Devotions @ 3 on 11-18-18

3 a.m. prayer:

Most gracious heavenly Father,

Continuing in Proverbs: righteous compared to wicked. SECRET FOR GETTING RICH!  “The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slack hand will be put to forced labor” (Proverbs 12:24). (In the ordinary course of life, dedicated, diligent people rise to positions of leadership. Laziness leads to poverty, and poverty reduces man to the level of forced labor.) Deceitfulness and idleness are generally companions of the slothful, and such persons seek to gain by fraudulent trickery and dishonesty by what they cannot, or will not, get by honest labor. The lazy descend inevitably to become paupers and servants. But the hand of the diligent shall rule (shall become rich); for it is only hard work that works! Men/women who take pains in an honest employment will gain in interest and reputation. For the one who makes wise use of their eyes and ears, and learns their trade; the better one will know his business and be more likely to rise up in it. There is always room at the top for anyone who is willing to be a hard worker. 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.


Please Note: All who wish to continue having these devotions; and to receive via email, on the bottom right-hand side of this devotion click @: “Follow ”, and add your name and email address. Thank you to the ones who leave comments below and/or click on “Like”.


And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For anyone who is working hard to make ends meet, we pray.


*>NEW Prayer Requests: *> Today is Sunday, a time to worship You, oh Lord, and we thank You for the blessings of this day. We remember the many pastors who will deliver Your Word today, and ask that You keep them safe from harm, and we pray. *>We continue to remember those in the southwest where wildfires have killed so many people, and we pray.

**<PREVIOUS Prayer Requests: <**Addiction: **<A dear mother prays for her son to be able to quit smoking. He has a hereditary condition which is further aggravated by smoking, and we pray. **< A dear mother prays for her son who is an alcoholic; he is also battling drug dependency, and we pray. **Aging:**>A friend prays for a friend’s 90 year old mother who sold her house and has settled into a temporary unit. She is on the waiting list at a senior living facility, and was hopeful to be in her permanent apartment before Christmas, but it may not be possible until after the first of the year, and we pray.**<Battling Cancer and/or Other Serious Disorders:**<A dear, elderly woman has brain cancer and is in a Hospice facility, and we pray. **>A friend prays for 4 of her friends who have cancer; 2 have stomach cancer and two have lung cancer, and we pray. **<Remembering the dear man who suffers with progressive kidney cancer, and we pray;+> his sons are having a very difficult time with all of this, and we pray. **<We continue to lift up a dear lady who has stage 4 pancreatic cancerand we pray. <**Battling Disease:**<A stepmother prays for her stepdaughter who has been diagnosed with stage 4 liver fibrosis. An endoscope will be done on December 20th to determine whether or not she may need a transplant. The dear stepdaughter is very frightened, and we pray. ****<Chronic Pain:<**Some have overall, unexplained pain, others have pain in specific areas of their bodies, and we pray. **<A sister prays for her sister who gets little or no relief from medications for her chronic pain, and we pray. **<Epilepsy: **< A sister worries about her 64 year old brother with epilepsy who is lonesome and prone to drinking excessively; however, he is doing well, and for continued abstinence, we pray. **<Family Affairs: **<A dear mother is experiencing problems with jealousy issues between her two adult daughters, and we pray. **Financial +:**<Continuing to remember the elderly couple whose life-savings account is in jeopardy, they have ongoing problems with dementia, and we pray. **Fur Babies: **<A dear lady prays for her beloved fur baby, the little dog had orthopedic surgery to repair a broken leg. The cast was taken off and staples were removed on Thursday which left the area raw; making it necessary for the pet to wear a cone for another week, and for continued healing, we pray. **//Grieving:**>This is a standing prayer. Although much time has passed, many continue to grieve over the deaths of their dearly beloved, departed family members. (Widows/widowers, parents, grandparents, siblings, and/or extended family) all silently missing the presence of their loved ones, and we pray. **>A dear lady and her 3 sisters need our prayers as they continue to grieve over the death of their dear 75 year old mother who passed away into glory on Wednesday after a long battle with PML Syndrome. There will be a memorial service November 24th. Remembering, too, their dear father during this difficult time, and we pray. **<Health Issues/Problems:*<A dear lady prays for her 90+ year old aunt who is in the hospital with internal bleeding. She has already received 3 units of blood, and for the bleeding to stop, we pray.**<One among us is a dear 70 year old man who has pneumonia. He is presently on 2 different antibiotics, and we pray. **<An aunt prays for her niece who continues to have elevated blood pressure, and other symptoms. She saw her doctor on November 6th. An echo cardiogram is being scheduled and some more bloodwork. She has an appointment to see the specialist on December 4th, and we pray. **<A dear lady prays for others but has multiple health issues herself, and we pray. **:<Continuing to remember a dear lady with severe degenerative disease. She has begun physical and aquatic therapy; but continues to have much pain. She saw the nerve doctor/orthopedic surgeon and an MRI was done. She will return for results on December 10th, and we pray. **<Among us is a widow who continues to suffer from loneliness and chronic bouts of Diverticulitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and has difficulty sleeping, and we pray. **<Heart Related: **>Another dear sister prays for her brother who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta, and we pray.**>A dear lady prays for her aged father who has an implanted defibrillator; he has some tests this week, and we pray. **<A wife continues to pray for her dear 80 year old husband whose heart function is at only 20%, nothing more can be done by the doctors. As a result, he is very depressed, discouraged, and we pray. **>A dear lady has been diagnosed with some heart abnormalities. She was put on cholesterol medication, is to maintain a strict diet which she is working very hard on, and is to return for more testing on December 15th.  She saw an orthopedic specialist, on November 5th, and was diagnosed with a strained or pulled rotator cuff. She was given an injection in her joint and was started on physical therapy. So far, she has completed 3 treatments, but pain in her shoulder is still waking her up during the night. She is to see her doctor again in 6 weeks and if not improved will have an MRI, and we pray. **>A dear lady endures much verbal abuse from her fatally ill husband who has a bad heart. For this situation, we pray. **<Homebound: **>One among us is disabled due to a previous stroke, and we pray. **<Identity Crisis: **>A dear, Christian grandmother continues to pray for her 16 year old granddaughter who is struggling with gender identity, and we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries: **>A dear wife continues to pray for her husband who had bleeding on the brain, and a mass behind the pharynx. He remains extremely weak and has a poor appetite. Too, the dear man has long suffered from vascular dementia, which is worsening, and PTSD; so the wife has much with which to contend, and we pray. **<One among us continues to have much back pain, difficulty walking, and suffers from high blood pressure. Because surgery would be too risky, her only relief is through medications and physical therapy. The dear lady is hopeful the pool at her winter residence will offer some relief. She will be gone until the month of May, and we pray. **<Just Whispering, “Jesus”: **>A wife prays for her dear husband who has been dealing with anger, plus other issues. The doctor put him on a different medication, and we pray.**<A dear mother prays for her mentally challenged adult son whose bad behavior may result in him getting evicted from his apartment, there are extenuating circumstances, and we pray. **<A dear mother prays for her adult daughter who is experiencing extreme fatigue, working a 3rd shift job, and unable to get up to care for an infant daughter during the day; there are extenuating circumstances, and we pray.**Life’s Needs: **<A dear mother prays for her son who has taken his entrance exams to get into college; and for good results we wait, and we pray.**<A dear man asks others to pray for him as he strives to transform into a better person, and we pray. **<Life’s Problems: **<One among us has been diagnosed with ADHD, holds down a full time job, and is suffering from fatigue and mental stress, and we pray.**<Making Progress: **< The dear couple who stepped out on faith, to ‘begin again’ continues in remodeling their newly acquired older home. They have also been working very hard to build up their online business, and are hopeful to be able to pay off one of their credit cards before Christmas, and for continued success, we pray. **<Marital Crisis:**< A dear man is having issues with his wife in deciding what to do about his current job situation; therein exists many unspoken needs, and we pray. **<There are several couples who are having difficulty in their marriages, and we pray. **<Marriage Plans: **<A dear couple has set a wedding date which is a year away, and we pray. **<Mental Health+: **<A dear grandmother continues to pray for her 20 year old granddaughter who has had mental problems, and we pray.+ >Also the grandmother asks prayer for the young lady’s parents who are involved in a cult, and we pray. **<Respiratory:**<For the many who are suffering with symptoms from colds, flu, and/or allergies, we pray.


**<SURGERIES/PRIOR: 

**:>Two sisters prayed for their 79 year old brother who had open heart/bypass surgery on Friday, November 16th. He had 5 bypasses, and for continued healing, we pray. **<A dear wife prayed for her husband who had a successful left knee replacement surgery on, Wednesday, November 14th; now is receiving physical therapy, and for continued healing, we pray.
**<A dear wife prays for her husband who returned to work this week after knee surgery which was done on August 29th. He continues to have problems with his knee, much stiffness; hopefully a recent injection will help, and we pray.  *>Remembering the dear 49 year old woman who had a total hysterectomy on Wednesday, October 31st, she is doing well; not having to use any pain medication, but is still experiencing some bladder issues and will be returning to the doctor tomorrow for follow up, and for continued healing, we pray. **Remembering the elderly lady who had a successful Bi-femoral artery bypass on the 17th; she is progressing well; however, there continues to be some minor problems with the wound on her foot, and for continued healing, we pray. **>A dear man is still recovering from “not so successful”, numerous eye surgeries, nothing more can be done at this time for his double vision. He also has Afib and will be consulting with the heart doctor at the end of the month. For answers and continued healing, we pray. **<Remembering the dear man who had knee surgery on September 11th. He remains hopeful that the continued physical therapy will help, but because of swelling he is having a difficult time bending his knee. He will again be seeing his surgeon at the end of the month, and for continued healing, we pray.

**>SURGERIES/UPCOMING:****<Another dear lady who has suffered with knee pain and endured painful injections is planning to have knee replacement surgery. She has an appointment to consult with a specialist on the 29th, 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 next week, November 28th, and we pray**>A dear widow is scheduled for a hip replacement in April, 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. **>This weekend a dear couple will be traveling out of town to visit family, and we pray.**<A dear lady is making plans to leave for out of state on the 26th. She and her husband do this every year, and for that upcoming trip, we pray. 


