Standing in the need

23 Apr

Yes, it’s me.  Actually, the Wikes.  Standing in the need of prayer.

Several big things going on right now.  Some that God knows, and that is enough.  Some difficult needs.  Nothing that prayer won’t handle, though!!

I called Mom last night to find her in tough shape.  It seems Dad has progressed to the point where he talks about going home a lot.  Home, right now, is a house they owned in Berea when I was little.  In fact, I think the bought it before I was born and we lived there until I was 10.  So, they sold it over 35 years ago when we moved to Easley.  But for some reason, Dad is convinced that is home and the house he built with his own hands is just some kind of hotel or therapy center.  And its wearing Mom down terribly.  For the past few months, when people ask me how Dad is doing my answer has been:  “Physically, not bad.  Mentally, however, he is losing ground.”  Please pray for them … Especially for my Mom.

I really wish they would move down here.  For now, all I can do is pray!!  For this, and a couple of other “unspokens.”  If you feel led to join me, that would be greatly appreciated!!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

6 Responses to “Standing in the need”

  1. L Brown April 23, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    I know how tough this is on all of you, especially your Mom. Saying prayers.

  2. Amy Lauren April 23, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    I’ll pray. Very sorry to hear about this.

  3. Linda B April 23, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    Praying for your mom and you and your family. Each member has different needs.

  4. Betty Mears April 23, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Been there, my friend. Saying prayers for all of you and especially your mom. This is such a hard thing to go through! God will answer…I promise!

  5. Mary Miller April 23, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Lifting your mom, dad, you and the rest of your family up in prayer. You’re in a tough situation right now and my heart goes out to you. God is holding you in the palm of His hands even when you don’t feel like it.

  6. Bmb April 23, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    Read this recently and thought of you and yours and so very many others…..by grace alone,bmb

    God Is Within

    30
    AUG
    This morning, while I was praying, I came across these words, “God is with me, but more, God is within me.” (www.sacredspace.ie; Tuesday, August 30, 2011)

    Those words felt familiar. After thinking about them I seem to remember that I’ve thought about this before. I went back through all my writings and found that I once wrote about how dementia takes away part of me, leaving a hole or a void that grows with time. And that’s uncomfortable to think about. But the good news in this is that the less there is of me, the more room there is for God to be within me. (Monday, April 5, 2010)

    “God is with me, but more, God is within me.” Dementia may be a process that eats away at who I am, leaving an emptiness. But I will never be empty, because God will continually fill the spaces with his presence; with love, mercy, forgiveness, peace. I know this is true and I’ll give you a quick example. People who are severely affected by dementia may not remember you or their family or the day of much of anything. But ask them to pray the Lord’s Prayer with you and almost every time they will recall that prayer. And I’m sure this is true for people of other faiths and their important prayers. Why do they remember this? Because no matter how diminished they are, God is within them; their relationship with God is still going strong. God is connected with them in a way that goes deeper than dementia can ever reach.

    Even though I may not seem like the same person I was, even though dementia has changed me, it’s comforting to know that no matter what, God knows me. God will recognize me even when I no longer recognize myself. God will fill in those empty spaces left by dementia, because that’s how much God cares for us – that’s how deeply connected we are with God. And that is something to be thankful for.

     

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