Prayer Requests – 9

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

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  1. kyasgrandma says:

    This song has been a comfort to me in times past.

    Why do these horrible, heart breaking/wrenching things happen?
    I have no human idea. But I hold fast to the belief that our Lord knows and that our sorrows are held fast by and through His Love for us.

    “This is what it means to be held
    How it feels when the sacred is torn from your life
    And you survive
    This is what it is to be loved
    And to know that the promise was
    When everything fell we’d be held”

    ‘Held” – Natalie Grant

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  2. Dear Prayer Warriors,

    Josiah is doing better each day, & a little later I’ll post an update. However, today, July 30th is the official 4th anniversary of his Liver Transplant & so I compiled that Transplant Tale into a blog post primarily from source material I’d written over at the carepages blog I’ve been writing for about 5 years now. Today’s post contains much of the transplant related material from cp starting from when the Liver Masses/Tumors were discovered through the first couple of days post-Transplant. It allows us (& I’m including myself because I couldn’t fully read or process everything even as I copied/pasted things) to read an “abbreviated” version of that journey in one place.

    https://specialconnections.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/four-years-ago-today-a-transplant-tale/

    I share it with you today because of the date, because so many of you have been praying for Josiah, and because so much of what has been written before reflects God’s merciful hand of providence for Josiah in small & great ways during some extremely challenging circumstances.

    I guess that means it represents the hard road, the narrow way, & some refreshing stops along the way….aka it could be taken (to some extent) as a narrative Praise Report (of sorts).

    Thanks so much for your many prayers & encouragements about Josiah & our current medical challenges. We have been mightily blessed by this outpouring of Christian caring. I almost got Josiah to write a post here on this page today so you could get an update from the man himself, but I guess he’s not yet ready to take that step. He did, however, read a number of your replies to posts I’d previously written & appeared touched. Thank you & God Bless You ALL Richly!!!

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    • Joe Blow says:

      So glad to hear Josiah’s doing well, Valerie. From reading your posts I can tell the love you all have for each other is truly heartwarming. Thank you for sharing & enriching all of us in the process. God bless.

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    • Here’s an update for Sunday about Josiah. He is improving little by little each day. Today he got the bandages off the surgical site & got his first post-op shower. He was nervous about having the catheter bag in the shower but it worked out OK. He’s starting to assist in applying the ointment but still gets nervous/fearful of pain when doing so…I think the thoughts bother him more that the actual discomfort.

      We’re doing pretty well on his 4X/day medication routine as opposed to every 12 hours as it’s been for a few years, using the stove timer as a reminder, like we did in the early Post-Transplant days. A prescription strength laxative doesn’t fit in the pill box so I almost forgot to use it for him today. He also has a rinsing mouthwash for a wound site that is to be used PRN that I usually forget to ask him about…oops…

      We went over his entire med list yesterday on speakerphone with my Mom, a retired RN, & discussed a couple issues, like Paxil use or not (to help with anxiety). Currently J doesn’t want to re-start Paxil & he’s managing his fears pretty well all things considered. He has a couple of painkillers, one being a form of Oxy. I told my mom how I’d distributed those pills in the week’s pillbox (there weren’t enough to last the week) so even though this is a PRN med, using 1-2 pills every 4 hours I continued the max dose for 2 days then began stepping it down gradually until all pills were gone. She agreed with my rationale…I thought the hospital had told us the bladder spasm med would be used throughout the cauterization but there aren’t enough pills to last for the duration, so that may require a phone call this week.

      His Respite Care Worker came for their regularly scheduled session today. They usually go “out in the community” but hung out in Josiah’s room. The RCW said Josiah had a lot of stories to tell him & was quite talkative. Later this evening, seguing into early morning (they’re still here) a couple of his siblings friends/co-workers came over to hang out & watch movies. Josiah spent some time with them in our living room but eventually put himself to bed. We’d covered up the catheter bag with a WalMart bag so everyone visiting didn’t have to view his Bag-O-Pee, even though the urine filled tube was pretty obvious. It probably helped that it was late & dark & that the visitors were mostly paying attention to anyone but Josiah….

      Overall he’s doing pretty well. He’s only about 1/4 way through the home catheter usage, which discourages him. He wants it gone yesterday (who wouldn’t). It remains to be seen if he’ll attempt to gear up for his usual outing on Wednesday afternoon to a special needs adult hang out (accompanied by his Respite Worker). He has his eye on one of the young ladies there & has been enjoying conversations with her every week…

      Thanks again for praying for Josiah & me as we’ve been facing these recent medical hurdles. We so appreciate being supported & buoyed up by the Body in this Way!

      Blessings to All, Valerie

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        • JC says:

          Glad to hear things continue to improve in your busy household, Valerie. A shower… ahhh. He must have felt so much better afterward, in spite of the inherent challenges.

          Sorry to hear he’s only 1/4 through the home cath regimen. Freakin’, maddening cath. Had stents after each of several kidney stone surgeries and yeow! Truly unbearable; my heart goes out to Josiah, and I admire him enormously. Glad he has meds for the cath “discomfort” that work for him. In my case, those meds were ineffective, and for what it’s worth, small doses of Ativan (lorazepam) were helpful in toning down the painful spasms around the stent. I know you don’t need another med or suggestion to complicate things, but thought I’d toss it out there in case the next couple of weeks get rocky. I had no trouble whatsoever stopping the lorazepam, but everyone is different, and you know your son’s situation and tolerance levels. You have a good intuitive sense about how he’d respond to tapering off this medication, especially as it would be used for a very short time. Benzodiazepines (Ativan, Valium, Xanax, etc.) can be tricky and are being much more carefully prescribed now, which is good, but they can be a useful tool in pain control, targeting the cause of the pain rather than just masking the pain. Like most meds, they can be a two-edged sword and must be handled cautiously, like you’re doing with all of Josiah’s meds.

          Please ‘scuse the long reply. I wish someone would have told me these things instead of having to learn it all the hard way. 🤓

          Hang in there. You and Josiah are doing a great job with this set of challenges; this won’t last forever, but it certainly feels like it will at times. Hallelujah, right?

          Praying.

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          • I appreciate all the info & have no issues with long replies (or I would surely be an extreme hypocrite!). So sorry that you experienced such discomfort & challenges during your own catheter & surgery, but we are surely the beneficiaries of the wisdom & compassion gleaned from your sufferings as you are so capable of empathizing with Josiah having lived through your own crucible before. How amazing that the Lord can transform our personal hardships & pain into ministry to others, in a way that no one outside of those experiences can fully understand or appreciate. Thank you for extending yourself this way to us as we navigate these somewhat treacherous waters!

            You said “targeting the cause of the pain rather than just masking the pain” & that reminds me of how I prefer to deal with things, if possible. I would so much rather treat or deal with the Root Cause of an issue rather than simply find a way to relieve or cover up symptoms. (Probably another reason I’m drawn toward Conservatism!) Of course that’s not always possible, at least not when we don’t know what the root cause is! Untangling complex & overlapping systems & issues, related to Josiah in particular, has become an art, a science, & a necessary vocation for me as his mom!

            Thank you so much for your insights & encouragement & your prayerful concern about Josiah’s & my well-being. “This too shall pass” was put in The Book for a reason!

            God Bless YOU on your own unique journey…I hope your medical needs have resolved satisfactorily, or if still percolating that you are experiencing The Great Physician providing Healing at every level of your body, mind, spirit, memories, & relationships!

            In Christ, Valerie

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      • justfactsplz says:

        Valerie, my heart aches for you and Josiah and my prayers continue for you both. I have a handicapped daughter that has had over 30 surgeries in her 44 years so I know firsthand the strength needed from God to get through these ordeals. Hang in there.

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        • Thank you so much! This is a club that most of us haven’t chosen, being special needs parents, but it is ultimately a privilege & a hard fought blessing to be entrusted with such precious lives–kids who need us to “stand in the gap” for them & do battle (even with ourselves) on their behalf.

          How is your daughter doing now? Those are A Lot of surgeries. Is your daughter able to be independent? You having made it this far is a major testimony that we too can also survive these challenges. I have been more tired after this surgery/hospitalization than anticipated…

          Josiah had a HS classmate with Cystic Fibrosis who had had “scores” of procedures, surgeries, & hospitalizations. Brett’s younger brother also had CF & came near to getting a Liver Transplant… Unfortunately for Blake interventions came too late & he ultimately died when he was a HS sophomore….no one should have to bury their child.

          These boys’ mother is an extremely strong Christian who carries such a heavy burden of her only children being diagnosed with a terrible life-threatening illness that usually claims its victims before age 30.

          She had allowed both her sons to play football at the High School, it being a “non-cut” sport. She told me that she’d gotten flack for this decision because the risk of injury could cause medical setbacks. We discussed this concept, both having kids with issues impacting their activities. She’d had Blake (at least, not sure about Brett) outfitted with a type of chest guard–it appeared to be some type of orthotic device to me–to provide extra protection against injury.

          Apparently for her sons to be on the Football Team was a Huge Thing in their lives. What being part of that team gave to them was so much more than what was put at risk. Basically this mom believed in the concept of “I just want to LIVE before I die”…& she was/is allowing her son/s to live life as fully as possible while she still has them/him.

          Anyway, from my view from the outside, seeing just snippets of the journey of that family with so much more serious medical needs in all their kids helps to put our struggles into perspective. Although we have been encountering a number of life-threatening surgeries &/or conditions I’ve never been given an “expiration date” for my son in the same manner as that family has. This family’s resilience & faith in the midst of devastating loss has impacted this local community for Christ & for further support for research about Cystic Fibrosis…

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          • justfactsplz says:

            My daughter is able to live independently with some help and guidance. She hasn’t been able to drive for over a decade. Right now she is very sick with the Lupus and RA. They just put her on a medicine recently for them that is making her so sick also. The doctors are now suspecting she may also have MS.

            She moved to West Virginia a year ago to be with her high school sweetheart after they had reconnected after over twenty years. She is very happy and I so glad she has this chance to be happy. She has never lived far from me and I miss her so much but I know she is well taken care of.

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            • Wow the tough road, with twists & turns, continues on albeit transformed a bit. I’m sorry that she is facing such continuing challenges but thankful she has found tender loving care from a sweetheart!

              My son will likely never drive (though he really wants to). It’s hard to imagine that he will develop the attention & self-control needed to be on the road behind the wheel. He also really desires to get married some day, but that is one of those arenas that is truly in God’s hands & beyond our ability to anticipate.

              Is West Virginia far from where you live? Only 1 of my 4 kids have moved out, & he lives nearby in the neighborhood. Even though we don’t see a lot of him, & all the kids apart from Josiah are usually “ghosts” by work, school, or time with friends, it still does make the house seem emptier now that he is no longer living in our home.

              As far as MS goes I hope/pray that she can get a confirming diagnosis, one way or another, so treatment & targeted interventions might begin. God be with you All!

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            • ladypenquin says:

              Jack, maybe you’ve heard of this, though you’ve probably researched everything you can about these illnesses…

              Just in case, research LDN – low dose Naltrexone, it’s being used “off-label” (which is actually quite common by MDs these days) to not only work on RA and autoimmune diseases. I noted articles specific to MS with this therapy. Sometimes you have to hunt to find physicians who think ‘outside the box’ – but as my PCP said, it’s not so much ‘outside the box’ as “forward thinking.” I have an endocrinologist who recently mentioned it to me for a autoimmune diagnosis I developed.

              I’ve been wondering how you’ve been doing, knowing you had a terrible loss recently?
              May God Bless and Comfort you.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      I admire your courage, your faith, and your “Mom Spiritual Battle Mode”. For you and Josiah an abundance of prayers to Archangel Raphael the Healer, to the Mother of God, our spiritual mom and protectress, and to the Holy Family to watch over yours. In Jesus name we pray.

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  3. Josiah is having some issues with the catheter & surgical site. We spoke to an on-call doctor Thurday evening & will be getting called by Josiah’s surgeon (presumably) Friday morning. Please pray for J’s continued healing & comfort from physical & emotional distress. If part of the surgical site has come “undone” please pray for wisdom & timing for addressing this. This is a bit of new territory for us…as in all other surgeries “took” without appreciable incident. Thank you so much for your prayers! God Bless

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    • Just got off the phone w/the Surgeon’s Nurse…we’ll see her later today for some minor interventions, but any further surgery (if needed) would be have to wait 6-8 months for the current site to fully heal. Thanks again for praying!

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      • We just finished up with the Urology Nurse & it looks like the catheter isn’t blocked! Josiah may be “pushing” against the catheter which is causing some issues. He also might be developing an infection at the incision site. They are going to up his Keflex from 1X/day to 4X/day. Please pray that he heals fully & there will be no further need for surgery. He is scheduled to get the catheter removed next Friday.

