Prayer Requests

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  1. Menagerie says:

    Thank you Stella, for providing this thread. So, posting my first request.

    In order to provide a better life for his family, and to have better job security, my son begins a one year program in school in August. He will be working every day full time, only Sunday off, and going to school until 11 every night.

    This means little sleep, lots of stress, tight finances, and of course a difficult year of study. With three young children this will be a big struggle.

    I ask you to remember him, his wife and children in your prayers, that God will grant them the necessary graces to make it through the upcoming trials and get that training finished successfully.

    It’s also going to be very hard on his wife, who will obviously have all the responsiblities for the children (two of them have autism) on her shoulders.

    We are going to help as much as possible, but this is going to be so very hard for them.

    Thank you, and you guys know I am always praying for all of you!

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  2. lovely says:

    Prayers continue to pray for my cousin. He is still with us and fighting. Amazing that we have had him this long, August/September will be a year since his diagnosis. Thank you again and again.

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  3. Thank you, Stella, for creating this prayer request thread. A couple times with (relatively) recent medical challenges (& other things) the prayerful community here & at the Treehouse have been ministering to our family & I Greatly Appreciate It!

    It’s been almost a year since the online service “carepages” went offline, & it’s been a significant loss for personal & prayerful support for me & my special needs son, Josiah. I jumped into one of their recommended alternatives, “caringbridge”, but the support has not been the same & many people who shared our journey to/through Liver Transplant & beyond are no longer connected to us as tangibly. I guess in some ways I am still grieving this loss (& the loss of other supports)…

    A couple of days ago Josiah & I had his last visit with the pediatric departments of Liver Transplant & Nephrology (Kidney doc dealing with his High Blood Pressure & Chronic Kidney Disease) & his care in these arenas will now be managed in adult & young adult clinics, respectively. This is a challenging change as we’d been working with most of these particular providers for about a decade & had been led to believe that they would allow more leeway for these transitions due to the developmental disability aspect to some of his challenges. I had really hoped to “work through” some of the issues (for me) connected to the process of interfacing with “Gift of Life” to express our gratitude to the Donor Family for allowing their loved one’s organs to be used for transplant. I’d wanted these conversations to occur with known team members with whom we had familiarity & (some degree of) rapport.

    I ended up speaking with one of the hospital chaplains about this & other matters later that same day & got some interesting insights from her perspective. She works in palliative care with pediatric families whose loved ones are in the process of dying, sometimes even over decades. As such she has interfaced with many families dealing with complex medical needs as well as some who also deal with behavioral &/or developmental issues, like we do with Autism Spectrum.

    Anyway, in addition to providing spiritual/emotional/interpersonal support she also provided a form of acceptance & affirmation of where I am being (relatively) “normal” given where we’ve been & what we still face. She brought up the concept of “trauma-informed therapy” & shared that complex situations like we face(d) inflict a form of trauma on the whole family. She basically stated that it’s important to process or manage the trauma & stress in the scenario of healthily coping with one’s existence (my version here, not how she stated things) & strongly encouraged me to seek out appropriate counseling/support.

    This is very difficult for me for multiple reasons (excuses). I’ve had key people in my life either lash out or turn away & abandon me/us during significant times of need/stress & I really do have some major trust issues here. Also, I generally “feel” as if few people can really “get it” in regards to the magnitude of what I/we face(d) & it’s like I’m speaking in some type of foreign language whenever I do end up sharing some of this issues with others. I’ve been walking this path in many ways quite alone (apart from the Lord & immediate family) & managing my son’s myriad needs uses up most of my pretty limited energy reserves. The last time I worked with a counselor/psychologist I would be spent for the remainder of that day, the next day, & sometimes longer regrouping from the exhaustion. I’ve spent many years (my lifetime?) stuffing down the “negative” emotions as much as possible so that I can get on with the business of living, for tapping into my own, or others’–& I live w/ a bunch of ADHD people who generally speaking have a lesser grip on their–emotions is extremely draining to me…

