Today we have some on-going requests — and some BIG praises!
1. First, is Henley. Please continue to pray that ALL the disease would leave her body. Big praise for Henley and her family: If things stay on schedule, then they’ll be able to be home for Christmas! This has been a major prayer for them, so to see it answered is wonderful! (Henley’s Website: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/bravebee)
2. Please continue to pray for Rachel. Rachel is in her mid-30s has cancer in several areas. The situation has progressed to the point where they can’t give her any more treatments, so she’s been put on hospice care (the doctors estimate that she may live up to a month). Please pray for peace and comfort for Rachel, as she is concerned about leaving her husband and their 7-year-old son (who has autism). Please pray for her husband and son, too, during this incredibly difficult time. (We know God can perform miracles. Please pray one for this family.) Here is a link to Rachel’s CareCalendar: http://carecalendar.org; ID: 38500; Security code: donnyis6.
3. Please also pray for strength, healing, and a reduction of pain for my friend, Garland, who has been fighting bone cancer for almost 4 years now and has recently had some complications. He has been such a great example of someone who loves God, loves God’s Word, and loves others for so many people throughout his 70+ years. (Please also pray for his lovely wife, Pat.)
4. Update on Matthew‘s (age 12) heart surgery: The procedure went well and he’s doing well! Praise God! (They’ll be replacing the valve in June.)
5. Praise for my friend Erica and the good news on Emersyn! If you haven’t read Erica’s story, you can do so here: Erica’s website.
I’ve loved reading all the blogs and facebook posts about thankfulness this week. (If you want to read mine, click here: remaining thankful.)
I think in prayer (all year long) it’s important to remember to include praise and thanksgiving. For one thing, God deserves it. For another, it helps us realize how many blessings we have! (If you want to read another blog on thankfulness, I’d suggest my sister-in-law Emily’s blog post: Time for Thanks.)
Today, I’d like to suggest two areas for (prayer) warrior wednesday:
1. Consider what you’re thankful for. Making a list might be helpful. And consider telling those people. A lot of us talk about what we’re thankful for on Thanksgiving Day. It might be nice to talk about what we’re specifically thankful for in each person. (And don’t forget to talk to God about what you’re thankful for about these people AND about Him — remember: all of these good gifts are from Him!)
2. Please continue to pray for Henley. (Henley’s website) They’ve had a rough week, and almost lost her. One of the things I’m most impressed by is what an amazing job Lynsey and Grant do in praising God in the midst of some really serious, heartbreaking prayer requests. They’re an excellent example for all of us. (For more on Henley and the other kids I talked about last week, see this post: the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.)
Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!
The post on Friday will kick off the Christmas posts!
To read this week’s Monday post, click here: (remaining) thankful
To read the wife series from the beginning, click here: (becoming) a godly wife
To read the fully submitted series from the beginning, click here: (becoming) fully submitted
So, I really liked the 30 days of thankfulness thing people have been doing on facebook and on their blogs. If I don’t do it all at once, though, I’ll forget something, so I thought I’d do all of it now, in honor of Thanksgiving week. (If you’re looking for parallelism in my grammar, you’ll probably find this post sorely lacking. Sometimes I list things I want to thank the person for, sometimes I list things I’m thankful for about that person. Sometimes I do a mix. Sometimes I probably do something else entirely. So, even if the mechanics are slightly sloppy, the sentiment is as honest as it gets.)
1. God: For every good thing, all the time (James 1:17).
2. Jesus: For saving me out of pure, undeserved love.
3. The Holy Spirit: For guiding me, consistently, without giving up on me.
4. Dan: For being a tangible example of God’s love for me. I may never understand why He chose to bless me so lavishly by making me your wife, but I will be eternally grateful that He did.
5. Mom: My first friend. The person I can call with literally any question. Thank you for always, always being there.
6. Dad H.: You never had to treat Michael and me like your own children. But you always did. Thank you.
7. Dad R.: I’m thankful that he’ll always believe in me. I’m awed by his dedication and love (for people, places, and ideals).
8. Tonya: I’m thankful for how much she loves my dad. I’m also continually amazed by her kindness.
9. Mike: It isn’t lost on me that he’s a big reason Dan is such an amazing man. I’m so thankful that he was the kind of man I’d want Dan to grow up to be like.
10. Marla: I’m very thankful that she so graciously let me be Dan’s wife without any of the jealousy or competition that so often characterizes mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationships. She’s an amazing example of selflessness and generosity.
11. Michael: Much of what I could say about him would embarrass both of us pretty terribly. So, let’s just say, he was an amazing brother to grow up with. To watch him go from crying because he thought a snipe had bitten me (he was in Kindergarten, I used ketchup, it was mean and hilarious, I got in trouble) to letting me sit on his lap and cry when some boy broke up with me was pretty amazing. (Sorry ‘bout the snipe thing, bro.)