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

Advertisements

Devotions @ 3 on 11-17-18

3 a.m. prayer:

Most gracious heavenly Father,

Proverbs continues: righteous vs. wicked. IT’S EASY TO SPOT YOU in a CROWD! “A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims folly” (Proverbs 12:23). (A prudent man doesn’t go around showing off how much he knows. He modestly conceals his learning. But you aren’t long in the presence of fools before they reveal their foolishness.) A wise man can keep his mouth shut even when he knows more on a subject than anyone in the group. A fool cannot keep his mouth shut, even when he basically knows nothing, for his heart demands that he keep on with foolishness. A prudent man is wise and generally reserved. He knows when to do what, and how to do it. He has knowledge but does not easily share it. He speaks when he is spoken to but saves his opinion until asked, then cuts his words in half. He knows that it is better to listen than to speak. New Testament scripture says, “This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger, for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20).  That man is easy to spot in a crowd, for he will be carefully listening more than easily talking. But a fool has a fire in his heart that sets his tongue ablaze! This fire comes from hell (see James 3:1-12). The fool is also easy to spot in a crowd, for he cannot stop talking, and his words are obnoxious chattering of foolishness. Jesus said, all words come from the heart. “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil, for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart” (Luke 6:45). A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in airing his mistaken opinions, blurting out words that sound like wisdom to him alone, and displaying his ignorance. A fool quickly vents all his anger, but a wise man holds it back. A prudent man conceals his knowledge until the right opportunity to bring it forth presents itself. One can pick them out in a crowded room. Who are the prudent? Who are the fools?*****

//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.


Please Note: All who wish to continue having these devotions; and to receive via email, on the bottom right-hand side of this devotion click @: “Follow ”, and add your name and email address. Thank you to the ones who leave comments below and/or click on “Like”.


And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For anyone who is seeking wisdom from Above, we pray.


*>NEW Prayer Requests: *>We continue to remember those in the southwest where wildfires have killed so many people, and we pray.  

**<PREVIOUS Prayer Requests: <**Addiction: **<A dear mother prays for her son to be able to quit smoking. He has a hereditary condition which is further aggravated by smoking, and we pray. **< A dear mother prays for her son who is an alcoholic; he is also battling drug dependency, and we pray. **Aging:**>A friend prays for a friend’s 90 year old mother who sold her house and has settled into a temporary unit. She is on the waiting list at a senior living facility, and was hopeful to be in her permanent apartment before Christmas, but it may not be possible until after the first of the year, and we pray.**<Battling Cancer and/or Other Serious Disorders:**<A dear, elderly woman has brain cancer and is in a Hospice facility, and we pray. **>A friend prays for 4 of her friends who have cancer; 2 have stomach cancer and two have lung cancer, and we pray. **<Remembering the dear man who suffers with progressive kidney cancer. He has changed doctors and has begun a new treatment.  The dear man’s energy level continues to be very low; some days are better than others, and we pray;+> his sons are having a very difficult time with all of this, and we pray. **<We continue to lift up a dear lady who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. There have been no changes in her bloodwork or MRI; she continues to have chemotherapy, and other than weakness she is doing fairly well, and we pray. <**Battling Disease:**<A stepmother prays for her stepdaughter who has been diagnosed with stage 4 liver fibrosis. An endoscope will be done on December 20th to determine whether or not it’s weight related, or if the vessel or vein is enlarged or scarred, in which case she might need a transplant. The dear stepdaughter is very afraid, and we pray. ****<Chronic Pain:<**Some have overall, unexplained pain, others have pain in specific areas of their bodies, and we pray. **<A sister prays for her sister who gets little or no relief from medications for her chronic pain, and we pray. **<Epilepsy: **< A sister worries about her 64 year old brother with epilepsy who is lonesome and prone to drinking excessively; however, he is doing well, and for continued abstinence, we pray. **<Family Affairs: **<A dear mother is experiencing problems with jealousy issues between her two adult daughters, and we pray. **Financial +:**<Continuing to remember the elderly couple whose life-savings account is in jeopardy, they have ongoing problems with dementia, and we pray. **Fur Babies: UPDATE**<A dear lady prays for her beloved fur baby, the little dog had orthopedic surgery to repair a broken leg. The cast was taken off and staples were removed on Thursday which left the area raw; making it necessary for the pet to wear a cone for another week, and for continued healing, we pray. **//Grieving:**>This is a standing prayer. Although much time has passed, many continue to grieve over the deaths of their dearly beloved, departed family members. (Widows/widowers, parents, grandparents, siblings, and/or extended family) all silently missing the presence of their loved ones, and we pray. **>A dear lady and her 3 sisters need our prayers as they continue to grieve over the death of their dear 75 year old mother who passed away into glory on Wednesday after a long battle with PML Syndrome. A memorial service is planned for November 24th. Remembering, too, their dear father during this difficult time, and we pray.**<Health Issues/Problems:
*<A dear lady prays for her 90+ year old aunt who is in the hospital with internal bleeding. She has already received 3 units of blood, and for the bleeding to stop, we pray.**<A dear 70 year old man was diagnosed with pneumonia. He is presently on 2 different antibiotics, and we pray. **<An aunt prays for her niece who continues to have elevated blood pressure, and other symptoms. She saw her doctor on November 6th. An echo cardiogram is being scheduled and some more bloodwork. She has an appointment to see the specialist on December 4th, and we pray. **<A dear lady prays for others but has multiple health issues herself, and we pray. **:<Continuing to remember a dear lady with severe degenerative disease. She has begun physical and aquatic therapy; but continues to have much pain. She saw the nerve doctor/orthopedic surgeon and an MRI was done. She will return for results on December 10th, and we pray. **<Among us is a widow who continues to suffer from loneliness and chronic bouts of Diverticulitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and has difficulty sleeping, and we pray. **<Heart Related: **>Another dear sister prays for her brother who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta, has been receiving successful, monthly injections in which to shrink the tumor. His latest scan showed no growth, and for continued healing, we pray.**>A dear lady prays for her aged father who has an implanted defibrillator; he has some tests next week, and we pray. **<A wife continues to pray for her dear 80 year old husband whose heart function is at only 20%, nothing more can be done by the doctors. As a result, he is very depressed, discouraged, and we pray. **>A dear lady has been diagnosed with some heart abnormalities. She was put on cholesterol medication, is to maintain a strict diet which she is working very hard on, and is to return for more testing on December 15th.  She saw an orthopedic specialist, on November 5th, about her shoulder pain and immobility in her right arm; and was diagnosed with a strained or pulled rotator cuff. She was given an injection in her joint and was started on physical therapy. So far, she has completed 3 treatments, but pain in her shoulder is still waking her up during the night. She is to see her doctor again in 6 weeks and if not improved will have an MRI, and we pray. **>A dear lady endures much verbal abuse from her fatally ill husband who has a bad heart. For this situation and for her suffering husband, we pray. **<Homebound: **>One among us is disabled due to a previous stroke. Her leg is much better, the blistering has stopped; however, it remains red and rough, but no pain, burning or itching, and for continued healing, we pray. **<Identity Crisis: **>A dear, Christian grandmother continues to pray for her 16 year old granddaughter who is struggling with gender identity; the granddaughter is still wallowing in that lifestyle.  The granddaughter’s behavior has worsened, so much so, that her mother’s eyes were opened to her need for You, Lord. That mother is now attending church and is moving ahead spiritually; unfortunately, her husband still has no interest in attending church. The grandmother is looking forward to the holidays when she will have the opportunity to visit with all of them and share her faith. For continued healing and restoration of this family, we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries: **>A dear wife continues to pray for her husband who had bleeding on the brain, and a mass behind the pharynx. Still awaiting pathology results from the biopsy, which could take up to 2 weeks. Doctors have indicated he may have an infection in his bones. He remains extremely weak and has a poor appetite. Too, the dear man has long suffered from vascular dementia, which is worsening, and PTSD; so the wife has much with which to contend , and we pray. **>A dear man continues to pray for his 84 year old friend and neighbor who suffers from paralysis in his right leg, is doing much better, and for continued healing, we pray.**<An elderly woman who has many health problems asks prayer for her ‘whole body’, and we pray. **<One among us continues to have much back pain, difficulty walking, and suffers from high blood pressure. Because surgery would be too risky, her only relief is through medications and physical therapy. The dear lady is hopeful the pool at her winter residence will offer some relief. She will be gone until the month of May, and we pray. **<Just Whispering, “Jesus”: **>A wife prays for her dear husband who has been dealing with anger, plus other issues. The doctor put him on a different medication, and we pray.**<A dear mother prays for her mentally challenged adult son whose bad behavior may result in him getting evicted from his apartment, there are extenuating circumstances, and we pray. **<A dear mother prays for her adult daughter who is experiencing extreme fatigue, working a 3rd shift job, and unable to get up to care for an infant daughter during the day; there are extenuating circumstances, and we pray.**Life’s Needs: **<A dear mother prays for her son who has taken his entrance exams to get into college; and for good results we wait, and we pray.**<A dear man asks others to pray for him as he strives to transform into a better person, and we pray. **<Life’s Problems: **<One among us has been diagnosed with ADHD, holds down a full time job, and is suffering from fatigue and mental stress. She is unsure whether or not she can continue to hold up under the pressures of her demanding job. Although she would rather not, she may have to consider looking for another job, and we pray.**<Making Progress: **< The dear couple who stepped out on faith, to ‘begin again’ continues in remodeling their newly acquired older home. They have also been working very hard to build up their online business, and are hopeful to be able to pay off one of their credit cards before Christmas, and for continued success, we pray. **<Marital Crisis:**< A dear man is having issues with his wife in deciding what to do about his current job situation; therein exists many unspoken needs, and we pray. **<There are several couples who are having difficulty in their marriages, and we pray. **<Marriage Plans: **<A dear couple has set a wedding date which is a year away, and we pray. **<Mental Health+: **<A dear grandmother continues to pray for her 20 year old granddaughter who has had mental problems and was working at a strip club, but is no longer there. She has moved away from the area to dwell with her brother and his Christian wife who live out of state. The grandmother is trying to build a better relationship with her granddaughter through continued communication by staying in touch, and we pray.+ >Also the grandmother asks prayer for the young lady’s parents who are involved in a cult, and we pray. **<Respiratory:**<For the many who are suffering with symptoms from colds, flu, and/or allergies, we pray.


