Archive for the ‘Prayer Requests’ Category
December 10th, 2011 | Comments Off | Posted in » Christian Living, My Life / Family, Prayer Requests
Tonight, I’m struggling big time with jealousy.
No, not because somebody’s got a cool gadget that I’d like. It’s not about a sweet car or even an awesome piece of property that has everything I could dream of owning. And no, it’s most certainly not over money, a life I’d like to have, or any of that.
Tonight, I’m struggling with jealousy because I’m sitting here in St. Joseph, Missouri, blogging away. Not enjoying sweet reunions with friends in Santa Cruz del Quiche, Guatemala.
You see, tonight, our good friend Jodi Brager and several youth we know and love have just arrived in a city in Guatemala full of people that we’ve grown to love (be praying for them!). They’re preparing for a week of missions work… an opportunity to be part of God’s plan in changing lives. They’re about to reside on the mountaintop of our faith experience with God again, leaving the concerns of home behind, solely focusing on Him and His will for a week.
Me? I’m back here on the plains.
So yeah. It inspires a little jealousy. No… let’s be honest here. A lot of jealousy.
Of course, there’s a reality check.
God is working here every bit as much as He is working in Guatemala. And He wants each and every one of us to open our eyes and see where He’s moving. He wants each of us to join in.
So enough of the pity party.
Let’s roll, God. Help me not to be blind to the obvious things you have for me to do. Show me what and where, and I’m yours.
June 16th, 2009 | 2 Comments | Posted in » Prayer Requests
My sister asked me to share a bit here about her friend, Emily, who is in deep need of prayer right now, as she and her family are facing difficulties most of us can’t imagine.
You see, last Monday, Emily was 20 weeks pregnant, and she and her family were anxiously awaiting the arrival of a baby. That day, those dreams came crashing down… she was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia severe enough to necessitate emergency induction of labor and delivery, and the baby did not survive. Now, while still grieving the loss of her child, she is fighting the after-effects of the condition.
There’s nothing any of us can say to Emily to make things better somehow… I certainly don’t have words of my own that are adequate to bring comfort. But I am reminded of God’s word given to us in Philippians 4:5-7:
The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The Lord God, maker of the universe, Creator of all things, Savior to all who call upon Jesus’ name… He is near to you, Emily.
To everyone who reads this? Please pray for Emily and her family. God’s comfort and healing is clearly needed!
January 31st, 2009 | 2 Comments | Posted in » God at Work, Prayer Requests
This video is not for the faint of heart. In fact, it’s likely to break yours.
Watch it. Weep about it. And then DO something.
We have NO idea what hunger is. No idea whatsoever.
Pray for kids like Sam and Esther… their story is being repeated worldwide over and over and over again. And do something to help… there ARE many out there giving their lives to prevent things like this, but the needs FAR outstretch the resources available to meet them.
HT: Anne Jackson
October 1st, 2008 | 2 Comments | Posted in » My Life / Family, Prayer Requests
When you visit the doctor, there are some things you just don’t want to hear them say. I had one of those moments today.
You see, I knew I had an ear infection… if I didn’t know it before by the fact that I could barely hear with one ear, it was certainly made clear by the searing pain brought about in that same ear by the ascents and descents of the past two days of air travel!
So I went to the doctor this afternoon to get official diagnosis and treatment, and heard one of those phrases during my exam that can only mean bad news:
EWWW! That is NASTY!
So much for just having an ear infection. Turns out that the curl up into the fetal position, cry for momma type of pain emanating from my ear was the result of ruptured eardrum.
Ugh. Pray for me, would you?
August 22nd, 2008 | 2 Comments | Posted in » My Life / Family, Prayer Requests
Last night, my grandma was admitted to the hospital again, as the health concerns she has been struggling with worsened. At her age (92!), we’re obviously concerned.
Obviously, prayers for her recovery would be greatly appreciated. Please also pray for the doctors who are treating her, and for our family (especially her kids… my mom, aunt, and uncle) as we struggle with the uncertainties of her condition.
Thanks so much!
July 10th, 2008 | Comments Off | Posted in » Prayer Requests
Short post, but urgent need. Over the weekend, an acquaintance of mine through work suddenly began experiencing serious health problems. He was hospitalized as a result, and doctors quickly found that his problems were attributable to cancer. He has been undergoing chemotherapy, as doctors try feverishly to halt the cancer quickly.
The bottom line is that, as of now, he is not doing well.
Please pray for Tony, his wife, and his two girls. These kind of things seem so senseless, but God is in control and can provide the strength and comfort needed to fight through.
UPDATE: Tony’s losing battle with cancer ended this morning, as God chose to take him home. Please pray for his wife and children, as they will definitely need comfort only God can provide.
June 5th, 2008 | 4 Comments | Posted in » My Life / Family, Pictures, Prayer Requests
Later today, Nancy and I will be taking our son, Jeffrey, to the hospital for some outpatient surgery. He’s fought problems with a clogged tear duct since he was about a year old, and despite previous surgery to correct the problem, we’ve got to go down that same road again. Hopefully this time the procedure will take like it’s supposed to, and we won’t have further problems down the road.
As surgery goes, it’s a minor procedure, taking about five minutes for doctors to insert a stint into the duct to open it up. It does, however, involve anesthesia to knock him out while they do the procedure, and that’s always something that’s difficult.
Please pray for Jeffrey today, as this definitely won’t be an experience he’ll enjoy. While he’ll have a MUCH better understanding of what’s going on as compared to last time, we don’t anticipate it being much fun for anyone. You might also pray for Grandma and the girls, as they’ll be hanging out together while we’re at the hospital.