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Brighteyes, I remember going through that when I was in my twenties...as a matter of fact, I remember it very clearly. It was tough because I dealt with insecurity, too. Still do sometimes. I always thought my fiancee/newlywed husband was looking at other women and that I wasn't enough to meet his needs. The more mature you become in the Lord, the easier it will be to replace those negative thoughts with positive ones. The best way to replace those negative thoughts is to saturate your mind with God's Word. (and it IS a choice) The chapter of Philippians 4 will help transform your mind...specifically 4:8. Your security is in Jesus Christ.....we must apply what we've learned from him. We don't always do what we know is right because we've become accustomed to worry. Worry is a sin....and I'm talkin' to myself, too. It's so much better to trust God with each day instead of trying to control it through worry.....He is just waiting for us to cast our burdens on him.
My husband finally decided to get as involved as possible, at practically the last minute, by calling and finding out that the 2 financial services, who accompany the doctor's office, will not allow Lisa a loan without a 2 to 4 year credit history! So, she is not going! This will give Lisa more time to mature in every way--spiritually, emotionally, mentally and even physically, if she decides to have this augmentation in the future, but right now, she is just too young. This is a huge answer to prayer. When I told her what her dad found out she said, "How do I know he isn't lying to me?" I said, "Why in the world would he do that?! We are not your enemy. Your dad waited til the day before your trip to finally call. He didn't want you to waste your time, be embarrased (or me, at that), or spend gas money, etc, finding out it's not even a possibility." Anyways, she seemed to take it very well over the phone. She and her boyfriend are coming over for dinner tonight anyway, so I told her I have a surprise for her tonight. She said, "Well, it's probably something bad." I said, "Good grief, it is not." We are going to tell her I want to take her on the shopping spree I mentioned in a previous post. She needs a boost from her mom and dad....she needs to know we support her in her efforts to look her best, just not through a breast augmentation. Thank you so much for praying. We are extremely relieved!
Thank you for your prayers, Melissa and everyone. Tomorrow is the day for Lisa's consultation (about the breast augmentation surgery.) She and her boyfriend, and possibly me because they are rethinking my going, are supposed to leave here early in the morning. I can tell her boyfriend isn't necessarily wanting to go without me....my guess is that he'll feel uncomfortable and intimidated because of the type of surgery. We've (and you've) been praying diligently for over a week now. We've been praying for a miracle....that somehow Lisa will change her mind and the appointment would be cancelled. That she would submit to God and to our (her parents because she's still living at home), authority and that she'd have the courage to say no to this surgery right now. We are praying that she will humble herself and do the right thing, the "God-thing." Before praying with my prayer partner an hour ago, God laid it on my heart to give Lisa an ultimatum, just to give the decision time. I talked to my husband and he was in agreement with me. We are going to talk to she and her boyfriend tonight, go over ALL the facts about the breast surgery--the good, the bad and the ugly...pray with them. Then we will offer the ultimatum. Just to stall for time so she can grow more, spiritually, emotionally and mentally...maybe even a tiny bit more physically....we're going to offer her a $500.00 shopping spree (and dinner) to the city she was to have the surgery (Atlanta). This way, we would be contributing toward her self esteem, but not through surgery. It would be a fun day, stress free, for she and her boyfriend (Soon to be fiance.) Please pray she will accept this option just to stall for more time. When we offer this to her tonight, she has to promise us she will not even consider having this surgery for one full year. If she decides to have the surgery after that, then it is out of our hands and she is on her own. Thank you soooooooo much for your faithful prayers. We want she and her boyfriend to fall in love with Jesus more than ever within the 1 year period, which would fill the void in (her) their hearts.
Balu, May the Lord encourage your heart today. Father, Your Word says there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, Romans 8:1 !!!!! Praise you for that! If Nisha isn't saved, I pray she will come to know you as personal Lord and Savior so that you can give her a new heart and mind. If she is saved, I pray that she will understand the verse in Romans. Satan would love for us to believe that we are cursed, that we are a curse to others....that we are failures and condemned to death. BUT WE AREN'T !! We are children of the living God...our identity is in Christ...we are seated in the heavenlies...we are the apple of His eye....we are loved with an everlasting love....we have been given everything we need for life and godliness! Balu, rebuke Satan from Nisha. He is bringing confusion into her life. Pray a hedge of protection around her so that Satan cannot deceive and lie to her. If she is saved, she is a Child of the King and you are, too!