    Anyway I guess if this is to turn into a prayer request (& I’m sorry for going on so much here) would you please pray for me & my family as we learn, again, to walk some new paths. Please pray that the Lord would guide us in His path, that He would lead us to appropriate (& financially accessible) supports &/or counseling that would be able to meet us where we are, speak or at least “get” our language, would be gentle & Christlike, & that He would heal us of the hurts that still swirl. Please also pray that the issues related to contacting Gift of Life can be sufficiently hashed out so that I can hopefully have that contact with them before the year ends–my original goal was by the 5 year anniversary of the transplant, but that’s just days away now…

    If any of you might be interested in following along with Josiah’s (& our family’s to a lesser extent) journey here is where I usually post more detailed updates:

    https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/josiahcurren

    Well, thanks for providing such a place where we can share from the heart & lift each other’s needs before that Throne of Grace. May the Lord be with Each of You & may He supply All that you need abundantly & according to His Riches in Glory! God Bless You ALL–Valerie

    …hopefully you’ll see a lovely picture w/ Psalm 46:1 above…

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    • Today is the 5th anniversary of my son Josiah’s Liver Transplant & we are so thankful that he is doing well overall! God Bless You ALL!!!

      https://specialconnections.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/5-years-going-strong-my-sons-liver-transplant/

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      • czarowniczy says:

        5 years is a good sign, my son’s there also after his.

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        • Your son is 5 years out? How is he doing? We have been blessed in that Josiah wasn’t “liver sick”, per se, prior to transplant (just had a liver filled with masses/tumors, some of which were pre-cancerous). His post-op course has been pretty smooth sailing, thankfully (though we’ve paid a heavy price in many other arenas in his life).

          By the way, Josiah recently went on twitter & proclaimed his love for the Lord & has a decent amount of feedback from that tweet!

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          • czarowniczy says:

            My son was within days of dying when he got his liver, his kidneys had almost totally quit working and he was huge from accumulated wastes.

            It was a miracle that he received a liver as he is a really tall and large guy, but one came in at almost the last minute and he started to clear up almost immediately.

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            • So thankful for your son’s miraculous recovery & feel for you & czarina’s suffering as you stood/stand by your son throughout the ordeal. What a testimony you must all have!

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              • czarowniczy says:

                What was amazing was the Ochsner Clinic’s care. They had a liver that had been approved for use by the harvesting agency but it didn’t meret Ochsner’s higher standards. The transplant team refused it and it went to another local hospital for use. Doc who led the team said he didn’t think the liver would last in my son even though it was close to the size he needed.

                It was about 2 more weeks and he got worse and worse, he ballooned up and was yellow as a lemon when the call came, he needed an ambulance to get to the hospital.
                They took him immediately into surgery and that was the beginning of his new life.

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                • Wow that must have really been intense & overwhelming for all of you during this whole process. We had a call for a liver about a year before J’s actual transplant for Josiah to be NPO & on deck in case the first (obviously very sick) candidate/recipient died during the procedure but the liver was still viable. We gathered in prayer to pray for this other person, likely child, & they apparently pulled through. I would have had a Much Harder time praying for that first recipient to have a successful transplant if my son were as debilitated at the time as your son was before his transplant.

                  How long has it been since his transplant? So glad he & you all are now blessed with that New Life!

                  By the way, whenever I run across your comments on random threads you always make me smile & think & your puns are great even if they are occasionally groaners. You & your wife are both a huge blessing at Stella’s & the Treehouse!

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    It’s been 5 years and yes, it was hard. We had him in our house in NOLA and except for a week by each of my two other sons and a few weeks by my Ex who stayed with him I had to relocate there to take care of him. We also had to spell each other staying with him in the hospital and with him post-op.

                    It’s always hard thinking that someone else has to die for the recipient to live but fate seems make those choices. We volunteered chunks of our livers and they tested us but the head doc said as large a guy as he was there was no viable choice but a whole-liver donor and a big one at that. Just fate that an otherwise healthy person with his stature died at just the exact time.

                    Puns seem to be genetic – my youngest son, my twin, does it too. Not as well but he’s getting there.

