A new Christian prayer thread for Autumn and Advent... All welcome!

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Tuo Wed 06-Nov-13 00:03:58

Starting a new thread as we head from Autumn into Winter... This is a safe and supportive place of prayer, where regulars, occasional visitors and lurkers, committed Christians and those just dipping a toe into the water are all equally welcome. Come and leave a prayer, tell us what’s going on in your life, bring your worries, hopes, fears and joys to God, and know that you will be prayed for.

We pray, in particular, for...

... amberlight, for her work raising awareness of autism in churches, and for her to know love and acceptance wherever she goes;

... Badvoc and her family, as they grieve the loss of her dad; we pray too for her aunt, who’s very ill, and for all those affected by the death of Badvoc’s uncle who was estranged from the rest of the family;

... BlackEyedSusan, for all the many things which she has to juggle in her life as a single parent; in particular, we pray for her mum's health and for BES to know how best to help and support her, for strength to deal with her DS’s meltdowns, and for both her DC to receive the support that they need at school;

... Bluetinkerbell, in her new job and as she explores her vocation;

... bountyicecream, who is in a very difficult relationship situation and needs our prayers – may she find strength and support and self-belief;

... CharlotteCollinsisinherownplace, giving thanks that she has had the strength to get out of an emotionally abusive relationship, and praying for a happy future for her and for her DC;

... cloutiedumpling, thanking God that her DS doesn’t need surgery, and praying for his continued good health;

... Don'tsteponthemomeraths, for her niece, little Grace, born prematurely – may she continue to grow in strength; also for Mome’s health, and in particular her persistent headaches – may they turn out to be easily treatable; and for Mome’s DS to receive the support he needs at school;

... DutchOma and Bob, for health for Bob and for good support (moral and practical) for Oma as she cares for him day by day; for Oma’s eyes – giving thanks for good sight in the one already treated, and praying for the one still to be done;

... EasyCompadre, for a healthy pregnancy, and for the strength to do what she needs to do for her business while waiting to meet her baby;

... fluffyduckie, that her terminally ill relative is well looked-after and as well as is possible in the circumstances, without too much pain; and that fluffy find a church where she feels comfortable and where she finds a supportive community to sustain her faith;

... FriendOfDorothy, grieving for the loss of her mum – may she know love and support at this difficult time;

... Gingercurl, for the successful completion and examination of her thesis; for strength and discernment for A; for Ginger’s nephew, who has health concerns and is suffering bullying – may he know health and strength and love; and for Ginger’s MIL who has been diagnosed with cancer;

... HadALittleFaith, for her to feel happier now that she has been prescribed anti-depressants; for rest and peace of mind; and for her to find a church where she feels comfortable and welcomed;

... JugglingFromHereToThere, for a job which interests and fulfils her, and for peace and love in her immediate and broader family;

... Kaykat, as she continues to deal with the breakdown of her marriage, giving thanks for the support she has already received and the strength which she has found, and praying that she is soon settled in her own home with her DS;

... LollipopViolet, as she mourns her grandad, and as she explores her faith;

... MadHairDay, for health as she lives with chronic illness - may she be well enough to spend this Christmas at home with her family and not in hospital; praying too for health and love and friendship for MHD’s DD;

... MaryBS, for her work as a Reader, for her DS, and for her friend who was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer;

... niminypiminy, as she begins ordination training; and praying also for her mum’s health, following a recent fall;

... PositiveAttitude and her family; in particular for her parents’ health and for PA and her sister as they take care of them; for her DD1, thanking God that her depression has lifted and that she is enjoying university, and praying for a job for her; for her DD3 who is pregnant, due in February – may she have a trouble-free pregnancy and birth and may she know the joy of being a mother; praying also for PA as her DD3’s pregnancy brings to her mind her DD, Emma, sadly born too soon; and for her DS who is struggling with settling back in the UK, for his studies and for a job for him; and finally praying for PA’s DH and DD4 in Cambodia – may they stay safe and well;

... RoomForALittleOne, for the whole family as her DH embarks on an exciting new curacy placement;

... tunnocksteacake and family, as they cope with Mr Tunnocks’ illness; and

... youretoastmildred, for her friend, R, for a swift recovery from her operation.

We pray also for more occasional visitors and those we haven’t seen for a while: for BoxOfDelights, for thegreenheartofmanyroundabouts, for JakeBullet, for jan and her DD, for notquiteagrownup, for SES, for Soozi, and for weegiemum. And we pray for those who read and pray but don’t post, for those who need our prayers but are afraid or too uncertain to post them, and for all those known to us in our own lives who need God’s love.

Calm us, O Lord, as You stilled the storm.
Still us, O Lord, keep us from harm.
Let all the tumult within us cease.
Enfold us, Lord, in Your peace. Amen

BlackeyedSusan Wed 13-Nov-13 23:01:31

i am running out of jelly babies, and no longer running out of sudocreme. smile

ds is being bribed to sleep in his own room with jelly babies.

he is being tricky after school, but for two days running I have had no need for fresh applications of sudocreme. i did carry hinm out of the charity shop upside down but after a few yards he decided he liked it and calmed down. a passing oap asked where I had aquired the sack of 'potatoes' too

amberlight Wed 13-Nov-13 23:26:22

Praying

Dutchoma Thu 14-Nov-13 07:12:13

PloddingDaily that sounds a tough situation to be in. Praying for your protection and wisdom in the situation.
BES, I'm sorry, but 'sack of potatoes' sounds quite funny actually.
Amber, praying.
And prayers for all who have health, relationship or other needs.

zulubump Thu 14-Nov-13 08:01:57

Thank you so much for all your prayers and words of wisdom. Feeling a bit lighter about it all today. I agree with what you all say in theory... but having trouble really believing at the moment. PloddingDaily, that sounds terrible. Praying for you and others.

