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New beginnings: a Christian prayer thread for summer

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Tuo Sat 13-Jul-13 23:22:55

I have called this thread 'new beginnings', as it felt appropriate to lots of us at the moment, in a whole series of ways.

Since I started our last thread, back in April, we have welcomed Abigail Faith, daughter of HadALittleFaithBaby, and Hannah Faith, daughter of RoomForALittleOne. We thank God for their safe arrival and pray that He will watch over them and surround them with His love as they grow.

We pray for Kaykat and for CharlotteCollinsismovingon as they deal with the breakdown of their marriages. We pray not only for Kay, but also for her friend who has been providing her with excellent support and legal advice, for a clear way forward and a swift resolution. We pray for a clear and positive way forward also for Charlotte, and for her children to cope with this change in their lives with understanding and resilience.

We pray for PositiveAttitude as she settles back into life in the UK, and prepares for a period away from her DH and DD4. We pray, in particular, for her DD1, that she find a job in which she will feel supported and which will help her to feel happier and better able to cope with life. We also pray for happiness for PA's DD3, who has just got married, and for her DS in his new job. Finally we pray for the work of her DH in Cambodia, praying that the separation is bearable and that he continues to be able to make a real difference to people's lives over there.

We pray for BlueTinkerbell as she moves to a new home, looks for work, and continues to explore her vocation. May this move be a really positive new beginning for Blue and her family.

Likewise, we pray for niminypiminy who will begin ordination training in September.

And we pray for my church and diocese in the aftermath of some major structural changes. This is a new beginning that was imposed rather than chosen, but may it bring positive developments nonetheless.

We pray also for:

... amberlight, for her work raising awareness of autism in churches, and for this work to be welcomed and valued, rather than greeted with incomprehension, far less hostility;

... 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, for peaceful and restorative holidays, for order in her flat and with her paperwork, and for her DC; we pray especially that they both receive the support that they need from their school;

... BoxOfDelights, for her to receive a clear diagnosis and suitable treatment for her eye problem very soon;

... Don'tsteponthemomeraths, that her DS is able to access the support he needs and is valued and nurtured at school; for better support also for her DD; for better relationships at work; and for her nephew, who has suffered a burst appendix;

... DutchOma and Bob, for health for Bob and for good support (moral and practical) for Oma as she cares for him day by day; and for the ability to rest and breathe easily in this heat;

...JakeBullet as she deals with her uncle's ill-health and decision to move back to his native Switzerland. May he be well cared-for and peaceful there, and may Jake not miss him too much;

... MadHairDay, for health as she lives with chronic illness, and for strength as she mourns the death of a friend; we remember also MHD's friend and all who knew and loved her at this time;

We also pray for friends who haven't been around for a while... for Badvoc, for Gingercurl and her thesis, for Jan and her DD, for MaryBS, and for all 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 Wed 06-Nov-13 00:06:09

Ladies, and - err - other ladies wink, I am pleased to announce that we have a new thread. Over here! Hope I haven't missed anyone!

BlackeyedSusan Tue 05-Nov-13 23:31:05

ds still has the tuesday blues....

sorry there was a slight intermission due to a power cut and later lights flashing like a disco. (thank god ds thought it was like a party and was not scared) the computer had to go off to protect from power surges. it was quite interesting to see all the lights in the block opposite flashing as well. reassuring that the problem was not mine to deal with.

ds has the tuesday blues. I have a new wound on the face (just one not ten this time) and a set of teeth marks on my hand. both done in the school playground in front of parents and teachers.

a neighbour asked about the marks on my face, was sympathetic. it will be discussed around the place, but the walls are excellent sound transmitters so most will already know.

I am sitting in a blue fog... the printer cartridge bought from asda is faulty and does not contain any ink. hmm i could not print dd's homework which she has done on the computer for the first time in a year! it support was very helpful even though he insists on holding the phone 3 feet from his head and did not mind the swearing. he is used to it. me +computer= turning the air blue with swear words.

the computer very helpfully crashed as well before I had saved a document. as you can see it has restarted now it is cool. perhaps it was slightly stressed by the printer as well!(more likely the monitor which was too far foward and allowed it to overheat)

Thanks mhd and all,
my Monday blues are gone - we just had a bit of a nightmare back to school morning yesterday with dd especially very stressed about an art project - turned out everything she was stressing about was actually at school and the day turned out fine for her.

