Prayer & Praise: May 9-15

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  1. victorious says:

    May the Spirit give us this vision of Christ that He is ours and we are His. So many times I am moved out of the emptiness of myself into the riches of Christ in me by simply asking that I be given grace in the moment to be reminded of the great and unceasing concert of prayer led by Christ and the Holy Spirit. It is they who invite me to give of myself in prayer as I join them.

  2. Believe says:

    Could use some prayer today from the PP family.

    I’ll be blunt, Mother’s Day sucks.

    My pastor step-dad has taken away the one relationship…used the one thing he knew he could really hurt me with…after all the physical, mental and spiritual abuse growing up…rather than confess and repent…he took my relationship with my mother away from me.

    That’s how he rolls.

    I tried to send her an email…my emails are now blocked. I will try to call later today (once again) and I will get an answering machine.

    I know I need to Move On, Move Forward etc.

    I don’t know if that is possible. My mom is still alive…and I cannot see her or talk to her or hug her or kiss her ever again…because of the sin of my step-dad pastor.

    The injustice is life-altering and intensely damaging…and continues…unchecked.

    I am tempted to sin and get angry…but today, I give up. I am defeated. I am heart-broken.

  3. victorious says:

    Believe, will pray for you, your mom and the noted step dad .

    Jesus I pray that you would open the eyes of the heart of Believe’s Mom today and renew her mind in the reality that you and only you blessed her with children and were the One to confer to her the blessing of becoming a Mother. Help her Lord over time to be built up in the strength of that love to step through the resistance of anyone who would seek to oppose what you have done. Help her Lord to let her soul find great peace and rest in You. Uphold her with your tender hand of love and protect her with your mighty hand.

    Thank you Lord that one day we shall see and hear of that reconciliation brought by Jesus Christ. Until that day sustain my brother even though it may be in the place of the fellowship of your sufferings.

    Father let this man who opposes your goodness become ashamed of himself as an enemy of God and open the eyes of his heart to see that in brokenness and repentance he can become a friend of God.

    Lord vanquish evill and exalt virtue!


  4. Nene says:

    Believe, To be honest, I think all holidays suck…. you will be in my prayers as I go about my day. Please know your heart is so valued here. Bless you.

  5. Sister Christian says:


    Remember….”No weapon formed against you will prosper”
    The weapons of our warfare are mighty for pulling down strongholds,
    continue to walk in truth, righteousness, prayerfulness,
    be strong in the Lord and the power of His might…

    May God give you much grace, assurance, rest and comfort in the process

    Joining in agreement with Victorious’ prayer

  6. Captain Kevin says:

    I’m sorry that this is a difficult day for you. Lifting you up in prayer now.

  7. Em says:

    in these unsettled (most probably ‘perilous’) times doesn’t it seem vital to have a concentrated focus on the Faith and our walk in it?
    praying for all of us to be blessed with God the Holy Spirit’s powerful presence and comfort this night.
    God keep

  8. Believe says:

    Thanks guys…I appreciate the PP family and am learning not to lash out when I’m hurt and angry…especially against those who have shown me so much kindness…pastors and lay-people.

  9. BrianD says:

    I’m feeling spiritual oppression at work…wait, that’s probably religious b.s. ….. but whatever it is it feels intense and I can’t wait to get out of here….prayers appreciated. I’d love to walk out right now…but I gotta finish up my shift…and I need my job.

  10. Believe says:

    What do you do BrianD?

  11. Michael says:

    ” Whatever those who are in Christ may need, there is a remedy provided for their poverty, as soon as they ask it from God. This is a very useful admonition; for the Lord often suffers us to hunger, in order to train us to earnestness in prayer. But if we fly to him, we shall never want what we ask, but, out of his inexhaustible abundance, he will supply us with every thing that we need.”


  12. BrianD says:

    I won’t be stating that here, Believe.

  13. BrianD says:

    I know you didn’t mean anything bad…but there is wisdom in not telling everything about yourself in a public forum like this.

  14. Believe says:

    No problem BrianD…was just curious and understand 8)

  15. Captain Kevin says:

    Oh c’mon BrianD! Everyone here knows that you get paid the big bucks to publish those Linkathons!

  16. Believe says:

    “there is wisdom in not telling everything about yourself in a public forum like this.”

    You mean I’m an idiot for spilling my guts on here? LOL 🙂

  17. BrianD says:

    That’s entirely up to you, Believe, as to how much you tell and don’t tell.

    Kevin, I get paid as much now as I did before I even found the PP 8)

  18. Im going to OHSU tomorrow at 1600 to talk to the urologist/surgeon about the cancer in my kidney. Still praying for a miracle and to not be fearful. But even more than that; I am praying that what ever the outcome I can give God glory.

    Just by way of honesty, although that’s my desire, I’m actually kind of struggling with that right now…seems God could find bigger and better way to glorify Himself than thru some insignificant person, on an insignificant planet, in one of maybe thousands of universes

  19. Michael says:

    You’re not insignificant… you’re a child of God.

    You’re in our pryers and our hearts…

  20. jlo says:

    Praying for Steve,

    Praying for Sarah,

    Praying as the Spirit leads.

