Colleen, Megumi, & Shalena

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Colleen, Megumi, & Shalena
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Sun, 08-31-2008 - 10:12pm

Enjoy getting to know each other and praying for each other this month ladies!

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Mon, 09-01-2008 - 12:14am

hi ladies! so excited to be partnering with you this month!

quick refresher from me - i have 2 lo's - dd, layla, who is just about 2 and ds malakai (kai), who is just over 6 wks. i live in western ny and have been married to dh josh for 5 yrs. i'm mostly a sahm, with a couple little things on the side (once a week childcare thing and sunday school director for the 18 mo -3 yr class at my church).

well, i'll get right into it, i guess lol! you can keep dh and i in your prayers. we have a great marriage, but been having a little strain recently. just not seeing eye to eye on a couple things. not a biggie, but we did have a big argument tonight, and it's been a long time since that's happened, so i think we could use a little extra prayer =)

always need prayer on the financial side of things. God is good and always provides (praise), but we're extremely tight at the moment, and i'd love the prayer support!

layla starts preschool next week! i can't wait, and i'm so excited for her, but prayers for a smooth transition and praise for her growing up and being able to go to school! she's great in that kind of environment, and knows a lot of kids in her class already, but still...

there you go - you're loaded up on things to pray for lol! now, how can i pray for you?



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Mon, 09-01-2008 - 12:16am

Hi Colleen and Shaelna,

Hope you're enjoying the 3-day weekend! :)

I'm still the new kid on the block here, so let me share a little about myself.

I'm Megumi. Wife to Hiro, mom to Ryoma. Hiro and I have been married for 7 years. We got married after dating for 6 years, so we've been together for 13 years. It's scary how fast time flies... After having a m/c in Dec of 2005, we were finally blessed with a beautiful son, Ryoma on 5/24.

I'm originally from Japan. Born and raised in Kobe (famous for Kobe beef). But have moved around a lot since 16. I attended a boarding school in California for a year and a half, went to Boston for college, moved to NY after getting married and lived in manhattan for 4 years, moved to Portland, Oregon for DH's job, and finally moved back to NY (long island) in Dec of 2006 to settle for a little while.

I was born and raised in a Christian home, so it was easy for me to accept Christ as my lord and savior. But I've had some ups and downs in my walk of faith. I finally surrendered my life to Christ after experiencing 9/11. I lived 5, 6 blocks south of World Trade Center when the planes struck the towers. And after God brought me out of the area safely, I felt His strong presence.

My main prayer request is for Hiro and Ryoma's salvation. Hiro has definitely come a long way, though. There were times when he didn't want me to go to church, but now he's okay with it. He's been to church with me number of times, but can't seem to accept Christ as his savior yet. He told me he doesn't want me to bring Ryoma to church because he thinks that's brainwashing him. But he was okay with me bringing Ryoma to church the first time I went back to church after having Ryoma.

I think Hiro's home so I should go now...

God bless!

Megumi

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Mon, 09-01-2008 - 6:39am

HI!!!

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Mon, 09-01-2008 - 10:23am

Colleen,

I guess we cross posted. :) I'm glad to be your prayer partner, too!!!

I'll definitely keep you and your DH in my prayers. There are always ups and downs in a relationship, and I know how challenging it could be at times. But I know God will smooth things out between you and him. :)

I'll also be praying for God's provision in your finance, and God's protection over Layla as she starts preschool. That must be a big step for her!!! How many times a week will she be going to school? Praying that she gets adjusted to the school environment quickly.

Have a wonderful Labor Day!!!

God bless,
Megumi

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Mon, 09-01-2008 - 10:40am

Shalena,

I'm excited to be your prayer partner this month!!! :)

I love getting to know people through prayer. It definitely brings us closer, doesn't it?

I'll definitely pray for financial provision. Satan is constantly trying to pull us away from God, and he'll do whatever he could to prevent us from having a relationship with God. But Jesus is victorious over evil, so I know God will provide all your needs. Keep trusting Him!!! :)

I'll keep Alice's health in my prayer. Praying that she gets over the cold quickly.

I'll keep your DH Scott in my prayers, too. That's wonderful that he's accepted Christ as his savior. But it must be hard for you to see that he doesn't have the fruit of the Spirit. I'll pray that the Holy Spirit enters his life and transforms him completely, and that he will not be bound to earthly things, but to Godly things.