12. Gina: It would take a lot for me to think someone was good enough for Michael. But she is. It was amazing by how seamlessly she (and her two sweet girls) fit into the family. It’s like they were made to fit!
13. The girls (and soon the boy!): My first niece, Livi! And two wonderful additions, Caybree and Lexi! And I’m thrilled that we’ll soon be welcoming a little gentleman into the mix! Watching my brother be such an amazing father to these girls has been a huge blessing.
14. Mark: The only sibling I ever shared a room with. The Orris to my Blanche. One of my very best friends.
15. Matt: I’ve loved him since the night he was born. I’ve loved watching him at every stage. Being his sister is an experience I am constantly grateful for. Thank you for being you, Matt.
16. Alanna: We look quite a bit alike, so I like to think that if I had been cooler, taller, better at sports, prettier, and more outgoing, then I would have been a lot like her in high school.
17. Sarah: Some of the funniest lines I’ve ever heard have come out of her mouth. And she is one hard-working girl.
18. Bryan: Bryan gives the best hugs.
19. Carly: Sometimes I take a picture that isn’t blurry. I will never, however, take a “Carly picture.” And I love that she uses this skill to bless so many people in so many ways.
20. Brett: The Parks sibling I felt most welcomed by first. Thank you for that, Brett.
21. Corinne: Sometimes I plant some flowers in a pot on my porch. Sometimes I remember to water them. One time I sewed a blanket. Corinne cans her own food (from her own garden). Corinne can make shoes. I am continually amazed at the way she uses the natural gifts God has given us.
22. Daniel: I know that if I asked he’d give me the shirt off of his back. And it would be big enough that I could use it as a tent, so that’s a bonus. I’m not special, though. He’d give it to anyone who asked. That’s just who he is.
23. Sara: I am continually amazed by Sara’s patience and the unfettered love she has for people. She is very clearly carrying on the proud tradition of the Goldsberry women. The world is better for it.
24. Kevin: We probably would have been really good siblings. (Well, “good” in one sense, I guess.) I’m really glad we get to be siblings-in-law now.
25. Emily: I’m thankful for Emily’s honesty. I’m thankful for how much fun Emily is. I’m thankful that she treats me like a sister in the most complete sense of the word.
26. Nieces and Nephews: I love hearing all the adorable stories about this crew. I imagine those will just keep coming as they creep nearer and nearer to their teenage years…..
27. Grandma Lestine: She always amazed me with her sophistication and grace. I really thought she was the finest, fanciest lady I knew when I was little. (Oh, heck, I still think so!) She has been a wonderful example of determination, love, and loyalty.
28. Grandpa Bob: Everything a grandpa should be. He always had the best jokes and riddles and plenty of quarters. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve also come to find out, he’s a really good man.
29. Grandma Peggy and Grandpa Damon: I’m thankful that they so warmly welcomed Michael and me into the family and for their continued generosity!
30. Extended family and friends: This covers an amazingly large number of people with whom I have a huge range of relationships (aunts, uncles, cousins, friends). In each case, though, I am thankful for the influences they’ve been on my life and Dan’s life.
31. Bonus! The fact that I can list over 30 people for whom I’m thankful is something I am humbled and overwhelmed by. So, I’ll take this back to the top of the list. Thank you, God, for numbers 2-30!
To jump to this week’s (prayer) warrior wednesday, click here: thanksgiving pww.
To read the wife series from the beginning, click here: (becoming) a godly wife
To read the fully submitted series from the beginning, click here: (becoming) fully submitted
In honor of this day, I’d like to mention The Voice of the Martyrs organization (VOM). They work to aid Christians being persecuted for their beliefs around the world.
In America, it’s easy to forget that real persecution is still happening to Christians, that people are actually still being tortured and killed for their beliefs. While Christians in America may feel marginalized at times and/or may be unfairly (and even illegally) censored, we rarely face the persecution these people face (and most of us, thank God, never will).
However, the fact that we don’t face the same dangers as Christians in other countries, doesn’t mean we get to ignore the problem. These are our brothers and sisters. These are members of the body of Christ who are risking their lives when they practice and/or share their faith. We are told to mourn with those who mourn and rejoice with those who rejoice (Romans 12:15). We’re also told to remember our brothers and sisters in chains, as though we were suffering with them (Hebrews 13:3).
Sometimes people want to avoid these issues because these stories are often heartbreaking and hard to hear (I have, sadly, been part of this group), but we have to remember that people are living these stories. From our place of luxury (at the very least, relative luxury) we can raise awareness and we can pray. And remember: Raising awareness of such issues and praying in groups are two of the very things Christians are killed for in other countries.
To learn about the restrictions on Christianity around the world, see this map: http://www.persecution.com/public/restrictednations.aspx?clickfrom=bWFpbl9tZW51.
To learn more about the couple who started this ministry, click here: http://www.persecution.com/public/40years.aspx?clickfrom=c2lkZWJhcg%3d%3d.
