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A TRAIL of MICHIGAN AUTHORS @: Barnes & Noble, Muskegon, Michigan October 6, 2018; Saturday,1:00-4:00 p.m.

I am pleased to announce that I will, once again, be among 45 Michigan authors at the 4th annual Barnes & Noble event on 10-6-18. Authors will be displaying and signing their books. If you are not in the area and would like to secure a signed copy of one or both of my books, Click on the following link to message me for details  : https://www.facebook.com/messages/t/KittyeSharron

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DATE: Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Barnes & Noble, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  

Devotions @ 3 on 9-19-18

3 a.m. prayer:
Most gracious heavenly Father,
Proverbs continues with contrasts between right and wrong! WHAT IS RIGHT; WHAT IS WRONG? Show Humility; Be Submissive to God and Man! “When pride comes (arrogant attitude of self-importance) then comes dishonor (emptiness and shame), but with the humble (those who are teachable and have gone through trials and have learned to walk humbly with God) is wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2). (First, pride, then a fall; then comes shame connected with the fall. But to the humble and down-to-earth the danger of stumbling is greatly reduced.) A man’s pride will bring him low for it leads only to shame and disgrace, but wisdom remains with humble people.*****
//Standing Prayer: Always remembering our country, for restoration, our continued peace, and freedom; we ask that You grant wisdom and guidance to those who are in authority, and we pray; and for the protection of our men and women who are on the battlefield, we pray. Lord, heal our land, we pray. There are people in other parts of the world who need protection and relief as they are surrounded by war and poverty; also in need of rescue are Christians who are being persecuted, and we pray.
**REMINDER: **> Today, @ 11:30, several in the Devotions @ 3 group plans to meet and have lunch; details are posted on the group’s Facebook page. For this gathering, we pray.
And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For all who have financial woes this day, we pray.
*>NEW Prayer Requests: *> A dear elderly lady who has been confined to a nursing home for several years is not doing well, hasn’t been eating; it appears her body is shutting down, and we pray. *>A dear grandfather is praying justice will be served in the trial of a man who stands accused of killing his infant granddaughter, and we pray.
**<PREVIOUS Prayer Requests: **Addiction:**<A dear mother prays for her son who is an alcoholic and struggling to stay sober. Presently, he has gone for 67 days without a drink, but feels it’s getting harder every day, and for one day at a time, we pray. **<Battling Cancer: **<A dear wife prays for her husband who has a rare appendix cancer, now has fluid around the lungs. The procedure to drain the fluid is very painful; this dear man is suffering beyond words, and we pray.**<Continuing to remember a dear man with progressive kidney cancer who is very fatigued, and we pray. **<We continue to lift up a dear lady who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and we pray. **<Biblical Issues:**<After a family crisis, a dear grandmother is encouraging her son-in-law to get himself and his family back in church, and we pray.**<Chronic Pain: <** Some have overall, unexplained pain, others have pain in specific areas of their bodies, and we pray. **<Divorce is so bitter:< **A dear grandmother continues to pray for her grandchildren who are being exposed to an immoral living arrangement, and we pray. **<Epilepsy: **<A sister worries about her 64 year old brother with epilepsy who is drinking excessively, and we pray. **< Financial +:**<A wife prays for an upcoming benefit on the 29th to raise money for her dying husband, and we pray. **< Another wife is worried about her husband’s mental state and how his out of control spending is affecting their overall finances, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember the elderly couple whose life-savings account is in jeopardy, and we pray. **Grieving:<A dear daughter who watched her 95 year old father die peacefully at home, has now put his remains to rest and breaths a sigh of relief her own self, and we pray. **<A dear widow is going through a rough time, is still missing her dearly beloved husband, and feels so alone, she is not wanting to do anything, and we pray.**<Health Problems: **<A dear lady has been diagnosed with severe degenerative disease which, if left untreated, can affect her arms, legs, and organs. It may very well be related to a previous mental diagnosis. She is considering a second opinion from a neurologist. Hopefully, her current doctor will be able to provide relief; she is extremely depressed and has much pain, and we pray. **<One among us suffers from chronic bouts of Irritable Bowel Syndrome; also has difficulty sleeping due to chronic nervousness and heart palpitations, and we pray. **<A dear man has been undergoing tests for his debilitating headaches; also has Type 1 diabetes and vascular dementia. Last week he had an MRI of the brain; still awaiting results, and we pray. **<A 20 year old man who has had deep muscular, skeletal problems will begin physical therapy treatment today, which is none too soon, physically the dear man is having a rough time. The cost is all out-of-pocket and adds much financial strain to the family, and we pray.**<Heart Related +:**<A sister prays for her brother who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta which doctors believe is benign; won’t get a second opinion until he changes insurance at year end, and we pray. **< A dear lady endures much verbal abuse from her fatally ill husband who has a bad heart, and we pray. **<Homebound: **<One among us is disabled due to a previous stroke, and we pray. **Identity Crisis: **<A dear grandmother prays for her 16 year old granddaughter who is struggling with gender identity. The parents are heart broken. The grandmother has been reaching out and sharing her faith, even to her other relatives who are unchurched, and we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries:**<Update:One among us continues to have much back pain, difficulty walking, and suffers from high blood pressure; is not a candidate for risky surgery at this time. She is on medications which offer little or no relief. Yesterday she had her first laser treatment (no relief yet), and laser treatments will continue twice a week. On the 25th she is scheduled for a needle injection in her back. Much of her treatment is not covered by insurance which puts a financial strain and worry on this elderly lady, and we pray. **<One among us continues to suffer from tendonitis in her left heel which is being helped by wearing a brace, and for continued healing, we pray.**<Job Market: **< One in our group has been working with a recruiter to gain suitable employment with benefits; her husband’s insurance runs out in February, and we pray. **<Making Progress: **<The dear couple who stepped out on faith several months ago, to ‘begin again’ are continuing in remodeling their newly acquired older home. They are working very hard at building their online business, and for continued success, we pray.**<Marital Crisis:**<There are at least 3 couples who are having difficulty in their marriages, and we pray. **<Marriage Plans: **<A dear couple has set a wedding date which is planned for a year away, and we pray. **<Mental Health: **>Update: An aunt prays for her 23 year old nephew who has been in treatment at a mental hospital.. A diagnosis has been made and an effective medication is available and being used to treat him; it’s helping tremendously. He is being released from the hospital today and will continue treatment with a psychiatrist, and we rejoice, and for ongoing healing, we pray. **<Update:Continuing to remember the 20-year-old young lady who was treated for major depression, and was seeing a therapist twice a week. Unfortunately, she has decided to break away from treatment and family; has begun being a stripper, and we pray. **<Pregnancy Crisis: **Update:<A dear grandmother prays for her unborn grandson, not due to be born until October 9th. Previous ultrasounds showed abnormalities in the baby’s kidneys; however, another ultrasound was done yesterday which showed much improvement, and we rejoice, and for the continued development and health of this precious, unborn baby, we pray. And for the father of this unborn baby who struggles with memories surrounding the death of his first child, we pray. **<Respiratory: <**Many are suffering with symptoms from colds, flu, and/or allergies, and we pray. **<Storm Disaster: * *<Dangerous times: While the storm rages on, the death toll climbs; flooding is still a major issue in many areas along the Eastern shoreline; the worst may be yet to come, and we pray.
**<Surgeries/Prior: **<A dear lady is healing from cataract surgery, and we pray. **<Another had successful back surgery and for continued healing, we pray. **<Remembering the two men who recently had successful knee surgeries, and for continued healing, we pray.
**<Surgeries/Upcoming: **<A dear wife prays for her husband who has many health issues, and is still waiting for a surgery date in the removal of a cancerous growth from his nose. He had an MRI last week; still waiting on results, and we pray. **<A dear sister prays for her brother who is scheduled for cataract surgery in October, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember the elderly lady who is battling health problems, has blocked arteries, and an open wound on her heel; she is experiencing much pain and having difficulty sleeping. She goes weekly to the wound clinic one day, and to the pain clinic the next day. Surgery is scheduled on October 17th for a Bi-femoral artery bypass, and we pray. **< A dear lady suffers much pain due to bone on bone in her hip, also has severe curvature of the spine. Surgery for hip replacement is scheduled for November 28th, and we pray.
//Travel Mercies: **<>This is an ongoing prayer request for all who are on the highways and byways. Lord, we ask that You daily keep our travelers safe from harm, and we pray.
For these and the many unspoken requests we pray all in Jesus name. Lord bless our homes. AMEN