I think I shouldn't let others upsets unsettle me so much, but that's easier said than done isn't it ?

Now I just need to get round to that application form, and have also spotted another good possibility on website to apply for next week.
Pray me in a good job before Christmas ?!
Thinking of you all x

BlackeyedSusan Tue 05-Nov-13 13:36:05

praying mhd

I have swept up half the sahara from the floor in the children's room and have been tidying up... except it is that stage that is worse than when you started! eek.

madhairday Tue 05-Nov-13 13:32:30

Oh BES, that sounds so difficult for you. thanks prayers for a solution and more peaceful time for you all....

PA, praying for all your family and especially over dd3 and the anxiety you are feeling over the pg.

Praying for LittleRoom's quick recovery.

Praying for Juggling's blues to quickly leave! smile

Continued prayers for you all.

I'm super busy here - we have so much going on - things going v well with our new services which are growing smile - now planning two big christmas events and various other stuff, feels like it is non stop and dh super stressed - I would just like to have a year out of hospital this christmas please after 2 years in!!

Dutchoma Mon 04-Nov-13 20:05:32

Oh BES. Many prayers coming your way. No idea what to suggest practically.

BlackeyedSusan Mon 04-Nov-13 19:54:24

i really need to eveluate whaata I can do for mum nd ho ling I can stay with her at a time.

I also could do with prayer for ds. he is having violent meltdowns. so far this evening, I have been kicked in the library, he has tipped wee all over the floor, thrown water about the bathroom, tipped his dinner all over the sofa, then kicked and gouged ten little lumps out of my face in time out.

Thanks Oma x

Dutchoma Mon 04-Nov-13 13:50:03

And thanks for you Juggling

Ahh, poor LittleOne, hope he's better soon.

I've got the end of half-term blues really bad today - we had a bit of a nightmare Monday morning today - dd was very stressed about an art project and forgot/couldn't find some essential stuff. DH also lost something and everyone was in a mega grump - mainly at me it seemed confused As I said half-term trip to my parents was a bit mixed - sometimes wonder if could cope with a job on top of everything else - but have to try to be positive. Life balance (and finances) were better when I did have one.
Doing the application tomorrow I think as I had a few other things to sort out today to do with a committee I'm on.
Sorry to be blue sad
flowers for anyone else who is too x

RoomForALittleOne Mon 04-Nov-13 11:57:28

Can I ask for prayers for DS who is (hopefully) recovering from a vomiting bug? He's not quite 3 yet so it's hard trying to explain to him that he can't have his milk sad

PositiveAttitude Mon 04-Nov-13 08:26:54

Badvoc I am so glad you found the service a comfort. And lovely to hear that you sang your "special" song. I have one song that means an awful lot to me and I have seen it as a "hug" from God in the past when it is sang just when I needed that special touch. (I am not crazy, honest, it's the only way I can describe it grin )

tuo could I ask for my family to be added to the next thread list:
My parents: as said up thread, within 2 days we were told that both of them were now effectively living on borrowed time. Dad is mum's primary carer, but not too sure how much longer this can continue. Sis and I share care between us.
DD1: Give thanks that her depression has lifted so much and she is enjoying student life at uni. Please pray for a job for her.
DD3: Pregnant, due in February. (I have a real deep fear over this pregnancy - my first pregnancy ended very badly, me removed to mainland hospital, emergency CS, Emma born too soon just to save my life and she died at 8 days old, I was in intensive care for a week - hereditary problem, so I fear she will suffer in the same way)
DS: struggling with settling back in the UK. Please pray for a job for him, too, and for his anxieties to subside.

Edit as you want to, but I wanted to give an update. Many thanks.

I know lovely Charlotte smile

CharlotteCollinsinherownplace Sun 03-Nov-13 21:33:51

Praying for you all, Badvoc. That's a lot to be dealing with all at once.

Didn't mean to make you feel bad, Mome. I remember well that level of tiredness.

Dutchoma Sun 03-Nov-13 21:17:15

Adding a night time prayer for Tunnocksteacake and her family.

Tuo Sun 03-Nov-13 20:26:48

Of course, Badvoc. And I'm glad that the service was a comfort.

