Prayer Requests 12-22-21

It’s Wednesday, so don’t forget Ajissun and the folks in The Gambia.

Anyone else?

Luke 1:57-66

The Birth of John the Baptist

57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.

59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, 60 but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.”

61 They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.”

62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. 65 All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. 66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.

 

16 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 12-22-21

  1. Keeping Chas in prayer and trusting the Lord to keep us close

    Mumsee I trust husband arrived home and everyone is settled in the nest…praying

    Aj continuing to pray for your brother and family especially in the coming days

    Praying for Kizzie… ♥️

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  2. My Chickadee needs some powerful prayers. (And so do I.)

    She finally sent me that email that I have been waiting for. She started out by saying that she has been struggling with her mental health this year (which she had mentioned a couple times before). She said that her therapist has encouraged her to open up to me and set some boundaries. (That puzzled me. Boundaries? Why would she need to set boundaries with me? What have I done?) She added that there are things that she has needed to say for quite a while, but did not feel ready.

    Well the answer is that she says that she has been transgender for a few years. She says she hates it when I call her by her nickname or full name, and told me her “male” name.

    She claims that she has felt this way her whole life, but knowing her as I do, I doubt it. I do believe that she has felt different her whole life, and not as a “typical” female, but she definitely has had more feminine characteristics than male. (And that is something that is common in girls and women with Asperger’s Syndrome, which we strongly believe she has.)

    She also says that her ability to spend time here depends on how I respond, and my ability to accept and respect who she is.

    As for Christmas, she is “not available” for Christmas Eve or Christmas day, but would like to get together some other day (but again, it depends on how I respond).

    My heart is broken. I truly do not believe that she would come to the conclusion about being transgender if it weren’t for the influence of YA and CBF. (In fact, the strong wording in the email “sounded” very much like YA, so I suspect that she may have helped Chickadee write the email. But maybe Chickadee has toughened up or something over the years.)

    Oh, how she needs Jesus! (As do YA and CBF!)

    As for me, with still grieving the loss of my husband (although not as acutely as in the first couple years), and how hard this past year has been with not seeing Chickadee or knowing what was going on with her (which has been a grief in itself), this new bombshell feels like more than I can bear. (It’s times like these when all I can do is lean on the assurance that Jesus is our Burden Bearer.)

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  3. Kizzie, painful as it is, nothing surprising there. Our twenty year old has been dipping into gender fluidity and that she is a male because one of her coworkers is claiming such. And we do know how gullible Asperger’s people can be.

    Praying with you for your daughter, for you, for wisdom on how to deal with/ help her. She is an adult. And she is not living in your house. You are quite limited as to what you can do.

    But she is still her. And you need to figure out how you can accommodate her or if you should.

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  4. Kizzie we shall continue to ask our Lord to soften her heart and that she will seek truth over evil. I am so sorry this is something you are now faced with and I ask Him to give you His guidance and direction.

    The boundaries part is something I would expect a lot of counselors to tell a client. She is probably presented as the victim and you are the one crossing the line. Been there done that…over it. I know our Lord will give to you His strength to forge ahead…love you sister

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  5. Love you, too, Sister. ❤

    *******
    It has become popular among many to insist on boundaries, which has a legitimate point to it, but can be misused and misapplied. I think that sometimes "setting boundaries" becomes more like "Do it my way or else".

    For now, I am going to start calling her the new name in her presence. I fully realize that many Christians would disagree with this, and I understand and sympathize with that viewpoint. But I am thinking that maintaining our relationship is important, and so I will acquiesce to her request. One thing that helps me personally is that the name is currently a popular nickname for a female name.

    At some point next year, after the holidays, and probably even after my mid-January birthday, I may address the parts of the email that I felt were disrespectful, or bordering on that. Right now, emotions are too fresh and heightened, and I'm sure that Chickadee is on the alert for anything that may smack of rejection or push-back.

    This is so hard to accept and take in. Of course I have been crying on and off since reading her email, and I feel kind of sick to my stomach about it. Sometimes I find my hands shaking. My mind tells me that Chickadee is still Chickadee, but my heart feels as if I have lost my daughter, and that she has turned into someone else that I don't know. It sure is a hard punch to the gut.

    And yet. . . I have had the slightest inkling over time that things might have been going in this direction. But I would shake it off, reminding myself that her feminine traits are the most pronounced in her, so certainly she wouldn't think she is male, even if she did think she was non-binary.

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  6. Just got a call from the clinic. They are taking Jediel by helicopter to the hospital. But Wendy is not going with him. His dad will go, no sure why. The prayer is that the doctor will feel compassion and come in to take care of him, he needs surgery. His pain is bad.

    Okay Wendy just called. His dad is going because he needs help with lifting his leg. Wendy is going by pmv, public motor bus. I will go down after he leaves to give her some money.

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  7. Kizzie, she is still your daughter. Always will be. This sin is no different from any other sin she could be falling into. God is the Healer. Love her and bring it to Him. You sound like you know all of this.

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  8. When my sisters-in-law joined a cult and changed their names, I called them by their names.

    (50 years later, one is now changing her name again; the other only answers to her birth name).

    My best friend changed her name. I called her by the new name.

    I don’t think that’s a major deal.

    In the meantime, grieve, continue to love, and say nothing.

    Frankly, enough grief. I’d find a counselor. It’s not right to go this alone. Nightingale has got more than enough of her plate–find someone else to help walk you through this.

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  9. I have a couple friends from church who I have been talking to about Chickadee, and shared this latest thing with them, too. One of them has a daughter who recently married another young woman, so she has some understanding of this.

    Yes, I know that this sin is not worse than any other sin. To me, this is not so much about sin (although that may be involved) as it is about Chickadee being in great need of emotional, mental, and spiritual healing. These identity issues are indicative of some deep internal pain and/or confusion.

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  10. If you have read the book, Out of a Far Country by the Yuans, you would find they agree with you, Kizzie about the bigger need in your daughter’s life. Showing your love for her is the best thing, while also setting your own boundaries. After all, you also should be allowed to have your own boundaries. From what you have shared in the past and the climate in our country today, this does not surprise me either. Those leading her astray are in bigger spiritual danger than she is. There are lots of prayers going up for her.

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