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"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.

Tuo Sat 13-Jul-13 23:24:45

Glad you're feeling a bit better, Charlotte. I think the rollercoaster feeling is entirely normal and to be expected (which doesn't make it any easier to cope with, of course!).

Here's a link to the new thread. I hope I haven't left anyone out...

CharlotteCollinsismovingon Sat 13-Jul-13 21:43:59

Thanks, Tuo. I'm feeling stronger again now, but it is a bit of a rollercoaster and I never know when the next dip is on its way! Please pray particularly for my dcs at the moment - they will find out soon about the separation and then have to come to terms with it. The summer holiday could be quite difficult for them - I hope not and I know they are resilient young things!

BlackeyedSusan Sat 13-Jul-13 21:24:04

welll... mums health. it would be nice if we could have a holiday without a death or illness this summer.

getting the flat/paperwork into a reasonable state.

keeping on keeping on with the children.

Tuo Sat 13-Jul-13 10:00:27

Rushing out now (to play in the band in the heat - praying I don't spontaneously combust!) but will start a new thread later tonight. Anything you want included, add it here before about 10.30 tonight...

Dutchoma Sat 13-Jul-13 09:50:49

That is a very impressive summary TUO Do you think we should make it into a new thread? People can add their name and prayers to is if they want?

That sounds like as good an outcome for your uncle as possible Jake. Will you be able to visit him?

We are doing ok in the heat, so far. We have a cool place outside where the sun does not come ever, so that is quite nice. In addition we are both having siestas as befits the hot weather.

Kaykat Sat 13-Jul-13 09:45:58

Praising God that a legal person saw through his tactics and won't stand for his nonsense. The onus may now fall back onto my solicitor. It occurs to me that she is very busy and maybe struggling with workload and personal issues an therefore struggles to get time to help me too. She is a wonderful and generous friend to me. Can we add her to our prayers?

Praying for you all, thanks for thinking of me. I feel like I have a powerhouse of prayer backing me its a nice feeling.

JakeBullet Sat 13-Jul-13 07:48:44

Thank you for your prayers, my lovely Uncle went back to Switzerland yesterday with one of my cousins to accompany him. The hospital gave him a big bag full of medication to take with him. My Uncle suggested they stop off en route to City airport and "throw zem all in ze Thames" hmm grin. Stubborn to the last.

I am going to miss him SO much but he needs to be in his own country. A least if he wants to decline treatment he can explain this easier in his own language rather than struggle to find all the right words and grammar in English.

He goes into a brand new care home this morning, just built and accepting their first guests today. Being Switzerland I am sure it will be very swish smile

Tuo Sat 13-Jul-13 00:09:48

PS Forgot to say thank you to all who prayed for our cathedral. Sadly the Synod voted to dissolve the diocese, but this was not, I think, unexpected, and the reaction has largely been a fairly positive 'OK, so how do we move forward from here ?'.

Tuo Fri 12-Jul-13 23:43:57

Hello all. It has been another manic week, but I have been reading and praying and thinking of you all.

In particular, I'm praying for...
... PA - I'm glad that things are starting to move on the job front, but I pray for something more permanent for you soon; also for a job for DD1 in which she will feel supported and which will help her to feel happier all round; and prayers of thanks for DS's job;
... Momey - Are you feeling better? Praying for you to feel well, for a relaxing weekend, and for better relationships at work in the week to come;
... Charlotte - It sounds as if things are really tough for you at the moment. You don't need to tell us all the details - God knows - you're in our prayers anyway. Praying for a swift resolution to your issues.
... Juggling - lovely to see you again. Praying that your DC have had a wonderful week and that you haven't missed them too much.
... MHD - I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you and for the friends and family of this lady. It must be such a shock for you, but I am praying that you are managing to stay positive, and that you yourself are as healthy as you can be at the moment;
...JakeBullet - I am sorry to hear about your uncle; praying that he has arrived back in his country of origin safely and that he's with his family and as comfortable as he can be at this time;
... amber - So sorry that you've been on the receiving end of such incomprehension again. Praying for you, for your happiness, for the work you do, and for the eyes of those who can't see the importance of what you do and the uniqueness and wonderfulness of you as a person and of the insights you bring to be opened, so that they come to understand how very very wrong they have been;
... Faith - praying that you're feeling better now and that your old problems are not recurring;
... Room - praying for you and your family, but especially baby Hannah;
... Oma - praying for you and Bob in this hot weather; I hope things are OK with you;
... BES - oh dear... things with the school sound tough. Praying for a good end to the school year for you, your DD and your DS, and for peaceful summer holidays in which you can recharge your batteries somewhat;
... Kay - sorry things are so tough for you too. Please don't lose hope - you've come so far, and you have right on your side, as well as all our prayers.

Sending love and prayer to all, with apologies to anyone I've missed.

CharlotteCollinsismovingon Fri 12-Jul-13 20:10:29

mhd - what a horrible shock for all the community.

bes - one more week? Hope the break from it all this summer gives you time to gather up strength for the next onslaught!

