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Friday, October 16, 2009
I have a problem with follow-up, so when I promise to do something, I do it as quickly as possible. Once, years ago, my pastor's wife advised me that if I promised to pray for someone, I'd better do it immediately so I wouldn't forget. Have you ever done as I have, and realized, days later, that you forgot to pray for a friend you'd promised to pray for? Ouch. Yeah, I've done that. I have notes attached all over my refrigerator to remind me to pray, even wrote them down on the wall calendar, but still missed them. So if you ask me to pray for you, I do it immediately, as soon as I read the message. After that, remind me and I'll pray again. if you have a prayer request for me today, I'll be checking in, and when I see the request, I'll be praying. I dare say, some of the rest of us will be, as well. What a wonderful group this is.

So...prayer requests, please?
Hannah Alexander  
posted at 1:58 AM  
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At 9:41 AM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Thank you so much for your willingness to pray! What a blessing. I need to learn how to write while dealing with my mom's ongoing medical problems. It's been 8 years of intense elder care so far. (My husband's mother has Alzheimer's and needs our help, too, but her physical problems haven't been as serious.) In the past few years, I've managed to write one novel and now have a wonderful agent. I'm working on my second novel, but am not good at shifting gears. I handle Mom's needs competently, but it exhausts me and my creativity is drained. I need God's help!

 
At 10:03 AM, Blogger Lori said...

I have memories of my mom receiving phone calls from our church's "prayer phone tree" and then immediately disappearing into her room to pray for the need. So I also try to pray immediately when a need is brought to me, or I too will forget.

Right now we're pressing in and praying hard for the sale of our rental house. It has been a VERY expensive mistake over the past few years, and we just need to be free of it. We are praying for a good offer this month! Thank you for praying with us!

 
At 10:53 AM, Blogger Kameko said...

Your willingness to pray is such a blessing! I found myself suddenly jobless last Friday, so am going through the associated stress of finding a new job. I would love to take this chance to start a new career working for a publishing company & have applied for a position at a business near my home. It is a Christian-based, family owned business & sounds like a wonder place to work. My prayer request, though, is that God would guide my job search and help me find the position in the company of his choosing.

 
At 2:18 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Katy, praying now for your creativity. I can identify because I had most of my time taken up last year with my mother's surgeries and home care. I admire your depth of love and giving for your mother. I'm praying that God will move through this whole ordeal in a way that will bless you beyond your wildest imagination. May He give you a surge of creativity that comes from the deepest part of you and cannot be denied, and may He use all your experience to guide your hands and heart.

 
At 2:22 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Wow, Lori, this is amazing, because all three of the posts made for prayer are right down my alley. I know the nightmare of investing in rental houses and the expense of it as it continues. We're in the same situation, with multiple rental units, and it's sapping us dry financially. May God give you relief from the stress, first of all, and show you a way out. If you find it's possible to sell, may He give you perfect insight and wisdom as you deal with the legal matters. And may the perfect buyer come at the perfect time to relieve you of your burden. Most of all, perfect peace as He meets your needs.

 
At 2:27 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Kameko, praying for God's perfect guidance in your life as it's open for change right now. May He carry you financially until that perfect job opens up--one where you will feel used by God for His glory. May He give you comfort and joy as you look forward to possibilities, and may He keep you from despair or worry--totally turn you away from the anxiety that tends to touch us at these times. He is right there beside you as you seek to serve Him.

Guys, I'm sorry I didn't see these posts sooner. I just now pulled them up on the blogsite because I apparently missed pushing a button that would send them to my email directly.

 
At 2:46 PM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Thank you so much for the kind and thoughtful prayer!! I am going to email it to myself so I don't lose it! :) I know God has His purposes for this season, but sometimes I do wish certain seasons were SHORTER. My father, were he here right now to speak up, would say, "You're wishing your life away." He'd be right. I have to enjoy these times with my mother. She is not going to get better this side of heaven, so this moment is all we have. (Sounds like the name of a Diann book!) If God shocks and amazes me with the gift of added energy and creativity, I will be delighted. Either way, I am thankful.....

 
At 12:54 PM, Blogger Deena said...

I'm the same way! In fact, I forget so often, usually when someone asks for prayer, I pray over him or her right on the spot.

We would appreciate prayers regarding our financial situation. God has watched over us as Dave has gone into full-time ministry, but with winter ahead it's a bit scary. Members are being laid off which affects the church's budget, and he'd rather have to get a second part-time job rather than drain the church financially.

Also, our adopted daughter is dealing with the baby's father, and even though they aren't married, we are trying to include him as much as we can. He isn't a believer, and that weighs heavy on her heart. But it's refreshing to see God working in her life, and showing her these things without us having to say a word!

 
At 1:09 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Deena, I've been praying for God's supernatural wisdom to cover you and your family as you deal with such overwhelming and vital concerns. I admire your courage as you seek to serve. May that young man find Christ and learn to walk in the light, not only for his own salvation and the increase of God's kingdom, but so that your daughter's baby will be raised to belong to God. May financial woes go away, and may you receive protection as you continue forward so that your time will be freed up to serve Him.