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                  • Our son also needed a whole liver so we couldn’t donate lobes to help him either. Since he wasn’t sick the hospital could afford to be especially picky to get the “perfect” liver for him (though his birth liver with a malformed/non-existent portal vein was replaced with one with malformed hepatic arteries!). When we were told he’d be needing a transplant the doctors said that his ideal donor would be a “12 year old gunshot victim”. That loss within another family really haunted me in the lead up to his transplant so that I was in heavy prayer for that other family in anticipation of their pending & eventual heartbreaking loss…

                    Has anyone from your gang gone through Gift of Life to thank the donor family for their loving gift? I’d hoped to do that before the 5th anniversary, but that journey still pends. I wrote a bit on that concept here:

                    https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/josiahcurren/journal

                    I guess one has to scroll down the page to get to the specific journal entry called: Indirect Thankfulness, a Semi-Trial Balloon…
                    — Nov 15, 2017

                    If either you or Czarina end up reading that entry I’d really appreciate your thoughts since you’ve both trod that parent of a liver transplant son path too. Making that contact is still a pending goal for me & I’m finding that my metaphorical eyes are bigger than my theoretical plate when it comes to jumping through various hoops (in life)…

                    How punderful that you have one to carry on your impressive legacy!

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    The family who donated didn’t want to be contacted, some people just don’t want to reopen the wound, to some it’s pouring salt on it. For whatever reason they chose not to be though I’m sure that at some level they realize my son’s gratitude.

                    My sons are all from a previous marriage, Czarina and I were a bit old, in our accounting, for kids – the thought of being looking at retirement and kids still in school wasn’t appealing. There was also at least two UN agencies and the CDC that warned Czarina and I of potential legal actions were we to replicate…some people just have no sense of humor.

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                  • No cross species pollination, hmm? UN, CDC, military…you & ‘rina have had some interesting lives!

                    As far as dealing with donor families it’s great that you have a clear cut scenario. We don’t & I seem to be the only family member that wrestles with the topic (I guess I think too much–shock!)…it was a topic I’d really wanted to dig through before we had to shift J’s care from Peds to Adult, so it could be with a familiar team…but that didn’t happen so c’est la vie.

                    Well congrats on 5 years going strong post-transplant for your son…& the rest of you. May whatever lead to his first liver disease not impact his new liver! Blessings

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    Nope, first liver issue was a genetic issue which he alone fell prey to, new liver shouldn’t be bothered.

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                  • That is truly awesome!!! Since my son’s issues was based on a structural abnormality we’re hopeful that there will be no further probs in that area.

                    Is your son on a protocol to theoretically wean off anti-rejection meds (something only possible with liver transplant per previous specialists)? Josiah’s new doctor isn’t supportive of complete weaning but he’s got him on pretty low dose anti-rejection meds: Prograf 1.5 mg in AM & 1mg in PM, I think…so at least the meds are diminished little by little going forward…

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    Our best wishes for his continued improvement.

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                  • Thanks–he is doing very well medically on all known fronts currently, for which we truly Thank the Lord! 🙂

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    • Menagerie says:

      I will be praying for all of you.

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  5. Menagerie says:

    My grandson Mason who has autism starts kindergarten today, and his younger brother Conner, also autistic, starts pre-k. Mason faces the challenge of his first year in a regular classroom. Conner goes to the excellent school where Mason did so well.

    I would appreciate prayers for both of them, and their parents as they face these new challenges.

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    • stella says:

      You are all in my prayers, Menage.

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    • lovely says:

      Prayers Menagerie. Especially for the right people to be in their lives while they are in school.

      Prayers for grandma’s heart to be be able to let go and let God which is the hardest thing (for me) of all.

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    • How are things going with Kindergarten for Mason? Has your son started his away from home assignment yet? Hope your family is hanging tough with all the potentially challenging (& exciting) changes. Blessings…

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      • Menagerie says:

        Not going too well. The school, as I feared, has not kept to the agreed upon plans for Mason. He didn’t get the teacher they said he would have, the one his prior teachers and therapists chose for him. Also, he has ABA therapy for three hours twice a week, there are no openings after school yet, and the school had said he could come in after his appointments and pick up the rest of the day. When my DIL took him in as soon as his first appointment was over they refused to let him go to class, said he would be absent everyday after a certain time. So he is going to miss even more school than he already does.

        I am thinking of asking my DIL to let me have a role in this, as czar does with his GGS. Perhaps I can start with a phone call explaining that we have intentions of pursuing legal and public options.

