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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.
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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

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Devotions @ 3 on 11-11-18

3 a.m. prayer:

Most gracious heavenly Father,

The wisdom continues to unfold in Proverbs, righteous vs. wicked. SOMETHING GOD CANNOT DO and SOMETHING HE HATES! “He who speaks truth tells what is right, but a false witness, deceit” (Proverbs 12:17). (A witness who tells the truth in court gives righteous evidence. A false witness tells lies.) The God of the Bible, Creator of heaven and earth, is a God of truth. So much is He a God of truth, He cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18; Titus 1:2). God hates liars. We should all detest the sin of lying; and be governed by honesty. Have a blessed Sunday. *****

//Standing Prayer: On this Veteran’s Day, and every day; we are thankful for the men and women who have fought in wars, many have given their lives or limbs, for our freedom, and we rejoice. 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.
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And so we begin, “Just for Today”: We are thankful for our freedom this day, and we rejoice.
*>NEW Prayer Requests: *> It’s Sunday; many pastors here and abroad are preparing to deliver Your Word, Lord; protect them from harm’s way, we pray. *>A 13 year old boy and his father will be traveling out of state this day, and we pray. *PRAISES:*>A dear man who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta has been receiving successful, monthly injections in which to shrink the tumor. His latest scan shows no growth, and we rejoice; and for continued healing, 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. Unfortunately, the man recently relapsed worse than previously thought, 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 who was recently admitted to the hospital has now been diagnosed with brain cancer and has been moved to 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 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 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 tomorrow, November 12th. If there is a major blockage he will go straight to surgery, and 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. **<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: **>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, says she will go to church today; unfortunately, her husband has no interest in attending church. For continued healing and restoration of this family, we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries: **<UPDATE:>A sister prayed for her brother who was sick with a virus; he has recovered, and we rejoice. **<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, 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, 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 are consulting a specialist, 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 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. **UPDATE:>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 no longer there. She has moved away from the area to dwell with her brother and his wife who live out of state, and we rejoice. The Christian grandmother is trying to build a better relationship with her granddaughter through continued communication, 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 still on antibiotics because of blood in the urine, and has an appointment to go back to the doctor next week for a re-check of her bladder. 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 tomorrow, 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 next 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.
For these and the many unspoken requests we pray all in Jesus name. Lord bless our homes. AMEN

Devotions @ 3 on 11-10-18

3 a.m. prayer:

Most gracious heavenly Father,

The book of Proverbs has much wisdom to offer for success in life. FOOLS ARE EASY to SPOT! “A fool’s anger is known at once, but a prudent man conceals dishonor” (Proverbs 12:16). (A fool doesn’t restrain his wrath. He blows up at the slightest provocation. A prudent man knows how to ignore insult and to exercise self-control.) A quick temper marks a fool, but the prudent men rule their spirit. It’s the poorly trained children that scream for little or no reason; they let their anger boil. It’s quickly visible in their faces and obvious in their speech. Like an unruly child, the foolish are quick tempered and prove they are fools by indecent expressions in words or behavior, and by not restraining their passions. Do not prove yourself immature to others by not being able to control and govern your emotions. Wise men restrain their spirits, stay calm, and control their reactions to any situation. New Testament scripture says: “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). Fools react without thinking ; wise men think before reacting. Fools are controlled by their anger; wise men control their anger. A prudent man will think first and avoid the shame of hasty anger causing him to act foolishly. Rule your spirit; do not let it rule 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.
And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For anyone who feels mad at the world and at everyone in it, we pray.
*>NEW Prayer Requests: *> How can I pray for you, my friend?
**<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 and is struggling to stay sober; he is also battling drug dependency. Unfortunately, the man recently relapsed worse than previously thought, 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 who was recently admitted to the hospital has now been diagnosed with brain cancer and has been moved to 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 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 that because of conflicting notes between the specialists, 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. The biopsy was inconclusive, so now 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 of a definite answer , 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 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 passed out recently; unsure why. She is wanting to find a new doctor, and so 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. **<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 on Monday, November 12th. If there is a major blockage he will go straight to surgery, and 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. **<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: **>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, says she will go to church tomorrow; unfortunately, her husband has no interest in attending church. For continued healing and restoration of this family, we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries: **<UPDATE NEEDED:>A sister prays for her brother who was so sick he ended up in the emergency room. He is now at home and feeling better; was diagnosed with a virus, and for continued healing, we pray. **UPDATE:>A dear wife has been praying 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, 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, 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 are consulting a specialist, 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 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 is still working at a strip club. The Christian grandmother is trying to build a better relationship with her granddaughter through continued communication, 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 still on antibiotics because of blood in the urine, and has an appointment to go back to the doctor in two weeks for a re-check of her bladder. 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 this Monday, 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 next week, 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.
For these and the many unspoken requests we pray all in Jesus name. Lord bless our homes. AMEN

