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

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