Badvoc Sun 03-Nov-13 20:02:49

Hello tuo.
The service was very comforting. It comforted mum too, which I am so pleased about.
They sang one of my fave hymns (great is thy faithfulness) and also read remember me by Christina Rosetti which I read at dads funeral, so a very emotional service.
I keep thinking of the last verse of the hymn...
"Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow...."
I pray for that for all of us x
If you could add my mum, my aunt and my cousins to your op I would be grateful x

Tuo Sun 03-Nov-13 16:11:19

Hello all... OK. I will start a new thread tomorrow or Tuesday, so if you have any specific requests for that thread please add them here or PM me with them in the next 24 hours or so. I will also go back through the recent posts on this thread, of course, so no need to repeat what's already here.

I am praying for you all and especially for baby Grace, for Charlotte, for Kay, for MHD's health and for you and your family at this tough time, Badvoc. I hope that you find the All Souls service brings you some peace.

I always think at this time of year of a young woman I taught, whose life was cut tragically short around this time. Praying for her, therefore, and for all those we have loved and see no more and for those who mourn.

Badvoc Sun 03-Nov-13 13:20:33

Hello all.
Haven't been around for a while. Although you have all been in my thoughts.
My aunt (my dads sister) is very ill and my mum, sister and I have been trying to help out as much as we can. Added to that the usual family stuff...parents endings, dh working away, taking cRe of mum...And the time has flown by.
My uncle died on Friday. He was an alcoholic and estranged from my aunt and cousins. Please pray for them. They have no happy memories, no happy times to look back on. When my dad died back in July my cousin told me that my dad was the on,y dad he had ever known sad
Please also pray for my uncle....he was a very flawed human being, and caused great pain but I hope he has now found the peace he didn't find in life.
Please pray for my aunt...she gets some results on Tuesday which will determine her future care.
My mum, sister and I are going to the all souls service at church later. I am not sure my brother will come.
Love to all x

Good to read everyone's news, holding you all in the light as the evenings draw in. Lovely to see what you wrote about praying for us all at odd times KakKat, Thank you.
A possible job opportunity has come up at a pre-school round the corner (so in our community) which I will be applying for next week once I have the DC back at school.
Please also pray more generally for calm and peace in our family - both us 4 and my wider family who we've just come back from visiting. I'm sad when people aren't encouraging to one another and have witnessed a few fall outs whilst we were there.

Oh sorry blush I'm so tired so much of the time I cannot remember who I've spoken to and when anymore. Glad you found it helpful.

Off to bed in a sec <yawn> Should've gone hours ago.

CharlotteCollinsinherownplace Sat 02-Nov-13 22:34:03

I've lurked enough to see the transition from teaandcake to Mome. smile And your name stands out for me because of a flurry of PMs one evening when you recommended that book. I have read it and my parents have too - it's been very helpful. So a belated thank you! thanks

CharlotteCollinsinherownplace Sat 02-Nov-13 22:30:03

There's altogether too much damp around... prayers continuing.

It's really hard being apart from the DCs - in the first four weeks I only saw them half of the time (and only one full weekend day), which is a bit more extreme than usual, but it is tough when I'm used to being their sole carer. He's decided he'd like to be a parent now, which is good I suppose but galling at the same time that he can just waltz in like that. I worry about how well he looks after them, given how little he's seemed to understand them or their physical or emotional needs in the past. DD3 (who is only 3yo) especially, as she has only just in the past six months stopped saying that she doesn't like Daddy!! He's giving them all lots of new things and fun treats, which works well for the older 3 and they seem fine, probably enjoying the attention, but all DD3 wants is security and comfort. And a lot of giggles! Does she get any of that at his house? I just can't tell.

madhairday Sat 02-Nov-13 10:12:42

That is good news re Grace, and re Room's curacy smile

Praying for Charlotte and Kay - great to see you Charlotte.

Feeling a bit better thanks....just taking a day at a time. Had a bad day yesterday with the damp.

Kaykat Sat 02-Nov-13 09:49:07

Praying. I often pray for you all when I wake up at weird times of the night and sometimes when I am driving.

Charlotte that's good news. How are you finding it when you are apart from the DCs? This is something new to me too and I am a bit up and down with it, I think it's getting gradually easier. So glad to hear that you have your own place to live, something I am working towards too. Another meeting with h coming soon then I will have to make a judgement. Whether I think he will be reasonable enough for me to go ahead and buy a house or do I give up on that idea and rent somewhere and fight him in court. It's tough being homeless, in some ways more painful than him cheating.

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