Prayer Requests – 9

Please share any prayer requests you may have for friends or loved ones here….

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  1. tomato says:

    Would you pray for my sister BJ and her husband Mike. He has terminal cancer and she can’t be comforted. I believe in miracles so am still hoping for a miracle by God.

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  2. Shogun144 says:

    Hello, Treepers!

    I have a special prayer request. Tomorrow I am going to send an email to someone about a job position that we have been talking about for a while now working on a game he is developing involving one of my passions, Chinese history. That game reached full release two weeks ago and in our last communication, the gentleman I was talking with had told we could talk about the position again after release and he can see how well it is selling. I feel that two weeks is likely enough time to check in.

    I refuse to believe I found that game and this opportunity by accident: so, please keep me and this situation in your prayers. Please pray that if this is what God wants me to do that I will receive a favorable reply and also that God will help stay patient during the wait.

    Thanks and God Bless!

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  3. Plain Jane says:

    Please pray for protection for a very young, beautiful and caring woman in our immediate family. Her life was threatened by one of her patients. I cannot be more specific.

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  4. rhcrest says:

    If anyone checks into this thread, could you please pray for my sister? Her breast cancer just spread throughout her body. I feel hopeless and so sad. Thank you in advance

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  5. Cosmic says:

    Please pray for my family in Sonoma, who have evacuated with fire approximately 1 mile from them. They are at risk being surrounded by brush and vacant land.

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  6. I say a prayer daily for all the treepers intentions. It’s wonderful to come to this site and to be able to pray for brothers and sisters in Christ.

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  7. justfactsplz says:

    Sorry I was late for some prayer requests. I was sick for a couple of days with a bad bout of diverticulitis. Yesterday I was traveling around to various doctors. I am tentatively scheduled on the 17th to get epidurals for the nerves in my back and leg. The pain walking is increasing all the time so I am mostly back to bedridden. The surgeon x-rayed it yesterday and the cement may have come loose in the new hip. He has ordered a cat scan to get a better view. I don’t want to think about another hip surgery but the way it is now is awful to contend with.

    Also pray for pressing financial means concerning the copays for the surgery center for the epidural and for the cat scan. We got a notice from social security that they are subtracting 2/3 of next months check because they overpaid us then they will deduct $30.00 a month. More government malfeasance. We are still trying to recover from extra cost of Hurricane Irma. And they call this the golden years, lol. Blessings to all.

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    • “Also pray for pressing financial means concerning the copays for the surgery center for the epidural and for the cat scan.” I’m late reading here, so this may be moot…I recently got some help at a local hospital by calling a number that their Social Work department provided regarding financial needs. The hospital had a system in place so that if you qualified (I did) they covered co-pays & deductibles for a period of time. This let me access some medical care I would have otherwise skipped for about 6 months. Perhaps your medical institutions have a similar program? It never hurts to ask…Blessings!

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      • justfactsplz says:

        I will ask them. We can’t take on many more medical bills. I am just going over the finances to try and make sure Gary has enough gas money this month to go back and forth. My surgery is an hour and half away. I go tomorrow for my pre opt for the hospital. Surgery is next Monday. This was a bad month for social security to discover they over paid Gary and with hold $800.00 from his check. I know God will help us prioritize this months bills and help us to make do. Blessings to you and Josiah.

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        • Whenever we’ve dealt with “Overpayments” on my son’s SSI checks I thought they were limited to withholding no more than 10%, but that you could even dispute this via some process of the Social Security Administration. It sounds like a severe hardship to withhold so much of one’s check…

          There is a company called Logisticare that May be able to help on the Transportation front. I used to get reimbursement checks for some of my son’s medical transportation (after the fact). They also have/had some type of scheduled ride service for getting people to appointments. They could be worth looking into (or speaking with your financial & other needs with a competent Social Worker from your health care provider or perhaps governmental entity like ElderCare or something?

          I just realized that this advice may be moot, though perhaps you could request to speak with a Social Worker before surgery to see if you might get some type of help/support…

          God Bless YOU & guide, direct, sustain, strengthen, & heal you during this lingering phase of complexity. You are such a blessing here sharing Joy even from the midst of so many Sorrows–Thank You for being such a Persistent Light!

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  8. Plain Jane says:

    Oh just the facts, Please know you have my prayers.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Thank you. I got the clearance from my hematologist today to have the epidurals. She is concerned about spinal bleed. She had me stop the Coumadin today and start the lovenox shots. The epidurals are scheduled for Tuesday at 6:00 A.M.

      The orders for my cat scan and bloodwork for the hip surgeon blew out the truck window on the interstate so I am trying to get a hold of them to mail me new ones because they are in the big city.They haven’t returned my calls so I will try again tomorrow. I have to have the results by Oct. 31st when I see the surgeon again.

      I really appreciate everyone’s prayers for me lately. G. and Gary are fighting so bad and I am caught right in the middle. I still try to convince her of God’s love and goodness but she don’t believe it. Her heart is so hardened. God must have wanted us to help her. I just need him to show me how.

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      • Joe Blow says:

        I’m in a bit of a similar situation to G. & Gary at the moment; 2 family members fighting with each other, one of whom is with God, the other is not & I’m stuck in between. Ultimately I pray that He will open the eyes of the one who is not currently with Him & use me in whatever way He may wish to accomplish that.

        Keep asking Him to show you, justfacts. He is always faithful to answer.

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        • justfactsplz says:

          When the fight is between good and evil it requires much of us because it is so intense and threatens our home’s peace. G. is not family but she has no family of her own. When we took her in we had no idea what we were getting into.

          I pray that God will open the eyes of the one who is not with Him. You are so right, God always answers our prayers according to His will.

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      • justfactsplz, In my daily prayers, I explicitly mention you, G. and Gary and your situation to Our Lord Jesus [ and His Mother, who intercedes for us with Jesus]. I pray that your situation will get better soon, and that He shows you how to cope with G. I pray that G will experience God’s love for her through you and Gary, and I will now also pray that you will get the new results in time for your meeting with the surgeon.

        Continue to “hang in” and know that there are fellow believers who are interceding for you daily.

        God bless you, Gary and G.

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  9. Katherine McCoun says:

    My son has croup. Been sick since Sun. High fever, etc. cough turned to croup yesterday. Now breathing is awful. Taking him in to doctor. Hate that they will give steroids but sounds awful. Husband upset that I am taking him because he says this normal for croup. I am exhausted as he has been sick since Sunday. Please pray for my sons health and for me to be sweet, kind and patient.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Decades ago my little girl had the croup. It sounds awful. It wears the child and the mother out. I prayed for your son’s return to health and that God will strengthen you help you to get some rest. I don’t know what they do for croup today but back then they put my little girl in a tent like thing and administered breathing medicine.

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      • LULU says:

        KM, from many years ago, I remember my elder son’s having croup. I had to take a chair into the bathroom and turn the hot shower on full blast to make it a steam room. Sat and held him. The heavy steam and holding him upright seemed to relieve it. I do hope your son is all better and thriving!

        jfp, I recall my late Mother’s “croup kettle”, an odd-looking little device with a long spout. She put it on a little electric burner, filled with water and some nasty-smelling stuff (tincture of benzoin) and our head was “tented” with a towel as the kettle boiled and we breathed the steam it created. Vicks Vaporub was (and IS) a staple in our household and brought us out of many nasty respiratory messes. Still does. Now we add some Mucinex to break up phlegm.

        I have been away dealing with my own problem – the ugly adverse reaction to ciprofloxacin, since the end of June. Am so grateful for all of you and your prayers for my elder son. He has just been able to return to work. Still receiving treatment from a neurologist who took an interest in his rare case as they “don’t see many of those”. Thanks to all of you who petitioned for his recovery and to God for listening and answering our prayers.

