Prayer Requests

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This permanent page is for readers to post prayer requests. We will urge our readers to visit here often. Velour will keep the Deebs up on the prayers that are posted here and we plan to visit regularly ourselves. We thank Velour for being willing to help us be accountable to pray for our readers. She has a real love for this ministry which has been evident to many of our readers.

Please leave your prayer requests under the comment section.

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Prayer Requests — 171 Comments

  1. “She (Velour) has a real love for this ministry which has been evident to many of our readers.”

    Yes. She has reached out and gathered together the names of those in need or distress and consistently and quietly brought them to our attention. This is a kindness that I would equate to a Christian work of mercy on her part. She has a calling to do this work, I have no doubt; and I am very grateful.

  2. Good idea – prayer requests condensed to a specified page instead of being scattered. Good potentate too! Velour is always on top of prayer requests.

  3. Christiane wrote:

    “She (Velour) has a real love for this ministry which has been evident to many of our readers.”
    Yes. She has reached out and gathered together the names of those in need or distress and consistently and quietly brought them to our attention. This is a kindness that I would equate to a Christian work of mercy on her part. She has a calling to do this work, I have no doubt; and I am very grateful.

    Thank you, Christiane, for your kind and thoughtful words.

    I thank you for always being willing to pray for the needs of the Body of Christ.

    And thank you for your deep and thoughtful comments on all of the threads. I and everyone else learn so much from you! We are so glad that you are here!

    Love and hugs from California,

    Velour

  4. Nancy2 wrote:

    Good idea – prayer requests condensed to a specified page instead of being scattered. Good potentate too! Velour is always on top of prayer requests.

    Thank you, Nancy2, for your kind words.

    And thanks for being such a quick wit and always making me laugh…and think. I wish I were there to have some good Kentucky food…and to adopt a Kentucky dog from your street.

    We will have to plan Camp Backbone in Kentucky.

    Love and hugs,

    Velour in California

  5. I have copied this week’s prayers over from E-Church to this new page.

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    Prayer requests from several Sundays ago that are still pertinent:

    *David/Eagle’s sweet mom died in California. Please pray for him and his family.
    They are heartbroken. She was a nurse. Her obituary: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Romona-Bonner&lc=7024&pid=184959996&mid=7357952

    *Niteowl. Mother died last month. Also Niteowl has been in ill health and recently got out of the hospital.

    *Dee. Her health and pain level.

    *Sightseer. Return of her husband’s cancer. Sightseer and her family have been in ill health due to a virus.

    *Wayne/Uncle Dad. His wife’s cancer returned. Please pray for their family.

    *Harley. Recovering from shoulder surgery in Texas and pain. (Also pray for her upcoming trip to see her daughter and son-in-law. And her celebrations of her birthday and anniversary.)

    *Shauna and her son Billy in Texas. – Dee previously wrote about their story on TWW.
    Billy continues to suffer night terrors from being abused by a church member. Shauna had an abusive part-time job at a grocery store. She is looking for other work. Please pray for them, their well-being, finances, etc.
    Billy is 6′ tall and growing fast. He is in high school. For those able to afford to buy and send him clothing that would be great. Sizes are here: http://thewartburgwatch.com/2017/04/08/echurchwartburg-4-9-17/#comment-319669
    I sent him a care package of some items that will be arriving on Monday in Texas, according to the U.S. Post Office. (I live in California).
    *He still needs jeans (Jeans / pants: 30/32 he also fits 30/34);
    *Sweat pants / work out pants:
    * Medium and large; Gym Shorts: Medium – Large
    *He likes Nike – keep in mind we are not requesting any name brands just letting you know what he wears. Shauna: “I always find killer deals at Ross on those clearance racks are the best. Shoes: Size 11”
    Shauna says that Billy will be pleased with anything, just like last time that a Wartburger sent him clothing to start the new school year.
    Please email Deb here on TWW for Shauna and Billy’s mailing address if you are sending them a care package.
    deb@thewartburgwatch.com

    *Dennis. His brother Mike is lost in drug addiction.

