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A new Christian prayer thread for Autumn and Advent... All welcome!

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Tuo Wed 06-Nov-13 00:03:58

Starting a new thread as we head from Autumn into Winter... 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 autism in churches, and for her to know love and acceptance wherever she goes;

... Badvoc and her family, as they grieve the loss of her dad; we pray too for her aunt, who’s very ill, and for all those affected by the death of Badvoc’s uncle who was estranged from the rest of the family;

... 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 BES to know how best to help and support her, for strength to deal with her DS’s meltdowns, and for both her DC to receive the support that they need at school;

... Bluetinkerbell, in her new job and as she explores her vocation;

... bountyicecream, who is in a very difficult relationship situation and needs our prayers – may she find strength and support and self-belief;

... CharlotteCollinsisinherownplace, giving thanks that she has had the strength to get out of an emotionally abusive relationship, and praying for a happy future for her and for her DC;

... cloutiedumpling, thanking God that her DS doesn’t need surgery, and praying for his continued good health;

... Don'tsteponthemomeraths, for her niece, little Grace, born prematurely – may she continue to grow in strength; also for Mome’s health, and in particular her persistent headaches – may they turn out to be easily treatable; and for Mome’s DS to receive the support he needs at school;

... DutchOma and Bob, for health for Bob and for good support (moral and practical) for Oma as she cares for him day by day; for Oma’s eyes – giving thanks for good sight in the one already treated, and praying for the one still to be done;

... EasyCompadre, for a healthy pregnancy, and for the strength to do what she needs to do for her business while waiting to meet her baby;

... fluffyduckie, that her terminally ill relative is well looked-after and as well as is possible in the circumstances, without too much pain; and that fluffy find a church where she feels comfortable and where she finds a supportive community to sustain her faith;

... FriendOfDorothy, grieving for the loss of her mum – may she know love and support at this difficult time;

... Gingercurl, for the successful completion and examination of her thesis; for strength and discernment for A; for Ginger’s nephew, who has health concerns and is suffering bullying – may he know health and strength and love; and for Ginger’s MIL who has been diagnosed with cancer;

... HadALittleFaith, for her to feel happier now that she has been prescribed anti-depressants; for rest and peace of mind; and for her to find a church where she feels comfortable and welcomed;

... JugglingFromHereToThere, for a job which interests and fulfils her, and for peace and love in her immediate and broader family;

... Kaykat, as she continues to deal with the breakdown of her marriage, giving thanks for the support she has already received and the strength which she has found, and praying that she is soon settled in her own home with her DS;

... LollipopViolet, as she mourns her grandad, and as she explores her faith;

... MadHairDay, for health as she lives with chronic illness - may she be well enough to spend this Christmas at home with her family and not in hospital; praying too for health and love and friendship for MHD’s DD;

... MaryBS, for her work as a Reader, for her DS, and for her friend who was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer;

... niminypiminy, as she begins ordination training; and praying also for her mum’s health, following a recent fall;

... PositiveAttitude and her family; in particular for her parents’ health and for PA and her sister as they take care of them; for her DD1, thanking God that her depression has lifted and that she is enjoying university, and praying for a job for her; for her DD3 who is pregnant, due in February – may she have a trouble-free pregnancy and birth and may she know the joy of being a mother; praying also for PA as her DD3’s pregnancy brings to her mind her DD, Emma, sadly born too soon; and for her DS who is struggling with settling back in the UK, for his studies and for a job for him; and finally praying for PA’s DH and DD4 in Cambodia – may they stay safe and well;

... RoomForALittleOne, for the whole family as her DH embarks on an exciting new curacy placement;

... tunnocksteacake and family, as they cope with Mr Tunnocks’ illness; and

... youretoastmildred, for her friend, R, for a swift recovery from her operation.

We pray also for more occasional visitors and those we haven’t seen for a while: for BoxOfDelights, for thegreenheartofmanyroundabouts, for JakeBullet, for jan and her DD, for notquiteagrownup, for SES, for Soozi, and for weegiemum. 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.

Calm us, O Lord, as You stilled the storm.
Still us, O Lord, keep us from harm.
Let all the tumult within us cease.
Enfold us, Lord, in Your peace. Amen

GingerCurl Wed 06-Nov-13 01:17:48

Thank you, TUO. You are wonderful. I rarely post but lurk a lot. Praying.
<waves to everyone here>

Badvoc Wed 06-Nov-13 07:10:46

Thank you tuo x aunt has inoperable cancer. They don't know where the primary tumour is though.
They are getting the palliative care team in.
Please pray for us all...for strength and peace

Thank you Tuo. Hope your bedtime wasn't too late after doing all of this x

SIL has a nasty cold, so she hasn't been able to see Grace for a few days. Please pray it goes, she's finding it very hard not to see her little girl. Especially with all the worry over her DDs health.

Dutchoma Wed 06-Nov-13 08:12:00

Thank you TUO

Thank you Tuo. Will be good to pray through those requests and get to know you all better.
I'm going to London for a Quaker meeting today so please pray that this goes well for everyone there, and we make some good progress on thinking about the children and young people's work (as that's the focus of the meeting) Thank you thanks
Thinking of you especially BES after your struggles with DS. I'm sorry he has hurt you, that sounds very tough.

cloutiedumpling Wed 06-Nov-13 10:37:24

Great job TUO.

Lurking and praying, especially for Grace and her family

BlackeyedSusan Wed 06-Nov-13 10:55:34

absolutely fantstic tuo. you are a star.

PositiveAttitude Wed 06-Nov-13 11:04:33

Thank you so much Tuo. have a cake , I am sure you need it now!

