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Sunday, April 29, 2012

What Will You Be Praying For?

This Thursday, May 3rd is the annual observance of the National Day of Prayer.

I imagine that most of you would agree with me when I say “Our nation is in trouble.” But not just in an economic sense.

We are a nation that was founded under Christian principles, but I am saddened to say that I believe we have lost our way. 

I pray every day, several times a day.

But I will be specifically praying at 6 am, 9 am, 12 pm and 6 pm this Thursday. I plan on setting the clock on my phone and even if I am at the grocery store I will pull my cart over and bow my head.

I plan on praying not only for our nation, but the world.

I also plan on praying for my daughter who is in the midst of college finals this week. She is taking SIX classes this semester and right now it is a bit overwhelming for her. Friday night began with what I fear may be several all nighters. 

Then there is my Sweet Boy. As I have written before he has been the target of bullying. This past Thursday one of his 4th grade classmates carried a pocket knife and slammed him into a fence so hard one arm is completely black and blue. While the boy was suspended we are still deeply concerned.

This, combined with other trials we are currently facing have led us to believe that we must move from our home. This is not an easy decision. I have often referred to my wonderful neighbors and the cul de sac of kindness where we live. None of those factors have changed which makes this a truly weighty matter. We actually have been in deep prayer over this issue since January. But I wanted to let you, my faithful readers, know so that if I make an announcement that we are moving it will not come as a shock. We are praying for God’s will in this decision.

I also want to pray for you, my dear friends.

Although the comments are generally closed on the Sabbath here at DTA, today I have left them open so that you may leave a prayer request. It would be my honor to pray for you. If you do not feel comfortable leaving your prayer request in the comments, you are welcome to send me an email and I will happily add you to my prayer list.

Will you join me in prayer?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7


martinealison said...

Je serai en prière avec vous... Je trouve que notre monde va très mal et cela est très alarmant.
Ce qui est très inquiétant et préoccupant c'est aussi ce qui vient d'arriver à votre jeune garçon...
Mon fils Yannis-William lorsqu'il était collégien a subi durant quelques mois une forme de raquette. heureusement que nous étions très proche autrement cela aurait pu très mal se terminer. Bien que, comme pour votre jeune garçon, il avait enduré les coups violents d'un mauvais garçon dans le sein de son collège qui était pourtant une école privé réputée de notre ville.
Je vous envoie de gros bisous et vous souhaite un excellent week-end.

Connie said...

I am certainly shocked by what is going on with Sweet Boy, but I would probably make the same decision to move, honey. I believe it's going to get worse and while I pray frequently during the day, I think we need to pray that hearts will be softened and leaders will make Godly decisions. I'm so sorry that child has to go through this. I don't know what that school is thinking! The boy should have been expelled! I see what is happening in this country and even the world, but I take comfort (as hard as that is sometimes) that the Lord is in control and we know the ending if we read the Book. Take extra care and get away from those kids who are taunting your family, sugar!! I hope all is well with you soon.

NanE said...

Thank you so much for the reminder about the Natl. Day of prayer, I had forgotten and I'm sure there will not be much publicity! I will be praying for several friends with serious illnesses, for my hubby who has a very dangerous job, for my girls who have just graduated from college that God will lead them to the right job, for myself to learn self discipline and use the talents God has blessed me with. I will be praying for our nation and it's leaders. And I will say a prayer for your family and all the decisions you are facing! It hurts my heart to think of a child being bullied that way! Hugs and blessings, Nan

Perfectly Printed said...

California has a zero tolerance law in place for any weapon, brought to school..expelled! I think I would move too in this situation. Sweet Boy needs to feel safe at school. My husband teaches high school math in a school district known for its gangs etc. When my children were young they used to ask if Dad got paid more to teach there...hazard pay. Of course the answer is no, he feels like he has something to offer. I have told him I don't want to know the terrible things some of the kids do or say. I'm ok in a bubble. I have worked for the same employer for 12 years. During that time we had a boss who was a bully, tantrums, shouting, throwing things at people during meetings. People did not leave because you needed a job, you had bills, you had no out. It was awful! You felt like you had no out. I didn't.. I stayed. It took my employer 18 months to fire the gentleman. I can only imagine being a young boy and going through what Sweet Boy is. Sweet Boy needs you to help him. You will make a house a lovely home no matter where you live. Like you I pray everyday, throughout the day....your family is on my prayer list. If you would pray that my husband stays safe at school..:)

openid said...


I will be including you, Mr Decor, The Fashionista and Sweet Boy in my prayers.


April said...

wow. will continue lifting up your family--so much going on!our Lord is greater than our circumstances, thankfully! if you would pray about my husband's job search, i would be grateful.

thanks for reminding us of the Nat'l Day of Prayer.

The Boston Lady said...

Laura, you know we all here will keep all of you in our prayers and thoughts this week. I know you have Mr. T in yours and I would like to add his youngest brother - may he realize the truth and ask for help. The Fashionista will finish in glory and victory I predict and then move on to an exciting new phase of her life. My heart breaks for Sweet Boy and you, his parents. At such a young age he is facing some ugly facts of life. May your strength and positive spirit carry you through. Ann

Priscilla said...

My dear Laura
I will gladly join you in your prayers for your family.
You are so correct in your assessment of our poor country and the assault on its government from within. It stood for so many years because of the unique form of government which is now under attack. We must pray that this will be stopped so that we may return to freedom and prosperity.
My daughter is also progressing toward her degree while going through a very trying time, and I would be grateful for your mention, she is called Peggy.
I've wondered about this possible move, coming right now. Perhaps God is providing protection for your son.
With genuine affection,

Sophie said...

