Prayers for the Week – 2 Years of Praying

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34“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. 35For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” ~ Jesus Christ, Luke 21:34-36 (ESV)

Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the start of this weekly prayer post.  Two years of praying for you, of listening, of having your Brothers and Sisters in Christ pray for you.  Two years of crying, of laughing, of giving Praise to God for the Blessings that He has given to us.  We have seen answered prayers, we have seen prayers answered in ways other than we wanted, and we have hopefully been a beacon to you across the evil that is the Internet.

Today, I feel that my mission is the same now that it was two years ago.  I feel led to pray for you, to reach out to you, to offer up my prayers for those things that are troubling you, and to ask my brothers and sisters, those faithful prayer warriors, to pray for you as well.  Doing so has not always been easy — I have had people write me to tell me that I should not be doing this, that this is a Disney site, not a religious site, all of those things.  I have lost followers to the blog and to the Facebook page.  In the end, though, none of that really matters.  What matters is serving my Lord, and this is one way that I am able to do so.

So, today is much like every Sunday for the past two years — it is my day to reach out to you, to remind you that God loves you, that He gave His Son Jesus to us, to die for us, to pay the ultimate penalty for our sins.  If you are troubled, I urge you, don’t be afraid, don’t worry that you will be ridiculed, if you have a concern, share it with us, and we will pray for you.  Now, please read along with our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • First off, I want to thank all of you for praying for my Mom.  She had a very successful surgery, she is back home, recuperating, the breast cancer did not get to her lymph nodes, and the doctors are very confident for her prognosis.  Thank you for praying with us!
  • Update on my friend Shannan’s prayer request. Here is what she wrote:Thanks to all of you that sent messages, texts and prayers over the last couple of hours. My dad was experiencing some tingling and numbness in his face, arm and hand this evening. We went straight to Skyline and he was in CT before we could even sit down. They believe he’s had another possible TIA. They are going to keep him overnight and do an MRI and full stroke work up. Keep the prayers coming and I’ll update when I know more.

    Please keep praying! Thanks.

  • Please pray for Cindy’s cousin Lori.  Lori’s husband passed away unexpectedly.  Please pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to descend upon Lori and all of the family in their time of sorrow.
  • Please pray for my friend Kerry.  Here is what she wrote on Facebook:Heaven got a beautiful angel yesterday. I love you Grammy. Xoxo – your granddaughter

    Please pray for her Peace, Comfort, and Strength, and that of her family, during their time of sorrow.

  • Please pray for my friend Melissa and her husband Andy.  They are having a baby!  This is wonderful news, they are such great people, I know they will be great parents!  Please pray for Melissa’s health, comfort, Peace, and Strength during her pregnancy, and also pray for the baby’s health as well!  This is a praise and a prayer!

Thank you for praying with us!  Remember, if you have a prayer request you want to share with us, please leave us a comment, or send us an email to prayer@mydreamsofdisney.com, or leave it on our Facebook page, something, just leave it so we can pray for you.  Now, please pray with us the prayer that Jesus taught his Disciples to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever.

Prayers for the Week – The Cross

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The Cross is perhaps the most important symbol of Christianity.  The Cross, such a simple structure, is the point of our salvation.  Our lives, as sinful, as hurtful as they are, take on a new meaning when we believe in our hearts these wonderful facts:

  1. God sent His Son, Jesus, to earth to save us.
  2. Jesus taught all of us how to live, and what is truly important.
  3. Jesus died for us so that we might be saved from our sin.
  4. Lastly, Jesus was resurrected, and, in being resurrected, conquered death.

It is a simple thing to believe, but it is also something that we have convinced is not as simple as that.  We have taught ourselves, or allowed ourselves to be taught, that it isn’t that simple.  We have allowed ourselves to believe that it isn’t God’s Gift to us, that we must earn our salvation.  That is not true or possible.  Salvation comes in believing that God sent His Son to die for our sins, and that Jesus died, and was resurrected from that death.  When we believe that and put our trust and faith in Jesus, we are saved.  After we are saved, if we have truly been saved, then our actions, our words, our deeds, will evolve over time, and we will act more like Jesus would have us act.  This is because when we are saved, God sends the Holy Spirit to us, and we are indwelt with the Spirit of God.