Devotions @ 3 on 11-9-18

3 a.m. prayer:

Most gracious heavenly Father,

From the Bible’s book of Proverbs: WISE and NOT! “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel” (Proverbs 12:15). (You can’t tell a fool anything. He knows everything and will not listen. But a wise man will welcome advice. He recognizes that it is impossible for one person to see all sides of a question.) Every fool thinks he is right! One’s own heart naturally rebels against any advice or ideas contrary to his own. The single best measure of wisdom is one’s ability to crush their own thoughts and receive instruction. Each man/woman must come to God and Scripture in total trust and submission. Fools listen to their hearts; wise men consult God’s word. Fools reject other’s instructions and warnings; wise men love and seek them. “Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and turn away from evil” (Proverbs 3:7). He shall direct your paths. *****

//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.

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And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For anyone who is struggling emotionally, we pray.
*>NEW Prayer Requests: *>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. *>A sister prays for her 79 year old brother who is having a heart catherization on Monday, November 12th. If there is a major blockage he will go straight to surgery, 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 and is struggling to stay sober; he is also battling drug dependency. Unfortunately, the man recently relapsed worse than previously thought, 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 who was recently admitted to the hospital has now been diagnosed with brain cancer and has been moved to 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 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 that because of conflicting notes between the specialists, 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. The biopsy was inconclusive, so now 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 of a definite answer , 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 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 passed out recently; unsure why. She is wanting to find a new doctor, and so 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. **<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 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. Tests have shown that there is moderate plaque and very high cholesterol levels which puts her in danger of a stroke. She has been put on 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, 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: **>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, says she will go to church this coming Sunday; unfortunately, her husband has no interest in attending church. For continued healing and restoration of this family, we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries: **<A sister prays for her brother who was so sick he ended up in the emergency room. He is now at home and feeling better; was diagnosed with a virus, and for continued healing, we pray.**<A dear wife has been praying for her husband who is still in the hospital after a bad fall which resulted in bleeding on the brain. A CT scan showed a mass behind the pharynx; awaiting results of a biopsy which could take up to 2 weeks. Tests have shown he also has some staph in the nasal passages. The dear man suffers from vascular dementia and PTSD; so the wife stays in the hospital with him which, obviously, puts a strain on her , 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, 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, 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 are consulting a specialist, and we pray. **<One among us has been diagnosed with ADHD, holds down a full time job working 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 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 is still working at a strip club. The Christian grandmother is trying to build a better relationship with her granddaughter through continued communication, 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 still on antibiotics because of blood in the urine, and has an appointment to go back to the doctor in two weeks for a re-check of her bladder. 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 on 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. **UPDATE:>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 next week, 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.
For these and the many unspoken requests we pray all in Jesus name. Lord bless our homes. AMEN

Devotions @ 3 on 11-8-18

3 a.m. prayer:

Most gracious heavenly Father,

The book of Proverbs continues. SIMPLY PUT: JUST BE GOOD! “A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words, and the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him” (Proverbs 12:14). (Good speech and good behavior carry their own reward with them. Wise, gentle, pure speech is rewarded with love, favor, and respect. Good deeds come back to a man in blessing.) Speaking right and doing right bring rewards. If you use your mouth for kind, spiritual and wise words, God and men will reward you with satisfying honors. In fact, the only speech that brings good and satisfying rewards is pure and wise speech. If you use your mouth foolishly to lie or boast, it will bring you trouble. The same is true with actions – things done with your hands. Only noble deeds bring good rewards. It’s not the good who die young, it’s the wicked! If you want to have a happy and long life, it is by speaking and doing good. Instead of despising good and wise men/women, love and follow them. Good speech blesses others when it’s from a good heart. A good heart also does good things. Good deeds are the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, righteousness, and truth. The Bible is God’s manual for successful living. Living His way will save you from the dysfunctional problems of this wicked world and will bring prosperity and success. Be good for God. *****

//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.
And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For anyone who carries a heavy burden which is far too complicated to explain, we pray. “When I have been too weak to pray, I gained strength when others prayed for me. At times in my life when I just didn’t know what to say or how to pray, I just whispered, “Jesus” (by: Author, Kittye Sharron.) Note: A new category has been added below: It is titled, Just whispering, “Jesus!” Do you have a need today and just don’t know how to pray? Others will go on bended knee for you, dear one! Would love to hear from you, and then we pray.
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*>NEW Prayer Requests: *>A dear mother prays for her mentally challenged adult son whose bad behavior may result in him getting evicted from his apartment, and we pray. *> A dear, elderly woman has been diagnosed with brain cancer and is under the care of Hospice, and we pray. *>A sister prays for her brother who was so sick he ended up in the emergency room. He is now at home and feeling better; was diagnosed with a virus, and for continued healing, we pray. *>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. *PRAISES: *>A dear lady had a good report from the doctor regarding her bloodwork – her A1C went down almost a full point, and all other tests were in the normal range, 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. **>Update:> A dear mother prays for her son who is an alcoholic and is struggling to stay sober; he is also battling drug dependency. Unfortunately, the man relapsed recently and is not back on track. The mother has since found out her son’s relapse is far worse than she had previously thought, and we pray. **Aging:**>A friend prays for a friend’s 90 year old mother who sold her house and has settled in 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 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 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 that because of conflicting notes between the specialists, 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:**Update:>A stepmother prays for her stepdaughter who has been diagnosed with stage 4 liver fibrosis. The biopsy was inconclusive, so now 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 of a definite answer , 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 couple grieves over the sudden death of their precious doggie which had been a part of their family for many years, and we pray.**<A dear lady prays for her beloved fur baby. While chasing butterflies the sweet doggie fell off the deck and broke its leg in two places requiring emergency orthopedic surgery, 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. **<HealthIssues/Problems: **<One among us passed out recently; unsure why. She is wanting to find a new doctor, and so 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. **<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 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. Tests have shown that there is moderate plaque and very high cholesterol levels which puts her in danger of a stroke. She has been put on 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 sister prays for her brother who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta, and we pray. **<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: **>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, says she will go to church this coming Sunday; 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 has been praying for her husband who is still in the hospital after a bad fall which resulted in bleeding on the brain. A CT scan showed a mass behind the pharynx; awaiting results of a biopsy which could take up to 2 weeks. Tests have shown he also has some staph in the nasal passages. The dear man suffers from vascular dementia and PTSD; so the wife stays in the hospital with him which, obviously, puts a strain on her , 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 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, 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 are consulting a specialist, and we pray. **<One among us has been diagnosed with ADHD and holds down a full time job working long hours. She has a heavy workload, suffers from fatigue and mental stress, and 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 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 young, unchurched, married couple, with an infant son, is now divorced, and for that situation, we pray.*<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 at least 7 couples who are having difficulty in their marriages, and we pray. **One of the couples enjoys attending a small church group and is scheduled to go to counseling tomorrow, November 8th, and for continued healing, 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 is still working at a strip club. The Christian grandmother is trying to build a better relationship with her granddaughter, to hopefully, set up a time to meet with her, and for continued communication between the two, we pray. >Also the grandmother asks prayer for the young lady’s parents who are involved in a cult, and we pray. **<Respiratory:**<Many are suffering with symptoms from colds, flu, virus, and/or allergies, and we pray.
**<SURGERIES/PRIOR:**Update:>A dear man prays for his friend who had a quadruple bypass on Thursday, November 1st. His friend is now home and doing well. He is very appreciative of those who have bowed the knee, 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 still on antibiotics because of blood in the urine, and has an appointment to go back to the doctor in two weeks for a re-check of her bladder. 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 on the 15th. He may have to undergo a 5th surgery since he is still having double vision from that eye; will see a specialist on 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 bursa sac on the outside of his knee and 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 next week, November 14th, and we pray. **Update:>A dear widow was having trouble with her knee and hip. She saw a specialist who determined that the way in which she was walking to compensate for her hip pain was actually messing up her knee. She is scheduled for a hip replacement in April, and we pray. **<Another dear lady who has suffered with knee pain and has 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.
For these and the many unspoken requests we pray all in Jesus name. Lord bless our homes. AMEN