        My other autistic grandson started school at Mason’s old school, which is an awesome place. However, he isn’t doing well. He hates it and cries when they drive up to the school, and it goes downhill from there. I am praying he will settle in and do well, but he is a hardheaded and forceful child, and his autism is much more severe than Mason’s is.

        Their dad starts school the 27th of this month.

        Oh yeah, theplace where they have speech, occupational and physical therapy is closing in a few weeks and now their mom is scrambling to find other arrangements. I really hate that because Mason’s speech therapist is the first person who broke through to him. All his progress began after she was able to work with him.

        It’s raining, it’s pouring! Thanks for your prayers Valerie, I really appreciate them.

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        • Ah, Menagerie, I truly empathize here for you & your daughter-in-law. The best I can say is that it is still very early days for both young guys so there is plenty of time (& hopefully sufficient will & resources) to course correct…

          If you go to the CTH prayer request page I just put some links to some Wrightslaw.com resources to another parent of an autistic son…some of this may be helpful in your family’s situation.

          More than that right now I don’t want to say for I may stray into my own unresolved “baggage” arena…not a very happy place yet.

          Oh, I wish my own mother was as engaged as you are on behalf of her grandkids–what a help & support that could have been, back in the day!

          God bless, guide, equip, strengthen, & support you, your daughter-in-law, your son, & your grandsons as each of you does battle in your own arena for the long haul!

          In Christ’s Compassion & Love

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        • stella says:

          So sorry, Menage. Can Mason’s speech therapist offer any advice?

          I think it would be a good idea for you to become involved with the school. Young women are often afraid of being confrontational, and older broads like us aren’t.

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          • Menagerie says:

            I agree. Alex is becoming a little more aggressive with her dealings, but not enough. I, on the other hand, if they would let me get involved, intend to take them down to the mat rather than take no for an answer. As far as I am concerned, they need to make good on each and every commitment made for Mason’s IEP, starting with the proper teacher.

            As far as Conner goes, all I know to do is pray, and that’s no sarcasm or joke. He is in the absolute best school he could be in, we were all so thrilled that him getting in at three years old would give him an extra year. But if he doesn’t somehow become teachable it isn’t going to matter. I keep telling myself the teachers are professionals who know what to do about this. But I am terribly concerned.

            Also, Conner refuses to eat one bite of food while at school. They don’t allow the kids to bring lunches, but finally tried giving him things he eats at home. He refuses to even take a bite. That’s how bull stubborn this kid is. I have never seen anything like him. His will is, so far as I have seen his whole life long, unbreakable. And not in a good way.

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            • stella says:

              Regarding Mason’s situation, would it help to send them a letter that details every promise that was made, and how each was broken?

              I have often found that putting something in writing (and sometimes sending it “signature requested”) works wonders.

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              • Menagerie says:

                Great suggestion. I’m waiting for the right moment to approach my son and DIL about this. I have suggested before that they let me intervene, to no avail. I truly don’t want to be a pushy grandmother, but my DIL is not going to be able to be aggressive enough.

                Like you said, it’s much easier for us, and on top of that she has a strong aversion to conflict, and that’s simply not a problem for me. Especially when it comes to the grandkids. Also, I do not believe that she and my son have any grasp of how crucial this time, right now while the boys are so young, is to their development. I cannot seem to get through to them on that point.

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                • stella says:

                  Why not draft a letter, and present it to them as a beginning for discussion?

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                • You are absolutely right. Early development & interventions are key to managing so many of the challenges with autism spectrum. Wrightslaw.com has reams of info on the process of advocating for a child…& you can choose how deep into the rabbit hole to go. I believe that the IEP is a legally binding document & they are required to adhere to every point/promise within it…Hang tough, grandma, & may God grant you the wisdom, words, & timing to approach your son & daughter-in-law. If only they could see that you are trying to Relieve them of some of their burden, not add to it!!!

