New Christian Prayer Thread for February...

(607 Posts)
Tuo Mon 04-Feb-13 20:32:02

Is it too early to call this the ‘early Spring’ thread? Wishful thinking? wink

Praying at this time especially for:
amberlight – for strength to cope with those who would campaign against those with ASDs; and, in contrast, giving thanks for her work in raising awareness of the needs of people with autism;
BabyBeatrice and her family – for healing and fortitude as they deal with Beatrice’s illness;
BlackEyedSusan – for health and strength for her; for an easier time at school for her children; and for her mum to feel more settled;
BlueTinkerbell – giving thanks for her baby DD; and praying for her as she explores her vocation;
charlottecollinsislost – for her to know more certainty in her difficult relationship situation;
DoctorAnge – for health for her little girl;
Dontsteponthemomeraths – for her DS as he is referred to the community paediatrician; for her ‘LM’ as he tries to establish contact with his children; for her brother to regain full use of his thumb, following an accident;
DutchOma and Bob – for health for Bob and for him to feel at ease in his new ; and for Oma to feel supported as she cares for him day-to-day;
FlatsInDagenham – for the family and friends of her colleague, who died recently; for her SIL who has cancer; and for her brother and their family;
GingerCurl – for the successful and (relatively) stress-free completion of her thesis;
HaveALittleFaith – for health and happiness as she nears the end of her pregnancy;
jann2013 – for her health; for an easier relationship with her ex; and for her to feel accepted at her church following the break-up of her relationship;
Kaykat – for her and her DS to know peace and happiness as they emerge from an abusive relationship;
MadHairDay - for her continued good health; and for her whole family and their mission, that they will find the resources (financial, practical, spiritual, whatever) that they need to grow and flourish;
PositiveAttitude – for her mission overseas; and especially for her DD1 who has been going through some tough times and may soon be spending some time abroad with her parents; for happiness for the whole Attitude family; also for PA’s mum who has Alzheimer’s; and prayers of thanks for the birth of PA’s baby great-nephew;
raininginbaltimore – for healing for her broken foot; for health for her baby girl who has terrible reflux; and for her financial situation to improve;
Roomforalittleone - for her hyperemesis to ease and for her house sale to go through smoothly, easing her family’s financial anxieties;
Teahouse – for healing following her TVT operation;
waitingtobeamummy – for her to feel closer to God following a series of difficult situations, and in the meantime for her to feel our prayers supporting her;
...and for all who post on this thread, for those who lurk, for occasional visitors, and for those known to us who are in need of prayer, whether mentioned here or not.

Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayers.

Dutchoma Wed 06-Feb-13 12:25:33

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GingerCurl Wed 06-Feb-13 13:35:04

Could I ask you also to pray for protection for Dsis, her family and MIL who today are travelling to India for three weeks. DN1(14) and DN2(11) are adopted as babies and this trip is to show them their country of origin. They will be travelling across the country and also visit the orphanage they both came from. Please pray that the adults will be able to support and respond appropriately to any questions and reactions that DNs may have.

MadHairDay Wed 06-Feb-13 19:22:02

Praying, Ginger.

Room - I know. I know just what you mean. I think it's something very common to vicar factory spouses. It's something pretty hard to get your head round - it's a bit of a lifetime process in some ways (sorry, that's probably not awfully helpful) - you are welcome anytime to talk it through with me. I'm not long out the other end of college smile Prayers for you, and for the house situation.

Tuo Wed 06-Feb-13 20:20:43

Praying Ginger. It sounds like an important, but potentially difficult, trip for all of them. Hoping it does well.

Room - I'm sorry things are so tough for you at the moment.

Sorry for my melt fown earlier. I had a good cry in chapel this evening and now I have managed to pull myself together. I have come down with a cold so I guess that's why I've been feeling physically rotten all day. Thanks for the prayers.

JaneLane Wed 06-Feb-13 23:26:36

Hi, I'm new here! I'm a vicar's wife who to be very honest is struggling at the moment! My DH is three years out of curacy and we spent two years at a university with him being a chaplain and then last year we moved in to his first parish as a fully fledged priest.