        Thanks for all your prayers & encouragement! Blessings to All…

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        • We got home about an hour ago & Josiah ended up throwing up practically as soon as we walked in the door…He’s a bit subdued now but keeping things down.

          Refilling his pill box for the week he’s gone from 14 pills/day taken in two doses (pre-surgery) to 28 pills/day taken in 4 doses, plus liquid laxative, ointment 4 X/day, & a mouth rinse PRN. It’s a lot to keep track of, especially when you’re fatigued.

          Thanks for praying for him! We really appreciate this boost to the Throne of Grace!

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          • Been praying daily and will continue to peay for Josia, Valerie. God bless.

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            • Thanks so much GC. Also thanks for the link to the Dallas Catholics blog w/info on the boy w/ the brain tumor you’ve been praying for. I also appreciate what you wrote to Josiah about him standing up for Trump even against the family tide during the primary season…

              Thank you so much for praying for Josiah. He seems to be doing a little better today & thankfully hasn’t thrown up again!

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              • justfactsplz says:

                Valerie, I just sent prayers up for Josiah and the problems with the catheter. I hope and pray his stomach settles down and that there are no major issues with the catheter. May God give you strength and may you rest in Him as I know how tiring being a caregiver for years can be. It is good that you have your blog as an outlet for yourself.

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                • The catheter issues seem to be improved since speaking with the nurse…but the stomach is still a problem. In fact he just threw up minutes ago, which he hadn’t done since last night. Thanks for praying for him!

                  Have you also been in a caregiver role, for your comment implies “insider” knowledge? My blog(s) at wordpress & carepages have been an outlet of sorts, & a means to seek & receive prayer support…sometimes there is the bonus that what is written speaks to someone else–when that happens it’s a major blessing to me (& hopefully to them too).

                  God Bless…& please keep lifting Josiah in prayer as he comes to mind.

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                • justfactsplz says:

                  I was caregiver for one of my daughters for three decades. I have been caring for my husband who has been disabled since 2000. I also cared for my elderly mother for years. I also cared for a friend who lives with us until my own recent surgery. So I know how hard it can be and that one can’t do it alone. You need God’s help, prayers from others, and an occasional sounding board to cope with it all especially when your caregiving is long term.

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                • Amen! You have obviously poured yourself out in service to others…Bless YOU! How are your daughter, husband, friend, & yourself doing? (it sounds like you may have lost your mother, sorry…)

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                • Another need Josiah currently has is loneliness. He’s wanting to see friends & is pretty housebound. This is probably compounded by feeling poorly (post-op & nausea). Blessings…

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  4. julegate says:

    My friend Judy’s grandson died yesterday of a drug overdose becoming the second grandson to die from drugs. Could you please pray for Mother Marna and remaining family members. Thank you.

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    • May the Lord provide peace that passes understanding & comfort for the souls of all. What a terribly tragic situation. God have mercy here & provide a place of calm in the midst of the sotorms…

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Dear Lord in Heaven, I pray for Mother Marna in the loss of a second grandson. I pray for the comfort that only You can give her now to envelope her and hold her close as she mourns a second grandson to this senseless drug epidemic overtaking our country. Be with the remaining family members and comfort them also. It is in your Son Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      I am so sorry to hear this, and am late to this thread. Please let Mother Marna and the family know they are in my prayers.

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  5. StandingonPromises says:

    Please pray that I will receive a clean bill of health for an oncology check up today. It has been 12 years since I recovered from ovarian cancer. I went in to see the oncologist today because I had a pain in the right side when I exercised. The pelvic exam was normal (Praise God!). He has ordered blood work which I should get back tomorrow and also a chest x-ray which should be back in his office tomorrow. He says he does not believe it is a recurrence but checking me out thoroughly. I am claiming that I was healed in 2005 in the name or Jesus Christ. Please claim it with me.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      StandingonPromises. The Bible tells us that by His stripes we are healed. Keep standing on that promise and I claim this promise right along with you. God said it and He did it. Stand strong. God is so good. I am a twelve year kidney cancer survivor.

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  6. StandingonPromises says:

    Awesome! We’ll stand together with God. He is faithful.

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  7. StandingonPromises says:

    Just got my bloodwork back and the tumor marker is stable right where it has been for the last 12 years. Thanks for standing in faith with me!

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  8. StandingonPromises says:

    Thanks you all for supporting me. So much appreciated!

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  9. justfactsplz says:

    I thought I would give an update on my situation. My recovery is at a stand still. The sciatica is so painful and is interfering with my physical therapy. It doesn’t take much to set the horrific pain off. I am still on the walker. When I walk the bad leg dips down badly. I don’t have many physical therapy sessions left and I want so badly to progress to a cane, and then walk on my own again so I can do things. I have an appointment next week with a spinal orthopedic surgeon to see if epidural injections would help the sciatica pain even though it I risky for me to get epidural injections.

    Gary has not been well. His alzhiemers seems to be progressing now. He is such a sweet man and now he has outbursts of rage and anger over the littlest things. He also sleeps a lot. A neighbor from across the street was talking to him and they had no idea that G. and I had surgeries. They have sent food over twice now. We have only lived here a year and didn’t know our neighbors real well. That was such a nice thing for them to do for us.

    G.’s closing on her property is at the end of September. She thought she would buy a place with some acreage and we would all move in together again. Both Gary and I have told her that wasn’t going to happen because her living in the same home as us hasn’t worked out. She either has to get a place close enough we can help her with transportation and meals, move closer to her other friend, go into assisted living, or buy a piece of land with two homes on it, one for us and one for her. That is her options because of her hoarding and anger issues. There are two properties near for sale with two homes on them for around $250,000.00 but she doesn’t want to spend that much. She is making a ton of money on the sale of her property to build a subdivision on. I think Gary and I would feel a lot better and have way more peace back in our home if she didn’t live with us. Gary needs routine and stability right now more than ever.

    As always all prayers are so greatly appreciated. I do read here daily and pray for all that post prayer requests. LUV everyone of you a bushel and a peck.

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  10. litenmaus says:

    My husband Ron has struggled with COPD for over thirty years. Four years ago he was diagnosed with lung cancer and last Tuesday, tests revealed that his heart is now compromised. My husband is at the point where his lungs are filling with fluid and it takes all he has, both physically and mentally, to breath.

    The love of my life is so very tired and I would greatly appreciate it, if you could find it in your heart to offer up a prayer for him.

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    • Lord of grace, peace, & mercy please be with Ron now in a special way. Touch him with a gentle sense of your presence. Bring your healing to him in body, mind, & spirit. Speak to Ron, Lord, in the inward parts. May he hear your still, small voice & incline his ears & heart toward you. May Your Will be done in & through his life…raising him up to overcome this latest medical challenge, easing his breathing & restoring his heart.

      If your plan is to be calling him home sooner than our human hearts & minds would desire, please prepare him & his loved ones for that transitional process. Lord I would ask that you would intervene in communications & relationships & that restoration, forgiveness, & reconciliation would happen–setting all captives free.

      Provide comfort, strength, & peace to Ron’s loving wife & help her to minister to him & his needs with supernatural grace & joy. I ask all of these things in the mighty, matchless name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
      Lovingly offered by your sister-in-Christ, Valerie

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      • litenmaus says:

        God Bless you Valerie. Thank you.

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        • My God Bless You All too! I hope that my prayer didn’t overstep any appropriate boundaries as it was late at night & on short sleep but aspects of it wouldn’t allow me to use the “delete” button so please forgive me if any of it was out of line…How are you & Ron doing?

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          • litenmaus says:

            No overstep at all Valerie, you’re prayer was perfect and provided me with a great deal of comfort

            Ron is at peace, but desperately tired of the struggle. The last month has seen him lose his mobility, experience the dignity destroying processes involved with dying and he’s now at the point where he has to rely on me to feed him, to bathe him and to do all the other little things that he has just recently found himself not capable of doing.

            After our latest Doctor appointment, the Dr. declared that it was time for enrollment with hospice which allowed her to prescribe opiates & morphine (can I say I HATE OBAMACARE) and as of Tuesday, Ron has had some relief from the constant pain he has been dealing with.

            Our community is small and there are only four hospice members serving three counties (and when you consider that my county alone is twice the size of the state of RI,) ya can kinda understand when I say, there really is no way for hospice to do anything other than come in once a week and check Ron’s vitals and help with pain management, but even that small assistance is a huge relief for me.

            I’m okay, (other than the fact that. inside, my world is reeling out of control and my heart is breaking ) but, I’m okay and I’m concentrating my energy on making sure that Ron’s comfortable & that I surround him with my smiles and lots of laughter.

            We’re doing a lot of reminiscing, pulling out memories from our 42 years together and making plans for our next “hot date” in heaven and, all in all, not a bad way to spend our last days together.

            Sorry to ramble on Valerie, but I’ve not had anyone to talk with so I’m taking advantage of your kindness. Again, thank you for the prayer, it truly did bring me a great amount of comfort.

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            • Oh thank you so much for sharing this–your beautiful breaking heart as you minister to your husband in small & great ways. You’re reminding me of my grandpa describing the last night he had with my grandma in their home before she went to the hospital to die. He said he held her in his arms all night long giving her all the love he could knowing that soon she would be gone (he lived another decade before their reunion in Paradise).

              Now I am speaking from Far Outside of what you are going through (just celebrated 25 years with my husband who just turned 50)…but I’m thinking in a strange way your husband’s condition is a blessing to you both. Even though he is outwardly fading away & this decline is accompanied by many indignities, he still has his faculties & you are both able to share love & memories with each other.

              My god father died suddenly a few years back with no lingering illness, woke up with chest pains & died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. My godmother was following the ambulance & unaware that she’d never see him again in this life. Though he was spared “indignities” they as a couple didn’t get the chance to say goodbyes & the process was truly unexpected & overwhelming.

              So, I’m thankful for you both having this special time together where you can show him your love in myriad tangible & intangible ways. I’m writing this with tears for I cannot imagine the pain of watching your husband die in little pieces…but as long as the Lord allows you to be together please find some way to enjoy this final stage of his journey…for this life is but a vapor & in a flash you will both be together again where God will wipe all tears from your eyes & the rejoicing will never cease.

              May the Lord provide you both with all the peace, grace, & strength to do what must be done & to find resolution & reflection & rejoicing that in the end We Win (when we have exchanged our life for Life in Christ).

              Gracious & Precious Lord please continue your ministering work to Ron & his beautiful loving wife. Grant them a wondrous time together as he finishes the race & receives that crown of victory!

              In Christ’s Love, Valerie

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              • litenmaus says:

                Love beareth all things, love believeth all things, love hopeth all things, love endureth all things

                “May the Lord provide you both with all the peace, grace, & strength to do what must be done & to find resolution & reflection & rejoicing that in the end We Win”

                Amen.

                :0) Thank you so very much.

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            • LULU says:

              You are not rambling. Please don’t apologize. Your head and your heart are full. You need loving friends to share with. I am not here a lot, but I pray for all of you to have the Lord’s assistance with your burdens. My prayers have been answered – my son DB finally got a diagnosis for his incredible pain and has now benefitted from a treatment that came with no guarantees. Three months of “excruciating” pain (my DIL’s description) during which neither of them got much rest. On what sounded like a ton of morphine he has been able to cut that two two doses a day and may have tapered off entirely by now. Very weak on his feet after three bedridden, wheelchair months (and little wheelchair time as sitting was misery) he is able to be up and to walk unassisted.

              Prayers – mine, all of yours, his wife’s and those of friends and relatives near and far – brought him through this strange and awful time. What would we do without each other?

              You are a beautiful wife, bringing your husband joy and happiness along with your loving care for his physical needs. Is there anyone in your community who could lend a hand with some of that care? I have never been good at asking for help. My recent experiences have taught me I must get over that.

              Love and prayers…for you and your dear husband and friend…

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              • litenmaus says:

                May God continue to watch over DB and your DIL Lulu.

                Thank you. I too have never been good at asking for help. Ron & I, together, have managed major health issues between the two of us for so long that I’m struggling with a belief that I’m a failure if I reach out for help. Unfortunately, that struggle just takes too much energy, so for now, I’m just trying to do the best I can.

                Thank you for your continued prayers LULU. God Bless.

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                • “I’m struggling with a belief that I’m a failure if I reach out for help. Unfortunately, that struggle just takes too much energy, so for now, I’m just trying to do the best I can.”