**<SURGERIES/PRIOR: 

**UPDATE:>Two sisters prayed for their 79 year old brother who had open heart/bypass surgery yesterday, November 16th. He had 5 bypasses; the surgery went well, and we rejoice, and for continued healing, we pray. **<A dear wife prayed for her husband who had a successful left knee replacement surgery on, Wednesday, November 14th. now at home, going for physical therapy, and for continued healing, we pray.
**<A dear wife prays for her husband who returned to work this week after knee surgery which was done on August 29th. He continues to have problems with his knee; hopefully a recent injection will help, and we pray.  *>Remembering the dear 49 year old woman who had a total hysterectomy on Wednesday, October 31st, she is doing well; not having to use any pain medication, but is still experiencing some bladder issues and will be returning to the doctor this coming Monday for follow up. She is expected to be off work for 3-8 weeks, and for continued healing, we pray. **Remembering the elderly lady who had a successful Bi-femoral artery bypass on the 17th; she is progressing well; however, there continues to be some minor problems with the wound on her foot. She is to continue going back to the clinic for another month, and for continued healing, we pray. **>A dear man is still recovering from “not so successful”, numerous eye surgeries, nothing more can be done at this time for his double vision. He also has Afib and will be consulting with the heart doctor at the end of the month. For answers and continued healing, we pray. **<Remembering the dear man who had knee surgery on September 11th. He remains hopeful that the continued physical therapy will help, but because of swelling he is having a difficult time bending his knee. He will again be seeing his surgeon at the end of the month, and for continued healing, we pray.

**>SURGERIES/UPCOMING:****<Another dear lady who has suffered with knee pain and endured painful injections is planning to have knee replacement surgery. She has an appointment to consult with a specialist on the 29th, 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**>A dear widow is scheduled for a hip replacement in April, 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. **>This weekend a dear couple will be traveling out of town to visit family, and we pray.**<A dear lady is making plans to leave for out of state on the 26th. She and her husband do this every year, and for that upcoming trip, we pray. 


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

Devotions @ 3 on 11-16-18

3 a.m. prayer:

Most gracious heavenly Father,

The book of Proverbs continues to compare righteous and wicked. HOW TO EASILY OBTAIN GOD’S FAVOR! “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal faithfully are His delight” (Proverbs 12:22). (God hates liars. One should be very careful about shading of the truth, white lies, exaggerations, and half-truths. A sure way of bringing delight to His heart is by being absolutely honest and trustworthy.) One can easily obtain God’s favor by honesty and truth. Simply speak the truth and be a man/woman of your word. In all your dealings, embrace honesty and integrity. In your speech and action, be honest. All conduct should be governed by integrity and sincerity. Say exactly what is right and true; reject exaggerating or modification of facts; be a person of perfect integrity in word and deed. Do you desire life; want to see good days? Will the Lord delight in you; does He hear your prayer? (See 1 Peter 3:10.) God promises blessings and favor to those who are totally honest and truthful. *****

//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.


Please Note: All who wish to continue having these devotions; and to receive via email, on the bottom right-hand side of this devotion click @: “Follow ”, and add your name and email address. Thank you to the ones who leave comments below and/or click on “Like”.


And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For anyone who has a habit of not telling the truth, the whole truth, we pray.


*>NEW Prayer Requests: *>We continue to remember those in the southwest where wildfires have killed so many people, and we pray. *>A dear lady prays for her 90+ year old aunt who is in the hospital with internal bleeding. She has already received 3 units of blood, and for the bleeding to stop, we pray. *>A dear wife prays for her husband who returned to work yesterday after knee surgery which was done on August 29th. He continues to have problems with his knee; hopefully a recent injection will help, and we pray.  

**<PREVIOUS Prayer Requests: <**Addiction: **<A dear mother prays for her son to be able to quit smoking. He has a hereditary condition which is further aggravated by smoking, and we pray. **< A dear mother prays for her son who is an alcoholic; he is also battling drug dependency, and we pray. **Aging:**>A friend prays for a friend’s 90 year old mother who sold her house and has settled into a temporary unit. She is on the waiting list at a senior living facility, and was hopeful to be in her permanent apartment before Christmas, but it may not be possible until after the first of the year, and we pray.**<Battling Cancer and/or Other Serious Disorders:**<A dear, elderly woman has brain cancer and is in a Hospice facility, and we pray. **>A friend prays for 4 of her friends who have cancer; 2 have stomach cancer and two have lung cancer, and we pray. **<Remembering the dear man who suffers with progressive kidney cancer. He has changed doctors;  last week started on a new treatment and has had no adverse side effects from it. The dear man’s energy level continues to be very low; some days are better than others, and we pray;+ his sons are having a very difficult time with all of this, and we pray. **<We continue to lift up a dear lady who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. There have been no changes in her bloodwork or MRI; she continues to have chemotherapy, and other than weakness she is doing fairly well, and we pray. <**Battling Disease:**<A stepmother prays for her stepdaughter who has been diagnosed with stage 4 liver fibrosis. An endoscope will be done on December 20th to determine whether or not it’s weight related, or if the vessel or vein is enlarged or scarred, in which case she might need a transplant. The dear stepdaughter is very afraid, and we pray. ****<Chronic Pain:<**Some have overall, unexplained pain, others have pain in specific areas of their bodies, and we pray. **<A sister prays for her sister who gets little or no relief from medications for her chronic pain, and we pray. **<Epilepsy: **< A sister worries about her 64 year old brother with epilepsy who is lonesome and prone to drinking excessively; however, he is doing well, and for continued abstinence, we pray. **<Family Affairs: **<A dear mother is experiencing problems with jealousy issues between her two adult daughters, and we pray. **Financial +:**<Continuing to remember the elderly couple whose life-savings account is in jeopardy, they have ongoing problems with dementia, and we pray. **Fur Babies: UPDATE**<A dear lady prays for her beloved fur baby, the little dog had orthopedic surgery to repair a broken leg. The cast was taken off and staples were removed yesterday, and we rejoice; and for continued healing, we pray. **//Grieving:**>This is a standing prayer. Although much time has passed, many continue to grieve over the deaths of their dearly beloved, departed family members. (Widows/widowers, parents, grandparents, siblings, and/or extended family) all silently missing the presence of their loved ones, and we pray. **UPDATE:>A dear lady and her 3 sisters need our prayers as they continue to grieve over the death of their dear 75 year old mother who passed away into glory on Wednesday after a long battle with PML Syndrome. A memorial service is planned for November 24th. Remembering, too, their dear father during this difficult time, and we pray.**<Health Issues/Problems: **<A dear 70 year old man had been running a high temperature for several days; he finally went to the doctor and was diagnosed with pneumonia. He is presently on 2 different antibiotics, and we pray.**UPDATE:>One among us has had recurring muscle spasms in her leg, but they are now better, and we rejoice, and for continued healing, we pray. **<An aunt prays for her niece who continues to have elevated blood pressure, and other symptoms. She saw her doctor on November 6th. An echo cardiogram is being scheduled and some more bloodwork. She has an appointment to see the specialist on December 4th, and we pray. **<A dear lady prays for others but has multiple health issues herself, and we pray. **:<Continuing to remember a dear lady with severe degenerative disease. She has begun physical and aquatic therapy; but continues to have much pain. She has an upcoming sleep study. She saw the nerve doctor/orthopedic surgeon and an MRI was done. She will return for results on December 10th, and we pray. **<Among us is a widow who continues to suffer from loneliness and chronic bouts of Diverticulitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and has difficulty sleeping, and we pray. **<Heart Related: **>Another dear sister prays for her brother who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta, has been receiving successful, monthly injections in which to shrink the tumor. His latest scan showed no growth, and for continued healing, we pray.**>A dear lady prays for her aged father who has an implanted defibrillator; he has some upcoming tests, and we pray. **<A wife continues to pray for her dear 80 year old husband whose heart function is at only 20%, nothing more can be done by the doctors. As a result, he is very depressed, discouraged, and we pray. **UPDATE:>A dear lady has been diagnosed with some heart abnormalities. She was put on cholesterol medication, is to maintain a strict diet which she is working very hard on, and is to return for more testing on December 15th.  She saw an orthopedic specialist, on November 5th, about her shoulder pain and immobility in her right arm; and was diagnosed with a strained or pulled rotator cuff. She was given an injection in her joint and was started on physical therapy. So far, she has completed 3 treatments, but pain in her shoulder is still waking her up during the night. She is to see her doctor again in 6 weeks and if not improved will have an MRI, and we pray. **>A dear lady endures much verbal abuse from her fatally ill husband who has a bad heart. For this situation and for her suffering husband, we pray. **<Homebound: **>One among us is disabled due to a previous stroke. Her leg is much better, the blistering has stopped; however, it remains red and rough, but no pain, burning or itching, and for continued healing, we pray. **<Identity Crisis: **>A dear, Christian grandmother continues to pray for her 16 year old granddaughter who is struggling with gender identity; the granddaughter is still wallowing in that lifestyle.  The granddaughter’s behavior has worsened, so much so, that her mother’s eyes were opened to her need for You, Lord. That mother is now attending church and is moving ahead spiritually; unfortunately, her husband still has no interest in attending church. The grandmother is looking forward to the holidays when she will have the opportunity to visit with all of them and share her faith. For continued healing and restoration of this family, we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries: **UPDATE:>A dear wife continues to pray for her husband who had bleeding on the brain, and a mass behind the pharynx. Still awaiting pathology results from the biopsy, which could take up to 2 weeks. Doctors have indicated he may have an infection in his bones. He remains extremely weak and has a poor appetite. Too, the dear man has long suffered from vascular dementia, which is worsening, and PTSD; so the wife has much with which to contend , and we pray. **>A dear man continues to pray for his 84 year old friend and neighbor who suffers from paralysis in his right leg, is doing much better, and for continued healing, we pray.**<An elderly woman who has many health problems asks prayer for her ‘whole body’, and we pray. **<One among us continues to have much back pain, difficulty walking, and suffers from high blood pressure. Because surgery would be too risky, her only relief is through medications and physical therapy. The dear lady is hopeful the pool at her winter residence will offer some relief. She will be gone until the month of May, and we pray. **<Just Whispering, “Jesus”: **>A wife prays for her dear husband who has been dealing with anger, plus other issues. The doctor put him on a different medication, and we pray.**<A dear mother prays for her mentally challenged adult son whose bad behavior may result in him getting evicted from his apartment, there are extenuating circumstances, and we pray. **<A dear mother prays for her adult daughter who is experiencing extreme fatigue, working a 3rd shift job, and unable to get up to care for an infant daughter during the day; there are extenuating circumstances, and we pray.**Life’s Needs: **<A dear mother prays for her son who has taken his entrance exams to get into college;, and for good results we wait, and we pray.**<A dear man asks others to pray for him as he strives to transform into a better person, and we pray. **<Life’s Problems: **<One among us has been diagnosed with ADHD, holds down a full time job, and is suffering from fatigue and mental stress. She is unsure whether or not she can continue to hold up under the pressures of her demanding job. Although she would rather not, she may have to consider looking for another job, and we pray.**<Making Progress: **< The dear couple who stepped out on faith, to ‘begin again’ continues in remodeling their newly acquired older home. They have also been working very hard to build up their online business, and are hopeful to be able to pay off one of their credit cards before Christmas, and for continued success, we pray. **<Marital Crisis:**< A dear man is having issues with his wife in deciding what to do about his current job situation; therein exists many unspoken needs, and we pray. **<There are several couples who are having difficulty in their marriages, and we pray. **<Marriage Plans: **<A dear couple has set a wedding date which is a year away, and we pray. **<Mental Health+: **<A dear grandmother continues to pray for her 20 year old granddaughter who has had mental problems and was working at a strip club, but is no longer there. She has moved away from the area to dwell with her brother and his Christian wife who live out of state. The grandmother is trying to build a better relationship with her granddaughter through continued communication by staying in touch, and we pray.+ >Also the grandmother asks prayer for the young lady’s parents who are involved in a cult, and we pray. **<Respiratory:**<For the many who are suffering with symptoms from colds, flu, and/or allergies, we pray.