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Devotions @ 3 on 9-18-18

3 a.m. prayer:

Most gracious heavenly Father,

Proverbs continues: The contrasts between right and wrong! EVERY DAY BUSINESS and HOW WE STAND BEFORE HIM! “A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight” (Proverbs 11:1). (Crooked merchants sometimes had two sets of weights, one for buying and one for selling. The buying weights were heavier than they should have been, so that the buyer got more merchandise than he paid for. The selling weights were lighter than the standard, so that the customer got less than he paid for.) There are dishonest practices in business today that come under this ban of dishonest scales, as well as applications in school life, social life, home life, and church life. God is interested in the business world and the practices within it. When He calls something an abomination – our best wisdom is to steer clear of such things – because these things will get you judged quickly, and the discipline will come hard. If we want God’s blessing we must choose to act according to what would please Him. Honesty is the best policy.*****
//Standing Prayer: Always remembering our country, for restoration, our continued peace, and freedom; we ask that You grant wisdom and guidance to those who are in authority, and we pray; and for the protection of our men and women who are on the battlefield, we pray. Lord, heal our land, we pray. There are people in other parts of the world who need protection and relief as they are surrounded by war and poverty; also in need of rescue are Christians who are being persecuted, and we pray.
**REMINDER: **> Tomorrow, @ 11:30, several in the Devotions @ 3 group plan to meet and have lunch; details posted on the group’s Facebook page. For this upcoming gathering, we pray.
And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For all who are weary this day, we pray.
*>NEW Prayer Requests: *> A dear lady has just been diagnosed with severe degenerative disease which, if left untreated, can affect her arms, legs, and organs, and we pray. *> A dear wife prays for her husband who has a rare appendix cancer, now has fluid around the lungs. The procedure to drain the fluid is very painful; this dear man is suffering beyond words, and we pray.
**<PREVIOUS Prayer Requests: **Addiction:**<A dear mother prays for her son who is an alcoholic and struggling to stay sober. Presently, he has gone for 65 days without a drink, but feels it’s getting harder every day, and we pray.**<Battling Cancer: **<Continuing to remember a dear man with progressive kidney cancer, and we pray. **<We continue to lift up a dear lady who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and we pray. **<Biblical Issues:**<After a family crisis, a dear grandmother is encouraging her son-in-law to get himself and his family back in church, and we pray.**<Chronic Pain: <** Some have overall, unexplained pain, others have pain in specific areas of their bodies, and we pray. **<Divorce:< **A dear grandmother continues to pray for her grandchildren who are being exposed to an immoral living arrangement, and we pray. **<Epilepsy: **<A sister worries about her 64 year old brother with epilepsy who is drinking excessively, and we pray. **< Financial +:**<A wife prays for an upcoming benefit to raise money for her dying husband, and we pray. **< Another wife is worried about her husband’s mental state and how his out of control spending is affecting their overall finances, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember the elderly couple whose life-savings account is in jeopardy, and we pray. **Grieving:<A dear daughter who watched her 95 year old father die peacefully at home, continues to mourn with her family this week as they say their final goodbyes, and we pray. **<A dear widow is going through a rough time, is still missing her dearly beloved husband, and feels so alone, not wanting to do anything, and we pray.**<Health Problems: **>One among us suffers from chronic bouts of Irritable Bowel Syndrome; also has difficulty sleeping due to chronic nervousness and heart palpitations, and we pray. **<A dear man has been undergoing tests for his debilitating headaches; also has Type 1 diabetes and vascular dementia. Last week he had an MRI of the brain; still awaiting results, and we pray. **<A 20 year old man who has had deep muscular, skeletal problems will begin physical therapy treatment tomorrow, which is none too soon, physically the dear man is having a rough time. The cost is all out-of-pocket and adds much financial strain to the family, and we pray.**<Heart Related +:** Update:<A sister prays for her brother who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta which doctors believe is benign; won’t get a second opinion until he changes insurance at year end, and we pray. **< A dear lady endures much verbal abuse from her fatally ill husband who has a bad heart, and we pray. **<Homebound: **<One among us is disabled due to a previous stroke, and we pray. **Identity Crisis: **<A dear grandmother prays for her 16 year old granddaughter who is struggling with gender identity. The parents are heart broken. As the grandmother reaches out and shares her faith, even to her other relatives who are unchurched, we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries:**<One among us continues to have much back pain, difficulty walking, and suffers from high blood pressure; is not a candidate for risky surgery at this time. She is on medications which offer little or no relief. Today she is to begin having laser treatments which will continue twice a week; and on the 25th is scheduled for a needle injection in her back. Much of her treatment is not covered by insurance which puts a financial strain on this elderly lady, and we pray. **<One among us continues to suffer from tendonitis in her left heel which is being helped by wearing a brace, and for continued healing, we pray.**<Job Market: **<Update: One in our group has been working with a recruiter to gain suitable employment; the job for which she was hoping has apparently been filled; she desperately needs a job with benefits; her husband’s benefits run out in February, and we pray. **<Making Progress: **<The dear couple who stepped out on faith several months ago, to ‘begin again’ are continuing in remodeling their newly acquired older home. They are working very hard at building their online business, and for continued success, we pray.**<Marital Crisis:**<There are at least 3 couples who are having difficulty in their marriages, and we pray. **<Marital Plans: **>A dear couple has set a wedding date which is planned for a year away, and we pray. **<Mental Health: **>An aunt prays for her 23 year old nephew who continues in treatment at a mental hospital, undergoing serious testing and evaluation. The parents are having a difficult time watching their son adjust to the 30-day treatment program, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember the 20-year-old young lady who was treated for major depression, now seeing a therapist twice a week, and we pray. **<Pregnancy Crisis: **Update:<A dear grandmother prays for her unborn grandson, not due to be born until October 9th, but doctors may have to induce sooner. Recent ultrasounds show abnormalities in the baby’s kidneys. Another ultrasound is scheduled today, and we pray. And for the father of this unborn baby who struggles with memories surrounding the death of his first child, we pray. **<Respiratory: <**Many are suffering with symptoms from colds, flu, and/or allergies, and we pray. **<Storm Disaster: * *<Dangerous times: While the storm rages on, the death toll climbs; flooding is still a major issue in many areas along the Eastern shoreline. Many homes and businesses have been destroyed, hundreds of thousands are without power. So many are trying to escape, others have evacuated and are in shelters, and rescue attempts are still underway for victims, but much of the roadways are closed. Major damage has been done which will continue over the next several days while high force winds, tornados, rain and flooding are worsening, and we pray.
**<Surgeries/Prior: **<A dear lady healing from cataract surgery, and we pray. **<Another had successful back surgery and for continued healing, we pray. **<Remembering the two men who recently had successful knee surgeries, and for continued healing, we pray.
**<Surgeries/Upcoming: **<A dear wife prays for her husband who has many health issues, and is still waiting for a surgery date in the removal of a cancerous growth from his nose. He had an MRI on Friday; still waiting as results unfold, we pray. **<A dear sister prays for her brother who is scheduled for cataract surgery in October, and we pray.  **<Continuing to remember the elderly lady who is battling health problems, has blocked arteries, and an open wound on her heel; she is experiencing much pain and having difficulty sleeping. She goes weekly to the wound clinic one day, and to the pain clinic the next day. Surgery is scheduled on October 17th for a Bi-femoral artery bypass, and we pray. **< A dear lady suffers much pain due to bone on bone in her hip, also has severe curvature of the spine. Surgery for hip replacement is scheduled for November 28th, and we pray.
//Travel Mercies: **<>This is an ongoing prayer request for all who are on the highways and byways. Lord, we ask that You daily keep our travelers safe from harm, and we pray.
For these and the many unspoken requests we pray all in Jesus name. Lord bless our homes. AMEN