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        • lovely says:

          So sorry Menagerie, they are blessed to have you in their lives fighting for them. My advice is to find a legal advocate. Have an attorney write a letter, find someone who knows about state codes and laws and the ones that are potentially being broken by the school. Catholic charities may be a first stop in your state, I don’t know, I had a very unpleasant experience with them here, but the upper management (as in the big boys from out of state) did respond in my favor when push came to shove. Anyhow CC may be a place to gather resources that have the knowledge and ability to help.

          You have to threaten their government paycheck. Unfortunately that is likely the only language they will respond to.

          Money and negative publicity, but since (I’m assuming here) your grandson is not a racial minority negative publicity will only put so much pressure on the school.

          Prayers.

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          • Menagerie says:

            Thanks lovely, also great suggestions. I have a contact I have worked with who is an attorney, and if it comes to that I am going to turn to him. Right now I am giving them a little time because they process things more slowly and really get their back up when I push too hard too soon, and because today is the day my son starts school (in addition to working full time) for a year. I want to let them get over that hump. So, I have to thread the needle between giving them time and not letting things go downhill rapidly for my grandson.

            I naively thought that after I raised my kids everything would be gravy! Also, I am never sure whether I really am trying to help or have I fallen into the meddling mother and grandmother role?

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  6. czarowniczy says:

    And let’s put a slot for Wolly here in absentia.

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  7. Dear Stellarite Prayer Warriors,
    I just did a post at one of my blogs that has A Lot of healing scriptures with beautiful images that may be a blessing to you if you might be interested. Blessings to All!

    specialconnections.wordpress.com/2018/08/18/complex-ptsd-personal-touchpoints/

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  8. lovely says:

    Prayers for dear Wooly.

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  9. lovely says:

    HAs anyone heard from Col. Wooly or Joshua ?

    Prayers continue for all of them.

    🙏🏼❤️

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  10. This is a re-post from the CTH Prayer Pages…

    I just want to say that prayer really works. About a week ago we thought our dog was dying. He’s been suffering with allergies/skin condition for a while & scratching & chewing constantly. Our son took him to the vet several different times & he’s been on various meds…Well suddenly he got significantly worse, like in a couple days. He started to look emaciated & then fell down a couple of times for no known reason. Last Friday he had to be carried outside to relieve himself & would just lay there (one time our son pressed against his bladder to get him to pee). He was breathing in a distressed kind of way & different kids spent different nights on the floor next to him thinking he would be dead by morning & wanted to comfort him.

    Because of my niece’s wedding on Saturday & Brandon’s crazy work schedule he decided that he’d take Shadow to the vet on Monday after work (if he was still alive)…At some point over the weekend my husband & Josiah prayed for the dog…(Josiah prayed for me years ago when we were hiking in Colorado & I had very labored breathing & immediately my breathing issues evaporated!).

    When we got back from the wedding Shadow greeted us at the door! He was able to go outside on his own power! By Monday during the day he was choosing to go down our basement stairs to hang out with Josiah (3 days before he couldn’t handle the 5 stairs to get outside himself)…Anyway, Brandon still took him to the vet & they did multiple tests on him & discovered a bleeding mass in his liver (& recommended exploratory surgery & possibly followed by chemo). All of this is way out of range price wise. They did prescribe more meds & rechecked him Tuesday & the meds appear to be effective.

    Well, the bottom line is that God is sustaining our dog for whatever extended season of life He chooses. Brandon will take “reasonable” but not “heroic” measures to see to the dog’s vet needs. Oh & maybe being near death’s door & not actually scratching for a few days has relieved him of that seeming neurotic behavior. He’s practically back to his old self now in intake, energy, & interactions…& all these changes were well under way before the most recent vet visits!

    Blessings to All! Valerie

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  11. nyetneetot says:

    I cannot believe I didn’t notice this thread for 2 years.

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  12. trumpismine says:

    I’m so glad I started following your blog stella and this page I just found. I’ll pray for you all if you will please pray for me? God’s Blessings can sustain us all, He hears our prayers and will comfort us.

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  13. trumpismine says:

    Restless nights sleep last night which I guess is common when we age, but I sometimes remember a child’s prayer I had to look up today.
    A Child’s Bedtime Prayer
    -Henry Johnstone
    Now I lay me down to sleep,
    I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
    If I should die before I wake,
    I pray to God my soul to take, (but wait there’s more)
    If I should live for other days,
    I pray the Lord to guide my ways,

    Father, unto thee I pray,
    Thou hast guarded me all day;
    Safe I am while in thy sight,
    Safely let me sleep tonight.
    Bless my friends, the whole world bless;
    Help me to learn helpfulness;
    Keep me every in thy sight;
    So to all I day good night.

