A new Christian prayer thread, just in time for Easter!

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Tuo Wed 09-Apr-14 23:44:00

Welcome to our new prayer thread... just in time for Holy Week and Easter.

This is a safe and supportive place of prayer, where regulars, occasional visitors and lurkers, committed Christians and those just dipping a toe into the water are all equally welcome. Come and leave a prayer, tell us what's going on in your life, bring your worries, hopes, fears and joys to God, and know that you will be prayed for.

We pray, in particular, for...

... amberlight, for her work raising awareness of the ways in which we can work to make life easier for our autistic friends, and for her to know love and acceptance wherever she goes;

... Badvoc and her family, as they grieve for her dad and for her aunt - this has been a very tough time for the family... may spring bring them happier times;

... BlackEyedSusan, for all the many things which she has to juggle in her life as a single parent; in particular, we pray for her mum's health, and for both her DC to receive the support that they need at school, and for her to feel welcomed, accepted and supported at her church;

... BlessedAssurance, for breast-feeding to settle down for her following the birth of her baby son, for her relationship with her extended family (and in particular her MIL and her bonkers baby-naming ideas ), and for her parents who are far away;

... CharlotteCollins, for her new life as a single mum - may she be happy and fulfilled and supported in it;

... DontstepontheMomeRaths, for her life as a single mum, for support for her to do all the things she'd like to be able to do, for her DC, for difficult relationships at work, and for the wonderful work she does through her church supporting people going through separation and divorce;

... DutchOma, as she grieves for Bob, that she may find peace of mind, love and support at this time;

... Gingercurl, for her relationship with her DH, for the final 'tweaks' to her thesis, and for friendship for her DS;

... ALittleFaith, for baby Faithlet as she approaches her first birthday, for Faith's work to bring her joy and not exhaustion, and for her to find happiness and fulfilment in her church;

... jan2014 for her to understand what the right thing to do is vis-a-vis her relationship with her DH, and for her to have the courage to do what needs to be done, and to find support in doing it; also for her new church to be a place where she finds love and support and welcome;

... JugglingFromHereToThere, for her sister and her family as they grieve the loss of Juggling's nephew;

... Kaykat, giving thanks that she is now settled and happy in her new home with her DS, and continuing to pray for her situation, that she receive the moral and practical support she needs for herself and her DS

... MadHairDay, for her health to improve this spring and for her to stay out of hospital, and for health, friendship, and freedom from bullying for MHD's DD;

... PandaG, as she and her family grieve the loss of her mum; and for

... PositiveAttitude, praying for the right outcome for PA's DH as he decides between a career opportunity at home and a return to Cambodia; also praying for PA's parents� health, for her DD3 and DGS as they move into their own home, and for her other three DDs and one DS in their various situations; and finally praying for peace for PA herself and - whatever happens work-wise in the UK and/or abroad - for God to provide for her and her family.

We pray also for all regular and occasional visitors, and those we haven't seen for a while, including: boxofdelights, bountyicecream Bluetinkerbell, CheerfulYank, cloutiedumpling, EasyCompadre, FairPhyllis, fluffieduckie, FriendOfDorothy, GoodbyeRubyTuesday, harbinger, JakeBullet, ktef, LollipopViolet, MaryBS, NeverKnowinglyUnderstood, niminypiminy, notquiteagrownup, PloddingDaily, revivingshower, RoomForALittleOne, saintsalive, SchrodingersFerret, SEStheBrave, Soozi, SunshinemMum, thegreenheartofmanyroundabouts, thehorridestmumintheworld, trish5000, weegiemum, youretoastmildred, ZingSweetApple, and zulubump, and for anyone I've forgotten to name-check (don't take it personally, please!). And we pray for those who read and pray but don't post, for those who need our prayers but are afraid or too uncertain to post them, and for all those known to us in our own lives who need God's love.

Keep Your people, Lord, in the arms of Your embrace.
Shelter them under Your wings.
Be their light in darkness.
Be their hope in distress.
Be their calm in anxiety.
Be strength in their weakness.
Be their comfort in pain.
Be their song in the night. Amen

BlackeyedSusan Thu 10-Apr-14 00:06:17

thanks for the thread tuo

BA i remember looking at ds and deciding that i would rather let him starve than let him latch on. I cracked open the formula. (it was his own fault for chewing on them all night) We did left, right, formula so that each side got 12hours to rest in between feeds. that was enough to keep up my supply and I increased the brest feeds gradually later. the midwife said that he would give up breast feeding if he had a bottle. well he did. took two and a half years though... grin (with a fair bit of standing on one leg feeding, upside down feeding, trying to turn over the long way round... <eyes water> )

BlessedAssurance Thu 10-Apr-14 00:20:33

Thanks Tuo for the new thread. I amgrin at MIL's bonkers baby naming ideas. She is bonkers. Boa means brother in Norwegian. Why brother as a NN? Whose brothersmile so many names to choose from and she comes up with Boagrin. I just think of a feathers..
Besgrin..

