"By this love you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples": Christian Prayer Thread for April

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Tuo Sat 13-Apr-13 23:35:18

I thought it was about time we started a new thread, seeing as the previous one now has over 600 posts, making it difficult for some people to load it and navigate around it. I used the quote from John 13. 15 that I posted on the previous thread on Maundy Thursday, because I think it sums up what this thread - and this group of people - is all about.

We pray particularly at this time for RoomForALittleOne: that her baby hang on where s/he is for as long as possible and continue to grow in size and strength, and that Room stay well and as pain- and stress-free as possible. Prayers, too, for the medical team looking after them both at this worrying time.

We pray also for:
amberlight ? for her work raising awareness of ASDs, and for her friends who have cancer;
BabyBeatrice and her family ? for continued healing and with thanks for recent good news;
BlackEyedSusan ? for strength to cope with all the many things on her plate, for health for her mum, and for happier times at school for her DD and DS;
BlueTinkerbell ? for work possibilities and for her vocation;
charlottecollinsislost ? for a peaceful holiday, despite the circumstances, and for as pain- and recrimination-free a separation as possible for the sake of all concerned;
Dontsteponthemomeraths ? for her as she dips her toe back in the 'dating pond'; 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 Oma to feel supported as she cares for him day-to-day; also for Oma's planned trip to Holland;
GingerCurl ? for the successful and (relatively) stress-free completion of her thesis;
HavingALittleFaithBaby ? for as easy a time as is possible during these last days and weeks of her pregnancy;
jann2013 ? for strength for her following the break-up of her marriage, and for her dd who has badly broken her arm;
Kaykat ? for her and her DS to know peace and happiness as they emerge from an abusive relationship, and for the legal issues to be sorted out quickly so that they can get back into their own home;
MadHairDay - for strength as she lives with chronic illness and for the Spring to bring her better health;
MaryBS - for peace and happiness following a difficult situation at Scouts with her DS;
PositiveAttitude ? for her mission overseas and for her family both over there and back here, especially her DD1;
...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.

Yay! Glad to hear that you are finding things better, Faith. I can't stand the whole cup-feed top-up thing as it is so exhausting.

I had a rough day followed by a bout of regular contractions yesterday evening/night. The midwife and doctor were most concerned. I was most fed-up. Very glad that baby stayed put but I could do without the painful interlude. At least DH is coming round to the idea of me being sterilised...

BlackeyedSusan Fri 19-Apr-13 21:01:17

ouch. <whine> walked into town and bought my christmas present- finally! sewing machine is quite heavy to walk home with. also 3 visits to the park this week has made me quite sore. [wimp emotion]

Dutchoma Sat 20-Apr-13 09:18:07

I'm not surprised. What are you going to make with your sewing machine BES?

Kaykat Sat 20-Apr-13 09:57:39

Yesterday when I was at cracking point with both myself and DS getting terrible homesickness The Lord sent the right people at the right time to help. Today feeling much stronger and happier. Legal things are now moving forwards nicely. Thank you for your prayers, I know they make a difference.

Dutchoma Sat 20-Apr-13 10:31:20

Praise the Lord Kaykat Hopefully things will move very quickly for you now.

BlackeyedSusan Sat 20-Apr-13 14:31:11

i have a pirate costume to finish. and dressing up clothes.

amberlight Sun 21-Apr-13 07:27:09

Still praying through...

MaryBS Sun 21-Apr-13 07:45:11

Praying through too...

HadALittleFaithBaby Sun 21-Apr-13 09:23:07

Praying Kay. It's great that the support was there when you needed it. Keep going lovely smile

Praying the sewing goes smoothly bes.

DO when do you go away?

We are settling in at home smile came home Friday. Friday night was awful - her resp rate slowed and we had to have her checked in A&E. scary time but appears to be a one off. Last night was much, much better! She is getting into an eating/cuddling/sleeping pattern every few hours but DH worked as a team and we managed well smile Midwife saw her yesterday and is happy with her progress - she is well and maintained her weight from Thursday to Saturday purely on breast milk. She's currently snoozing on DH's chest smile

Dutchoma Sun 21-Apr-13 09:49:14

Oh what a lovely picture you paint Faith. Such blessings. Praying that all will be maintained and Faithbaby keeps growing as she should.
Bob is going into respite care and I go on Friday afternoon. Back on Thursday morning and going away again on Friday for the weekend. Then Bob is back on 7th May.

