Prayer Requests 12-26-20

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Psalm 120

A song of ascents.

I call on the Lord in my distress,
    and he answers me.
Save me, Lord,
    from lying lips
    and from deceitful tongues.

What will he do to you,
    and what more besides,
    you deceitful tongue?
He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows,
    with burning coals of the broom bush.

Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek,
    that I live among the tents of Kedar!
Too long have I lived
    among those who hate peace.
I am for peace;
    but when I speak, they are for war.

23 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 12-26-20

  1. 😦 The explosion in Nashville. I cannot imagine the fright of those people not knowing what was going on. My daughter lost her phone service and she is an hour south.

    🙂 The promise of Christmas.

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  2. Not a prayer, nor request.
    An observation.
    When you reach 90, You are thankful for an uneventful trip to the grocery store. At this point in life , all events are bad.
    But I did get a nice card.

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  3. Kathaleena, my best friend in Nashville lives out in the country in Old Hickory, if you know where that is. (Not particularly close to downtown Nashville.) And she says she heard the explosion.

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  4. Prayer request: After finding out that everyone but my favorite brother knew of the situation with my sister, a month ago I decided I needed to tell him (and found out he already knew). I had an hour-long phone call with his wife of ten years yesterday, and she gave me details of my sister attacking her as well, and interfering with a family matter that is causing them grief and separating them from all their grandchildren. (My brother had emailed that the two of them were alone yesterday and it wasn’t much of a Christmas, so I called. It turns out that one of their children had gone over there briefly but the others had not.)

    This makes at least three out of six households of her siblings that my sister has chosen to attack, two of us to the point of no further contact with her.

    Her oldest, the only one out of the house, will be 22 Monday. I plan to call him later today. Please pray for wisdom. I don’t want to badmouth his mother, but I have reason to believe his mother will come up in the conversation and reason to suspect she may have treated him poorly too (though that’s a hunch and based on things she has said in the past). I want to stay in touch with that family, and he’s my best hope, and he may well need an ally, as well. So please pray I’ll have wisdom and sensitivity in the conversation.

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  5. Oh, Michelle. I am so sorry to hear that news. It does not seem logical. Are ‘minorities’ who are actually in the majority getting the jobs? There is a definite bias based on skin color in some areas.
    Prayers for your daughter to press on trusting in God to provide the best.

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  6. No, this was someone with many years of experience in the area. She just was holding out hope for this; as you can imagine the circumstances in Southern California are so very difficult and it was the hope of coming home that has been sustaining her. She’s here another week or so, but will return with no hope of freedom from the grind.

    The other question, really, is the spiritual and existential one. What does God want to do with such a talented, smart, capable, focused young woman?

    How can she not be finding her niche? All of us who know and love her are bewildered. Why such a circuitous path to what? It’s all up in the air again and she’s devastated.

    My husband feels terribly about getting up her hopes.

    Please pray the Lord would be ministering to her heart. I don’t know if we’ll see her again today (in her room with door closed). And that what do we say?

    Before I got up this morning, I was praying about disappointment and regret. Every time I remember our really fun trip to Philadelphia last January–a trip that was so much fun and full of such high hopes–I feel devastated and guilty.

    What, Lord, do I do with these feelings? And what/how does she deal with them?

    Then this blow 30 minutes later.

    Was the Lord preparing me? It didn’t feel that way to me.

    And this isn’t about me. But I’m having trouble . . . am I a problem, then?

    What?

    So, yes, please pray for us. All three of us need wisdom.

    Thank you. I feel just sick inside.

    And yet, I studied the life of Joseph earlier this year. I know the twists and turns God took him on.

    I know God is using this for purposes I cannot see. But how do I comfort my child?

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  7. I’m so sorry Michelle, I too (having met her) am stumped. I did see somewhere that med schools have been getting more than usual applications (so admissions are tougher due to the numbers), but would she be willing to give that another try?

    Cheryl, hoping the conversation goes well with the 22-year-old, he may also volunteer some things that will give you some insight into what the problems are with your sister, I’d say there’s just something very wrong that is causing her to willfully estrange herself from so many of her own family.

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  8. I do sometimes wonder, too, about the pressure being brought to bear right now (especially — and again) of racial or minority quotas to be met; maybe it’s time we all start marking ‘decline to answer’ on those application questions. I appreciate giving folks a chance who maybe haven’t had it in the past due to discrimination. But as with so many things in the culture, that pendulum seems to swing (too) far and wide at different times.

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  9. You can realize God is working for your good and that of your child and still grieve. So sad for her and your family, Michelle. Also praying she finds her daily ‘serving the Lord’ in whatever she does. That is a difficult place to be, but nothing too difficult for God, of course, as you know.

    Cheryl, yes we have been to Hermitage. I am amazed when I hear experts saying is was not a huge bomb when I see the damage! We have been in the area of the blast. The ‘Bat Man building’ as we called the AT&T tower was a landmark we all used to keep track of where we needed to go when in the area. I pray it all brings people to the Lord or closer to him, so that it’s evil intent is used for God’s glory.

    This also reminds me to pray for Atlanta and any results from their election, especially as regards Janice.

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  10. Well, I talked to my nephew, good conversation, and his mother came up a few times, but I would have had to force the conversation myself in order to talk about “the issues” and I didn’t want to do that in a birthday call. I’ll find another time to call him in a month or two. But a big part of what I’m wanting to do is keep the communication open, and I think I did that. I basically just want to keep it simple, that she has made some accusations against me and hasn’t let up, but I still love him and his siblings and care about the family. He did say they really loved the treats I sent for Christmas.

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  11. Michelle, I too feel bad for your daughter and I do hope she finds her right place soon. That can be so straightforward for some, so difficult for others.

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  12. Continued prayer for wisdom on how to help little guy be all he can be. He is now eating rice cereal, sweet potato, applesauce. Seems to be catching on how to swallow. I sent a short video to his parents showing him doing tummy time with both hands occupied with toys and head turning to both. Dad was quite surprised, mom has not responded. I suspect he can do quite a bit more than they are aware of. They are young and overwhelmed. Hopefully, this will open their eyes a bit. And hopefully, he will not need a feeding tube but will go on to enjoy lots of foods.

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