        Blessings…

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        • justfactsplz says:

          I am glad things are looking up for your elder son, Lulu.

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          • LULU says:

            Thank you, jfp… He is sounding stronger all the time. Even argued a bit with his Mom on the phone the other day! Two strong-willed individuals we are! But he’s been a loving son. I was blessed with two of them.

            Not such good news for my younger son, also a DB. His lovely chocolate Lab Trevor went to doggie heaven around noon today. The dearest guy, the most wonderful companion. He came into my son’s life, an adorable ball of milk chocolate fluff, when my son had been very, very ill. Helped to give him the will to get stronger and once again thrive. The two of them have been best friends for 14 years. My sincerest thanks to dear friends here who added DB2 and Trevor to their prayers.

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            • justfactsplz says:

              I am so sorry to hear about Trevor. Big dogs don’t seem to live as long as smaller ones. Mine lived to 14 and I still miss my lab buddies. I prayed God would comfort DB2 tonight and the days that follow. If you haven’t read the Rainbow Bridge about dogs going to doggie heaven you might enjoy it. It was posted here not long ago.

              I didn’t set out to replace my pets but in this past year God brought yet another young Chihuahua named R2 into my life and just before my last surgery Gary rescued a five week old feral kitten who is now terrorizing my house and belongs along with the four Chihuahuas. I found I had love yet to give another pet. Maybe DB2 will find that too someday. Give him a hug from all of us animal lovers here on the prayer thread.

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              • LULU says:

                Thank you, dear jfp.. DB2 began running what I called his “Union Rescue Mission for Animals” when he was a little boy. Baby bunnies that the woman across the street was “going to drown, Mom”; a dirty white parakeet found in a bush in our front yard (and behind our garage, a rusty birdcage he’d scavenged on the way home from school which worked until we could buy a new one); two kittens in a box – “for Mother’s Day” – when I’d said no more cats… There have been rescue cats of all varieties, from alley to Norwegian forest cat, an African gray parrot, and of course his dear Lab Trevor. Not a rescue, but chosen and paid for. Recently another cat wandered into their yard and took up residence. DB2’s heart is big enough to probably find another doggie buddy once his Trevor pain has subsided.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Prayers that the Lord will lead your son to recovery & that He will give you the strength to endure. God bless.

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      Thank you. We took him to the dr after 6 days of temp and sick. Confirmed a virus. Glad to rule out all else. Day 9. Still sick. Thought temp was gone and a few days of recovery and getting rid of cough. Nope. Temp back and just threw up and headache back and stomach ache, etc. We are doing all we know to do. He was laying in bed, whispering for us to please pray for him. Please continue to join us in doing so

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    • dbethd says:

      Prayers for his recovery. It’s so hard to have sick children.

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  10. mireilleg says:

    I hope I will not offend anyone by asking for prayers for my dog Murphy. He saved my life 5 years ago and again last year when I had an accident and laid on the rock unable to move he placed his body against my back to keep me in place until the medics arrived. He is my companion and my best friend. Last night he had a FCE (a spinal cord embolism). He is paralyzed and we are waiting to see if he will respond to treatment. Please God help me recover. Please friends pray for him.

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  11. mireilleg says:

    Thank you all for the kind words and prayers. Sadly we will not wait until Monday. His condition worsened during the night to the point that this morning we had to let him go. A gift that we can give our fur kids to let them meet their creator when the pain is too much. He was a wonderful extraordinary dog. I miss him and will never forget him.

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    • Ad rem says:

      My little guy and countless others were there to greet him at the end of the Rainbow Bridge. He’s now running and playing with his new pals….and waiting ’til you will all one day be reunited.

      [……]They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

      You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

      Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

      Author unknown…

      https://www.rainbowsbridge.com/Poem.htm

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    • I am so sorry. I have lost four of my fur babies in the last two years. You are right about it being the one think we can do for them. Hopefully your buddy has met a yellow kitty, 2 black labs, and a Manchester/Chihuahua mix across Rainbow Bridge. Take care of yourself and prayers for healing from your fall.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      I’m so very sorry for your loss, mireilleg. What a beautiful creature of God. Prayers that the Lord will ease your grief.

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    • rhcrest says:

      I’m so very sorry mireilleg. It’s so hard but he is in a good place with no pain. You did all you could

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  12. stella says:

    If you are able, please help our friend froggieleggs, who has been battling with cancer since earlier this year. She is hesitant to ask for help, but she really needs it. Here is the Last Refuge tweet, that includes the link to her GoFundMe account:

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    • Menagerie says:

      I re-tweeted and posted a link on Facebook as well. I am praying for Froggie and her family. I hope we can all pitch in and help her through this terrible ordeal.

      Perhaps her friends here at the Treehouse can be a light for her and her family when she needs it most. We send our love and prayers and what assistance we can.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Gave & shared on my Facebook. Praying so very much for you, froggie.

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  13. josiahcurren says:

    https://josiahsfreakshow.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/josiahs-prayer-for-america/
    here’s a link to a post I just did. may the Lord Jesus be with you all.

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  14. stella says:

    Our good friend, Col.(R) Ken, has asked for prayer from our group. He has been diagnosed with liver cancer, and will begin radiation therapy in the next couple of weeks. He says:

    the Power of prayer will re enforce me and will help me to overcome this.
    Thank you……

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  15. justfactsplz says:

    I get my epidurals tomorrow morning at six. I don’t know why but they are putting me to sleep to do them. I wasn’t put to sleep when I had them nine years ago.

    Also, please pray that my leg and hip are protected until I see the surgeon again on Oct. 31st. I have to schedule the CT scan right away to see if the cement came loose in the new hip. I believe it has and it is getting worse and I’m afraid it’s going to dislocate. The pain is terrible. I can’t put weight on it just on my hands to walk with that leg. Thank you all so very much.

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    • dbethd says:

      justfactsplz, praying that all goes well today, and that the surgeon is able to help you at your next appointment. Also praying that you find comfort and peace in the Lord’s hands.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Another round of prayers are coming your way JFP. Hoping you get well “treated”, and no one allows for any “trickery”….Oct. 31st. is an interesting day for a procedure.

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      • justfactsplz says:

        Oct. 31st is when I return to my hip surgeon for the results of a CT scan on my hip. These epidurals were done by a orthopedic pain management doctor today for the sciatica and leg pain.

        They didn’t put me to sleep for the epidurals. I don’t know why the surgery center led me to believe they would. I got two epidurals. Don’t know how they went yet until 24 hours are over. When they shot the two injections in I about came off of the table. The intense burning pain ran from my inner leg down through the foot. The doctor asked if that area had been hurting and I said no. I felt no sensation of the sciatic nerve, back of the leg, down the left of the leg, zilch. I know the dye showed him where to shoot so I don’t know what it all means yet.

        I came home, put ice on, and slept all day long. I did need that. When I was there they put me in a recliner, wheelchair, and then the surgical room. They wheeled me to the car in the wheelchair and gave Gary my walker. Both before the epidurals and after I hard a hard time standing and walking to and from the wheelchair and up on the table. I have noticed tonight the hip pain is the same but the leg pain was better when I got up to walk to the bathroom and back to the living room on my walker. So I am keeping my fingers crossed on the leg nerve pain.

        Oh, I would never get anything done on the devil’s day. I don’t do Halloween at all because of my religious beliefs. There is a lot more demonic and cult activity that day. I know you were joking, you rascal you.

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        • Ad rem says:

          Oh….apologies JFP for my poor reading comprehension skills. It was obvious what your initial post said. I hope you continue to find more and more relief as each hour goes by. It must have been wonderful spending the day in restful sleep.

