Prayer Requests 12-11-21

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Psalm 124

A song of ascents. Of David.

If the Lord had not been on our side—
    let Israel say—
if the Lord had not been on our side
    when people attacked us,
they would have swallowed us alive
    when their anger flared against us;
the flood would have engulfed us,
    the torrent would have swept over us,
the raging waters
    would have swept us away.

Praise be to the Lord,
    who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
We have escaped like a bird
    from the fowler’s snare;
   the snare has been broken,
    and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

10 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 12-11-21

  1. Here is last night’s update on the surgery on the conjoined twins. The surgery turned out to be more complicated than the surgeons had initially planned on.

    “Well, we are just leaving the hospital for a few minutes of sleep and it has been a very very long day. The girls are generally stable and are settled in the NICU, and we are thankful to the Lord for that. However, after talking with all of the surgeons, we learned a lot more details, and we have a LOT to ask you to pray for!!

    The surgery was much more complex than they had anticipated, especially concerning the bowel areas. Without going into too many complicated details that we only partially understand, suffice to say that things were very entangled and connected and tricky. Thank the Lord that we had such skilled surgeons who could problem solve on the spot and come up with solutions for otherwise unsolvable dilemmas. There were parts of their anatomy that had to go to one girl or the other, connections that were created from scratch, other parts that were removed completely, and other parts still that were precariously connected.

    All of this has left both of the girls in their own unique and very fragile conditions. We won’t go into all of the details, but we are praying that many of these new connections will remain in place and drain properly, that some of the parts that were removed or shortened will function properly, and that all of the strain put on their bodies will not create too much swelling.

    One of the biggest things you can pray for over the next several critical days is that their swelling will not get too bad, but will subside quickly on its own. Increased swelling is already causing problems with breathing, overworking the heart, blood circulation, pressure on the skin, and pressure on the new connections. Please pray that their swelling will subside quickly and that many of these secondary issues can be avoided.

    To be totally honest, we are really scared and overwhelmed by how difficult this recovery stage has already began and we are fearful about how it will go. The Lord has carried us and our girls so far, and we are begging him to continue to do so. These next 10 days, and especially the next 3-5 are absolutely critical for the girls and are filled with a lot of uncertainties and concerns. When we were finally able to go down and see the girls, it was pretty heartbreaking to see how different and rough they look. As much as you try to prepare yourself for it, you never can. All of this to say, we covet your prayers as we move forward, that the girls would push through these important days of recovery and thrive and flourish.

    Lord, hear our prayers.”

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  2. Btw, I have no connection to this family, and I don’t even remember how I came across their story, but wanted to share it with you here for your prayers. I hope you don’t mind.

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  3. Praying for the girls, the parents, the family, the doctors, the friends. That all will work together to glorify our Lord. May the hearts of the people be moved to prayer.

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  4. Thank you for your prayers, NancyJill and Mumsee; Kathaleena and Kizzie; and all praying.

    The Lord gave us traveling mercies. The worst of the winter storm came Friday evening and the wee hours of Saturday morning. By the time we left home at 8:45 this morning, the end of the weather warning had been changed from noon to 9:00am. Road crews had been out overnight, and beautiful sunshine throughout much of the day helped make the roads easily navigable for the trip back home at the end of the day.

    ————–

    I want to ask for special prayers for hubby. He’s always been stoic, and I’d only seen him shed tears once following the death of his dad six years ago. Hubby has also appeared strong in the two weeks since his mom’s passing, but today he broke down big time after the gravesite committal service. He doubled over at the waist, breaking down sobbing. I’ve never seen him like that. He took it much harder than his brothers and even his sisters.

    Your prayers for him are much appreciated.

    ————–

    I really need to update you on a prayer request I made November 30, as a testimony to God’s faithfulness. One of the prayers I have for unsaved loved ones is that God will extend their time of grace — their time here on earth, that they may come to know Jesus.

    God put His hand of protection on my nephew M this week. This is what I had written here about M on Nov. 30:

    I would like to specifically request prayer for one of MIL’s grandchildren. My nephew M grew up nearby my MIL and FIL, and spent many weekends of his younger years with my MIL as his caregiver when his parents were traveling to shows with their DJ business.

    MIL was like a second mother to M. M’s mom passed away 15 months ago, and now his “second mom” has, as well.

    M is not a Christian. Please pray for him in this time of mourning, and that he will come to know the peace found in Christ alone.

    M and his wife, who I think is also an unbeliever, were in Florida visiting her family, and drove back to the Midwest, staying overnight in Tennessee one night this week. Their path took them through multiple states ahead of the tornadoes that devastated so many areas last night.

    God held back those powerful storms as M and V journeyed back to the Midwest. Praise the Lord in His sovereignty and tender mercies, graciously extending their time of grace in this life.

    Never underestimate the power of your prayers and the workings of our mighty God. I am grateful. Thank you for petitioning the Lord on our behalf.

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  5. Breathing difficulties are so stressful! Praying for healing Mumsee….

    6 praying for husband’s grief. Sometimes it’s just that we have not had time to truly prepare for the day. When I rushed to my Dad’s room in ICU believing he would be gone by the time I got there, everyone was standing around his bed and he was still with us. When the cardiologist told us he would die upon removing the external pacemaker I lost it. The grief and uncontrollable sobbing was overwhelming. My baby sister sat and held me as the rest of the family stared. She looked at them and said “let her process…she isn’t there yet” Sometimes it takes understanding with little words and someone to hold you tight. Holding you close in the coming days my friend ♥️

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  6. 6 here. NancyJill, oh my, tears are brimming, reading of the memory you shared of your dad and the ICU room. I would most certainly lose it, too, if I ever have to face that with my dad or another loved one.

    You’re right, we need time to process these things. Hubby never really has time to do that, but there at the graveside, when there was nothing to do but just be…then it hit.

    Thank you for your compassionate understanding as we walk through the grief. It’s harder for me to know how to help him through the loss of a parent this time, which seems strange to me, because one would think knowing how to respond when a spouse loses a parent would be harder the first time than the second. But now he’s lost both parents; the finality of that, and the raw emotion I witnessed him express yesterday for the first time, leaves me feeling extremely inadequate in helping him in a meaningful way. Especially because I’ve lost neither of my parents yet.

    I don’t know the depth of that kind of pain.

    I keep asking myself, what would I hope hubby would do for me when I lose my parents, and all I can think of is I’d want him to “be there” for me, whatever that means. But my mind currently, by contrast, is filled with, “I want to be there for him, but I’ve just got to finish up school and piano lessons this week before the Christmas break…” And other such have-to-dos. It really could go on and on, there’s always so much to do.

    All prayers very much appreciated, for wisdom in priorities; for living out the golden rule; for whatever the Holy Spirit leads each of you prayer warriors and treasured friends to pray for us.

    Thank you.

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