Nessa, I've really appreciated your replies to me. You seem to be a wise and discerning woman. (Nessa sounds like a woman, anyway. :-) Thanks for your continued prayers. We are really having to trust God with this situation....we feel helpless, but we aren't hopeless, because He knows and loves her even more than we do. Something good has to come out of this. It reminds me of Joseph and the scripture verse that says something like, "What Satan meant for evil, God meant for good." And also, "For he causes all things to work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose." Please keep praying those prayers over us. Thank you, Fellow Brothers and Sisters in Christ.
For those of you who don't know or remember, we are just asking for a miracle that our daughter will not get a loan to have a breast augmentation. Sounds weird and petty compared to so many prayer request, I know, but she is only 19 and this is just a symptom of something bigger. She and her boyfriend are supposed to go on Tuesday to talk to the doctor, etc... There are so many future complications that come from this kind of surgery which I don't need to go into. I've done lengthy research. Please pray as God leads, but we do not want the doctor's office/financial services to help her with a loan. She is just too young. God laid it on my heart today just to love and be here for her emotionally and mentally regardless of the decision that is made. Does your spirit bear witness with this? Thank you for praying.
I am sorry to hear of your friend's loss. Father, In your Word, you said that when Father and Mother "forsake" us you will be our Father, Mother, etc.... You will not abandon us even though we feel abandoned. Please be this lady's comfort and strength during this time and thank you for Jesusguy who cared enough to ask for prayer cover. Thank you that you hear us wherever we are and even during the times our hearts hurt so bad we can't put our thoughts into words.....you understand us in our silence and intercede for us with groanings that cannot be uttered. Please bring this lady and her family through this trial as you did my family and I when my mother died of cancer 11 years ago. Even though it hurt like crazy, your grace truly was sufficient and you gave us hope to carry on. Thank you, Father. Amen Be encouraged, Friend.
Dimpie, My prayer is that the Lord will fill your heart and life with his peace, love and joy. You are so loved..... you are loved with an everlasting love. Nothing can ever, or will ever separate you from the love of Christ! You are the Apple of His Eye! He dances over you with singing! You are already seated with Him in the heavenlies! Your identity and worth is in Jesus Christ! He has the blue print of your life! HE IS CRAZY about you! If he had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it! :-) Be encouraged, my friend.........
Godsmisfitchild, First of all, God has no misfit children. YOU BELONG TO HIM and we are all your sisters and brothers in Christ and he has a plan for your life no matter what! You may feel alone and be alone physically, most of the time, but you are not alone in spirit because we are praying for you. God loves you and is with you at all times. 1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." You mentioned that you have confessed and he has forgiven you, so you must keep your eyes on him now even though it's difficult. I think it's in Hebrews 2 where God says to keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. No matter how hard things get we must do that because Satan, our Enemy, has come to steal, kill and destroy us. BUT "Greater is He that is in YOU, than he that is in the world!" Our hope is in the Lord. Stay in touch.
KarenW, I am so sorry you are going through this. Just remember God told/tells his children (those who've accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior) throughout his holy Word, that he will never leave or forsake them. It was and still is a promise. He sees, hears and knows everything you are going through, sweet friend. This is the time to believe. Don't give up and NEVER lose hope. Keep praying -- our God is bigger than any of our problems. Father, Let these words penetrate Karen's heart. Help her to believe them and remind her daily, that you are walking through this valley with her....this is your promise and you have proven to be faithful for over 2000 years. Thank you, Amen (Psalm 23)
Sweet Jesus, Please keep the person Meg has mentioned from taking their life. Give them a strong desire to live....send someone to intervene, Lord. Send a sign to them...even if it is an angel, as you did so many times throughout the bible. Manifest yourself to her/him in whatever way you see fit. Let this person know you are in their presence...that you have not abandoned him/her. Give this person hope and renewal, Lord. Thank you.
