Prayer Requests 3-20-21

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Psalm 40

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
   he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
   Many will see and fear the Lord
    and put their trust in him.

Blessed is the one
    who trusts in the Lord,
   who does not look to the proud,
    to those who turn aside to false gods.
Many, Lord my God,
    are the wonders you have done,
    the things you planned for us.
   None can compare with you;
    were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
    they would be too many to declare.

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
    but my ears you have opened—
    burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
    it is written about me in the scroll.
I desire to do your will, my God;
    your law is within my heart.”

I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
    I do not seal my lips, Lord,
    as you know.
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
    I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.
   I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
    from the great assembly.

11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;
    may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
12 For troubles without number surround me;
    my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
   They are more than the hairs of my head,
    and my heart fails within me.
13 Be pleased to save me, Lord;
    come quickly, Lord, to help me.

14 May all who want to take my life
    be put to shame and confusion;
   may all who desire my ruin
    be turned back in disgrace.
15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
    be appalled at their own shame.
16 But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
   may those who long for your saving help always say,
    “The Lord is great!”

17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
    may the Lord think of me.
   You are my help and my deliverer;
    you are my God, do not delay.

16 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 3-20-21

  1. Thank you for the prayers during the time of covid here. All are healthy and tomorrow marks our return to church, and Monday to work for all of us with jobs.

    I would like to request prayer as I make a radical change with one of my piano students — the young man in high school (the student I’ve had the longest besides my daughter). His dad called me this week, a phone call for which I was extremely grateful, to talk about the boy’s lessons and give me a heads-up about some things of which I was not aware. Student enjoys playing piano, but his assignments feel like homework to him when he is already so bogged down with schoolwork.

    There are other things I won’t mention, but suffice to say, he will need a very different approach to his lessons. I already have ideas about how to proceed, and dad is on board with the possible changes I proposed during our conversation.

    Please pray for me going forward: wisdom, creativity, and the ability, as much as possible, to foster this young man’s love for music. Thanks very much.

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  2. Amen, Six.

    Beginning to wonder if husband should go in for a covid test. He woke up coughing several times and gasping for breath but sounding like when I had whooping cough twenty plus years ago.

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  3. That “sounds” (as much as one can “hear” over the internet) like how my husband sounded before he tested positive for covid, Mumsee. Though, to me, I was thinking at the time that hubby’s cough sounded like possible pneumonia.

    It wouldn’t hurt to get that checked out. Prayers for your husband and you and all at The Nest, Mumsee.

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  4. Thanks. He almost always gets pneumonia at least once a year (missed this past November). He is not as tired as with pneumonia, or even coughing that much, but the gasping was strange. I will encourage it.

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  5. Janice, mainly what I normally encourage when illness strikes: fluids and plenty of rest, along with fresh air when possible.

    God has blessed us with overall pretty good health — no one has any serious underlying conditions that might make a covid or other infection hit harder. I’ve also heard that obesity seems to increase one’s chances that a covid infection would be harder to fight. ?? Not sure of the accuracy of that, but none of us in the household is obese. Hubby was perhaps a little overweight before he got it, so maybe that’s why he was sicker than others here? I don’t know, but I know it did cause him to lose a noticeable amount of weight. (He didn’t eat for the first three days, and his weight dropped down to 150 or so, at around 5’9″. So now he wants to gain back some of the weight he lost.)

    So I guess there wasn’t any real magic bullet, so to speak. Fluids, rest as much as possible (or for hubby, as little as possible, by his choice), healthy eating, fresh air, and prayer.

    I did/do so appreciate all y’all’s prayers. 🙂

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  6. Glad you are over it, Six.

    All my daughters took piano lessons. My middle one has a natural musical ability and played by ear when she was four. The piano teacher mentioned at one recital that she didn’t know how she let this student get away without doing a real classical piece of music. I think she knew that this student was not quite as interested in piano as she was other music ventures. That piano recital was her last one. She was very involved with music; even majoring in it in college. She plays a couple of other instruments and still loves music. I was grateful the piano teacher bent a little to meet her where she was at. She was an excellent teacher. Praying you find the right mix for your student, Six.

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  7. Thanks, Kathaleena. And speaking of playing by ear, that’s what this particular student was doing with his first piano teacher for years. His parents thought he was learning how to read music, but it wasn’t until he went to a summer music camp a few years ago that they learned, from the camp music director — a person who’d never worked with their son before — that he couldn’t read music.

    They fired the other piano teacher and came to me on the recommendation of a mutual friend whose daughter had studied with me. So our primary emphasis was learning to read music as we got his reading level up to his playing level. Which he’s accomplished within the last year or so after much prior effort.

    But he’s burned out with that effort. It’s become too much on top of his high school coursework. (And he is also into piano festivals/competitions, which he understood required deeper preparation, but still wanted to do. I consider those events optional, but help students who are interested in them to prepare. That he nearly hit the wall this year wasn’t something very strong on my radar until his dad mentioned it this week.)

    Anyway, his ear is still strong, despite my doing very little ear training with him the few years I’ve had him as a student now. Picking up tunes by ear is his natural bent and is where, I believe now, his deepest interest lies.

    So finding the balance between nurturing his love of improvising and playing by ear, and adopting a gentle pace as he continues to build his note-reading skill (I don’t just want to toss all note-reading out the window now after all the work he’s done to get himself to where he is), will be crucial.

    I so don’t want kids to burn out with music. The joy is still there for him, playing in the way he finds satisfying. The last thing I want to do is squelch that natural desire to play on his own terms.

    I am so grateful for your prayers on finding the right mix with him. Or maybe helping him find the right teacher to foster his musical growth according to his giftings, if I am not that person. (And I might find that that is the case as we go further into a creative experiment. That’s okay.)

    May God’s will be done, and may I be a positive presence in his life for as long as our collaboration continues.

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  8. Janice, replying to your 4:30 again: I don’t know if I mentioned this — I think I did, but maybe not — but my husband is skeptical about his covid test result. He is inclined to believe it was a false positive, because of his having been ill like that many years ago, and he didn’t have those typical symptoms we’ve been hearing most people with covid have: temporary loss of taste and smell. He also didn’t have a fever.

    If he’s right that his was a false positive, that may be why it seems like we got better faster than others you know. Maybe those people did have it and we didn’t. There are other viruses going around our area, perhaps not as long-lasting or severe.

    It’s all so mysterious to me. I’m glad God knows.

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  9. A little later today, I will be sending Chickadee a newsy but brief email about a couple things that have happened (like getting a new stove/oven). Please pray that her heart will be melted (if that is what is needed), and she will reply, even if only briefly. And if it is not a matter of her heart needing to be melted, that God will move in her in whatever way is needed. Thank you and God bless.

    I am very much hoping that she will join us for some time on Easter, but will not be mentioning that yet.

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  10. Praying, Kizzie.

    Please pray for something new that may be begun in our church. Today after the early service, a presenter from our synod came to give a talk on domestic abuse, especially the more covert types of abuse that can lurk in Christian homes, largely unseen by others. Her focus was threefold: how to recognize emotional and especially spiritual abuse; how to minister, as an individual, the love of Christ to a hurting soul who may disclose an abuse situation to you, rather than focusing on trying to “fix” the problem; and how the church can advocate for and provide a place of safety to abuse survivors.

    Please join me in a prayer of thanksgiving that our pastor recognized the need to begin a conversation to address this subject, and to pray for when our church begins implementing this much-needed ministry. Pray for wisdom for the volunteers, and for the truth of God’s love to be revealed to all who will be served.

    Thank you.

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