**<SURGERIES/PRIOR: 
**>A dear wife prayed for her husband who had a successful left knee replacement surgery on, Wednesday, November 14th. He was released from the hospital yesterday and will go for physical therapy today. For continued healing, we pray.**>Remembering the dear 49 year old woman who had a total hysterectomy on Wednesday, October 31st, she is doing well; not having to use any pain medication, but is still experiencing some bladder issues and will be returning to the doctor on Monday for follow up. She is expected to be off work for 3-8 weeks, and for continued healing, we pray. **Remembering the elderly lady who had a successful Bi-femoral artery bypass on the 17th; she is progressing well; however, there continues to be some minor problems with the wound on her foot. She is to continue going back to the clinic for another month, and for continued healing, we pray. **>A dear man is still recovering from “not so successful”, numerous eye surgeries, nothing more can be done at this time for his double vision. He also has Afib and will be consulting with the heart doctor at the end of the month. For answers and continued healing, we pray. **<Remembering the dear man who had knee surgery on September 11th. He remains hopeful that the continued physical therapy will help, but because of swelling he is having a difficult time bending his knee. He will again be seeing his surgeon at the end of the month, and for continued healing, we pray.

**>SURGERIES/UPCOMING:**Two sisters pray for their 79 year old brother who is scheduled for open heart/bypass surgery today, November 16th, and we pray. **<Another dear lady who has suffered with knee pain and endured painful injections is planning to have knee replacement surgery. She has an appointment to consult with a specialist on the 29th, 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**>A dear widow is scheduled for a hip replacement in April, 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. **>This weekend a dear couple will be traveling out of town to visit family, and we pray.**<A dear lady is making plans to leave for out of state on the 26th. She and her husband do this every year, and for that upcoming trip, we pray. **PRAISES:>A dear lady who has been out of state on a work-related trip, returned safely home yesterday, and we rejoice.


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

Devotions @ 3 on 11-15-18

3 a.m. prayer:

Most gracious heavenly Father,

Proverbs continues to provide wisdom on right and wrong. REWARDS for JUST MEN “No harm befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble” (Proverbs 12:21). (In a general sense, it is true that no grave trouble happens to the righteous; however, this is not a rule without exception. What is true without exception is that the just are preserved from the evil consequences that follow the behavior of the wicked. The wicked get plenty of this type of trouble.) The wicked seem to get away with sin but only for a little while. Sin does not pay and the choice to do so will result in punishment. Choose to sin, choose to suffer! However, there is a reward for just (righteous) men – they will be sheltered from trouble. There is a force at work – GOD. He will not allow sinners to get away with sin. The way of the transgressor is hard (Proverbs 13:15); their paths are like a hedge of thorns and snares (Proverbs 15:19; 22:5). But a man keeping his soul by holy living avoids these problems (Proverbs 16:17; 19:16; 22:5). Choose this day to serve Him with your whole heart.

,

//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.
Please Note: All who wish to continue having these devotions; and to receive via email, on the bottom right-hand side of this devotion click @: “Follow ”, and add your name and email address. Thank you to the ones who leave comments below and/or click on “Like”.


And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For anyone who is struggling through life, we pray.


*>NEW Prayer Requests: *>We continue to remember those in the southwest where wildfires have killed so many people , and we pray. *>Praises: Yesterday a dear lady received favorable results after praying for an important request, and we rejoice. 

**<PREVIOUS Prayer Requests: <**Addiction: **<A dear mother prays for her son to be able to quit smoking. He has a hereditary condition which is further aggravated by smoking, and we pray. **< A dear mother prays for her son who is an alcoholic; he is also battling drug dependency, and we pray. **Aging:**>A friend prays for a friend’s 90 year old mother who sold her house and has settled into a temporary unit. She is on the waiting list at a senior living facility, and was hopeful to be in her permanent apartment before Christmas, but it may not be possible until after the first of the year, and we pray.**<Battling Cancer and/or Other Serious Disorders:**<A dear, elderly woman has brain cancer and is in a Hospice facility, and we pray. **UPDATE/CONDOLENCES:>A dear lady and her 3 sisters need our prayers as they are now grieving the death of their dear mother who yesterday passed away into glory after a long battle with PML Syndrome. Remembering, too, their dear father during this difficult time, and we pray.**>A friend prays for 4 of her friends who have cancer; 2 have stomach cancer and two have lung cancer, and we pray. **UPDATE>Remembering the dear man who suffers with progressive kidney cancer. He has changed doctors;  last week started on a new treatment and has had no adverse side effects from it. The dear man’s energy level continues to be very low; some days are better than others, and we pray;+ his sons are having a very difficult time with all of this, and we pray. **UPDATE>We continue to lift up a dear lady who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. There have been no changes in her bloodwork or MRI; continues to have chemotherapy, and other than weakness she is doing fairly well, and we pray. <**Battling Disease:**<A stepmother prays for her stepdaughter who has been diagnosed with stage 4 liver fibrosis. An endoscope will be done on December 20th to determine whether or not it’s weight related, or if the vessel or vein is enlarged or scarred, in which case she might need a transplant. The dear stepdaughter is very afraid, and we pray. ****<Chronic Pain:<**Some have overall, unexplained pain, others have pain in specific areas of their bodies, and we pray. **<A sister prays for her sister who gets little or no relief from medications for her chronic pain, and we pray. **<Epilepsy: **< A sister worries about her 64 year old brother with epilepsy who is lonesome and prone to drinking excessively; however, he is doing well, and for continued abstinence, we pray. **<Family Affairs: **<A dear mother is experiencing problems with jealousy issues between her two adult daughters, and we pray. **Financial +:**<Continuing to remember the elderly couple whose life-savings account is in jeopardy, they have ongoing problems with dementia, and we pray. **Fur Babies: UPDATE**<A dear lady prays for her beloved fur baby, the little dog had orthopedic surgery to repair a broken leg and remains in a cast, adjusting well, and for continued healing, we pray. **//Grieving:**>This is a standing prayer. Although much time has passed, many continue to grieve over the deaths of their dearly beloved, departed family members. (Widows/widowers, parents, grandparents, siblings, and/or extended family) all silently missing the presence of their loved ones, and we pray. **<Health Issues/Problems: **UPDATE>A dear 70 year old man has been running a temperature for several days; he finally went to the doctor yesterday after his temperature reached 102 degrees, and was diagnosed with pneumonia. He is presently on 2 different antibiotics, and we pray.**<One among us is having recurring muscle spasms in her leg, and we pray. **<An aunt prays for her niece who continues to have elevated blood pressure, and other symptoms. She saw her doctor on November 6th. An echo cardiogram is being scheduled and some more bloodwork. She has an appointment to see the specialist on December 4th, and we pray. **<A dear lady prays for others but has multiple health issues herself, and we pray. **UPDATE:>Continuing to remember a dear lady with severe degenerative disease. She has begun physical and aquatic therapy; but continues to have much pain. She has an upcoming sleep study. She saw the nerve doctor/orthopedic surgeon and an MRI was done. She will return for results on December 10th, and we pray. **<Among us is a widow who continues to suffer from loneliness and chronic bouts of Diverticulitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and has difficulty sleeping, and we pray. **<Heart Related: **>Another dear sister prays for her brother who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta, has been receiving successful, monthly injections in which to shrink the tumor. His latest scan showed no growth, and for continued healing, we pray.**>A dear lady prays for her aged father who has an implanted defibrillator; he has some upcoming tests, and we pray. **<A wife continues to pray for her dear 80 year old husband whose heart function is at only 20%, nothing more can be done by the doctors. As a result, he is very depressed, discouraged, and we pray. **UPDATE NEEDED:>A dear lady has been diagnosed with some heart abnormalities. She has been put on cholesterol medication, is to maintain a strict diet, and return for more testing on December 15th. Her doctor has also ordered a sleep apnea test. She saw an orthopedic specialist, on November 5th, about her shoulder pain and immobility in her right arm; and was diagnosed with a strained or pulled rotator cuff. She was given an injection in her joint and was started on physical therapy. She is to see her doctor again in 6 weeks and if not improved will have an MRI, and we pray. **>A dear lady endures much verbal abuse from her fatally ill husband who has a bad heart. For this situation and for her suffering husband, we pray. **<Homebound: **UPDATE **>One among us is disabled due to a previous stroke. Her leg is much better, the blistering has stopped; however, it remains red and rough, but no pain, burning or itching, and for continued healing, we pray. **<Identity Crisis: **>A dear, Christian grandmother continues to pray for her 16 year old granddaughter who is struggling with gender identity; the granddaughter is still wallowing in that lifestyle which has affected the entire immediate and extended family; some have begun attending bible study. The granddaughter’s behavior has worsened, so much so, that her mother’s eyes were opened to her need for You, Lord. That mother is now attending church and is moving ahead spiritually; unfortunately, her husband still has no interest in attending church. The grandmother is looking forward to the holidays when she will have the opportunity to visit with all of them and share her faith. For continued healing and restoration of this family, we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries: **UPDATE NEEDED:>A dear wife continues to pray for her husband who had bleeding on the brain, and a mass behind the pharynx. Still awaiting pathology results from the biopsy, which could take up to 2 weeks. Doctors now think he may have an infection in his bones. Too, the dear man has long suffered from vascular dementia and PTSD; so the wife has much with which to contend , and we pray. **UPDATE:>A dear man continues to pray for his 84 year old friend and neighbor who suffers from paralysis in his right leg, is doing much better, and for continued healing, we pray.**<An elderly woman who has many health problems asks prayer for her ‘whole body’, and we pray. **<One among us continues to have much back pain, difficulty walking, and suffers from high blood pressure. Because surgery would be too risky, her only relief is through medications and physical therapy. The dear lady is hopeful the pool at her winter residence will offer some relief. She will be gone until the month of May, and we pray. **<Just Whispering, “Jesus”: **>A wife prays for her dear husband who has been dealing with anger, plus other issues. The doctor put him on a different medication and he is experiencing dizziness and other adverse reactions, and we pray.**<A dear mother prays for her mentally challenged adult son whose bad behavior may result in him getting evicted from his apartment, there are extenuating circumstances, and we pray. **<A dear mother prays for her adult daughter who is experiencing extreme fatigue, working a 3rd shift job, and unable to get up to care for an infant daughter during the day; there are extenuating circumstances, and we pray.**Life’s Needs: **<A dear mother prays for her son who has taken his entrance exams to get into college;, and for good results we wait, and we pray.**<A dear man asks others to pray for him as he humbly strives to transform into a better person, and we pray. **<Life’s Problems: **<One among us has been diagnosed with ADHD, holds down a full time job, and is suffering from fatigue and mental stress. She is unsure whether or not she can continue to hold up under the pressures of her demanding job. Although she would rather not, she may have to consider looking for another job, and we pray.**<Making Progress: **< The dear couple who stepped out on faith, to ‘begin again’ continues in remodeling their newly acquired older home. They have also been working very hard to build up their online business, and are hopeful to be able to pay off one of their credit cards before Christmas, and for continued success, we pray. **<Marital Crisis:**< A dear man is having issues with his wife in deciding what to do about his current job situation; therein exists many unspoken needs, and we pray. **<There are several couples who are having difficulty in their marriages, and we pray. **<Marriage Plans: **<A dear couple has set a wedding date which is a year away, and we pray. **<Mental Health+: **<A dear grandmother continues to pray for her 20 year old granddaughter who has had mental problems and was working at a strip club, but is no longer there. She has moved away from the area to dwell with her brother and his Christian wife who live out of state. The grandmother is trying to build a better relationship with her granddaughter through continued communication by staying in touch, and we pray.+ >Also the grandmother asks prayer for the young lady’s parents who are involved in a cult, and we pray. **<Respiratory:**<For the many who are suffering with symptoms from colds, flu, and/or allergies, we pray.