Without going into so much detail again, I'm asking you to please keep Lisa in your prayers. Pray against the appointment (consultation) on July 31 and that she won't even go. Pray her boyfriend will not enable her. I am so stressed out about this and the things she expects of us that I have a burning in my chest...it won't go away. I need to give God my burdens, but I am overwhelmed with worry. Please ask God to help me. To me, it looks like Lisa is trying to fill a void in her heart with material things....she just won't let up. Please keep praying against the July 31st appt--we know without a doubt she is not supposed to get the implantation...God hasn't given us peace about it--he's keeps closing doors. Pray she'll lose her desire to have the surgery. My husband told her this morning he's requiring $50. per week toward her car payment since she's gotten a good job. Maybe that will keep her from trying to get a loan for the surgery. Thank you for standing in the gap with me even though other poster's have bigger problems (challenges) to deal with, but I truly feel the reason for Lisa's decisions could be that she never came to know the Lord in a personal way and THAT is huge! Thanks, again.
Please keep praying for our 19 yr old daughter-- her relationship with her boyfriend and us--my husband and I. Also, for her 16 yr old brother and the influence they have on him about certain things. Even though she knows we are against her going to the July 31st consultation (about implantation), because of the complications it causes, she is still going and her boyfriend is going with her. She is completely obsessed with this. It's about to drive us nuts...SHE'S about to drive us nuts about why we won't sign a loan for her. We understand her feelings of insecurity about this, but she is too young -- for the $5000 loan and implants. BESIDES the fact we just can't afford to take the chance of her not being able to make payments each month. She still isn't interested in growing spiritually and neither is her boyfriend, but at the same time they have stated how important it is. We've talked about asking Lisa to prepare to move out in 6 months after she's saved enough money for the first deposit instead of doing the implants. Then, she may know the value of a dollar. She dated a guy for 3 1/2 years who's family (close to millionaire) spoiled her rotten--they spent thousands of dollars on her. She's not used to being told NO. Uggh.
Man, oh, man! You guys almost made me cry! I praise God for your hearts. Father God, I pray your Holy Spirit will minister to every heart on this forum...comfort them, give them peace and the reassurance of your presence today. No matter what this world believes, we believe in YOU. You are our Creator....you are omniscient and omnipresent. You have a special plan for all of your children. Strengthen our faith, Lord. We believe in the death, burial and resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ. You are alive and well! Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that YOU ARE LORD! Our prayer is that all people will come to know you. Use us to be your hands and feet. In JESUS' Name, AMEN I LOVE YOU ALL!
I'm glad we could encourage you. Ya know, God may have plans for you and your friend....it may just be the timing. But whatever and whoever, God sees the big picture and knows what's best for you. Stay close to Him so you can hear his still, small voice.
Yes, it definitely makes sense. Please continue praying for discernment and wisdom--we really need it. We are lacking in patience out of sheer frustration, but trying not to show it. Thanks so much for caring, Viking, and all of you who are praying. Raising teenagers is the hardest thing I've ever done.
Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement. We have since talked to our daughter. She is still adamant about getting the surgery, but we told her, financially, she is on her own. We couldn't afford it, anyway. There is way more to this than she is telling me. I've never seen her be so obsessed over something. She is acting extremely insecure. One thing I do know is that her boyfriend lost his virginity before they met, she didn't. It bothers her a lot because she compares herself to those three young women. Please keep praying. We really don't want her to have this surgery....there are so many complications that can arise from it.
Viking, You remind me of David of the Psalms. You are a woman after God's own heart because you continue to trust him when you are grieving. You've probably experienced frustration toward the Lord because 'you just knew' he brought the guy into your life and took him away. You've thought, "God, why?" But even through the sadness you've chosen to submit to and pour your heart out to Jesus, like David. He was honest, he asked for prayer, he submitted to God, humbled himself and believed the Lord would bring him through. I have hope for you. I just know you will be fine. I believe God has a wonderful man for you--he knows the desire of your heart. Keep your eyes on Him. He always gives the best gifts.