Devotions @ 3 on 11-7-18

3 a.m. prayer:

Most gracious heavenly Father,

Proverbs continues with evil vs. righteous. CONSIDER WORDS BEFORE THEY COME OUT! “An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous will escape from trouble” (Proverbs 12:13). (Ungodly people are often trapped by their own words. Often they trap themselves up by failing to tell a consistent story. A liar has to have a good memory; otherwise his accounts won’t mesh. And to support a lie he has to build a structure made from other lies. On the other hand, the righteous will come through their trouble. God does not promise His people freedom from all trouble, but rather that they will come through it.) RULE YOUR TONGUE! One’s mouth can get him/her into a lot of trouble, or can get one out of trouble. Do you find yourself thinking, “Why did I say that?” To avoid regret, one needs to think before they say anything. Wise speech begins in the heart and if you don’t learn to control and guard your tongue you will get yourself into much pain and trouble. It is so much better to think pure thoughts, reduce your words, slow your speech, and speak very carefully with an eye to the consequences. Judgement day will include every idle word you have spoken. Jesus said, “But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgement. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37). Grow in favor with God and man: Watch your mouth!

//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.
And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For anyone who has a burden and doesn’t know how to pray, we pray. “There have been times in my life when I just didn’t know what to say or how to pray, and so I just whispered, “Jesus” (by: Author, Kittye Sharron.) Note: A new category has been added below: It is titled, Just whispering, “Jesus!” Do you have a need today and just don’t know how to pray? Would love to hear from you, and we pray.
NOTE**:>Thank you to the ones who have already followed through with this. Changes are coming!:> It is requested & necessary for everyone to sign-up HERE, on this page! 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. If you have signed up but still are not receiving these devotions in your emails, please let me know. For prayer requests and/or updates, leave a note in the comment section at the bottom of this devotion, OR, if you are a member, at the Message Center for Devotions @ 3 which is: https://www.facebook.com/messages/t/KittyeSharron