**<SURGERIES/PRIOR: 
**UPDATE:>A dear wife prayed for her husband who had a successful left knee replacement surgery yesterday, Wednesday, November 14th, and we rejoice, he will be released from the hospital today; and for continued healing and the start of physical therapy, we pray.**UPDATE*>Remembering the dear 49 year old woman who had a total hysterectomy on Wednesday, October 31st, she is doing well; not having to use any pain medication, but is still experiencing some bladder issues and will be returning to the doctor on Monday for follow up. She is expected to be off work for 3-8 weeks, and for continued healing, we pray. **Remembering the elderly lady who had a successful Bi-femoral artery bypass on the 17th; she is progressing well; however, there continues to be some minor problems with the wound on her foot. She is to continue going back to the clinic for another month, and for continued healing, we pray. **>A dear man is still recovering from “not so successful”, numerous eye surgeries, nothing more can be done at this time for his double vision. He also has Afib and will be consulting with the heart doctor at the end of the month. For answers and continued healing, we pray. **<Remembering the dear man who had knee surgery on September 11th. He remains hopeful that the continued physical therapy will help, but because of swelling he is having a difficult time bending his knee. He will again be seeing his surgeon at the end of the month, and for continued healing, we pray.

**>SURGERIES/UPCOMING:**UPDATE:>**A sister prays for her 79 year old brother who is scheduled for open heart/bypass surgery tomorrow, November 16th, and we pray.**>A dear widow is scheduled for a hip replacement in April, and we pray. **<Another dear lady who has suffered with knee pain and endured painful injections is planning to have knee replacement surgery. She has an appointment to consult with a specialist on the 29th, 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**>A dear widow is scheduled for a hip replacement in April, and we pray. **<Another dear lady who has suffered with knee pain and endured painful injections is planning to have knee replacement surgery. She has an appointment to consult with a specialist on the 29th, 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. **>This weekend a dear couple will be traveling out of town to visit family, and we pray.**<A dear lady is making plans to leave for out of state on the 26th. She and her husband do this every year, and for that upcoming trip, we pray. **:>A dear lady who has been out of state on a work-related trip, will be returning home today, and for her continued safety, we pray.


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

Devotions @ 3 on 11-14-18

3 a.m. prayer:

Most gracious heavenly Father,

Continuing to look at Proverbs: righteous vs. wicked. IMAGINE THIS! “Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but counselors of peace have joy” (Proverbs 12:20). (Treachery fills the heart of those who plan wickedness. Joy fills the heart of those who pursue peace.) Those who imagine evil against others are liars and will be punished for it. It begins in the heart with evil thoughts about other people. Rather than dealing honestly and truthfully with others best interests in mind, there will be bitter resentment, hateful envy, corrupt dealings and lies to pursue a wicked agenda; with the use of deceit, corruption, theft, and/or hurtful words. Take a look at what will happen if one harbors envy or strife in your heart. (See James 3:14-16; 4:16-17.) Righteous men pursue peace with their words and advice. They use truth to heal and strengthen; they desire good and peace. God will bless them with joy and happy lives. May peace and unity be with you, my friend. *****

