Archives for September 2010

Sep 10

Supercalifragilisticgespialidocious!

Oh how I love a good musical! And happily, I’m going to one this weekend that I absolutely can’t wait for! Mary Poppins!

Mary Poppins, the movie, has meaning for me on so many different levels.

1-I remember seeing this movie in theaters with my father. It was my dad who always took me to movies as a little girl. Currently I don’t see or talk to my father. So this is special for me.

2-I lived in Winter Park, FL in the early 70’s. Walt Disney World opened back then and my family happened to live just minutes away. I loved seeing Mary Poppins there.  I thought she was “practically perfect in every way.”  Back then I believed in “practically perfect in every way.”

3-As soon as video came out in the 80’s, it was one of the first I bought.

4-I introduced my kids to Mary Poppins on video at a very early age. Blake knew every word to the movie by the time he was 3! It is still one of his favorite movies of all time.

5-Strange as it may seem, my kids watch Mary Poppins every Christmas Eve after they are in bed. On Christmas Eve, our whole family sleeps in the same room (my bedroom). Jeff and I usually don’t get in there until late. The kids watch MP until they fall asleep.

6-I once knew a man with a wooden leg named Smith.  “What was the name of his other leg.”  The movie is so humorous!

7-Feed the Birds. This movie also makes me cry. Feed the Birds was Walt Disney’s favorite song. He died just a few years after the release of Mary Poppins.

8-Step in Time….LOVE THIS NUMBER! Dick Van Dyke is brilliant!

9-This movie just makes me happy.  I can escape when I watch Mary Poppins.  I also love how the father in the movie realizes that his children need him and he needs them. And nothing replaces time spent together.

Saturday, Sept. 11th, Blake and I are going to Mary Poppins, the musical. He received 2 tickets as a birthday present and he asked me to go with him. I feel honored.  I’m like a little girl!! I can’t wait! It will be all I can do to not sing outloud the whole time!  I’m expecting to have a supercalifragilisticgespialidocious time!  (and if you say it backwards, it’s dociousaliexpeisticfragilcalirupous….but that’s going a bit too far, don’t you think?)

Blessings and lots of love!

Melissa
Sep 8

Recovery is Possible

Because with God, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.  (Matthew 19:26)

Sexual Abuse. It’s horrible. Disgusting. Wrong. Life Changing in the worst kind of way. Powerful in the worst kind of way. Satan loves to use it. God can deliver us from it’s strongholds.

Written almost a year ago, Stained and Ruined, deals with the freedom I have found from the horrors of sexual abuse as a child.

My good friend, Lynn Cowell, features on her blog today author, Mary DeMuth’s, tragic abuse story and how opening up about it changed her life. Mary writes,   “I’ve experienced that healing in every possible way. I pray, too, that you’ll start down that path. Dare to let out what’s bottled up inside you.

I used to think I was all alone. This has only happened to me. Then I told my story. That was when I found out that way too many of us have been there. But we don’t have to stay there. Don’t stay there.

Do you need healing?  Have you recovered? It is my prayer that you are encouraged by these stories and on your way to healing today.

If you are struggling or in need of prayer concerning this topic, it would be my total honor to pray for you today.  Leave a comment and I will pray for you specifically.

May this be a blessing to you today.

Melissa
Sep 5

Prayer: Burden or Pleasure?

One of the hats I wear at Proverbs 31 Ministries is Prayer Coordinator.  As the PC, part of my job is to read the many prayer requests our ministry receives each day and send them to the members of our amazing prayer team.  I also pray with people over the phone.

Although it is my great pleasure to pray for and with so many people, I have to admit that it’s also a burden. Not a burden in the sense that I dread it. I don’t. It is a burden to my heart to know that there are so many people who are: hurting, lost, desperate, at the end of their rope, sick, scared, lonely, hopeless, and feeling like no one understands them. Each day, I read about and hear from people (mostly women, but not always) who are experiencing financial hardships, marriage troubles, abuse, neglect, or a troublesome circumstance in their life. It breaks my heart.

Usually I can give these burdens to the Lord and trust Him to take care of them. Today was different. I cried with the lady who called the office who was crying uncontrollably and ready to give up. I cried as I read the request coming from a wife and mother who is in an abusive relationship. I could not get the people off my mind who had close relatives or friends who were sick. The hospital helicopter crew killed in a crash. The pregnant woman scared for her unborn baby. The list goes on. And on. And on.

Often I hear people say, “Well, all we can do is pray.”  That may be true, but where I work, we consider prayer a privilege.  And the burden part is just because we have hearts that care and love. Yes, I’d love it if I could jump through the phone lines or the computer screen to each person with a need. I’d love to fix everyone’s problems…or at least give them a hug and tell them that someone does see them and cares. Yes SomeOne does. And it’s my pleasure and privilege to pray they know that.