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  14. Hi Stellarites I wanted to share a brief praise report. One of my 22 year old twins, Brandon, has been being a light shining in the darkness as he’s been working on some co-workers with the gospel. One young lady in particular has been especially on his heart as he has taken her to church numerous times & they just attended a retreat with that college-based church this past weekend. He called home on Friday to let us know that Maddie had accepted the Lord as her savior even before the first gathering had happened!

    The darkness is still being beaten back…even if we might not see it based on ubiquitous news coverage. Keep the faith & don’t be discouraged…God is still on His throne!

    Blessings to all! In Christ

    https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.THI1kExR0eTlpzd9bUa_aQHaKE&pid=Api

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  15. stella says:

    Bad news from FroggieLeggs. She needs our prayers right now.

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  17. lovely says:

    Asking for prayers.

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  18. Merry & Blessed Christmas Eve to All!

    In Jesus’ Abiding Love

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    • lovely says:

      Sorry Valerie! Happy and blessed New Year, I do not get over here to the prayer thread to see if anyone has posted. I hope you and yours are well 🙂 !

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      • Hope your New Year is going well too. We’re hanging in there. Friday my husband’s boss was taken away from work in an ambulance following a possible heart attack. There hasn’t been “official” confirmation yet but it appears that he didn’t make it.

        Both my husband & son Brandon, who also works there, are having a pretty heavy weekend & dreading what is to be learned come Monday. This boss ran the whole location & just a couple days earlier had joked with my husband that he’d probably never retire but just be found dead in his chair–which appears to be practically what actually happened. He was in his late 50’s & has a wife & 2 teen aged daughters so we are praying for them & the company…

        God Bless you & it’s always so nice to hear from you…

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        • lovely says:

          Ho Valerie. Somehow I missed your post.

          I am sorry about your husband’s boss.

          Prayers as always.

          How are things going?

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          • Thanks for your prayers. Michael has good & bad days though they are finally trending upward–Slightly. He basically saw his boss dead at work & that image haunts him. It wasn’t until the memorial service a few weeks later that we learned his boss was a Christian–which was/is a huge relief!

            The heaviness around here has been challenging & we’ve had some recent health scares in the extended family that weighed us down & laser focused our prayers. Thankfully my dad is doing well & out of the hospital following a scary bout of septicemia. My brother recently had surgery on a tumor in his neck (that would have eventually paralyzed him) & the procedure went Very Well (it was really bathed in prayer). In fact, my parents are flying to Dallas to spend the week with him now that he’s out of the hospital & on the mend. He’s got certain (temporary?) limitations & some PT to do but God has been very faithful to see him & his wife through this situation.

            Josiah is wrapping up his Special Olympics basketball season with District games next weekend. If his team wins their tournament then they’ll get to the State Games in Grand Rapids later in March.

            Things are busy with J’s twin Brandon, who is getting very involved at his church on the campus of Wayne State. In fact next month he’s going on a mission trip (his first ever) with a small church team to Guatemala, I believe, so that should be interesting.

            Clarissa is in full swing with college classes at one school & InterVarsity leadership at a neighboring campus, her previous school. She is planning to look for a different job, close to home, to facilitate Josiah’s employment opportunities once this semester ends.

            I’m trying to gear up to look for work (after I get our taxes done–yuck)…it’s been challenging to get motivated & I don’t have lots of extra energy, especially when needing to expend my limited emotional capital on shoring others up around here…

            Hope you don’t mind me being real (& trying to be brief). Thanks for asking…

            How are things with you? I don’t get by Stella’s enough to keep up with what’s going on on a regular basis…though your daily “top 10” is a real blessing & a great idea; what was your inspiration?

            I really appreciate your heart & how you share from it so passionately. You remain a Lovely gift–that keeps on giving!

            Hopefully some scriptural encouragements with a gift flavor will show above. Blessings!