//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.
Please Note: All who wish to continue having these devotions; and to receive via email, on the bottom right-hand side of this devotion click @: “Follow ”, and add your name and email address. Thank you to the ones who leave comments below and/or click on “Like”.
And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For anyone who is being adversely influenced by peer pressure, we pray.
*>NEW Prayer Requests: *>We continue to remember those in the southwest where wild fires have killed so many people. As families desperately search, they need word of their loved ones whereabouts, and we pray. *>A dear lady asks prayer for an important request; she will know the results in 5-10 days, and we pray. *>A little girl ,who is in 1st grade at school, has a sinus infection, and we pray.
**<PREVIOUS Prayer Requests: <**Addiction: **<A dear mother prays for her son to be able to quit smoking. He has a hereditary condition which is further aggravated by smoking, and we pray. **< A dear mother prays for her son who is an alcoholic; he is also battling drug dependency, and we pray. **Aging:**>A friend prays for a friend’s 90 year old mother who sold her house and has settled into a temporary unit. She is on the waiting list at a senior living facility, and was hopeful to be in her permanent apartment before Christmas, but it may not be possible until after the first of the year, and we pray.**<Battling Cancer and/or Other Serious Disorders:**<A dear, elderly woman has brain cancer and is in a Hospice facility, and we pray. **<A dear lady and her 3 sisters, are praying and keeping vigil at the bedside of their precious mother who has PML Syndrome; a very serious condition which attacks the brain and destroys the myelin sheath. They are also trying to help and comfort their aged father deal with what is happening with his wife. Care for the dear mother is also being provided in the home, by Hospice, and we pray.**>A friend prays for 4 of her friends who have cancer; 2 have stomach cancer and two have lung cancer, and we pray. **>Remembering the dear man who suffers with progressive kidney cancer. The dear man’s energy level is very low, and we pray;+ his sons are having a very difficult time with all of this, and we pray. **<We continue to lift up a dear lady who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and we pray. <**Battling Disease:**<A stepmother prays for her stepdaughter who has been diagnosed with stage 4 liver fibrosis. An endoscope will be done on December 20th to determine whether or not it’s weight related, or if the vessel or vein is enlarged or scarred, in which case she might need a transplant. The dear stepdaughter is very afraid, and we pray. ****<Chronic Pain:<**Some have overall, unexplained pain, others have pain in specific areas of their bodies, and we pray. **<A sister prays for her sister who gets little or no relief from medications for her chronic pain, and we pray. **<Epilepsy: **< A sister worries about her 64 year old brother with epilepsy who is lonesome and prone to drinking excessively; however, he is doing well, and for continued abstinence, we pray. **<Family Affairs: **<A dear mother is experiencing problems with jealousy issues between her two adult daughters, and we pray. **Financial +:**<Continuing to remember the elderly couple whose life-savings account is in jeopardy, they have ongoing problems with dementia, and we pray. **Fur Babies: UPDATE**<A dear lady prays for her beloved fur baby, the little dog had orthopedic surgery to repair a broken leg and remains in a cast, adjusting well, and for continued healing, we pray. **//Grieving:**>This is a standing prayer. Although much time has passed, many continue to grieve over the deaths of their dearly beloved, departed family members. (Widows/widowers, parents, grandparents, siblings, and/or extended family) all silently missing the presence of their loved ones, and we pray. **<Health Issues/Problems: **<A dear 70 year old man has been running a temperature for several days; he may have pneumonia, and we pray.**<One among us is having recurring muscle spasms in her leg, and we pray. **<An aunt prays for her niece who continues to have elevated blood pressure, and other symptoms. She saw her doctor on November 6th. An echo cardiogram is being scheduled and some more bloodwork. She has an appointment to see the specialist on December 4th, and we pray. **<A dear lady prays for others but has multiple health issues herself, and we pray. **UPDATE:>Continuing to remember a dear lady with severe degenerative disease. She has begun physical and aquatic therapy; but continues to have much pain. She has an upcoming sleep study. She saw the nerve doctor/orthopedic surgeon and an MRI was done yesterday. She will return for results on December 10th, and we pray. **<Among us is a widow who continues to suffer from loneliness and chronic bouts of Diverticulitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and has difficulty sleeping, and we pray. **<Heart Related:**UPDATE:>**A sister prays for her 79 year old brother who had a heart catherization yesterday, Tuesday, November 13th. Apparently there was evidence of a major blockage, he will soon be scheduled for open heart surgery, and we pray. **>Another dear sister prays for her brother who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta, has been receiving successful, monthly injections in which to shrink the tumor. His latest scan showed no growth, and for continued healing, we pray.**<UPDATE:>A dear lady prays for her aged father who has an implanted defibrillator which has not gone off since his wife’s health has improved; it is believed that previous activity was stress related. He has some upcoming tests, and we pray. **<A wife continues to pray for her dear 80 year old husband whose heart function is at only 20%, nothing more can be done by the doctors. As a result, he is very depressed, discouraged, and we pray. **<A dear lady has been diagnosed with some heart abnormalities. She has been put on cholesterol medication, is to maintain a strict diet, and return for more testing on December 15th. Her doctor has also ordered a sleep apnea test. She saw an orthopedic specialist, on November 5th, about her shoulder pain and immobility in her right arm; and was diagnosed with a strained or pulled rotator cuff. She was given an injection in her joint and was started on physical therapy. She is to see her doctor again in 6 weeks and if not improved will have an MRI, and we pray. **UPDATE:>A dear lady endures much verbal abuse from her fatally ill husband who has a bad heart. The dear lady does not let it get her down; she understands and accepts that her husband’s bad attitude is directly related to his condition which will not change. She continues to keep herself busy doing volunteer work at a local animal shelter. For this situation and for her suffering husband, we pray. **<Help Needed:**<A dear lady, whose husband has recently passed away, desperately needs to find a job with insurance benefits, and we pray.**<Homebound: **>One among us is disabled due to a previous stroke. Her leg is improving with less blistering; however, she continues to have inflammation and swelling, and for continued healing, we pray. **<Identity Crisis: **>A dear, Christian grandmother continues to pray for her 16 year old granddaughter who is struggling with gender identity; the granddaughter is still wallowing in that lifestyle which has affected the entire immediate and extended family; some have begun attending bible study. The granddaughter’s behavior has worsened, so much so, that her mother’s eyes were opened to her need for You, Lord. That mother is now attending church and is moving ahead spiritually; unfortunately, her husband still has no interest in attending church. The grandmother is looking forward to the holidays when she will have the opportunity to visit with all of them and share her faith. For continued healing and restoration of this family, we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries: **<A dear wife continues to pray for her husband who had bleeding on the brain, and a mass behind the pharynx. Still awaiting pathology results from the biopsy, which could take up to 2 weeks. Doctors now think he may have an infection in his bones. Too, the dear man has long suffered from vascular dementia and PTSD; so the wife has much with which to contend , and we pray. **<A dear man continues to pray for his 84 year old friend and neighbor who suffers from paralysis in his right leg, and for continued healing, we pray.**<An elderly woman who has many health problems asks prayer for her ‘whole body’, and we pray. **UPDATE:>One among us continues to have much back pain, difficulty walking, and suffers from high blood pressure. Because surgery would be too risky, her only relief is through medications and physical therapy. The dear lady spends her winters in Florida where she arrived yesterday, and is hopeful the pool at her winter residence will offer some relief. She will be at her winter home until the month of May, and we pray. **<Just Whispering, “Jesus”: **>A wife prays for her dear husband who has been dealing with anger, plus other issues. The doctor put him on a different medication and he is experiencing dizziness and other adverse reactions, and we pray.**<A dear mother prays for her mentally challenged adult son whose bad behavior may result in him getting evicted from his apartment, there are extenuating circumstances, and we pray. **<A dear mother prays for her adult daughter who is experiencing extreme fatigue, working a 3rd shift job, and unable to get up to care for an infant daughter during the day; there are extenuating circumstances, and we pray.**Life’s Needs: **<A dear mother prays for her son who has taken his entrance exams to get into college;, and for good results we wait, and we pray.**<A dear man asks others to pray for him as he humbly strives to transform into a better person, and we pray. **<Life’s Problems:**<A dear man is still in need of a job, and we pray. **>The parents of a precious 2 1/2 year old girl are concerned that she is not yet talking. They have consulted a specialist, and their daughter had her first therapy session on Monday, and we pray. **<One among us has been diagnosed with ADHD, holds down a full time job, puts in long hours, and is suffering from fatigue and mental stress. She is unsure whether or not she can continue to hold up under the pressures of her demanding job. Although she would rather not, she may have to consider looking for another job, and we pray.**<Making Progress: **< The dear couple who stepped out on faith, to ‘begin again’ continues in remodeling their newly acquired older home. They have also been working very hard to build up their online business, and are hopeful to be able to pay off one of their credit cards before Christmas, and for continued success, we pray. **<Marital Crisis:**< A dear man is having issues with his wife in deciding what to do about his current job situation; therein exists many unspoken needs, and we pray. **<There are several couples who are having difficulty in their marriages, and we pray. **<Marriage Plans: **<A dear couple has set a wedding date which is a year away, and we pray. **<Mental Health+: **<A dear lady prays for her friend whose grandson tried to commit suicide. He has been admitted to a mental health facility, and we pray. +and for his family, we pray. **<A dear grandmother continues to pray for her 20 year old granddaughter who has had mental problems and was working at a strip club, but is no longer there. She has moved away from the area to dwell with her brother and his Christian wife who live out of state. The grandmother is trying to build a better relationship with her granddaughter through continued communication by staying in touch, and we pray.+ >Also the grandmother asks prayer for the young lady’s parents who are involved in a cult, and we pray. **<Respiratory:**<For the many who are suffering with symptoms from colds, flu, and/or allergies, we pray.
**<SURGERIES/PRIOR:**<Remembering the dear 49 year old woman who had a total hysterectomy on Wednesday, October 31st, she is doing well. She is expected to be off work for 3-8 weeks, and for continued healing, we pray. **UPDATE:>Remembering the elderly lady who had a successful Bi-femoral artery bypass on the 17th; she is progressing well; however, there continues to be some minor problems with the wound on her foot. She is to continue going back to the clinic for another month, and for continued healing, we pray. **<UPDATE:>**>A dear man is still recovering from “not so successful” numerous eye surgeries, nothing more can be done at this time for his double vision. He also has Afib and will be consulting with the heart doctor at the end of the month. For answers and continued healing, we pray. **<Remembering the dear man who had knee surgery on September 11th. He remains hopeful that the continued physical therapy will help, but because of swelling he is having a difficult time bending his knee. He will again be seeing his surgeon at the end of the month, and for continued healing, we pray.
**<SURGERIES/UPCOMING: **<A dear wife prays for her husband as he prepares to have left knee replacement surgery today, Wednesday, November 14th, and we pray. **>A dear widow is scheduled for a hip replacement in April, and we pray. **<Another dear lady who has suffered with knee pain and endured painful injections is planning to have knee replacement surgery. She has an appointment to consult with a specialist on the 29th, 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. **<A dear lady is making plans to leave for out of state on the 26th. She and her husband do this every year, and for that upcoming trip, we pray. **UPDATE:>A dear lady who has been out of state on a work-related trip, will be returning home tomorrow, and for her continued safety, we pray. **>PRAISES:>**Yesterday a dear lady travelled a great distance to get to the airport where she boarded an evening flight toward her winter home. She arrived safely, and we rejoice.
For these and the many unspoken requests we pray all in Jesus name. Lord bless our homes. AMEN

Devotions @ 3 on 11-13-18

3 a.m. prayer:

Most gracious heavenly Father,

Continuing in Proverbs: right vs wrong. DO THIS and THERE’S NO NEED to WORRY! “Truthful lips will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only for a moment” (Proverbs 12:19). (Truth is eternal. A lying tongue lasts as long as a wink.) God looks after those who love the truth and speak the truth; under His blessing they will be established forever. The lying tongue may continue to utter its falsehood for long years by the calendars of men, but when placing those years next to God’s calendar, they are as a moment, as nothing. If one lies they will have to tell more lies to cover up the first, and will eventually be discovered; the net result will prove him a fool.  But one who tells the truth never needs to worry about being discovered; others will trust and respect an honest man. Always tell the truth.  The New Testament says: “Never pay back evil for evil to anyone; respect what is right in the sight of all men” (Romans 12:17). Provide things honest before all men. Christians unite:”…for we have regard for what is honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men” (11Corinthians 8:21). Honesty and truth are wonderful. *****