                  I really relate to those struggles that take too much energy to manage. It’s also hard when you’ve asked for help & been shot down. Years back a close family member told me she had to “pull away because I can’t handle your neediness”…that was in the era when I had 4 preschoolers & was dragging them 3X/week to multiple therapy sessions for Josiah (which seemed like 5 hours of scream-fest M, W, & F)…It was very hard to ask for help beyond the family after that & really took me years to be able to trust that family member with some of the needs within our household after coming to that place of realization that the Only One I could Really Count On was Jesus…

                  No matter what you are facing “His Grace is sufficient”…though sometimes (seems like always in really hard times) that grace is just enough to get through just the next moment!

                  Try to find a place of refreshing, gleaning peace & refreshment even just in the moment.like with a scripture, a song, a prayer, a sunrise/sunset, a bird’s song, the wind whispering in the trees, the music of summer’s insect symphony (the heaven’s are declaring the glory of the Lord & the earth is showing forth his handiwork…

                  May the Lord continue to minister to you & Ron & send you ministering angels & (preferably) human ambassador’s of mercy in times of weakness, loneliness, brokenness, & emptiness.

                  You are treasured, loved, & uplifted in prayer here in the Tree House! In Christ!

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                • litenmaus says:

                  “May the Lord continue to minister to you & Ron & send you … human ambassador’s of mercy in times of weakness, loneliness, brokenness, & emptiness.”

                  He is, he has and you are. My deepest gratitude Valerie….:0)

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                • Thank you & God’s continued manifold & magnified blessings to you both!

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              • justfactsplz says:

                So happy to hear about the diagnosis and that he is getting better Lulu.

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              • “he is able to be up and to walk unassisted.”
                Praise the Lord for this great news!!!
                God Bless

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                • LULU says:

                  Thank you all. Your prayers have meant so much. Son DB continues to improve and now sounds like himself again on the phone. The massive painkillers caused such a muddle for so long, but he’d not have made it without them. God sent him a neurologist who became very interested in his unusual case. That was the beginning of his turning the corner after three+ long months of pain, disability and uncertainty. A naturally optimistic person since childhood, he is now in PT and looking forward to the time when he can return to work. I know that God heard your and our prayers, and I am eternally grateful.

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                • Rejoicing with you in such wonderful improvements! Blessings!!!

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    • God bless you and Ron, litenmaus
      May God’s love mercy and Grace be bestowed onto you and your sweet husband Prayers going up Hugs and Prayers

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Father God, I lift up Ron to you and ask that you would touch him with Your loving touch of comfort and peace. I pray that you would ease his physical pain and that his breathing wouldn’t be so labored. I pray for Litenmaus that you would give her strength and guidance as she cares for her gravely ill husband and love of her life. I ask these things in your son Jesus mighty name, Amen.

      Litenmaus we are all here for you anytime you need to “talk”. You are not alone. God is beside you and we surround you with our prayers and love for you.

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      • litenmaus says:

        Thank you for the prayers jfp.

        I’ve spent a long time building walls to protect myself but now I find that I’m emotionally shutting down so I just might take you up on your offer in the very near future jfp. thank you.

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        • justfactsplz says:

          Anytime. I did the same thing years ago with my husband’s long recovery from an accident. I stayed strong but found myself just going through the motions. I felt all alone and my emotion hurt so bad that I started shutting them down to.

          CTH prayer request threads have been a God send to me. By the time my husband was in the hospital and on a ventilator from a rare tick bite disease I had found this place and the Wolverine Prayer Warriors saw me through those months. They help me now also during my recovery, Gary’s illness, and G’s mental games. I know there are people who care out there. I have always known God was with me but now I know people are too. It helps me get through tough times.

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        • “I’ve spent a long time building walls to protect myself but now I find that I’m emotionally shutting down”

          Thank you for sharing this aspect of your personal journey. I definitely relate to what you’ve said here. In fact I’ve attempted to be “emotionally shut down” for many years as a way to get through extremely isolating & painful experiences. I don’t necessarily have time or adequate energy to deal with the “emotional” side of life & sometimes question if doing this type of work when one is “trapped” in an overwhelming care-giving scenario. When we are in extremely challenging & overwhelming times being able to “shut down” can perhaps be a functional defense mechanism, a necessity even.

          Do what you have to do to get through these times, keeping yourself surrendered to the Lord in the process. This is a season of refiner’s fire for you both. There will be time, space, & energy to sort out the “emotions” down the road when things have calmed down, if need be. Getting through with relative grace & peace in spite of the cauterized pain is sometimes all any of us can manage (preaching to myself here).

          Dear Lord, please minister your comfort, peace, mercy, strength, grace, & joy even in the midst of sorrows as you equip her to be there & minister beyond her own human ability. Lord may you be present in her hands, heart, mouth, & thoughts making her an instrument of your love, grace, mercy, & healing to her husband. And grant her moments of refreshment & restoration & rest during this difficult & overwhelming season. I ask these things in the Precious Name of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ…

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    • ZurichMike says:

      Asking St. Bernadine of Siena, patron of those with lung disease, to join our prayers to support your husband. And a special prayer to the Mother of God, she who is higher than all angels, to cloak your family in her special protection. In the name of Jesus we pray.

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  11. Dear Treepers earlier today I tried to post a prayer request for Josiah’s post-op visit today, but apparently it didn’t actually post. Here is a copy/paste of a post to StellasPlace1.com with results of today’s visit & further prayer needs. Thank you so much for praying for us, Blessings!

    Here’s an update on Josiah (which I’m copying/pasting from my medically based carepages blog):

    “Today Josiah had his post-op visit with the Pediatric Urologist. The good news is that the catheter was able to be removed & there was no apparent infection. The bad news is that a “fistula” developed & part of the surgical site did not heal properly. At this point the doctor wants to see Josiah again in about a month to re-assess where things are. If it’s necessary to have another surgical intervention that can’t occur for another 6 months.

    The bottom line is that Josiah still needs prayer for his body to heal up properly. Though the doctor said there is about a 5% chance for the fistula to close on its own that is no deterrant to the Lord. Please continue to lift Josiah to the Lord for the complete healing & closure of the fistula. In the event that further surgery becomes necessary please pray that the repair is minimal enough so that he won’t need to come home on a catheter again, something that made this surgical recovery extremely difficult…

    Thanks so much for lifting Josiah to the Lord recently for this difficult surgery & recovery process…& for those of you that have been journeying with us for the long haul…Thank you so much for “coming alongside” many of our complex experiences in caring for Josiah’s myriad needs/issues.

    God Bless YOU All Richly in Christ Jesus!!!”

    This post is from here: http://www.carepages.com/carepages/JournalingForTheJazzman/updates/3860044

    Also I’m going to post again the link for the 4th Anniversary of Josiah’s Liver Transplant post on my wordpress blog (it’s abbreviated mostly from material at carepages but has the bulk of major aspects of the Liver Transplant journey on one page). At least one reader has been blessed by our testimony of God’s grace & provision through some extremely trying complex experiences. If you do end up reading any part of that journey please drop me a line. We are hoping that “the word of our testimony” can be an encouragement to others to hang tough while hanging on to Jesus during journeys in the Valley of the Shadow of Death!

    Blessings to all & thank you for praying for us!

    https://specialconnections.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/four-years-ago-today-a-transplant-tale/

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  12. reenahovermale says:

    I request prayers for these young people, (and some not so young), who are convinced that they are fighting the good fight, when in actuality, their perspectives have been manipulated. I pray that they will find God before they meet him and that they will see the whole forest instead of a few trees soon. Someone said to me that I used to ‘stick up for the little guy, what happened to you?’ and it dawned on me that they really see this as a David and Goliath sort of battle, but they have the players mixed up. Please pray for all of them to become curious enough to seek other avenues of information and for their minds to be open enough to consider it. I really think this is a sickness from a poisoning that has been happening to our people’s minds and spirits, and that the power of prayer can heal it.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      I will pray for these people that they would seek God’s will and guidance. What we are seeing in the younger generation today is unprecedented in mind control. They are being indoctrinated and their minds are being controlled by evil forces. The devil seeks who he can devour. He knows his time is running out and we are seeing more and stronger forces of his evil at work. An important step is for these people to understand that these evil forces (demons) are at work to control their thought process. Once they do that and seek God’s wisdom they can become free.

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  13. justfactsplz says:

    Praise God and thank you for your prayers for me. I can finally see that I am going to recover. It’s been almost 48 hours and I haven’t had any sciatica attacks or that horrendous nerve pain that my every move brought on. I can walk on my walker, do my physical therapy exercises all without that debilitating pain now. Two months and five days it was my constant companion and made recovering from hip revision surgery impossible.

    Now I will be able to work the weak muscles of my hip and leg that makes my leg give and dip down if I try to walk without the walker. I am so happy with this new development because I was starting to get depressed being tied to this bed and not able to take care of my household chores. Today I rigged a rope around the laundry basket and dragged it behind my walker so I could do some laundry and take that load off of Gary. It gave me a great sense of accomplishment.

    Gary is doing better now that he can spend more time outdoors again. He is very interested in taking pictures of the mama bear and 3 cubs that travel through our front and back yard every day.

    G will probably be released from home health care tomorrow after being on it for a year. Gary and I have both noticed a great improvement in her sense her surgeries. When she thinks no one is looking she can walk fast unassisted, lift heavy objects, reach high, and whatever she wants to do yet she is unable to clean her room and bathroom. She could live by herself with some help since she no longer drives. She has improved enough that she doesn’t meet the criteria of assisted living. We hope when her land closes next month she will buy a place of her own close enough that we can help her with dr. appointments and shopping and some meals. Just having her under our roof has not worked out. She is a very angry person and will probably never change. She admits she is an angry person and says it with pride. It is keeping her from having a close relationship with the Lord.

    Again thank you for taking time to say prayers for me. I am getting answers to those prayers.

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    • LBB says:

      I would love to praise God with you for all the progress you have made to get to this stage.
      We will continue to support you as things progress towards improvements.
      I am so happy to hear the pride in your voice for accomplishing those simple things that can give us the sense of independence .
      You bring a lot of wisdom from your experience with your relationship with God . Look forward to hearing how things improve as you work for additional strength with the hip/leg.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Praise God! So glad to hear you’re doing better, justfacts!

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  14. ladypenquin says:

    Today, my son’s brother-in-law is having major open chest lung surgery at MD Anderson in Texas. He’s been diagnosed with some huge – but supposedly non-cancerous tumor – in his chest, which was so large, and growing rapidly it impinged on his heart. Steroids “stabilized it” but nothing else has stopped it. It’s high risk, extensive surgery. I ask for prayers of Jim and all of his family.

    Thank you.

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    • @ ladypenquin, I will include Jim (for his open chest lung surgery) and his family in m y prayers . Please let us know how the surgery turns out.

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      • ladypenquin says:

        Thank you. For now, he is out of surgery, but haven’t heard anything else. Appreciate it, and I know his family does. He is very faithful, and believes God will heal him.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      I’m sorry, I came late to the prayer thread. I just prayed that Jim’s surgery was a success and that God would be with and help his family. For such a serious surgery Jim was in the right place.

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      • ladypenquin says:

        Thank you. Yes, he had made a couple of trips out there. Everyone was stumped as to what is in his chest despite over 400 cancer cks on the biopsies, but it’s presence was life-threatening. At least he came through the surgery, and they did not have to take the whole left lung.

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        • justfactsplz says:

          He is in good hands. I live in Florida and severl decades ago we took my dad there in Texas for surgery. He was there three weeks and they saved his life.

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          • ladypenquin says:

            Update on Jim. They removed an entire lobe of his lung. He is doing well in his post-op period. Expect a few more days in hospital. Don’t have any pathology reports yet. At least at 46, he was in good shape and healthy, which is a big help for healing.

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            • justfactsplz says:

              This is encouraging. Father, I pray that you would help Jim heal from his surgery and that he would get positive results from pathology. In Jesus name, Amen.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      I am late to this thread. Prayers for your son’s BIL. Keep us posted.

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  15. josiahcurren says:

    https://josiahsfreakshow.wordpress.com/

    Hey I heard you guys were praying for me. I appreciate it. Here’s a link to my blog if you guys want to check it out. God Bless you all, and God Bless the United States of America.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Hey, Josiah, I am one of the ladies who have been praying for your recovery from your surgery. I feel like know you because your Mom has told us all about you. I hope you are feeling much better and can enjoy being with your friends again. I have a daughter who like you has had a lot of surgeries so I understand what you and your Mom have been through.

      I know you love the Lord deeply and you are special to Him. Keep the faith and God Bless America again!