Devotions @ 3 on 9-17-18

3 a.m. prayer:

Most gracious heavenly Father,

The Bible’s book of Proverbs continues: The contrasts between righteous and wicked lives! “The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom (wise counsel; proper fruit), but the perverted tongue (not wisdom, but folly and wickedness) will be cut out. The lips of the righteous bring forth what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked what is perverted” (Proverbs 10:31-32). A good man’s mouth is like a tree that brings forth blossoms of wisdom; speaks wisely for the benefit of others. Speech that is crooked or perverse will be cut out; it is sin and will be the ruin of many a wicked man. One can depend on a good man/woman to say what is acceptable. The wicked one knows only how to distort the facts and speak what is perverse and displeasing to God. The righteous is kept by the power of God; and nothing can separate him from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. How are you using God’s gift of speech? *****

//Standing Prayer: Always remembering our country, for restoration, our continued peace, and freedom; we ask that You grant wisdom and guidance to those who are in authority, and we pray; and for the protection of our men and women who are on the battlefield, we pray. Lord, heal our land, we pray. There are people in other parts of the world who need protection and relief as they are surrounded by war and poverty; also in need of rescue are Christians who are being persecuted, and we pray.
**REMINDER: **> This week, Wednesday, September 19th @ 11:30, several in the Devotions @ 3 group plan to meet and have lunch; details posted on the group’s Facebook page. For this upcoming gathering, we pray.
And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For anyone who may feel angry today, we pray.
*>NEW Prayer Requests: *>One among us suffers from chronic bouts of Irritable Bowel Syndrome; also has difficulty sleeping due to chronic nervousness and heart palpitations, and we pray.  *>A dear couple has set a wedding date which is planned for a year away, and we pray. *>A dear mother prays for her son who is an alcoholic and struggling to stay sober. Presently, he has gone for 64 days without a drink, but feels it’s getting harder every day, and we pray.*>One dear lady celebrates one year of sobriety today, and we rejoice, and for continued success, we pray.
**<PREVIOUS Prayer Requests: **<Battling Cancer: **< Continuing to remember a dear man with progressive kidney cancer; he is very fatigued, and we pray. **<We continue to lift up a dear lady who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and we pray. **<Biblical Issues:**<After a family crisis, a dear grandmother is encouraging her son-in-law to get himself and his family back in church, and we pray.**<Chronic Pain: <** Some have overall, unexplained pain, others have pain in specific areas of their bodies, and we pray. **<Divorce:< **A dear grandmother continues to pray for her grandchildren who are being exposed to an immoral living arrangement, and we pray. **<Epilepsy: **<A sister worries about her 64 year old brother with epilepsy who is drinking excessively, and we pray. **< Financial +:** *<A wife prays for an upcoming benefit to raise money for her dying husband, and we pray.< Another wife is worried about her husband’s mental state and how his out of control spending is affecting their overall finances, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember the elderly couple whose life-savings account is in jeopardy, and due to dementia they are continuing to make some bad financial choices; it’s difficult to get through to them, and we pray. **Grieving:<A dear daughter who watched her 95 year old father die peacefully at home mourns with her family this week as they make end of life arrangements, and we pray. *>A dear widow is going through a rough time, still missing her dearly beloved husband, and feels so alone, not wanting to do anything, and we pray.**<Health Problems: **<A dear man has been undergoing tests for his debilitating headaches; also has Type 1 diabetes and vascular dementia. Friday, he had an MRI of the brain; still awaiting results, and we pray. **<A 20 year old man who has had deep muscular, skeletal problems will begin physical therapy treatment Wednesday of this week. The cost is all out-of-pocket and adds much financial strain to the family, and we pray. **<Heart Related +:** <A sister prays for her brother who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta which doctors believe is benign, and we pray. **< A dear lady endures much verbal abuse from her fatally ill husband who has a bad heart, and we pray. **<Homebound: **<One among us is disabled and can’t get out much due to a previous stroke, and we pray. **Identity Crisis: **<A dear grandmother prays for her 16 year old granddaughter who is struggling with gender identity. The parents are heart broken; the grandmother is reaching out and sharing her faith even to her other relatives who are unchurched, and we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries:**<One among us continues to have much back pain, difficulty walking, and suffers from high blood pressure; is not a candidate for risky surgery at this time. She is on medications which offer little or no relief. Tomorrow she will begin laser treatments twice a week; and on the 25th is scheduled for a needle injection in her back. Much of her treatment is not covered by insurance which puts a financial strain on this elderly lady, and we pray. **<One among us continues to suffer from tendonitis in her left heel which is being helped by wearing a brace, and for continued healing, we pray.