          Just for the record….we don’t do Halloween either. Mostly ’cause we got tired of passing out entire bags of candy bars to single immigrant families who drive up to our neighborhood in primer-painted vans. Since we can’t keep them out, we just choose to lock all our gates. Yup…..and we have a BIG WALL around our house too…big fan of walls am I. 😀

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          • justfactsplz says:

            In my younger days I used to pass out candy and let my children dress up Then during my Christian researching one year I stumbled across an occult website around Halloween time. They were talking about Christians hiding in their basements with fear and all they planned to do to children on Halloween. About that time they realized I was eavesdropping and asked me to identify myself. I quickly backed out and backed out of Halloween especially trick or treating all together. Churches have parties for the children now around that time and pass out candy. That is much safer fro the children in this day and time.

            I am a big fan of walls but don’t have one. Our lot is so small. We only have a small dog pin outside for the Chihuahuas to walk in. We do have No Trespassing signs posted on all of the trees and we armed. The Trump sign in my yard for over six months helped too I;m sure.

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            • Ad rem says:

              Sigh….I envy your being able to post a Trump sign in your neck of the woods. Here in Cali, it would invite tire slashings or worse.

              I did fly a Gadsden Flag for the entire 8 yrs. of Obama’s reign. Most of our neighbors were too uninformed to realize it’s significance.

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            • Joe Blow says:

              Totally agree about Halloween. I remember when I was a young lad, there was a boy in my class who used to go through the halls of our school on Halloween shouting “it’s the Devil’s holiday!” We all thought it was rather funny at the time, but years later I came to know how right he was.

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          • LULU says:

            Reading your reply and smiling. I always had candy for the little kids on our street. Near a school; lots of kids. Usually came before dark with their parents standing on the sidewalk. Then the older ones started showing up, not even in costume. And those vans would pull up and disgorge masses of little kids NOT from our neighborhood. Now the porch light is out as the little kids have grown up and I am finished with the Halloween treating.

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        • ZurichMike says:

          I gave up on Hallowe’en back when I lived in the US because it not about the fun of trick-or-treating and seeing the neighborhood kids dressed up as pirates or hobos. There were busloads of ghetto thugs who were dropped off and prowled the neighborhood only wanting to get candy from frightened homeowners. Nope. Turned off the lights early and locked the gate.

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  16. TwoLaine says:

    Maybe tomorrow at this time we can all say a prayer for Napa.

    Napa Strong – Community Prayer Service and Reception
    Public · Hosted by The Meritage Resort and Spa
    Friday, October 20 at 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PDT

    https://nightout.com/events/napa-strong-inter-faith-prayer-service/tickets?a=home

    https://www facebook com/events/353907721689905

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  17. litenmaus says:

    To all who offered prayers and support for me and my husband Ron, I humbly thank you. This morning God wrapped his arms around Ron and took him home.

    Blessings on you all.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      I am so sorry for your loss litenmaus. I pray God gives you great comfort knowing that
      Ron is home with the Lord and no longer suffers. Hugs sent your way. May God hug you and hold you close to him during these difficult times.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Prayers for you–may it all be full of days of comfort and Love of our Lord.

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    • Ddanna says:

      Special prayers for you Dear litenmaus — May God bless you with strength and comfort!

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    • Sharon says:

      The presence of God in the place of utter helplessness – matters so much. It’s everything. Even though your feet are unwilling at times, they will keep walking. Although your heart is sometimes peaceful, sometimes aching, sometimes utterly lost ~ it will keep beating.

      You are not required to decide how to feel or do things you are unable to do; or stop crying if you’re not done, or cry if there are no tears.

      It is safe to sink down into THIS moment, whatever it is. There is rest available: if unrest is all you see at the moment, you are still safe.

      The days and weeks will unfold as they will. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Sometimes sheep are frightened; sometimes they sleep peacefully. We are always the sheep of HIS pasture.

      We cannot help being sheep. We have chosen HIM to be our Shepherd, so all is well.

      All shall be well. All manner of thing shall be well. (Julian of Norwich) Our confidence in the place of the unknown is in the Known.

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      • litenmaus says:

        “Our confidence in the place of the unknown is in the Known.”

        Your words came to me at the perfect time Sharon. For the last day and a half I’ve presented my ‘public face’, (I’m part Norwegian so stoicism is genetic), but about an hour ago, I unplugged the phone and locked the door so that I can just “be”.

        I believe in the Known, I know that I’m safe and I know all will be well, but I won’t lie, the beginning of this roller coaster ride has been rough.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Prayers for you, litenmaus, that the Lord will keep you close to Him. May He bring you desired strength & peace that surpasses all understanding.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      I am so sorry to hear this. Special prayers that your guardian angel takes extra good care of you at this time.

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    • Sharon says:

      Dear litenmaus – thinking about you since early this morning.

      Some of these days may feel like someone has sneaked into your life and rearranged all the furniture and now nothing is in the right place. The walls are gone. The sidewalks are broken. And the sun keeps coming up. Sometimes it’s just flat confusing. Other times, there is a sense of being carried without understanding how that has happened.

      You are safe because of Whose you are. You are always safe.

      Even when there is a very real feeling of being in freefall, with no end in sight.

      You – are always safe – because of Whose you are.

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      • litenmaus says:

        :0) Thank you for thinking of me Sharon, your words are greatly appreciated.

        Yesterday I was looking for the word to describe my ‘feelz’ right at the moment and I decided that ‘untethered’ was about as good an adjective as I was gonna find.

        As far as thieves stealing my furniture…I got the giggles Sharon, what a wonderful descriptor…spot on.

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    • I’m so sorry to hear about your loss & thank you for sharing it so beautifully. May the Lord continue to wrap You in His arms of Love as you grieve, rejoice, & remember…

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      • litenmaus says:

        Thank you Valerie.

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        • How are you doing now? I don’t want to contemplate the complexity of that journey yet though with both of my parents in their late 70s those grieving seasons are likely drawing closer…

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          • litenmaus says:

            How am I doing now? Oh Lordy Valerie, I am an emotional basketcase and the pain is brutal and that’s the upside of my grief right now.

            How are you doing?

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            • I’m sorry you are carrying such a heavy load.

              I’m relatively OK. I’m seemingly “stuck” in some type of quasi-PTSD hopelessness loop over not being able to get any positive traction on my son Josiah’s Special Education case. I’m still furious about how they broke the law with impunity & how the legal protections for the vulnerable are twisted into butt-coverage for the bureaucrats…it makes one feel so helpless/hopeless. I did Major work for like a year & a half on Josiah’s Special Education case & when we finally talked with an attorney (after some funding from a family member made such a conversation possible) he basically said “there’s nothing you can do for your son…but I’d really like you to go ahead & be an advocate for other kids”.

              I’m not fully ready to concede defeat but am still so burdened by the pain & frustration of it all that it is Very Hard to move forward mentally or emotionally.

              My husband wants me to speak with a Counselor but I am skeptical that there is really anyone out there (besides God) who can grasp the magnitude of what we’ve faced historically with our son, it’s ramifications in our lives & for me personally, & I can’t even muster the energy to attempt to contemplate having such (allegedly) therapeutic conversations.

              I’m not (obviously) actually very good at “letting things go” & really need the Serenity Prayer conceptually to help with this process. I hate to “give up” but I also hate to see the “system” escape unscathed & have Zero Accountability. It’s also still too bitter & unapproachable to try to advocate for other people’s kids (even if I could muster the energy or find the appropriate avenue to do so) when there is still so much that needs attention in my own son’s life.

              These are like those “first world problems” that lefties mock people for. Not the basics of food, clothing, or shelter but more the apex of that Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Pyramids proverbial “Self-Actualization” BS arena, I think.