I thought I’d share a glimpse of my world with you today.  I’ve included some of our recent requests in this post.  As you read them, would you join me in praying for them also?

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Prayer Request:

Dear Lord – Please help my son.  He is doing so well with his recovery.  Almost 2 years now.  He just found out that he is going to be a daddy.  He is happy and his heart is full.  I believe that this child is a blessing to him.  It will forever change his life.  Thank you lord !!!

Prayer Request:

please pray going through a difficult time personally and finanicialy.

Prayer Request:

There aren’t words to express the burden I feel – about my marriage, finances. My daughter is ill and praise be to God ruled out the serious stuff. Overwhelmed and sad at my husband’s lack of help. I ask for prayers mostly for my marriage. God please help!

From Our Facebook page:
Prayer request: Hi my name is ****, I am an EMT in Arkansas. We just had a AirEvac Helicopter crash on Aug 31 and alll 3 crew members died. I worked very closely with these wonderful folks. Please keep all of their families, our first responders, EMS, fire fighters and police in your prayers as we go through this tou…gh time. The crew was based out of Vilonia Arkansas. They paid the ultimate price to help save others lives. They are our true heroes.

Prayer Request:

My best friend’s mom is having open heart surgery Tuesday and she is very worried. Please pray for peace for my friend and a safe surgery with a speedy recovery for her mom. Thank you and God bless!

Prayer Request:

Please pray for my daughter and me.  We have always been so close and now she will not even speak to me (without it being a fight).  Reason being her boyfriend. I am finding my way back to christ, it has been a long time since I have let him in my life. Thank you so much. Just wanted you to know I found you guys b/c I have started to read Proverbs every morning b4 I head out to work and decided to type in Proverbs in Yahoo and your site was the first I saw and your daily devotional really touched my heart.  Really hit home with what I’m going through w/my daughter.

Prayer Request:

prayers for me, i am 53.. have been a widow for 11 years, am a single mom.. it is my hearts desire to meet and marry a wonderful spirit filled baptized in the holy ghost husband in 2010…. i so long to be a good wife once again to a wonderful husband and to be a part of a new family.. prayers he will love my children and his family will love me.. in jesus name amen

Prayer Request:

Please pray for my husband **** who was just diagnosed with kidney cancer. Pray that it hasn’t spread beyond the kidneys, and they can remove it safely….

Prayer Request:

Thank you for praying for me, I am seven months pregnant, I am 39yrs old, I hv been married under a year, my husband and I are having problems adjusting to marriage, we love each other and our both Christians. We are also having problems with our finances. We just moved to a new city and I no longer have a support system, my husband travels 6 days a week so I’m in Houston alone. Please pray God will help us in this transition, and for our baby’s health. God bless you.

Prayer Request:

I’ve been married Three years- and I’ve been having an affair on my husband for the past year. I truned away from God and my husband. God has now soften my heart and I want to work things out..with my husband but it might be too late. I hope and pray that he’ll forgive me and work things out. I’m so despreate please help..help me find forgivness from God and my husband

Prayer Request:

I am 12 weeks pregnant with my first child. I have been on bedrest for a week due to a slight tear in the placenta. Please pray that the tear will heal and that the rest of the pregnancy goes well. I’m scared for my unborn child and really need some peace and strength. Thank You.

Prayer Request:

kindly Pray for me as I am going for a treatment for my skin problems , please pray that it is not painful and that that the Dr is professional and skillful and is effective. Thanks

Prayer Request:

**** is under yet another fight with cancer. Her body is producing the cancer cells and the kemo isn’t working. Her only option is radiation, and that’s temporary. She also has e coli poisoning. She has a devoted husband, 2 daughters and one granddaughter who she adores.The family is trying to rely on God but with everything going on they are having the hard time we all have giving everything to God and completely trusting in Him. They need prayer, lots and lots of prayer.

Prayer Request:

That God would bring me a Godly man in my life.That I will wait on God’s timeing and not mine.Give me the knowledge to make good choices when chooseing a mate!

Prayer Request:

Please pray for **** that the Lord Jesus will keep him close to Him at this difficult time.  Please pray that the Lord Jesus will give him revelation and encouragement about what He is doing in His life.  Please pray for protection for **** from all evil.  Thank you.