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    • Hi Josiah,

      I’m so glad you stopped by the prayer request page to thank so many people who have been praying for you. Also, thanks for asking me to pray with you earlier because our prayer time together was beautiful, powerful, & a blessing. I love you so much and am extremely excited to see how the Lord continues to work in and through you. Thanks for sharing your godly, patriotic, warriors heart! Love, Mom/Valerie

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Hello Josiah! It’s so wonderful to see you posting here. I’ve been truly touched & inspired by your mom’s posts. She’s been keeping us all updated on your recovery.

      You’re a tremendous young man who is loved by God. May He continue to bless you richly each & every day.

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  16. Dear Prayer Warriors,

    Here’s a quick update on Josiah followed by a copy/paste of an encouragement to prayer for our nation I posted on the open thread earlier today, fyi.

    Josiah is doing relatively well in his recuperation though it appears that the two surgical sites are not exactly healing properly. The place that should be staying open is seeming to be closed off while the site that should be healing closed (where the fistula is) is seeming to be staying open. I’m thinking it may be necessary to call to either the Doctor’s office or the department’s resident on-call (after hours) for some further advice, since he currently is scheduled to see the surgeon again for follow up next month. The other day in trying to help the one area to be more opened up I actually caused a small amount of bleeding, so we need wisdom & the Lord’s continued healing touch on Josiah in body, mind, & spirit.

    Part of God’s touch on J’s mind & spirit is partially reflected in the paste below. Josiah continues to have an amazing heart for the Lord. It is such a blessing whenever we pray aloud together. He is often moved to tears as he surrenders himself to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. What a privilege to witness firsthand how impactful is his relationship with the Lord on his heart, mind, speech, & behavior. He continues to live with “unveiled face” before the Lord & in his regular life in part due to Autism. In this sense autism has been a Huge Blessing to him & to us for he is truly incapable of Faking It until he makes it–what you see is what you get & we get a front row seat to so much of God’s working in Josiah’s life in both large & small ways!

    Thanks again so much for your many prayers for Josiah. We are so thankful for this treasured ministry to our family. Josiah also posted some thanks on this prayer request page today too.

    Here’s the paste info…God Bless YOU!

    “Dear Treepers,

    I’ve been playing catch up on reading threads here & at Stella’s since taking a small break to maximize the end of my ancestry.com gift subscription. During my mini-vacation so many horrific developments on our national (& international) stage have taken place. I’ve had Rush & Levin, etc on the radio during some catch-up reading time & so many things discussed have really distressed my son, Josiah.

    Josiah has always struggled with processing the information around him & this is especially so for things he hears & conversations he tries to participate in. Recent events & his challenges in processing them have left a heaviness in his (our?) soul…so today he asked me to pray with him.

    There is Power in Prayer!!! Jesus said “where two or three are gathered in my name there I am in the midst of them!” It really seemed that just my son & I praying together led to a breakthrough. I had the mental picture from the Lord of the Rings movie where a beam of light shot up to the sky & the clouds above began to yield. I also thought about the passage in scripture where Michael & the archangels were prevented from intervening on earth for a period of time until the prayers of the faithful allowed them to break through (think of some Frank Peretti imagery).

    Anyway, the bottom line is I want to encourage you to pray, not only online in our little conservative collective, but also in the real world with at least one other believer! These prayers are effective. They will help each of us gain some eternal/spiritual perspective on events swirling around us. They also can contribute to beating back the Darkness & Deception that are desiring to take hold of us–keeping us from doing the very things that cause them to retreat.

    Gird your loins for battle, my brothers & sisters…”The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty through God for the pulling down of stongholds. For we wrestle not with flesh & blood but against principalities, & powers, & the rulers of darkness in this world…” (forgiven any misquoting here as I’m pulling from memory).

    Let’s keep doing battle in the Kingdom as we also do so in this “natural” world…

    Be strengthened, encouraged, inspired, convicted, restrained, enlightened, & empowered each & every one of us in Our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ!

    Your Fellow Soldier in the Faith…”

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  17. justfactsplz says:

    Today G got some very discouraging news concerning the sale of her land. The builder who has a contract on it says it is going to cost him $87000.00 per lot to prepare the land for the subdivision. He could be trying to back out of the contract. G. has been through so much with the sale of this land going on 14 years now along with a crooked imminent domain attorney who was supposed to help her when the expressway came through.

    G. got very upset and once again questioned why God let so many bad things happen to her all of her life. I explained to her that it wasn’t God but Satan that caused bad things to happen. She wanted to know why. I explained to her that sometimes we do things that open doors for demonic activity. She said she didn’t open any doors. I told her she unknowingly had. I told her that her deep hatred, bitterness, and anger issues opened doors.

    A little while later G. came to me and asked if I would ask my computer friends to pray for her situation. That is a breakthrough for G spiritually to do that. So here I am asking for your prayers for G.

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    • Heavenly Father please minister to G in the way she most needs to encounter you. Send her relief , peace, & a satisfactory resolution of her property situation but do it in such a way that You receive the glory and she knows that You are providing for her needs.

      Please touch her in the inward parts & heal the deep wounds she carries. Help her to let go of her destructive, ungodly anger but help her to channel any righteous anger she carries in constructive ways.

      Be at work in her family situation & minister grace, peace, healing, and forgiveness in those complex relationships. Open her eyes, ears, & heart to you so that she can know you in the many ways you care for her.

      May your will be done in and through her life and may the changes you make in her be used to lead others into your Kingdom. Grab ahold of her & don’t let her go. Shake her, wake her, provide for her materially, emotionally, physically, mentally, relationally, & spiritually. Restore to her (& her family) the years the cankerworm has eaten. Raise her up and give her the Victory in Jesus her heart desperately desires but her mind has been unwilling to consider. Give her glimpses of your love & care for her & set her free!

      In Jesus Name…

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      • justfactsplz says:

        Thank you for the wonderful prayer. The sad thing is G. has no family. They all died and she had no children. We are all she has besides two other girlfriends that live out of town or out of state.

        G. was raped when she was nine. When she was nineteen her brother was killed in a car accident. Her parents died and then her husband died. Her business ventures all failed. Now she has had all of the problems for years over her property. When we took her in her home would have been condemned. These are the may reasons she carries resentment, bitterness, hate, and anger. Only God can heal these types of wounds.

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        • Thank you for clarifying. I guess I thought G was your daughter (my mistake) & that she was just so angry & bitter that she couldn’t live with you any longer due to necessary boundaries.

          “Only God can heal these types of wounds.”

          Amen! May He continue to use You to show forth his compassion & love for G.

          I wonder if you might have a Celebrate Recovery group in your area? My husband’s bands have played at some of their local meetings on occasion. CR is built on the 12-step concept & appears to be an overt Christian ministry. The one I’ve seen periodically (when my husband is providing music ministry) has sub-groups for men & women & teens. There are those more focused on chemical dependency & those more on emotional needs (for the women primarily). Many in attendance have majorly painful backgrounds (as do some of the video testimonials sometimes shown) yet have been in the process of being healed & set free from “hurts, habits, & hangups”.

          My own brother attended a CR group in OK due to Anger issues surrounding his divorce & was significantly helped. Such groups often have a wider knowledge base of the darkness in society & may be better able to minister to G’s deep needs with the real-world tangible accepting Love of Jesus than a typical church might do!

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          • justfactsplz says:

            If I could get G. to go my church has a wonderful recovery program. She doesn’t like churches because of some of the mega churches making mistakes that hurt Christianity.

            G.. actually graduated from high school with me. We knew each other then but not well. When I bought my flower shop in the 90’s G sold us ferns she grew on her land. A few years later I sold it but continued to work for the new owners. G. worked there then and we became very good friends. I knew she had no family and when she fell gravely ill a year ago we took her in because of the horrible conditions she lived in. G. is also a hoarder and lived in filth. We have tried to help her but it is beyond our capacities.

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            • Prayer for her on your part & of those you’ve asked to lift her up IS Helping Her! I’m sorry she has such significant issues but given what you’ve shared of her background they seem relatively “reasonable” coping/avoidance strategies.

              We’ll continue to pray that the Lord would minister to her directly in the ways that she can actually receive & benefit from…Thanks for showing your heart of love & concern for her & also displaying healthy boundaries (like in the Serenity Prayer). Blessings!

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        • lvdancer says:

          jfp, there is break through. I saw her sitting up in bed. Her head was bowed so low upon her chest. He entered the room and walked up to her from the foot of the bed, reaching His arm down toward her. She looks young & so broken. He is reaching for the hurt child in her because she can’t possibly be that young. Tell her that I have a pearl I want to give her. Everyone pray, pray, pray that she be healed and made whole in the name of Jesus. Pray that the chains of oppression and misery, loneliness and pain be gone. Now! In Jesus name. Amen.

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          • justfactsplz says:

            Oh, praise God. Something else happened today that I could tell affected G very much. My son in law and granddaughter were visiting. They don’t know anything about G. or the anger and bitterness other than they have seen her lose her temper at the man that installed our satellite t.v. My son in law was talking about running into an old friend and how that friend had turned his life around and let go of hatred and anger he had carried for years towards others. I could tell G. was listening to him tell this very intently.

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          • lvdancer says:

            PS.
            The pearl. It took me 2 hours to post the above because I was so overwhelmed with the desire to give her a pearl. I had to do it. It consumed me. I could not shake it. But I could not find any earthly way to give her a pearl.

            I looked up the definition of pearl when I woke up. This definition just jumped off the page at me:
            pearl noun
            Someone or something considered exceptionally precious:
            gem, prize, treasure.

            I finally understand that I was feeling His perception and desire, not my own.

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    • dbethd says:

      God we are thankful that you have hope for every soul. We pray for your healing hands in G’s spirit that she is able to see your Divine love and to have that Divine love in her heart. Help her to forgive others and to forgive herself.
      In Jesus name we pray.

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      • justfactsplz says:

        Thank you. I pray all of the time that she could see how loving God really is and how He longs to have a relationship with her and to comfort, heal,, and deliver her.

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  18. josiahcurren says:

    I know you guys are busy. But I wanted to let you know that I posted some more things . check it out when you get a chance.

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    • Hi Josiah, just a suggestion, but if you want to direct people’s attention to a particular blog post you did at FreakShow (JosiahsFreakShow.wordpress.com) maybe post the link so people reading your post here will know which thing you’re referring to. Since this is a prayer request page, & some people that have been praying for you might see your post here, maybe you might want to draw people’s attention to your scripture post(s) or those related to your medical journey…but that’s just my thought.

      I’m so glad you’ve stopped by the TreeHouse again! Much Love, Mom/Valerie

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  19. dbethd says:

    Thank you for the prayers for my husband and our family while we deal with Lyme. It has been two years since my husband was first diagnosed and was dealing with his failing health (at 31) and the disbelief and lack of support from my family. He held much anger/bitterness from that time.

    During these past two years he continued to talk of how could he move on, how could he forget what they did. This past month he called my brother to his auto shop to “talk.” I think much of it was just venting again, but he said he asked my brother “how do I move on?”

    Then he texted my sister and my dad asking how they were doing. My dad is recovering from knee surgery, so his message was about that.

    We both feel that our relationship with my family won’t be like before, while we were healthy, seeing family often. It takes most of our time to eat healthy, and the little time we have left in the evenings after work, we value for spending with our children. But I have been hopeful in God’s working hands in my husband’s heart to forgive and move on. Thank you for your prayers.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Prolonged illness does take it’s toll on family relationships, I know. I will pray for your husband and your family that God will help to rebuild strong family ties even though the relationships may take off on a different path than when your husband was healthy. Hopefully your husband will be able to move on and your family will accept the ravage of lymes disease. God bless you all.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      Your husband may be clinically depressed. Have you asked his doctor to check that out? Prayers for a speedy and long-term solution.

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  20. josiahcurren says:

    https://josiahsfreakshow.wordpress.com/2017/08/15/the-forgotten-constitution-of-america/
    Here’s another link to another post I did. Check it out when you get a chance.

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  21. ladypenquin says:

    I’m sorry to bother anyone with this prayer request, because it isn’t about medical needs, but the emotional needs of my son. He is a veterinarian, works in the government, 1st job out of school Nightmare boss who is making his life very difficult. It’s clear there is a target on his back. Son has difficulty with not being stubborn and seeing the holes one falls into in life – until he’s in one. Over the years, I’ve cried lots of tears over him, and he seems to get things fixed and move on. But he is in a small desolate town in California, little social contact – permanent night shift – wants to find a nice girl and have a family. None of which seems to be happening for him (been there two years) and now it clear it’s a matter of time before they find a way to get rid of him, or he gets ahead of this and gets another job. BTW, all the family is on East Coast. He landed up on the West Coast, taking the first job offer out of school.