              Sometimes I think I’m just too scarred from all the battles to even begin to know how to live in “regular” society. I’m in pseudo-hibernation/cocooning in hope that (eventually) winter will end (my fat stores will melt off!) & I’ll emerge a beautiful butterfly with sufficient energy to pump those superfluous abdominal fluids into those nascent but hopefully beautifully majestic wings & somehow manage to soar above before my brief sojourn planet-side is over!

              OK, so it’s very late & I’m expressing my self in verbose flights of fancy…Thanks for asking how I am…I hope you don’t mind my ridiculous reply!

              If I may quote you here “I am an emotional basketcase and the pain is brutal and that’s the upside of my grief right now.” I really do relate…

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  18. Grandma Covfefe says:

    I want everyone to know I and many others been praying for you all…everyday. These are very challanging days for the Lord’s people–health, finances, security, and loss of love ones (that includes the furry ones, they are family, too). You all are near and dear to my heart.

    All we can do is pray for one another and pray for our president and country, and do what we are able to do. Thank the Lord, we are able to do all this freely under our blessed president. Things are going to get worse, before they ge better. Thank the Lord, He is with us. We are in the phase of fighting against the demonic spirits, as well. With Halloween coming up [We’ve shuttered our homes for decades over scary incidents, so I’m glad I wasn’t the only one being a Halloween poop-out 🙂 ] and the Antifa “protest day” a few days later, we will rise up to the task of praying 24/7 to keep the demonic humans/spirits at bay, or better yet, destroyed.

    All you Treepers here are such prayer Warriors–The prayers each one of you have posted is impactive and full of God’s love and healing. Those receiving the prayers have been covered and blessed, even tho’ some of the outcome may not have turn out as hoped—Still the Lord loves us all. That alone, I’m so thankful.

    I love you all, our Treeper Prayer Warriors. Thank You for unknowingly blessing me, as well. I feel very humbled by all this Love of God, thru all of you. I truly love you all, dear Warriors.

    Note: I’m posting 2 scriptures at a time, in sequence, of Ps 91, better known as The Warrior’s Prayer. I feel compelled to fortify us Treepers for the Oct 31 and Nov 4 challenge. Please pray for me to keep up with it. My prayer for those days is that it all fizzled out, just like that so-called Summer of Rage that didn’t happened. With the Lord, help we are winning. Now back to the prayer Drawing Board….you all are LOVED, every one of you.

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  19. Grandma Covfefe says:

    I’m here and praying for everyone of you all up thread everyday. You all are the best!….the Best Wolferine Prayer Warriors.

    Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
    Galatians 6:2 NIV

    Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God
    1John 4:7

    Love you all!

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  20. justfactsplz says:

    Praying me through. I know you all are. Your prayers encourage me. I have been so ill with tummy issues again along with everything else. Between Gary and me we had three doctors appointments yesterday and getting in and out of the truck so much exhausted me. I went to my family doctor this morning. He thinks it is the gallbladder acting up again. I don’t need that surgery right now. They are having to adjust my doses of Coumadin to make up for being off of it for the epidurals. I don’t need to go off of it again for gall bladder surgery and then for possible hip surgery again. He gave me antibiotic and ordered a sonogram for mid November.

    I talked to the doctor today about Gary and his Alzhiemers. I told him Gary was going through personality changes and having very bad anger issues over the least little thing. (G. is not helping that either). He told me to bring Gary in tomorrow and maybe he can give him some medicine to calm him a bit.

    I am trying to be patient waiting until the 31st for my CT scan result on the hip. Please pray that whatever the problem is it will be revealed. I know something is definitely wrong with it. Tomorrow I will look out the living room doors for birds. God always sends a bird or two to cheer me even with all of the feral cats running around. We also have 11 bears living next door in the wooded area right next to us. They come in our front and back yard everyday up close and personal. Seven of them are cubs. While cute it makes me anxious for our safety and that of our four little Chihuahuas. Maybe God is trying to teach me something through the bears. He often uses nature to comfort and guide me. It is His way of saying to me to slow down and just be with Him.

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  21. kittytrump84 says:

    I would like to request prayers for my mother who is having difficulty breathing because she is very ill with a cold or flu and has chronic respiratory issues. I called her before I went to bed and she did not answer until the 4th or 5th call. She lives several hours away and I am heading to her now. She sounded scared. Pray that she will recover. Thank you all.

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  22. LULU says:

    To all of you, so many thanks for your prayers. Just knowing you exist, that you are here, that you will listen is a great comfort. Even ZM from such a long distance away!!! A special guy.

    One of my special guys – my elder son DB, for whom all of you prayed, has – with God’s help, the power of prayer, and a neurologist who took a special interest in his case because “we rarely see those” – started back toward normalcy. Back on limited work schedule a week ago, able to drive again. A miracle. His incredibly painful, debilitating illness began before Mother’s day. A siege. Still receiving treatments, all of which seem to be benefitting him.

    Thanks to you all. I am not as eloquent as you. Your prayers are so beautiful. But my heart is with you and so grateful for you.

    Blessings…

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    • LULU says:

      May I ask for prayers for my younger son and his dear labrador retriever Trevor, who hss been diagnosed with a tumor in his spleen. Not good. Trevor came to my son when he was recovering from a dreadful illness, and gave him loving puppy companionship and a reason to live and recover fully. Together they made it, and Trevor has been a loyal, loving companion for 14 years. Now Trevor is a very sick guy. This is going to be a very difficult day and I can’t even go to be with them…

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      • justfactsplz says:

        Lulu, I prayed for your son and for Trevor. We got two black Labrador retrievers for Gary after he broke his neck and back. We couldn’t decide so we took both brothers. There is no doubt it was instrumental in Gary’s recovery. Please keep us posted. Our pets are such an important part of our families. I pray God will be right next to your son as he goes through these times.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      This is wonderful to hear, Lulu! Continued blessings for you & DB (& your younger son & Trevor).

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      • LULU says:

        Dear jfp, thank you so much. Yes, this dear little fluffy chocolate Lab puppy gave my son so much comfort, so much pleasure, so much companionship. A reason for living, a reason to continue to get well … We will always honor noble Trevor for his part in my son’s life. Now I don’t know what is happening, but from reading about splenic cancer, I am very concerned. I haven’t heard from my son since he was to get a final report yesterday. That is not a good sign. My gratitude for your prayers knows no bounds. The warmth and kindness you spread each day, when even your own health and life are in turmoil, is inspirational. You are truly a Godly woman, jfp…

        May God show you His blessings…

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        • justfactsplz says:

          My Cherokee and Kawliga were black labs, brothers. I had to put them both down the same day when they were 14 and it was a sad day indeed. They had tumors all over their bodies and one had arthritis real bad and one had gone deaf and was fearful. I miss having big dogs but no longer have a big yard for them to run in. our four Chihuahuas are the lap dogs we need this state of our life. I truly hope Trevor will survive this.

          Thank you for your kind words. I may not be able to do all of the physical things I was able to do at one time but I can still pray for people. I am humble that God chose me to pray for people and it is He that gives me the words to pray. It is a spiritual gift the Lord gave me that lay dormant for years until He led me to discover it. To God be all of the Glory and praise His Holy name.

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      • LULU says:

        Dear Joe, thank you for your continued support and blessings. You too have been through so much. I am so thankful there are friends out there like you and jfp and all the other Treehouse Prayer Warriors… This is truly a warm place where we can share our concerns among caring friends.