**<Job Market: **<One in our group has been working with a job recruiter to, hopefully, gain suitable employment; she recently heard of a job close to home and is waiting to hear back this week from a supervisor; hopefully it will be a job with benefits, and we pray. **<Making Progress: **<The dear couple who stepped out on faith several months ago, to ‘begin again’ are continuing in remodeling their newly acquired older home. They are working hard at building their online business which has picked up some, and for continued success, we pray.**<Marital Crisis:**<There are at least 3 couples who are having difficulty in their marriages, and we pray.**<Mental Health: **>An aunt prays for her 23 year old nephew who continues in treatment at a mental hospital, undergoing serious testing and evaluation. The parents are having a difficult time watching their son adjust to the 30-day treatment program, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember the 20-year-old young lady who was treated for major depression, now seeing a therapist twice a week, and we pray. **<Pregnancy Crisis: **<A dear grandmother prays for her unborn grandson who is not due to be born until October 9th, but doctors may have to induce sooner. Recent ultrasounds show abnormalities in the baby’s kidneys. Another ultrasound is scheduled for tomorrow, and we pray. And for the father of this unborn baby who struggles with memories surrounding the death of his first child, we pray. **<Respiratory: <**Several in our group have loved ones in their family who continue to suffer with symptoms from colds, flu, and/or allergies, and we pray. **<Storm Disaster: * *<Over the last few days we have watched as an enormous hurricane, now called a tropical storm, hit several states along the Eastern shoreline. The death toll is not yet known, homes and businesses have been destroyed, thousands are without power, many have evacuated and are in shelters, and rescue attempts are still underway for victims. Much damage has been done which will continue over the next several days while damaging high force winds, tornados, rain and flooding are worsening, and we pray.
**<Surgeries/Prior: **<A dear lady had her 2nd cataract surgery on Thursday, and for continued healing, we pray. **>An aunt continues to pray for her niece who is home now and doing well after a successful back surgery on Wednesday; and for continued healing, we pray. **<Continuing to remember two men who recently had successful knee surgeries, and for continued healing, we pray. 
**<Surgeries/Upcoming: **<A dear wife prays for her husband who has many health issues, and is still waiting for a surgery date in the removal of a cancerous growth from his nose. He had an MRI on Friday; still waiting as results unfold, we pray. **<A dear sister prays for her brother who is scheduled for cataract surgery in October, and we pray. **<Update: **<Continuing to remember the elderly lady who is battling health problems, has blocked arteries, and an open wound on her heel; she is experiencing much pain and having difficulty sleeping; she goes weekly to the wound clinic one day, and to the pain clinic the next day. Surgery is scheduled on October 17th for a Bi-femoral artery bypass, and we pray. **< A dear lady suffers much pain due to bone on bone in her hip, also has severe curvature of the spine. Surgery for hip replacement is scheduled for November 28th, and we pray.
//Travel Mercies: **<>This is an ongoing prayer request for all who are on the highways and byways. Lord, we ask that You daily keep our travelers safe from harm, and we pray.
For these and the many unspoken requests we pray all in Jesus name. Lord bless our homes. AMEN

Devotions @ 3 on 9-16-18

3 a.m. prayer:

Most gracious heavenly Father,

The Bible’s book of Proverbs continues: Righteous vs. Wicked Lives! One of the most important lessons of the Bible is repeated: The righteous will be blessed and the wicked will be cursed! “The righteous will never be shaken, but the wicked will not dwell in the land” (Proverbs 10:30). (God guarantees a dwelling place to the righteous, but the wicked will be exiles and vagabonds.) Blessed lives of the righteous are men and women who fear and love God, trust and obey His Word for every decision in life, and despises and rejects false and deceitful lifestyles of the world around them. In contrast, cursed lives of the wicked are men and women who fear men and love money, trust and obey the world’s ideas, and despise and reject the wisdom of God. Oh, how many have read the repetitive warnings and truths and how few have altered their lives to please Him and obtain His blessings! What will you do with this warning? Have a blessed Sunday. *****