 
At 1:45 PM, Blogger Edna said...

you got it, I need a lot of prayer also, my brother is in his final days with cancer, my son in law has Chronic Myeloid Leukemia but is doing good, my only sister left is 89 and just had a broken hip, my other brother is really bad with diabetics and I just plane hurt, I am the baby out of 10 children and there are 4 left and we all need a lot of prayer,

may God bless

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

 
At 2:19 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Oh, Edna, you're in a critical time of your life, with so much pain on every side, so many of your loved ones hurting. I remember going through some of that last year, when Mom was in one hospital, her brother in another, and her sister near death. They, too, along with one other brother, are the last of a family of 13 kids.

I wasn't experiencing anything like you are now, though. I can only imagine how pulled apart you feel, barely functioning because of your own physical and emotional pain. I'm praying specifically for comfort and relief for you and your brothers, your sister, your son-in-law. May God give you relief from your pain so you can focus better. May He give them relief and knowledge of Him, and understanding of what it can be like to spend eternity with Him.

When I'm hurting badly, I remind myself it won't always be this way. As I get older, with more aches, especially with weather changes, I have Mel remind me that this world is not my eternal home. I'm praying for a break for you and your family, a light of joy to draw you up.

 
At 5:01 PM, Blogger quietspirit said...

Like you I pray when I see a request on my monitor. If I am on the phone with a friend, I ask if we can pray right then. If I am with the person, I take their hand and pray for them. If I feel the need to ask if I can I do before I hold their hand.

 
At 6:39 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I'm amazed by the number of people who really appreciate a prayer. And then, there are a lot of people who feel uncomfortable about it, even Christians. But there is a special spirit that encompasses when two or more pray together.

 
At 10:23 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Pray for a 14 year old girl in our community who ran away this weekend. She'd just begun attending our church via our bus ministry. Name is Cassie.

 
At 9:39 AM, Blogger Lori said...

Thank you so much for your prayer.

 
At 7:01 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I'd love to hear about how things turn out for those who asked for prayer, so please let us know.

Praying for Cassie, and hoping she finds home, especially her home with God. Yeah, I can even identify with her, because I was once a runaway. It's a scary world out there!

 
At 2:20 AM, Blogger Cheri said...

Cheryl -
Thanks SO much for asking us for requests. I also appreciate the reminder to be sincere when we say, "I'll be praying for you". Just this week, God has impressed on me that typing that phrase isn't the same as praying.

After surgery on both feet, then tripping and falling a month ago with serious injuries, I have developed RSD (neurological) in both feet. I have an MRI tomorrow to see if I further damaged my spine. As a chronic pain patient, I never thought it could get worse. But, it has. I appreciate any and all prayers.

I am going to start a prayer journal where I can write down a request and follow up when He answers. I heard about a journal like this and I think it will help me focus on specific needs.

Thanks again - you ARE in my prayers. I know being an author is not easy. Also, I love your books and 'pray' for more! LOL
Cheri

 
At 10:48 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Oh, Cheri, my heart truly breaks for you. Living with that pain makes you feel out of kilter from the rest of the world. And frustrated. And embarrassed. Yeah, I know, and then when you think it can't get worse, it does. And you catch yourself trying not to talk about it because you don't want to see anyone's eyes glaze over, but man, you need to talk about it.

I pray, right now, that God will be with your doctor after the MRI, and that he/she will make a significant find that will help you overcome this latest development. I pray He will let you know that He is extra close to you during the darkest times--that all you need to do is say, "Lord?" and He's right there, giving you light and peace and joy in supernatural ways. I pray that as you suffer, your faith in Him shows through to others who don't have that faith, and that you will draw others to Him, and then point the way to Heaven. I pray that you will see how the very pain you feel is pain that is paving the way for others to follow straight to the cross.

And may you be healed.

 
At 10:52 PM, Blogger Cheri said...

Cheryl,
I can't begin to tell you how God used you to touch my very soul with your prayer. You understood things I have never been able to say. Your prayer eased the ache in my heart, and I want to thank you. Not just for the prayer, but for your gifts of discernment and caring and using them for His glory.

I was too ill for the MRI but have rescheduled. Whatever the outcome or the turns in the road I will face, I know that He loves me and will never leave me.

From my heart,
Cheri

 
At 11:07 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Cheri, I'm sorry to hear the MRI had to be rescheduled. I'm praying you will heal, not just enough for the test, but continue to heal both physically and emotionally, since I know we are affected emotionally when we hurt. I'm glad to know you've been touched by God and reminded of His love for you.

I've also reread each post for prayer since last Friday and am praying again for each of you just before I go on to blogging for tomorrow.

 
At 5:48 AM, Blogger Cheri said...

Cheryl,
I just wanted to let you know the MRI showed the SI joint is out again. Also, I now have a cyst on the L2 level. They don't know if either of these are a cause of the pain, but I know my Father cares and keeps me "under His wings". The RSD? Probably here to stay, but God promises His grace is sufficient. I stand on His Word!

Thanks so much for caring and praying,
Cheri

(I am guessing your husband can tell you what this means, LOL)

 

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