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Mark 10:26 -- Human-Calibrated Amazement [13 Jun 2015|07:57am]
Twice in quick succession, Lord Jesus, Your disciples are amazed. To some extent, they seem to have grown used to the reality of walking with You. But what amazes them is Your teaching that even rich and powerful humans have limits. Before they walked with You, they spent decades learning whom to look up to and whom to look down on. They calibrated their instruments by human standards. Now this is revealed in their reactions.

What about us? Have we walked with You long enough to be amazed at You but to keep certain equanimity about our fellow humans? When they are impressive, have we learned to thank You for whatever qualities of You they reflect and to recognize that everything else is passing away? When the humans we expect to respect show their limitations, have we learned to keep our poise, to control our reactions, and to pray for them? As a soldier on the show The Unit told a civilian in a crisis, we will live a lot better if we control our expectations. As Martin Sheen included in his memoir when as a poor actor his baby came through a complicated home delivery in good shape at exactly the time that the president's baby did not survive, wealth and influence are not in ultimate control. Open our eyes, Lord, to the opportunities You take to remind us of that.
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News from Japanese Christians [22 Mar 2011|08:50am]

Praying for them...

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[24 Sep 2009|05:28pm]

Please pray for my sister's friend Tara. She is 13 years old and lives with her mother, her mother's abusive, racist boyfriend and his two cruel, foul-mouthed sons. This man beats Tara quite frequently, torments her verbally, and she pretty much cops all the abuse from their household (mostly this man and his sons), because she is half kiwi, and they have a hatred for her race. Last night it was very late at night when he punched and kicked her in the stomach, her mum jumped in to help, and Tara pushed her away so that he would not hit her too; her mother's response to this was to turn around and slap her across the face. There is a lot of contention between those two, and upon herself, that she has to deal with. She reached her breaking point of fear and anger, and she ran away from home. I was very relieved when my sister and I found her safe near her home and comforted her until her mum arrived to take her home, but I'm afraid of her returning home, and the increasing bad situation, and that she might run away again. Her schoolwork and attendance are suffering. She is constantly suffering. She feels my sister and our family are the only people who truly care about her. I know her mum loves her, but she makes selfish choices. Her mother is afraid of this man and has taken AVOs out on him, yet she stays with him because she was foolish and gave him all her money at one time in the past, and he now holds this against them so they find it financially difficult to leave. I realise it's not easy for them, but I feel it's a convenient excuse for her to stay and never make a change, as she is emotionally tied to this abusive man at the expense of her daughter.

Tara is a beautiful, strong girl with a sweet soul who deserves happiness, and the simple security of peace and love in her home. I am afraid of her running away from home again -- it's not safe for a 13 year old to be outside in the dark on her own, especially in this town where drunks and derelicts roam at night -- and I'm afraid she will end up in juvi, or worse, because of the lack of love in her environment.

Please pray for her with all your heart. She deserves so much better than this.
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[20 May 2009|09:01am]

Osipov-Lections_about_Christianity (video, english): http://www.btscene.com/details/1517433/
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Prayers for my family... [17 May 2009|04:21pm]

Hi there!
A few days ago my cousin shot and murdered his mother and brother and proceeded to burn the house down.  No one saw a thing like this coming and it has been a sad event to take place in our family so please keep us all in your prayers.  Thank you so much.
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[29 Sep 2008|08:43pm]

Hey folks. A prayer request.

My best friend Eric's stepfather was cutting some branches off of a tree yesterday afternoon, and a large branch wasn't cut properly. It fell down, hit the ladder he was standing on, knocked it out from underneath him and he fell over 20 feet to the ground. He was taken to our local hospital, then had to be transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening, but MRIs and X-rays showed major spinal damage. He may never walk again.

I ask that you please pray for this man and his family. I don't personally know him, but he is the stepfather of my best friend, and it kills me to see him so upset. Please pray that Eric's stepdad will recover from this terrible accident, and that by some miracle, he will walk again. Thank you and may God bless you.