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            • lovely says:

              Morning Valerie! Your family life is full! I am now officially an empty nester since my youngest moved to Chicago. Being alone is very odd.

              I’m sorry for all that you and yours have been through.

              I followed Josiah on Twitter. His passion for Christ followed only by basketball is evident 🙂 . What a wonderful young man.

              Brandon and Clarissa also sound wonderful 🙂 . Good job Momma Bear.

              Prayers for Michael and what was clearly a dramatic moment in his life.

              We are supposed to get a mix of snow and freezing rain today followed by thunderstorms.

              I’m looking forward to the thunderstorms !

              The list of 10 just sort of evolved. I can’t say that I had a specific inspiration other than one day I didn’t want to make a bunch of posts but there were lots of good things happening so I just put it in a list of ten.

              God is good !

              Very nice catching up a little bit with you, I always enjoy your posts .

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              • Thank you for sharing Everything you said here. We are very blessed in our kids & thankful & perplexed that God graced us with such great offspring. They were all tempered from a young age in the crucible of life, largely thanks to Josiah.

                Josiah & Michael had a Bible study & prayer time this morning & J was weeping before the Lord. He is so incredibly tenderhearted in his faith life–a distinct contrast with his autism. I guess we’re all an enigma!

                Because of J’s challenges we’re not sure if we’ll ever actually experience an “empty” nest. Given that our oldest, Nathaniel, bought a house across the street no one’s yet flown very far from the coop.

                I lived alone for a while before marrying & was always used to a degree of isolation in my family being the only girl. There are pros & cons for any way we find ourselves living. My life still has a decent amount of chaos because of the others I live with (schedules, emotions, etc) let alone my own challenges. I enjoyed the quiet when I was alone & I definitely usually knew where anything was located in my single life–not true in our full house.

                We traveled from Metro Detroit to Port Huron to see some friends this afternoon/evening (Sat) so ran into some of those alleged thunderstorms. For those that hate winter (like my husband) they were probably glad that it was just rain instead of lots of snow. Hope the storms were to your linking too!

                God is good & gracious to allow us (all) to meet in cyberspace so that some day in eternity our souls may recognize each other in the land of eternal joy. Blessings!

                Here’s a personal spiritual “top 10” in no particular order:
                1) the eternal gift of Life in Christ!!!
                2) growing up in a godly home
                3) being “equally yoked” with a wonderful eclectic Christian man
                4) leading each of my kids to Christ when they were young
                5) watching my husband assist in baptizing our kids in two separate lake baptisms at summer church camp
                6) the heritage of faith that I unearth doing genealogical research
                7) singing worship at a former job in a Christian (psych) hospital & later at our church
                8) attending a Christian college & grad school & meeting other believers from across the country & around the world
                9) choosing to model forgiveness with our kids so that they didn’t hold grudges with the upheaval/trauma of medical & autistic complexity that pummeled our home
                10) seeing each of our kids develop spiritually & take ownership of that area as adults:
                a. Nathaniel & his wife Tara regularly participate in Bible Studies with T’s childhood church friends (a second family) & N is starting to work Sound at his church
                b. Brandon has lead a friend to the Lord, been faithful in various outreach ministries in a couple of churches, is doing Lighting at his church, actively pursues Bible study & fellowship with believers, & is planning to go on that Missions trip soon
                c. Josiah has been directly proclaiming his faith at school, in testimonies before church, homeless shelter ministry, & at a couple of my husband’s Christian Band concerts. His online presence in blogging, Facebook, & now Twitter is often about Championing Christ.
                d. Clarissa has been singing on the worship team for years at church, she is teaching herself guitar & writing numerous worship songs, has been in leadership in InterVarsity on campus for years & through it has learned & acted in many evangelistic endeavors.

                I am blessed beyond measure in things of the Lord & am very thankful for His Grace in my life…

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                • lovely says:

                  I guess we’re all an enigma!

                  Absolutely true.

                  There are pros & cons for any way we find ourselves living.

                  Absolutely true. I miss my daughter but this is her time, she is learning to be independent and responsible. Right now she is in Bangkok (soon to be on a flight home).

                  It is weird living alone, very quiet, no dishes in the sink, everything in its place.

