Prayer Requests 6-17-21

It’s Thursday, so don’t forget to pray for Jo, her students, and the people of PNG.

Anyone else?

Psalm 119:33-48

ה He

33 Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees,
    that I may follow it to the end.
34 Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law
    and obey it with all my heart.
35 Direct me in the path of your commands,
    for there I find delight.
36 Turn my heart toward your statutes
    and not toward selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
    preserve my life according to your word.
38 Fulfill your promise to your servant,
    so that you may be feared.
39 Take away the disgrace I dread,
    for your laws are good.
40 How I long for your precepts!
    In your righteousness preserve my life.

ו Waw

41 May your unfailing love come to me, Lord,
    your salvation, according to your promise;
42 then I can answer anyone who taunts me,
    for I trust in your word.
43 Never take your word of truth from my mouth,
    for I have put my hope in your laws.
44 I will always obey your law,
    for ever and ever.
45 I will walk about in freedom,
    for I have sought out your precepts.
46 I will speak of your statutes before kings
    and will not be put to shame,
47 for I delight in your commands
    because I love them.
48 I reach out for your commands, which I love,
    that I may meditate on your decrees.


26 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 6-17-21

  1. Praying for Debra and C. Have not heard anything in a while, nor seen likes from Debra. May God drive out any sense of depression in this challenging time.

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  2. Amen. Long hospitalizations can be so discouraging.

    Please pray for wisdom for Nightingale as she ponders what to do about Boy. He has been grounded from screens for a few weeks, and has had time added on to his grounding when he has found a way to get on his phone or some similar thing. At least twice already, he has somehow gotten around the banning from screens, but she has found out due to notifications she gets on her phone. She also added being grounded from playing outside (but for a shorter period of time than the screens grounding).

    And now he has gone and done it again, and she found out from another notification. She is livid. (She is working today, and it is Boy’s last day of school.) In her anger and frustration, she is so tempted to totally ground him for the whole summer, including not playing outside. (I tried to dissuade her from that part.) As she works, she is also trying to think rationally about what she should do and how harsh she should be.

    Please also pray for Boy to grow in maturity and character. I hate to admit this about my grandson, but he lies to try to cover up his “crimes”, in addition to his continued sneaking of what he isn’t supposed to do.

    Most of all, of course, please pray for salvation for them both (and for Auntie Chickadee, too).

    And please pray for me. This situation could make for a long, difficult summer with him. I will need patience and wisdom, among other things.

    This morning in my prayers, after hearing from Nightingale about the latest, I was praying for the Holy Spirit to move in my home and family, and that this summer will be a season of growth for all of us.

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  3. Kizzie, would she consider getting him a flip phone for emergency calls with no access to a screen? Personally that would be my solution. He is not yet mature enough to handle the temptations of a phone with a screen. He has to earn it. I would give him the privilege of watching one or two favorite television shows daily and then either let him have friends over to play board games for hours or play outside. It is not healthy to make him stay inside all summer.

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  4. And, I know you only asked for prayer so I will certainly do that! Sorry if I overstepped with giving advice. I should have learned my lesson on that by now. I guess it runs in the family because my brother is worse about that than I am.

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  5. I hope it is okay for me to post what I got from Debra.
    “I’m afraid I’ve been mia for too long. I was thinking of updating the blog today. Cyrus is improving. They are doing a test today to see if he can be off the vent . So far he’s doing very well. We actually think he’ll be able to come home by the end of the month! This is really a miracle in slow motion. God is so good! And so are the many pray-ers like you who have been holding is up all these long weeks.”
    Yay!!! PTL!!!

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  6. Things have been a little hectic here and I know I haven’t updated anyone in awhile. I see Mumsee was praying against depression and that has been spot on, especially for Cyrus who has been struggling for a couple of weeks with a strong desire to just unplug the vent and let nature take it’s course. But I have known in my spirit that his work on this earth is not done, and now he is believing it as well.

    Today is a real victory for us and for all who have been praying. We had made it clear to his doctors and healthcare team that when he leaves this facility he is not going to a nursing home, but coming home. There was some resistance to that idea at first because they did not believe he could ever come off the ventilator. But today, for the first time, as a test, they have took C off the vent and put him on regular oxygen. He still has the trach and the feeding tube intact and will go on the vent at night for at least a few nights. However, he is doing so well they now expect him to come off the vent entirely. And he even has an anticipated discharge date of 6/29 when we expect him to come home!

    We are still taking one day at a time, because that’s what we’re given. But for us, each and every day is a brand new reason to praise the Lord for his mercy and lovingkindness and for his people who have supported us in word, deed and prayer.

    Still Trusting Him

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  7. Isn’t God grand??? Of course, we know God could take him Home tomorrow, just as with each of us, but we are delighted with the hope and the time. May God be praised!

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  8. As to Kizzie and the boy: we have learned that it cannot be stopped. The only solution is to go live on a deserted island far from humanity. Send them to school with a flip phone, their cohorts will help them find ways to get around if the child can’t figure it out. Send them without a flip phone, the kindhearted parents and other children will see to it they get connected. Either by giving them a secret device, or by letting them use their spare. And then there are those who give out their wifi passwords in case the child can’t find free wifi. And those who let them trailer off of their device or whatever the connection is called. Frustrating but there we are.
    The boy is not alone in his lies. Only God…..