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please pray for my dad [15 Nov 2007|09:02am]

I'm 23, my dad is only 42 and had his heart valve replaced a few months back because of an infection there, due to heroin addiction. my grandpa just called last night and said he has a big infection they aren't sure he can fight.

I need you guys to pray for my dad, please ask your families and churches to keep him in their thoughts, and please send a prayer to God for a speedy, full recovery. I hardly know my dad, i need him to stay with us so I can get to know him better.

His name is David Clark, and he's in a seattle hospital. Thank you
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Needing plenty of prayers... [09 Nov 2007|08:10pm]

Hi folks. I unfortunately learned that today, my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer. They detected it relatively early, so her odds are good. She'll need surgery and radiation therapy. It'll be a long road for her and our whole family, but with God's help, we can all get through it.

Tonight, I ask that you keep my aunt and our family in your thoughts and prayers as we all prepare to face the terrible thing that is cancer.
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God's goodness [06 Jun 2007|07:03pm]

[ mood | loved ]

My fellow Brothers and Sisters in christ,

I am using this opportunity to thank my most high God, the ancient of days, the lily of the valley, the lion of the tribe of judah, for his goodness, faithfulness, protection, guidance and unconditional love.

I am gonna share the whole story in the next few weeks because i know deep down that he has done it. Just for a minute please, think of what could have been but did not?! Last friday i thought it was the end but the God of Isreal, the one migthy in battle, supernaturally saved me.
The father to the fatherless

Our God is Omnipresent please help me to say THANK YOU to him.

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Heart's desire [28 May 2007|10:35am]

This week's promise: God is our security

Where is your desire?

Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth.
Psalm 73:25 NLT

Heart's desire

In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe when the Beavers inform the children that Aslan is on the move, the children feel a strange stirring in their hearts. Peter in particular says he's "longing" to meet this Aslan.…he doesn't say he's curious; he says he's longing, and that carries a very different meaning….

To long for something means you've had it in your mind for a while, the way you fix your heart on getting that iPod for Christmas…. Longing carries with it the concept of desire.

Yearning Desire. It's a theme that weaves throughout the life and works of C. S. Lewis. In Surprised by Joy, he introduces the concept of longing as the signature quest of his childhood and young adulthood.

It wasn't until Lewis converted to Christianity that he eventually realized what he'd been longing for: God. Not the Norse gods of the pagan world, not even the gods or spirits of fantasy worlds, but the God of the Bible—a real, living Being in whom we can have life forever.

With our own friends, part of our role is to help them understand that their longing comes from an inborn desire to know the King of the universe. And, like the Beavers with Peter, we are to tell our friends about the King—that his return is imminent, that he is on the move even now.

We're all longing to meet the true King. Will you recognize his name when you hear it? Will you help others do the same?

adapted from Walking Through the Wardrobe by Sarah Arthur (Tyndale) pp 77-83
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[22 Apr 2007|10:38pm]

hey everyone! this morning i got home from sarahs then slept for a few hours. Then Jill came over and we headed out to boston. We showed up and visited erica for like 5 minutes. she didnt say anything but she smiled when she saw us so that was good. Jill and I then went down for dinner. We had grilled cheese and hot dogs with boston creme pie for dessert. Then we went back up to visit. Her boyfriend and his mom were up there. After about 5 minutes she started to break into tears. She wouldnt talk the whole time. So we went to the other room to let her calm down with the nurse and my parents. She was really frustrated because she couldnt talk and she was also in pain and hyped up on pain meds so she got really upset. She seems to be in a fog and just really tired. So then the nurse asked her to see if she can write. She wrote her name, drew a stick figure with spiky hair and the word Mass (becuase they asked her where she was). She laughed about that. Her handwriting is def not the same but im so proud of her for writing! Then we went back in to say hi and she said hi back. Jill, jason and i went back home. I stayed with jill for a bit and we played WII. Being with jill today made me pretty happy. and seeing erica smile and write something. I'm really proud of the progress shes making. She should be getting better soon. 

