Prayer Requests 4-9-21

It’s Friday, so please remember to pray for Mumsee, Mike, and the Nestlings.

Anyone else?

Psalm 57

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
    for in you I take refuge.
   I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
    until the disaster has passed.

I cry out to God Most High,
    to God, who vindicates me.
He sends from heaven and saves me,
    rebuking those who hotly pursue me—
    God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.

I am in the midst of lions;
    I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts—
   men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
    whose tongues are sharp swords.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
    let your glory be over all the earth.

They spread a net for my feet—
    I was bowed down in distress.
   They dug a pit in my path—
    but they have fallen into it themselves.

My heart, O God, is steadfast,
    my heart is steadfast;
    I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul!
    Awake, harp and lyre!
    I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing of you among the peoples.
10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
    let your glory be over all the earth.

19 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 4-9-21

  1. X just called me out of the blue. The connection or reception or whatever wasn’t very good, so I missed a lot of his words, but the gist was that he was thanking me for taking good care of Boy, and said he loved me. He sounded choked up a bit.

    The last time he made a call like that was shortly before he ended up in the psych ward for a couple weeks. Please pray that God will save him, help him, and heal him. Please also pray against any suicidal thoughts. (His aunt committed suicide about ten years ago, and his mother had been suicidal at times when she was younger.)

    I was quite surprised to see his name pop up on my phone when it rang. Due to his visitations with Boy being supervised by his parents since that theft incident and resulting hospitalization, so that he does not pick him up or drop him off anymore, it had been over a year since I had had any communication with him.

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  2. Kizzie, manipulators like X will manipulate. And grooming his victims is part of the package with him. Please do not let your desire for his salvation blind you to his tactics. He’s using you for his own devious ends.

    If I understand Nightingale correctly (and it’s possible I don’t), I think she will be angry that you even answered the phone when his name came up. Yes, I know, it probably took you by surprise, and there’s an urgency with a ringing phone that makes it hard to not answer immediately when it’s someone you know. But Nightingale loves you and I believe is trying to protect you from X’s devious ways.

    We love you, too. Please let Nightingale and the courts handle X without your getting involved with him whenever he decides to pop back into your life. He’s proven himself to be a dangerous man; stay the h-e-double hockey sticks away from him, please, Kizzie.

    Written with love and only the best of intentions, though I recognize now that it might sound just as manipulative as anything that is. I’m leaving it as is, anyway.

    I’m praying for you and yours, Kizzie.

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  3. 6 Arrows – Thank you. I know that I have to be careful with him and not take him at face value. I said very little on the call, except for “Thank you” a couple times, and to tell him that I couldn’t hear him well. (I also have not mentioned the call to Nightingale, as hearing anything about him causes her to feel anxiety – kind of like a PTSD response.)

    His voice and manner did remind me of how he sounded before the last time he had a breakdown-sort-of-thing, so I am concerned. But yes, I will be very careful.

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  4. Kizzie, I, on the other hand, would suggest notifying your daughter and his folks. Last ditch phone calls often happen before suicide. I have been the recipient of one from an older adult her killed herself that night. My children all received calls before their brother killed himself. But, yes, don’t allow him into your boundaries.

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  5. Kizzie, I agree with Mumsee that Nightingale and X’s parents should know about this phone contact today.

    I don’t mean to belabor my point about X being a devious manipulator, but red flags flew everywhere when I read your 12:52 where you reported you said little to him “except for ‘Thank you’ a couple times…”

    IMHO, anything he would say that prompts you to reply “Thank you” is grooming at its finest. He is not speaking from a heart of kindness that warrants a polite response. Love is not his motivation — he does not love you, to put it more bluntly. He wants something from you. What that is is unknown. But he is speaking lies — it is evil cloaked in lovely language. He knows that tactics like that can deceive polite and kind people like you. Please avoid thanking him for kind-sounding words; that is playing into his game.

    My two cents. I’m going to get ready to head to the studio now, so you’ll get a break from me and my rantings for the next seven or more hours now. 😉

    Do take care.

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  6. My MIL was admitted to a nursing home today. Long convoluted story, the details of which hubby is going to fill me in on tonight after he gets home from work.

    Please add to your prayers my sister-in-law M. She took in her sister last summer before L succumbed to cancer, and now has been almost non-stop with my MIL this week. Hubby said M “got to the end of her rope” today. She needs prayers. She is very much a dedicated caretaker, but is understandably worn out (and frustrated with numerous matters related to the whole mess with Mom’s medical care and arrangements and communication with them).

    Thank you.

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  7. One of my girls has had stomach issues for a long time that can’t seem to resolve. We’re going over to lay hands on her and pray. Pray for God’s glory and for her to be healed, please. Thanks.

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  8. Mumsee – That was one of my concerns, so I did notify X’s mom shortly after the call. I will consider telling Nightingale, but I don’t think she will want to hear it.

    6 Arrows – Praying for your MIL and SIL.

    As for my response to X, Nightingale has said something similar in the past, telling me not to be polite to him. But I can’t not be polite. It is part of who I am, and I won’t let him take that from me. But being polite doesn’t have to mean that I will fall for any manipulations. (At least I didn’t reply, “I love you, too”. 🙂 )

    This kind of behavior from him has happened about three, possibly four, times over the course of several years, and each time it was before he ended up being hospitalized.

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  9. My take on it is that he knows somewhere in his mind, that he is slipping. He is probably sincere in his thanks, as sincere as he can be. He does appreciate you taking on the boy. But if he is considering ending himself, he may in his twisted mind think he would be helping the boy by taking him along. I will advise you to tell your daughter. She is an adult and responsible for the boy. Now I will shut up and love you whatever you decide.

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  10. My friend who committed suicide (while we were in our twenties) did call me and others before she drove up to the mountains and shot herself.As Mumsee said, Boy’s safety is a major concern.

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  11. Mumsee – I didn’t even think of that possibility. For now, X only has supervised visits with Boy, at his parents’ house. Even so, I guess I should let Nightingale know.

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  12. Kizzie, so I will shut up soon. Often, in the cases where the deranged parent takes out the children, he or she is on supervised visits and vanishes with the child/children. Not trying to scare you, just concerned as I have dealt with several over the edge people. Chances are very slim he plans to kill himself, let alone the boy. But not something you want to play with.

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  13. Mumsee – From what I understand, the visits are at the parents’ house, not out in public, so I think it would be harder for him to get away with that. X’s Mom knows what is going on, and I also told Nightingale.

    In the morning, I will have a talk with Boy (since Nightingale will be working) about not letting his father take him off anywhere out of his grandparents’ sight. He knows that his father has mental health issues, and Nightingale told him that there may be times when he has to be the adult one. He seems to understand, at least as well as he can at his age. It’s a very sad situation.

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  14. Should have mentioned that their weekly visitation is tomorrow, from noon to four. Seems to me that at least once when X was having mental troubles, he didn’t come to the visitation. Let’s hope he skips tomorrow’s visit, too.

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  15. Kizzie, praying for you. I, too, am still nice to the SIL who is often unstable. I don’t have to be gullible to extend kindness. They also know that I don’t/won’t put up with any BS or get in the middle of any sqawking (sp). Wanting a parent to fail is like wanting the grandchild to fail. And yes, tell someone if you suspect suicidal thoughts.

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