Christian Prayer Thread for Winter - all welcome!

(516 Posts)
DontstepontheBaubles Sun 23-Dec-12 07:30:22

Roomforalittleone - That the house sale continues speedily and completes asap and that God would provide for them and help them make ends meet financially. For her sickness to ease in her pregnancy. And for her friend who has sadly lost a baby, who was sleeping.
BabyBeatrice- who has been diagnosed with cancer at only 14 months, Mum is a long term MNer who has name changed. Prayers that God would surround the family at this time and heal her DD.
Blackeyedsusan- for good health, for energy, for her two children as she struggles to get them support at School and for her Mum. For more support at Church and to not feel isolated or lonely.
Jan- For peace, for her DD to sleep better, for her to be able to put firm boundaries in place and that her H would reach acceptance and peace about the situation and learn to respect her, so they can reach a place of good co parenting. That God would help her as she begins to investigate divorce and proceed. And that the meeting goes well with her parents and in laws and that a line would be drawn in the sand.
MHD-for her body and lungs to recover from the pneumonia fully and completely and her lungs to strengthen, so that she doesn't relapse at all but enjoys this festive season with her family.
amberlight-For her family to recover from the norovirus and for peace and reconciliation with an old friend.
MrsRhettButler- for her friends Mum who is very ill in hospital with a 5% chance of survival and young children.
HaveALittleFaith -for her energy as she grows this baby.
Cloutiedumpling- that her DD settles into nursery for her return to work and adjusts to bottles/ cups.
LewisFan- Her Nan has passed away, prayers for her family.
CharlotteCollinsislost-Prayers for her as she makes big decisions about her future as she plans to separate.
Positiveattitude-for her DD over Christmas, as her Mum is so far away. For home sickness to ease with PA and DS. That her children back home get support from PA's old Church and the heating is fixed asap. And that the organisation trace the money and PA then has the funds she needs whilst they serve God out there.
Kaykat- Prayers for her in her difficult marriage, for protection, peace and for God to help her and surround her with people, so she can end things, have a safe home and for her DS.
LiftUpYourGingerHeadsOYeCurls-for her as she does her thesis, for energy, concentration, clarity, ability to see the connections as well as the bigger picture AND be able to express it in writing.
Dontsteponthemomeraths - Prayers especially for her lovely man (LM) as the court case heads to High Court, there have been so many delays but it should get there in January. That God would make a way, where there is no way, help him to afford the court fees and that he will finally have the closure; contact with his children and a maintenance agreement in place that is fair to him, his ex wife and to the children. For justice. It's 6 years since divorce due to her infidelity and it is so hard for him. The children and ex wife live in another Country and the legal system there is very different. Prayers that he has freedom from his past and doesn't live in it anymore but breaks free and moves forward in all God has for him.
And for my brother, that his thumb heals fully and that with the rehabilitation he regains movement and use and that his nerves and feelings across the top of his hand come back. The outlook is not positive currently.

If I've missed anything, please add it.

Have read through and am praying. It seems so wrong that so many people are suffering at Christmas sad

Can I ask for a bit of a trivial prayer, please? My MIL is coming to stay later today. Please pray that she is actually helpful and understanding. We can never predict how she is going to be. I would have liked to have gone to her house so that it was a bit more of a break for DH and the children. Instead he is running round trying to get stuff sorted for her and we have bought the food etc. She is great to have around when she isn't in her own little world but she seems to be on a bit of a self-centred thing at the mo. Also, she has just visited SIL who can do no wrong and we are bound to be in the doghouse for something concerning SIL.

Praying for DO and Bob xx

janglebells2013 Mon 24-Dec-12 18:02:02

ah...totally missed the new thread im stupid. thanks Mome.

nice to see everyone, praying for you all, and merry Christmas and love to you all, and Happy birthday to our dear Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

DontstepontheBaubles Mon 24-Dec-12 18:22:26

How are you now Jan? Just seen your message on the old thread.

Milliways Mon 24-Dec-12 20:24:43

THANK YOU all you lovely MNers who prayed for DDs wedding preparations. The wedding was 2 days ago and after a very stressful day before, the actual wedding day was just perfect.