Prayer Request:

Father God, please shine your heavenly light upon my son, He is in need of your presence and guidance.  Father, please also help me to relinquish the illusion of control over him that only YOU can have.  In Jesus’ heavenly name I pray.  AMEN

Prayer Request:

Please pray for healing and salvation for my mother who was diagnosed with cancer in her brain.  Please pray for my sister addicted to alcohol and drugs and lost custody of her small children.  Please pray that GOD gives me the strength and courage to raise not only my daughter but my sister’s kids in a way that pleases HIM.  Please pray for my 18 year old brother in jail and his one year old son in foster care.  Please pray that God would deliver me from depression and fear and guide me into my destiny!

Prayer Request:

Am at a place in my life where a need a balance in my life as a woman ,wife and mother. I’ve been a stay at home mum to my fourteen month old baby girl but now am looking for a job and its been tough.I’ve prayed and still praying for God’s provision. Please also pray for my marriage ,for my husband to be the spiritual head that God desirers, he has become selfish and self-centered not putting my daughter and I first and am very disappointed.Being at home all day am bombarded but many by many thoughts am lonely, unappreciated and drained, I need someone to talk to ,to pray with me.I want to be the woman,mother,wife God created me to be.thank you

Prayer Request:

My 14 year daughter was diagnozed with Leukemia in January of this year.  Since the initial treatment did not take she was put on a high risk protocol which allowed her to get a bone marrow transplant.  My 10 year old daghter was a match for her and she was able to donate her marrow in May to her sister.

Please pray for my daughter  to recover completely from her bone marrow transplant and be able to resume youth ministry events, church services and school soon. They are both such wonderful kids and am forever grateful to God for his mercy and grace, and for being there with us every step of the way. The miracles that the Lord God has done through my daughter’s illness have strengthened our faith and the faith of family and friends. Praise be to his Name forever and ever!

Prayer Request:

Here I am again, needing your prayer. My marriage is at a crisis point and I so desperately need to see God’s hand in this. We love each other and our children but there is so much to fix. My husband is a recovering alcoholic aho suffers from an anxiety disorder. So when the stress hits, he rages, punches walls, yells, threatens to walk out when I call him on it. So with our daughter being so ill this week, he has been in a rage. I have tried to get him to go to counseling. He didn’t like the counselor so he won’t go back. I want to go but childcare is an issue. He doesn’t see what he does and I don’t want our children to grow up with this. I am also pregnant and I fear for my baby with all the stress. I’m scared for my family and I am so sad for my children. I appreciate your prayers.

Prayer Request:

Dear Father,

Please be with us today. Help us to be strong enough to bear what we have to. I trust in You, I know You will not abandon us. I have faith that everything will work out for us according to Your plan in our best interests. Please Father pray for us , I don’t know how much more we can bear before we break. I will keep my heart steady in my faith for You. No one who puts his trust in the Lord will ever be put to shame. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

Prayer Request:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You so much for giving me a beautiful, hard-working husband, who sacrifices daily for our family.  Father, I ask that You please rescue me from these sexually immoral dreams about other men that I have been having for months if not years.  I don’t want to live this way anymore.  I forgive my husband for everything.  I ask that You erase all sexual immorality, lusts of the flesh, bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness from my heart.  I confess that I have not loved my husband like I should.  Please show me what I am doing to bring on these dreams.  Please lead my heart to full repentance and change.  Thank You. In Jesus’ Name I pray,Amen

Prayer Request:

My husband and I have been trying to have a second child for over 5 yrs. now with no success.  In July this year I found out that there is little chance that I will conceive on my own.  I would either need surgery to remove scar tissue or IVF.  We can’t afford either procedure but I still have a strong feeling that I am not suppose to give up quite yet.  All of this a put a terrible strain on our marriage.  For the last few years I have felt that I am all alone in this.  In January my husband had problems at work and had to fill in as acting manager and worked without a day off for 23 days straight.  That added to the stress we were already facing and he started talking to other people (mostly women at work) about our problems.  He doesn’t see how that was bad and won’t apologize for hurting me.  He feels that I am overreacting and my fears of him leaving me are misplaced.  We went to counseling and I got the same thing from our counselor; that it was my problem to deal with and I need to move on from it.  I feel like I am living with a complete stranger.  I told my husband how I was feeling and all it did was push him away instead of us growing closer together.  I have no idea where to begin to make our marriage better, my first attempt made it worse.  I just don’t know what to do or where to turn.  God feels like He is so far away right now.

Prayer Request:

3 prayer request please:

(1) For my family to start serving God and being more united with each other; for me to be more like the woman in Proverbs 31; for my kids to be more loving, grateful, obedient and kind towards each other.

(2) for my husband to be more loving, kind and considerate to the kids and I.

(3) for God to bless me abundantly in my  personal, professional and academic life as He sees fit.Thanks so much for your prayers.God Bless.

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How do you view prayer?  Burden or Pleasure?

Blessings to You :)

Melissa