        God bless you, Joe…

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        • LULU says:

          jfp and Joe, I’m not sure what happened with my Replies to you, but I am confident you two will be able to sort it out! A bandaged finger on right hand is giving me keyboard fits!!! 🙂

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          • justfactsplz says:

            Yes, Lulu, I figured out your replies. I am so sorry for your hurt finger. That can be very painful with all of those nerves in the fingers. God bless and keep you.

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            • LULU says:

              Trevor went home today at Noon. No longer able to walk or eat. Thank you all for your sweet concern, your prayers.

              And to those I have missed over the weeks, my apologies and prayers that the prayers of others, like faithful jfp, have been answered. Our life has become very chaotic since I am on the disabled list. So many changes. I’m hoping they won’t be permanent, but don’t know right now. May God bless you all…

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  23. Nikki/Chico says:

    I humbly ask for prayers for my Husband and my two sons, that they will accept Jesus Christ as their savior. That’s all I ask for myself. I know the the pain of having people you love flailing about in the world. Time is drawing down, let’s have prayer war of petitions for mankind to redeem the lost or wandering sheep.

    Thank you and may the Lord bless you abundantly

    🌹

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Dear Heavenly Father, I come before you tonight with a heavy heart for the lost sheep. I pray for Nikki/Chico’s husband and her two sons for salvation. I pray they will hear You knock at the door to their heart and invite you in as their Savior. I pray you would send those who will sow the seeds and those who will help reap those seeds . May your angels stay right on them nudging them in the right direction towards that decision. Be with Nikki and comfort the hurt she feels. Help her to know that it is Your will that her whole household be saved. I pray for all others who need you now Lord. In Jesus Mighty Name I pray, Amen.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      You’re absolutely right, Nikki. It really does feel like closing time is upon us. Prayers that the Lord will open their hearts & lead them to Him, as well as comfort you with encouragement.

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      • Nikki/Chico says:

        JB, indeed time for mankind is drawing down, The Lord God Almighty will act to end this rampant evil. When the angel showed Daniel the end times Daniel wound up in bed sick for two/three weeks, such was the evil he saw. Thank God for His mercy and precious Lamb Jesus Christ, behold the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.

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  24. Ad rem says:

    Dearest Treepers: May I have the attention of both your heads and hearts? Our fellow Treeper “Froggie Leggs” has just been delivered more sad news….

    These must be desperate times for Froggy and her husband. If you would consider donating to their GO FUND ME page, I’m sure it would go a long way towards alleviating some of their burden.

    https://www.gofundme.com/765px9-medical-expenses?

    God bless, and thank you….

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  25. justfactsplz says:

    My fellow prayer warriors, I went back to my surgeon today. I have to have another hip revision surgery if I want to walk again without pain and a walker. They have to replace the cup part of the new artificial hip because it has loosened and is slipping and not functioning properly. It’s been five months today since my first revision. Everything was fine three weeks after the surgery when they x-rayed it but by this month it was all changed. I know I was getting worse by the day but can’t pin point a time when it went bad. I haven’t been able to bear weight on it from the beginning.

    There is a possibility there is deep infection in it also which they will handle with the surgery. The surgery will be on November 13th in Orlando. We wanted it as soon as possible but it will take that long to get my medical clearances again and get the Coumadin stopped and bridged with the Lovenox shots. My clotting levels haven’t returned to normal yet from being off of the Coumadin for the epidurals.

    The antibiotic my family doctor gave me have helped the tummy issues greatly thank God. The only concerns is my kidney function has dropped since the last surgery and I may require blood transfusion for this surgery as I am borderline low red cell count now.

    Gary is very upset about the surgery. He has done so good taking caring of me and doing the cooking, etc. but I know he is tired of it. He has been so grumpy. He and G are fussing and yelling about each other every single day and I am the one who hears it as they won’t say those things to each others faces unless they really lose their tempers. I want the peace back in my home. The turmoil makes recovery even more unpleasant. I am relieved to find out what is wrong with my leg and hope and pray this surgery will fix things right and I heal right afterward.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      As always, justfacts, praying for your healing as well as peace in your home.

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    • Ad rem says:

      JFP…at the very least, it must be a relief to finally know the there is a verifiable problem with the hip replacement. Nov. 13th sounds like a pretty good date….leaaving you time to ready yourself, and yet having some time to recouperate before Thanksgiving. I’m going to be praying that this holiday season you’ll once again be relatively pain-free and able to celebrate Christ’s birthday with renewed vigor and joy. It’s always good when there is a set plan in motion. ❤

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      • justfactsplz says:

        I am looking forward to Christmas. It’s my favorite holiday. To celebrate our Messiah’s birth reminds us to always have hope. In Him all things are possible.

        I always have Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners but it’s time to pass the torch and share this honor. last year Gary’s daughter had Thanksgiving and this year his other daughter who lives a couple of hours away is having it. I won’t be able to go but I hope Gary will. My daughter from Tallahassee will be coming to see me on the 19th of November so I am looking forward to that. I won’t be seeing my daughter in West Virginia this year.

        My biggest challenge is getting all of my medical clearances from the doctors before my surgery. I really am relieved to find the answer to my pain and not being able to walk. I knew something was wrong but feared they wouldn’t be able to pinpoint the cause.. I pray the new hip parts will not be defective and work properly. This is a tough surgery compared to others I have had and I don’t wont’ to go through it again..

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    • dbethd says:

      justfacts, praying that you will have a restful and quiet place for recovery for your next surgery. It’s so hard to recuperate when it’s a stressful situation. Maybe you could suggest they take a break (read, listen to music, go outside) and come back when they feel better, so that you get some relief from the complaining and fussing.

      Also will be sending up prayers for your next surgery and therapy after.

      Thankful for the relief for your tummy. Pray there will be relief for your hip.

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      • justfactsplz says:

        It has become a daily thing between Gary and G. now. The doctor wanted to put Gary back on Alzheimer’s medicine but it doesn’t mix well with his heart medicine and is too dangerous to take. I am hoping what they gave him for his nerves will help.. G. knows how to push his buttons all right.

        I saw the doctor who did the epidurals today. He said I had a good attitude about everything and I will get there. He said the back affects the hips and vice a versa. He will be able to do more epidurals after I heal a couple of months from the hip surgery.

        Right now I am concentrating on building myself up for my surgery. I am being very careful with my movements because I don’t want to dislocate this hip with it being so loose. These precious little dogs stay in bed with me as long as I am there.

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        • LULU says:

          Prayers for you, jfp. You have been through so darned much! Will be sending special thoughts and prayers your way on the 13th. You have been so kind – to me and to all the others who come to this prayer thread. Your lovingkindness and eloquent prayers weave us all together.

          Praying too for peace in your household.

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          • justfactsplz says:

            Thank you Lulu. The anger coming out of G. and Gary are becoming unmanageable for me. Gary is not taking the news of my upcoming surgery well at all. He is tired of taking care of me. It has been five months since my last surgery and I still can’t walk. Something went wrong and they have to do more surgery. He is being very cruel about it. I tell myself to overlook it all because he has alzheimers. Still it is difficult at best. He and G. got into it so bad that he is refusing to take her for her CT scan Monday. Monday will be our 19th wedding anniversary. I am remembering better times and praying for God to have mercy on me.

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  26. I thank GOD for the Conservative Treehouse members, for all their knowledge, information, and prayers that they share freely. I started reading this site in the summer of 2016, and received such hope and strength from everyone.
    We recently relocated from South Florida to Fairfield County CT due to my husband’s new job up here. I am asking for prayer for myself, I need to find work. I have interviewed for one position that could have been great, but I don’t feel that I did very well. I was very nervous and unfamiliar with the telephone interview process and I think it showed. I am asking for wisdom, so that I can learn to suppress my nerves and anxiety, and for the opportunity to find other positions that would be good for me and my family.
    Thank you.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Mpsquaredblog, perhaps the job that you thought you messed up on the interview was meant to be a closed door. I prayed God will open the right doors and lead you to the job you were meant to hold. I prayed that His peace would be with you and calm you during interviews. God bless you and happy hunting!

