Prayer & Praise

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  1. Would appreciate prayers for my son-in-law, Curt Smith. He was involved in an accident and was taken to The Med in Memphis, TN last night. Sarah, just found out and she is going to see what condition he is in.

  2. Em says:

    praying for Curt and would appreciate prayer for family members traveling in bad weather up here also

    God keep us all centered in You this sorrowful holiday season

  3. sarahkwolfe says:

    Praying, and also for Nonnie’s newest grandson…Leo.

  4. Nonnie says:

    I know so many of you have prayed for my baby grandson Bennet, born last August with severe heart defect. This past Thur. my daughter gave birth to her 3rd baby. During the birth the placenta tore and he almost bled out and was without a heartbeat for several minutes. He has been in NICU, on a cooling mat since his birth, to try to heal any brain damage and prevent the brain from swelling. Tonight they are hoping to start to bring his temperature up and if all goes well, my daughter should be able to hold him for the first time. He is to have an MRI on Monday and we are praying there is no brain damage and he will be able to come home soon.

    Living 5,000 miles from my family has never been so difficult as these past few months. I am struggling with ill health, and with the guilt of not being there to help my children with their babies.
    Please pray for our family. Healing for our babies, peace and comfort for their parents. I don’t even know what to ask for me other than “Thy will be done.”

  5. Nonnie says:

    Curt, I am praying for your son in law. Lord have mercy.

  6. Nonnie says:

    I mean Derek, I am praying for Curt and your daughter. Peace and healing.

  7. Em says:

    joining Sarah in prayer for Nonnie’s newest grandchild – how it must tear her heart to not be physically with her daughter now … Lord, strengthen and heal Nonnie, her daughter, the babies, for you have promised that according to our days, You will provide the strength to go through – thank You – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thank You

  8. Thanks! Don’t know anything more than what I posted yet. This is the reason we are moving back to Mississippi from South Dakota next year. Can’t stand being away from family and sitting here not knowing what is going on is wearing. At least there, we could drive to the hospital.

  9. Thanks all for your prayers! It appears that all was not as bad as it sounded by phone originally and he is fine. When you live around Memphis as long as I did and you hear that someone was taken to The Med you assume the worst. But, other bad things were involved and this is still all quite disturbing.

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  11. DMW says:

    One of our regular helpers just quit. The job is just to stressful for her.
    She has been with us for 6 years, but Debbie has gotten much worse in the
    last 6 years. The Neurologist who diagnosed Debbie told us the course of MS
    is unpredictable, he said it can do anything and it can do it fast or slow,
    then he went on to say that one thing he can predict, and that was this was
    the best year of our life, that every year from then on would be harder than
    the year before.

    He was right, and Debbie’s MS is aggressive and went fact. Now it is just
    daily slow loose over time.

    My health is shot, my heart failure is out of control, my legs are swollen,
    I have major pain issues in pain management on to much pain killers to think
    straight. — several blown disks in the back, a dislocated bone that is
    sawing through another bone in the shoulder, severe nerve damage a torn
    rotator cuff and atrophied muscles, and a torn tendon my teeth are falling
    out, the combined pain alone is enough to break me without the fact that I
    can’t even had a day off or an half day – haven’t had a days rest in years.
    — and that is not a complete list, which would take a small book…

    Debbie’s suffering is one thing, and I would like to put that aside if I
    could for the sake of expressing what it is like to her caregivers.. Most of
    you know that I went through a really rough patch, and I did al in my power
    to get all the help I could find. At one time I was working with 6 girls, I
    am now training NONE.. They all quit mostly because they found Debbie
    impossible to work with.

    One girl who worked for us for a few months told others that she didn’t see
    the big deal, it was a really easy job, but then again she didn’t do
    anything when she was here but text and email and what ever else it is that
    these multi Tasker do, in any case she never cleaned house and I don’t thing
    she ever even go close to getting Debbie comfortable.