//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.
Please Note: All who wish to continue having these devotions; and to receive via email, on the bottom right-hand side of this devotion click @: “Follow ”, and add your name and email address. Thank you to the ones who leave comments below and/or click on “Like”.
And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For anyone who has had the habit of lying and is now striving to do right, we pray.
*>NEW Prayer Requests: *>We remember those in the southwest where wild fires have killed at least 31 people. As families desperately search, they need word of their loved ones whereabouts, and we pray. *>A wife prays for her dear husband who has been dealing with anger issues. The doctor put him on a different medication, and we pray.
**<PREVIOUS Prayer Requests: <**Addiction: **<A dear mother prays for her son to be able to quit smoking. He has a hereditary condition which is further aggravated by smoking, and we pray. **< A dear mother prays for her son who is an alcoholic; he is also battling drug dependency, and we pray. **Aging:**>A friend prays for a friend’s 90 year old mother who sold her house and has settled into a temporary unit. She is on the waiting list at a senior living facility, and was hopeful to be in her permanent apartment before Christmas, but it may not be possible until after the first of the year, and we pray.**<Battling Cancer and/or Other Serious Disorders:**<A dear, elderly woman has brain cancer and is in a Hospice facility, and we pray. **<A dear lady and her 3 sisters, are praying and keeping vigil at the bedside of their precious mother who has PML Syndrome; a very serious condition which attacks the brain and destroys the myelin sheath. They are also trying to help and comfort their aged father deal with what is happening with his wife. Care for the dear mother is also being provided in the home, by Hospice, and we pray.**>A friend prays for 4 of her friends who have cancer; 2 have stomach cancer and two have lung cancer, and we pray. **>Remembering the dear man who suffers with progressive kidney cancer. The dear man’s energy level is very low, and we pray;+ his sons are having a very difficult time with all of this, and we pray. **<We continue to lift up a dear lady who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and we pray. **<Battling Disease:**<A stepmother prays for her stepdaughter who has been diagnosed with stage 4 liver fibrosis. An endoscope will be done on December 20th to determine whether or not it’s weight related, or if the vessel or vein is enlarged or scarred, in which case she might need a transplant. The dear stepdaughter is very afraid, and we pray. **Caregivers:**<A dear lady holds down a full time job and oftentimes has to rearrange her work schedule, including travel plans, in order to help her aged parents, and we pray.**<Chronic Pain:<**Some have overall, unexplained pain, others have pain in specific areas of their bodies, and we pray. **<A sister prays for her sister who gets little or no relief from medications for her chronic pain, and we pray. **<Epilepsy: **< A sister worries about her 64 year old brother with epilepsy who is lonesome and prone to drinking excessively; however, he is doing well, and for continued abstinence, we pray. **<Family Affairs: **<A dear mother is experiencing problems with jealousy issues between her two adult daughters, and we pray. **Financial +:**<Continuing to remember the elderly couple whose life-savings account is in jeopardy, they have ongoing problems with dementia, and we pray. **Fur Babies: UPDATE**<A dear lady prays for her beloved fur baby, the little dog had orthopedic surgery to repair a broken leg and remains in a cast, adjusting well, and for continued healing, we pray. **//Grieving:**>This is a standing prayer. Although much time has passed, many continue to grieve over the deaths of their dearly beloved, departed family members. (Widows/widowers, parents, grandparents, siblings, and/or extended family) all silently missing the presence of their loved ones, and we pray. **<Health Issues/Problems: **<A dear 70 year old man has been running a high temperature for a couple of days; he may have pneumonia, and we pray.**<One among us is having recurring muscle spasms in her leg, and we pray. **<An aunt prays for her niece who continues to have elevated blood pressure, and other symptoms. She saw her doctor on November 6th. An echo cardiogram is being scheduled and some more bloodwork. The doctor has instructed her to keep her sodium down, under 2400. She is striving to be patient, and to slow down. She also has an appointment to see the specialist on December 4th, and we pray. **UPDATE:>A dear lady had genetic testing on October 30th, to find out if she had inherited the rare gene which runs rampant in her family. After nervously waiting 2 weeks, the results confirmed she is negative, and we rejoice. **<A dear lady prays for others but has multiple health issues herself, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember a dear lady with severe degenerative disease. She has begun physical and aquatic therapy; but she continues to have much pain. She has an upcoming sleep study. She saw the nerve doctor/orthopedic surgeon and is being scheduled in the upcoming weeks for an MRI, and we pray. **<Among us is a widow who continues to suffer from loneliness and chronic bouts of Diverticulitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and has difficulty sleeping, and we pray. **<Heart Related:**<A sister prays for her 79 year old brother who is having a heart catherization today, Tuesday, November 13th. If there is a major blockage he will go straight to surgery, and we pray. **>Another dear sister prays for her brother who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta, has been receiving successful, monthly injections in which to shrink the tumor. His latest scan showed no growth, and for continued healing, we pray.**<A dear lady prays for her aged father who has an implanted defibrillator. He has some upcoming tests, and we pray. **<A wife continues to pray for her dear 80 year old husband whose heart function is at only 20%, nothing more can be done by the doctors. As a result, he is very depressed, discouraged, and we pray. **<A dear lady has been diagnosed with some heart abnormalities. She has been put on cholesterol medication, is to maintain a strict diet, and return for more testing on December 15th. Her doctor has also ordered a sleep apnea test. She saw an orthopedic specialist, on November 5th, about her shoulder pain and immobility in her right arm; and was diagnosed with a strained or pulled rotator cuff. She was given an injection in her joint and was started on physical therapy. She is to see her doctor again in 6 weeks and if not improved will have an MRI, and we pray. **UPDATE:>A dear lady endures much verbal abuse from her fatally ill husband who has a bad heart. The dear lady does not let it get her down; she understands and accepts that her husband’s attitude is related to his condition which will not change. She continues to keep herself busy doing volunteer work at a local animal shelter, and for that, we rejoice , and for this situation and for her suffering husband, we pray. **<Help Needed:**<A dear lady, whose husband has recently passed away, desperately needs to find a job with insurance benefits, and we pray.**<Homebound: **>One among us is disabled due to a previous stroke. Her leg is improving with less blistering; however, she continues to have inflammation and swelling, and for continued healing, we pray. **<Identity Crisis: **UPDATE**>A dear, Christian grandmother continues to pray for her 16 year old granddaughter who is struggling with gender identity; the granddaughter is still wallowing in that lifestyle which has affected the entire immediate and extended family; some have begun attending bible study. The granddaughter’s behavior has worsened, so much so, that her mother’s eyes were opened to her need for You, Lord. That mother is now attending church and is moving ahead spiritually. She is much more encouraged, and we rejoice; unfortunately, her husband still has no interest in attending church, but the grandmother is looking forward to the holidays when she will have the opportunity to visit with all of them and share her faith. For continued healing and restoration of this family, we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries: **<A dear wife continues to pray for her husband who had bleeding on the brain, and a mass behind the pharynx. Still awaiting pathology results from the biopsy, which could take up to 2 weeks. Doctors now think he may have an infection in his bones. Too, the dear man has long suffered from vascular dementia and PTSD; so the wife has much with which to contend , and we pray. **<A dear man continues to pray for his 84 year old friend and neighbor who suffers from paralysis in his right leg, and for continued healing, we pray.**<An elderly woman who has many health problems asks prayer for her ‘whole body’, and we pray. **UPDATE:>One among us continues to have much back pain, difficulty walking, and suffers from high blood pressure. Because surgery would be too risky, her only relief is through medications and physical therapy. The dear lady spends her winters in Florida, is leaving today, and is hoping the pool at her residence will offer some relief, and we pray. **<Just Whispering, “Jesus”: **<A dear mother prays for her mentally challenged adult son whose bad behavior may result in him getting evicted from his apartment, there are extenuating circumstances, and we pray. **<A dear mother prays for her adult daughter who is experiencing extreme fatigue, working a 3rd shift job, and unable to get up to care for an infant daughter during the day; there are extenuating circumstances, and we pray.**Life’s Needs: **<A dear mother prays for her son who has taken his entrance exams to get into college;, and for good results we wait, and we pray.**<A dear man asks others to pray for him as he humbly strives to transform into a better person, and we pray. **<Life’s Problems:**<A dear man is still in need of a job, and we pray. **>The parents of a precious 2 1/2 year old girl are concerned that she is not yet talking. They have consulted a specialist and their daughter had her first therapy session yesterday, and we pray. **<One among us has been diagnosed with ADHD, holds down a full time job, puts in long hours, and is suffering from fatigue and mental stress. She is unsure whether or not she can continue to hold up under the pressures of her demanding job. Although she would rather not, she may have to consider looking for another job, and we pray.**<Making Progress: **< The dear couple who stepped out on faith, to ‘begin again’ continues in remodeling their newly acquired older home. They have also been working very hard to build up their online business, and are hopeful to be able to pay off one of their credit cards before Christmas, and for continued success, we pray. **<Marital Crisis:**< A dear man is having issues with his wife in deciding what to do about his current job situation; therein exists some unspoken needs, and we pray. **<There are several couples who are having difficulty in their marriages, and we pray. **<Marriage Plans: **<A dear couple has set a wedding date which is a year away, and we pray. **<Mental Health+: **<A dear lady prays for her friend whose grandson tried to commit suicide. He has been admitted to a mental health facility, and we pray. +and for his family, we pray. **<A dear grandmother continues to pray for her 20 year old granddaughter who has had mental problems and was working at a strip club, but is no longer there. She has moved away from the area to dwell with her brother and his Christian wife who live out of state. The grandmother is trying to build a better relationship with her granddaughter through continued communication by staying in touch, and we pray.+ >Also the grandmother asks prayer for the young lady’s parents who are involved in a cult, and we pray. **<Respiratory:**<For the many who are suffering with symptoms from colds, flu, and/or allergies, we pray.
**<SURGERIES/PRIOR:**<Remembering the dear 49 year old woman who had a total hysterectomy on Wednesday, October 31st, she is doing well. She is expected to be off work for 3-8 weeks, and for continued healing, we pray. **<Remembering the elderly lady who had a successful Bi-femoral artery bypass on the 17th; she is progressing well. She is to continue going back to the clinic for another month, and for continued healing, we pray. **UPDATE>Remembering the dear man who had a 4th surgery on his eye. Afterward, it was thought that since he still has double vision from that eye he might have to undergo a 5th surgery ; however, he saw the specialist yesterday who said that at this point, nothing more can be done; it would be too risky to do another surgery. Too, the dear man has Afib and will be consulting with the heart doctor at the end of the month. For answers and continued healing, we pray. **<Remembering the dear man who had knee surgery on September 11th. He remains hopeful that the continued physical therapy will help, but because of swelling he is having a difficult time bending his knee. He will again be seeing his surgeon at the end of the month, and for continued healing, we pray.
**<SURGERIES/UPCOMING: **<A dear wife prays for her husband as he prepares to have left knee replacement surgery tomorrow, Wednesday, November 14th, and we pray. **>A dear widow is scheduled for a hip replacement in April, and we pray. **<Another dear lady who has suffered with knee pain and endured painful injections is planning to have knee replacement surgery. She has an appointment to consult with a specialist on the 29th, 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. **>Later today, a dear lady will be traveling a great distance to get to the airport where she will taking an evening flight to get to her winter home, and for a safe arrival, we pray. **<A dear lady is making plans to leave for out of state on the 26th. She and her husband do this every year, and for that upcoming trip, we pray. *>A dear lady is out of state on a work-related trip, and for her continued safety, we pray.
For these and the many unspoken requests we pray all in Jesus name. Lord bless our homes. AMEN

Devotions @ 3 on 11-12-18

3 a.m. prayer:

Most gracious heavenly Father,

Continuing in Proverbs which is found in the good book. DO YOU ENDANGER or BENEFIT OTHERS? FROM YOU, DO OTHERS BLEED or GROW?  “There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Proverbs 12:18). (Some people use their tongues like a sword; slashing away at others, cutting and causing pain. The wise person speaks words of health and healing, that is healing the wounds inflicted by the one who is a fool.) More than any other part of your body , your tongue can bring about more trouble or can do good. Wise men learn to rule their tongue and words to only help others. Do others love talking with you because it is pleasant and profitable? Or do others avoid you because they fear harsh and painful words? Scripture says: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21a). Cutting and unkind speech portrays a bitter and hateful heart. Gentle and kind words reveal a happy and loving heart. Speech can tear down or build up another. You can cut a person with your words, like the piercings of a sword, or you can heal and nurture him with kind and helpful words. Which are you best at? The New Testament provides a roadmap to acceptable speech. “Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person” (Colossians 4:6). Speak respectfully. “Refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels” (2Timothy 2:23). If you want a real eye-opener, take a look at what Jesus said in Matthew 5:21-22. Start saying good, kind, and thankful things about all others, and you will find that many will want to be your friend. Your words identify you, friend or foe. Backbiting, slander, whispering, and talebearing create deep piercing wounds. If you criticize others to a person, that person assumes you’ll criticize him to them. Talk about others in a kind and respectful way, the way in which you would want others to talk about you. Speak to others as you want God to speak to you. *****