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    • Joe Blow says:

      I pray that the Lord will provide work for you, as He did for me several years ago & for which I will be eternally grateful. You may have to go up a few steps but He will eventually carry you to the top. God bless.

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    • keebler AC ovfefe says:

      Every interview you have leads you closer to your job! So don’t be nervous. You’re going to do fine. Prayers for you!

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  27. Carrie2 says:

    I have a prayer request but how does one enter it? That is how and where. Thank you.

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  28. Carrie2 says:

    May I request prayers for my serious eye condition as so critical that I continue to work but will not be able to if nothing is found to help. Thanking you in advance for any and all prayers. I have prayed over the years for many and never thought I would have to ask for prayers. God is good and why I am asking here on my favorite site.

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    • Ad rem says:

      I’ll be praying that you find help for your eye condition Carrie. May you find a kind and caring doctor in whose care you can quickly respond.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Prayers that the Lord will grant you a remedy for your eye condition, Carrie. God bless.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Carrie2, I will be happy to pray that you will be able to find answers and help for your eye condition. I feel honored that you chose this site to ask for prayers. We all need the prayers are others on our behalf from time to time. There is power in more than one. Where two or more are gathered in prayer Jesus is in their midst.

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    • keebler AC ovfefe says:

      May your eye ailment get better and better, everyday as you find the right remedy, Carrie2! All those prayers will return to you manifold in healing and finding work that befits you, I pray most fervently

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    • LBB says:

      Carrie2, I have a GF who had a eye condition that took a while to figure out and get relief. She did have to do short/long term disability during some of it. It was not just working , but driving safely also.
      Do you know what condition you are dealing with? or still trying to get clarity?
      I pray you are sent answers and relief and healing.

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  29. LULU says:

    Carrie2, we never know when we will have to ask for prayers. When we need to feel kind hearts around us, helping us along when we are sick, weary, frightened. I will be praying that your doctors will be wise and find whatever is needed to help you with your eye condition.

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  30. Concerned Virginian says:

    Update on the situation here with my husband:
    He can now sit up, stand with 2 people assisting, walk a little with a gait belt and 2 person assist, feed himself, AND recognizes me and our son AND can interact with people he knows.
    These are a MAJOR turnaround from my earlier posting when he just came home from the hospital and into Hospice care at home. One month ago, he was basically terminal.
    So now he will be under Hospice care for the rest of his life. They’re telling me about 6 months and that progress he makes is going to fade away. My husband himself made the decision to stay with Hospice. All the doctors including our son (a neurologist) have agreed that Hospice is the best path for my husband to take.
    If you don’t know much about Hospice, it’s a Medicare approved service for terminally ill Medicare/Medicaid recipients. Hospice is designed to keep their patients out of the hospital so they can pass away at home or at the Hospice facility. It’s paid for by Medicare A benefits. The patient has an “initial certification” that must be renewed between every 3-6 months by Hospice.
    There is an RN or PA (physician’s assistant) on call 24/7. There are nursing visits every week. There is a Home Health Aide who comes and gives the patient a bath every day. There are social workers and chaplains for every patient and his/her family. There are other services available upon the orders of the patient’s Primary Care Physician, like physical therapy.
    But there are OTHER things that Medicare/Hospice won’t pay for: physical therapy that isn’t ordered by the doctor, and medications that are considered “aggressive therapy”, like cancer medicines: because Hospice is for the terminally ill. My husband had to decide to stop his chemotherapy medicine deliveries for his prostate cancer because of Medicare/Hospice rules. He’s all right with his decisions. He has accepted that he will not be getting better.
    It is almost certain that my husband has suffered permanent brain damage from the IV antibiotic that crossed into his brain in September. His neurological and physical conditions are still evolving into their new “baseline”.
    I wish to thank the TCH family for their prayers and ask if you would please continue. The goal now is for my husband to be at peace and eventually pass away in peace.
    Sorry this posting is long.

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    • dbethd says:

      Praying for peace for all of you during this time.

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    • Ad rem says:

      You have been in my family’s prayers for quite a while CV. I was just thinking about you and your husband after reading one of your comments on the Presidential Thread, and lo-and-behold, I see my noification bell light up. Thanks for keeping us all so well informed on the details. This is valuable information that you’ve shared….for some day one of us will probably walk in the same path as you and your husband.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      I am so glad that he was able to recognize you & your son, CV. May the Lord have mercy on him & you & let him pass in peace.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Concerned Virginian, I am glad to see your update on your husband’s condition. I am so pleased that God let him rally around to recognize you and your son. You both will always cherish this. It is my prayer that your husband will not suffer and will die in peace to go to heaven to be with Jesus.

      Hospice can really be of help both to the patient and their family. My mother was on Hospice the last few months she was in the nursing home. She got more one on one care around the clock as she declined and they did everything they could to treat her pain and make her comfortable. The chaplain was great in reaching out to me also.

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    • keebler AC ovfefe says:

      Dear Concerned Virginian, in his daily being, he is a hero and an example! God please look after him at every instant

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  31. Hey Treeper Prayer Warriors,
    I’ve been “away” for a while working on “archiving” a lot of info related to my son’s Liver Transplant & related journeys. A website where we had both been blogging has decided to cease operations & it necessitated a mad scramble to grab everything before it was gone. Even though I didn’t attempt to read much of what we’d already shared just cursorily glancing over things still ended up being pretty mentally & emotionally exhausting. After jumping to a new site from which to continue to share his/our family’s needs, prayer requests, & random info here’s what I wrote as “Josiah’s Story” to share a flavor of where we have been with him, & a hint of where we are going…

    “Josiah has an extremely complicated medical history. Prior to birth he wasn’t growing well in the womb so he & his twin brother, Brandon, were delivered prematurely in order to save Josiah’s life. At birth Josiah was 2# 6oz & Brandon was 5# 4oz. Brandon was normal size for their gestational age of 33 1/2 weeks but Josiah was IUGR (Intra-Uterine Growth Retardation, aka Small For Gestational Age). He was considered Very Low Birth Weight & qualified for SSI immediately because he was less than 1200 grams.

    Josiah also has Congenital Heart Defects & ended up having Open Heart Surgery before ever coming home from the hospital as an infant, at 2 months of age. That First Heart Surgery was to repair a VSD (Ventricular Septal Defect–hole between the two lower heart chambers) using a Goretex Patch. Later in May 2000 Josiah had his Second Open Heart Surgery to remove a Sub-Aortic Stenosis (thickening & partial closure of the Aortic Valve). They also removed some heart tissue in a Myomectomy during that procedure. Josiah has a Bi-Cuspid Aortic Valve rather than the typical Tri-Cuspid Valve–his valve has 2 flaps rather than the normal 3 flaps. Because of this malformation, & other heart issues, Josiah will be monitored by Pediatric Cardiology throughout his life as they manage his Cardiovascular needs.

    Josiah is also monitored by Pediatric Urology as he was born with some abnormalities in his urological system. He had 3 stages of repair during his childhood and a recent 4th stage of repair earlier in 2017. After 6 months have passed since this most recent surgery then he will be re-evaluated for another potential surgical stage of repair.