My friends, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, when you read these prayer requests, you are praying to God on behalf of these requests.  When you give God Praise for the good things that happen in our lives, you are thanking God for giving us those good things.  Thank you for choosing each day to read these and pray and praise with us.  If we can pray for you, please leave us a comment, and we will add it to our prayer post and pray for you.  Now, please pray with us this week.  Thank you!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Prayers please for Decatur, Alabama police officer Josh Driggers and his family. Here is the press release:Press ReleaseOn February 4, 2015, Decatur Police Officer Josh Driggers went to his
    doctor after experiencing persistent headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Medical
    tests were conducted and it was revealed that Josh had a tumor on his brain.
    After initially scheduling Josh for immediate surgery in Huntsville, his
    physicians reconsidered and referred him to Duke University Medical Center.
    Josh and his family will leave for Durham, North Carolina on Wednesday.
    His surgery has been scheduled for Friday.Josh has been with the Decatur Police Department for almost five years
    and is married with two young children. In addition to his work as a patrol
    officer, Josh serves on the department’s Honor Guard. His condition came on
    suddenly, with very little warning. In addition to his concern about his
    condition, Josh is dealing with the financial impact it will have on his family.
    An account has been set up at Redstone Federal Credit Union under Joshua
    Driggers Love Offering.

    We ask that everyone remember Josh and his family and keep them in
    your prayers as they go through this difficult time. We will provide updates
    on Josh’s condition as we receive them.

  • Earlier this month, we had this prayer request on behalf of my friend Jodi:My friend Jodi has a prayer request for us. Here is what she wrote:Can you please add my friend Laura to your prayer list this week? Her brother Todd, to whom she’s always been extremely close, has been fighting cancer. They learned yesterday it has spread to his brain. He has been sent home with hospice care. Todd is Laura’s son’s favorite uncle, and this is very hard on him too (Sam, age 9). Thank you!Please pray with me:

    Heavenly Father, we hear daily of struggles that people are going through with that horrific disease — cancer. We really are at a loss to understand how these things invade the lives of Your people, but we also know that You have a plan for all of us. We take heart in Your Words from the book of Jeremiah: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” So we know that, despite the disease that Todd is fighting, we know that his life has a purpose, and it is a purpose that You have written for him. Please be with Todd, with his sister Laura, with her son Sam, and with all of their family. Please give Todd the Peace, the Strength, the Comfort, the Love that he needs. Please be with all of them and enfold them in Your Loving embrace so that they would know You are with them. Also, Lord, if it is Your Will, Lord, we pray for healing for Todd. Show us Your Power, Your Glory, and show us that all the medicine in the world means nothing when compared to what You can do. We ask all of these things in the wonderful name of Your Son Jesus with Thanksgiving. Amen

    Unfortunately, I learned from Jodi that Todd passed away. Please continue to pray for his family, for his sister Laura, and especially for her son Sam, who is missing his Uncle right now. Please pray that God will be with them all in the days, weeks, and months to come. Thank you.

  • Please pray for my Mom — her breast cancer surgery is on Wednesday the 25th.  Please pray for her, for her medical team, and for God’s Healing Touch on her.
  • My wife Cindy and I would like to give Praise to God for the news that our daughter Sophie received!  We learned that she was accepted for her school of choice for the fall!  She will be going to Vernon Malone College and Career Academy, and will be studying Simulation & Game Development!  Cindy and I are very excited for Sophie, and we give God Praise for this great news for Sophie.
  • Please pray for all of those that are participating in the season of Lent.  I have made a commitment to track all of my food on Weight Watchers — this is disciplining me.  Cindy has given up all soda during Lent, and others are doing their own Lenten sacrifices.  Please pray for all of us to be closer to God and the sacrifice that Jesus made for us during this season.
  • Date: February 20: Prayers urgently needed