//Standing Prayer: Always remembering our country, for restoration, our continued peace, and freedom; we ask that You grant wisdom and guidance to those who are in authority, and we pray; and for the protection of our men and women who are on the battlefield, we pray. Lord, heal our land, we pray. There are people in other parts of the world who need protection and relief as they are surrounded by war and poverty; also in need of rescue are Christians who are being persecuted, and we pray.
**REMINDER: **> This week, Wednesday, September 19th @ 11:30, several in the Devotions @ 3 group plan to meet and have lunch; details posted on the group’s Facebook page. For this upcoming gathering, we pray.
And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For all who are facing a heavy workload this week, we pray.
*>NEW Prayer Requests: *> It’s Sunday; pastors across our land and abroad will be preaching the Gospel and we ask You to protect them and their congregations as they join together in one body to worship You, Lord, and we pray. *>Over the last few days we have watched as an enormous hurricane hit several states along the Eastern shoreline. The death toll is not yet known,  homes and businesses have been destroyed, thousands are without power, many have evacuated and are in shelters, and rescue attempts are underway for victims. Even though it has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, much damage has been done which will continue over the next several days while the storm’s damaging high force winds, tornados, rain and flooding are worsening, and we pray. **Update:<A mother and father were full of anticipation and concern as they headed back to the hospital yesterday morning to be with their pregnant daughter whose labor had been induced on Friday . Last night, they became first-time grandparents to a healthy, 6# 15 oz. baby boy, and we rejoice, and as the new parents and grandparents adjust to a new life, we pray. **Update: <A dear daughter watched her 95 year old father die peacefully at home after he was released yesterday from the hospital. During the week ahead, as the family mourns and  makes end of life arrangements, we pray. *>A dear widow is going through a rough time, still missing her dearly beloved husband, and feels so alone, not wanting to do anything, and we pray. *>A wife prays for an upcoming benefit to raise money for her dying husband, and we pray. *>A dear grandmother prays for her unborn grandson who is not due to be born until October 9th, but doctors may have to induce sooner. Recent ultrasounds show abnormalities in the baby’s kidneys. Another ultrasound is scheduled for Tuesday, the 18th, and we pray. And for the father of this unborn baby who struggles with memories surrounding the death of his first child, we pray. *>After a family crisis, another grandmother is encouraging her son-in-law to get himself and his family back in church, and we pray.
**<PREVIOUS Prayer Requests: **<Battling Cancer: **< Continuing to remember a dear man with progressive kidney cancer; he is very fatigued, and we pray. **<We continue to lift up a dear lady who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and we pray. **<Chronic Pain: <** Some have overall, unexplained pain, others have pain in specific areas of their bodies, and we pray. **<Divorce:< **A dear grandmother continues to pray for her grandchildren who are being exposed to an immoral living arrangement, and we pray. **<Epilepsy: **< A sister worries about her 64 year old brother with epilepsy who is drinking excessively, and we pray. **< Financial +:**< A wife is worried about her husband’s mental state and how his out of control spending is affecting their overall finances, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember the elderly couple whose life-savings account is in jeopardy, and due to dementia they are continuing to make some bad financial choices; it’s difficult to get through to them, and we pray.**<Health Problems: **Update:<A dear man has been undergoing tests for his debilitating headaches; also has Type 1 diabetes and vascular dementia. Friday, he had an MRI of the brain; awaiting results, and we pray. **<A 20 year old man who has had deep muscular, skeletal problems will begin physical therapy treatment on the 19th. The cost is all out-of-pocket and adds much financial strain to the family, and we pray. **<Heart Related +:** <A sister prays for her brother who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta which doctors believe is benign, and we pray. **< A dear lady endures much verbal abuse from her fatally ill husband who has a bad heart, and we pray. **<A dear lady has difficulty sleeping due to chronic nervousness and heart palpitations, and we pray. **<Homebound: **<One among us is disabled and can’t get out much due to a previous stroke, and we pray. **Identity Crisis: **Update:<A dear grandmother prays for her 16 year old granddaughter who is struggling with gender identity. The parents are heart broken; the grandmother is reaching out and sharing her faith even to her other relatives who are unchurched, and we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries:**<One among us continues to have much back pain, difficulty walking, and suffers from high blood pressure. Being that she is not a candidate for risky surgery at this time she is on medications which offer little or no relief. On the 18th she will begin laser treatments twice a week; and on the 25th is scheduled for a needle injection in her back. Much of her treatment is not covered by insurance which puts a financial strain on this elderly lady, and we pray. **<One among us continues to suffer from tendonitis in her left heel, happy to report she is being helped by the brace, and for continued healing, we pray.**<Job Market: **Update:<One in our group has been working with a job recruiter to, hopefully, gain suitable employment; she recently heard of a job close to home and is waiting to hear back this week from a supervisor; hopefully it will be a job with benefits, and we pray. **<Making Progress: **<The dear couple who stepped out on faith several months ago, to ‘begin again’ are continuing in remodeling their newly acquired older home. They are working hard at building their online business which has picked up some, and for continued success, we pray.**<Marital Crisis:**<There are at least 3 couples who are having difficulty in their marriages, and we pray.**<Mental Health: **>An aunt prays for her 23 year old nephew who continues to be in treatment at a mental hospital, and has been undergoing some serious testing and evaluation. The parents are having a difficult time watching their son adjust to the 30-day treatment program, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember the 20-year-old young lady who was treated for major depression, now seeing a therapist twice a week, and we pray. **<Respiratory: <**Several in our group have loved ones in their family who continue to suffer with symptoms from colds, flu, and/or allergies, and we pray.
**<Surgeries/Prior: **<A dear lady had her 2nd cataract surgery on Thursday, and for continued healing, we pray. **>An aunt continues to pray for her niece who is home now and doing well after a successful back surgery on Wednesday; and for continued healing, we pray. **<Continuing to remember a dear man who had successful knee surgery on Tuesday, and for continued healing, we pray. **<Continuing to remember the lady who had a hysterectomy a little over a week ago, and for continued healing, we pray. ** <Continuing to remember another dear man who had knee replacement surgery a little over a week ago, and for continued healing, we pray.
**<Surgeries/Upcoming: **<A dear wife prays for her husband who has many health issues, and is still waiting for a surgery date in the removal of a cancerous growth from his nose. He had an MRI on Friday and as results unfold, we pray. **<A dear sister prays for her brother who is scheduled for cataract surgery in October, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember the elderly lady who is battling health problems, has blocked arteries, and an open wound on her heel. Surgery is scheduled on October 17th for a Bi-femoral artery bypass, and we pray. **< A dear lady suffers much pain due to bone on bone in her hip, also has severe curvature of the spine. Surgery for hip replacement is scheduled for November 28th, and we pray.
//Travel Mercies: **<>This is an ongoing prayer request for all who are on the highways and byways. Lord, we ask that You daily keep our travelers safe from harm, and we pray.
For these and the many unspoken requests we pray all in Jesus name. Lord bless our homes. AMEN

Devotions @ 3 on 9-15-18

3 a.m. prayer:

Most gracious heavenly Father,

Continuing our Bible study from the book of Proverbs: Contrasting Righteous and Wicked Lives. WORRY KILLS! “The fear of the Lord prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be shortened. The hope of the righteous is gladness, but the expectation of the wicked perishes. The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the upright, but ruin to the workers of iniquity” (Proverbs 10:27-29). (A devout life leads to longevity. Wicked men are cut off prematurely.) The prospect of the righteous is joy; the things looked forward to by the righteous will be realized with gladness. Not so with the wicked – their hopes will be thoroughly disappointed – the expectation of the wicked perishes! The Lord proves to be a tower of strength for the upright, but is destruction to evildoers. Worry kills, but confidence in God is like healing medicine. Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. We have all the instructions to live a long life. While we are alive, Jesus will be with us; when we die, we will be with Jesus.  *****