Thanks everyone for being there
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[22 Apr 2007|11:37am]

[ mood | sleepy ]

As you may or may not know, i have an 18 year old sister. Her name is Erica. Right now she is in the hospital with a brain tumor. On Thursday morning at about 2 AM, she woke up with a head ache and throwing up. You know, just a normal getting sick in the night thing? Well i was up and i heard her up with my mom. Then are about 3 i heard her say, "i cant move my hands". Her hands wouldnt open or close and her body was turning numb. So my mom brought her to Milford Hospital. Me and my dad stayed home in hope to sleep and that it was gonna be ok. Needless to say, i couldnt get back to sleep. So that night i got a total of 2 hours. At 8ish we got a call from my mom telling us that they were moving her to Mass General in Boston. They did a ct scan and found a mass, or tumor of some sort on her brain. She was sent by ambulance while my dad and i drove in. We then spent the rest of the morning in the trauma center of the ER with her getting blood taken and talking with a ton of neurosurgens. At about 2 she went in for her MRI and we went to the cafeteria for lunch. My church pastor came and stayed with us for a while which was nice. She came out of the MRI and we got sent to the ICU. We waited there for a while then doctors came to talk to us. They told us that it was a tumor about 4 inches into her brain. It is where the fluid is supposed to travel into her spine but it is blocking the path, causing swelling and the head aches. They said that there is a 99 percent chance its benine or low-grade cancer. That night my sisters friends came in and we hung out in the room for a while and erica was doing really well. Then i went home with them and we had a pretty upsetting night. There was also some issues with one of the friends of the kids dealing with being suicidal, but thats a story for later.

The next morning my dad picked me up and i showered then we headed back in. we hung out the whole day and we had a lot of visitors, like her friends and my family and such. It was nice and such. Then we stayed til like 11:30 because it was the night before her surgery. We went out and got her favorite foods and we had a little party type thing in her hospital room. We then drove home and got home at around 1 AM. it took me a while to fall asleep

the next morning we had to wake up at 5. i threw on clothes and left for the hospital. On the way, my dad and i got a flat tire. How much fun? The jack was rusty and wouldnt work. IT took up an extra hour.. at like 6 in the morning. We then had to drive back (we were half way there) and get the other car. Then we drove into boston. We got htere and we had about an hour with my sister before she went in for surgery. That whole day we had to wait in the waiting room. I slept, ate, colored pictures and played chess with my dad. The doctors came in at around 3 telling us how the surgery went. They said they took out about 95 percent of the tumor and it is low grade. They think she might not need any treatment in the future but we have to wait and see. When she woke up from teh surgery, she couldnt understand what anyone was saying and was unresponsive. Then she started to recognize what was going on. She couldnt move any muscles on her right side. Within about 30 miuntes, she could start to move a bit. She still couldnt talk and had trouble moving much. I went in there and i broke down crying. It is so hard to see her with tubes sticking out of her head unable to speak or do anything. It's just so sad and she showed that she was in pain. By the end of the night she could say a few words. Her first word was no.lol. so characteristic of her. Then i went out for ice cream at coldstone cremery. I got half vanilla bean, half chocolate with oreos and sprinkles. It was yummy. Then we left at about 8 so i could get some sleep cause i was falling asleep sitting up. I stayed the night with my sisters friends again. I couldnt calm down enough to sleep so traci layed with me and kept me from cutting. For the first time through this whole thing, i really wanted to cut. And i don't even know why. But that doesnt matter now, i made it through the night and got some sleep. I maybe got 7 hours.. that's the most i've gotten so far through this. We got up and had muffins on the patio with her 2 dogs and cat. the cat actually ws using my arm as a scratching post... but he's adorable.. and fat. Lol. So then my sisters friend drove me home and here i am. My dad just gave me an update cause my mom called. She said that erica is able to swollow a little bit of water and might be able to get off of the IV soon. She is still not really talking but her strength in her side is starting to come back better. She is going in for an MRI soon so i'm going to head down in a bit. we're in hope that she will make a full recovery, even though she probably wont be able to finish her senior year this year. We will settle that later when we know more of what's going on. We're taking it one day at a time..

but she is doing alright and making progress. <3
thanks everyone. please keep her in your thoughts

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prayer request - pregnant cousin with difficulties [17 Sep 2006|09:33pm]

I'd like to ask for prayers for my cousin Valerie.