    I know when your son in 30 yrs old, you’re not supposed to stress anymore about them, but that’s not who I am. I request prayer for God’s hand to be upon him and lighten his heart and aid him take the actions he needs to take.

    Thank you.

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    • This powerful prayer was shared on Sunday’s Open Discussion…& I wanted to make sure all the Prayer Warriors here could also join their prayers in agreement here so here it is as originally presented. Blessings!

      “georgiafl says:
      August 20, 2017 at 7:00 am
      Prayer for President Trump and for America:

      Heavenly Father,

      Your servant, our President Donald J. Trump, is under attack like we’ve never seen before.

      Lord, today I come before you to ask that the armies of Heaven are dispatched to do battle against the demons who are trying to destroy your servant, our President Donald J. Trump.

      Lord, it says in Your word that where two or three are gathered in Your name and pray according to Your will, it will be done. And today I am joined by thousands who are praying this prayer. We ask that You pour out Your Spirit upon this nation and heal this land so that our president can do the work that we asked him to do.

      Lord, he is under attack at every single turn — the Russian investigation, accusations of racism . . . . But we know that You called him forward for such a time as this. He not a perfect man, none of us are. We’re all sinners. I’m a sinner. But it is through Your grace and mercy and work on the cross that gives us salvation from our carnal nature.

      Lord, I’m calling down the blood of Jesus to cover our president and all who are fighting with him. No weapon formed against him shall prosper. The fiery darts of the enemy will crumble at his feet.

      Lord, you know this, that those who would work to destroy this nation — the globalists, the socialists, the communists, and the liberals — they have mounted a force to take him down, so that Satan’s agenda for this country and the world would be complete.

      Lord, America is the last beacon of hope in the world. The Devil wants to destroy it and bring it under his reign, subject to the global order, so that his son, the AntiChrist, may rise up and reveal himself and enslave the world.

      Lord, I know that it is written that these days will arrive and there’s nothing we can do to prevent the written word of Your prophecies. But Lord, we ask that You extend the grace period so that more souls may be won — won for Heaven before the day of judgment arrives.

      Lord, our hearts cry out in Your name. Please hear our prayer and strike down our foes, so that love will prevail again in this land. Strike down the agents of Satan who have corrupted the hearts of our enemy. Soften them, Lord. Soften their hearts and open their eyes to Your plan for this nation, that our president, Donald J. Trump, is working to fulfill.

      Lord, I pray this in Your name. I pray this in the name of Yeshua the Messiah who reigns forever and ever.

      Amen.”

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    • “the emotional needs of my son.”
      All needs are the domain of the Lord & of prayers. Personally I think that those emotional needs can be the more challenging to address. Medical needs are often limited & relatively tangible. Emotional needs are much more fluid & can (sometimes) be kept hidden easier. We live in a culture that (at least used to) promotes such independence that it can be difficult to address loneliness & various sorrows, especially for a man.

      Heavenly Father, I lift Lady’s son to you. Be with him in a tangible & personal way. Speak to his heart & deepen his walk with you. Let him find that place of digging deep into you & your ways so that he can lay the firm foundation spiritually that is required to have a godly marriage & family life. Protect him from those that seek to do him harm. Guide & direct his footsteps & lead him on the path that you have for his life. Prepare him & his (presumed) future wife for the life you have called them to. Bring them into each other’s lives in your appointed time. May they be to each other & to their respective families beacons of Light, Love, Peace, Joy, & Truth. May they both seek to build their house on the Rock that is Christ Jesus! I ask these things in Jesus name, Amen…

      On a related note, my special needs son, Josiah (who has done a couple of posts here) has had many emotional struggles in his 21 years, has been mightily impacted by focusing on his walk with the Lord more than fixating on those things within/without that may be lacking. His relationship with the Lord has probably been the main component in his overcoming these challenges as they arise (& they still rear their heads)…so that is one of the reasons my prayer was slanted toward the spiritual side of your son’s needs. Body, mind, soul, & spirit are interconnected so that saturating oneself in Scripture can be an effective way to rise above some emotional challenges…& my son Josiah provides tangible evidence of this power of the Word of God over depression, despondency, loneliness, & confusion on a nearly daily basis. God Bless You!

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      • ladypenquin says:

        Thank you, Valerie, for your kind words and prayers. I’ve been reading your son’s Josiah’s journey, and it indeed what an incredibly difficult one. I even feel guilty knowing that so many others have children with greater needs than my son, but in some ways my Stuart’s perceptions and dealing with the world has been so detrimental, if not crippling for him. he became skeptical in his faith journey years ago after painful experiences, and still struggles. His siblings my hubby and I, of course, feel sure that if he could reconnect to the Lord his life would brighten…the things of world would impact him less, and his good heart would be able to shine.

        He is visiting us this week (that’s how we learned of his latest struggles) and I will pray especially to the Lord for His healing/guiding touch to be upon him before he leaves this weekend.

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        • “I even feel guilty knowing that so many others have children with greater needs than my son,”

          Years ago as Josiah & I (& a couple of my other kids) were waiting to see a regular pediatrician another mom in the waiting room was crying. I ended up speaking with her & she shared some of her fears because her child was soon to have his/her first surgery to get tubes in the ears. After she’d talked for a while she turned to me & said something like I probably couldn’t really relate to what she was saying.

          I told her that my son had already had multiple ear tube surgeries, plus two open heart surgeries, and several urogenital birth defect repair surgeries & a hernias in the groin repair. At that point this woman became embarrassed to have been crying & she said that I basically must just think she was a baby because she was upset with the pending “small” surgery after having faced so much with my young son.

          What I shared with her is applicable (in my mind) to what you are facing with your son too. Anticipating or observing pain in our kids is very difficult. Our fears & concerns for their well-being are real. Facing a difficult medical or emotional road is painful & overwhelming for us as mom’s & these challenges are real & reasonable. We are not in a contest with other parents of “one-ups-manship” to see who has the most tragic & difficult tale…

          Reading about your perspective on your son’s emotional/spiritual needs makes me feel sad & burdened for him. I wish/pray for him to be set free, to know how much he is loved, & to realize the blessings which permeate his life. Josiah’s life stands in counterpoint to that of so many “regular” people (including our immediate family). He has faced many challenges on many fronts (& we have slogged through the mud with him alongside) & he has chosen to Praise & Worship the Lord & he has run into the arms of the Lover of his Soul! This continually renewed choice on his part has historically & perpetually born Fruit in his life & also had a positive impact on those who live with & encounter Josiah. But believe me there are still battles to managing his emotional needs on a nearly daily, hourly, & even a moment-by-moment basis–but how much further down the road to maturity is he because he usually turns his heart & mind to the Lord so that he finds “rest for his soul”…

          I would love to see your son unburdened by those weights he carries & recognizing that his personal surrender to the Lord & desire for a “closer walk with Him” could/would be a key factor in “rising above” some of that despondency. However, there is no quick fix for that “melancholy” personality (both my husband & I wrestle with such brooding tendencies, especially in tough & overwhelming times)…

          Thankfully the Lord provided David & the other Psalmists who so clearly & eloquently articulate the heart’s cry to be set free from darkness. If your son recognizes that darkness that overshadows him perhaps he will become at least somewhat open to the Giver of Light.

          One of my favorite bible passages is “Lord I believe, help Thou my unbelief!” That is me in a nutshell, ever caught in the tension of that approach-avoidance relationship with God!

          Dear Lord, please be with Lady’s son & minister to his hurting heart. Open his eyes & ears to realize that his true desire is for You & Your ways. May he lift up his eyes to You & begin to desire to know You in the inward parts. Comfort him, draw him close to You, minister peace & refreshment to his soul. Be with his family during this visit & help them to love & embrace him in such a way that he is drawn closer to you as well as drawn closer to his earthly family. Put your words in the mouths of those he interfaces with so that he is pricked in his heart & begins to hunger & thirst after you (even if it is for the “selfish” motive of reducing his internal pain). Please let him know the Truth so that the Truth will set him free! In Jesus’ Name–Amen!

          God bless you as you continue to love & lift up your precious son to the Throne of Grace. Your mother’s heart of love is a blessing to me, & likely to many who have read your words! Thank you for sharing…

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          • ladypenquin says:

            Thank you for such an extraordinary, sweet sharing of wisdom and prayer. I’m going to print out the prayer, share it with my faith-filled daughter & son-in-law, and post it on my frig. While it brought tears to my eyes, it also helped me to realize we (and my son) are not alone in this challenged journey. The Lord is with him!

            I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to aid me, along with the others here, to deal with life’s pain.

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            • Thank you for sharing this! Sometimes it can “feel” like we share deep things from our hearts but that it just falls to the ground & blows away in the wind. I think we are all growing & sharing “fruit that will remain” on this prayer request page! God Bless You All!!!

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    • justfactsplz says:

      We never quit worrying about our children. My two girls are in their forties and I still worry over them from time to time. So don’t beat yourself up about that. God cares about our emotional well being just as much as He cares about our physical well being.

      I just sent up prayers for both you and your son. I prayed that God would open up new doors of opportunity for him in the job situation. I prayed that it might be back on the east coast and that God would lead him to the woman He has picked out for him. God cares and God is good, so good to us.

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      • ladypenquin says:

        Thank you, Justfactsplz. It’s true one’s emotional well-being has importance because without the right anchor, the right understanding of how to deal with the world or even perceive it – harm is caused. My son struggles with misconceptions, partly because he has a naivete and decency about him, but also a lack of wisdom in approaching life situations.

        I appreciate your thoughts and your praying for him.

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        • Grandma Covfefe says:

          Praying for you–My daughter is going thru rough time-got out of abusive marriage and is struggling. They share full cusody of one child-very dicey. We are very concerned for her as well.

          I feel for you, Lady P. I have your son down in my prayer book along with the others here.

          Praying for you all–
          I don’t come here as often I i want to-Out there is very disturbing and our country and president needs prayers too, but just know I’m praying for you all, too, daily. It’s all in my book.

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          • ladypenquin says:

            Hello, dearest Grandma Covfefe, I always appreciate your wise and prayerful comments for our President on the other threads. Thank you for your kind words and thank you for adding Stuart to your prayer book, (which must be enormous) as you devote so much of yourself to others in need. It eases my heart to know we’ve been lifted in prayer at CTH.

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            • Grandma Covfefe says:

              Bless you for your love of heart. I love reading you on other threads as well. Just know I pray for you and Stuart every day as well as the others.
              We are such a precious bunch here at CTH.

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          • justfactsplz says:

            Thank you for your prayers for us. I will pry for your daughter. I know as a mother how you feel. My daughter was nearly killed by her first husband. Abuse is very heartbreaking and the concern for safety is ever present. Adding a child to the mix must make it even harder. May God protect, guide, and comfort your family.

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            • Grandma Covfefe says:

              Thank you! She so badly needs it. She isn’t attending church now which she needs it. Since they split, her ex had been fired 2 times! Praise God, they settled the financial issues to 50-50 on the child before he got fired. He’s now living with his parents-a mess. My daughter works overtime daily to make ends meet. It feel so good to know many here are praying for my daughter.

              Our prayers: 1) she get back with Jesus as I have so gently reminded her (and him the night they told us they were spiltting), 2) Reconnect with solid Christians 3)she’ll finish a unfinished thesis then 4) she can move on, walking with the Lord (and naturally like every parent desire, 5) a kind and loving husband.).

              Thank You, everyone here at CTH, for praying for everyone else here. It truly is a soul-nurturing feeling to see each one of you ministering to one another. Even if I’m not being ministered to that day, it still moves me to watch/read others doing it. This site has been a life-saving and spiritually-saving place for us. It helped us not to feel so alone and floundering in the rough seas. The Lord continues to lift us up daily as long as we walk with Him.

              God Bless you all and I love you wonderful Treepers, with a grateful heart.

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              • justfactsplz says:

                Please try to get your daughter to get abuse counseling from a qualified abuse counselor along with pastoral counseling. There is a wheel in domestic violence that goes round and round and it is so easy for the victim to fall prey again to another abuser. It happened with my daughter. That circle has to be broken. My daughter was finally freed from it and has a very loving man now, one of her high school sweethearts some twenty years later. God works in mysterious ways for sure.

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    • dbethd says:

      I pray that he would heed God’s still small voice and be guided by His hands in his life.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      Prayers that your son finds his way, a new job, and loving bride!

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  22. dbethd says:

    Need prayers please. I’ll try to condense. My MIL is crazy, manipulative, conniving, evil. Before she and my FIL divorced, they adopted a boy. When they divorced, she told someone she was going to brainwash the boy against my FIL.