BlessedAssurance Thu 10-Apr-14 00:24:14

tuo how fitting that you closed the thread!!!thanks i mean the old thread...

Marking place.

BlessedAssurance have you posted in breast feeding for advice? Sounds very painful. I used to go on kellymom website a lot for advice and visit breast feeding clinics. Hopefully on Friday you'll get some good advice, when that lady comes to your house.

Boa means brother in Norwegian? Is she Norwegian? Is this some sort of cultural thing? Seems so odd.

BlessedAssurance Thu 10-Apr-14 08:06:34

Yep she is Norwegian and nope it is not cultural at all. She just did wants to have control over everything and everyone and likes to piss me off. This is her latest i will piss you off moment.

ZingSweetCoconut Thu 10-Apr-14 08:44:44

Morning all.

I do read this thread but often have not much to add.
I have bit of a problem with the act of praying as such nowadays, because something I prayed for for a long time didn't happen the way I expected it so now I feel like a sulky two year old.
I know I'm wrong, and just because I didn't get what I was hoping for it doesn't mean He doesn't care - but I can't help it.
I feel cheated and I feel like what's the point of praying, He'll do whatever He wants anyway.
I hate feeling like that. I don't know how to get out of this ditch, how to believe in the power of prayer again

sad

Kaykat Thu 10-Apr-14 10:03:14

Were there other prayers that were answered as you expected and others that weren't as you expected but turned out for the best? Sometimes we don't understand why a prayer was not answered the way we wanted until many years later. But sometimes we never understand why, for example when prayer for healing doesn't work, that's one that I struggle to understand. I believe god wants the best for us but its in the context of a world where people have free will to do lots of evil things. I don't know if that's helpful or makes any sense.

Thank you Tuo for the new thread and for staying up so late every night to bless us with your prayers and bible quotes.

Blessed my hugest sympathies I pray you can get some good help and advice and for speedy healing so you can continue to bf.

madhairday Thu 10-Apr-14 12:25:00

Thanks so much for the new thread Tuo and the lovely roundup. We pray for you too - how are things going?

Blessed oh poor you. I have every sympathy, going back years now but remember the sheer exhaustion and hell of cracked nipples, struggling to bf etc. The La Leche League helpline helped me a lot, don't know if it is still around. I really hope you can get some support, but do what it best and right for you, don't feel pressured into anything. Mil sounds utterly bonkers - Boa? hmm O....Kay!! Sounds like a control issue to me. Praying for a better day.

Zing it's so hard isn't it. We know God answers prayer, have seen it in so many ways, and yet sometimes God just seems to be absent. I've read a really good book on this called 'God on Mute' by Pete Grieg who writes about struggling with unanswered prayers when it comes to his wife's chronic illness. There is another great book called 'Disappointed with God' by Philip Yancey which has helped me a lot. I've often felt that whole let down by God feeling, particularly regarding illness but also situations in my children's lives. There's no easy answer, but for me it seems to make most sense thinking of the now and the not yet - that in the now, things are broken and wrong and we don't have a free ticket out of it, and yet sometimes the 'not yet' breaks through, a window on how it should be and will be when God redeems the earth - a beautiful hopeful picture. That's how I see healings etc - not God favouring some over others, but simply a glimpse of the not yet. I have no idea why it's some and not others though....it's hard. prayers for you at this time to almost fall back in love with God again. You can get mad at him - read some Psalms (or shout them!!)

Thanks for your prayers for dd. The school has just rang and said the pastoral care team are sorting it but will only be able to do it tomorrow, but just wanted to let me know that they do see it as an urgent matter so it will be sorted before the holiday. That's good I think? I hope dd is OK today sad

ZingSweetCoconut Thu 10-Apr-14 12:54:11

Thank you both.

mad

the thing is it so easily could have been the thing I hoped for.
then I would have had closure, a sense of peace and being able to let go of things.
but out of two "choices" the other thing happened instead.
it's not bad, but it's consequences mean that I just don't know if I will ever feel the peace and closure I so badly needed.
so yes, I feel disappointed, especially that a previous decision I made I felt was guided by God and now I just don't understand what happened.
I kind of feel tricked into doing something that didn't turn out the way I was "led to believe".

I can't say what it is, sorry.

And I'm sure it's all my fault for being stupid and having expectations.
But it really hurts that I'm not able to let go and have peace about this thing.

I will get those books you recommended. And I appreciate any prayers to help me get through this, because I just can't pray for myself.

like the "Footsteps" poem.
I guess this is one of those times I need to be carried, coz I can't walk

Hi all, Lovely end to last thread and start of a new one.

Sadly I can't get this off to a cheery start though as my elderly next door neighbour has just died. The police and funeral directors have been outside this morning. We think our old friend opposite died recently too as DH saw an ambulance, and then his house up for sale. I must talk to some of my other neighbours about it all, perhaps go to my neighbour's funeral.