    *Talmidah. Her health. And the health and financial needs of her family.

    *H.U.G. – his health.

    *Other regulars that we pray for here, as Talmidah reminded me last week:
    Daisy, OnlyEleven, numo, NMGirl.

    *Christiane – the recent death of her beloved sister-in-law. Please continue to pray for their family.

    Ishy – I will be praying for all these requests.
    I’ve been sick almost continuously since last June or so (when I had surgery + a load of antibiotics). I don’t have a very strong immune system to begin with, but I’ve been on antibiotics multiple times the past year, and it’s really torn up. I’ve had a cold for several weeks now that’s my third this year. I’m just tired of it.

    *Syria. Very sad situation.

    *Lydia – we were praying for her because we missed her comments here. She is back commenting.

    *Jeannette Altes. – That she is able to sort out her financial situation and obtain services in her community. And employment. (Note: TWW has instituted a new policy and GoFundM campaigns will only run for 2-months and are only for emergency situations.
    Dee and Deb are putting me (Velour) in charge of that page on the new website.)

    *NMGirl. Finances. She hasn’t been able to make payments on her home. She is working at Walgreen’s (hours have been reduced) and for Uber as a driver. She has several pets.
    Please pray for guidance and provision. This is a very stressful situation for her.

    *If I have missed anyone’s prayer needs, please post them here.

    *Velour – my right shoulder and an injury to it that is several years old. I can barely raise my arm and I have to go back to the Sports Medicine doctor for a diagnosis and treatment.
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    For anyone else who needs prayer, please post them here and we will pray.
    Thank you, friends.

    Praises — please share with us!

    Praise: *The recovery of the kidnapped teenage girl from TN., found in my state of California by a sharp young man who noticed the Megan’s List wanted poster. (I was down on my knees praying for this teenage girl and pleading with God for her recovery.)

    *My – Velour’s – shoulder is doing better. Please continue to pray for my right shoulder/frozen shoulder. Like Harley I got a pulley system for over my door to practice my shoulder exercises.

  6. Prayer request.

    Emily Honey after her experience with NeoCalvinism/Patriarchy/Complementarianism in church.
    “Pray for my healing. I desperately need it in so many ways.”

  7. Please pray for staff of a megachurch which is going through it’s 2nd round of downsizing – staff learned of job losses yesterday.

    Please pray for a friend, R, who is mtg with a surgeon today- he recently found a lump in his breast.

    Please pray for DMZ. Last year, through a downsizing, she lost her job after 20 years. She’s building a solo counseling practice while also caring for an elderly parent with memory loss.

  8. DMZ wrote:

    Please pray for staff of a megachurch which is going through it’s 2nd round of downsizing – staff learned of job losses yesterday.
    Please pray for a friend, R, who is mtg with a surgeon today- he recently found a lump in his breast.
    Please pray for DMZ. Last year, through a downsizing, she lost her job after 20 years. She’s building a solo counseling practice while also caring for an elderly parent with memory loss.

    Will be praying for all, DMZ.

    Hugs,
    Velour

  9. Velour wrote:

    Prayer request.
    Emily Honey after her experience with NeoCalvinism/Patriarchy/Complementarianism in church.
    “Pray for my healing. I desperately need it in so many ways.”

    Emily was also damaged by these aberrant beliefs at seminary.

  10. Please remember all who are pain of one kind or another. Whether here at TWW or elsewhere, pain is a very real thing and people cry out to God for relief. Join with me all in asking God to hear their cries and bring them relief.
    I’ve never been much of a prayin’ man before, but now I am.

  11. Muff Potter wrote:

    Please remember all who are pain of one kind or another. Whether here at TWW or elsewhere, pain is a very real thing and people cry out to God for relief. Join with me all in asking God to hear their cries and bring them relief.
    I’ve never been much of a prayin’ man before, but now I am.

    Amen, brother Muff. Will do.

