Hi Sparrow and Megumi, I look forward to praying for you both this month.
I will start by telling you more about me, I am Jess, 31, I have been married for 10 years to Chris. We have 4 beautiful kids Bailey (girl 9), Morgan (girl 7), Christopher Jr (boy 5), and Emily (girl, one on the 3rd). We are currently TTC our fifth child. We live in rural Missouri. I stay at home full time with our kids.
So now that you know more about me, I will put in my prayer requests. :o) Please be in prayer for my DH's safety. He is currently working out of town and drives about 100 miles away on Mondays and comes home of Fridays. Pray he would stay close to the Lord and not fall prey to sin while away from his family. Please be in prayer for me to be tolerant and kind as I deal with all the kids alone during the week. I would also appreciate prayers for my house. I was charged by the Lord to "get my house in order" so that is what I am doing. It is a long road, and I am walking it faithfully, but encouragement is not bad :o) We would also welcome prayer about wheather to homeschool the kids this fall. It is fairly expensive to get the supplies for all three kids, so we want to be sure it is what God would have us do. The last prayer request is that God would help me keep taking every thought captive. I really struggle when DH is away with what he might/could/possibly be doing. Satan takes me to the darkest places you can imagine, so I am actively trying to keep my thoughts under control. Oh yeah, and pray for my weight loss efforts. I am trying to be more active and eat more healthy, I would appreciate any support there too :o)
Okay I am done! I can't wait to get to praying for you all and getting to know you better!
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Hi Sparrow and Jess!! We've corresponded a few times on the board, but I'm sooo happy to have you two as my prayer partners. :) Looking forward to getting to know you better and praying for you.
Jess, I'll definitely keep you in my prayers. I wrote all of your requests down on my prayer book so that I won't forget any of them. :) It must be hard to be away from Chris while he is away for work. Does he travel for work a lot, or just this week? Praying for his safety and that he'll stay close to the Lord while he's away. Do you get help from your family or friends while Chris is away? I can't imagine taking care of 4 children all by yourself!!! Praying that God gives you patience and peace while you take care of your children on your own. I hear you about God putting us in charge of the house. But with God's help, I'm sure we'll be able to do great work! I'll be praying that God gives you guidance and wisdom (and financial support) if you decide to homeschool your children. Are you homeschooling them right now? As for keeping your thoughts under control, I'll be praying that God protects you from evil. Satan tries to attack those who are trying to make things right with the Lord, but know that God is victorious over evil. Satan can't do any harm to you!!! I'll also be praying for your weight loss. Do you exercise at all? I would think you're getting enough exercise just by taking care of 4 children.
Sparrow, how can I pray for you? How's your pregnancy going so far? How far along are you now? Let us know how we could pray for you. :)
Here's a little intro of me that I'm copying and pasting from last month's prayer partner thread. :P
I'm Megumi (32) married to DH Hiro (35) for almost 8 years (14 years since we started dating!!!) and we have a precious little boy Ryoma (9 months). I was born and raised in Kobe (famous for beef, if you've heard of Kobe beef), Japan, but I attended an international school (like an american school) since I was 5, so that's where I learned English. From my junior year in high school, I transferred to a boarding school in California, and then went to college in Boston. I moved back to Japan after college, but after getting married to Hiro, we moved to NYC in Sept, 2001. I left Japan before Hiro because I was going back to school, and Hiro had to finish up his work before the move. A week after I moved to NY, the unthinkable happened - 9/11. My apartment was located about 5, 6 blocks south of WTC and I was in my apartment when the planes struck the towers. Our apartment was not affected, but we had to evacuate the building that day. I definitely felt God's protection that day, and that was the turning point in my journey of faith. I was raised in a Christian home, and I accepted Christ as my Lord and savior when I was 11, but I struggled with my faith from time to time. After 9/11, my faith has gotten so much stronger.
So that's me! :)
As for my prayer request, first and for most, please pray for Hiro's salvation. He believes that there is a God, but he hasn't been able to accept Jesus as his Lord and savior. Please also pray for Hiro's work. He's an assistant professor and runs his own research lab. He's been writing many grants, but none of them have been accepted. He's turning in a big one this week, so please pray that if it's according to God's plan, that it will get accepted.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Have a blessed day.