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  9. Praising God on your report, Debra! Continued prayers for you and C. I think of you both often.

    Update: I believe I can safely say I dodged the Lyme Disease bullet this time, thanks be to God. It’s been over a week since the tick bite, and the itchiness and localized swelling has completely gone away, leaving nothing but a small patch of pale redness near the bite site. No fever, joint or bone pain, bullseye rash, or headache at any point, like when I had Lyme years ago. Of our family members who have had it, all of us developed pronounced symptoms within 3-4 days of the bite, so I am at least twice as far past that timeframe now.

    Many thanks for your prayers!

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  10. Praying, Kizzie, for wisdom for you and Nightingale. I’ll throw in one little 2-cent thought, though it’s probably something you and/or Nightingale have thought of. That is that it’s generally a good idea, IMO, when one takes something away — like a privilege, in Boy’s case — to replace it with a substitute. IOW, what will you have him do to fill the time that would have been spent on the now-revoked privilege? The addition of something needs to balance the subtraction of another thing. He will find something to add in himself to fill the void, and it may not be the greatest choice, unless you keep him busy with something of Nightingale’s or your choosing.

    Easier said than done, I know. Praying for your stamina as you work with / guide him.

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  11. Janice – I think her temptation to ground him from playing outside for the summer was born of her frustration and anger at the time, and I doubt that she would actually do that. One of the reasons for her adding that in for a period of time was for him to develop more of an appreciation for outside play.

    Mumsee – At this time, we can mostly keep him away from screens as his circle is small and he is still young. But I can see how that could be different when he is older. Pretty sure that even his other grandparents are keeping him off screens when he is at their house, too. As for him sneaking some screen time, that was due to an old device that had been forgotten about that he found, and this latest one was from Nightingale forgetting to lock up another device.

    6 Arrows – Boy does have plenty to keep himself busy in his room, and he has recently developed more of an interest in reading. In addition, Nightingale has been giving him extra chores to accomplish. A couple times, he has even played with the Duplos that are still down here, although he has lots of Legos upstairs.

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  12. Just a word of warning, Mom discovered yesterday that 11 year-old Ivy was exposed to porn on her phone and that made a lot of her issues much clearer. Now they’re having to deal with the spiritual implications.

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  13. That’s great Boy enjoys reading more now!

    I’m heading out the door to meet with my Thursday crew. Other than one student — a high-school girl who practices and is a delight in every way — the bunch is a motley group of varying levels of misplaced energy and lethargic why-do-I-have-to-do-this looks and mischievous shenanigans and numerous challenges that don’t even have anything to do with musicmaking. I frequently have a bit of dread driving to work on Thursdays to face this bunch. Most of the time it’s not as bad as I can imagine, but prayers for my attitude and theirs and especially my attitude — and did I tell you I need prayers for my attitude? — are most welcome.

    Thank you.

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  14. Sorry to hear that, Michelle. 😦

    From what I have read, it is almost guaranteed that children will be exposed to porn at some point, and at younger ages than ever before. I gave Nightingale a book for parents and children about pornography and how dangerous and dehumanizing it is. The point of the book is to alert children to what they may see at some point, why it is bad, and to have the tools to deal with it in a hopefully healthy way.

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  15. Yes, we had the parent’s block on nineteen’s phone when we got one for her. Sadly, the first things she found were porn, (specifically lesbian porn) and witchcraft. She can also find all of that stuff at the library though we have asked she not be allowed on the computers and have not signed permission for her to go there. It is an ongoing battle though the victory has been won by Another.

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  16. Thanks for praying. First piano lesson went quite well, and the second one better than usual. Except that I’m pretty sure the second student stole one of my music manipulatives. She was playing a music theory game independently while I was writing on her assignment sheet, and I see one of the objects is missing now. She likes to see what she can get by with, and I suspect she took advantage of the opportunity to take a small object while I wasn’t looking directly at her.

    I guess we can pray now that it will turn up and/or she’ll come clean and return the game piece.

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  17. I’m just in from 90 minutes in the dentist chair and am worn out. I’ve taken three ibuprofen and on extra strength Tylenol, it’s 100+ degrees here and I think I’m down for the day.

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  18. Lessons are done for the night. Piano Girl missed tonight — she was having a rough time of things this evening before her lesson, so parents kept her home.

    Last student of the evening had visiting relatives who sat in on the lesson, an uncle from Pittsburgh and a grandmother from I don’t know where. Very friendly people with whom I had enjoyable chats before and after the lesson. I really threw myself into the lesson, though — well, into all the lessons I gave tonight — and was exhausted by the time I got home!

    Thank you again for praying.

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  19. No eating on the right side of my mouth for a week–and I can’t brush the upper teeth on that side either.

    I bought a product I can rinse through, but it’s the eating that’s so hard.

    I may be reduced to yogurt and “fortified coffee” for breakfast, ice cream for lunch, and soup for dinner.

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