Michelle, yep, if that was a counseling session, I get it. (My husband had assumed confidentiality as an elder.) I was thinking of a conversation with a friend.

    Thanks, Kizzie. I wish her husband were alive, because I don’t think she would have done this, and if she had, I think he’d be able to know what is really going on with her.

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  8. I am sorry, too, Cheryl. I would keep praying for her and just let it be. Neither of you may have a couple of years to reconcile. That is just a fact. None of us know that we have that time. At the same time, you cannot force anyone to have the relationship you desire. I well know that.

    I don’t see why anyone would have to stay and argue about politics. After awhile you know where people stand and it is pointless. I was also accused of not wanting to have difficult conversations. The conversation in this case was about insurance right after my dad died. I, frankly saw no point in arguing about something when: 1. My husband worked for the same company and I had discussed it with my parents, so I knew I was right; 2. There was a phone number that could be called the next day to easily find out the truth. 3. My mom had enough on her mind and I did not think she needed to hear us argue. Some people just want to fight; some need to prove they are right. Neither of those make for a good argument anyway. Yes, I was right, btw, and no, I never heard any apology from this person. My expectations of our relationship is now much more realistic. Disappointing? Yes, that too. Until we die, though, you just never know how God will work in someone’s heart, including our own.

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  9. And may more Christians get involved in making movies and helping the good ones make money. That is how the younger generation seems to learn. Why would we leave all that opportunity to the devil?

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  10. Praying that God will somehow pave a way for you to have a better relationship with your sister, Cheryl. Her demands on you have been unreasonable. If things can’t be resolved, I would try to think positively toward heaven and eternity where you will have no more suffering over this understandably emotional issue. Prayers for her healing, too.

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  11. Thank you, sisters. Yes, I know that this might not be resolved on this earth, which saddens me. But at this point all I have left (which is “enough”) is to pray for her.

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  12. Our third pastor has now also tested positive for covid. Prayers for him and his wife and three children appreciated. Prayers also for our first pastor, who had it last month, but is recovered and assuming extra duties while the other two pastors are currently recovering. We have over 1,000 members in our church and a number of other staff who are out with the virus, too, so it is a lot to oversee at this time.

    Thanks.

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  13. VERY windy here as we expect a thunderstorm to come in soon. Praying we do not lose our electricity.

    Currently, only Boy and I are home, as Nightingale is at work. He is upstairs, trying to get to sleep, and I am downstairs. I gave him a flashlight to keep near him, just in case.

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