Love in Jesus,Megumi
hi jess and megumi!! sorry it has taken me so long to get back and post a real post here today!! i woke up with lots on my mind to get done, and then couldn't seem to get down to work. i fought back and forth between accepting God's grace and giving in to the devil regarding my attitude in many things this morning, until around noon i surrendered completely to God's goodness and got some things done finally. amazing what happens when we let Him work and stop allowing the devil's thoughts about our lives and day pollute us and make us pout, isn't it?
first, a quick bit about me... i am sparrow (nope not a real name... just a nickname for online! LOL!), and i have been married to dh amante for almost three years. we have a lovely daughter, bella who is eleven, a son in heaven, Levi who died of a missed miscarriage a year ago in february, and we are expecting a baby in june! we are so excited!! dh works at a music company here in michigan, and i stay at home and homeschool bella. over all, it's a good life... which makes it all the more maddening when i can't get over the irritated, moody, complaining hump! lol! the pregnancy is going well. all is on schedule, and i feel baby move regularly now, so that's kinda fun. i am tired a lot of the time, but that is because i have trouble sleeping at night, i am already pretty uncomfortable for only being 24 weeks along. june can't come fast enough, but i am working hard at enjoying the time i am pregnant... it seems a shame to rush this precious time... time with this baby that is 100% mine... that i can never get back.
jess... that is quite a list of prayer requests, and i made note of them all. megumi beat me to asking many of the questions i had as i read your post, so i will pray and wait for your answers to her, if that is ok? but, i was especially drawn to your desire to "take your thoughts captive" as i am working on that too. i think that was part of what today was about... was i going to choose to whine and complain about the day? or was i going to choose to see the sunshine and God's goodness? i struggle so with the fact that it is a choice!! i just want the complaining to go away... not to have to change myself in any way... i am so human sometimes!! homeschooling is a hard choice to make... if it helps any, this is our third year doing it, and amante is thinking of sending bella to school next year so that i can be home alone with the baby. i can't decide what i want... so i am right there with you in trying to seek God and know what to do for next year... hugs!
megumi... hi!! we have bumped into one another occasionally on the boards, but i can't wait to get to know you better this month!! i will be praying for hiro... i don't know what i would do if i were married to a man who did not share my basic beliefs about Christ. and you are right... personal relationship with our God is so different than simply believing He is out there somewhere. i will be lifting both of you up in light of hiro's salvation! you mentioned that he is an assistant professor... what kind of professor? sounds like science maybe, or math?? does he like what he does? i hope he gets a grant... what kind of research is he doing?
if you would please just continue to pray that like jess, i would continue to take my thoughts captive in Christ's name. i have mentioned a lot of that here... but i so struggle with my attitude these days... and i know hormones aren't helping, but i hate being dictated by my anger or irritation or frustration or complaining. those things aren't of God, and i want His best for me... not second best because i am stuck in a crappy attitude!! also, patience with bella and amante... and sleep. rest is key to my attitude... and i don't get much of that these days!
hugs girls... i am so excited for this month!!
hi girls... i posted that last post and remembered something major i was going to ask you to pray about!! LOL!! must be baby brain!!
here goes: dh was looking at his check last week and has realized that his boss is not paying him fully for the time that he works. there always seems to be some "reason" why his boss should give him less than amante feels he deserves. some background... amante works for what's called a "Backline" company doing service and repair in their repair dept. but because the company is primarily a backline company, it is also his job to take music equipment (guitar and bass amps, mics, stands, mixers/consoles, drum heads and kits, etc) to venues, set the equipment up and babysit it for a show. sometimes the shows are local shows at the performance halls, sometimes they are private parties... and sometimes the shows are national touring acts like billy ray cyrus and jeremy camp. most often, these shows are after the normal shop hours amante works, or on weekends, and he can work up to 14 and 16 hour days when he does a show. we love that the shows give us the extra that it takes so that i can stay at home... but there is a problem with how he gets paid for the shows. i won't do the math, but suffice to say that he brings home salary weekly for his time in the shop doing service dept stuff... but when he goes out on a show and is there after hours, or on weekends, he gets paid on a sliding scale (whatever the boss deems is "enough" for that show), that doesn't come close to the time and a half that he would be getting in a factory (what amante did before he got this job).
we want badly to submit to his boss' authority... but in looking at what he would be making with the salary and the time and a half, and comparing it to our budget, we figured out where many of the holes were. we keep thinking his boss is going to pay him more according to what we are expecting... not what he pays us. and then it throws off our budget. and if at least it were regular, that would be one thing... but it is constantly changing so we don't know how to budget well. and i know that most people on salary make salary... and overtime is time they give to the company... but his boss confuses things by saying "you get paid for these shows over and above your salary!" and the really scary part for me is that at least three other guys in the shop have quit over money issues like this one... and we need this job!!
k... all that is to say that amante really feels a need to get on the same page with his boss... and so he is planning a talk with him next week. but historically, those talks never happen. his boss never comes in on the day amante plans to talk with him... or he doesn't have time... or... or... or... and i feel like it needs to be resolved. cause we are struggling financially... and we could be doing better.
i didn't mean for this to get long. but i would appreciate your prayers for wisdom... it's a touchy subject. we don't want to seem greedy... but we need to make a certain amount in order to pay our bills. thanks girls!!