  12. Prayer Request- need to find work fast I was supposed to hear back yesterday from the gentleman I spoke with about the job I mentioned, he never called. I will call back today. Need immediate side jobs to get through this weekend and next week. I’m considering taking out a title loan on my vehicle to get by. Hopefully something comes fast don’t really want to do it there’s always risk in losing my vehicle if I don’t get work to pay it back. Thanks for letting me post my prayer requests here

  13. Shauna wrote:

    Prayer Request- need to find work fast I was supposed to hear back yesterday from the gentleman I spoke with about the job I mentioned, he never called. I will call back today. Need immediate side jobs to get through this weekend and next week. I’m considering taking out a title loan on my vehicle to get by. Hopefully something comes fast don’t really want to do it there’s always risk in losing my vehicle if I don’t get work to pay it back. Thanks for letting me post my prayer requests here

    Praying for you, Shauna.

  14. Thanks velour I called him back it seems like he’s now considering someone else. Really disappointed discouraged. Is it wrong to want our life back after this whole ordeal? I mean if we kept going without this happening to my son we would be stuck under the thumb of our former church and not know it. But I can’t Unknow it anymore than I can get Billy’s innocence back. I’m terrified of this weekend and week to come. I felt I had no choice but to leave the last place or end up with an eventual firing. Anyways I’m trying really hard to remain positive hopeful and know the Lord will take care of us as He always has Velour wrote:

    Shauna wrote:

    Prayer Request- need to find work fast I was supposed to hear back yesterday from the gentleman I spoke with about the job I mentioned, he never called. I will call back today. Need immediate side jobs to get through this weekend and next week. I’m considering taking out a title loan on my vehicle to get by. Hopefully something comes fast don’t really want to do it there’s always risk in losing my vehicle if I don’t get work to pay it back. Thanks for letting me post my prayer requests here

    Praying for you, Shauna.

  15. I finished my clerical testing.
    Results
    – typing 62 wpm 98% accuracy
    – keystroke 97% accuracy out of 40
    My keystroke is 100%

    They have a warehouse position Temp to hire data entry/receiving close to our house $10 an hour at 40hrs a week 7:30-4pm mon-fri I will have to interview for it and if I get it I could start sometime next week.
    At this point I’m so desperate I will take anything and be glad. Pray that all gos well and we can get through this weekend and I can get some side jobs to cover immediate expenses. Thanks for praying and thinking of us. This is good news. I was so nervous taking that test

  16. Shauna wrote:

    Thanks velour I called him back it seems like he’s now considering someone else. Really disappointed discouraged. Is it wrong to want our life back after this whole ordeal? I mean if we kept going without this happening to my son we would be stuck under the thumb of our former church and not know it. But I can’t Unknow it anymore than I can get Billy’s innocence back. I’m terrified of this weekend and week to come. I felt I had no choice but to leave the last place or end up with an eventual firing. Anyways I’m trying really hard to remain positive hopeful and know the Lord will take care of us as He always has Velour wrote:
    Shauna wrote:
    Prayer Request- need to find work fast I was supposed to hear back yesterday from the gentleman I spoke with about the job I mentioned, he never called. I will call back today. Need immediate side jobs to get through this weekend and next week. I’m considering taking out a title loan on my vehicle to get by. Hopefully something comes fast don’t really want to do it there’s always risk in losing my vehicle if I don’t get work to pay it back. Thanks for letting me post my prayer requests here
    Praying for you, Shauna.

    Hi Shauna,

    I am sorry that the research job didn’t work out. It seemed a bit odd…the details.
    That you had to provide so many resources to do the job and they did not.

    Anyway, it’s better to have a door closed — however disappointing — than have to contend with another difficult job situation.

  17. Shauna wrote:

    I finished my clerical testing.
    Results
    – typing 62 wpm 98% accuracy
    – keystroke 97% accuracy out of 40
    My keystroke is 100%
    They have a warehouse position Temp to hire data entry/receiving close to our house $10 an hour at 40hrs a week 7:30-4pm mon-fri I will have to interview for it and if I get it I could start sometime next week.
    At this point I’m so desperate I will take anything and be glad. Pray that all gos well and we can get through this weekend and I can get some side jobs to cover immediate expenses. Thanks for praying and thinking of us. This is good news. I was so nervous taking that test

    Congratulations on the excellent test results, Shauna! That’s wonderful news. And
    that you can temp through them. That’s the county, correct?

