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Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. —Philippians 4:6-7

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A Mother’s Heart Is Broken…

…for today, she lost another child.

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I got a call today from my husband, Scott. I could tell he was upset. He told me that his uncle Dean had a heart attack and passed away this afternoon.

Of course, the whole family is grieving. As I type this late tonight, my heart goes out to Scott’s family and my thoughts keep drifting back to his grandmother… These are the two hymns that come to my mind and heart:

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What A Friend We Have In Jesus

By: Joseph M. Scriven, 1855

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

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**Note: Scriv­en wrote this hymn to com­fort his mo­ther, who was across the sea from him in Ire­land.

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Sweet Hour Of Prayer

By: William Walford, 1845

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief,
My soul has often found relief
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
The joys I feel, the bliss I share,
Of those whose anxious spirits burn
With strong desires for thy return!
With such I hasten to the place
Where God my Savior shows His face,
And gladly take my station there,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
Thy wings shall my petition bear
To Him whose truth and faithfulness
Engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since He bids me seek His face,
Believe His Word and trust His grace,
I’ll cast on Him my every care,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
May I thy consolation share,
Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height,
I view my home and take my flight:
This robe of flesh I’ll drop and rise
To seize the everlasting prize;
And shout, while passing through the air,
“Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!”

Thankful Thursday (3/27)

1. I’m thankful for Easter. I’m thankful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ–for His sacrifice, His victory, and His forgiveness. I’m thankful for a wonderful Easter this past weekend.

2. I’m thankful for my husband getting home safely this past Saturday. (He had been gone out of state on a business trip). I’m also thankful that he only had to be gone for a week, and that he doesn’t have to do this very often!

3. I’m thankful for Spring! I just LOVE it!

4. I’m thankful for a wonderful break I received this past weekend that I REALLY needed! I’m thankful for near-by grandparents–my parents and Scott’s!

5. I’m thankful for my nieces Heather and Rachel. I’m thankful for the time my kids and I have been able to spend with them this week, while they’re on Spring Break from school.

6. I’m thankful for my loving, faithful husband, our two beautiful children, and our dog, Gracie. I’m thankful for this wonderful life we’ve been given!

7. I’m thankful that both my mom and my dad got good reports at the doctor this week–an answer to prayer!!

8. I’m thankful for another answer to prayer this week. (I’ll write more about that next week! ;-) )

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**For more Thankful Thursday posts and participants, please visit Iris @ Sting My Heart.

Sunday Prayer

I am requesting prayer that I will soon find out what is going on in my body, get proper treatment, and soon be back on the mend! I finally went to my regular family physician this past Friday, and he said that I have a bladder infection and prescribed some antibiotics. He also checked my blood pressure and heart rate. My blood pressure was ridiculously high, and my heart rate went from 64 to over 105. I also had a low grade fever and a red, sore throat. He didn’t think that the increase in heart rate was due to anything being wrong with my heart.

Today, my heart rate has been even faster and my temperature is up more too. I haven’t even had any coffee today, and it’s been almost a week now since I started weaning myself off it. The bladder infection can be draining (I’ve had several–I’m prone to them), but I cannot see it making me this exhausted, and I don’t believe it would make my heart race like this either. The doctor also ran some blood tests, and hopefully I will get the results back tomorrow. I don’t want to overreact or get really concerned, but at the same time, I don’t want to ignore a potential problem. I mostly just want to get better and get back on track, because I have too much to do to be this “wiped out!”

Wisdom To Know The Difference

O.k. , sometimes I wake up feeling a little tired, (but more so “down”), and I just need to press on. The problem, however, is that once “I get on a roll,” I don’t always know when to stop and rest! So, I am continuously praying for the wisdom to know the difference in when I need to “pull myself up by my bootstraps,” and when I just need to quit stressing and relax a little.

