Prayer Requests 4-24-21

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Psalm 71

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
    let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;
    turn your ear to me and save me.
Be my rock of refuge,
    to which I can always go;
   give the command to save me,
    for you are my rock and my fortress.
Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
    from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.

For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord,
    my confidence since my youth.
From birth I have relied on you;
    you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.
    I will ever praise you.
I have become a sign to many;
    you are my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with your praise,
    declaring your splendor all day long.

Do not cast me away when I am old;
    do not forsake me when my strength is gone.
10 For my enemies speak against me;
    those who wait to kill me conspire together.
11 They say, “God has forsaken him;
    pursue him and seize him,
    for no one will rescue him.”
12 Do not be far from me, my God;
    come quickly, God, to help me.
13 May my accusers perish in shame;
    may those who want to harm me
    be covered with scorn and disgrace.

14 As for me, I will always have hope;
    I will praise you more and more.

15 My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds,
    of your saving acts all day long—
    though I know not how to relate them all.
16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord;
    I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.
17 Since my youth, God, you have taught me,
    and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
18 Even when I am old and gray,
    do not forsake me, my God,
   till I declare your power to the next generation,
    your mighty acts to all who are to come.

19 Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens,
    you who have done great things.
    Who is like you, God?
20 Though you have made me see troubles,
    many and bitter,
    you will restore my life again;
   from the depths of the earth
    you will again bring me up.
21 You will increase my honor
    and comfort me once more.

22 I will praise you with the harp
    for your faithfulness, my God;
   I will sing praise to you with the lyre,
    Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips will shout for joy
    when I sing praise to you—
    I whom you have delivered.
24 My tongue will tell of your righteous acts
    all day long,
   for those who wanted to harm me
    have been put to shame and confusion.

19 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 4-24-21

  1. I posted a follow-up late last night on the prayer thread regarding the situation with the piano family I mentioned yesterday morning.

    The more I think about it — and I’m trying not to think about it because I’ve got a busy weekend with a family event coming up tomorrow — the more disturbed I am about some of the things that happened yesterday with that family.

    The boys have been sweet and cooperative with me, but it bothers me that the younger twin targeted the older by taking revenge when he was displeased with his brother. The older twin, whose backpack had the ants his brother planted in them — I know, because the younger, whose lesson was first, told his brother in front of me when the younger came in the studio room — was quite distressed by the act. After we took the backpack, with all its contents, back out to the car where the dad was waiting during the lessons, the older twin and I went back in to start the lesson. But first he needed some processing time, where I lent him a sympathetic ear as he told me his feelings about what his brother had done. After that he was okay to have a regular lesson.

    My heart sometimes feels like it’s breaking for these vulnerable kids. But I’ll admit I’m also concerned about my safety and that of others at the studio, because if a little 8-year-old can consider and actually take revenge on his twin because the former didn’t get his way (didn’t win in a game), would their narcissistic father also act on any revenge-seeking tendencies he may have if he doesn’t get his way with this studio issue on which he’s so far refusing to budge?

    I have brought up my concerns about this family with the studio owners, and they have been so considerate and helpful. The family is still paying me, so all is good on that front. But I unwisely got involved in the books-payment issue, which is a studio issue, not teacher-related. The studio could dismiss the family for non-payment of studio materials received, and that’s where I fear some revenge-seeking moves could play out. The father seems to want to continue having me teach his kids, and is paying for that, but he doesn’t want to pay the studio for the books the boys received for their lessons. If the family gets “fired” from the studio for non-payment of materials, a perfectly legitimate move on the part of the studio and one which is outlined in the contract all parents sign before beginning lessons there, I am concerned about repercussions if the guy gets bent out of shape about having his will thwarted.

    Please pray for wisdom all around, and freedom from fear of retaliation should this father get upset with us again. Thank you.

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  2. The situation with above parent escalated this afternoon. It is clear, and the owners and I are in complete agreement, that this family must be dismissed.

    I would like you to please pray that the Lord puts a hedge of protection around the studio owners, teachers, and students. Thank you.

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  3. Thank you, all. One of the studio owners contacted him yesterday and tried to reason with him, but that did not go well. (See above.) The other owner is going to contact the parent today with the dismissal notice. Please pray for wisdom as the co-owner who will send the message today composes his email. But mostly pray that the parent doesn’t go ballistic, as I believe the wording of the email will probably have little impact anyway — the other co-owner’s email yesterday was very patient and friendly, and that was met with belligerence.

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  4. Praying for the situation, Six—for the protection and peace of mind for all involved.