//Standing Prayer: Always remembering our country, for restoration, our continued peace, and freedom; we ask that You grant wisdom and guidance to those who are in authority, and we pray; and for the protection of our men and women who are on the battlefield, we pray. Lord, heal our land, we pray. There are people in other parts of the world who need protection and relief as they are surrounded by war and poverty; also in need of rescue are Christians who are being persecuted, and we pray.
**REMINDER: **> September 19th @ 11:30, several in the Devotions @ 3 group plan to meet and have lunch; details posted on the groups Facebook page. For this upcoming gathering, we pray.
And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For anyone who may be doubtful of their salvation, we pray.
*>NEW Prayer Requests: *> Over the last few days many lives have been lost due to an enormous hurricane which has hit several states along the Eastern shoreline. Much damage has been done which will continue over the next several days. It is not yet known how many homes and businesses have been destroyed, thousands are without power, many have evacuated and are in shelters, rescue attempts are underway for many victims. As the storm’s damaging high force winds, tornados, rain and flooding are worsening, we pray. **>A mother and father are full of anticipation and concern as they head back to the hospital this morning. Their dear daughter, pregnant with their first grandson, was experiencing elevated blood pressure when she was at the doctor’s office yesterday. She was sent to the hospital where her labor was induced in the afternoon. This morning, they are still awaiting the arrival,; and for a safe delivery, we pray. **A dear daughter is by the bedside of her 95 year old father who was rushed to the hospital yesterday, and is not doing well, it appears his body is shutting down, and we pray.
**<PREVIOUS Prayer Requests: **<Battling Cancer: **< Continuing to remember a dear man with progressive kidney cancer; he is very fatigued, and we pray. **<We continue to lift up a dear lady who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and we pray. **<Chronic Pain: <** Some have overall, unexplained pain, others have pain in specific areas of their bodies, and we pray. **<Divorce:< **A dear grandmother continues to pray for her grandchildren who are being exposed to an immoral living arrangement, and we pray.**<Epilepsy: **< A sister worries about her 64 year old brother with epilepsy who is drinking excessively, and we pray. **<Financial +:**< A wife is worried about her husband’s mental state and how his out of control spending is affecting their overall finances, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember the elderly couple whose life-savings account is in jeopardy, and due to dementia they are continuing to make some bad financial choices; it’s difficult to get through to them, and we pray.**<Health Problems: **Update:<A dear man has been undergoing tests for his debilitating headaches; also has Type 1 diabetes and vascular dementia. Yesterday, he had an MRI of the brain; awaiting results, and we pray. **<A 20 year old man who has had deep muscular, skeletal problems will begin physical therapy treatment on the 19th. The cost is all out-of-pocket and adds much financial strain to the family, and we pray. **<Heart Related +:** <A sister prays for her brother who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta which doctors believe is benign, and we pray. **< A dear lady endures much verbal abuse from her fatally ill husband who has a bad heart, and we pray. **<A dear lady has difficulty sleeping due to chronic nervousness and heart palpitations, and we pray. **<Homebound: **<One among us is disabled and can’t get out much due to a previous stroke, and we pray. **Identity Crisis: **<A dear grandmother prays for her 16 year old granddaughter who is struggling with gender identity. The parents are heart broken, and we pray.**<Infections/Injections/Injuries:**Update:<One among us continues to have much back pain, difficulty walking, and suffers from high blood pressure. Being that she is not a candidate for risky surgery at this time she is on medications which offer little or no relief. On the 18th she will begin laser treatments twice a week; and on the 25th is scheduled for a needle injection in her back. Much of her treatment is not covered by insurance which puts a financial strain on this elderly lady, and we pray. **Update:<One among us continues to suffer from tendonitis in her left heel, happy to report she is being helped by the brace she got yesterday, and for continued healing, we pray.**<Job Market: **<One in our group is working with a job recruiter to, hopefully, gain suitable employment; she recently heard of a job close to home and is waiting to hear, and we pray. **<Making Progress: **<The dear couple who stepped out on faith several months ago, to ‘begin again’ are continuing in remodeling their newly acquired older home. Awaiting kitchen countertops which are being manufactured now and, hopefully, will soon receive those. They are working hard at building their online business which has picked up some, and for continued success, we pray.**<Marital Crisis:**There are at least 3 couples who are having difficulty in their marriages, and we pray.**<Mental Health: **>An aunt prays for her 23 year old nephew who continues to be in treatment at a mental hospital, and has been undergoing some serious testing and evaluation. The parents are having a difficult time watching their son adjust to the 30-day treatment program, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember the 20-year-old young lady who was treated for major depression, now seeing a therapist twice a week, and we pray. **<Respiratory: <**Several in our group have loved ones in their family who continue to suffer with symptoms from colds, flu, and/or allergies, and we pray.
**<Surgeries/Prior: **<A dear lady had her 2nd cataract surgery on Thursday, and for continued healing, we pray. **>An aunt continues to pray for her niece who is home now and doing well after a successful back surgery on Wednesday; and for continued healing, we pray.**<Update: Continuing to remember a dear man who had successful knee surgery on Tuesday, he is doing great, is so pleased with the outcome, and we rejoice, and for continued healing, we pray. **<Continuing to remember the lady who had a hysterectomy a little over a week ago, and for continued healing, we pray. **Update: <Continuing to remember another dear man who had knee replacement surgery a little over a week ago; he seems to be doing much better, so we rejoice, and for continued healing, we pray.
**<Surgeries/Upcoming: **<A dear wife prays for her husband who has many health issues, and is still waiting for a surgery date in the removal of a cancerous growth from his nose. He had an MRI yesterday and as results unfold, we pray. **<A dear sister prays for her brother who is scheduled for cataract surgery in October, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember the elderly lady who is battling health problems, has blocked arteries, and an open wound on her heel. Surgery is scheduled on October 17th for a Bi-femoral artery bypass, and we pray. **< A dear lady suffers much pain due to bone on bone in her hip, also has severe curvature of the spine. Surgery for hip replacement is scheduled for November 28th, and we pray.