    When he turned 18, she told him to sign a paper without telling him what it was. He gave guardianship to her with that signature. This son emailed a school buddy, that he was afraid of her and to help him escape her house. So FIL try to contest guardianship in court. His first mistake was none of his other children were there to back him up, and 2nd mistake was he didn’t show the court/his lawyers any of her nasty text messages and emails. He lost.

    Well two weekends ago FIL called a well check on his son. FIL hasn’t seen him for 2+ years as she controlled all contact. She texted him back that because of what he did she was going to do a well check on FIL. Well a cop showed up at MY HOUSE. We filed reports against her.

    Fast forward to last night. She filed a temporary restraining order against my FIL (her ex). She wrote up a complaint and the son wrote up a complaint (looks like her hand writing) against FIL. The son is now 20yrs old, and he could very well be brainwashed and want to stay with her.

    We are going to fight it and bring all of her text messages & emails that she sent to FIL. We have spoken to our local police chief, and he has recommended a good attorney and to postpone the hearing scheduled for this coming Monday. He has been very helpful.

    Please pray for us as we fight this woman in the liberal court system. Thank you in advance.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Praying for you-very heart wrenching.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      To use a child as a pawn in a divorce is in itself evil. Add evil liberal courts and it is a recipe for disaster. Thank God our Lord does battle for us and will be right by our side when we come against evil. I prayed that what they plan for evil will be for naught, that it will be a victory for your side and the well being of this young man. I prayed that no weapon formed against you will prosper and that the light of the truth will prevail.

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    • dbethd says:

      Thank you everyone for your prayers. My husband just called me. MIL gave her statement first, and the judge dismissed her case without even listening to anything from my FIL or my husband! So thankful to be done with this chapter for now. Hopefully she won’t do anything else drastic.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      Good heavens, what a mess. We need some serious spiritual firepower here. Archangel Michael, Defender of Righteousness, join our prayers to help clear the air of evil in this matter.

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  23. Grandma Covfefe says:

    Our Father who art in heaven,
    Hallowed be Thy name.
    Thy kingdom come.
    Thy will be done,
    On earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
    And lead us not in temptation, but deliver us from Evil.
    For Thine is the kingdom and the POWER and the GLORY forever.
    All in Jesus’ Name, forever—-
    Amen.

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  24. ladypenquin says:

    Update on Jim, my other (twin) son’s brother-in-law). They have finally found out the etiology of the large mass removed from his lung last Thursday. It’s non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. All the biopsies had not reached into the center of the mass where the actual tumor was encapsulated. They also removed a couple of lymph nodes revealed as possible “hot” spots from the pre-op PET Scan.

    Non-Hoghkin’s lymphoma is a treatable cancer with good prognosis (of all cancers) – he is young, at 46, and otherwise in good health. Will begin chemotherapy or radiation, don’t know which will be first at this point. Jim remains at M D Anderson cancer treatment center in Texas.

    We are relieved to know what he has and are positive about further outcomes. Thank you for all your prayers and I hope you’ll continue to keep Jim in prayer as he goes through treatment.

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  25. Dear Prayer Warriors,

    Please keep my son, Brandon (Josiah’s twin) in your prayers. He is going through a personal crisis of faith & wrestling with some tough issues & choices. There are a couple of people involved & we desire the Lord’s intervention in each of their lives. We are praying for God’s will to be done in & through Brandon & how he conducts himself in a (hopefully/prayerfully) Christ-like manner going forward. May the Lord be Glorified & may things work out for Brandon’s (& the other parties’) good.

    On a separate note, Josiah & I are finally heading Up North again to spend some time at my parents’ Cottage in Northern Michigan. We’ve been hoping to take such an excursion ever since Josiah’s recent surgery–& he still needs prayer for that healing process. I’m coming back home next Friday to support my husband in an unexpected concert recently booked for his band, The Lively Pelts for the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend. Josiah hopes to stay up a little later & either come home with my oldest son & his wife or his twin brother & his sister. Please pray for travelling mercies, rest & refreshment, good fellowship, & a rekindling of each of our walks with the Lord.

    God Bless You All…& thank you so much for lifting up needs in my family as well as “carrying each others’ burdens in love & so fulfilling the Law of Christ!” You are all such blessings! In Christ, V

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    • Joe Blow says:

      I will be praying for Brandon now as well, Valerie. I can sympathize with his struggle. There are a fair number of people in my professional (& to a lesser degree) my personal life who are unbelievers & it can begin to take a toll on you after a while. I pray every day that my faith will be strengthened in the face of this opposition, & that the Lord will intervene in their lives & convict them of His truth.

      Thank you so much for sharing your family’s burdens with us & being a shining light in this blessed place. You’ve truly been an inspiration for me & undoubtedly all of the wonderful people here.

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      • Thanks so much for your prayers…& your encouraging words, which are such a blessing!

        Josiah & I basically prayed our way across Metro Detroit as we headed Up North last night. Nothing like a comprehensive collective prayer to re-center one’s thinking. May the Lord continue to strengthen & equip you with His Grace & Peace & put His words in your mouth “instant in & out of season” to be an inspiration, encouragement, & a light shining out through the darkness wherever your journey takes you. God Bless!

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Valerie, I prayed that you and Josiah will have a wonderful time of renewal at the cottage. I prayed for the Lively Pelts that their music will minister to many who hear it. When I prayed for Josiah’s twin I prayed that God will guide him in this relationship and that he would stay true to his Christian convictions. I prayed that the other part would open their eyes and see the path that God has chosen they walk. Of course I prayed for traveling mercies during this holiday for all involved. God bless your whole family.

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  26. justfactsplz says:

    Thursday will be three months since my surgery and I am still on the walker and still having a lot of pain with the hip and leg. I am still in physical therapy. I went this past week to the spinal surgeon to see about getting some epidurals for my back to relieve some pressure off of the nerves in my hip and back. They cut through a lot of nerves during my surgery and some of them are waking up while others are not firing and controlling the muscles right. I have five bulging discs in my lumbar back, scoliosis, degenerative discs, and things I can’t even pronounce.

    The surgeon wanted me to have physical therapy on my back but medicare won’t approve any more for the rest of this year. He also set up an appointment with the doctor who does the epidurals for a consult on Oct. 3rd. Surgery on my back is a last resort and I whole heartedly agree.

    Please pray that my walking will improve where I can walk without the walker and resume my daily duties. When I try to walk without the walker the muscles lock up and the leg just dips down and won’t support me. On the walker I use a lot of my weight on the right hand to support the left leg. I so thought I would have been long recovered by now.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Praying for you for resolution and healing.

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    • Sha says:

      I pray for you and everyone who comes to this thread. I pray you and Gary and G are doing well and everything works out with the living arrangements. I have a lot of stressful things going on right now which aren’t really important compared to what you and others are going through so I just wanted to let you know I haven’t forgot you are others here you are always in my prayers.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      Prayers continuing and keep us posted.

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    • dbethd says:

      Prayers that God will help keep your faith strong and your spirits up as you deal with your stubborn body. Prayers also that He touches you with His healing hands to help you have less pain and more movement.

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  27. Sha says:

    Prayers being sent up for our Texas treepers.

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  28. Dear Prayer Warriors,

    I’m copying/pasting a comment already posted on the Open Discussion Thread because so many of you have been keeping Josiah (& I) and now Josiah’s twin Brandon in your prayers. Thank you for so faithfully lifting so many needs to the Lord!!! You are all such blessings. In Christ, Valerie

    “Dear Treepers,

    I’m dropping in to share a bit of what’s currently happening with Josiah & I (without playing catch-up in my reading)…

    We have been blessed to get out of town for a bit to my parents’ Cottage in Northern Michigan in advance of the holiday weekend when other family members should also be joining us…

    Internet access is spotty & dependent on the kindness of neighbors allowing access to their Wi-Fi for J’s I-Pad, or using computers at the local library (from which I’m currently contacting you).

    Here are some of the things keeping us occupied during our break from “regular” life & Josiah’s continued convalescence post-operatively: reading, puzzles, movies & popcorn, video games, worship music, conversations (including continuing to somewhat intensely “process” fallout from Josiah’s school situations & special ed battles), cooking, walks, basketball, hand-washing dishes, WWII documentaries, word searches, coloring/drawing, devotionals, scripture reading & a mini-sermonette by J, star gazing (briefly on arrival, night sky’s been obscured ever since), animal/bird watching, genealogy, library excursions, shopping, cleaning, & in general enjoying the slower pace Up North…

    Here’s what we still hope to do: swimming (tomorrow it’s supposed to be 75 which may be the best day for taking the plunge in the frigid spring-fed waters of Otsego Lake), walks along the train tracks gathering rocks & shells, blackberry picking, playing some vintage games, enjoying some spectacular sunsets (hopefully), & visiting with various relatives when they begin arriving starting Thursday for the Holiday Weekend.

    I’ll be heading back to Metro Detroit late Friday/early Saturday to join my husband for his band’s concert at The Ritz in Roseville, MI on Saturday. This gig came up rather suddenly & is cutting into our usual Holiday plans at the Cottage but it should be a blessing to participate in this Christian Night at what is usually a secular venue. In addition to The Lively Pelts (Michael’s current band) there are two other bands slated. Harken (Michael’s former band) is scheduled to open. It should be nice to see the guys & their wives (hopefully) again since they are finally back on stage with their new bass player. The headline band is Sweet Crystal, & this band is often hovering around #1 on Reverb Nation’s Detroit charts for Christian Rock Music. Michael got to meet the drummer from Sweet Crystal recently when the Pelts were playing “Jesus Jam” alongside (surprisingly to me) Kelly Willard (from way back in the day)…

    Please keep this Christian concert in your prayers for the Lord to be glorified and for the participants, equipment, families, & vehicles to be protected. Pray for salvation for all in attendance, including those who work at the venue & should be hearing things “incidentally” to their jobs. There seem to be A Lot of spiritual attacks that arise whenever The Lively Pelts are getting ready to play, more so than other bands Michael’s been in. Given that people have gotten saved in 4 of the last 5 concerts (that I know of) it would appear that there is some degree of positive impact for the Kingdom of God beyond just having fun “Rocking for Jesus”!

    Hope each of you are doing well & will have opportunities for rest & refreshment over the upcoming holiday before the school year begins in earnest.

    Thanks for so many of you keeping Josiah (& I) in your prayers! God Bless You All!!!

    Hopefully here will be a link to Michael’s band’s Reverb Nation page (containing songs recorded before he joined the band, but most of which he also now plays)…Blessings!

    …sorry for any formatting issues with this comment for I wrote it up first in email before copying/pasting here…”

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  29. justfactsplz says:

    G. got bad news today. The home builder that had the contract on her property that was supposed to close next month backed out of the deal. Now she is back to where she has been for fourteen years. All of the properties around here have sold and now have subdivisions on them. I pray for God’s will concerning G’s situation. Our living arrangements are barely tolerable. She and Gary are fighting now and I think that makes Gary’s disease worse.

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    • dbethd says:

      I’m sorry to hear that. I was hoping for good news from this. I pray for G to get relief from the burden of her land that would fit into God’s will. I also pray that you & Gary receive peace & guidance from the Hand of God in the face of this turbulence.

      One tip that I have from my husband, he looks for soothing, “sad” music on youtube that plays for an hour. He listens to that if he is stressed and feels like his symptoms from lyme are increasing from stress. Maybe Gary could try something like that too.

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      • justfactsplz says:

        Thanks for the tip. Gary used to love to listen to music and I do too. It is a stress buster. This home has music through an intercom that I have only used twice in the year we have lived here. I till certainly give it a whirl.

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        • LULU says:

          jfp, you have done the best you could for G, out of the goodness of your heart. There comes a time when you must take care of yourself and your husband. She may be one of those toxic persons who is unable to change. You cannot let her destroy you and your husband. Has she no family?

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          • justfactsplz says:

            Yes, G. is very toxic for our household. She causes the peace to go away. She has no family. They all died.

            To make matters worse, the contract on her land fell through. She now owes $4000.00 taxes on it by the end of the month. She is a great risk of losing her land. She only gets a social security check. It appears we are stuck short of calling the Dept. of Children and Families and let them take her somewhere. When her land was supposed to close we thought of a couple of properties that had two double wide mobile homes on them. That might have worked because G. would have had her own house to hoard in and we would have had our own clean peaceful home. We would have been close enough to help her with meals and transportation.

            The situation is making Gary worse and the stress is hard on my own recovery (I am still on a walker). Gary even mentioned today moving up to Alabama near his brother where housing and the cost of living is cheaper than here in Florida.

            When we took G. in it was supposed to be until her land sold and then she would go and buy her own place. Well, she got sick and had to have three surgeries and home health care for a year and we have had her for 17 months with no end in sight. I so appreciate all the prayer warriors here.