As I said to dd though it's good he had a long life and was active to the end. He'd not been as happy in the last few years since his wife passed on.
A little comforting to think he has gone to be with her, though I feel the beyondness of things which we might join when we pass on remains a mystery.

A better afternoon for me BTW as I phoned DS, DH, and DFriend who are birdwatching together in Scotland ATM - was nice to catch up with them. Then popped in to see a friend for a brew
Felt a little down earlier what with my neighbour passing on, after everything else we've been going through with the loss of DNephew sad

CharlotteCollins Thu 10-Apr-14 19:12:57

Zing, although I don't know that I understand what you're going through, I did have a year of wandering a spiritual wilderness and felt I was clinging onto faith by my fingertips - nothing seemed real. So I know the feeling of not being able to support yourself and needing to be carried. I think it's great that you're talking about how unfair it all feels - railing and sulking at God is also prayer and he can take it! I pray for safe passage out of this shadowy valley in due course. flowers

Blessed, that all sounds very trying. Living in fear of the next feed is just horrible. Prayers for strength and a quick end to discomfort for you.

Tuo Fri 11-Apr-14 01:30:19

Praying for everyone on this thread tonight...

for BA to get help with her breastfeeding issues - I'm no expert (struggled badly myself) but did find that the 'rugby ball' position was the only one that worked for me and prevented me getting completely mangled. Also praying for a better relationship with your MIL. Can you try just ignoring her? If she wants to call your DS Boa (I can't actually type that without doing a hmm face!) let her. You just keep calling him by his name and telling everyone that that's his name and soon enough he'll be saying the equivalent of 'But grandma, my name isn't Boa...' (and doing the hmm face himself). Sometimes people refer to my DD2 by an obvious NN for her name, but one that we've never used and which she doesn't like. She gives them a hard stare and says 'My name is Fred' (her name isn't really Fred, obviously ... just as an example!) and they quickly get the idea.

Praying for your neighbour Juggling, and thanking God that you had a good afternoon.

Zing - I'm sorry, I called you 'Apple' instead of 'Coconut' in the OP. I was convinced you'd changed your name when I was writing it, but couldn't find you in your most recent incarnation. I'm sorry, too, more seriously, that you are finding it so difficult to pray at the moment. Obviously I don't know the situation, but the way that I tend to think about these things is to try not to question why things have happened in a certain way (which we will never know - and maybe there isn't even a 'why') but to ask for the strength to cope with the situation, or the hope to see through the situation to a better future, or the resilience to 'bounce back' from a setback, or whatever seems most appropriate. I agree with Charlotte that talking about how this makes you feel, about the unfairness, and the questions that that gives you, is a good and healthy first step. And don't worry about not being able to pray - we will pray for you and with you.

When I didn't know what to pray, when I first started re-exploring my faith, I clung to this little bit of a prayer I learned at school, which summed up what I thought I needed. I offer it to you tonight.

Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day. Amen

muser31 Fri 11-Apr-14 10:36:50

the little boy i asked for prayer for passed away yesterday. its so very sad.... my best friend lost her nephew who was like a son to her as she had no family herself. the mum and her obviously are heartbroken, and he left behind 2 teenage siblings. please keep them in your prayers thank you so much

BlackeyedSusan Fri 11-Apr-14 13:23:50

sad muser. so sorry.

ZingSweetCoconut Fri 11-Apr-14 13:33:39

muser

that's so tragic, so so sorry to hear.
no pain is worse than loosing a child IMOsad thanks

tuo

thanks for listening & for lovely words (don't worry about my name, I change it monthly, don't expect anyone to remember, Zing is enough!wink )

Charlotte
thanks as well. I'm glad you reminded me that it's ok to whinge.wink

I've just found this thread. I do believe things happen for a reason...sad

Could I ask for my DAunt(50yo), who's funeral is on Monday, and for her family and friends, especially her DS(10yo). Thanks.

BlackeyedSusan Fri 11-Apr-14 14:56:00

hello miss g. Welcome to the thread. sorry you had to stumble across us in such circumstances. sad

I'm so sorry to hear of the sad loss of your DAunt MissG
Thinking especially of her dear DS x

Also praying for the family of muser's best friend's nephew sad
I know how close those relationships really are as I have just lost my DNephew x

amberlight Fri 11-Apr-14 17:37:42

Thank you for the new thread x
Praying as I read each message...

BlackeyedSusan Fri 11-Apr-14 17:45:11

finally it is the holidays. we had the schools easter service in the church and communion for those who do that.

Dutchoma Fri 11-Apr-14 19:02:03

I'm back! Such an amazing week, can't even begin to sum it up. Thank you all for your prayers, I was very aware of them and thank you TUO for the new thread.

BlackeyedSusan Fri 11-Apr-14 21:42:44

welcome back. glad you had a good week!

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