Friday, March 26, 2010

March 26, 2010

This request just came in.  James 5:15 says, "and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, it shall be forgiven him."

Please pray for Ronnie and Karen Smith. He had a heart/lung bypass surgery in Sept. He has has had a lot of memory loss and the doctors did an MRI on Sat. Ronnie has Hydrocephalus “Water on the Brain”. He will see a surgeon on April 19th for consultation to have a shunt put in his brain. This family has had severa...l major devastating situations happen in the past month. They desperately need all our prayers.See More

"Oh Lord for this family I pray.  We could ask as Peter did, 'Lord where else can I go?', but we know our answer is in YOU Lord.  It is You that raises the dead to life again.  It is YOU Lord that heals a brain that is in danger.  It is YOU oh Lord, that releaves the suffering, restores bodies to wholeness again.  It is You - the God of all Gods, the Lord in whom we trust."

Your Partner in Prayer

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

March 10, 2010

Dear Prayer Warriors
I posted a request on our Community of Intercessors page the other day. The following is in addition to what I told you then.

We are still in need of calling on God in Elizabeth's behalf. They practically re-made her heart and now a week later she is fighting staph infection which has caused 103 degrees of temperature and inspite of all she has been through, today they will install a pace makert. The Dr. had prepared for one during surgery, so the procedure to put it in now is not as extensive, but dreadfully necessary.

Below is the request as I received it.

Everyone please pray for Elizabeth. Heart surgery last Wed. still in ICU & heavily sedated. Running a fever of 103+. High-dose antibiotics but fever won't break. concerned the infection may have settled around her heart. Planning to insert the pace maker today...fever or not...this is a result of the damage during the... surgery to fix all the other problems. Please pray!!!!!! God is Able!.

Thanks again for praying.
Your partner in Prayer,

Monday, March 8, 2010

Requests for March 8, 2010

Last week, while my computer was on the fritz, a young friend of mine had to have extensive heart surgery. One among many in her life, as her birth and life since has not been the best for Elizabeth. Elizabeth was supposed to be a healthy and happy baby girl 19 years ago at her birth. However it didn't take long for the Doctors to realize she was in trouble.

I am not sure of all the problems then, or even now, however Little Rock Children's Hospital has become her home away from home. Even though the calendar tells us she has celebrated her 19th birthday, we who know Elizabeth think of her as our little girl. And in stature she is. Her growth was stunned because of all her medical problems - so to everyone who meets her will also think of her as a little girl.

Her surgery lasted 17 1/2 hours last Wednesday. The Doctor said it was the longest on his record. As her family including two brothers, one sister-in-law, her mom and dad, grandparents, cousins and aunts along with friends came to wait the day, the room was often somber. No one wanting to think of the intensive procedure that was taking place behind closed doors a few feet away. Hourly reports came and with each report we were still wanting more. For the surgery to be over, Elizabeth well and healthy, and blowing bubbles from a Styrofoam cup into the air, pestering all the little boys; A beloved pastime of hers.

Five days later, she is still in a medical induced coma - or twilight sleep. Being guarded closely in the critical care unit, it became necessary for the surgeon to install a pacemaker  to assist in regulating her heart.  Her heart rate has slowed down to around 20, she has had to have units of blood (how many, I'm not sure) and she does respond with a head shake when asked a question.

I just learned that while her frail body is trying to recuperate from the surgery, she has come in contact with a staph infection.

This is why you are reading this today in a more lengthy request than usual. It is most important to pray for Elizabeth today, that God have His way. With all the people whose prayer requests line she is on, I know God is hearing those prayers. I believe God will continue to hear the prayers we submit to our Holy God that does all things well. I also believe that if she does not pull through, God had other plans.  That is not an "out" in case He doesn't heal her.  We can only ask and believe, and the rest is left up to Him.  I do know God is able to deliver Elizabeth to her family WHOLE.  I do know HE can stop the staph infection before it spreads.  Oh Yes, I serve a God who cares.  I also know He has the bigger picture that we are not privy to see!

For now howeverfor let us prpay to the God of Mercy

• to stay the hand of death
• bring healing of body, mind and spirit.
• Bring renewed strength to Mona, Elizabeth's mother.
• Guard the heart of both brothers and their father and grant them Peace at this time, and Grace to come boldly before the throne of God to ask His help.

Yours for Intercession,


Friday, March 5, 2010

March 5, 2010

God is so much bigger than our need.  Even though our circumstances seem to loom bigger than life to the point of overwhelming us, there is someone who will take our hand and lead us to the God that heals, the God who restores, who comforts, who holds us, who walks with us,  eradicates our fears and questions, and shows us just how little our circumstance is when we are in His care.  Intercessors and friends will take our hand and do just that.

I love that!  I wish I did not have to be reminded how important I am to Him, my Father, my Lord and Savior.  However in reading the Psalms this morning my spirit heard again His words from Psalms 103:14  "He knows our frame and remembers we are dust".

Most translations read the same.  He knows how frail I am.  He knows I would soon sink under a heavy load.  He knows we are easily broken down by the pressures of trials.  He remembers what we are made of - He remembers the dust that first formed man. 

Often we don't recognize our frailties.  Often we attempt to solve our own problems with the underlying thought of "I got myself into this, it is left up to me to get myself out".  NO, NO, a thousand times NO.
He stands ready to take our hand when we try to "walk on water" and fail.  He stands ready to brush us off, heal the wounds other have caused, wipe our tears away when we grieve, and give us HIS strength to try again.

God is this and so much more.  Trust Him with your needs, your desires and yes your wants.

Your partner in Intercession,