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            • Dear jpf – Living with someone who brings chaos to your household is [understatement] so very difficult. It takes a toll on one’s health, and from what you say, your and your husband’s health is already compromised. It’s so difficult to know what to do, isn’t it.
              I will keep you, your husband and G. in my daily prayers, that Our Lord will show you what to do – what’s best for all three of you, and that you are able to do what He shows you with great peace and hope. I’ve been in a similar situation as yours, (living with an extremely difficult relative), and I know the toll it takes on one’s mental and physical health.

              My list of prayers for treepers is lengthening!
              God bless you, Gary, and G.

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              • justfactsplz says:

                Thank you for including us on your prayer list. G. could sell her land if she came down on the price. She is so greedy she won’t consider it yet she risks losing it over not having the money to pay the property taxes. She was zoned agriculture and could afford the taxes. It was re-zoned residential and now she can’t afford the taxes. She may horse around and lose her property.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      Holy Family, help G’s family in this frustrating time. Amen.

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  30. nhgardengram says:

    Dear Treepers, it has been some time since I’ve posted here, and am amazed at the wonderful support you give to each other. This is an update on Jen, my daughter-in-law who has stage 4 breast cancer. Her trial did not prove helpful, and she is now awaiting God to take her. I ask that you pray she focuses on Him and the love from the people around her. May He love her and take her into His arms forever. Please also pray for my son; this has been 3 years of hell for him.
    My prayers for all of you who go through the trials you have in your family. God Bless!

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    • Ad rem says:

      Prayers offered to you and your entire family rhgardengram.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      Psalm 23

      The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
      He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
      He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
      Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
      Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
      Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

      God bless and comfort you and your family.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      I hate to hear this news about Jen. I pray that God will ease her pain and take her peacefully to her eternal home. I pray that God will comfort and strengthen your son through these trying times. I pray for the whole family to feel God’s arms and presence around them and to draw near to Him.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      I’m so sorry. Prayers for her & your son, & your whole family.

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    • dbethd says:

      Prayers for you all.

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    • Plain Jane says:

      Yes.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      Asking St. Agatha, patron of breat cancer patients, to join our prayers for Jen. Mother of God, higher than the angels, please join our prayers, too. In Jesus name we pray.

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  31. justfactsplz says:

    President Trump has declared today a national prayer day for Texas. Here is my prayer I offer up.

    Father God, I come to you to ask for your mighty hand to move in favor for Texas. I pray that all who need rescued to be found and rescued. I pray that there is plenty of nourishment and shelter available to them. I ask that you would move and provide more permanent housing for those who have lost everything. I pray that all medical needs will be treated. Lord comfort those who have lost loved ones in this hurricane and hold them close to you.

    Father God, I pray that the unity we see in Texas will spread across America. May those who have hardened hearts and commit evil acts against our country be subdued. May they realize love and respect for their fellow man. I pray that racial divides would be healed and that we become one nation, under one flag, and under one God, you dear Lord. I ask all these things in your precious son Jesus name who bought and paid for us by dying on the cross. Amen.

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  32. froggieleggs says:

    Just wanted to give an update. Last Tuesday I finished my last round (30) of radiation and Friday I did my last round of chemo. Now we sit back and wait a few months before doing a scan to see how all this worked. I’ve been in and out of the hospital over the last few month.

    I now have a feeding tube in because the radiation burned my throat, and I can’t swallow. I’ve lost 70 pounds since first diagnosed in June. Which have the doctors concerned.

    I get around with a wheelchair or walker for now because I get dizzy a lot. Doctor says I should start feeling better in a few weeks. I can’t wait!!

    Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers!! You guys mean the world to me!!

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    • Ad rem says:

      FROGGY!!!! When I saw your comment pop up on my Admin panel, I ’bout jumped (how appropriate) outta my chair! 😀 I’m so glad to hear that you’ve finished your last rounds of radiation and chemo. Can’t wait to rush back and tell Sundance and the rest of the gang. Sigh….if there was just some way i could psychically send you some extra weight, I would….I can spare it. 😀

      You will start feeling better soon….everyone always says they do. Now, I have to rush off and spread the news! I’m so excited….even more so than usual! 😀 😀 😀

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    • stella says:

      froggie, so glad to hear from you, and to know that the treatment is finished! I’m sure you will be feeling better soon, and when you can eat normally your weight will come back (doesn’t it always?)

      Hang in there, and prayers continue.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      It is so good to hear you have finished those treatments Froggieleggs. I knew you were tough and could scrape the bottom of your bucket for the needed strength and endurance. Like Ad rem I wish I could send you some extra weight. I have gained so much during my recovery from lack of getting around. I hope and pray the dizziness soon leaves and that your throat will heal so you can once again eat real food. I will pray that you will start feeling better pronto. Hang in there girl and cyber hugs coming at ya.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      God bless you, froggie! So good to hear from you!

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    • WeeWeed says:

      Great to hear from you, Froggie! Prayers that your throat heals quickly and you can get some of your weight back to keep fighting!

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    • ZurichMike says:

      Late to the party, but glad you have met this milestone! Prayers continuing.

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  33. John Carifidy says:

    Treepers, I never thought I’d find myself asking for support and prayers on the internet. This request isn’t for me or my family, but for a friend of my kids. It’s come to my attention that a girl they’ve known since elementary school is in a desperate, compounded situation, and I had no idea how desperate or compounded till an hour ago…and I can’t get it off my mind.

    This child (and an upper grade high schooler is still a child in my eyes) has a broken family…mother died seven years ago, father has been in and out of drug use, doesn’t work regularly, spends any funds and aid they get on his own selfish needs. She has a younger sister, that is the ‘angel child’, who must be served by ‘Cinderella’, including giving the younger girl her portion of food. This girl confided in a mutual friend what her home life really is, and also the fact that she is not regularly fed. This breaks my heart. There have been a couple of cases within the last year of kids in my state being starved to death.

    Fortunately, this mutual friend confided in one of my daughters as my dear husband gave them a ride home from a school function, and Hubby told me. We discussed this as a family, and between the friend and us, and a few others will see to her needs in a manner that will preserve her dignity. (yes, I’m a woman, with a male nom de net).

    As if the above situation isn’t horrible enough for anyone to endure, I’ve found something even more disturbing, but I can see how it is a natural consequence of her circumstance. I got poking around her facebook and see that she keeps an account that has friends and parents of friends. She also has one with some of the high school’s troublemaker kids, and several adult men from places like Pakistan, India, Albania, the Netherlands, etc. There are also a few adult women from Asia, one of whom posts lesbian porn. All Muslim. All of their friends hidden. I can see their friends from their likes, and they are also Muslim, although some of them are women, in large US cities. I’ve gone through most of the non-local adult’s pages, and their is a common link to them and this child…they’re all fans of a particular American action hero actor. Knowing how traffickers operate, I’m sure they troll those sort of pages, looking for ‘items’ on their ‘shopping lists’. I also found out she began a job at a fast food restaurant at a truck stop on a major highway system, both EW and NS. She’s a very likely candidate to be trafficked.

    Unfortunately, this child has no one in her life to explain to her how traffickers operate. Or even care who she friends. Or even bothers to make sure they have her log ins, so they can check her activity. And, because this is still in confidence between ‘Cinderella’ and a mutual friend, we can not say anything. We will be having a discussion with this mutual friend, also a student, hopefully the friend will convince her to speak with us, or an adult in the school with authority.

    Until then, Good Treepers, I’m asking for your prayers for this child, not only for her material needs, but for protection from what she may have opened herself up to.

    I

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    • WeeWeed says:

      Prayers that you’re all able to help Cinderella and keep her safe, John.

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    • How awful and scary, J.C. I will be praying for Cinderella for her material needs and especially for her protection. Thank you for posting this.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Paws cross and prayers up for the troubled lass. Please continue to keep us informed.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      I have stood in the gap and prayed for a hedge of protection to surround this precious child, Cinderella. I prayed for her material needs and food would be provided. I have come against the evil forces that want to draw her in to horrible immoral things. The only way I get any sense of peace concerning her is if child protection services were to remove her from her home and place her in foster care with a loving Godly family. Her environment is just to downright dangerous for her to remain in it. Please keep us posted on how you are doing concerning Cinderella. She needs to know she has value and that she is God’s child.

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    • dbethd says:

      Prayers for this girl that God, who knows her needs, will protect her and care for her.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      You are a saint for meeting this challenge. Prayers to St. Nicholas, patron of children, asking him to join his prayers to ours to protect “Cinderella”. Archangel Michael, defender of the faith, please drive all demons and evil away from “Cinderella”. Mother of God, higher than the angels, “Cinderella” could use some maternal support and protection. This we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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  34. Jhixon says:

    Please pray for my nieces. Brianne has a tumor on her spine. It is right behind her heart. The doctors will irradiate it, then try to surgically remove the rest but to do that they have to pull her heart out of her chest. Many thanks for prayers for her. Chelsea is a mildly retarded 29 year old trying to support herself…abused as a child…her mother is an alcoholic, so not a lot of emotional support, there.
    Thank you much!

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Jhixon, reading your request brought tears to my eyes and even more tears fell as I prayed for your requests. I prayed for God to guide the surgeon’s hands during Brianne’s surgery that he would get the tumor out and that her heart would be protected and safely put back in her chest. I prayed for Chelsea that God would comfort her and that she would feel his love for her. Abuse is a terrible thing and comes in many forms. I was abused and my oldest daughter was abused. See if Chelsea can get abuse counseling of some kind to help her as she tries to support herself. All of us here are happy to pray for you and your loved ones anytime.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      I shuddered reading that they have to take her heart out & put it back. Can’t even imagine such a thing. Prayers for Brianne that the surgery goes successfully & that she has a full recovery, & for Chelsea that God would bless her & have her know that she is loved.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      Archangel Raphael the Healer, join your prayers to ours for Brianne. St. Dymphna, patron of those with mental challenges, join your prayers to ours for Chelsea. Guardian angels, attend these two women in their hours of need. Mother of God, please provide maternal strength and support to Chelsea. Archangel Michael, protect Chelsea’s mother from whatever demons are tormenting her. All this in the name of Jesus we pray.

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  35. josiahcurren says:

    https://josiahsfreakshow.wordpress.com/2017/08/31/one-of-josiahs-psalms/

    Here’s a link to a recent post I did. By the way I’m praying for you guys on here. Remember Jesus loves you.

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  36. James W Crawford says:

    I am enduring tribulations right now and would appreciate prayer support. Almost exactly a year ago, I discovered that the tenants who rent a small compund with a house and barn on my large, rural property allowed their grandson and his associates to install a large, marijunna grow in the barn. As you might know, Oregon has decriminalized marinunna, but contrary to misrepresentations made to me by the pot growers, the tenants and their attorney, the grow was unlicensed and illegal. Unfortunately; the Yamhill County is to confusedand apathetic to be helpful. We have been doing the “eviction dance” ever since without success. The situation escalated a few months ago when the tenant fired 2 rounds from a shotgun at my adult son. No firearm can be considered non lethal, but we have evidence that he was firing slugs. The nearest miss was by only 10 feet.

    We are going to eviction court tomorrow. I need prayers that God will move the Judge in this bastion of liberal lunancy to see reason and rule that these vermin should be evicted.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      I have you down and we will pray for you, James. Let us know how the court hearing went tomorrow. We are in SoCal so we so understand the lunancy of these systems.

      Sometimes renters can be more trouble than what’s worth. My parents had business rentals and some tenants were pretty hair-raising. So sorry to hear your problems have moved up into ‘gun issues’.

      God is with you.

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    • dbethd says:

      Prayers for you.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Wow, James, this is a terrible problem you have there. The fact that they fired a gun at your son should be enough to have them evicted let alone the illegal grow. I pray that God protects you, your family, and your property and that these evil doers will be evicted from your property pronto. Keep us posted as to how we may direct our prayers for you

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    • Ad rem says:

      Add my prayers for you to the list James. I felt my blood pressure rise at least 20 pts. just reading this.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      Keep the faith. And keep us posted.

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  37. Plain Jane says:

    I cannot answer all here, but just want you all to know Tonight I am praying for all your intentions.
    God bless and keep you.

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  38. AmyB says:

    Can I draw upon the prayer strength of the faithful in the Treehouse to pray for my friend, Pete Brehm? He has been diagnosed with peritoneal carcinoma, a rare, aggressive cancer. He got a second opinion yesterday, which confirmed that the cancer will kill him in a matter of months. I know God does miracles. Pete is handling his diagnosis well because he knows the Lord. However, his wife will have lost her second husband and I worry for her. I will appreciate knowing that you all will offer up prayers for Pete’s recovery. Thank you!