She's pregnant, around 33 weeks along, and she's been hospitalized tonight with serious complications. Her kidneys are - if not outright failing, then threatening to fail. They're inducing labor tonight in the hopes that they can treat both her and Joshua, her son, better once he's delivered. The pregnancy has been complicated in the past and both her health and Joshua's have been iffy for a while.

She's in good hands but things are very serious. Her mother sent out an e-mail to her friends and family asking for prayers for Valerie, Joshua, and Shawn (V's husband/J's dad) tonight, so I'm asking my friendslist. I'm also cross-posting this to a couple of communities.

UPDATE: Valerie had a C-section delivery late on Monday. Joshua is tiny - 3 lbs, 4 oz - and will be staying in the NICU for a while, but he's breathing on his own, which is wonderful! They're also keeping an eye on my cousin - mostly they're worried about seizures - but her health is doing much better as well. Thank you to all of you for your prayers and support. The whole family is grateful.
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[12 Aug 2006|02:09am]
[ mood | Praying ]

My uncle was put into Hospice recently. He has given his heart to God, and although he isn't doing well, I know God can work miracles. Please keep him in your prayers. Thank you so much.

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[29 Jul 2006|11:09am]

so im new to this group.
i ask that you please pray for my parents salvation, ive been praying for it since i was young.
thank you.
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[28 Jul 2006|11:37am]

My dad, raised a Catholic (now non-denom)and taught to be very independent, is really having trouble trusting and relying on God for strength and joy. If you could pray that would be amazing!!
Thank you!

x-posted everywhere cause prayer is good
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[11 Feb 2006|11:48pm]

Hello, ladies and gentlemen. I need some prayers tonight and in days to come. A good friend of mine, Travis, was killed in a terrible car accident on January 7, 2006. I have experienced much grief over his death, and I have prayed for his family each night. But I am beginning to believe that it is I who also needs the support of the Lord. I have not come anywhere close to overcoming his death and moving on with my life, so to speak. There are three pictures of Travis in the icon I am using to post this entry. How can such a beautiful person be taken away from this world so soon? When I went to Travis's funeral, the pastor said something that is absolutely true. God was trying to get my attention. He was trying to get everyone's attention to tell us that life is short, death is certain. And now He has my attention. I have never really been a big prayer person. I used to pray on occasion, but not every day as I should. However, now, I pray on a daily basis, and it's usually mainly for Travis's family. I realize that Travis is in the hands of the Lord, and he is in a much better world than this one. But that doesn't mean I don't miss him. I have not stopped missing him since the day I got that terrible phone call informing me of his death.

So, I ask you, won't you pray for me and all who knew Travis? Will you please pray that God will give us support and help us to overcome the tragedy which has changed our lives so greatly over the past month?

Thank you very much, and may God bless you all.
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[23 Oct 2005|07:26am]

[ mood | crushed ]

Pretty much at my wit's end here folks. I need prayer, and bad.
The situation is, my husband drinks too much. I know what the Bible says about drinking, so please, no mini sermons. God forbids drunkenness and this is the problem. I beg he stops doing that but his selfishness overrides any Christ likeness there is. It overrides any compassion for me. He doesn't do it daily anymore, more like on weekends or every couple weeks. Still, it is driving us apart. It's senseless and Biblically, a sin. He would do it daily if he didn't have some conviction about it, and has before.
I pray that God's will be done but it would be nice to have others praying for us. I honestly can't take it. My stress level is so high that I'm having chest pains. Not good. Even in the light of this, he won't accommodate me. Says I should be more flexible. Why is it so difficult to have a couple, instead of 9? My desire is for there to be none because some always leads to more in his case. The neglect and verbal, emotional and mental abuse is killing me.
Thanks for your prayers in advance. I really appreciate it.

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