*>NEW Prayer Requests: *>One among us passed out last night and is unsure why, and so we pray. *> A dear wife prays for her husband as he prepares to have left knee replacement surgery next week, November 14th, 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. **>Update: A dear mother prays for her son who is an alcoholic and is struggling to stay sober; he is also battling drug dependency. Unfortunately, the man relapsed recently but, hopefully, he is back on track, and we pray. **Aging:**> A friend prays for a friend’s 90 year old mother who sold her house and has settled in 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 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. Too, they are trying to help their aged father deal with what is happening with his wife; he is distraught. Presently, the dear mother has trouble swallowing, is unable to move her right side, blind in her right eye, and has cognitive decline. Sometimes she knows her loved ones and at other times not. Care is also being provided 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 available treatments are known to adversely affect blood pressure and would make his current medication ineffective; so it is difficult to know how to proceed. A nurse visited with the man and his wife on Monday, the 5th; at which time those concerns and others were addressed. There were conflicting notes between the cardiologist and the man’s doctor, so it has been decided that 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. She has been receiving chemotherapy, but her tumor markers are back up, and we pray. **<Battling Disease:**UPDATE NEEDED:>A stepmother prays for her stepdaughter who has been diagnosed with stage 4 liver fibrosis and may need a transplant. She had a biopsy done on Friday, and has an upcoming doctor’s appointment to find out the treatment plan, and we pray. **Caregivers:**<A dear lady holds down a full time job and often 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 couple grieves over the sudden death of their precious doggie which had been a part of their family for many years, and we pray.**<A dear lady prays for her beloved fur baby. While chasing butterflies the sweet doggie fell off the deck and broke its leg in two places requiring emergency orthopedic surgery, 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 daughter-in-law prays for her mother-in-law whose good friend recently passed away, and we pray. **<Health Issues/Problems: **<One among us is having recurring muscle spasms in her leg, and we pray.**<A dear widow is having trouble with her knee and has an appointment with the specialist next month, and we pray. **Update:<An aunt prays for her niece who continues to have elevated blood pressure, and other symptoms. She saw her doctor yesterday, 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. **Update:<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 and will be picking up equipment for that today, November 7th. She saw the nerve doctor/orthopedic surgeon on Monday, November 5th, 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 dear lady who holds down a full time job prays for her aged father whose implanted defibrillator had been showing his heart getting shocked back into rhythm; however, no evidence of that at present, but 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. Tests have shown that there is moderate plaque and very high cholesterol levels which puts her in danger of a stroke. She has been put on 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 sister prays for her brother who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta, and we pray. **<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: **>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 Wednesday morning 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, says she will go to church this coming Sunday; 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 has been praying for her husband who is still in the hospital after a bad fall which resulted in bleeding on the brain. A CT scan showed a mass behind the pharynx; a biopsy was done and they are awaiting results which could take up to 2 weeks. Tests have shown he has some staph in the nasal passages and doctors are conferring with Infectious Disease specialists as to a treatment plan for that. He has stopped vomiting but has no appetite. This dear man suffers from vascular dementia and PTSD; so the wife stays in the hospital with him which, obviously, puts a strain on her , 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 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, 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 are consulting a specialist, and we pray. **<One among us has been diagnosed with ADHD and holds down a full time job working long hours. She has a heavy workload, suffers from fatigue and mental stress, and 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 hard to build up their online business and are pleased to announce that they have seen an increase in 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 young, unchurched, married couple, with an infant son, is now divorced, and for that situation, we pray.*<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 at least 7 couples who are having difficulty in their marriages, and we pray. **One of the couples enjoys attending a small church group and is scheduled to go to counseling tomorrow, November 8th, and for continued healing, 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 is still working at a strip club. The Christian grandmother is trying to build a better relationship with her granddaughter, to hopefully, set up a time to meet with her, and for continued communication between the two, we pray. >Also the grandmother asks prayer for the young lady’s parents who are involved in a cult, and we pray. **<Respiratory:**<Many are suffering with symptoms from colds, flu, and/or allergies, and we pray.
**<SURGERIES/PRIOR:**<A dear man prays for his friend who had a quadruple bypass on Thursday, November 1st, 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 still on antibiotics because of blood in the urine and has an appointment to go back to the doctor in two weeks for a re-check of her bladder. 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 on the 15th. He may have to undergo a 5th surgery since he is still having double vision from that eye; will see a specialist on 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 bursa sac on the outside of his knee and 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 lady who has suffered with knee pain and has endured painful injections is now 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 couple is traveling out of state, left yesterday, to visit family members and will be gone for two days, and we pray. **<Another 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 travelled out of state on a work-related trip; she will be gone almost 2 weeks and will be on the road some of the time, 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 11-6-18