This has started a very tough period in our lives (I don't want to say too much and make it clear who I am/which parish we are in). Their is great uncertainty within the parish and a rift is starting between two distinct groups within the parish. It feels like me and DH are between these two battling sides and can't form any real relationships for fear of being seen to have chosen sides. The argument has stemmed from a difference of theological (and to some extent generational in my opinion) opinion.

DH felt a calling to this parish and feels he could make a difference if people allowed him to mediate more so he feels very frustrated at the moment and obviously this then affects our family and home life.

We are both the children of clergy so knew this was a part of parish life but it is still very hard at the moment.

I'm finding it upsetting and DH is finding it upsetting and I'm worrying that my DC will start picking up on it and they will find it all upsetting and that's the last thing I want obviously.

Prayers for the situation to come to a resolve soon - or at least for my DH to feel that his mediation is beginning to help would be much appreciated.

Tuo Thu 07-Feb-13 00:48:52

Welcome Jane, and prayers. Obviously I don't know the detail of the situation, but I can imagine the kinds of things that might be an issue... and how difficult it must be. Is there any support from within the Church for people in your DH's (and your - your family's) situation, trying to mediate and resolve in such situations? Is there someone you can talk this through with? No idea how these things work, but I hope you can find some support. Meanwhile, keeping you in prayer.

Room - no need to apologise, it's what we're here for. How's your sickness at the moment? I hope you're feeling a bit better in that department, despite the cold.

JaneLane Thu 07-Feb-13 01:12:27

My DH has had some help from a communications adviser at the diocese and one of the older vicars in a neighbouring parish has been very kind to the both of us and has given him some fantastic advice.

The issues are two-fold - both of which have been voted on recently. They are very sensitive subjects for many people still.

It doesn't help that we moved hundreds of miles away from our family and friends for this opportunity for DH so our complete support network is gone. And I'm 8 months pregnant which will never aid rational thinking!

It is very nice knowing there are people out there praying for us and I've read through the thread and have everyone very much in my prayers.

jann2013 Thu 07-Feb-13 08:05:55

lurking n praying

amberlight Thu 07-Feb-13 09:07:40

Praying for everyone.
JaneLane, the joys of clergy life are many and varied and eeek, that's for sure...from the huge array of clergy friends I have, I sense that this is pretty standard at the moment alas. Not that this makes it any easier for anyone to get through. In a way, clergy life is very isolation-making, with all this moving round the country stuff that most clergy are expected to do. Prayers that you will both find wonderful local people outside of this situation who can just be there for you.

Here, DS (now 20 and at Uni) is home to have an eye operation today to stabilise his eyesight. After my cancer treatment, hospitals are not my favourite place to be, and they are a sensory nightmare for both of us. Prayers that all goes well would be much appreciated.

MadHairDay Thu 07-Feb-13 09:14:27

Welcome JaneLane! I'm another vicar's kid/vicar's wife, dh is a pioneer minister atm. I'm so sorry for the situation you find yourself in - it sounds hard work. This thing can be so isolating. Glad you've found us smile

Room, glad you're ok, this is the place for a meltdown when you need one smile

Amber, oh praying for you and for ds today very much.

Jan, nice to see you lurking, how are things going?

Morning All!

Janelane DH is currently training so I guess we have all this to look forward to. Praying for unity and tolerance. Also that you will have your own bit of space and spiritual feeding. Is a short retreat for you possible? A bit of refreshing might be just what you need?

Amber praying for you and your DS.

I've woken up feeling even worse with my cold sore throat and it is making my nausea worse. At least I feel far better spiritually and emotionally. I'm taking paperwork in to the solicitor in the hope that the house actually sells. I'm not sure that I entirely care today about the house though. I'm sure God's got it in hand somehow.

JaneLane Thu 07-Feb-13 11:57:28

Amber - praying for you and your DS that the operation will go well and that the hospital will not be too upsetting for you or him.

I think it probably is a common occurrence across the CofE - however DH has pretty much convinced himself it is something that he has done/not done which has made the situation here so fractious. I'm hoping when I get in to the baby group circle with this baby I'll be able to meet some more people. We're in a large village community here but it is much more insular than either DH or I was expecting so I'm hoping to try some baby groups in the nearby larger town to meet more people.