    Here is an urgent prayer request for all of us!!
    She asked that it be forwarded ASAP to as many people possible:

    Dear Friend: Just a few minutes ago, I received the following text message on my phone, from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI), We spoke briefly on the phone, and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all our contacts.
    We lost the city of Queragosh. It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food to. ISIS has pushed back Kurdish Forces, and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated its staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!!!.

    Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of people of northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians in this area.

    May I plead with you not to ignore this email? Do not forward it before you have prayed through it. Then send it to as many people as possible.
    Send it to friends and Christians you know. Send it to your prayer group. Send it to your pastors. Any one you can think of. We need to stand in the gap for our fellow Christians.

    In His Service,

    Beverly Bassett
    beverly@fbcmilton.org or prayerwarriorfbc@aol.com

    First Baptist Church
    6797 Caroline Street
    Milton, FL 32570

  • My friend Shannan has a prayer request.  We have no details, but we know that God knows all, so please pray for Shannan and for God’s Will in her life.

Now, please pray with me the words that Jesus taught His Disciples to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed by thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever.

Prayers for the Week – Eternal Life

John 10:28-30

28I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me,is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30I and the Father are one.” ~ John 10:28-30 (ESV)

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  More and more often, we hear of tragic events that are happening in the world, and it’s important to me at times like this that we refocus and remember what our Lord said as recorded in the Book of John.

We are approaching the two year anniversary of when we started our prayer posts, and during that time, we have seen the tragedy that comes with the loss of a loved one. Ofttimes, that loss is of a child.  I think that this is why I was led to John this week — that, despite the loss, if we acknowledge that Jesus is our Savior, and that He died for our sins, and was resurrected, if we believe that, then we will have eternal life when we die, regardless of when that is.  If you are not sure how to be saved, please check out this post.  Now, please take a moment and read our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises…

  • My friend Jeff needs some prayers, please. Here is what he wrote on Facebook:Everyone please say a prayer for my Mamaw Davis this morning. She fell and broke her hip this morning and is currently headed into surgery. She’s 94 years old, but a very strong woman. Much stronger than I ever will be. There is always a risk involved of course, but she needs all of your prayers to pull through this.Please pray for his Mamaw’s healing as she goes through this. Thanks everyone!
  • My friend Natalie has a prayer request. Here is what she wrote:I am asking all my friends to remember my cousin when you pray. This is going to be a very hard surgery with a VERY long recovery. I plan to love her through it all and be by her side for the surgery. So, whisper a prayer for her family as well. She has been blessed with an amazing husband that loves her to the moon and back. She also has a 10 year old little girl that deserves to have a healthy mommy.The context of that prayer is her cousin, who wrote this on Facebook:

    With a bitersweet feeling I want to share a somewhat thankful yet somewhat scared announcement! Most of my closet friends and family know that I’ve battled severe debilitating bouts of pancreatitis that have escalated to the point of worrying whether I’m going to make it or not while still clinging to the faith My Lord and Savior holds me in the palm of his hands. … For those who are not familiar with pancreatitis it many cases it is not linked with alcohol abuse or chemical exposures, more times than known until so severe and investigated deeply pancreatitis is found to be genetically inherited. I found out just recently after extensive testing by a team of specialist that is the case with me also discovered that I as well have a pancreas birth defect that in itself puts my body in a struggle that keeps me very sick and that combined w the genetics is more than one can imagine to handle. … With years of high labs, near fatal lapses and close calls w the knowledge of the reasons and where it developed from they were able to determine my risk for pancreatic cancer is not only a risk but most definite. With all that being said a date has been set for my TP/AIT to remove my pancreas and to transplant the cells that will keep me alive. So within the next couple of months I will be having this surgery although very extensive and very scary, I am at peace that this will lengthen my time on earth. … I hope to be a voice of inspiration to some and to share my battle so that those who feel without hope may find some. Prayers are asked in advance for the days to come for me and my family and thanked for most indefinitely from the bottom of my heart…. Warmly, Tyra

    Please pray for her healing, and for all of their strength, comfort, love, support, and most importantly, peace. Thanks everyone!

