Prayer & Praise Monday – January 13, 2014

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Greetings, Prayer Warriors! My, it has been too long since I’ve met you all here!

Yes, I know it is actually Tuesday, but I’m getting this published late! The story of my life, lately… 🙂

We’ve got an urgent prayer request that I want to get right to, and then I’ll update you on a few others…

• Do you remember our adorable little Bridget?

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Who could forget that precious smile? Bridget is the daughter of one of my best, best friends (Joyce). We first started praying for Bridget back in 2011 when, at the age of 1, she was diagnosed with a cataract in one eye and underwent surgery to correct it. She has since had three surgeries and though her vision seemed to be improving at one point, it has now regressed and seems to be at its lowest point ever. So sad! Despite hours and hours of patching a day, corrective glasses, and countless exams from a whole host of doctors, they are left with no answers as to why this is happening! It’s never good when your doctor says he doesn’t know and he’s never seen this before! The good news is that doctors agree that her eye is healthy, the lens is clear, and everything looks to be in place as it should be. In order to (Lord willing!) get to the bottom of this mystery and restore Bridget’s sight, her doctor is performing an MRI and some others tests as I type this. They want to see if there is something going on in the brain or with the nerves behind the eye to cloud her vision.

Please stop now and pray that the Lord will reveal clear answers through this testing and that doctors will have wisdom about how to proceed. Pray that Bridget, Joyce, and Bridget’s daddy, Jason, will have peace that surpasses all understanding as they endure this long day and the coming days as they await test results. Bridget has to be put under anesthesia for the MRI so please also pray that she will do well with that and that God would spare her from the difficulties she has had coming out of anesthesia in the past. Most of all, pray that our God and Father will be glorified through Bridget’s life as the great Physician and the great Healer!

• Now, for an exciting update from Throne of Grace’s Deb. Deb has shared with us in the past how she and her husband have struggled through infertility for many, many years now. God graciously brought their amazing son, Cole, into their lives through adoption (almost 8 years ago!) and God has been gracious to the Townsend family once again! Introducing Quinn!

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Deb and her family traveled this past week to China to welcome this adorable little guy into their family. Quinn is 10 months old and, according to Deb, very, very tiny! Quinn was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate and will be having some surgery to correct these issues once he gets settled in to life in the U.S. What a blessing that he will be given that opportunity! The Townsends will be in China for a couple more weeks as they get the adoption finalized and give Quinn a little time to bond with his forever family. Let’s pray for a quick and deep bond to form among all four of them! Pray that God will make the way smooth before them as they finish their travels and begin life as a family of FOUR! So exciting! If you’d like to read more about Deb’s precious gift, she is documenting the journey HERE.

• Bonnie Jean would like continued prayer for her family. Her mom passed away back in November after suffering with Alzheimer’s. Bonnie Jean is grateful that her mom is now free from the disease! Please pray for Bonnie Jean and her brothers as the family dynamics are affected by their loss. Bonnie Jean has never been close with her brothers and would like prayer that the Lord would use this time to heal old wounds and draw her brothers into a personal relationship with Jesus.

• Please be praying this week for our sister in Christ, Heidi. Heidi is due on January 23rd with her first baby, a girl, who doctors believe has Downs Syndrome. Praise God for Heidi and her husband who are trusting the Lord through this challenging time. As Heidi says, “We honestly have had little time to even think about her diagnosis. We feel that the Lord has given us a special ‘charge’ to speak out for children who don’t often have a voice: foster children and developmentally delayed children.” Heidi and her husband are also fostering a little boy whom they hope to adopt. Lord, bless Heidi and her husband – these special servants – and grant them all they need to do Your work of loving and leading these precious little ones!

• Finally, friends, I would love to selfishly ask you to continue holding me and my family up in prayer! We are still very much in uncertain times for the Garibaldis! 🙂 Our home of the past 9 years closes escrow in 14 days and we still have no place to go! Praise God our wonderful buyers are allowing us to rent back for another month…but the time is still short! Please pray for the Lord’s direction and wisdom to guide all our decision-making and that our eyes would be open to see the wonder of His plan! Please pray that I will be able to get the time I need to accomplish the overwhelming task of getting packed. SOOOO little progress has been made in that department! It seems I can barely keep up with the everyday tasks of life right now like laundry, dishes, grocery shopping and school responsibilities…there is just not *extra* time to move!

Have a blessed week you all! Thanks for hanging in there with me! And, please, let me know how we can be praying for YOU!

By His Grace and for His Glory,molly

Prayer & Praise Monday – October 28, 2013

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Hello there, Throne of Grace friends and prayer warriors!

We’ve got lots of great praises to share with you today, so I’ll get right to them…

• About a year ago, we were praying with Lauren as she stepped out in faith to begin a MOPS ministry at her church in Alabama. Lauren is so grateful for our prayers and wants to praise God for the huge doors He has opened for their ministry as they have begun their 2nd year. You may remember that Lauren had no one to head up the children’s program for MOPS last year. About a month ago a woman stepped up to coordinate the children’s program and is doing an amazing job! Lauren says they have moms coming from all over the area – including a German woman who just moved into the area from Germany and has a new baby. These women are desperate for friends and encouragement and what a blessing that the Word for God is being presented to them and they are being given the opportunity to hear of God’s goodness through the testimonies of other women. Thank you, Lord, for the example of Lauren being obedient to Your call and trusting in Your provision, in Your timing!