Hi Sparrow! I always thought that was your real name, but it's just a nickname, huh? If you don't feel comfortable sharing your real name, do you want to e-mail it to Jess and I through our profiles so that we could pray using your real name? I just feel like I could pray more specifically when I know the name of the person I'm praying for. But if you'd rather not share your real name, I understand.
I'll definitely be praying that you'll have a right attitude towards everything. It's so easy for everyone to fall captive to Satan's lies. Just yesterday, I was feeling so negative. I know Hiro was just playing around and joking with me, but I kept taking everything personally and was getting upset. Satan is so good at manipulating our thoughts, so I'll be praying for protection from evil. I was reading today's our daily bread and thought the devotion was appropriate to what we had been talking about. That God is victorious over evil. If you hadn't had a chance to read it, here's the URL.
I'll also be praying that you'll have patience with bella and amante. It's hard to have patience when you haven't had much sleep or rest, so I'll be praying that you'll be able to sleep and rest better.
And lastly, I'll be praying that God gives wisdom to amante as he approaches his boss to talk about the salary. Money issue is always a touchy subject, so praying that God softens the boss's heart so that he will be receptive to what amante has to say. May God guide the conversation so that amante will be able to straighten things out with the boss.
Hi sisters! Hope your Tuesday is off to a great start. :)
Thanks for your prayers!! Sparrow, Hiro does research in science. He crystallizes protein of the brain so that he can find the structure of it. He's working on finding the protein structure that affects neurodegenerative (sp??) diseases such as parkinsons, epilepsy, Alzheimer. I'm not a scientist, so I can't really help him with anything, but I've been praying that his research will go well. He's submitting his grant today, so I really hope it gets accepted...
Sorry sisters. Ryoma's up from his nap, so I need to go now.
Please continue to keep us in your prayers.
Praying for you both!!!
p.s. I'm attaching two pics. one of hiro and ryoma and another of ryoma and I with a friend. (I'm the one carrying ryoma.)
thanks megumi... i appreciate the prayers. today has been a particularly emotional day for me. but we are done with school, on to lunch, and i am going to get out my knitting needles and rest in Him for a while after i do my biblestudy here in a bit. i am tired... but God knows my needs this day and i am doing the best i can to let Him minister to me and quiet my heart.
Amante and i talked on monday after i posted that about his boss, and we decided that he needs to tread lightly... maybe not even have a discussion right now. i am torn. i miss him when he is gone and busy, and the money isn't quite enough... sigh. today's not the best day to talk about it, but please keep praying... my heart is wrestling with it today!
your family is beautiful!! thanks for sharing pics with us...
oh, jess!! what's new? how's life? any news??
Here are the answers to the questions that you both had for me :D
Does he travel for work a lot, or just this week? No he has never traveled before. He is gone for another 8 weeks to help remodel a store in another town.
Do you get help from your family or friends while Chris is away? not really, I am the only stay at home mom I know, here in my town at least ;o) My family does not live near me, and Chris' family is to busy to help. So it is all me all the time right now :o)
Are you homeschooling them right now? No the girls are in public school and Christopher is set to start Kindergarten in the fall. I am praying about what to do :o)
Do you exercise at all? I am taking a stand against illness in my house. I have been battling my asthma very badly this winter. Morgan was told she has the flu today at the doctor. So in short...lol...no I have not been exercising.
Sparrow I am praying extra hard for you today. I pray that you have a God encounter today :o)
Megumi I am in prayer for both Hiro's salvation, but also that his funding will come through quickly!!
I pray you both have a great day today and I will check in later...Praying for you both.
(((HUGS))) Sparrow. Sorry to hear that you're having an emotional day. Praying that God will lift up your spirit and help you find peace in Him.
Still praying for Amante and his job. I know God will provide you and your family!!! Praying for God's wisdom and guidance for Amante's job.
So what are you knitting right now? I knitted a few times when I was in girl scout long, long time ago. And I also knitted a scarf for Hiro when I first started dating him in college. But that's probably the last time I knitted. I'd love to get back to it again. Maybe I'll knit something for the next winter. :)
Have a blessed day!!!