//Travel Mercies: **<>This is an ongoing prayer request for all who are on the highways and byways. Lord, we ask that You daily keep our travelers safe from harm, and we pray.
For these and the many unspoken requests we pray all in Jesus name. Lord bless our homes. AMEN

Devotions @ 3 on 9-14-18

3 a.m. prayer:

Most gracious heavenly Father,

Continuing in the Bible’s book of Proverbs: Righteous vs. Wicked Lifestyles! Cold, sharp and sour is vinegar. Offensive, negligent and annoying is the sluggard! “Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the lazy one to those who send him” (Proverbs 10:26). (Vinegar is hurtful to the teeth, and smoke is irritating to the eyes. In the same way, a lazy messenger who dillydallies on the way proves exasperating, frustrating, and annoying to those who send him out on business.) One ought not be slothful in their work, but fervent in spirit, as in serving the Lord.  *****

//Standing Prayer: Always remembering our country, for restoration, our continued peace, and freedom; we ask that You grant wisdom and guidance to those who are in authority, and we pray; and for the protection of our men and women who are on the battlefield, we pray. Lord, heal our land, we pray. There are people in other parts of the world who need protection and relief as they are surrounded by war and poverty; also in need of rescue are Christians who are being persecuted, and we pray.
**REMINDER: **> September 19th @ 11:30, several in the Devotions @ 3 group plan to meet and have lunch; details posted on the groups Facebook page. For this upcoming gathering, we pray.
And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For: “Unspoken Requests”, we pray.
*>NEW Prayer Requests: *> An enormous hurricane inches closer to the Eastern shoreline. Even though it’s been downgraded to a Category 1, it’s no minor storm. Much damage has been done and it will continue over the next several days. Thousands are without power, many have evacuated and are in shelters. The storm’s damaging high force winds, tornados, rain and flooding are worsening as this storm continues inland, and we pray.

**<PREVIOUS Prayer Requests: **<Battling Cancer: **< Continuing to remember a dear man with progressive kidney cancer; he is very fatigued, and we pray. **<We continue to lift up a dear lady who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and we pray. **<Chronic Pain: <** A dear lady prays for her sister who has unexplained pain, and is currently on a month long trip with her husband, and we pray. **<Divorce:< **A dear grandmother continues to pray for her grandchildren who are being exposed to an immoral living arrangement, and we pray.**<Epilepsy: **< A sister worries about her 64 year old brother with epilepsy who is drinking excessively; just can’t seem to forget the past, and we pray. **<Financial +:**< A wife is worried about her husband’s mental state and how he interacts with the family. He has lapses in judgement regarding finances, and we pray. **< Continuing to remember the elderly couple who is about to turn 90 years old and have recently discovered their life-savings account is in jeopardy. Due to dementia they are making some bad financial choices; it’s difficult to get through to them, and we pray. **<Health Problems: **<A dear man has been undergoing tests for his debilitating headaches; also has Type 1 diabetes and vascular dementia. He is scheduled today for an MRI of the brain, and we pray. **<A 20 year old man who has had deep muscular, skeletal problems will begin physical therapy treatment on the 19th. The cost is all out-of-pocket and adds much financial strain to the family, and we pray. **<Heart Related +:** <A sister prays for her brother who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta which doctors believe is benign, and we pray. **< A dear lady endures much verbal abuse from her fatally ill husband who has a bad heart; also she has the responsibility of a very demanding, 90+ year old, ailing father, and we pray. **<A dear lady has difficulty sleeping due to chronic nervousness and heart palpitations, and we pray. **<Homebound: **<One among us is disabled and homebound due to a previous stroke, and we pray. **Identity Crisis: **<A dear grandmother prays for her 16 year old granddaughter who is struggling with gender identity. The parents are heart broken, and we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries: **<One among us has much back pain, has difficulty walking, suffers from high blood pressure. Being that she is not a candidate for risky surgery at this time, will take medications and have injections in her back, and we pray. **Update:<One among us continues to have relief from recent knee injections, and we rejoice, but is presently suffering from tendonitis in her left heel, and is waiting to be fitted for a brace, and we pray.**<Job Market: **Update:<One in our group is working with a job recruiter to, hopefully, gain suitable employment. She recently was informed of a job opportunity that is only 10 minutes from her home, and she would still be able to continue in her current position, and we rejoice, and for continued answers, we pray. **<Making Progress: **Update:<The dear couple who stepped out on faith several months ago, to ‘begin again’ are continuing in remodeling their newly acquired older home. Their kitchen countertops are being manufactured now and, hopefully, will soon receive those. They are working hard at building their online business which has picked up some, and for continued success, we pray.**<Marital Crisis:**There are at least 3 couples who are having marital difficulties, and we pray.**<Mental Health: **>An aunt prays for her 23 year old nephew who is in treatment at a mental hospital and has been undergoing some serious testing and evaluation. The parents are having a difficult time watching their son adjust to the 30-day treatment program, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember the 20-year-old young lady who was treated for major depression, now seeing a therapist twice a week, and we pray. **<Respiratory: <**Several in our group have loved ones in their family who are suffering with symptoms from colds, flu, and/or allergies, and we pray.
**<Surgeries/Prior: **Update:<A dear lady had her 2nd cataract surgery yesterday; is home now and doing well, and we rejoice, and for continued healing, we pray. **>An aunt prays for her niece who had successful back surgery Wednesday; and for continued healing, we pray.**<Continuing to remember a dear man who had successful knee surgery on Tuesday, and for continued healing, we pray. **<Continuing to remember the lady who had a hysterectomy a little over a week ago, and for continued healing, we pray. <**Update: <Continuing to remember the dear man who had knee replacement surgery a little over a week ago; staples are out, but is slowly and painfully progressing, and for continued healing, we pray.
**<Surgeries/Upcoming: **<A dear wife prays for her husband who has many health issues, and is still waiting for a surgery date in the removal of a cancerous growth from his nose. He is scheduled for an MRI today, and we pray. **<A dear sister prays for her brother who is scheduled for cataract surgery in October, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember the elderly lady who is battling health problems, has blocked arteries, and an open wound on her heel. Surgery is scheduled on October 17th for a Bi-femoral artery bypass, and we pray. **< A dear lady suffers much pain due to bone on bone in her hip, also has severe curvature of the spine. Surgery for hip replacement is scheduled for November 28th, and we pray.
//Travel Mercies: **<>This is an ongoing prayer request for all who are on the highways and byways. Lord, we ask that You daily keep our travelers safe from harm, and we pray.
For these and the many unspoken requests we pray all in Jesus name. Lord bless our homes. AMEN

Devotions @ 3 on 9-13–18

3 a.m. prayer:

Most gracious heavenly Father,

Continuing Proverbs: Righteous vs Wicked! The Whirlwind & The Sure Foundation! “When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation” (Proverbs 10:25). (When the whirlwind of God’s judgment passes by, the wicked is nowhere to be found. But the righteous person is established on the Rock of Ages; nothing can ever move him.) The resemblance of a wicked man to a whirlwind: both destructive, have ruined their own lives and that of many others by their selfish, unscrupulous behavior. They often burst forth with sudden fury, and seem beyond the control of ordinary laws and methods of operation. A whirlwind often descends upon a peaceful valley without any warning and destroys everything in it’s path; like the wicked man, lawless, not guided by principle but by passion and impulse which no one can foretell his next act of violence or who will be his next victim. The whirlwind passes and so does the wicked. However, the righteous man is an everlasting foundation: his character is something to build upon (nothing can be built upon a whirlwind) but a substantial structure can be raised upon a good foundation. Like an anchor, hope and a solid ground of confidence is built upon the word and character of a good and righteous man. This is especially true of the ideal man, Christ Jesus, He is the righteous one. His promises are as anchors of the soul to the children of men. Upon His character rests all their hopes for their own blessedness in the future, and for the restoration of a fallen world.  *****

//Standing Prayer: Always remembering our country, for restoration, our continued peace, and freedom; we ask that You grant wisdom and guidance to those who are in authority, and we pray; and for the protection of our men and women who are on the battlefield, we pray. Lord, heal our land, we pray. There are people in other parts of the world who need protection and relief as they are surrounded by war and poverty; also in need of rescue are Christians who are being persecuted, and we pray.

**REMINDER: **> September 19th @ 11:30, several in the group plan to meet and have lunch; details posted on “Devotions @ 3” Facebook page. For this upcoming gathering, we pray.

And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For anyone who is facing an uncertain path, we pray.

*>NEW Prayer Requests: *> An enormous hurricane continues to intensify and is barreling toward the East Coast. By tomorrow, it is expected to make landfall somewhere between North and South Carolina. Many have evacuated, and will continue, due to the storm’s damaging high force winds, rain and flooding, and we pray.

**<PREVIOUS Prayer Requests: **<Battling Cancer: **< Continuing to remember a dear man with progressive kidney cancer; he is very fatigued, and we pray. **<We continue to lift up a dear lady who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer along with blood clots, and we pray. **<Update:<A wife prays for her hard to live with husband who has a rare form of progressive, appendix cancer, and an infection in his lungs. Because of the pain involved, he has decided not to have his lung drained; he had an appointment yesterday with a pulmonologist and while we await an update, we pray. **<Chronic Pain: <** A dear lady prays for her sister who has unexplained pain, and is currently on a month long camping and fishing trip with her husband, and we pray. **<Divorce:< **A dear grandmother continues to pray for her grandchildren who are being exposed to an immoral living arrangement, and we pray.**<Epilepsy: **Update:< A sister worries about her 64 year old brother who is drinking excessively. He has severe epilepsy, but just can’t seem to move on with his life and let go of the past; hopefully, he will once again consider spending time with and traveling with a well-respected cousin who might be able to influence him, and we pray. **<Financial +:**< A wife is worried about her husband’s mental state and how he interacts with the family; too, he has recently begun having lapses in judgement regarding finances, and we pray. *Update**< Continuing to remember the elderly couple who is about to turn 90 years old and have recently discovered their life-savings account is in jeopardy. Due to dementia they are making some bad financial choices; it’s difficult to get through to them, and we pray. **<Health Problems: **Update:<A dear man has been undergoing tests for his debilitating headaches; along with ulcers on his foot, he also has Type 1 diabetes and vascular dementia. He is scheduled tomorrow for an MRI of the brain, and we pray. **<Update:**<A 20 year old man who has had deep muscular, skeletal problems will begin physical therapy treatment on the 19th. The cost is all out-of-pocket and adds much financial strain to the family, and we pray. **<Heart Related +:** <A sister prays for her brother who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta which doctors believe is benign. As they seek a second opinion, we pray. **< A dear lady endures much verbal abuse from her fatally ill husband who has a bad heart; also she has the responsibility of a very demanding, 90+ year old, ailing father, and we pray. **<A dear lady has difficulty sleeping due to chronic nervousness and heart palpitations, and we pray. **<Homebound: **<One among us is disabled and homebound due to a previous stroke, and we pray. **Identity Crisis: **<A dear grandmother prays for her 16 year old granddaughter who is struggling with gender identity. The parents are heart broken as well as others in the family who love her, and we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries: **<One among us has much back pain, has difficulty walking, suffers from high blood pressure, but is not a candidate for risky surgery at this time. Instead, will take medications and have injections in her back, and we pray. **<One among us suffers from tendonitis in her left heel, and we pray. **<Job Market: **<One in our group is working with a job recruiter to, hopefully, gain suitable employment, and we pray. **<Making Progress: **<The dear couple who stepped out on faith several months ago, to ‘begin again’ are continuing in remodeling their newly acquired older home; and are working hard at developing a new online business venture, and for their continued success, we pray.**<Marital Crisis:**There are at least 3 couples who are having marital difficulties, and we pray.**<Mental Health: Update:*>An aunt prays for her 23 year old nephew who has been admitted to the hospital for mental illness and undergoing some serious testing and evaluation. The parents continue having a difficult time watching their son adjust to the 30-day treatment program at the mental health facility, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember the 20-year-old young lady who was treated for major depression, now seeing a therapist twice a week, and we pray. **<Respiratory: <**Several in our group have loved ones in their family who are suffering with symptoms from colds, flu, and/or allergies, and we pray.
**<Surgeries/Prior: **Update:>An aunt prays for her niece who had surgery yesterday for herniated discs. Surgery went well, she is doing great, and we rejoice; and for continued healing, we pray.**Update:<A dear man is doing well after having knee surgery on Tuesday; but he had a very rough night, lots of spasms, and for continued healing, we pray. <Continuing to remember the lady who had a hysterectomy a week ago, and for continued healing, we pray. <**Continuing to remember the dear man who had knee replacement surgery a little over a week ago, and for continued healing, we pray.
**<Surgeries/Upcoming: **Update:<A dear wife prays for her husband who has many health issues; is still waiting for a surgery date in the removal of a cancerous growth from his nose. He is scheduled for an MRI tomorrow, and we pray. **<A dear lady is scheduled for her 2nd cataract surgery today, and we pray. **<A dear sister prays for her brother who is scheduled for cataract surgery in October, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember the elderly lady who is battling health problems, has blocked arteries, and an open wound on her heel. Surgery is scheduled on October 17th for a Bi-femoral artery bypass, and we pray. **< A dear lady suffers much pain due to bone on bone in her hip, also has severe curvature of the spine. Surgery for hip replacement is scheduled for November 28th, and we pray.

//Travel Mercies: **<>This is an ongoing prayer request for all who are on the highways and byways. Lord, we ask that You daily keep our travelers safe from harm, and we pray.

For these and the many unspoken requests we pray all in Jesus name. Lord bless our homes. AMEN