Hi everyone. Lovely to find you all again!! We have just had a week in Malaysia for a work retreat, which was a huge blessing!! Lovely swimming pool and loads of food! wink

As of 1st May DH and I are taking over the leadership here - a bit scary, but exciting and challenging, too. Lots of changes ahead and some tough decisions to be made. I feel my patience is going to be tested to the limit. I do keep trying to tell God that I have had enough patience testing, but He doesn't seem to agree on that one! hmm grin

I will have a good read through and a prayer as I do so. Lovely to be back here again, sorry I went awol. I sort of missed the new thread posting and then was away, but am back now!

Love to you all. grin grin grin

Dutchoma Sun 21-Apr-13 10:33:35

Waves to PA

BlackeyedSusan Sun 21-Apr-13 11:47:43

how is it going room?

I was going to churrch... til dd ws sick. carrpet scrubbed, first lot of washing on. me-->> envy bit delicate

Today has been pretty good, BES. I'm half expecting to be sent home tomorrow from the conversation I had with one midwife. It seems that some consultants would have me on strict bed rest whilst others would send me home ASAP. My consultant is the 'send home ASAP' type...

BES was the vomiting a one-off?

Tuo Mon 22-Apr-13 01:21:32

Praying for everyone, and thanking you for your prayers... I made it through to the weekend, and have had more rest than usual and feel generally OK again now. I really enjoyed church this morning. I was serving and seem to be getting the hang of it now. The collision with that choirgirl was not my fault - honest wink

Praying for PA as she prepares to take on a leadership role.

Praying for Room - that baby stays put, and that the medical team make the best decisions about her care.

Praying for Faith - enjoy every minute... it sounds as if FaithBaby is doing brilliantly (though the A&E visit must have been so scary for you - praying that was a one-off).

Praying for a legal breakthrough for Kaykat.

Praying for BES's DD to be well.

Praying for Oma's trip and for Bob to be happy in respite care while she's away.

And for everyone on this thread.

BlackeyedSusan Mon 22-Apr-13 07:50:05

dd is a lot better. no school though. not 24 hours since being sick.

ds seems boyant and cool, so I am hoping he missed it.

Ooooo, I'm going home! I have certain conditions put in place by the consultant though so please will you pray that nursery have some extra capacity for DD2 and DS?

HadALittleFaithBaby Mon 22-Apr-13 09:40:27

Glad it's seems more positive this morning bes.

Congratulations Room. I hope you can take it easy when you get home. Still praying for LittleOne to stay put!

We had a good night! Faithlet is starting to find a routine with feeding and I'm getting clued in to her signals. I did fatigue about 7 when is done a 5.30 and 6.15 feed so DH took her into the living room to let me sleep (he slept most of the night and missed that she'd fed a couple of times!). We are working well as a team smile

I'm really glad that you have good support, Faith. Small babies are a bit harder work for a while but they soon settle down and plump up! I remember what it was like with DD1 who was 6lb 3oz. She used to feed for an hour then sleep for an hour when we first got home and while she slept I had to express as she would only feed via a nipple shield. It was unbelievably hard but it did get better.

Tuo Mon 22-Apr-13 10:21:41

Happy prayers of thanks for FaithBaby who seems to be doing brilliantly. Also for wonderful teamwork in the Faith household. smile

Room - nurseries are allowed to go over their staff:child ratios temporarily in emergency situations. I looked into this when I was having DD2, as we had no family nearby who could have DD1 and friends who were prepared to help with her all worked. When I went into labour (in the middle of the night, inevitably!) a friend came round and then took DD1 to the nursery in the morning till my parents could get there. I don't know how long they're allowed to exceed their quotas for, but it is a possibility. Praying for a good solution.

Dutchoma Mon 22-Apr-13 10:32:35

Prayers for all.
The respite care for Bob is now all organised. We have cancelled the ambulance transport thus avoding any uncertainty as to when they will come. There is a friend who can take us in his pantechnicon car so we will be able to know when we are going.
Now we have the new nursing home (did I say that the first one told us they could not take Bob with 8 days notice and that we had to find somewhere else?) Bob feels a lot more positive about it all. Just the packing to do now.

HadALittleFaithBaby Mon 22-Apr-13 14:26:26

That sounds positive DO! Praying all the Arrangements go smoothly from here onwards.

Faithlet Has been reviewed by midwife this morning and has started gaining weight again. This means she is only half an oz off her birth weight again now I'm depressed about his clearly feeding her. She is having a bit of a feeding frenzy right now. But I'm very very happy. smile

Fly by.

Can you pray about my meeting in 30 mins? That it's productive and for peace?

Sorry cryptic but need prayer x

HadALittleFaithBaby Mon 22-Apr-13 15:38:20

Praying Mome!

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