  • The Brackbill family in Pennsylvania is in need of your prayers. They have recently learned that their daughter, Tori, has Infantile Krabbe’s Disease. The average life expectancy is 2 years, and there is no cure. Please pray boldly for a cure, for healing for Tori, for God to perform a miracle and show all of us that He is in charge, and that He can do anything!Most of all, though, pray for God’s Peace, Comfort, Strength, and Love to descend upon all of them. Thank you. If you want to read their post, click here.
  • Lastly, we give praise to You, God, for all that You do for us.  We know that we are not worthy of any of the blessings that You have given us, but we thank you for them anyway. Our prayer, Lord, is that You would lead us, guide us, to be the type of servants that You would have us be.

Now, please pray with us the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed by thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever.

Cinderella’s Royal Table – My Most Romantic Disney Restaurant!

Welcome to the next stop on Magical Blogorail Green . Today we are discussing why Cinderella’s Royal Table is my pick for the most romantic Disney restaurant!

Dinner inside Cinderella Castle is a very romantic occasion!
Dinner inside Cinderella Castle is a very romantic occasion!

Ah, Cinderella Castle and Valentine’s Day.  Two words that were made for each other when it comes to romantic encounters.  In this month’s Blogorail post, we are talking about our most romantic Disney restaurants — and for me, I immediately thought of Cinderella Castle!  For those that don’t know, inside the walkway between the front and the rear of the Castle is a dining location called “Cinderella’s Royal Table”.  If you have reservations for this location, you will get to enjoy a wonderful meal on the second floor of the Castle.

Certainly, the restaurant is primarily a kid friendly restaurant — there likely won’t ever be a time when you are eating there when there aren’t some kids enjoying breakfast, lunch, or dinner there.  However, that doesn’t mean that the experience isn’t romantic.  When two people are in love, the world truly does kind of fade away into the background because they only have eyes for one another.  I remember way back in 2001 my wife Cindy and I went to Walt Disney World before our daughter Sophie was born, and we were able to get a lunch reservation the day we were there!  As certain as I was that there were children there while we were eating, I don’t remember that at all — because I only had eyes for my wife.

Fireworks exploding around the Castle. Image courtesy my friend Neal.
Fireworks exploding around the Castle. Image courtesy my friend Neal.

The last time that we ate at Cinderella’s Royal Table was in 2012 when we visited with our friends Neal and Kerry, their kids, and our friend Monica and her daughter.  We made a reservation for the restaurant, and I was disappointed that the time we could get was 8:40PM.  However, as I discovered and wrote about here, that time was a blessing in disguise, as we were inside the Castle when Wishes was performed, and we had a very romantic and unique location to view it from that I had never experienced before!

Also, if you are considering proposing to your special someone, then Cinderella’s Royal Table or the vicinity of the Castle are the place to do it from!  You can schedule a special dinner for you and your loved one, and they can even put the ring on the plate as part of your dessert course, or you can improvise yourself and ask her in front of the Castle, like what happened with my niece Stephanie and her husband Shane.

Shane proposing to my niece Stephanie!
Shane proposing to my niece Stephanie!

As you can see, romance truly does live at Cinderella Castle and Cinderella’s Royal Table!  Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere.