    I also wanted to update everyone on our situation, since you have been carrying us through with your prayers and encouragement. C is continuing to improve and may be out of icu in a couple of days. A long, tough rehabilitation is expected, but given the alternative, the prospect fills me with joy. I am still in awe at the goodness and kindness of God in meeting various needs and sending his people to encourage and pray. You have been a huge part of that, and I believe we have been strengthened with every prayer.

    One thing I have not been able to speak of is that I have been put in charge of C’s business affairs. I could use prayer for wisdom as I navigate succession protocols for some things, and temporary solutions for others.

    I heard back from N. He is looking at the possibility of being reunited with his family some time this week if all goes well. His symptoms and his wife have mostly cleared, and the children were spared entirely. He is greatly relieved and thanking God, and all of you for your many prayers.

    These kindnesses are not forgotten.

    Still Trusting Him
    Debra

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  5. Asking prayer for Nightingale. It looks like things have cooled, and probably ended, with Coach. (He has not contacted her since their last date a couple or three weeks ago.) I feel so bad for her, because it was the first time she felt truly comfortable with a man she was dating, and it seemed like the relationship was heading eventually to something permanent. (He once impulsively blurted out to his mom, in front of Nightingale, that he could spend the rest of his life with her.) Nightingale is not a head-in-the-clouds romantic type of woman, but I’m sure she must have considered the possibility of him being “the one”.

    I know that she would like to marry and have at least one more child, and as she approaches turning 32 in a few weeks, she feels that that possibility is getting slimmer and slimmer. I would love for her to have the blessing of a good, mutually supportive marriage, especially as she carries so much on her shoulders.

    But most of all, of course, I would love for her to find her Burden Bearer in Jesus (as well as Him being Savior and Lord). Please pray that, in her disappointment over the end of her relationship with Coach, the Holy Spirit will draw her to Jesus. And that if Coach is indeed the one that God has for her, the relationship will be picked back up (and for Coach’s salvation, too, of course – whether they get back together or not).

    Also, allergies (or maybe a virus?) have hit us all really hard this week. Yesterday after work, Nightingale took her shower and then went straight to bed because she was so exhausted. I have been feeling sick, very tired, and worn out myself. (Can allergies do all that? I never had them – or realized I had them – until the last couple or so years.)

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  6. The possible end of the relationship with Coach could also be an answer to my prayers. Whenever she is in a relationship, I pray that if this man is not the one God has for her, that the relationship will not last, but come to an end sooner rather than later.

    And of course, I ask once again for prayers for Chickadee. Thank you.

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  7. Pauline’s husband Jon posted this on Facebook:

    “Please pray for Pauline. She ad her second shot of the COVID vaccine yesterday, and currently has a fever of 101, a headache Tylenol won’t help with, and no energy. It is even hard for her to sit up long. It hit suddenly between church services, and during second service at church, she had t lay down on the pew…
    I have heard of sleeping during my sermons, but this was something else!”

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  8. Pauline’s reaction sounds the same as mine. A couple of days and I was fine. I hope she is even more quickly.

    Yes, allergies do that, Kizzie. I used to panic somewhat when the tiredness would hang around. Now I know it won’t last forever and it is just the body’s way of getting us to rest and heal. I always pray for your ‘girls.’ 🙂

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  9. Thankful for your hope-filled update, Debra, and praying for you as you step into new decision-making roles.

    Also, prayers for Pauline, Nightingale and Chickadee.

    Studio owner mentioned above sent the dismissal email, on which I and his business partner were copied. The dad replied all with an “I was going to pull the kids out anyway,” followed by a bunch of distortions and lies, which come as no surprise to us anymore.

    I feel more at peace now than before. Thank you so much for your prayers. The only thing left to do is mail him his May tuition check back, since the lessons are done, effective today. I would not be a bit surprised if he lies about not receiving the check, however, so I’m going to arrange for it to be delivered by certified mail so that he can’t pull a fast one on that.

    If I could make one more request about this, it would be to remember that man’s wife in your prayers. I have never met her, and have had almost no communication with her, so I don’t know her well, but given what we know about the man, if he treats her the way he treated the female co-owner of the studio and me, and to a slightly milder extent the male co-owner, that woman must almost certainly be facing abuse from him. His track record in the short time we’ve known him is alarming — collectively, my two colleagues and I have over 100 years teaching experience, and this guy was one of the worst we’ve ever encountered — what must it be like to live with a man like him every day? Lord have mercy; she needs prayers.

    The children, too. Please pray for them. Thank you very much.

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