Prayer Requests 4-17-21

Anyone have something to share?

Continuing to lift Debra and her husband.

Psalm 64

Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint;
    protect my life from the threat of the enemy.

Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,
    from the plots of evildoers.
They sharpen their tongues like swords
    and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.
They shoot from ambush at the innocent;
    they shoot suddenly, without fear.

They encourage each other in evil plans,
    they talk about hiding their snares;
    they say, “Who will see it?”
They plot injustice and say,
    “We have devised a perfect plan!”
    Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.

But God will shoot them with his arrows;
    they will suddenly be struck down.
He will turn their own tongues against them
    and bring them to ruin;
    all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.
All people will fear;
    they will proclaim the works of God
    and ponder what he has done.

10 The righteous will rejoice in the Lord
    and take refuge in him;
    all the upright in heart will glory in him!

20 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 4-17-21

  1. Word back from Debra. Her husband continues to fight. He is quite weak and on forced air (not a vent). She is still trusting God. Continued prayers, of course.

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  2. You may remember me mentioning J and JoAnn in the past, the couple who would take me home from church. (And now I should mention that I have not been in in-person church since the lockdowns and such began. I’ll write about that a little later, maybe on the daily thread.)

    This morning, Cindy, the lady who would pick me up for church, texted me to say she missed me and that she could pick me up for church whenever I am ready to attend in-person again. She also mentioned that J’s dementia has accelerated a lot recently. Please pray for J and JoAnn.

    Also, please pray specifically that J will not become combative with JoAnn. Not only is he much larger than her (but not in a fat way – he is very tall and well-built, and she is quite petite), but he also has a black belt in karate. So far he has not been that way Cindy says, but we are both concerned.

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  3. I misread your 3:40, Roscuro, and noticed “Eldest” but not “Niece.” My mind jumped right to Eldest Sister, who I believe is expecting, correct?

    In Mumsee’s 4:57 I noticed “niece.”

    Anyway, both Eldest Sister and Eldest Niece got prayed for today by me. 🙂

    And how is Youngest? She’s expecting also, I believe you said?

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  4. 6, thank you. It is Second who is expecting, as well as Youngest. Both are doing OK, although Second is finding the morning sickness challenging. I am gradually getting more mobile – walked longer today than I have yet, but still uncomfortable. My incisions are pretty much healed, it is the muscle layers underneath that pull and pinch and get sore and ache.

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  5. Oh, yes, that’s right, it’s Second rather than First who is expecting along with Youngest. The Lord knew which expectant mom I was praying for when I misnamed her. 🙂

    I am glad your incisions are mostly healed now. Hoping the underlying muscle discomfort will subside for you sooner than later.

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  6. DJ – We now have an interim pastor who had been helping out with online small groups and other things. I am wondering if he had been brought in in anticipation of Pastor Billy and Renee’s resignation, or if he just happened to be here. He lives in Massachusetts. (But we are on the border with Mass, so it’s not too long a drive, although not a quick one, either, from his town.)

    It will probably be a few months before we have a new pastor. At some point, we will have candidates come to preach. When Pastor Kris left, the interim pastor we had – Pastor John – was wonderful. His gentle and loving personality helped to begin the healing process after Kris’ hurtful and harmful behavior. At that time, Pastor John had said that it is good to have an interim pastor for approximately one month for each year the previous pastor had been there, to ease into finding a permanent pastor. (Although that probably wouldn’t be necessary or good for a church whose pastor had been there for decades.)

    I had really thought that Pastor Billy and Renee would have been here for a long time, but they say that God is moving them on. Something that makes me sad is that my next pastor will be someone who never knew Hubby. 😦


  7. Praying for Debra, her husband, and family. And lifting up other concerns mentioned to God.

    The house my friends thought they would buy had electrical wiring issues so they have backed out as far as I last heard.

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  8. Kizzie, my sister had mentioned that, when she was moving to a new church, that it made her sad that she’d be coming as a widow, but no one would know the wonderful man she had lost. Though I haven’t experienced that directly, I understand it to some degree. In fact, when I lost my mom, no one in my new church had ever met her (they hardly even knew me, as I’d only moved to Nashville five months before), and it’s part of the reason I got to know my best friend’s elderly mom–I knew I’d be able to grieve with her in a way I couldn’t if I didn’t know her mom too. It’s something we lose in our mobile society, knowing generations upon generations in a family and not just a husband and wife and their minor children.

    But yes, knowing people who are precious to those we love is a valuable addition to the relationship with them.

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  9. Debra report:
    There is some good news: (husband’s) dr said he thinks he’s improving AND his dr is a believer! The numbers are still pretty high but he’s stabilized substantially.

    Thanks to you and everyone for continued prayers. Feel free to pass this along. I will try to update the blog myself after dr visits on Monday when I may know more about my own condition which is not bad but lingering. But right now I am thanking God for the victories he has given already.

    And mumsee: As we are praying, keep in mind that Debra is recovering from pneumonia, as well. Hopefully cleared on Monday.

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  10. We’re facing something similar right now as our church’s pastor for the last 37 years finishes tomorrow. Some people, particularly those with challenging histories, are worried if not devastated. How will the new guy possibly be able to help them?

    I think–he’s a very nice guy and will look at you with ministry-eyes. He may very well hear God tell him something different than what our former pastor has said in the past.

    That could be very healthy–particularly for some.

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  11. Mumsee thankful for the better report of Debra’s. Continually thinking of her and asking our Lord to bring healing and rest to her and husband….thanks for the update! ♥️
    Michelle I love that perspective…

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