    That would be a good way to get your foot in the door.

    Look at Alison Green’s/Ask A Manager’s FREE Interview Guide (right side of the page)
    on this link to prepare for your job interview: http://www.askamanager.org/

  18. Hi Shauna,

    Someone who wishes to remain Anonymous ordered Billy a pair of black Nike shoes, size 11.
    They will be shipped to that person. Then the person will have to ship them to Texas.
    Billy should have them in about 2 weeks, as I understand the details.

  19. It’s a staffing agency that I tested for. Hopefully I will be able to have work as soon as this week just trying to make it until then. Our refrigerator went out so I spent the rest of the afternoon trying to save the food. My landlord got us another one this evening so thankful. Do it’s not one thing it’s another but we’re making it. @ Velour:

  20. That is so sweet thank you whoever did that for Billy he’s going to be thrilled. You didn’t have to I appreciate it so much what a blessing Velour wrote:

    Hi Shauna,

    Someone who wishes to remain Anonymous ordered Billy a pair of black Nike shoes, size 11.
    They will be shipped to that person. Then the person will have to ship them to Texas.
    Billy should have them in about 2 weeks, as I understand the details.

  21. He said he would call me today never happened. It’s a legitimate job but I don’t think he had the gumption to at least tell me he preferred someone else after essentially giving me the job. @ Velour:

  22. Shauna wrote:

    It’s a staffing agency that I tested for. Hopefully I will be able to have work as soon as this week just trying to make it until then. Our refrigerator went out so I spent the rest of the afternoon trying to save the food. My landlord got us another one this evening so thankful. Do it’s not one thing it’s another but we’re making it. @ Velour:

    Good to hear that they will have some work. Sorry about the fridge.

  23. Shauna wrote:

    He said he would call me today never happened. It’s a legitimate job but I don’t think he had the gumption to at least tell me he preferred someone else after essentially giving me the job. @ Velour:

    Sorry.

  24. Shauna wrote:

    That is so sweet thank you whoever did that for Billy he’s going to be thrilled. You didn’t have to I appreciate it so much what a blessing Velour wrote:
    Hi Shauna,
    Someone who wishes to remain Anonymous ordered Billy a pair of black Nike shoes, size 11.
    They will be shipped to that person. Then the person will have to ship them to Texas.
    Billy should have them in about 2 weeks, as I understand the details.

    Welcome. Yes, I’m sure Billy will be thrilled. Who doesn’t like getting new shoes?

    I just told the person that I had gotten Billy covered on the new underwear and socks, a few tshirts. A real need for some shoes and jeans.

    Anonymous donor couldn’t find jeans in Billy’s size. Neither could I. I guess everybody is bigger around the waist than your growing son. I’m sure the jeans will work out. But I’m glad that the shoes are being lined up.

  25. Thank you velour this was not expected at all, what a blessing. Billy chowed Down pretty much everything you sent. He took some of the stuff and wore it immediately by the way he does that. I could never get away from academy, penny’s, Ross, or khols department store before he’s changing into clothes before we even leave the store lol. He’s going to love the shoes. Billy’s a good kid. We just spoke to Scott and said for Billy to get to camp as soon as he can. Billy gets out the end of may actually. Billy is thrilled about camp but told me he’s worried about me. I said why he said I stress to much and he’s worried he won’t have a home to come back to. Pray for him in this area. I told him I always figure it ou! He told me he knows I do. Anyways we are making it fine

  26. Shauna wrote:

    Thank you velour this was not expected at all, what a blessing. Billy chowed Down pretty much everything you sent. He took some of the stuff and wore it immediately by the way he does that. I could never get away from academy, penny’s, Ross, or khols department store before he’s changing into clothes before we even leave the store lol. He’s going to love the shoes. Billy’s a good kid. We just spoke to Scott and said for Billy to get to camp as soon as he can. Billy gets out the end of may actually. Billy is thrilled about camp but told me he’s worried about me. I said why he said I stress to much and he’s worried he won’t have a home to come back to. Pray for him in this area. I told him I always figure it ou! He told me he knows I do. Anyways we are making it fine

    Oh that’s great news! I am so glad that Billy was pleased with his care package. Who doesn’t like snacks? That’s why I include them. That beef jerky is a special treat and that’s why I included it, and the little chocolates, etc.