PA - that must be such a relief about dd1. Glad for ds and your starter-job, too!

BlackeyedSusan Fri 12-Jul-13 14:48:35

I am sick of school.

BlackeyedSusan Fri 12-Jul-13 07:43:12

amber, you have made a massive difference to my personal experience of church with ds.

PositiveAttitude Thu 11-Jul-13 21:25:38

Jake praying for your uncle, you and all the family involved. It must be hard to say goodbye to him in these circumstances.

Madhair oh no, that must be so tough for you, too. Praying for you and for the lovely ladies family, too.

Amber I admire what you do so much. You are so strong to fight for the rights of so many people and to raise awareness for them. Just well done you thanks and a (((hug))) and a prayer that you feel loved, respected and accepted.

I was turned down for the job that I thought I was perfect for! sad I have, however, managed to get a very small job for just a couple of hours a week which will have to keep me going until I can get a larger one. hmm I trust God has a job up His sleeve for me! wink
DS has managed to get one job offer already and has another interview tomorrow! shock

Please give thanks that DD1 has made such good positive steps since we have been home. From the depth of depression it is a long road to travel, but we can already see small signs that a corner has been turned. Thank God. I just pray it continues.

JakeBullet Thu 11-Jul-13 20:28:21

Please pray for my lovely Uncle who is returning home to his own country tomorrow. He has lived in the UK for 15 years and been alone for the past two years since my auntie died.
He has had prostrate cancer and we heard today it has gone to his bones. He has a matter of months. I am devastated sad.
He IS 87 so a good age and tbh I just want him to have some quality time with my cousins back in his home country before he passes on and goes to be with my auntie.
Thank you, will read through recent prayer requests and add to mine x

amberlight Thu 11-Jul-13 20:23:54

Praying through...

Here, recovering from another bit of autism hate stuff. I would say I get used to it, but really I don't. Praying that fewer Christians do this stuff. But I'm determined to make something good out of it.

madhairday Thu 11-Jul-13 19:05:09

Praying for you all.

Please pray for the family and friends of a lovely lady I knew through the community for people with my lung disease, who passed away yesterday, from organ failure resulting from pneumonia. She was a wonderful, giving person with time for everyone. I am so shocked and sad.

RoomForALittleOne Thu 11-Jul-13 09:44:48

I've had a read through so that I can keep up with prayer requests.

...Now off to change Hannah's nappy and offer her some more milk...

HadALittleFaithBaby Thu 11-Jul-13 07:42:21

Praying as I read.

After a lovely period of being pain free, I've woken up with bad kidney pain. I'm going to see if I can get in at the doctors. Hoping its just an infection rather than a flare up of my old issues. I can't have any time off sick from being a Mum! Please pray it eases!

BlackeyedSusan Thu 11-Jul-13 07:35:33

sports day today. followed by family picnic. quite stressful playing happy families in school with their dad.

Asking God for grace in my head. Obviously! grin

Back at work today, wish I hadn't been. I do find working in a small office hard at times and she was either clicking her pen, sniffing incessantly (hay fever) or eating loudly. I keeped having to ask for grace. I am being unreasonable here and I feel I need to deal with this. I'm not sure we'll ever fully get along but I need to be full of grace and mercy and to be considerate on what I say (which I usually am). I cannot do anything about her attitude but I can change mine, as the saying goes.

Hard though. She's a strong personality and very opinionated. And the incident the other week almost polarised things in a way.

Tuo Tue 09-Jul-13 23:46:06

In haste... got a lot of RL on atm, but reading regularly and praying for all. Thinking particularly of Kay and Charlotte and Mome (get well soon) and PA and DD1ofPA and of Oma and Bob in this heat. Love to all...

CharlotteCollinsismovingon Tue 09-Jul-13 22:41:06

Just noticed your update, PA - glad for a good day for you all; hope it reaps a good harvest, too!

CharlotteCollinsismovingon Tue 09-Jul-13 22:38:42

Thank you all for the prayers. I'm feeling so much calmer now that I'm feeling a bit of a fraud for making a fuss earlier! blush confused So I'm sure that God has been answering prayers today...

I'm sorry to be so cryptic - I have far too much secrecy in my life atm, partly because dcs don't yet know about the separation and partly because, sadly, I think plans could be sabotaged if they were thought to be too good for me, iyswim.

Anyway, the important thing is that, while I'm still a bit confused, I'm feeling more confident that God's will is in all this.

Phew! One day I'll have headspace for all of you again and will return to the thread more regularly, honest. Thank you for putting up with my unpredictable appearances!

BlackeyedSusan Tue 09-Jul-13 22:37:53

praying kay.

hoping it is nottoo hot do.

ds has decided to write some words tonight. he also did well in speach therapy. thanking god for a cool breeze to ease the heat in the car as I waited for pick up time after the end of the appointment.

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