There are other ways to help as well. On the left-hand side of the homepage, you’ll see a list of links that give specific tangible ways to get involved: www.persecution.com. And here are some other ways: http://www.persecution.com/public/ministryoutreach.aspx?clickfrom=c2lkZWJhcg%3d%3d
If you want to start sharing some of this information with your child, their partner website would be helpful: http://www.kidsofcourage.com/. You and God know best how much of this type of information your child can handle. Please pray for guidance to share as much as you should, but not more.
And finally, in honor of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church this Sunday (November 13), please consider sharing some of this information with your Sunday School classes this weekend (or a weekend in the near future, if this Sunday).
VOM has put together a power point presentation highlighting some of the issues Christians face around the world. The PPP is towards the bottom of this page: http://www.persecution.com/idop. They also have materials you can buy, but the PPP is free.
If you’re interested in having your Sunday School class commit to pray regularly for our persecuted brothers and sisters, you might consider getting the prayer cards. You get 160 (20 sheets of 8 cards) of them for $2. These cards highlight specific prayer needs from specific regions, and can be useful reminders to pray for the body of Christ.
To those of you who will pray or get involved: Thank you so much. Though we may never meet these persecuted brothers and sisters in this life, we will meet them in heaven. What a glorious day that will be!
Please feel free to link to this post and/or share this information on your blog or website or twitter account or facebook page, etc. (You can do some of those things by clicking on the “share” buttons at the bottom of this post.) How amazing that in America, we have the freedom and ability to spread the word about this sort of issue to literally thousands of people using social media. So often social media is used for negative purposes (bullying, slander, gossip) – but we have to remember that it can also be used for positive purpose (raising awareness, sharing prayer requests, encouraging each other).
Even if it isn’t about this issue (though it would be awesome if it was), please consider using whatever social media you regularly use for something that will specifically build and/or encourage the Body of Christ today.
To read this week’s wife post, click here: wife.
To read the wife series from the beginning, click here: wife series.
To read the fully submitted series, click here: becoming fully submitted.
Looking for the list of recommended books from (unsolicited) suggestion friday #3 and #2? Here you go: Recommended Christian books: Contemporary and Classics.
Today I thought I’d share with you some of the awesome stuff I’ve run across as I’ve gotten acclimated to the blogging world.
I was super excited to see how many women are sharing their faith online – many of them very articulately and very lovingly. And these are some fantastically creative women! So, below you’ll find some links to blogs that I’ve been checking out lately. (Please note that I haven’t read everything on all of these blogs. Therefore, this is not a blanket endorsement of the content.) Also: for more blogs I like, check out my “blogroll” on the sidebar!
One thing I’m looking forward to is a challenge (Frumps to Pumps) that starts Monday at www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com. See, I usually work at home 1 or 2 days a week. Long hours to be sure, but in the comfort of our home – which is nice. On days when I teach or do observations of future teachers, I dress up. On days when I stay home to grade, work on lesson plans, write……not so much. Now, I’m very fortunate because the husband works exclusively from home — this means we often get to have lunch together, bounce ideas off each other – it’s a huge blessing, and I’m very grateful for it. I’ve realized, however, that I tend to “dress down” on these work-at-home days. Like way down. Like not just to the ground, but through the ground into some deep cave.
When it’s summer and dressing down means little shorts and tank tops (we don’t have kids, so the dress code is pretty loose around here), I don’t think he minds one bit. In the winter, though, I tend towards pajama pants and long-sleeved t-shirts or sweatshirts. (I have told him that if he’d turn up the heat, I’d gladly wear shorts all year. I don’t think the thermostat is going to change, though….)
So, this challenge to actually get dressed “up,” even if you’re staying home, is perfect for me. Actually, I started today. (And by started I mean I put on jeans and a shirt, a little make-up, and let my hair down.) After the husband saw I got dressed, here’s how the conversation went:
“Are you going somewhere?” the husband asked.
“No,” I answered.
“You just decided to put on your big girl clothes?” he questioned, looking a little confused. (I call them my big girl clothes; he’s not being condescending here.)
So, yeah, I could probably stand to make this dressing “up” thing more of a habit! If you’re interested in joining me (and lots of other women), check it out:
Also, if you’re looking for other Christian blogs, Faithful Bloggers (www.faithfulbloggers.com) is a great place to start:
And, finally, Time-Warp Wife (http://time-warp-wife.blogspot.com/) is in the middle of a 31 Days of Love challenge where guest writers challenge us with different ways to show love to our husbands. Awesome!
What sites or challenges would you recommend? Tell us (and please leave links!) in the comment section below!
Have a prayer request? Check out the latest (prayer) warrior wednesday.
And coming up on Monday: (becoming) a godly wife, part one. Ever wonder why he won’t <insert thing you’ve asked him to do 1000 times here>? Check back Monday for a discussion of potential answers – and for advice on how to respond to the situation.
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