When I start to get sick, I often refuse to say that I am sick, and I can keep going and “fight it off” for a while. However, I am starting to learn the hard way that if I don’t take extra good care of myself and at least take more breaks, it all certainly has a way of catching up with me! Well, today is one of those days– my body is in full rebellion toward me and will not let me ignore it’s cries any longer! Yes, today, on top of the cold I’ve been fighting, there is also something horrid and quite unpleasant occurring in my stomach. It’s like there’s a beast in there, trying to find a way out, while tying my insides up in knots!!

I guess you get the picture–enough with the imagery, huh?! 🙂 So, anyway, the body wins out today, I tell you. Yep, today is truly a day of rest for me…and chicken noodle soup, plain white rice, and ginger ale. 😀

However, tomorrow’s another day. I’m praying that I’ll feel better of course. I’m also praying for that special wisdom and discernment that I need from on high…to handle each and every day as it comes!

Alright Kid–“Crack Me Up…”

…Here’s more comments from my son Kerry, and he’s still “cracking me up!” O.k., but I guess the laughing really is a lot better than the crying! Yep, I have done a little crying too, believe me!

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–The other morning, I woke up quite early and would have gone straight back to sleep… However, little Kerry is a morning person, and he was already awake and quite determined that I would stay that way too! I was telling Kerry that he should go back to bed because it was still dark. Unfortunately for me, though, Kerry was not deterred in the least.

“It’s almost morning,” Kerry replied with confidence.

“How do you know?” I asked. (It was about 5:00 am, and still completely dark).

With more confidence than ever, Kerry quickly and simply replied, “I just know. I know lots of things.”

–The other day, Kerry and I had the following dialogue:

“Do you remember when you used to go stay with Aunt Lisa some–before she started working more?” I asked.

Sounding more like a 4o year old, than a 4 year old, Kerry replied, “Oh, yes, good times, Mommy…those were good times.”

–I thought little Kerry and I were sharing a special, tender moment the other morning. Then, while I was hugging him, Kerry suddenly looked at me and said:

“Mommy, your head looks like a watermelon!”

–During the family prayer tonight, when it was little Kerry’s turn, he finished up with:

“…and thank you Lord for sleep…to help make our heads grow bigger!

Update: Family Prayer Requests…

 **Note:    First posted on Jan. 24th, 2008, and I am updating today, on Fri., Jan. 25th.  (All other current prayer requests can be found on the prayer page–see tab at top).  I just received the following email message from Tiff concerning Uncle Sammy:

Dad is doing great.  He’s home and my aunt Judy is having a hard time keeping up with him!  haha!  He’s doing well and is scheduled to go back on Wednesday to have his feeding tube removed (if not earlier).  Please continue to pray for continued good health and optimism for dad and our family.  His smile is definitely contagious!  Thank you for your continued prayers! 

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Originally posted Thurs., Jan. 24th

My cousin Tiff sends the following updates:

Update on dad, he’s coming home today! He came through his surgery fine and the doctor feels confident that they removed all the cancer. It was all contained and he saw nothing above or below the site. The doctors at Wake are amazed at how fast dad is healing and at how optimistic he is! The nurses in ICU even nick-named dad smiley. And as most of you know, mom’s nickname when she was in the hospital is smiley. So this tickled dad tremendously! Carrying on mom’s light for the Lord! But the doctor’s gave dad the option of either coming home with a feeding tube, or staying at the hospital until they take it out. So dad, without hesitation, chose to come home and he’ll go back next week to have the feeding tube removed. He will only have the feeding tube in until his throat heals enough to pass the “swallow test” and he’s able to eat non-solid foods.

Please also keep my niece Bailey in your prayers. She is one sick little girl. The doctors have diagnosed that she has caught RSV. She has a double ear infection and feeling very bad right now. Derek and Shawn have to administer a breathing treatment to her every 2-4 hours or as often as needed until she’s well again. I know that they desire your prayers… as does Bailey too.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU all for praying! We have seen evidences of God’s grace and answered prayer everywhere. Please continue to pray as the coming months will prove to be trying as well. But with God’s grace and dad’s great attitude… we’re looking forward to big things.