3 a.m. prayer:

Most gracious heavenly Father,

Continuing in Proverbs to compare righteous vs. wicked lives. “YO, BRO, GIMME, GIMME, GIMME! and I’LL TAKE THAT!” “The wicked covet the catch of evil men, but the root of the righteous yields fruit” (Proverbs 12:12). (The catch of evil men implies what is taken unjustly from others; in other words, the wicked covet what belongs to others. The opposite is true for the righteous; they are satisfied to provide quietly for their own needs.) The wicked do not care what affect their greed, selfish, envious, malicious ambitions and actions have on others. Their goal is to get what they want with no regard for their victims. Wickedness is driven by continually thinking up ways in which to snare and harm others, and take away what they have, but the wicked are never satisfied and are intent on using other people for selfish goals. The righteous are different. The fruit they bear offers peace to others by the way in which they live their lives. They understand the purpose of a bible believing church and the importance of helping one another. If they  use nets it’s to become fishers of men for Christ’s sake, as explained in the gospel of Matthew. (See Matthew 4:19).  Yo, what are you fishing for, my brother, my sister? What fruit do you bear? Are you a tree of life to others? Do others benefit by your loving help? OR, Is your hand reaching out to take what belongs to another, as in “gimme, gimme, gimme”? For Christ’s sake, don’t be a gimme, be a giver! The greatest evidence and measure of a child of God is love of others, which proves your love of God. Only faith that works by love is worth anything (Galatians 5:6; James 2:14-26). Love others; give them what you have in your heart so that they, too, may have eternal life.*****

