Prayer Requests 10-16-21

Anyone have something to share?

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.

20 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 10-16-21

  1. Praying, Mumsee.

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    Short-term prayer request for 2nd Arrow. It’s seven days until her (original) “due date,” but, as I mentioned before, she was told earlier this month that she probably would deliver before then.

    No baby yet. Prayers for 2nd’s patience and physical endurance as she enters the home stretch, as well as for safety for mother and child at this time and during labor and delivery.

    —————-

    Long-term prayer request regarding 5th Arrow’s transition to adulthood. You might say he’s also in “the home stretch,” so to speak, now that he is 17.5. We are in the early stages of arranging for a transition counselor for him and learning 1) what options are out there for him as an adult, and 2) how to establish ourselves as guardians for when he turns 18. I’m sure there are many more things we have yet to learn, as well.

    Pray for wisdom. We knew (or were reasonably certain) the day was coming that he would be an adult, but we did not know how his developmental delays/challenges would play out over the years, what he would be capable of in adulthood. Time marches on, and here we are. The process has been overwhelming at times, but God’s grace has always carried us through, and I have every confidence that it will continue to do so.

    I want to also praise God for a moving and wholly beautiful gift He gave us yesterday. 5th Arrow came to me yesterday morning with tears in his eyes, telling me with a shaky voice that he needed something. We went to a quiet place in the house, and he told me he had a stomach ache and needed me to pray right then.

    So we stood in the downstairs hallway, and I petitioned the Lord out loud on 5th’s behalf.

    An emotional moment for this mom, to receive evidence that, though my son has many things he doesn’t understand, he knows the One Who is our Great Physician of soul and body, and he comprehends the blessing of turning to prayer to our Lord as our first response to the trials of life.

    God be praised for the gift of children, their childlike faith, and the marvelous ways God uses them to teach us adults.

    Thank you for your ministry of prayer, fellow sojourners.

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  2. Guardianship: for us, we had our lawyer fill out some forms and she found a lawyer for daughter as well. Then we went to court. Her lawyer spent a few minutes with her, with me to translate, then we went in to see the judge. She reviewed the paperwork. She asked daughter what she thought of the guardianship. Daughter, with me translating again when she got flustered, told the judge she did not like it but she needed one and we were the only ones willing. The judge approved.

    However, before we did it, her psychiatrist told us not to do it. Once we did it, it would become very difficult to get her placed if she became unmanageable. Which has proved to be very true. But daughter has a large budget for covering things like broken windows, damaged septic system, holes in walls, and holes in floors.

    If your son does not have mental health issues (sounds like he is just DD) it should work well for you all.

    Praying for you.

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  3. Heavy duty prayer requests, Six. So touching to hear about the active spifitual life instilled through your diligence in providing education for the whole child all these years.

    Praying God’s blessings will soon be revealed to 2nd in the best of ways and that God continues to do a good work in the life of 5th beyond what you could think or imagine. We always want good for our children. We can’t always envision how God can possibly work out His plans for their lives. Our duty is to trust He is at work behind the scenes preparing the good gifts He loves to give His children who ask in belief. To Him, we the parents are His children who ask for big things because He is BIG. Keep seeking, keep knocking, keep asking. Someday He impresses upon us, “Surprise! Look and see what I alone could do.” He is able. Wait. Keep pressing on in faith.♡

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  4. We are also looking at fifteen and wondering what steps we will need to take. His issues are nothing like his sisters but still not certain he will ever be independent.

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  5. Thanks for your prayers, all, and for your words of encouragement, Janice. To God be all the glory; great things He has done.

    Mumsee, thanks for sharing your experience with me regarding guardianship of your daughter (“twenty”?). You are correct that 5th Arrow’s diagnosis is simply DD. Much less complicated than your situation, but, like with your fifteen, we weren’t (and still aren’t) certain 5th will be independent some day. He really wants to be, but will obviously need further skill development before that is possible, if at all.

    We try to take things one day at a time, but with me turning 60 next year and hubby already in his 60s, and our not knowing our ordained number of days, of course, it’s sometimes a challenge to keep our eyes on the here and now that God has given us.

    Pray that we walk faithfully and leave the future in God’s capable hands with full trust. Thanks.

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  6. What is DD?

    As it looks now, my Chickadee will never live independently. That being the case, I so wish and pray that her dependence would be upon us and rather than the McK family. They are so bad for her. Not only is their influence mentally unhealthy, it is also (at least the influence of the daughters) very ungodly.

    Nightingale has said in the past that she would provide a home for Chickadee, but she would require (rightly so) some help in various ways from her. And I’m sure that she would try to get her sister whatever help would be available for her, and encourage her to stretch her wings as far as she is able. The McKs, though, seem to be enabling her to hide at home, and be dependent upon them.

    Quite frankly, the situation scares me, and I have to continually put it into God’s hands.

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  7. Six, quite possibly yours and mine will just need a bit more help before setting out, and even then, the helping hands are still available. Fifteen’s older brother (now twenty five) was in that boat. Mike and the boys met a couple of fellow hunters out on the Seven Devil’s mountains. One day, they came by here and asked if son could move in with them and help out on a cabinetry business. He was eighteen and rarin to go, though we had him working on a GED as he would never get a diploma. He went and stayed with them several years as the assistant to the guy’s dad, a paraplegic. He also got a job in the local grocery and got quite a good resume. Then surprised us by heading off to Utah to get his truck driving credentials and has been on the road ever since. I believe the time with the paraplegic was huge for him. The guy gave him good instruction on finances, gave him the extra few years to get his feet on the ground, and son is well on his way to financial success. I would prefer he be walking with the Lord but he is much more independent than we had ever dreamed.

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  8. Mumsee, what you’ve described about fifteen’s older brother is something my husband and I have thought possible for 5th Arrow. He may just need more time before he’ll develop certain skills, whereas other skills may never be within his reach.

    After the birth of his younger sibling, when he was 3.5 and already lagging behind in certain milestones his normally developing age-peers would have reached by then, we noticed that once 6th Arrow developed a skill, 5th Arrow would often also achieve it soon after — within a few months.

    So the resolution of many of his delays tended to come about four years behind the average timeframe.

    A few of his delays, though, are much more pronounced than that, and show no signs of ever being resolved. In other words, he’s way more than four years behind in some developmental areas.

    We’ve been blessed with some wonderful people we know in multiple communities — church, homeschool, and public school — who are loving and knowledgeable resource people. God has been faithful across the years to surround us locally with caring and dedicated individuals as we seek answers and help for our son. I haven’t written a lot about this online, but we’ve had much practical support over many years. If it sounded yesterday like we only waited until 5th turned 17.5 to get the ball rolling with the transition to adulthood and what it may mean for him, then this is to clarify that it’s been a many-years (most of his life) process of working with others in various capacities that is now culminating in his chronological move to adulthood.

    God’s got it, of this I am sure. He has a plan for 5th. Thank you for your prayers.

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  9. Absolutely understand, Six. We also have spent years preparing our children and wondering how far they might go and what will become of them if we are taken out of the picture. I am constantly amazed at how abruptly the changes can come.

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