BlackeyedSusan Wed 06-Nov-13 11:15:57

god worked a miracle this morning. i got up after 8 oclock and we still go to school on time. I think the children had everything they needed too.

RoomForALittleOne Wed 06-Nov-13 12:27:04

Thanks Tuo. I'd really appreciate some prayers. I'm struggling a bit with life as a mum of a four month old baby. Her sleep is fragile, variable and very frustrating. And, well, she's four months old and a bit... Boring! I know that sounds terrible and she is an amazing gift from God. I just feel like I've 'run dry'. I need a break and this isn't going to happen for months yet. I'm so behind on housework, having a shower seems to be a luxury and I've got loads to do before we have to downsize in June... I can cope with pretty much anything after a decent night's sleep. Please Lord!

Bluetinkerbell Wed 06-Nov-13 12:38:33

thanks for the new thread!

Been praying and lurking too!

Could do with some prayers for DH and me, we're having a difficult time coping with everything going on, job, family life, having a nearly 1 year old that still doesn't sleep through and ends up in bed with us every night.

BlackeyedSusan Wed 06-Nov-13 12:55:26

I will gladly swap. four months is gorgeous... and ds is never "boring"

thehorridestmumintheworld Wed 06-Nov-13 20:01:31

I said prayers for everyone and roomforalittleone I felt sorry you are not quite enjoying your time with your baby, I pray you find some solutions to make this time easier.

I hope you guys will pray for me and my family as we all have some health issues and for my sister who has a baby on the way, maybe tonight!

CharlotteCollinsinherownplace Wed 06-Nov-13 21:51:03

Tuo, thanks. I'm not great at prayers (by which I mean: I can pray absolutely fine - that's just direct communication with a God who always understands - but I get muddled when I try to pray out loud because then I do have to finish sentences and be a bit more coherent!) and it's great to read through your prayers instead.

Gosh, having re-read that sentence, it's not surprising I sometimes struggle to finish a sentence, is it?! confused

sad for those suffering sleep deprivation - it's the absolute worst!

Tuo Thu 07-Nov-13 01:36:36

Welcome horridestmum and sorry for not including you in the OP. Praying for you and for your family - especially your sister.

Praying also for sleep and regeneration for Room, for Blue and her DH, for Juggling's meeting and her work with children and young people, for Baby Grace and for Mome's SIL - the separation must be hard -, and for Badvoc's aunt and cousins and all the family at this difficult time. May God bless you all with His peace.

Thanks for the cake PA! grin

Weegiemum Thu 07-Nov-13 01:49:25

I've been waiting for the new thread to join back in!!

So many ongoing situations I've been praying for.

I'm doing really well, my symptoms are minimal right now and I was able to preach at church on Sunday. I'm leading worship on 1 Dec and providing the Advent Candle reflections through December.

I've done some great stuff myself recently, going to weddings etc.

I've 2 prayer requests.

1) my lovely Stepmum has recently been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. She's having a total mastectomy and reconstruction plus microsurgery to remove her lymph nodes on Monday. It's pretty much certain that she will have radiotherapy and possibly chemo too. She's been my de facto mum since I was a young teenager, she's more a mum than my bio-mother.

2) dh's parents have been divorced 20 years and FIL has a lovely new partner, for the last 3 years. She's just been told she has multi-organ amyloidosis. It's a very nasty rare illness that basically gums up your organs with lumps of protein. She's just started chemo, but her 6-month prognosis says she has a 10% chance of survival. FIL has never been so happy (he's been married and divorced again after divorce from MIL) and Kat, his partner, is being so brave, but it's realistically a death sentence (my dh is a doctor so checked it out).

So if you could pray for my Stepmum and my dad, and fil and Kat, I'd really appreciate it.

BlackeyedSusan Thu 07-Nov-13 07:13:14

sad weegie.

<yawn> at least I am up today!

Bluetinkerbell Thu 07-Nov-13 09:24:23

prayers answered, MIL babysat last night and DH and I went out for dinner just the two of us, it had been over a year since we'd done that! Was very nice smile

Dutchoma Thu 07-Nov-13 10:22:48

Weegiemum how lovely to see you here, but such sad news about your (step) parents and parents in law. Prayers for them and for their treatment.
Giving thanks that you are coping so well, what grit and determination.
Prayers for Grace and Tunnocks continuing.

thehorridestmumintheworld Thu 07-Nov-13 11:29:00

Prayers for weegie and everyone. My sisters baby was born safely and it is a very cute blue onesmile

Oh, congratulations Auntie horriedest thanks grin

madhairday Thu 07-Nov-13 13:48:05

Thanks so much TUO - you are one lovely lady, we all really appreciate what you do for us here thanks

weegie, it's wonderful to see you and so pleased that you've been doing so well smile praying for your step parents and pils sad

Hello to everyone and have prayed as I read through tuo's great post. Praying especially for Room today.

My DBro and DSIL's baby due today...prayers for a safe delivery!

trish5000 Thu 07-Nov-13 15:03:52

Can I pop in? Not sure exactly why. Just in a bit of a funny mood today. No problem really as far as I know.

Will pray for posters on here
madhairday, you know me by another name but goodness knows which one, as I am a frequent nc!
Are you in hospital or at home?

GoodbyeRubyTuesday Thu 07-Nov-13 15:33:04

May I sneak in and sit at the back?! smile I'm exploring my faith again after a brush with cancer. I will remember everyone in my prayers.

weegie I bumped into you on the Tamoxifen thread where you mentioned your step mum. I am so sorry to hear of Kat's illness too.

CharlotteCollins I rarely pray out loud except during Mass or if I'm reading/reciting a prayer someone else has written. Otherwise I just say it all inside my head. I'm sure that's okay too smile

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