Friday, August 23, 2013

Prayer Meeting of the Blogosphere (4)

Welcome to the fourth, old-fashioned prayer meeting in this space. I appreciate your being here, and I've been comforted in knowing I've had company in praying about some of the things heavy on my heart. It's been such an honor and privilege to pray for some of you, too.

The people for whom I've asked prayer in previous weeks still need prayer. My brother will return to Baltimore in early September; it seems the new nerve stimulator is a bit out of place and therefore not controlling his back pain. And although there's been marked improvement in terms of one of her symptoms, my friend's doctors haven't yet agreed on a diagnosis and course of treatment.

I imagine that--if I'm a little discouraged--so are they. I keep reminding myself: God's thoughts, ways, and timing are different than mine. I'm choosing to continue to pray. I hope you're choosing the same: even if your prayers haven't been answered, yet.

Let's just keep praying. Together.

Would you be so kind as to help me pray ahead and over September 6th? My brother will see his doctor in Baltimore that day, and my seven-year-old friend Jaimie will have surgery that day. Jaimie has a rare form of cancer. Of her surgery, her dad wrote that it "includes a clinical trial procedure which has some significant risk [but] gives [...Jaimie] the most significant chance at long term survival." 

Heavenly Father, thank You so much for every single person who's taken the time to visit this virtual space and pray. Thank You for bringing us together from so many different, physical places; You are so good to make this prayer meeting possible, and I know You hear us; thank You. 

Father, I lift up September 6th. I ask You to be with my brother, little Jaimie, their doctors, all the healthcare professionals attending them, all the people who love them. Heal; comfort. 

Help us to be bold and persistent in our prayers, Lord. Help us not to grow discouraged. Help us to trust that You care about every detail of our lives and all the things that frighten and hurt us. Thank You that--through the blood of Your Son--every victory is ours. We just have to live our way into it. I love You and pray in Jesus's name, amen.

Now it's your turn! Would you like to participate in an old-fashioned prayer meeting of the blogosphere? Here are some ideas:

  • You can pray about my prayer request.
  • You can share a prayer request by means of a comment.
  • You can share a prayer request on your personal blog and direct me to your post by means of a comment.
  • You can pray about a participant's prayer request.
  • You can write a prayer about my, your, or someone else's prayer request (in comments hither or yon, on your blog, etc.). If your prayer is somewhere other than this place, please direct me as you can and will.
  • You can join in praying my or someone else's prayer.
  • You can share an update regarding a prayer request you've made here, in the past. 

Thank you again for being here, and I hope to see you next week, if not before.


  1. Brandee, I am putting Sept 6th on my calendar. Your poor brother, I want the Lord to just heal him! I am sure he feels blessed to always have his sister not only in his corner but also always talking to our Lord about him.

    Today, Jim, I, and Layton are going to his college school orientation and looking for a place for him to live. I'm praying the Lord's hand is in it all. ALL!

    1. Probably you should warn that Layton: if I ever meet him in person, I'll try to squeeze the stuffins out of him. I love that kid, having prayed for him so much. But it's a real honor and privilege to pray him through this pivotal time in his life. Excited for him about college! I just had a thought, Marlece: can you imagine how hard we'll be praying for Thunder Britches when he's Layton's age? Oh, my mercy.

      Thanks for praying for my brother. I can't imagine what it's like for him. I cycle through all the stages of grief and back again, and not in order or a straight line. I'm all over the place. On Wednesday, I was angry and yelling into the phone. Sometimes, I feel sorry for my brother for having to deal with me on top of the rest. :/

      Heavenly Father, I come thanking You for Marlece's mama heart and this fine boy she's raised. Thank You for loving Layton. Thank You for his profession of faith and relationship with You. Thank You for bringing him this far: how exciting that he's getting ready to start college! I just ask, Father, that You'll be with Jim, Marlece, and Layton, today, during orientation and the search for housing. I ask Your hand upon Layton all year as he studies and learns. Keep him safe, Father. In Your name I pray, amen.

  2. God, You know what will happen on Sept. 6, but I still pray because You want us to do so. You want us to bring our needs, our worries, and our hopes to You and chat. So I pray for Brandee's brother - that You would move in that situation to correct the issue with the nerve stimulator - and even bigger than that - that You would take away all of his pain. Give him hope, God. I also pray for Jamie and her family - that You would do a miracle there by Your hand or by medical intervention. I pray You would intervene in a powerful way in Jamie's life, and that through all of the ups and downs, that by Your grace they would trust You.

    Please just pray for our semester - #3 of 4 - for Mike's nursing program. Pray he would be able to keep up with work (and that God would provide the right clients - close by would be nice to keep travel to a minimum) and that he would do well with his courseload - and for the boys and me as there are some days that are long and lonely.

    1. Thank you, Friend. Are you on fb? Friend me or e-mail me, please (, so I can keep up w/ you outside these comment boxes. Maybe I can call you before that appointment on the 12th?

      Father God, thank You for Amanda and her faith in You. Thank You for the hours and hours of around-the-clock time she invests in her family. Give her your peace and strength. Thank You for her family: this hard-working, hard-studying husband and precious boys. Be with all of them this semester. Bless them in their learning, loving, working, and all the rest. Draw them ever closer to one another and to You. In Your Son's name I pray, amen.

  3. The list is long friend. But a new addition to it would be my honey's surgery on Tuesday. He has a hernia. A job offer would be nice. Clarity for our future. Community. The girls starting school soon etc...

    1. Love you.

      Dear Heavenly Father, You know ALL the needs of Becky's family during this season of the year and this season of their lives. Thank You that each of them carries You everywhere (s)he goes; I still feel so blessed in witnessing the girls' baptisms and just the solid heritage of faith running from grandparents all the way through to grandchildren. I love knowing how You love and carry this family. I pray that they'll really feel Your presence in uncertainty: whether it be over husband's surgery, job situations, school situations, community situations, etc. We love and thank You. In Your Son's name I pray, amen.

  4. September 6th. . .got it.

    Please pray for the family of a friend who is dying from cancer.

    Thanks for hosting, Brandee.

    1. Love you, Amy. Thanks for being here.

      Heavenly Father, I lift up this family on Amy's heart. It's so hard to watch a loved one suffer, so hard to say goodbye. I ask Your drawing near during this time. Give them Your peace, Father. I ask for a gentle crossing for this one who has cancer, and I pray for his or her preparedness for eternity. Thank You for who Amy is. Help her to make the most of any and all opportunities she has to minister to this family, and send other helpers, besides. In Your Son's name I pray and ask these favors, amen.

  5. You are such a blessing. I love that you are doing this. It is such a beautiful way to use your gift of hospitality and love. Keep praying for my husband as he adjusts to a new job that asks more of him than we are all used to having to give? And that I will not only meet the publication deadline for this book I'm writing, but rock it? We are more than overcomers, right? Opening the hands daily. Surrendering it all to Him.

    1. Love you, Laura. Always glad to see you.

      Heavenly Father, I lift the Boggess family up to You. Thank You for providing for them through Laura's husband's new job. Please help him learn his duties easily and perform them well. Please be with Laura as she writes. Give her words, Father, and help her to meet her deadline with ease. Bless the boys during this year of learning and growing, and be with the entire family during this time of transition. Help us to rest, Father, at the foot of the cross. Thank You that we are more than conquerors through Your Son Jesus. In His name I pray, amen.