Prayer Requests 3-15-21

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Psalm 35

Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me;
    fight against those who fight against me.
Take up shield and armor;
    arise and come to my aid.
Brandish spear and javelin
    against those who pursue me.
   Say to me,
    “I am your salvation.”

May those who seek my life
    be disgraced and put to shame;
   may those who plot my ruin
    be turned back in dismay.
May they be like chaff before the wind,
    with the angel of the Lord driving them away;
may their path be dark and slippery,
    with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.

Since they hid their net for me without cause
    and without cause dug a pit for me,
may ruin overtake them by surprise—
    may the net they hid entangle them,
    may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.
Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord
    and delight in his salvation.
10 My whole being will exclaim,
    “Who is like you, Lord?
   You rescue the poor from those too strong for them,
    the poor and needy from those who rob them.”

11 Ruthless witnesses come forward;
    they question me on things I know nothing about.
12 They repay me evil for good
    and leave me like one bereaved.
13 Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth
    and humbled myself with fasting.
   When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
14  I went about mourning
    as though for my friend or brother.
   I bowed my head in grief
    as though weeping for my mother.
15 But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;
    assailants gathered against me without my knowledge.
    They slandered me without ceasing.
16 Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked;
    they gnashed their teeth at me.

17 How long, Lord, will you look on?
    Rescue me from their ravages,
    my precious life from these lions.
18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly;
    among the throngs I will praise you.
19 Do not let those gloat over me
    who are my enemies without cause;
   do not let those who hate me without reason
    maliciously wink the eye.
20 They do not speak peaceably,
    but devise false accusations
    against those who live quietly in the land.
21 They sneer at me and say, “Aha! Aha!
    With our own eyes we have seen it.”

22 Lord, you have seen this; do not be silent.
    Do not be far from me, Lord.
23 Awake, and rise to my defense!
    Contend for me, my God and Lord.
24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, Lord my God;
    do not let them gloat over me.
25 Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!”
    or say, “We have swallowed him up.”

26 May all who gloat over my distress
    be put to shame and confusion;
   may all who exalt themselves over me
    be clothed with shame and disgrace.
27 May those who delight in my vindication
    shout for joy and gladness;
   may they always say, “The Lord be exalted,
    who delights in the well-being of his servant.”

28 My tongue will proclaim your righteousness,
    your praises all day long.

20 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 3-15-21

  1. Husband was not allowed to get his infusion due to a sinus infection. He has to get antibiotics and be rid of the infection within two weeks for the second infusion which must be within thirty days of the first infusion, two weeks ago.

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  2. Chas, Indeed He does. His infusion is medication for his rheumatoid arthritis treatment. Takes about eight hours of IV. But apparently, they don’t want sick people to take it. It is every six months, two times, two to three but no more than four weeks apart. He has been able to get off all other meds so must be working.

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  3. Jews for Jesus just reported the police are rounding up Jews in Belarus, seizing their phones, and beating them until they provide the password so the police can access their contacts.

    Please pray as the world grows darker and darker.

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  4. This is me again asking prayers for my Chickadee, and this time, I am adding to please pray for peace and reconciliation in my little family. My heart is breaking.

    Nightingale texted me earlier, suggesting that after dinner this evening, we take a ride out to our old favorite ice cream place in another town about half and hour away. (Our local ice cream place has not opened yet.) I asked if we should invite Chickadee to come with us, since we will be passing right by the McK’s apartment house (which is on the “main drag”), and we sit in the car to have our ice cream. I thought maybe this could be a casual way to see her again, without any pressure – just sit in the car and have our ice cream, then drop her back off on the way home.

    Nightingale’s response both surprised and dismayed me. She emphatically texted “NO!!!!!!!” She added that she is not going to reach out to her sister anymore, and she thinks that Chickadee has decided not to be a part of our family anymore. (I don’t know that for sure – I still think it could be a case of deep depression that is causing her to be non-communicative – but sometimes I do feel that way, too.)

    So I have been grieving over this situation as well as missing Hubby on our 35th wedding anniversary. I have an awful feeling in the pit of my stomach, as I am so worried about my sweet and vulnerable younger daughter.

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  5. Interestingly, YA posted a thing saying that you don’t have to have a relationship with an abusive relative. Several times over the years, she has posted things saying that family is not always family, and has referred to Chickadee as her adopted sister.

    When Chickadee stopped babysitting with me, after an argument with Nightingale, the email she sent sounded just like YA, so I think YA helped her write it. In it, one of the things “she” said was that Nightingale was often cruel to her when they were children. Nightingale admits that she was a typical, sometimes “mean” big sister, but insists that she was not cruel. (I did not witness any cruelty.)

    As I’ve said before, YA was not the typical big sister, but was the more quiet, compliant child. She and her younger sister think that their relationship is typical, and I believe that they have poisoned Chickadee’s heart against her own sister. They are also the ones who convinced her that she is “non-binary”.

    Nightingale just got home with dinner, so I gotta go.

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  6. Kizzie, asking if you should do something is asking a yes or no question, with no as a possible answer.

    If you really want to invite your second daughter, can you not phrase it in a way that says that: “Since we will be going right by the McKs and we haven’t seen Chickadee in a good while, I would like to invite her to come with us.” She can still say, “No, I don’t want to do that this time,” but wouldn’t she be less likely to? Especially if you tell her that it is very important to you that you at least try by inviting her?