//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.
And so we begin, “Just for Today”: For anyone who has a burden and doesn’t know how to pray, we pray. (Note: Just whisper, “Jesus!”)
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*>NEW Prayer Requests: *> A dear mother prays for her adult daughter who is experiencing extreme fatigue, working a 3rd shift job, and unable to get up and care for an infant daughter during the day, and we pray. *> A daughter-in-law prays for her mother-in-law whose good friend recently passed away, and we pray. *Praises: *> A wife’s prayers for the healing of her husband’s back pain have resulted in blessings, and we rejoice, and for continued healing, 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. **>UPDATE NEEDED:A dear mother prays for her son who is an alcoholic and is struggling to stay sober; he is also battling drug dependency, and we pray. **Aging:**>Update: A friend prays for a friend’s 90 year old mother who sold her house and has settled in 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 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. Too, they are trying to help their aged father deal with what is happening with his wife; he is distraught. Presently, the dear mother has trouble swallowing, is unable to move her right side, blind in her right eye, and has cognitive decline. Sometimes she knows her loved ones and at other times not. Care is also being provided by Hospice, and we pray. >Thankfully, the suffering mother and her husband recently received salvation, and we rejoice, and for this dear family’s needs, 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. The treatments which are available are known to adversely affect blood pressure and would make his current medication ineffective; so it is difficult to know how to proceed. A nurse visited with the man and his wife yesterday, the 5th; at which time those concerns and others were addressed. There were conflicting notes between the cardiologist and the man’s doctor and it has been decided that he will be changing doctors. The dear man’s energy level is very low, and we pray; and 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. She has been receiving chemotherapy, but her tumor markers are back up, and we pray. **<Battling Disease:**UPDATE NEEDED:>A stepmother prays for her stepdaughter who has been diagnosed with stage 4 liver fibrosis and may need a transplant. She had a biopsy done on Friday, and has an upcoming doctor’s appointment to find out the treatment plan, and we pray. **Caregivers:**<A dear lady holds down a full time job and often 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, hasn’t drank for a couple of weeks, 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. While chasing butterflies the sweet doggie fell off the deck and broke its leg in two places requiring emergency orthopedic surgery, 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.**<A dear widow is having trouble with her knee and has an appointment with the specialist next month, and we pray. **<An aunt prays for her niece who continues to have elevated blood pressure, and other symptoms. She has an appointment to see her doctor today, November 6th. 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. **Update:<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 and will be picking up equipment for that tomorrow, November 7th. She had an appointment with a nerve doctor/orthopedic surgeon yesterday, November 5th and is being scheduled 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 dear lady who holds down a full time job prays for her aged father whose implanted defibrillator had been showing his heart getting shocked back into rhythm; however, no evidence of that at present. He cancelled all of his appointments, but has now been rescheduled, 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, and has had more testing to determine if there are any blockages. Tests have shown that there is moderate plaque and very high cholesterol levels which puts her in danger of a stroke. She has been put on 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 yesterday, November 5th, about her shoulder pain and immobility in her right arm, and we pray.**>UPDATE NEEDED:>A sister prays for her brother who has an inoperable tumor near his aorta, and we pray. **<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: **>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 Wednesday morning 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, says she will go to church this coming Sunday; unfortunately, her husband has no interest in attending church. For continued healing and restoration of this family, we pray. **<Infections/Injections/Injuries: **Update:>A dear wife has been praying for her husband who is still in the hospital after a bad fall which resulted in bleeding on the brain. A CT scan showed a mass behind the pharynx; a biopsy was done and they are awaiting results which could take up to 2 weeks. Tests have shown he has some staph in the nasal passages and doctors are conferring with Infectious Disease specialists as to a treatment plan for that. He has stopped vomiting but has no appetite. This dear man suffers from vascular dementia and PTSD; so the wife stays in the hospital with him which, obviously, puts a strain on her , 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, but is not a candidate for risky surgery. Her only relief is through medications and physical therapy. Much of her treatment is not covered by insurance which is worrisome because it puts a financial strain on this dear lady, 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 are consulting a specialist, and we pray. **UPDATE NEEDED: A teenage boy is struggling with stress at home because of his father’s anger issues, which are also, adversely, affecting his mother and his girlfriend. The father has also been having memory problems along with other issues, and he had an appointment yesterday to see the doctor, and we pray.**<One among us has been diagnosed with ADHD and holds down a full time job working long hours. She has a heavy workload, suffers from fatigue and mental stress, and 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 hard to build up their online business and are pleased to announce that they have seen an increase in 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 young, unchurched, married couple, with an infant son, is now divorced, and for that situation, we pray.*<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.**>Update: There are at least 7 couples who are having difficulty in their marriages, and we pray. **One of the couples enjoys attending a small church group and is scheduled to go to counseling this coming Thursday, November 8th, and we rejoice, and for continued healing, 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 is still working at a strip club. The Christian grandmother is trying to build a better relationship with her granddaughter, to hopefully, set up a time to meet with her, and for continued communication between the two, we pray. >Also the grandmother asks prayer for the young lady’s parents who are involved in a cult, and we pray. **<Respiratory: **<Many are suffering with symptoms from colds, flu, and/or allergies, and we pray.
**<Surgeries/Prior:**<A dear man prays for his friend who is in ICU after a quadruple bypass on Thursday, November 1st, and for continued healing, we pray.**<Update:>Remembering the dear 49 year old woman who had a total hysterectomy on Wednesday, October 31st, she is doing well; had a post op appointment yesterday at which time the bladder catheter was removed. She is on antibiotics and has an appointment to go back in two weeks to re-check her bladder. 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 on the 15th. He may have to undergo a 5th surgery since he is still having double vision from that eye; will see a specialist on 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 bursa sac on the outside of his knee and 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 lady who has suffered with knee pain and injections is planning to have knee replacement surgery, and 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 couple is traveling out of state today to visit family members and will be gone for two days, and we pray. **<Another dear lady is making plans to leave for out of state on the 26th. She and her husband do this every year; last year they had a terrible accident on their way home (we certainly don’t want a repeat!), and for that upcoming trip, we pray. *>Praises: Update: Yesterday a dear lady travelled out of state on a work-related trip; she arrived safely at her destination, and we rejoice. She will be gone almost 2 weeks and will be on the road some of the time, 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