    I had gotten him a Patagonia tshirt from REI, the backpacking store, in blue that I tracked. It says it was delivered yesterday. It’s a medium and I know you said that’s what Billy wears. I hope it will fit him. Otherwise he can give it away to a friend.

    I will pray for Billy about camp, you about job and finances, and both of your stress levels.

    By the way, I have backpacked in Patagonia but in Chile, not the Argentina side of those mountains. Beautiful country.

  27. Billy loves the shirt he sucked down the chocolate and beef jerky is his favorite it lasted maybe an hour.
    I got a job!!!! It’s on a trial basis but it’s 10 an hour sand she really needs help and someone trustworthy. I need a job and I am trustworthy. I said just give me a shot and let me impress you. I will do my own taxes as she will pay me each day I work. I have no problem with this. I have a business acct set up for when I do cleaning jobs. Anyways it’s not what I was getting before but I can help her grow her business she has a great product and is set up she is desperate for help good help and I’m desperate to work!

  28. Shauna wrote:

    Billy loves the shirt he sucked down the chocolate and beef jerky is his favorite it lasted maybe an hour.
    I got a job!!!! It’s on a trial basis but it’s 10 an hour sand she really needs help and someone trustworthy. I need a job and I am trustworthy. I said just give me a shot and let me impress you. I will do my own taxes as she will pay me each day I work. I have no problem with this. I have a business acct set up for when I do cleaning jobs. Anyways it’s not what I was getting before but I can help her grow her business she has a great product and is set up she is desperate for help good help and I’m desperate to work!

    Hi Shauna,

    Congratulations on the job. My only reservation about it is that by law you are an employee not an independent contractor and she should be doing payroll, taxes, have Workers’ Compensation, etc. Or if it’s through the temp agency, you should be their employee. Those are the I.R.S. rules.

    Please keep looking for a stable job situation, despite having this job opportunity.

    I am glad that Billy got his Patagonia tshirt and likes it. And I’m glad he likes all of the snacks.

  29. Yes velour , I agree with you 100%. In the meantime I have no money for food gas rent or the rest of my bills this week or for the month. We have to live so I need to do what I can in this situation to meet immediate needs. If I get a penalty from the IRS so be it. I do report all of my earnings with work I do whether it be cash, check or the gofundme. I will do whatever I can to keep us from going homeless and provide for our needs. The situation has become that dire at this point. I will continue to do what I said and Persue a permanent income but in the meantime I am doing the very best I can to remedy our urgent situation. I am in no way asking or soliciting the gofundme by saying this. I already told Dee it’s ok to remove the gofundme as I did not want it to appear as if I am profiting from it in any way. It has been a tremendous blessing but given the fact that my sons perpetrator mother continues to put out there that I am somehow scamming it I would rather stop it than continue to give her reason to slander me or imply that Deb contributed to it which is what she is doing by saying such an ugly thing. You all have been amazing to me and Billy. Thank you for pointing this out though I appreciate it your looking out for me in this area.