The worship in the church was amazing, the talk was funny and gave a perfect gospel message, a lady serving cakes in the church afterwards said it brought her nearer to God, the atheist photographer admitted he could feel something special - especially compared to most church weddings he had attended where God is an afterthought to the venue. Non Christian friends thought the service just wonderful.

The rain was heavy, but it was not snow and ice making the roads impassable. It even stopped as they entered and left the church.

God was definitely there, 2 lives were committed to each other and to Him, and I was just blown away with emotion.

Merry Christmas Everyone smile

DutchOmainthestable Mon 24-Dec-12 20:40:30

What a wonderful post Millie. Thank you.

And thank you for your prayers for us. Yes, we had a disturbed night, not sure what happened (not at my sharpest at 3am smile but Bob was quite loud and upset, although as soon as he had his oxygen he said there was 'no problem' and seemed surprised I was asking.

Hilarious story about your very own Father Christmas in his underpants PA

Cuddledup Mon 24-Dec-12 22:34:23

Prayers please for my dear father who died yesterday. Prayers for my mum who's lost her life's partner after 54 years of marriage.

Hope you all have a good Christmas. xx

TuoComeLetUsAdoreHim Tue 25-Dec-12 01:16:26

Happy Christmas all!

Back from Midnight Mass, have stuffed stockings and eaten "Santa's" mince pie, and have adopted a new Christmas name... Time for bed now methinks.

Love to all on this thread, and prayers for a happy and healthy day tomorrow for all.

CuddledUp - I am so very sorry for your loss. Milliways - fantastic news, I'm so pleased to hear it. Oma - prayers for a peaceful night tonight.

amberlight Tue 25-Dec-12 06:40:12

Cuddled up, praying....Such sadness for you.

Christmas hopes for peace and friendship for all...

DutchOmainthestable Tue 25-Dec-12 09:59:58

Prayers for you and all your family Cuddledup.
Praise be to the Lord of the Resurrection, Who came down as a baby at Christmas but won victory over death at Easter.

Peace on earth and goodwill to all.

blackeyedsusan Tue 25-Dec-12 10:08:11

sad cuddled up

happy christmas. we just managed to get the tree up so that santa could leave the stockings. I don't think dinner is getting cooked today.

mil made it to christmas!

blackeyedsusan Tue 25-Dec-12 19:29:41

mil died early this evening. gone home to Jesus. rest in peace. please pray for sil/fil who were with her. and h who was here. he was due to go back tomorrow to see her. sad both the children talked to her this morning, as did h. I iwsh he could have been there.

amberlight Tue 25-Dec-12 20:56:59

prayers... sad

cloutiedumpling Tue 25-Dec-12 21:43:32

BES and cuddledup - I'm so sorry.

Love your DH's santa story PA. Did anyone take photo evidence?

DutchOmainthestable Tue 25-Dec-12 22:04:35

After a lovely day with ds,ddil and Baby Rose, Bob did not look very well and was running a temperature of 38C. So I had to call the out-of-hours doctor out again, different one from the one that came on Saturday and he rather alarmingly talked about hospitalisation, which is really the last thing we want, but Bob was not very determined in what he said, so I'm very afraid he will agree yet again to go into hospital. Please pray that he will get better without it.

We have stronger antibiotics and he has taken some paracetamol, so hopefully it will be better tomorrow morning. Dr told me to have a 'short fuse' about calling them out again.

DontstepontheBaubles Tue 25-Dec-12 22:27:31

Cuddled up and BES - praying sad

Also praying for Bob.

Off to Scotland to stay with the outlaws tomorrow. This time I'm driving up <gulp> I couldn't face their usual form for booking flights for 8 days or similar when I say 4-5 max.