Let’s continue to pray for Lauren in her leadership role. She just gave birth 5 weeks ago to her 3rd child (a girl named Joy!). May the Lord be her joy in the midst of the challenging days and nights with a newborn and may He enable Lauren to joyfully handle all that is on her plate!

• I have a great update from our sweet friend, Heidi. Heidi is pregnant with a daughter who, according to an amniocentesis, has Downs Syndrome. Heidi is also in the process of trying to adopt her foster child! In the midst of all this, her husband had to have shoulder surgery, which has kept him from being able to work, and Heidi was in an unstable job herself. Here is her great praise:

I’m excited to report that I found a new job, and I start the first week in November. Praise God, they weren’t shaken at all when I shared that I’m about to enter my third trimester of pregnancy. 🙂 The company I’m going to isn’t as close to home as I’d like (my previous job was less than a mile from home), but the company seems very good, very stable, and the kind of place where I should be able to spend the rest of my career. Yay God! My husband’s shoulder is slowly healing, but he is still in a lot of pain. We’re grateful for this opportunity for him to spend time recovering before we have two little ones in our home.

 

Let’s ask the Lord to remove the pain from Heidi’s husband’s shoulder and speed him back to work! Let’s also pray that Heidi will have a smooth transition into her new job. And I know Heidi would also love continued prayer for her pregnancy and for the preparations for whatever challenges await!

• Thank you for your prayers for my sister’s adoption process. In the past week, we’ve decided that I will get the blessing of being able to travel with her and her family to Utah where the baby will be born. While my sister and her husband are busy with adoption details, I get to play with my nephew, Beau, and niece, Penelope. The new baby (gender not know yet!) could really come at any time, so we are needing to be ready to hop on a plane at a moment’s notice! I have such special memories of when I got to travel with them for Penelope’s adoption.

Here I am holding Penelope for the first time!

Here I am holding Penelope for the first time!

Building a snowman with my nephew Beau.

Building a snowman with my nephew Beau.

Something we hadn't done for a LONG time!

Something we hadn’t done for a LONG time!

Please pray for all of us to trust in God’s timing and in His provisions. There are many details to iron out in the care for my family while I am gone, the work of the Throne of Grace ministry at the height of our busy season, and of course, getting everything ready for the new baby! Please also continue to pray for a healthy delivery and for the birthmom to have all the care and comfort she needs at this difficult time in her life. We are so grateful for her amazing sacrifices!

If things get quiet around here for a while…you’ll know why! 🙂

Thanks for your continued partnership in prayer! What a blessing it is to join you all here at the throne of God’s abundant grace each week! Please let us know how we can be praying for you…

By His Grace and for His Glory,molly

Prayer & Praise Monday – October 21, 2013

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Good Monday Morning Friends!

We are sailing through the month of October, already! Did you know that October is Pastor Appreciation month? Well it is! So let’s begin with a prayer for our pastors:

Dear Jesus, Thank you for not leaving us alone! You are so good to have given us Your Holy Spirit to teach us, convict us, and remind us of all of Your words. And if that weren’t enough, you have also given us wonderful shepherds – our pastors – to give us greater insight into Scripture and to lead us as we seek to become more like You! Today we ask for a special blessing over our pastors. We pray that you will keep them close to You, protect them from temptation, and use them mightily for Your Kingdom. Help them to rely on Your strength, and not their own, to remain faithful to the calling You have given them. Give them rest, refreshment, and encouragement for their souls to press on when faced with challenges. Show us, Lord, how we may bring special blessings to our pastors and their families this month! Amen.

One of the BEST ways you can encourage your pastor is through your faithful prayers. Of course, Throne of Grace has the perfect tool to help with that!

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Here are a few other ideas of ways to give your pastor a little extra special appreciation this month (or anytime!):

* Give your pastor and his wife a gift card to a local restaurant for a night out (offer to provide babysitting, if necessary!)

* Send him a card of thanks in the mail. If you have children, have them include pictures or artwork!

* Invite your pastor and his family over for dinner.

* Give your pastor a gift certificate to a local Christian Book Store or online Christian book distributor.

* Use whatever gifts God has given you to serve your pastor or his family – bake goodies, clean their house, offer to do yard work, wash a car, do home maintenance, etc.

Here are a few new prayer requests and praises this week:

• Meredith has asked us to pray specifically for her senior pastor. Please pray for protection for his 5 young kids and beautiful wife and direction for Meredith’s church.

• Throne of Grace’s own Deb and her family are praising God that they have received a referral for an infant boy in China.  Hallelujah! They have been waiting for many, many months to move forward with their adoption! Please pray for them as they wait to travel and as they prepare to welcome a precious little one into their home!

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• And last, but not least, please join me in praying for one more adopting family that was just matched with a baby:

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My sister, Emmy, and brother-in-law, Nathan, have just today received the wonderful news that a birthmother has chosen their family! Praise God! My new niece or nephew will be born sometime in the next few weeks! Please pray for the health of both mom and baby and pray for a safe delivery. Emmy would also love prayers for wisdom in the decisions that need to be made in the next few weeks and for God’s peace as they trust Him to orchestrate all the details of traveling for the baby’s birth and preparing for the baby’s arrival home. Let’s also pray for a smooth adjustment for the whole family (especially for 2 1/2 year old Penelope!)

We’d love to know you are praying with us this week! Leave us a comment below…and be sure to let us know if there is a way we can be praying for YOU! 🙂

Blessings,molly