BlackeyedSusan Thu 14-Nov-13 08:19:05

ds and i are struggling with a cough. (one each)

Dutchoma Thu 14-Nov-13 09:03:57

Zulubump we all have trouble sometime to 'believe our beliefs and doubt our doubts' That is the normal experience of every Christian, however mature. The way out, I find, is to go over what you have learned of the Christian faith and hang on for dear life to the little you can believe in.
Things you might try are:" Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again."
Or: "I am the way, the truth and the light." Things like that.

Harbinger Prayers for you and your family's situation. I pray that you will really feel God guide and comfort you. Please hang around and let us pray through this situation with you.

Kay so very pleased for you! grin

Prayers for everyone else here and a huge welcome to the newbies! smile

BlackeyedSusan Thu 14-Nov-13 21:47:34

oh dear. mum is very bad again. she is going to take a sleeping tablet. I hope that will help. she has said she has fallen out with a lot of people, which is usually points to her being very ill again. i can't do a lot as I am too poorly to rush about.

Dutchoma Thu 14-Nov-13 21:51:26

Have you got the pone number of her care manager? If so ring that, it's only Friday tomorrow, not yet the weekend. if not, ring when you think there might be a carer about and ask for the number of the care manager. If all else fails ring her GP.
Praying for you all.

zulubump Thu 14-Nov-13 21:55:35

Yes Dutchoma, when I am confused about it all I remember what I read on a Christian website explaining what Christians believe. It had 3 main things:
1) There is a God
2) God came to us in Jesus
3) That matters!
Sometimes that's about all I can cope with. And the "That matters" part spurs me on to find a way through my doubts.

Tuo Fri 15-Nov-13 00:08:49

Hello all! I'm back! Actually I got back on Sunday night, but have been stupidly busy ever since, so I'm just catching up with the thread now. Praying for all of us in all our different circumstances and asking God to be near us, to hear us, and to fill us with his love. More soon, when I'm a bit more awake!

Very excited today, I am off to see Martin Smith (ex delirious) in Bournemouth later. Wooooo!!!

BlackeyedSusan Fri 15-Nov-13 16:35:06

somebody pass the sudocrem.

SunshineMMum Fri 15-Nov-13 16:56:36

Hello de lurking I just wanted to give thanks for Amber an all she is doing around raising awareness in churches. We have a son who has autism and have currently stepped out of Church life for a period of reflection.

Please could I ask for prayer for all of those children with special needs, making the difficult transition to school or secondary school and to give thanks for the uniqueness of my son, and all that we learn on our journey with him.

amberlight Fri 15-Nov-13 17:44:52

Praying through (and thanks, SunshineMMum)

BlackeyedSusan Fri 15-Nov-13 18:23:55

the transition home from school can be tricky too. hmm

<rubs sudocrem on another bite>

SunshineMMum Fri 15-Nov-13 18:50:12

Praying for you too, Black eyed Susan, meltdowns are us too this week. xx

amberlight Fri 15-Nov-13 19:11:14

Scariest times of my life, coming home from school. Still traumatised by the memories of it. Nothing to do with how loving people were there. Everything to do with sensory overload after a day of intense noise, chaos, brightness, flickering fluorescent lighting, hard chairs, scratchy uniform, weird social encounters....followed by blinding sunlight right in the eyes on the walk home, traffic noise and fumes, having to change out of clothing into other clothing that hurts and scratches the skin...making conversation when my brain was hurting so much that I wanted to curl up in a ball and cry. I wished there was somewhere to go with no noise and no people talking at me...just me and my world for an hour where my brain could stop hurting. Autism and modern schooling = disaster for us a lot of the time.

BlackeyedSusan Fri 15-Nov-13 19:26:01

ds needs and gets his hour to relax once he is home. it is the getting him home that is the problem.

amberlight Fri 15-Nov-13 20:36:09

Yup, before going home.

SunshineMMum Fri 15-Nov-13 21:19:04

A new and scary 40 minutes walking home for ds, lighting candles and the lavender burner, having a prayer and a snack ready is having a positive impact. Thanks be.

Kaykat Sat 16-Nov-13 09:44:22

Just one more hurdle, need to pass credit checks and wondering if ex h might have done something to mess up my credit rating if that's even possible. Then i will be a new home. I still get the odd wobbly day when his cheating still hurts me but i hope it will be goodbye to home sickness making everything else easier to deal with.

thehorridestmumintheworld Sat 16-Nov-13 14:12:18

Prayers for everyone.
amberlight your description of how you felt coming out of school is so vivid, might help some people understand how their autistic kids feel.
I pray for more understanding towards autistic people and more help to be available to them and their families.

thehorridestmumintheworld Sat 16-Nov-13 14:33:58

zulubump praying for you. I don't believe God is only there for Christians he has just given us a special way to know Him. One day we will know him and understand all these things. But we can't believe in a loving God and then say he is less compassionate and merciful than even the average person. There is definately a place in Gods heart for your Granny.

zulubump Sat 16-Nov-13 18:26:28

Kaykat, praying all goes well with your new home. Praying also for also for those with autistic children to care for. A very vivid description amberlight! And thanks horridestmum, that is how I feel. If I love my Nan so much then surely God loves her even more. It's just some passages of the Bible don't help so much with trusting in that.

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