My Dad
Friends,

Thanks for sharing your "sharing stories". I'm blessed by your generous spirit!
The word of God is always a blessing to those who read and apply it and we have all experienced the truth
"It is better to give than receive".

For those of you who have inquired about my dad.
He was admitted to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Duke University Hospital last Wednesday morning.
He was released to the step down unit on Friday and was to be discharged to a nursing home today .
He is furious about the release and is making a "Greek spectacle" of himself (much to my mom's embarrassment).
I haven't been able to speak to my mom since this morning so I don't know if he was actually discharged today.

I am asking you to "share" your prayer time on behalf of my parents.
My dad needs a lot of hands on care being paralyzed, in diapers and feeding tubes.
My mom needs affordable assistance in caring for him.
She has cared for him in their home for 3 years, she and their finances are exhausted.

I'm praying for the Lord to intervene and to bring my dad home or provide the care he needs at a price they can afford.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your intercessory prayers.
I know the sacrifice it takes to add one more person to your prayer list and I am grateful for your intercession.

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8 Comments:

Zoe,
I am so sorry to hear about your father. I will be praying for him and your mother as it sounds as if she has been under tremendous pressure for the last 3 years.

Heavenly Father- we know that you love your children and that you want us to come to you when we are hurting. My friend Zoe is hurting and she needs your comfort and peace. Please be with her parents. Help her father to accept the situation that is placed before him. If it be your will Lord bring him home or provide affordable care for him. Help her mother to feel your prescence in this and give her peace. We ask this in your precious name.

Amen

Blogger Joyful said...

Dear Heavenly Father, I lift my friend Zoe and her family before you today. Lord, thank You for the privilege it is to pray for them and know that You are a God who hears and answers prayer. Father I ask that You would guide and direct where Zoe's parents are concerned. I can only imagine the frustrations and anxieties they all feel. Each one has their own needs in response to these concerns. Lord, they have some physical, financial, and emotional needs that must be met. Father, just moments ago I was reading in Your Word the account of Abraham and Isaac and was reminded that You are the God who provides. Father I claim Genesis 22:14 for them right now - "the LORD will provide". God, I know that You can make a "ram" appear - the answer already in place for the needs that are here. Father, in the waiting, strengthen their trust and hope in You and surround them with Your peace. Encourage their hearts. Bring friends around them who will uphold them. Father may they see You in a mighty and powerful way as they surrender to trusting in You. May they know You and experience You like never before. Father, You are a Big God and You have miraculous ways to show Yourself. Today Lord, begin to today, to let Zoe and her family know that You are already providing for these concerns.

And Lord...this may sound crazy to those reading this today...but I want to pray that You would send Zoe some flowers today, like You did before, to let her know she is loved by You and again she can trust You with whatever lies ahead. Whether it be through a bouquet delivered or through Your creation, may she behold Your beauty and feel wrapped in Your arms of love.

Father, to You be all the glory and praise for what You are going to do. In Your precious Name I pray, Amen.

Blogger Jerralea said...

Zoe, I'm praying for you and your parents today. This verse came to my mind as I read about your struggles: "Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the LORD delivereth him out of them all." Psalm 34:19

This verse is what I stand on when I'm going through a tough time. He never lets me down!

Blogger Kelley said...

Hi Zoe,
I have been trying to leave you a message for a couple of days but every time I sit down to write it I am interrupted.

First I just want to thank you for your support and encouragement at the conference. It was such fun to see you and to visit, even if I was a basket case. My talk went OK., I wish it would have been better but I did learn a lot. And being with all of the women over the weekend was a blast! I just started to read Jennifer Rothschild's book "Self Talk, Soul Talk" and I hope it helps me build some confidence. By the way, that was my word from Sat. night~~confidence. I thought it was appropriate.

I am so sorry about your Dad. I will pray for him and for you and your mom as well. It sounds like a very stressful and frightening situation. It is so hard when a problem involves a loved one and there are no definite answers.

Take care and I look forward to staying in touch, you are an amazing lady!!

Blogger Charlene Kidd said...

Zoe,
I am so glad for the update. I have been praying and will continue to do so. We just finished watching "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", I can only imagine what your dad is up to. You are all in our prayers.
Blessings,
Charlene

Blogger Lisa said...

Zoe,

I've just sent up a prayer. I don't know what more I can do than that, but I know that your dad, and your family, are in God's loving care.

Blessings,
Lisa

Blogger Niecyknocker said...

Hi Zoe,
I meet you at She Speaks after I had attended the Dare to be Dangerous session. You shared during the session the story about the problems that you had experienced with your son and how you started praying and not preaching. I meet you later in the hallway and asked which scripture in Colossians you had prayed over your son. I have to tell you that I went home that very night and I started praying Colossians 1:9-14 for my own son as he had walked away from his faith during his first year in college. For over 12 months, I watched as he slowly fell for everything the world had offered him. We lost our connection as a mother and a son because he said he no longer believed. I sometimes felt lost,like God couldnt hear my prayers. I couldn't let my son walk away from the most important thing in his life but I could not preach to him anymore so I continued to pray through Colossians for him.
Sunday afternoon,my son injured his ankle on a diving board while at a friends house . He came home unable to walk and was in such exuciating pain that he had tears in his eyes. I knew that it had to hurt as my son usually does the macho thing when in pain. I stayed up with him most of the night applying ice to his ankle. The next day his ankle was bruised and swollen. I continued to pray through Colossians for him. He went to work the next day on crutches with his ankle wrapped with an ace bandage. He said,"Mom, it's just a sprain. It will get better." Yesterday, he came home from work with this intersting look on his face. I asked him how his ankle was and he said that it was not hurting anymore. He said he couldn't understand it. I told him that I had been praying for him and he opened up to me for the first time in a long time. He said that he wanted me to know that he's been talking to God and that there where some things he had to work out with Him. He said that he was going to a bible study for college students at our church that evening. He said that his friend Katlyn sent him an email telling him that she had been praying for him too.
My heart rejoices as I know does Gods as one of His sheep have been returned to His pasture. I will continue to pray Colossians 1:9-14 for him as well as our other four children.
God Bless!
Denise Adcock-Niecyknocker

Blogger Laura said...

Zoe,
I am praying for you and your parents in the midst of this troublesome time. It is such a difficult issue: declining health. I know you are a blessing to both of them during this time. You have such a special way about you!
Sending prayers,
Laura

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