    Josiah had numerous challenges in early life that impacted his senses. He had Visual & Auditory Processing Problems, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, periodic Hypo &/or Hyper-Sensitive Skin/Touch. He had Proprioceptive & Vestibular Struggles. He had Gross & Fine Motor Weaknesses. He has been given many “labels” over the years to describe many of these needs. Some of them fall under the domain of Autism Spectrum. He was called PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, aka “Atypical Autism”) when he was a preschooler. His Autism related needs have presented challenges throughout his life in communication, socialization, education, & perception. He is considered to be High-Functioning Autistic…

    Josiah had many issues with his inner ears in early childhood & was diagnosed with Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. He had numerous surgical procedures to place Myringotomy Tubes in his ears to facilitate pressure equalization & reduce fluid build up. Prior to getting tubes he had Chronic Otitis Media, persistent ear infections, & significant balance issues. As a toddler he couldn’t walk without holding on to something prior to getting his first set of tubes. He had intermittent hearing loss associated with the need to get new ear tubes and when he was in a diminished hearing state his autistic behavioral challenges were also seemingly diminished, likely due to a reduction of sensory overload.

    Josiah contracted RSV (Respiratory Synschial Virus) twice in the first year of life. Both instances required hospitalization and ambulance rides to U of M Ann Arbor. The first ambulance ride was from his then home in Gaylord to U of M & was just weeks after his first heart surgery. The second time was during a visit to his grandparents’ house in Dearborn in the winter. We took Josiah to the local hospital, Oakwood Dearborn, but they sent him via ambulance to Ann Arbor for treatment & hospitalization. That route likely retraced the same pathway trod when he was 2 months old & went from Oakwood to Mott by ambulance, with an NICU nurse along for the ride, for that First Open Heart Surgery–& all his subsequent surgeries, currently totaling 18!

    One fallout from RSV was the development of Asthma. When he was younger we would regularly use a Nebulizer to give Albuterol treatments to Josiah. Now he (rarely) uses an inhaler if he needs some help. His Asthma is usually only an issue during intense exercise &/or colder weather. He is supposed to use a CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) Machine at night for Sleep Disorders, but he’s only marginally compliant with that. When he was still under pediatric care he would see a Sleep Team that included a Neurologist & a Behavioral Pediatrician but things are different in the Adult Sleep Clinic.

    Josiah has faced many medical “Goliaths”. He was diagnosed with a Brain Tumor & Liver Masses/Tumors nearly simultaneously at the end of 2009. This resulted in Brain Surgery in 2010 to remove the Brain Tumor (an Adenoma) through his nose (a Transphenoidal Resection of a Pituitary Adenoma). Because that Tumor was nearly enveloping his Pituitary Gland & pressing against his Optic Nerve he had a workup by a Pediatric Neurological Ophthalmologist to ensure that surgery was possible without damaging his eyesight. He later had eye surgery from the same Eye Doctor/Surgeon when it was discovered that Josiah had a form of double vision (V-Pattern Esotrophia, I think). That was the first surgery Josiah experienced where he was the decision maker as to whether surgery would proceed. He also elected to have the most recent Urological Repair as an “independent” adult.

    The Liver situation was less straightforward than the Brain Tumor was but it ultimately lead to the need for a Liver Transplant. Josiah was Transplanted on 7-30-13. As a Transplant recipient he will be followed by Liver Transplant Doctors for the rest of his life, at least every 6 months. He had a condition called Congenital Absence of the Portal Vein–the main blood vessel that arises from the intestines & should feed into the liver went directly from his intestines into one of the chambers of his heart. That atypical circulation scenario apparently allowed his various organs to build up a level of toxicity that has now been seemingly flushed from his system. This meant from a practical standpoint that Josiah went through an accelerated maturation process post-Transplant (though he still has Developmental Delays/Disabilities). He has made significant gains in socialization & communication since Transplant.

    Many of Josiah’s medical challenges have been met with Grace & Strength & Much Favor. This is likely in large part due to the significant prayer covering he has been under from so many people, even from the womb. Josiah’s name means “God Will Heal & Protect” & the Lord’s Hand of protection & healing has been repeatedly evident in Josiah’s very complex yet overall joyous & worshipful life!

    We will now post updates to his situation & some prayer needs & extended family happenings as we used to do at CarePages now at CaringBridge. Please come along for the next phase of the adventure…We value your prayers, support, insight, & encouragement!

    Thank you so much for your care & concern & prayerful support of Josiah (& our family)…God Bless You!!!

    by Josiah’s mother, Valerie, October 2017″

    In case any of you care to join us for that ongoing adventure here is where the going forward stuff will be:
    https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/josiahcurren

    Our archive of CarePages postings & messages is here:
    https://jazzmanjournal.wordpress.com/about/
    There are links on that About page to places where Josiah’s is writing &/or archived too.

    Blessings to all!

    Valerie

    We are thankful that currently Josiah’s myriad medical needs seem to be relatively stable. We are, however, to be seeing his Cardiologist in the next few weeks. Hopefully his need for another Open Heart Surgery will remain some years in the future, like we heard at the last visit…

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Your family is always in my prayers, Valerie. It is very inspirational to read all this & know how despite our own hardships, we are truly blessed if we are in Him. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    • justfactsplz says:

      For all that Josiah has been through I can tell he is very special to God. God has given Josiah a special love for the Gospel and for others. It is so evident in Josiah’s writings. He has a special gift from God. I admire his love of his country also. I will continue to lift him and your whole family up in prayer.

      I pray that God will give you an extra warm embrace. It is so difficult to see your child suffer. It breaks a mother’s heart. My oldest daughter didn’t have her first operation until she was five but had 33 operations by her mid thirties. She is now 44 years old and is very ill with Lupus. God also gave her a sympathetic loving heart for others who suffer.

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      • Thank you for sharing this & for your kind prayers. I so appreciate that you can “see” Josiah too! What a blessing such kids are (but not the kind of blessings we usually wish/ask for). Thankfully God knows what is best & our foolish desires don’t rule the day. I’m so glad His Will, not mine, reigns…

        I’m so sorry for all of your daughter’s suffering. Compassion grown in personal pain seems to run most deeply & freely…

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    • keebler AC ovfefe says:

      Josiah is a David against those Goliaths, do tell him :)! Prayers for his heart to continue to be strong for many years

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  32. Please pray for my husband’s bandmate, Roy, who is heading home from the hospital following surgery on his MRSA infected leg. This is a recurrent infection & causing him significant issues. Thanks so much for this faithful community of supportive, encouraging, & prayerful embraces!

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    • Ad rem says:

      We’ll be happy to pray for Roy.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      I prayed for a successful recovery for Roy and that the MRSA would respond to medication and treatment. My daughter had a compound fracture of both lower leg bones and got MRSA from the hospital that she was operated in. She has suffered for years with the painful and scarring affects of the MRSA. I pray Roy will be healed and not suffer the same fate she has.

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      • keebler AC ovfefe says:

        I’d like to add my prayers to yours, for a successful and complete recovery for Roy from infection.

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      • Oh my that sounds so difficult for your daughter. Roy is the drummer in my husband’s Christian Rock Band, The Lively Pelts, & when he is drumming he is Very Active. I guess he was so impacted from this MRSA bout that he collapsed at work. My husband joined the band this year so we didn’t see how MRSA impacted Roy previously. Thank you for praying for him.

        It’s amazing/terrifying what such small “bugs” like MRSA, Lyme Disease, & Guillan-Barre Syndrome can do to people. Sometimes the lifelong effects are incredibly debilitating & life-altering…

        Thank you so much for praying for Roy. May the Lord continue to minister healing to your daughter (& you) in all arenas…Blessings…

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  33. dbethd says:

    Feeling a little overwhelmed this week with all the personal stuff going on plus the horrible church shooting.

    First thing I had an interview today at the same company for a different position. The goal with this position is to be able to work 4-10hr days, so that I can get an extra day with my children. I was told before applying that I could stay with my current boss. Now they are saying, after discussions with all leaders, that this position will have to report to someone else. My boss has stood up for me through other personal issues, and I respect him and, if I get the position, that will be the toughest transition leaving his team.

    Second thing my long-time coworker (I worked with him 10 years), he just got news that his older brother died in a farming accident this morning. My heart is so heavy for their family. He also lost both of his aging parents within the last year.

    Last thing, many of you know that my husband and our family have been dealing with Lyme. I was tested positive in 2015 and had treated for it about a year. I am 4 months pregnant and both my doctors wanted to do an iSpot test for Lyme. I just got that back and the results are positive which means they will want to put me on antibiotics the whole pregnancy to reduce the risk of our child getting it.

    Thankful for: Romans 8:26- Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      dbetd, I love that scripture. So many times I cannot express words in my praying and the Spirit always helps me to pray.

      Having had Lyme disease I really feel for you. The antibiotics that treat it has some nasty side effects that I can’t imagine taking them on top of being pregnant. May God help you through it. I prayed for the protection of your unborn baby.

      I prayed to God that His will concerning the job for you be done. I told him how much having your boss means to you. I trust God to open the right door for you that will be best for both you and hour family. Take care and God bless.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      I pray that the Lord will deliver you a healthy & happy baby, dbethd.

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    • LBB says:

      Sorry to hear about about your coworker’s tragic loss of brother especially after losing parents so recently. May the Lord surround him with extra comfort from all who are near.

      I was glad to hear the doctors followed through on iSpot so you could get the extra protection for you and your baby. I pray for both of you to remain healthy through out your pregnancy.

      Hope your job changes allow the best scenario for your family.

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  34. the wife and i would like prayer for our health and finances.
    Barb went through Breast cancer about a year ago now, she seems to be doing OK and i have heart problems.
    so any prayers will be greatly APPRECIATED.
    THANKS AND GOD BLESS ALL HERE.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Jim, I prayed for your wife that cancer won’t return to her and that God would heal your heart problems. I prayed that He would help your money to stretch and would bless you financially. I know what it’s like to have bad health and iimited finances. I have trusted God and he is always by my side and sees me through whatever I am facing. I know he will you too if you ask him. God bless you and your wife.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Prayers that your wife’s cancer won’t return & that you also will be well, Jim. God bless.

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    • LBB says:

      Jim,
      Sometimes I am not often posting on the prayer thread, but I am often reading and praying with others for all the requests. We have seen God working in many lives here at CTH. I pray you and Barb can avoid additional health issues which will help with finances not being bombarded. Take care.

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  35. justfactsplz says:

    My hip revision surgery is today at 1:00 P.M. Please pray for my surgical team and for my after care at the hospital that it won’t be plagued with the mistakes they made last time. After 5 months of gimping around I am so ready for this and am thinking good thoughts that this time will be successful and I will be walking around real soon without pain every step I take. I will check in as soon as I feel up to getting back on the computer. Thank you for all of your prayers.

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  36. Lumina says:

    Hope surgery & recovery is going well….keeping you in my prayers…

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  37. duchess01 says:

    Please pray for our neighbor, Janelle, who is 7 months pregnant and was taken to the hospital by ambulance in the middle of the night.

    This baby is their 8th child – and Janelle doesn’t look as healthy as she has in the past –

    God bless you all for your love and support in prayer!

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    • duchess01 says:

      Thank You, Jesus! She’s home – some BP problems – they think it is hormonal – may have to look into again after the baby is born – Praise the Lord!!!

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    • justfactsplz says:

      I am happy to hear Janelle is home and resting (with 7 kids?). I pray God brings both mom and baby safely through the rest of the pregnancy and labor. God really is touched by our prayers for these little ones. There was problems with my second daughter. She had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck four times and knotted twice. She was choking as she was descending. There was a old lady that prayed for people all over town. She was in California that moment, thousands of miles away. The Holy Spirit told her there was life threatening problems with my baby. She stopped then and there and prayed so hard. My baby was born blue and not breathing but was revived and had no ill affects. It was prayer power that saved her Glory to God.

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      • duchess01 says:

        Amen, just! We will continue to pray for her until both she and the baby are out of danger – she is a beautiful Christian woman who believes she is in God’s hands – more worried about me than herself – we have both been through this before – and we trust God will see her through – agree prayer works wonders! God Bless You, just, for sharing your ‘miracle’ with us!

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    • dbethd says:

      Praying that it is only stress-related and not due to preeclampsia. Praying that if it is stress-related that God will help her to have peace and serenity. Prayers also for her baby that God will protect.

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  38. justfactsplz says:

    I am home recuperating from my surgery. All of your prayers were heard on my behalf. My surgery was scheduled at 1:00 P.M. It didn’t happen until 8:00 P.M. and I was held in pre op all of that time. My surgeon is a Level One Trauma surgeon and had two trauma’s to do before me. I came out of surgery at 11:00 PM.and the doctor still had two more waiting. Poor man. They were very good to me in pre opt and the anesthesiologist was especially caring and nice.

    They had to go very deep and also work on the femur and spike in the femur this time. The old hip revision was dislocated when and I walked and as I finished my step it would slip back in it’s socket. That is why it hurt every step I took. They fitted a new hip and placed a would vac in that will be removed by the doctor this Tuesday.

    The hospital staff were great this time. I was in a different floor and nurses station. They did all they could to keep me pain free. My doctor wanted to keep me until yesterday but the insurance co.. made him release me on Wednesday.

    I have a new home health company also. G was too close to the old one and I could tell she told them ‘poor me” stories about us. I have seen the RN and the head physical therapist already. I have a lot of restrictions with this surgery, some of them life long, so I won’t dislocate the new one. I am only allowed to put 50 pounds of weight on the leg for one month. That is a little difficult. They said to walk on the tippy toes which is hard. It is a good thing I put most of the weight of that leg on my arms the past five months so I am used to doing that.

    I am in a lot of pain right now from surgery but the nurse gave some tips and I am sleeping more which helps. Getting the tubes from the wound vac out will make me more comfortable too. The nurse told me my recovery will be baby steps and take some time. I can handle that and feel like this one is going to be successful

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    • duchess01 says:

      Praise God for the little helpers – it is going to be a long recovery – but, God will carry you all of the way – listen to Him – when He gives you a warning – He is so much smarter than we are – and much more patient, too – be patient with yourself – and before you know it – you will figure out different ways of doing things – it’s called compensation – and you will be surprised at how it works – God knows how everything works – if you have trouble – ask Him – and He will show you what to do and guide you through it – and make you whole.

      I hope and pray you go with God – and rely on Him totally for your healing – in the name of Jesus – I pray – Amen

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      • justfactsplz says:

        Oh, how I love your words of wisdom and that is exactly what I will do. I will “go with God” and let him lead me and show me how to compensate. Already the grabber is my best friend next to my walker. It keeps from bending or twisting wrong to do things. I pray God will not let me impulsively pick something up on the floor but will always use my grabber and I will learn new ways to put on my shoes. Occupational Therapy is going to come to the house this week and show me how to do everyday things safely and what tools I may need. I do feel God’s hand over me this time.

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        • duchess01 says:

          Amen, just! They will show you what they know – accept it lovingly – God will show you ‘different’ – from experience – I learned what God can do – when no one is around to guide or help me – man does not see as God sees – after all – He made us – and knows perfectly well how our bodies work – it is He who teaches us to ‘compensate’ – keep that in mind – and it is He who does the healing – not man – so let His Hand guide you – let Him comfort you when you get frustrated – and by all means – it is okay to cry – He understands – so let go and let God help you!

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    • dbethd says:

      So thankful to hear that surgery was a success. Many prayers that recovery will also be a success.

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