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    • Ad rem says:

      I’ll be happy to pray for your friend Amy.

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      • AmyB says:

        Thanks so much.

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        • MaFreeman says:

          Praying for Pete Brehm …. and you, AmyB.

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          • AmyB says:

            Thank you MaFreeman for praying for Pete and Patty. Thank you also for praying for me. My prayer ability is very immature. My faith in God is strong but the last 10 years have been extremely difficult for me. Every time I start to pray about it, I stop because I think there are millions of people who are in much more desperate situations than I am.
            Anyway, my request was for prayers for Pete and his wife so, again, thank you!

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            • ZurichMike says:

              Archangel Michael is the Defender of the Faith. Here is a powerful prayer to help you “clear the space” around you to let your faith grow:

              Saint Michael Archangel,
              defend us in battle,
              be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil;
              may God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
              and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
              by the power of God, cast into hell
              Satan and all the evil spirits
              who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
              Amen.

              In addition, the Breastplate of St. Patrick is a soaring incantation of glorious faith. Stand in a quiet area outside in the garden and recite this — your spirit will soar, and hopefully your faith and your confidence in prayer will grow, too!

              I bind unto myself today
              The strong Name of the Trinity,
              By invocation of the same,
              The Three in One and One in Three.

              I bind this day to me for ever.
              By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
              His baptism in the Jordan river;
              His death on Cross for my salvation;
              His bursting from the spicèd tomb;
              His riding up the heavenly way;
              His coming at the day of doom;
              I bind unto myself today.

              I bind unto myself the power
              Of the great love of the cherubim;
              The sweet ‘well done’ in judgment hour,
              The service of the seraphim,
              Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
              The Patriarchs’ prayers, the Prophets’ scrolls,
              All good deeds done unto the Lord,
              And purity of virgin souls.

              I bind unto myself today
              The virtues of the starlit heaven,
              The glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
              The whiteness of the moon at even,
              The flashing of the lightning free,
              The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
              The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
              Around the old eternal rocks.

              I bind unto myself today
              The power of God to hold and lead,
              His eye to watch, His might to stay,
              His ear to hearken to my need.
              The wisdom of my God to teach,
              His hand to guide, His shield to ward,
              The word of God to give me speech,
              His heavenly host to be my guard.

              Against the demon snares of sin,
              The vice that gives temptation force,
              The natural lusts that war within,
              The hostile men that mar my course;
              Or few or many, far or nigh,
              In every place and in all hours,
              Against their fierce hostility,
              I bind to me these holy powers.

              Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
              Against false words of heresy,
              Against the knowledge that defiles,
              Against the heart’s idolatry,
              Against the wizard’s evil craft,
              Against the death wound and the burning,
              The choking wave and the poisoned shaft,
              Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

              Christ be with me, Christ within me,
              Christ behind me, Christ before me,
              Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
              Christ to comfort and restore me.
              Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
              Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
              Christ in hearts of all that love me,
              Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

              I bind unto myself the Name,
              The strong Name of the Trinity;
              By invocation of the same.
              The Three in One, and One in Three,
              Of Whom all nature hath creation,
              Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
              Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
              Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      I will pray for Peter, his wife and for you.

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Prayers up for your friend Pete & his wife, Amy. May He grant them more time together & comfort them through this.

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    • bessie2003 says:

      Prayers for Pete Brehm and his wife

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Amy B. I have offered up prayers for Pete Brehm and his wife. I also know God does miracles as I have received several. I prayed Pete will receive one too and that his wife won’t have to face losing another husband now.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      Dear Amy, of course we will pray for Pete and for his wife. Lord Jesus, help this family in their hour of need. Amen.

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  39. kyasgrandma says:

    Please pray for my sister-in-law, Kay.
    My brother (her husband) just endured a lengthy and arduous cancer treatment himself.
    Her Facebook post:
    “Found out that my breast cancer has metastasized. It has spread to my to my lungs and liver. Pooh. Don’t know the treatment protocol, yet. Probably chemo.”
    Lord Jesús Christ, have mercy.

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    • MaFreeman says:

      Praying for Kay, your brother and all family including you kyasgrandma. Hugs!

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Praying for Kay, husband and for you, Kyasgram

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Prayers for Kay & your brother, that He may have mercy on them & help the doctors treat her cancer, comforting & sustaining them both along the way.

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    • bessie2003 says:

      Prayers for Kay and her husband.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      I prayed for strength for your brother as he supports his wife through the days ahead. I prayed for Kay and her treatment. May God truly show his loving mercy and be with your family and give you his loving peaceful presence.

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    • kyasgrandma says:

      Thank you all for your prayers. I believe prayers should be “Large.’
      There is a quote I love:
      “Pray the largest prayers. You cannot think a prayer so large that God, in answering it, will not wish you had made it larger. Pray not for crutches but for wings!”
      – Phillips Brooks
      I believe the good Lord gave Kay this verse:
      “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”
      Kay has an arduous race to run…but the prayers of the faithful support her as we agree to pray for her healing. In the name Of Jesus I pray it. Amen.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      Indeed, Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on Kay. Seeking prayers of St. Agatha of Sicily, patron of breast cancer patients, too.

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  40. Concerned Virginian says:

    Dear TCH family,
    I will need to sign off for the foreseeable future. When I can, I’ll be reading Sundance’s very cogent articles and your MAGA, insightful responses.
    Some of you may know that I have previously posted things about my husband, age 107, WWII vet, Trump supporter from Day 1, a true Patriot of The Greatest Generation.
    I am in the bedroom of our house now, looking at him lying in his hospital bed. He is peacefully sleeping. He is now under the care of the local Hospice agency. He may have 3 months left.
    A very strong IV antibiotic that had to be used to kill a UTI that was threatening to spread to his internal organs somehow crossed into his brain. Within one week, my husband, the retired college professor, published author, one of the founders of the Darden Graduate Business School at UVA===became unable to stand, to walk, to feed himself, to speak clearly, to know his surroundings. The effects of the antibiotic on his brain pushed him into the abyss of severe dementia, agitation, hallucinations,and combativeness.
    The doctors cannot tell me if he will recover any of his former mental acuity and mental process given time. They cannot tell my why this happened except that he suffered a “rare side effect”, the type you read way down the Side Effects list under “Rare” and “Unknown but Reported” list of incidences.
    I ask you to pray for my husband. I hope the seroquel that is being used now to manage the presence of the dementia calms him down, controls the symptoms, and allows him to sleep. I hope when the time comes, he passes away in peace. I hope he can recognize me and our son before he leaves us.
    God be with you all. May you enjoy good health, good friends, and a loving family.
    God Bless President Donald Trump and give him wisdom and courage.
    God Bless the United States of America.

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    • Ad rem says:

      Dear CV…. I will certainly be praying for both you and your husband. I went through this with my father about ten years ago, and I know the sorrow and the stress you must be experiencing. The agitation, hallucinations, and combativeness are incredibly difficult to understand and to cope with. I pray they find the right combination of medications to keep these under control. Peace…..I just wish the both of you peace through God.

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    • WeeWeed says:

      Prayers for all of you, CV. Please check in when you can.

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    • stella says:

      Dear Virginian,

      Your pain is received and understood. Praying for you, your son, and your husband. May your prayers be answered.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Concerned Virginian, I prayed for your family, that God will clear your husband’s brain and that he will know and enjoy you and your son’s love. I also prayed that God might let him pass peacefully in his sleep. I am so sorry to hear your news.

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    • CV, I join the other treepers in prayer for your husband. I pray that the medication for his dementia works, and he can sleep. I pray that that your hopes for him will be answered, and when he passes, Our Lord will greet him with the words “Well done, good and faithful servant”

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    • Joe Blow says:

      So very sad to hear this, CV. What an incredible life your husband has led. I pray that the Lord will grant your wishes—that the medication tempers things, that he recognizes you & your son, & that He is merciful to bring you peace. God bless you both.

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    • TatonkaWoman says:

      CV -:your posts have been missed, and now understand why. As you have shared updates of your husband’s health in the past, I have marveled at his age and the life you have shared with him. I pray that God will restore his peace, acuity, and awareness of you and your son. And may you sense His presence in a very special way at this time.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      Oh my dear Lord! What a burden. Angels, attend CV and her husband in their hour of need. In Jesus’ name we pray.

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  41. Grandma Covfefe says:

    CV,
    Praying for you and your dear husband. We went thru this with my Dad-tough place to be, and we understand the pain you are going thru.
    May the Lord be with you all and give you peace. Our prayers are with you.

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  42. Nigella says:

    May I ask for prayers for My Sister? She has a melanoma and has to have 2 toes removed on Tuesday…. Pray that it hasn’t spread… Thank You…

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    • Joe Blow says:

      Prayers for your sister, Nigella, that it hasn’t spread & that He provides her with His love & comfort to endure this.

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    • justfactsplz says:

      Nigella, I prayed that your sister’s surgery went well and that they were able to remove all of the cancer and that it did not spread. I prayed for her recovery and that she would be able to walk on her foot again. soon.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      I am sorry to hear this, Nigella. Keep the faith. Prayers to St. Raphael the Healer for your sister.

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  43. TatonkaWoman says:

    Treepers, please offer up some prayers for Mr. TW, who will undergo some very serious back surgery this morning at 9:30 (eastern). And also for me as his caregiver when he gets home. Many thanks!

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  44. ZurichMike says:

    I know. I know. I haven’t been on this thread in a long time. More on that another time. Right now, this family needs some serious — and I mean SERIOUS — spiritual support:
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/ct-carrie-deklyen-baby-dies-20170921-story.html

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  45. justfactsplz says:

    I need prayer once again. We were out of electricity and water for five days with hurricane Irma. The incredible heat made my legs and feet swell worse than ever. It was unreal how big they were and painful too. The last day they swelled so tight that fluid started trickling down my legs from the pores. I was short of breath. It was the congestive heart failure. I went to the doctor today and even though I have air now my legs are still swollen quite a bit and she could hear fluid in my chest. She told me for the next three days double my Lasix dose. It the swelling doesn’t go down by then I have to go in to the hospital for crucial treatment. The double dose today did not produce any results.
    I have gained 35 pounds very quickly. I have never weighed this much in my entire life.

    I thought we didn’t have any damage to the home from the hurricane but I was wrong. We have this huge walk in closet. Whoever designed this home didn’t put in any linen closets so I store extra blankets, sheets, and pillows on one end along with suitcases containing off season clothes. I hobbled in there yesterday to change shoes after physical therapy and found the carpet was wet. So were the linens and the clothes inside the suitcases.

    Gary went up on the roof. A lot of shingles are missing and the chimney pipe was bent over and all the rain ran down the wall and seeped inside the closet. We have a real mess on our hands. We are leasing this place with an option to buy next July. I called the landlord and he had no idea how long it would take to get a roofer out here. He has insurance but said his deductible is so high he can’t use it. We do not have renters insurance. I have wore myself out all day dragging the laundry basket behind my walker trying to wash and dry mountains of stuff to see if the moldy smell will come out of them and if they can be salvaged. We have more rain coming this week.

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  46. Posted on yesterday’s thread…in case you missed it. Blessings

    “piper567 says:
    September 22, 2017 at 12:57 am
    hello, friends,
    my friend who’s been watching me brought me home from hospital this afternoon, and I’m doing as well as can be expected. Those of you who have had complex surgeries know what I feel like…sorta like I have been in a car crash.
    But my left hand is warm, as I now have a blood supply in the arm…Praise God there were no adverse effects from the surgery.
    Sometime in the future, the right arm will be addressed.”

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  47. dbethd says:

    Prayers for all Treepers.

    Reading in 1 Peter 3 it says “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer” and I just felt like this means more to me now that I’m a parent. I am always trying to watch out for my two young children for their safety. I know it’s not possible to always protect them even though I would like to. So I felt like reading this that God is truly able to protect and keep us safe as His eyes & ears are toward us, watching us and listening for our cries.

    It is a reminder for me as I pray for all Treepers that God will hear your/my cry and will protect you/me.

    Love to all.

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  48. dbethd says:

    Thank you all again for your prayers for my husband. The last update I posted was Aug 21st. We had our yearly big church gathering, and the spoken message of forgiveness was pressed on my husband’s heart. He asked forgiveness from my sister and my other brother. He just feels at peace with God telling him it’s time to move on & let go.

    He still wants to ask forgiveness from my other sister who lives about 6 hrs away. He feels like even though he felt they wronged him, that he was wrong in dragging it on and being angry about it.

    Want to say again that I am thankful for all your prayers. I am hopeful now that this will be a big step toward recovery of Lyme now that he is trying to heal his spirit.

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