                  As you said pros and cons.

                  Our thunderstorm was a bust. Heard zero amount of thunder and the sky only lit up one time with lightening. I love thunderstorms so I was disappointed. But I have all of spring and summer for storms so I’m looking forward to some beautiful sky shows.

                  The good news is that there was a lot of rain and it did melt a lot of our snow.

                  God is good & gracious to allow us (all) to meet in cyberspace so that some day in eternity our souls may recognize each other in the land of eternal joy. Blessings!

                  Amen.

                  Your family has the two most important (and inseparable) ingredients for success, God and Love. How beautiful.

                  Have a lovely Sunday Valerie 🙂 !

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                  • Now that you mention it we didn’t hear any thunder last night or see any lightening either–sad. I love those storms too!

                    Hope your daughter has a safe trip back from Bangkok & that she had a blast! I personally love the story telling that (hopefully) ensues after special adventures!

                    It’s hard letting go & moving on…& we probably never really let completely go of our kids, but are we even supposed to?

                    Hope you have a great day too! We ended up skipping church (I rarely go but was willing this time ironically) so we’re having a bit of a low key day–which is a nice way to spend Sunday around here.

                    Blessings!

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  19. Lucille says:

    Prayers for a family member of one of my favorite people…Mark has cancer of the sinus area and is headed for surgery on January 9th…
    Mark Update / Prayer Request 1-8-19
    Dr. Lee Carriker

    And a vid from Mark…a fine and fun young man–with darling children and a dear wife–whose life is the Lord’s and he’s placed himself in His hands…

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  20. Dear Stellarite Prayer Warriors,

    Please pray for my son, Brandon (Josiah’s twin), & a small team of mostly college students from Detroit, MI & Columbus, OH that are going on a missions trip to Guatemala for a week. They left in the wee hours this Saturday (today) & return late next Saturday. Brandon has never been on a missions trip before so this will be a new adventure. They plan to be helping to build a house, evangelize, worship, pray, & minister at a local college campus.

    Please pray for their safe travels & health, for God’s provision for their needs, for being instant in & out of season with the Gospel, that the Lord would prepare the hearts & minds of those with whom they interface for His Gospel message, for salvation of many, for healings, for the love of God to be shown abroad (no pun intended!) 🙂 , for protection from machinations of the evil one, for God to be glorified in all they say & do, for God’s Will to be done in & through each one of them.

    Thanks for your many prayers on behalf of my family. You bless me mightily in this ministry!

    …& here’s a report from our homefront:

    I just wanted to share with you that we had a really special time of prayer with & for Brandon this past evening. It was initiated by one of Brandon’s long-time friends (they were classmates in a small local Christian school K-8) who came here to specifically pray over Brandon. This friend is a strong Christian but rather left-leaning since (at least) his college days, but these differences thankfully don’t impede our shared journeys to the Throne of Grace! There was a beautiful presence of the Lord with us as we each prayed for B & his upcoming trip. In fact, during these times of prayer there is almost no trace of Josiah’s autism–he truly has No Disabilities in God’s Kingdom. What a blessing to pray with one’s family!!!

    I hope this mini-testimonial will encourage you, in Christ. Blessings to All!

    May the Lord minister to Each of you in His gracious grace & mercy & provide for All of Your needs, according to His Riches in glory, in Christ Jesus!!!

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  21. bjosz says:

    Stella.
    I have been checking your prayer thread for an update on Mark. The request was posted by Lucille in January.
    Do either of you have an update on him? I like to keep up with the prayer requests.
    Thank you.

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  22. bjosz says:

    Thank you so much Stella!

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  23. auscitizenmom says:

    I would like to request prayers for my niece’s husband who is now in the hospital awaiting a heart transplant. His doctors are trying to have him moved up on the transplant list because of his condition. His father died young of heart failure so I believe it is a genetic thing. They have 3 young children and he is a good husband and father. Please pray he gets a new heart in time and gets his health back.

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  24. auscitizenmom says:

    I asked for prayers for my niece’s husband who needed a new heart. Good news. He got one last weekend and is doing well. Praise God. Now he needs prayers to heal well and get his strength back. 😀 Thank you.

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