I'll also pray for God's blessing upon your relationship with Scott. Hang in there!!!

Peace,
Megumi

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Mon, 09-01-2008 - 10:57am

Good morning, sisters!

I have a few additional prayer requests.

Could you pray for Hiro's work? He's an assistant professor at a graduate school level science research institute. He's been at this job for almost 2 years, but he's been under a lot of stress ever since he started this job. I feel that God is using this opportunity so that Hiro would reach out to Him and start to have a relationship with Him. Hiro has come to church in the past to start having a relationship with God, but he's expecting things to change right away. And since he feels that nothing has changed, he feels that God has deserted him. Ultimately, I know everything will get better when he surrenders his life completely to God, so his salvation is what I pray for the most. But in the meantime, please pray for peace in Hiro's heart, mind and soul.

Could you also pray for Ryoma's healing from yeast infection in the neck and diaper area? The neck area is much better, but I noticed a similar redness/smell in his diaper area, and I'm wondering if it could also be yeast infection. He's not fussy, so it's probably not too bad, but it breaks my heart every time I see the redness. I feel like I'm doing something wrong...

Please also pray for my faith. Ever since I had Ryoma, I feel like I haven't been spending enough time with God. And because of that, I feel spiritually weak these days. I've only been back to church twice recently. I was planning to go yesterday, but missed the service because I was tired. I'm making excuses to stay home when I should be serving God.... So please keep me in your prayers.

Thank you!!!

God bless,
Megumi

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Mon, 09-01-2008 - 1:15pm

Am glad to pray for you Megumi :)

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Mon, 09-01-2008 - 1:26pm

hi ladies! thank you for sharing so much... i think i need to share a little more about myself =) i'm a pastor's kid, so i've been a christian for forever, and grew up really involved in the church. however, we moved a lot, and after one of the moves (when i was 11), i was really bitter about it, and although i put on a "face" at church and with a lot of people, i really went into some depression and rebellion and wasn't so into being a christian anymore. that lasted into college, where i eventually had some experiences that touched me spiritually, and i gave myself back to Him. i met my dh while in college - he's also a pastors kid and has had his own share of ups and downs (some pretty bad downs) - but is also working on bringing himself closer to Christ. we got married right out of college and, like i said, have had our own ups and downs in marriage, but i'm very blessed in our marriage. we also had a m/c in dec of '05 but got pg right away with layla, then kai after not too long =) we're pretty involved in our church here, but i think we're both struggling to grow in our own faith right now.

girls - i'm praying for both your husbands and for your relationships with them. that God will smack them in the face with something that will cause them to need to surrender to Him! praying that you both will be shining examples of God to your husbands!

also praying for both your lo's and their health! megumi - please don't feel as if you've done something wrong. you can keep kids in a bubble, and they're still gonna find a way to get sick or get a boo-boo! you are being a perfect mother by being so aware and attentive to what's going on with him!

it is so hard to stay accountable in your faith after kids - sometimes there is just no time (or at least it feels that way)! i can use prayer in the same area! i'm hoping this new Bible in a year thing will help me be accountable. i'd also like prayer (or advice) on ways to help introduce layla into christian things. we read her toddler Bible and pray at meals and before bedtime, but sometimes i wish i could do more. she will be starting sunday school this year, and her preschool (one morning a week, btw) is christian-based. now, after writing that, i guess she will be getting a lot. sometimes i just don't feel equipped for the responsibility!

anyway, i hope you ladies are having a wonderful day - talk to you soon!



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Tue, 09-02-2008 - 1:07am

Thanks, Shalena! Ryoma's diaper rash is getting better, so thank you for your prayer!!! :)

I'm going to buy talc-free baby powder tomorrow and try putting it on the area that tends to trap moisture. I read that the powder from California Baby's quite good, so I'll see if it works for Ryoma.

How's Alice feeling today? Hope she's feeling better today.

:)
Megumi

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Tue, 09-02-2008 - 1:16am

Colleen,

Thanks for your prayers. :) Yes, I know what you mean by not being able to keep the baby in a bubble, and I know he will get sick or get hurt. But Hiro and I are dreading about that... Please pray that I would stay calm and lean on God when that happens.

As for ways to introduce Christian things to Layla, I think you're doing all that you could with her. :) One thing I would like to do with Ryoma is to sing Christian children's songs. Do you do that with her? I'll pray that God will guide you to be a model for both of your kids.

Hope you had a fun weekend!

Megumi

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