  21. Em says:

    God, keep Pastor Steve close and confident in You.
    FWIW years ago a mamagram hit the jackpot (that’s what it seemed like ‘they’ thought at the hospital 🙂 ). i was walking focused on the Lord and the usual daily distractions – in faith, i thought. So, i was quite surprised by the cold chill of fear that i felt off and on as they scheduled their procedures and biopsies. My point is that death is an enemy that most of us don’t look right in the face very often.

  22. Sarah says:

    This week, keep these in prayer especially:

    Steve Hopkins: “Im going to OHSU tomorrow at 1600 to talk to the urologist/surgeon about the cancer in my kidney. Still praying for a miracle and to not be fearful. But even more than that; I am praying that what ever the outcome I can give God glory.”

    Nancy and her mom Be praying for Nancy as they walk with her mom through these last days. Her mom is home with them, enjoying the kitties and little Ella, and more comfortable than she has been in awhile. Nancy is still struggling with a stuffy nose that keeps her from rest…pray for all in their household as they walk through this time.

    Michael Work!!! and health. Pray for Michael for his hands and his back and his lungs, and for work to be found that will sustain and provide.

    Believe Lift Believe this week as the impact of Mother’s Day leaves old wounds raw…continue to lift him and his family.

    Brian Pray for Brian as he deals with stresses and oppression at work, and for encouragement for him.

    Nene Continue to pray for her with work as some issues have not gone well. Also continue to pray for her dad.

    Nonnie Pray for her as she is in the States to be with her mom who is still recovering from surgery.

    Sarah’s family Continue to pray for my in-laws as they deal with all the after-affects of the flood. Also, the funeral for Steve’s aunt is tomorrow (Tuesday).

    Erunner’s brother-in-law Jeff “Jeff is improving yet the reality is he’s still in a coma. When he’s awake it’s easy to forget. The whole family could use continued prayer.”

    Erunner The last few days I’ve been passing some kidney stones! My doctor should have results of my tests soon. Prayer would be appreciated.

  23. Thanks all for your prayers…and you understanding of my fears

  24. London says:

    Solo Feeder – You can do this!!!!!

  25. Erunner says:

    Our good friends went with me to see Jeff today. They don’t know him and had never met him. They came so the wife could cut his hair. It was Jeff’s first haircut since his accident two months ago.

    Jeff is breathing on his own now. He has also received a wheelchair and he is now sitting in it daily. My sister and kids spent part of the day with us yesterday and it was a great visit.

    Jeff is improving yet the reality is he’s still in a coma. When he’s awake it’s easy to forget. The whole family could use continued prayer.

    The last few days I’ve been passing some kidney stones! My doctor should have results of my tests soon. Prayer would be appreciated.

    Steve, I’m sorry for what you are going through with your medical issues.

    Nancy, what a fine example of a daughter you are.

    Sarah, you all have been through so much these last several months.

    My heart is with the rest of you as well. As I’m seeing so much more of my sister it reminds of you all. In the midst of such difficult circumstances she is still concerned for the welfare of others. You are all a beautiful reflection of our God. Your treasures are stored up for you…. safe from everything. God bless you all.

  26. Em says:

    reading and praying

    God keep all knowing that you are close to Himself and in His care

  27. jlo says:

    Erunner, read your post this a.m. and have been praying throughout the day.

  28. Believe says:

    Bless you PP family for your prayers and encouragement.

    Thank God for the opportunity to share Christ today…praying that the open door stays open and that I can be obedient to the Holy Spirit in helping this person.

    I’ve been where this poor guy is at…I told him I’ve been exactly where he’s at right now…and that there is hope even when things appear their darkest. It was emotional for both of us. Please pray for Steve. Pray that he turns to our Lord and believes.

    Thank you Father for the opportunity to be obedient and thank you for having mercy on me. Please have mercy on Steve and save him. Give him your peace that only Salvation can bring…peace that overcomes terrible circumstances. Do a miracle in Steve’s life. Rescue his marriage. Give him a means to support himself. Your will be done Father. Praying in the name of Jesus Christ the Messiah, amen.

  29. UPDATE
    Just returned ffrom Oregon Health and Science University and the urologist/oncologist believes the lesion in my kidney is a low grade form of cancer. So far it is not in my lymph nodes as the first urologist I saw a couple of weeks ago reported.

    The doctor intends ti biopsy the lesion in my kidney and if it is indeed a low grade form of cancer, either lapriscopically, remove my Ureter and Kidney. If it is not a low grade form of cancer, then he will do open surgery and remove the kidney and my lymph nodes.

    I see this as an answer to prayer. Please pray that the biopsy which will be done in about two weeks confirms it as a low grade cancer. But for now it’s good news.

    Thanks to all for the prayers. As you might imagine these past few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster for me and my family. We have the peace of God in this…and I attribute that to prayer because that kind of peace is not something I am able to muster up

    Michael, if possible, I hope others will see this update

  30. Believe says:

    Praying for continued peace for you and your family Pastor Steve.

  31. jlo says:

    Steve, you are at the top of my prayer list. Thanks for the update. Your perspective has always blessed me and convicted me, in a good way. God’s blessings on you.

  32. Sarah says:

    Continuing to pray, Steve…..and agreeing with praise that this report is an answer to prayer.

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