Mad hello! Nice to meet somebody else in the same position! It's amazing how you can be constantly surrounded by so many people in parish life yet still feel isolated and alone in the community. I don't think we'd be able to do this as a family without the strength God gives us.

Room being a clergy wife is tough but rewarding most of the time I promise! My parents are coming to stay for half term so I hope that will help us both feel less isolated and take a bit of the pressure of for a couple of days. Who knew everyday life could be so tiring? I'm praying that everything goes well with your house sale and that if it doesn't you will feel strength from God to be able to cope with all that will happen.

blackeyedsusan Thu 07-Feb-13 12:58:38

I haave a meeting with the head teacher and caf today. oh joy of joys.

if I get chance I am going to ask the head if he can answer a couple of dd's questions as he was so highly hmm she (me) is deluded at the last meeting.

"lead has a higher atomic mass number than gold, does that mean it is more dense?"

"is an electron the smallest thing in the world?"

"when you pull on a sock and let go and it springs back, is that an example of newton's third law?"

so that is now chemistry, physics and particle physics I need to revise/learn from scratch... oh and there was a minor interest in latin which thankfully prof wiki was able to sort.

having had a meeting with the teacher and emailed, i am hoping that they will actually get around to looking at her science and doing an assessment

I have another meeting with the autism advisor and head teacher next week... I have another question to put to the head with an audience...

I shall soon be getting a whole drawer to myself in the awkward squad filing cabinet.

oh and I get the joy of reading though the sen code of prractice again tomorrow and monday.

cloutiedumpling Thu 07-Feb-13 13:46:56

Hi everyone. PWraying and lurking. Lurking and praying.

Anyone know off hand when babies are meant to crawl? DD is 11 months now and is still not crawling. I'm afraid to look generally on MN because it often seems full of babies who were walking at 6 months and reading before they were two. I think she is probably slower than average at physical things but don't know when it becomes a problem.

cloutiedumpling Thu 07-Feb-13 13:49:46

Praying. I've no idea what PWraying is...

blackeyedsusan Thu 07-Feb-13 13:51:41

dd crawled at 8 months... did not walk til 17.5 months.

is she bum shuffling instead?

ds crawled about the same time and walked about 11 months.

blackeyedsusan Thu 07-Feb-13 13:52:31

keyboard must have a listhp!

Dutchoma Thu 07-Feb-13 14:14:24

Rose my dgrandaughter is hardly crawling, although she can. She bumshffles at high speed and has about 8 words. She is 18 months.

This is going to sound pathetic but I feel really ill. I've had cramping pains and backache on and off since yesterday evening as well so I can't sleep properly. I don't feel like I have the reserves to deal with this in top of my normal sickness. DH is going to do the school/ballet run for me. I feel like a failure!

Kaykat Thu 07-Feb-13 15:54:16

Littleone, please don't feel like a failure, it's not your fault that you're ill and feeling sick for such a long time must really get you down. Do you think you should get the cramps checked out? Just to make sure everything's ok. Praying that you start to feel better really soon.

Dutchoma Thu 07-Feb-13 16:18:16

Definitely get the cramps checked out, my love. Although you have so much stress in your life that they could easily be the result of that. You really don't need to be down on yourself with all the hassle going on. Prayers going up for you.

As well as for Amber' son.
And for BES and her dd. What a clever girl you have. She sounds so brilliant.

MadHairDay Thu 07-Feb-13 16:32:46

Praying for you Room, I agree with the others, I think you should get it checked out. Don't feel pathetic about feeling ill, it's the hardest thing with little ones around. Hope you feel much better soon.

I've got a sore throat and headache, so willing it not to go on my chest...

cloutiedumpling Thu 07-Feb-13 17:59:29

Room - poor you. You have so much on your plate just now. I think it is so hard when you are pregnant but already have kids. I think you should also get yourself checked out too. It is probably just one of those annoying pregnancy things but best to find out. Praying for you and your family.

blackeyedsusan Thu 07-Feb-13 18:48:53

room, have you managed to get yourself checked out? just give up the idea of keeping up appearances now. you will not be able to do it and yyou will get yourself more stressed. you are human like the rest of us none vicars. giving up you home, friends, family and familiar suroundings is very stressful it is a normal reaction to be upset over that and find things difficult fo a while. you ae not a failure anymore than the rest of us.

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