    For the people who work for us this is a very hard job, and it only pays
    minimum wage. If you can imagine having a boss that was very demanding but
    was totally unclear as to what they expected of you, you see the goal is to
    make her comfortable,, her cognitive loss has made communication very hard,
    so she finds it very hard to express what she wants, then gets frustrated
    with the worker for not understanding, and at the end of the day Debbie is
    not comfortable. Imagine leaving work everyday feeling like your boss is
    unhappy with you and you don’t have a clue as to what her expectations are..
    To end the day feeling like you failed, because it is no longer possible to
    get Debbie comfortable, to want to help her, to want to see her get some
    little comfort, and not be able to give it to her… I’ve gone to bed
    feeling like that every night for over 15 years. I lay there at night, can’t
    sleep, I hear her groans of pain, her weeping, I can’t close to door, I need
    to hear in case something goes wrong, which it often does, but nothing I can
    do, so believe me it take a special person to be able to help Debbie

    Now for a caregiver to really take any stress off of me, they need to fit
    into our family, and flow with who we are, and be someone I am comfortable
    with. Sarah has been with us over 6 months and she is just getting to the
    point that she is not having to come get me a couple of time an hour to show
    her how something is done. Debbie’s need really are that complicated. The
    thought of starting over – well I just don’t have it in me.

    I could go on, but this is enough to say that finding another helper is a
    problem that rates up there with raising the dead. I just don’t see it
    happening, and I already see signs in the girl who is helping us now, I
    don’t think this is going to last for very long.

    I am out of everything, the will to try, the effort it takes to meet with
    and train, the — to be honest, losing this last girl was just one thing to
    much, its the one that has broken my will to live.

    Pr 24:10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

    Guess my strength was small – I am a no man a failure, I wanted to finish
    the course, but I can’t take another step, and it sure looks like a long way
    to the finish line.

  12. Nonnie says:

    Oh DMW, prayers……I can’t do more, but I am praying for you and weeping with you. Lord meet this need, we pray.

  13. Ixtlan says:

    I wait in prayer for you, and ask for a miracle on your behalf.

  14. erunner says:

    Nonnie and DMW, I will pray for you both. I am so sorry.

  15. Em says:

    DMW, was your strength small as you said? perhaps, but not likely …

    it’s been said here by many before; but again, what woman wouldn’t have felt thankful beyond words to have a husband who’s given the devotion to her that your Debbie has been blessed with? … it is so hard to care for someone who becomes so dependent and is too ill to respond in a rational way – it is beyond hard … so many here are waiting on the Lord with you, praying and passing the need for prayer on … i am one of them

    the last week of his life my husband required heavy pain-killers to endure, he would have been unable to think as rationally as you have expressed yourself above, i think – God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit … we hope in You and praise You for it, but we beg mercy for our brother and sister Duncan

  16. Em says:

    as i call it a day here with the prayer requests on my mind … someone reminded me that my late mother and my stepfather had promised each other that they would not consent to it should one of them be pressured to put the other in a care facility … what they overlooked was the possibility that doing so would break the one who was the caregiver and both would end up in a care facility with neither healthy enough to monitor the other

    God give us all wisdom; especially the many souls here who barely have enough strength to carry their loads

  17. sarahkwolfe says:

    Along these same lines…some medical issues have happened with my mother that may place my dad in a very difficult situation. Thankfully, Dad’s health is grand. He is facing, however, the possibility of having to have a surgery performed on mom that the mental doctor is very fearful will push her far beyond us into her dementia. The lack of the surgery will put them in the position that she would be completely home-bound.

    Either decision provides no security and possibilities of great sadness. It’s a heavy night.

    Praying through the requests, and heading to bed….

  18. Nonnie says:

    Sarah, joining you in prayer for your parents.

  19. sarahkwolfe says:

    Nonnie…how is Leo?

    Derek…so glad to read above that physically your son-in-law is okay, and praying for all the other issues.

    DMW…I wish there were words. Praying for God to be abundant in His grace to you and Debbie today.

    Em…did all your people arrive safely through their travels?

    Trying to settle in to homeschool today after a very active weekend. Wondering if the kids are having as tough a time focusing!

  20. Nonnie says:

    Leo is still in NICU and will be having an MRI and an ultrasound later today. Mama still has not been able to hold him, but if the the scans show his brain is not damaged or swollen, then we are hopeful that the internal monitors will be removed and he will be in Mama’s arms very soon. We are so thankful that he has not had any seizures and the doctors are “guardedly optimistic.” My prayer is that they will be bringing home a healthy baby boy before Christmas. Thank you all for praying.

  21. Nonnie says:

    PRAISE! Leo is in his mama’s arms. MRI is postponed until Wed. but we continue to pray he will be completely healed and they can go home before Christmas. The Lord has had such mercy on me as I my faith has been battered and weak….I felt like my heart was being ripped out, but hope broke through late last night, as a sweet friend messaged me and we prayed together via FB message…. truly, hope does not disappoint.

  22. Nonnie says:

    Just found out they decided to do the MRI NOW. If you are reading this, please pray for perfect results.
    My daughter told me the nurses came into NICU and wanted to see the “miracle baby.”
    Lots of tears joyful/anxious flowing right now.

  23. Sarah says:

    Praying now, Nonnie….

  24. nomans says:

    Lord! Perfect results!

  25. Em says:

    praying and amening the prayers here for Nonnie’s family, the babies and her daughter …

  26. Nonnie says:

    My daughter just texted me and dr says MRI looks great!!!! Oh happy day!!! Praise Jesus!! More tests to run, but this is answered prayer. Annie said some nurses came up to NICU and wanted to see the “miracle baby.” Thank you for praying for our babies.

  27. Sarah says:

    Wonderful news, Nonnie! Praise God!

  28. nomans says:

    Absolutely rejoicing with our dear Nonnie.

  29. Sarah says:

    Please pray for Oden Fong’s little boy Seth…he posted this on FB:

    “Please pray for Seth. He is very ill with labored breathing! We are the doctors as I write this! Thanks Saints!”

  30. Nonnie says:

    Just read this about Seth. Praying. Lord touch and heal this beloved child, we pray.

  31. erunner says:

    Later this morning I go back for the removal of the catheter. I’m nervous as I don’t want to have the problems I did last week when they tried the first time. Thank you for praying.

  32. Nonnie says:

    Erunner, praying. May the Lord give you peace,help you relax and your morning go well.

  33. nomans says:


  34. Em says:

    praying with you all

  35. erunner says:

    I’m home and things seem fine!!! Thank you so much.

  36. erunner says:

    Sarah, What a difficult time for you and yours. Praying for your parents.

    Nonnie, I am so happy to read the good news. Let’s pray both grandchildren live full and vibrant lives.

  37. My brother, Sid, 64 years old, is in a hospital in North Carolina. He had a mild heart attack yesterday and will be having triple bipass surgery on Thursday morning. He is not a believer, and does not want to hear about my “religion.” I’m scared.

  38. Praying through the requests above. God bless you all.

  39. Sarah says:

    Praying this morning, for all these requests…..Kevin, praying for your brother, for God to turn his ear and attention to his need. Praying that the Holy Spirit will continue the work that has been begun in him and he will hear…

  40. DMW says:

    One last thing janessa is the girl who just quit just turned 18 when she started here, she really was the daughter I wished I had, I even got to do her wedding, my last act as a pastor and a solid fact that she was my last wedding. I miss her already and I’m old enough to know that all the promises to visit and to include us in her life are her heart of love and not really going to happen she is married to a marine which means she doesn’t even get to choose what country she will be in. Plus Been there done that, getting close to someone during an intense season and all the promises to get together which time has a way of passing and those promises simply can’t be kept… So I am missing my adopted daughter a lot

  41. Scott says:

    John, I’m really saddened by all you are going through at this time, I can’t imagine the weight of all these things pressing in so forcefully, let alone the prolonged suffering your wife has had to endure.

    I remember back in 2008(?) when you wrote that letter to Toyota about the problems with your car and physical problems (heart attack), etc. You wrote in the letter the Doctor had ordered you stop being the main care-giver for your wife because it will essentially kill you.

    I hate to sit on this side of the screen and suggest this because this may be an option you’ve already explored, however, is it possible that your wife needs to be in an adult foster care type facility now? Is that an option?

    With regards to the pain management for both of you, my wife is a care-giver and asked me to ask you if you have considered the use of medical marijuana? She said that some of her clients in that past use it and found better relief without the side effects of opiates, etc. It’s not like they sit sit around and pass around the joint or water bong. It can be vaporized or used in many different forms. Just a suggestion. If I ever become disabled and have chronic pain, I will definitely try that.

    May the Lord give you both comfort and wisdom.

  42. Em says:

    praying with

  43. Nonnie says:

    We got our Christmas miracle! Our baby Leo is home. NBC in San Diego did a story on him. THANK YOU ALL for praying .

  44. Nonnie -3 cheers!!!

    Merry Christmas

  45. Sarah says:

    Fantastic news, Nonnie!!!!!

  46. Em says:

    Nonnie, thanks for sharing – praising with

    i must thank God and the pray-ers … family enroute and a tree fell on the highway, sadly, the family in front of them were killed by it, so … thanking God with the guilt of knowing that there but for God’s grace and answered prayer …

    i must pray for that family and all who are traveling the winter roads now

  47. Sarah says:

    Oh, Em…my goodness. Praying for you, for that other family and for your family….

  48. Sarah says:

    I have to admit I am feeling that sentimental feeling of the holidays and the coming end of this year. Starting to feel the nudges of wanting to think through what I’d like to be different about next year, and that brought me hera because I needed to pray.


    It begins there, doesn’t it.


    Not someone distant and unknown. But Father.

    Father, our hearts seem to be so burdened these last few weeks with story after story of tragedy, of hardship, of pain. More stories tonight.

    There is a sign as we drive into Nashville that lists the number of people killed in automobile accidents this year. Nearly 1000. I am staggered by that every time I see it increase, knowing that it represents a family….that there is a loss that utterly changes their dynamic and their story.

    So, Father. Hear our hearts as we near the end of 2012.

    Bend Your ear near us, because it feels tonight, at least for me, that I can barely get above a whisper.

    Are you listening closely?

    Just beneath the pain, just near the fear…there is such a deep desire to shout out in praise and to worship You. We are waiting for the moment when things turn so we can shout out our praises and our thanks.

    And we do, for stories like Nonnie’s little Leo. We Shout!! Praise God! There is Hope!

    But, Father, teach us. Teach us as we look to the start of a new year and there seems to be a lack of the excitement of the new beginning…teach us to shout our praise in the midst of the uncertainty. And of the pain. And of the sorrow. And of the fear.

    Our God Lives! Hallelujah!

    Father! You sent Your Son! Hallelujah!

    Jesus! You came! In our midst, taking on our skin and feeling the catch in Your throat as the tears pushed to be released as You stood at Lazarus’ grave. You know what hungry feels like, what it means to not be able to sleep. You know what it is to laugh until Your sides hurt.

    You know.

    Father….take us by the hand and lead us and remind us that You are still here with us. We forget sometimes. Remind us that You hear and that we are marked by Your Spirit. We are new creations in the midst of this broken creation, and we have much to shout about. Even now.

    Especially now.

    Stir our hearts, refresh our spirits and strengthen our bodies to be present in the world…at the grocery store, and the gas station and our jobs and in our homes…to speak peace and hope and truth. And that we have a Father, not just a force or a question.

    We have a Father.

    Prepare our hearts for the celebration of Your Advent….stir our hearts. Do not let the story be old. Do not let us skip it to get to the start of the new year. Quiet us. Let us hear. Tell us the story again.

    Father. Hear our prayers. Bind up the wounded and speak comfort. Minister in our midst and may Advent be a reality deep within our souls, not just a formality or a tradition.

  49. Em says:

    Father, thank you for Sarah’s shared prayer that raised me above the confusion and the platitudes to the reality of You … take us by the hand, indeed – lead our hearts and minds to that quiet place, that place of an inevitable realization of Your holiness and love and the inevitable hallelujah – He shall reign forever and ever, Hallelujah … King of kings and Lord of lords … He shall, He shall, He shall … Jesus is Lord … Hallelujah

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