Magical Blogorail Green

Here is the map of our Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop – Disney Mamas – Top 3 Spots for Romantic Dining at WDW
2nd Stop – Rolling with the Magic – Remy
3rd Stop – Disney Nouns – Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
4th Stop – My Dreams of Disney – Cinderella’s Royal Table
Final Stop – Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere – Palo

Prayers for the Week – Wonderfully Made

Psalm 139:14

14I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. ~ Psalm 139:14 (ESV)

Hello my friends, and welcome to this week’s Prayers for the Week post.  This week, we’re focusing on how God has created us.  Most of our prayer requests revolve around things that our Brothers and Sisters-in-Christ are going through, so it’s important to remember that God made us.  Also, I think it is important to remember that God knows us all, even if we aren’t taking the time to know Him in return, and that He has plans for us.  Let’s remember the wonderful verse to be found in Jeremiah 29:11 in both picture in text:

Jeremiah 29:11

11For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. ~ Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)

My friends, we are human, and many times we don’t know why things happen to those we love.  Why does my Mom have breast cancer?  Why does Cindy’s Aunt Carol have breast cancer?  Why do other people we know have such serious illnesses?  We don’t know why.  What I know, though, is that it is in times like this that we must turn to God for the support we need.  Our strength is nothing — the strength I have is all because of God.  If you are struggling, if you are hurting, if you are scared or lonely or afraid, I urge you to give your fears up to God.  He will care for you, He longs for you to turn to Him.  He will give you Peace, but you need to ask Him for it.  Now, please read along and pray with us for the rest of our Prayer Requests and Praises.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Please pray for my friend Janice. She has been undergoing a huge assortment of tests, and today found out that her illness is Graves Disease. Please pray for her recovery, treatment, Peace, Comfort, Strength, and her medical team as they work on beating this disease.
  • My friend Jodi has a prayer request for us. Here is what she wrote:Can you please add my friend Laura to your prayer list this week? Her brother Todd, to whom she’s always been extremely close, has been fighting cancer. They learned yesterday it has spread to his brain. He has been sent home with hospice care. Todd is Laura’s son’s favorite uncle, and this is very hard on him too (Sam, age 9). Thank you!Please pray with me:

    Heavenly Father, we hear daily of struggles that people are going through with that horrific disease — cancer. We really are at a loss to understand how these things invade the lives of Your people, but we also know that You have a plan for all of us. We take heart in Your Words from the book of Jeremiah: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” So we know that, despite the disease that Todd is fighting, we know that his life has a purpose, and it is a purpose that You have written for him. Please be with Todd, with his sister Laura, with her son Sam, and with all of their family. Please give Todd the Peace, the Strength, the Comfort, the Love that he needs. Please be with all of them and enfold them in Your Loving embrace so that they would know You are with them. Also, Lord, if it is Your Will, Lord, we pray for healing for Todd. Show us Your Power, Your Glory, and show us that all the medicine in the world means nothing when compared to what You can do. We ask all of these things in the wonderful name of Your Son Jesus with Thanksgiving. Amen

  • Please continue to pray for my Mom, Ellen, who has breast cancer.  She had some tests done, and it cleared up some things that they needed to know, so that was good news.  Thanks!
  • Please pray for Cindy’s Aunt Carol.  She has been fighting breast cancer for a long time now, and is doing well, but when she gets her treatments it wears her out for a day or two, so please pray for her strength during these treatments.
  • Please pray for my sister Robin — she starts her new job on Monday!  Please pray that she would be the light in her classroom that her students need, and that this experience is everything that she hopes it is and then some!
  • Please give great Praise to God for Nora, the newborn daughter of friends of mine.  She was born on the 5th, and all the family is doing well, so please give praise to God for all of that!
  • Please pray for the recovery of my friend Elise.  She had successful surgery and is now back home and is recovering.  Please pray that she would have great healing and that her family can rest easily from now on out!  Please pray for Elise, her husband Randy, and their two wonderful children.  Thanks!

If you have a prayer request, please do not hesitate to leave it with us as a comment.  We pray for all of you, and if you need prayers, we are here for you.  Thank you all for praying for these requests!  Now, please close with me by praying the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed by thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever.