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Prayer Requests for the Week of August 17th

August 17, 2020

3:30 p.m. – A few prayer requests for the coming week:

  • Last Thursday, I had a bone marrow biopsy, and ever since then, I’ve been experiencing some bleeding issues. It was intense at first, and has subsided some over the weekend. I was starting to feel better after my last round of chemo ended 3 weeks ago, but these bleeding issues have caused me to feel like my hemoglobin has dropped significantly because of it. I would appreciate any prayer towards this ceasing, and the healing of my digestive track.
  • As I have lived with this for the past 6 months, I am beginning to understand the pull to turn inward more. To be honest, it easy to avoid this pull at first, but now I understand more why people do so…I just hadn’t lived long with it. I want to write more about it, but it is definitely something I am struggling with right now, especially as it pertains to things surrounding relationships and work. It is a borderline depression, but right now, it feels more like a marginalization. I’m not wrestling with things of assurance, or my identity in Christ, but the “all things” in Philippians 3. I’m discovering this is a painful onion that is being pulled apart in my life, and I’m really struggling with it right now. Just pray that this wouldn’t turn me inward. Pray that this would continue to let me gain more of Christ, and count “as rubbish” those things that need to be peeled away.

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2 Replies to Prayer Requests for the Week of August 17th

  1. GREAT update, Shelby! I see your two prayer requests, but I don’t see anything about the VCU blessing. Is there somewhere else I should go to see what the blessing is?

    Thank you for sharing about the pull to turn inward. I do understand, at least in relation to how I have struggled with that pull in my life and have seen others in my family struggle with it too. This period of isolation that the world is having to endure is magnifying those tendencies as well. In the past few weeks, the Lord has pointed me to the words of Isaiah 43:18-19, and I am clinging to His promising words therein. I do not have a deeper understanding of those verses yet, but I am asking the Lord to show me how to understand, interpret, and apply them in my life. May God give you (and me and all of us) grace to “remember not the former things” and to perceive the new thing that God is doing in our midst, at a personal level and worldwide. I want to perceive it, and I need to perceive it.

    Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you are making a way in the wilderness of our circumstances and rivers in the deserts of our existence on this cursed earth. Lord God, we put our hope in You.

    I will pray for you, Shelby. God’s hand is upon you, and He has hemmed you in, behind and before. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

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