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  7. PS I would add that if you do that, and then Nightingale insists that this is her event and she doesn’t want her sister along, or you give the invitation and you don’t hear from Chickadee or she says no, you have to be able to go ahead and enjoy the time with Nightingale. The idea that Chickadee is hurting you by her non-responses is probably why Nightingale is so unwilling to keep trying. (FTR, I do understand that. I can actually be a little more objective about my sister right now than my husband is. I know her strengths and weaknesses, but all he can see is that she has hurt me.)

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  8. Kizzie, what age are the McK’s? I am so sad when I hear what you are dealing with. I just totally can’t understand how they do not understand how wrong it is of them to not en courage your daughter to spend time with you ot to let you know how she is. It is sickening. It also appears to be quite evil. I just think something has to give soon. Prayers for a breakthrough.

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  9. Roscuro – You are in my prayers. ❤

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    Cheryl – It wasn't so much that Nightingale said no, as I suspected she might, but it was her vehemence that bothered and saddened me. But I really don't blame her. I did explain to her that I think it is more a case of Chickadee being in a depression than that she is rejecting us. At least, I very much hope that she is not rejecting us. She and I have (or had) always had a close relationship, so I can't believe that she would cut me out of her life. But these days, I just don't know anymore, and it is breaking my heart.

    Nightingale and Boy and I did have a good time at dinner, and when we went out for ice cream, talking and laughing a lot.

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  10. Janice – The parents are about 65, YA is 33, and her younger sister (whom I have sometimes called CBF – Chickadee’s Best Friend) will be 27 in June.

    Two things you wrote are things I have thought today. One is your use of the word “evil”. I don’t use that word lightly, but it did occur to me today that their influence over my daughter could be evil – either their intention is evil or the enemy is using it for evil purposes. (I hesitate to believe that they would intentionally intend evil, but their actions and behavior can be evil despite any “good” intentions they think they have.)

    The other word was “breakthrough”. I have prayed that in the past, but not lately, and today, seeing how bad things have gotten, I prayed again for a breakthrough for Chickadee. Thank you for adding your prayers to that.

    I have said here more than once that Mrs. McK’s world is wrapped up in being a mother. If this situation was happening with one of her daughters, she would be absolutely devastated. She talked to her own mom every night for about an hour, as well as visiting with her quite often (once a week when she was helping take care of her as she battled cancer). I have prayed, and will continue to pray, that her heart will be pricked to encourage my daughter to keep in contact, and keep visiting, even to encourage her that it is time to move back home (of that is God’s will).

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  11. Kizzide, if Mrs. McK has no empathy for you as a mother I think she has a severe mental health issue. If for whatever reason C does not want to see N then Mrs McK should make arrangements for you and C to visit either at their home or somewhere else. By not being proactive in the matter she is not acting as a responsible adult given the whole scenario. I will keep praying for God’s best arrangement, for evil forces at play to be thwarted by God’s plans for good, and for a breakthrough of obstacles that are hindering you from having a good mother and daughter relationship.

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  12. Janice – Thank you very much.

    Yes, there is at the very least a dysfunction in the household. In the past I have mentioned how exceedingly messy their home was, looking almost like a hoarder’s home with piles of stuff – even things that should have been thrown in the garbage – all over the place. I remember one time being upstairs briefly when they lived here, and glancing into the parents’ bedroom as Mrs. McK and I talked (the open door was right there, so I wasn’t purposely snooping). There was a pile of stuff up against the wall, about four feet high and then cascading down into the room. When Hubby would have to go upstairs to fix or check on something, he would later remark to me that he had to step over a lot of things on the bedroom floors. He said it would be dangerous if there was a fire. (There is a lot of counter space in the kitchen, but the counters were always covered with stuff.

    When they moved out and Nightingale moved up there, she had some heavy-duty cleaning and scrubbing to do in the bathroom and kitchen due to some mildew they had let grow. And there was trash on the floors, even behind the toilet.

    They were also routinely late – often very late – for visits or such. And there are some other ways in which their dysfunction is evident.

    I don’t write these things to be judgmental, but to paint a picture of their dysfunction. I am sure their messiness (to put it mildly) is why I have never been invited to their apartment (as I was never invited to where they lived before they lived upstairs, even though we had been friends for several years).

    Well, I am late for bedtime, so I will catch up with you tomorrow.

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  13. Kizzie and Janice, there may well be evil involved but there also may well just be folks who don’t know. We have had many parents step up for our children who did not have any idea the trouble they were promoting for said children. They took the children’s word about how bad things were (my parents don’t let me do anything, I don’t even have a phone or tv in my room!) or whatever the complaint was, and tried to save them. Nineteen boy went from home to home getting saved every seven months or so, moving to the next sucker. Which made it very difficult to enforce anything at home. (Be home in time for meals, no need because they fed him, gave him phones and tablets, internet access, alcohol, chewing tobacco, etc.) Eventually he grew up but we don’t see much of him. Admittedly, we got him when he was ten. But we also got twenty four when she was ten. She had parents trying to do the same thing but we were able to get her to see what was happening. All this to say, it may not be anything other than they are trying to save her in their own confused way. But God can work through that. Meantime, enjoy your time with your other daughter, build that relationship, and with your grandson.

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