//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.
Please Note: All who wish to continue having these devotions; and to receive via email, on the bottom right-hand side of this devotion click @: “Follow ”, and add your name and email address. Thank you to the ones who leave comments below and/or click on “Like”.
And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For anyone who is facing an uncertain path, walking on shaky ground, we pray.
*>NEW Prayer Requests: *> A dear 70 year old man has been running a high temperature for a couple of days; he may have pneumonia, and we pray.
**<PREVIOUS Prayer Requests: <**Addiction: **<A dear mother prays for her son to be able to quit smoking. He has a hereditary condition which is further aggravated by smoking, and we pray. **< A dear mother prays for her son who is an alcoholic; he is also battling drug dependency, and we pray. **Aging:**>A friend prays for a friend’s 90 year old mother who sold her house and has settled into a temporary unit. She is on the waiting list at a senior living facility, and was hopeful to be in her permanent apartment before Christmas, but it may not be possible until after the first of the year, and we pray.**<Battling Cancer and/or Other Serious Disorders:**<A dear, elderly woman has brain cancer and is in a Hospice facility, and we pray. **<A dear lady and her 3 sisters, are praying and keeping vigil at the bedside of their precious mother who has PML Syndrome; a very serious condition which attacks the brain and destroys the myelin sheath. They are also trying to help and comfort their aged father deal with what is happening with his wife. Care for the dear mother is also being provided, in the home, by Hospice, and we pray.**>A friend prays for 4 of her friends who have cancer; 2 have stomach cancer and two have lung cancer, and we pray. **>Remembering the dear man who suffers with progressive kidney cancer; it has been decided he will be changing doctors. The dear man’s energy level is very low, and we pray;+ his sons are having a very difficult time with all of this, and we pray. **<We continue to lift up a dear lady who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and we pray. **<Battling Disease:**<A stepmother prays for her stepdaughter who has been diagnosed with stage 4 liver fibrosis. An endoscope will be done on December 20th to determine whether or not it’s weight related, or if the vessel or vein is enlarged or scarred, in which case she might need a transplant. The dear stepdaughter is very afraid, and we pray. **Caregivers:**<A dear lady holds down a full time job and oftentimes has to rearrange her work schedule, including travel plans, in order to help her aged parents, and we pray.**<Chronic Pain:<**Some have overall, unexplained pain, others have pain in specific areas of their bodies, and we pray. **<A sister prays for her sister who gets little or no relief from medications for her chronic pain, and we pray.**<Epilepsy: **< A sister worries about her 64 year old brother with epilepsy who is lonesome and prone to drinking excessively; however, he is doing well, and for continued abstinence, we pray. **<Family Affairs: **<A dear mother is experiencing problems with jealousy issues between her two adult daughters, and we pray. **Financial +:**<Continuing to remember the elderly couple whose life-savings account is in jeopardy, they have ongoing problems with dementia, and we pray. **Fur Babies:**<A dear lady prays for her beloved fur baby, the little dog had orthopedic surgery to repair a broken leg and remains in a cast, and for continued healing, we pray. **//Grieving:**>This is a standing prayer. Although much time has passed, many continue to grieve over the deaths of their dearly beloved, departed family members. (Widows/widowers, parents, grandparents, siblings, and/or extended family) all silently missing the presence of their loved ones, and we pray. **<Health Issues/Problems: **<One among us is having recurring muscle spasms in her leg, and we pray. **<An aunt prays for her niece who continues to have elevated blood pressure, and other symptoms. She saw her doctor on November 6th. An echo cardiogram is being scheduled and some more bloodwork. The doctor has instructed her to keep her sodium down, under 2400. She is striving to be patient, and to slow down. She also has an appointment to see the specialist on December 4th, and we pray. **<A dear lady had genetic testing on October 30th, to find out if she has inherited the rare gene, linked to cancer and numerous conditions, which runs rampant in her family. Nervously she waits, but it takes about 3 weeks for the results, and we pray. **<A dear lady prays for others but has multiple health issues herself, and we pray. **<Continuing to remember a dear lady with severe degenerative disease. She has begun physical and aquatic therapy; but she continues to have much pain. She has an upcoming sleep study. She saw the nerve doctor/orthopedic surgeon and is being scheduled in the upcoming weeks for an MRI, and we pray. **<Among us is a widow who continues to suffer from loneliness and chronic bouts of Diverticulitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and has difficulty sleeping, and we pray. **<Heart Related:**<A sister prays for her 79 year old brother who is having a heart catherization, not today as originally thought, but tomorrow, Tuesday, November 13th. If there is a major blockage he will go straight to surgery, and we pray. **>Another dear sister prays for her brother who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta, has been receiving successful, monthly injections in which to shrink the tumor. His latest scan showed no growth, and for continued healing, we pray.**<A dear lady prays for her aged father who has an implanted defibrillator. He has some upcoming tests, and we pray. **<A wife continues to pray for her dear 80 year old husband whose heart function is at only 20%, nothing more can be done by the doctors. As a result, he is very depressed, discouraged, and we pray. **<A dear lady has been diagnosed with some heart abnormalities. She has been put on cholesterol medication, is to maintain a strict diet, and return for more testing on December 15th. Her doctor has also ordered a sleep apnea test. She saw an orthopedic specialist, on November 5th, about her shoulder pain and immobility in her right arm; and was diagnosed with a strained or pulled rotator cuff. She was given an injection in her joint and was started on physical therapy. She is to see her doctor again in 6 weeks and if not improved will have an MRI, and we pray. **UPDATE NEEDED:>A dear lady endures much verbal abuse from her fatally ill husband who has a bad heart, and we pray. **<Help Needed:**<A dear lady, whose husband has recently passed away, desperately needs to find a job with insurance benefits, and we pray.**<Homebound: **>One among us is disabled due to a previous stroke. Her leg is improving with less blistering; however, she continues to have inflammation and swelling, and for continued healing, we pray. **<Identity Crisis: **UPDATE NEEDED**>A dear, Christian grandmother continues to pray for her 16 year old granddaughter who is struggling with gender identity; the granddaughter is still wallowing in that lifestyle which has affected the entire immediate and extended family; they have begun attending bible study. The granddaughter’s behavior has worsened, so much so, that her mother’s eyes were opened to her need for You, Lord. That mother has now gone to church twice with the grandmother and even though she missed last Sunday, committed to attending church yesterday; unfortunately, her husband has no interest in attending church. For continued healing and restoration of this family, we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries:  **<A dear wife continues to pray for her husband after a bad fall sent him to the hospital. Testing showed bleeding on the brain, and a mass behind the pharynx. The man is now out of the hospital, still awaiting pathology results from the biopsy, which could take up to 2 weeks. Doctors now think he may have an infection in his bones. The dear wife is trying to set up some at-home physical therapy. Tests have shown he also has some staph in the nasal passages and is still on antibiotics for that. The dear man suffers from vascular dementia and PTSD; so the wife really has much with which to contend , and we pray. **<A dear man continues to pray for his 84 year old friend and neighbor who suffers from paralysis in his right leg, and for continued healing, we pray.**<An elderly woman who has many health problems asks prayer for her ‘whole body’, and we pray. **<One among us continues to have much back pain, difficulty walking, and suffers from high blood pressure. Because surgery would be too risky, her only relief is through medications and physical therapy; much of which is not covered by insurance resulting in a financial strain for this dear lady, and we pray. **<Just Whispering, “Jesus”: **<A dear mother prays for her mentally challenged adult son whose bad behavior may result in him getting evicted from his apartment, there are extenuating circumstances, and we pray. **<A dear mother prays for her adult daughter who is experiencing extreme fatigue, working a 3rd shift job, and unable to get up to care for an infant daughter during the day; there are extenuating circumstances, and we pray.**Life’s Needs: **<A dear mother prays for her son who has taken his entrance exams to get into college;, and for good results we wait, and we pray.**<A dear man asks others to pray for him as he humbly strives to transform into a better person, and we pray. **<Life’s Problems:**<A dear man is still in need of a job, and we pray. **UPDATE:> The parents of a precious 2 1/2 year old girl are concerned that she is not yet talking. They have consulted a specialist and their daughter begins her first therapy session today, and we pray. **<One among us has been diagnosed with ADHD, holds down a full time job, puts in long hours, and is suffering from fatigue and mental stress. She is unsure whether or not she can continue to hold up under the pressures of her demanding job. Although she would rather not, she may have to consider looking for another job, and we pray.**<Making Progress: **< The dear couple who stepped out on faith, to ‘begin again’ continues in remodeling their newly acquired older home. They have also been working very hard to build up their online business, and are hopeful to be able to pay off one of their credit cards before Christmas, and for continued success, we pray. **<Marital Crisis:**< A dear man is having issues with his wife in deciding what to do about his current job situation; therein exists some unspoken needs, and we pray. **<There are several couples who are having difficulty in their marriages, and we pray. **<Marriage Plans: **<A dear couple has set a wedding date which is a year away, and we pray. **<Mental Health+: **<A dear lady prays for her friend whose grandson tried to commit suicide. He has been admitted to a mental health facility, and we pray. +and for his family, we pray. **<A dear grandmother continues to pray for her 20 year old granddaughter who has had mental problems and was working at a strip club, but is no longer there. She has moved away from the area to dwell with her brother and his Christian wife who live out of state. The grandmother is trying to build a better relationship with her granddaughter through continued communication by staying in touch, and we pray.+ >Also the grandmother asks prayer for the young lady’s parents who are involved in a cult, and we pray. **<Respiratory:**<For the many who are suffering with symptoms from colds, flu, and/or allergies, we pray.
**<SURGERIES/PRIOR:**<A dear lady had surgery for the removal of a hernia, but there was no hernia! She is sore from the incision, otherwise okay, and for continued healing, we pray. **<Remembering the dear 49 year old woman who had a total hysterectomy on Wednesday, October 31st, she is doing well. She is expected to be off work for 3-8 weeks, and for continued healing, we pray. **<Remembering the elderly lady who had a successful Bi-femoral artery bypass on the 17th; she is progressing well. She is to continue going back to the clinic for another month, and for continued healing, we pray. **<Remembering the dear man who had a 4th surgery on his eye; he may have to undergo a 5th surgery since he is still having double vision from that eye; will see a specialist today, November 12th. Too, the dear man has Afib and will be consulting with the heart doctor at the end of the month. For answers and continued healing, we pray. **<Remembering the dear man who had knee surgery on September 11th. He remains hopeful that the continued physical therapy will help, but now has a painful bursa sac on the outside of his knee. Due to the swelling he is having a difficult time bending his knee. He will again be seeing his surgeon at the end of the month, and for continued healing, we pray.
**<SURGERIES/UPCOMING: **<A dear wife prays for her husband as he prepares to have left knee replacement surgery this week, Wednesday, November 14th, and we pray. **>A dear widow is scheduled for a hip replacement in April, and we pray. **<Another dear lady who has suffered with knee pain and endured painful injections is planning to have knee replacement surgery. She has an appointment to consult with a specialist on the 29th, 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. **<A dear lady is making plans to leave for out of state on the 26th. She and her husband do this every year, and for that upcoming trip, we pray. *>A dear lady is out of state on a work-related trip; she will be gone almost 2 weeks during which time she will be traveling, and for her continued safety, we pray. **PRAISES:>**A 13 year old boy and his father arrived safely home after traveling out of state, and we rejoice.
For these and the many unspoken requests we pray all in Jesus name. Lord bless our homes. AMEN