The truth is I like my home comforts. My own space. Being elsewhere on my best behaviour, without the kids usual routine and toys is very wearing for me. They also never offer child friendly food and also offer them chocolate constantly and then they wonder why they do not eat their meals <sigh> I think DS survived on bread and bananas last time I went up at Easter. Please pray that the children are good for the long drive and that I muster enough emotional energy to be positive about the stay and to enjoy it. I find my PIL marriage dysfunctional and mil passive aggressive behaviour very trying. So I'm already dreading it and I'm not even there yet. Not to mention being in the middle of no where with nothing to do. Wish you could divorce in laws too wink

blackeyedsusan Wed 26-Dec-12 00:49:53

thought you were going to make the ex (expletive deleted) take them... ?

<helpful>

good luck... if you need rescuing you could pm someone your phone number and they could rring you some emergency or other...

ChristmasKat Wed 26-Dec-12 01:50:17

Sorry I haven't posted for a while I had problems with the Internet.
Merry Christmas to all on this thread, may God bless every one of you x

TuoComeLetUsAdoreHim Wed 26-Dec-12 11:54:58

Oh BES, I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you, and praying. I am glad that your DC managed to have a chat to their gran yesterday morning, and I hope that your H is OK.

Momey... Praying for a problem-free journey and a relatively pain-free few days. One of the best things I ever bought was an in-car DVD player for long journeys. I live a good 7 hours' drive from my parents and my DH worked shifts for a long time, so I often undertook the journey alone when mine were younger, and the DVDs were fantastic. (I don't normally go in for hour upon hour of screen time, but anything is better than 'are we nearly there yet?', and it's only once in a while.)

Praying for Oma and Bob too, and for everyone here...

DutchOmainthestable Wed 26-Dec-12 12:26:34

Thank you for your prayers. Bob has seen the doctor who wanted to admit him to hospital. When we said he would not go to hospital but, if necessary to the hospice, he rang them. There was a bed available, but nothing could be done there that could not be done at home. Neither could the hospital do any more than could be done at home. A very interesting experience.

DO, are they actually doing something for Bob then? And are you getting as much support at home as the hospice can offer?

DutchOmainthestable Wed 26-Dec-12 14:19:58

Well, there is not much that can be done until the antibiotics kick in. Obviously I would rather have him at home than even in Cynthia Spencer (the hospice) so in a way I am quite relieved. The greatest relief though comes from the fact that we have made it clear that we do not want to be in our local hospital and that we have the reassurance that is not going to happen. That has made Bob feel a lot better as well. I never thought of the possibility that we might seek admission to Cynthia Spencer, not until this morning and the doctor was a bit surprised that I should ask as well.
So things are on a fairly even keel again, although we have probably gone a step down IYSWIM.

Now, some of you might remember a MNter by the name of BoxofDelights who posted this time last year.
She had employment and health issues, mainly caused by relationship problems in the past.
She's had a tough year, trying to sort them out, has hurt her hand and is still having employment difficulties.
She is in a much better place than she was last year but does not feel able to post on the board at the moment. She would however value our prayers.

Cuddledup Wed 26-Dec-12 15:38:42

Thank you everyone for your prayers following my father's passing. Today me and DB went my dad's care home to clear out his room, I was dreading it but in fact it all went fine so I think the prayers have helped.
BES - sorry to hear about your loss. I hope you get space to grieve (both physical and emotional). THis is the one thing I've needed and haven't had due to Christmas visitors.
DO - I hope the antibiotics help Bob turn the corner.

XX

DontstepontheBaubles Wed 26-Dec-12 19:32:00

BES ExH took them in the Summer with the ow but he's working all Christmas. My turn and yes TUO I do have an in car DVD player courtesy of FIL who paid for it, for times such as this wink

Oma I saw the news on fb and am praying x

HarktheGingerCurlangelssing Wed 26-Dec-12 21:12:46

Sorry I haven't posted. We are in Stockholm visiting family over the holidays. Praying for everyone especially for BES, Cuddlecup, Dontstep, Oma and Bob.
Could do with prayers here: DS had a mild temperature when we travelled here on Saturday and which has escalated into a fullblown nasty cold with high fever , etc. He is slowly getting better but is utterly bored with not being allowed to play outside in the snow. He has now passed the cold on to me, Dh, one of his cousins, who came down with a fever this evening, and my sister. You get the picture. Prayers that we all recover quickly and that those who haven't succumbed yet remain healthy and well would be much appreciated.

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