I am sorry you are facing such a difficult decision and hope that it resolves things, particularly with your son. I am not a mother but I can only imagine how I would feel if I had children and bullies were targeting him. I hope your prayers are heard and give you strength to deal with the upheaval a house move will bring.
I do not want you to say a prayer for me, but for my dear friend. I wrote about her on my blog recently as I made her a little card to tell her I was thinking of her and sending all the love and strength I can muster. She is in my prayers, but to be honest she needs a miracle to fight the return of a cancer, this time in her bowel and liver. Thank you, your posts are inspiring. X

Karena said...

I pray for your family always Laura. Pray that our world will come together in peace.

I ask for your New Left Hip is having some issues,I had a 3rd cortisone injection this week...inflammation keeps setting in ; we may have to check out more extensively. I need to be whole and strong for my family!

Art by Karena

christyp said...

Thank you for praying for me and mine,and i will be praying for you and your,s,,,i will also be praying for my grandson who is only 16 years old and all the other people who have are had cancer, my prayers will also be with our people all over the world who are having such a bad time in war and hunger ,,i do hope { and i know,} that God will take care of you and your family,,thank you for caring, oxox christy

Vicki said...

Laura, I am going to join you in prayer at the times you listed on Thursday. What a great idea. I'm sorry you have had to come to such a radical conclusion, but Sweet Boy's safety is paramount and I think you're making a good decision. As for us, we always welcome prayer that the appraisal business will stay strong and we will have income each month. Thank you friend!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Laura,
I am so sorry that your little guy is still going through this! And after our blogging get together in Feb. I have a better sense of what you are going through. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers my friend.
I think our country will be ok. I think politics is so loaded with money and special interests that it is hard to trust either party.
But then I remember what a really big country we are!! If we were like Norway or France, it might be easier because there is less diversity. But diversity is what our Country is all about!
Thinkin of you friend,

joleneotten said...

Wow - what a difficult decision! That is really hard - my heart breaks for your son. I only know you through your blog, but he seems like such a nice, sweet boy! I hope and pray you will know what to do!

Amy Jo said...

Hi Laura,

I have read the posts about your dear little boy. This is a serious issue. Have you considered home schooling him? It is such a wonderful way to educate our children. I don't know your situation but it may be an answer to prayer....

Blessings to your family,
Amy Jo

Jill Elaine said...

Oh Laura I will pray for you. I know thinking of moving cannot be easy. I will pray that if it is God's will that you do this that He will show you and make the decisions peaceful for you.
You could say a prayer for me that i will figure out the direction God wants me to take my business. I am in the process of getting a tax id number, name registered etc. and I feel a little scared! But I do feel peace about it and trust God that He will continue to show me the direction I am supposed to head.
Love you!

My name is Darlene Payan said...

I read your post this morning and I was really concerned for you and your family. I prayed for you, I know that waiting on God sometimes makes you wonder if you're are doing the right thing each time but waiting on God is the right thing. Let me know if there is anything I can do. I also appreciate your message on praying for the nation. I plan to have a link to your post on Thursday.

Praying for you,

Debbie said...

My heart sort of stopped a bit when I read about your son being bruised by the bully. I see exactly why you are praying for wisdom and direction for the move and add my prayers of intercession for you.

I love what you said about stopping exactly where we are at those times on Thursday to pray.

I, too, pray fervently for America. I pray for an awakening of the Spirit in the hearts and minds of the complacent. I pray for the safety of our nation. This has become a front burner prayer for me since my daughter moved to DC. It is all very "real".

I can pray for your daughter is finals with no reminder because I'm praying my own (other) daughter through hers as well. Let's uplift them both.

Wonderful post from a wonderful heart!

miss flibbertigibbet said...

How wonderful to read your post and the comments. I don't think many people realize how many believers are out there praying not only for each other but also for our country. God knows however and He is there for us all. We live in a fallen world and as a result good people experience bad things and bad people can thrive. The rain falls and the sun shines on the just and the unjust and it is such a difficult thing to deal with. Your desire to protect your family even to the point of leaving a place you love is evidence of sacrificial love. God will turn your sorrow over that into joy, I am certain. I will remember your family in prayer.
Blessings, Lorraine

It's All Connected said...

I'm so enraged and saddened by what you son is enduring! I feel sick when I think of the fear that has become part of your life. Perhaps, this is all pointing you in the direction of a fresh start and it will be harder to stay than to leave and find somewhere that you can all thrive. ~ Maureen

Irma@CosasBellas said...

My heart hurts to hear of the tough trials you're going through. Just last Tuesday we met with the school principal and the precious grandmother of the 12yo boy who had pulled a pocket knife out on my 12yo daughter. The knife was not open but was pointed at my daughter as a scare tactic. It turns out that this newest member of her 7th grade class had been a target of bullying at his previous school and was beaten up on several occasions. His parents were out of the picture and his grandmother was left to fend for him. She told us he had a sweet and gentle spirit but life had been rough on him and he was starting to act out. This is a Christian school and they had never had an incident like this before. We began the meeting with prayer and could feel the Holy Spirits' presence throughout our discussion. The boy gave, what I felt to be, a sincere and heartfelt apology and his GM tearfully expressed how her main concern was for my daughter and that she continue to feel safe at that school. When God is in the picture "all things work together for the good", unfortunately in life we are not always dealing with other believers to "reason together". Thank you for reminding us of National Prayer Day and know that you and your family, especially Sweet Boy, will be in mine.

Blessing to you Laura,

BTW: In case you haven't already done so, please take some time with your son to pray for those young boys and their parents. I believe the anger and resentment that he may be feeling towards them will subside if he realizes just how lost and far from Gods' will they are.