  30. I didn’t realize that I just reported everything as earnings. Thank you for showing me this. I take very seriously the IRS and never not report. Everything is done through my account so that I don’t miss anything and so that if questioned ever I can have a electronic paper trail. Working for this lady tomorrow and this week will save my butt in getting cash to pay bills and live. It will be a days work for a days wages.
    Please pray for Billy I’m up at 4am sleeping on his trundle he had another rough night. Billy also broke down in tears tonight over not having his dad and the fact that he has never been given an explanation as to why his dad doesn’t want him. It killed me to see him hurt and grieve so much still. This started when he was five with the tears over his father being absent. All I could do was consol encourage and validate his feelings. I can’t imagine being a young man who struggles greatly with the abuse he suffered still having the effects of that and his struggle with an absent father. I encouraged Billy telling him his father is lost and is without God and his life is empty. That if he never fills it with Jesus he will have to answer to God why he threw away the two most amazing gifts he was given ? Jesus and you. I told him if he gets right with Christ that I know he will make it his mission to find you and seek forgiveness “and son it will change your life to give it”! So tonight we watched a movie we looked at his favorite cars on his Xbox and Billy got to show me all the amazing stuff he wants to do to a car he can get and fix up. It encouraged him to have me spend time with him letting him talk cars all night. I told him I’m not your dad and son I will never tell you to move on or get over it that you will have to let God fill this void and sometimes you will need to grieve and that is ok. It’s ok to be angry and hurt because those are real feelings and offenses that hurt but know that I’m here and I have enjoyed every minute of every second since the day I knew I would have you this amazing beautiful boy who is turning out to be a fine young man and that I’m am proud to be your mom. We hugged and although he may have been encouraged I know es hurting and I’m asking everyone here to pray for my ex husband Billy’s father. I don’t wish anything bad towards him. I’m angry that he has hurt our son like this but I’m more concerned about him coming to know the Lord and when this truly happens if it happens I know that he will come to Billy and try to repair what is broken. Billy needs his father but not if he isn’t right with the Lord. I never entered motherhood believing I would do it alone that’s not what I wanted for our son. His father was good to his son before leaving but he got lost somewhere in his choices and he still has time to repair some of the damage. Billy is a forgiving loving kid and if his father were to come to him and say I’m sorry I messed up I believe Billy would be open to him. The longer he stays away Billy gets harder. Anyways Billy will be ok but the brokenness he feels is real and it has impact. I’m trying to get Billy to see that void doesn’t get filled with things but with time, the Love of Christ, and the love and support of his mother and those around him that life is good and it will get better. God has not forgotten him and He knows his hurt He wants to be the one to fill it. My son is an amazing kid who I am so proud of to be his mom. He has no idea how much he is loved and what a gift it has been for me to be his mother. Thank you for letting me share this. Velour wrote:

    Shauna wrote:

    I do report all of my earnings with work I do whether it be cash, check or the gofundme.

    Hi Shauna,

    You don’t have to report the GoFundMe gifts. People under federal law can gift up to $14,000 per giver/per year to whomever person(s) they want; or $28,000 per married couple.
    https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/frequently-asked-questions-on-gift-taxes#1

  31. Prayer Requests for 4/30/17:

    *Please continue to pray for the people on the Prayer Request list here: http://thewartburgwatch.com/permpage-prayer-requests/#comment-321600

    *For DMZ’s friends being laid off from a mega church, for a friend of DMZ’s meeting with a surgeon about a breast lump, for DMZ’s work/financial situation.

    *Muff Potter’s prayer request: for all who are in pain of one kind or another.

    *Shauna and Billy in Texas have pressing financial needs still. The GoFundMe campaign
    at TWW is over (2 month limit), however people can continue to freely make donations to help Shauna and Billy, send them donations, and send them care packages (a list of Billy’s clothing and shoe sizes can be found above).

    You can email me at: gbfsvsurvivors@gmail.com if you would like Shauna’s mailing address to send things to her and Billy.

  32. Shauna wrote:

    I didn’t realize that I just reported everything as earnings. Thank you for showing me this. I take very seriously the IRS and never not report.

    You might want to amend the information with the IRS, including if need be printing out the GoFundMe pages and letting the I.R.S. know that these were gifts made to you by people that were under the annual exclusion ($14,000 per giver to each recipient). I wouldn’t want you to be responsible for a tax debt that you are not responsible for.

    There is a difference in the I.R.S. tax code, as you now understand, between ‘income’ and ‘gifts’.

  33. JYJames wrote:

    @ Velour:
    Praying as requested.
    God bless you, Velour.

    Thank you for praying, JY James for those listed.

    And God bless you right back, friend!

    Have a wonderful week.

  34. Great news!!!! Job went great yesterday. Massive opportunity to grow with this woman’s business. She has a fabulous product (food) and more business coming her way than she knows what to do with and needs someone trustworthy and reliable. Also someone to carry the weight so she can serve more people. Tomorrow I start early to help her prep and prepare food

  35. Billy is spiraling down hill fast. I don’t understand what is going on with him. I feel completely helpless and I don’t have words to express what this is doing to my heart m. I’m afraid, angry, sad, and I’m out of ideas. I have no one to talk to about this no one for any support in helping Billy cope. This may be sudden and that’s because it is it has been all happening suddenly. I’m losing Billy fast and I can’t even explain it here. I have no answers other than I’m in wayvover my head in helping my son because what I’m doing isn’t working and I’m at a loss on what to do. I reached out to Justin Holcomb and he stated he will email me. I don’t know if he will be able to help but I’m desperate I will do anything to save my son. His self worth is shattered his ability to see how incredibly smart and capable he is is spiraling so fast and furious. He’s lashing out verbally at school and it’s affecting him it can affect his future if I don’t help him get a handle on it. Something or someone has triggered my son I just don’t know. I’m supposed to work today and I need to work but there’s a part of me that just wants to shutdown. I’m failing my kid and there’s no one to even confirm whether this is true or tell me what it is im not doing or what it is im missing.

  36. Shauna wrote:

    Billy is spiraling down hill fast. I don’t understand what is going on with him. I feel completely helpless and I don’t have words to express what this is doing to my heart m. I’m afraid, angry, sad, and I’m out of ideas. I have no one to talk to about this no one for any support in helping Billy cope. This may be sudden and that’s because it is it has been all happening suddenly. I’m losing Billy fast and I can’t even explain it here. I have no answers other than I’m in wayvover my head in helping my son because what I’m doing isn’t working and I’m at a loss on what to do

    Shauna,

    Is Billy in therapy for being sexually abused? Have you been in contact with the District Attorney’s Office and Victim Witness?

    In my state (California), Victim Witness pays for therapy and other crime victim related expenses.

    Praying for you.

  37. I contacted the initial place for specialized counseling in child sex abuse where Billy received service for two years. They are trying to get him back with the same counselor because he trusts her. Hoping praying this can happen. Mr Holcomb is also supposed to be contacting me soonVelour wrote:

    Shauna wrote:

    Billy is spiraling down hill fast. I don’t understand what is going on with him. I feel completely helpless and I don’t have words to express what this is doing to my heart m. I’m afraid, angry, sad, and I’m out of ideas. I have no one to talk to about this no one for any support in helping Billy cope. This may be sudden and that’s because it is it has been all happening suddenly. I’m losing Billy fast and I can’t even explain it here. I have no answers other than I’m in wayvover my head in helping my son because what I’m doing isn’t working and I’m at a loss on what to do

    Shauna,

    Is Billy in therapy for being sexually abused? Have you been in contact with the District Attorney’s Office and Victim Witness?

    In my state (California), Victim Witness pays for therapy and other crime victim related expenses.

    Praying for you.

  38. Oh and yes I’m very familiar with victims program here. I have the DA’s direct line. At the time we went through all this Billy began receiving counseling a month after giving his statement in the forensic interview. This was done at the place for specialized counseling where all child victims go in this county for the forensic interview, play therapy, counseling, art therapy. These people in my opinion are the best in the field of child sexual abuse in this state. The detectives who go to court and investigate their offices are located there in the building which is why Billy agreed to go there, he felt safe. Anyways I’m working on getting him in again.

  39. @ Shauna:

    Good, Shauna. I’m glad that you are in touch with them. It is important to get Billy back to therapy for his trauma.

  40. Shauna,

    Maybe this isn’t a good time for Billy to come to California for camp. If he’s having these kinds of problems…maybe being there in Texas is a better option for him until he’s on more solid footing.

  41. New information has come about which I can’t elaborate on here, which triggered the recent responses in Billy (responses which are completely out of character and over the top). I am handling it with the appropriate school administrators and have reported the person in question. Billy has successfully now for eight months performed well in his job and has not once in those months been late or called in and has never disrespected his managers. With this said Billy at 13 left to camp only three weeks after the assault and successfully performed in serving for five weeks. It was a very difficult decision and was done under the advice of professionals. It brought healing to him where he was able to come back and give his forensic interview and allowed me to sort through everything without causing him further unintentional pain. He was not sent to camp again these past few years because I didn’t think he was ready. Billy has worked hard to show that he can do this and it’s something he’s been working hard towards these past months. I am not sending him because I want him to go I’m sending him because he is asking to go. The decision isn’t being taken lightly and as his mom I am gauging the situation in a way where I know my son and I won’t send him if I believe it wouldn’t be productive in his healing process. A close friend will be donating an unused ticket for him to California. They had a cancellation on their plans and it happens to be from Houston to Sacramento. The family who took part in raising me will assist with Billy again during his time there as they did before. He will not be going without resources/people in place to ensure his time out there is a benefit to him spiritually, physically, and emotionally. I appreciate your advice, thank you so much for caring about Billy.

  42. I forgot to mention Billy has not been in trouble in school ever to which he has been recently. He has never lashed out verbally to adults. Although under no circumstance is it ever acceptable I now understand what triggered the recent outbursts and over the top behavior. That along with lack of sleep, stress educationally, and his PTSD has been stirred up ( I found out the trigger and it’s why I believe him going is Gods blessing and showing us that he needs to get out of the area for a time and be at Camp). Billy in spite of everything he’s been through has come further than most under the circumstances. He told me yesterday that he and some kids at school were discussing abortion. One teen said if I found out my child was autistic I would have my wife get an abortion. Billy went off and said it shouldn’t matter what happens if your child is autistic or Down syndrome he said I would keep him and would love him. He said some not nice things to the kid hurtful things for saying he would abort a disabled child. Billy as he told me yesterday said mom I got pissed off but I should not have put him down with what I said(Billy called him a marshmallow among other things) it wasn’t right I will apologize to him for that. He said mom I let my temper get me.
    I share this because I see Billy and sometimes I forget just how much he has grown in his ability to cool down and recognize that what he says and does can be hurtful. In the recent events I wigged out because I saw a reaction in Billy while at school that was even beyond alternate universe Billy. I did not understand why all of a sudden in these last weeks of school what was happening then I’m dealing with the stress of trying to get a job and meet our needs. I’m working on very little sleep because Billy isn’t sleeping well and again I now see what has triggered him again. Anyways all this to say is that Billy needs to be back in counseling no matter what, it will only be good and I’m finally getting a handle on my work situation.
    I just got a call about the work from home job I mentioned. I’m going to do both work from home and the food place. These two jobs will more than meet financial needs they will more than cover my monthly expenses and then some. And both are going to be taking out taxes on paychecks. I spoke with the lady she said she just wants to see if I will work at least two weeks to see if I will stay and she knew I was looking for work. That if a better job comes along then she’s not out by training me getting me to get food handlers and tabc classes. I had initially misunderstood her on the pay/taxes. Anyways this move from the store is turning out to be a blessing. I love working with her and her business is so crazy she can’t do it by herself to many customers for one person and now she’s getting several catering jobs as well. She has been ripped off by so many people so her trust issues are there which is where I come in. We will build trust through my working hard and earning it. As that builds and I grow with her and her business it means major opportunity for me and Billy to getting to financial security and working alongside a good business.

  43. Shauna wrote:

    A close friend will be donating an unused ticket for him to California. They had a cancellation on their plans and it happens to be from Houston to Sacramento. The family who took part in raising me will assist with Billy again during his time there as they did before. He will not be going without resources/people in place to ensure his time out there is a benefit to him spiritually, physically, and emotionally

    Awesome!

  44. Yea sorry for that. Billy and I are still working through this and let me say it’s not easy. Velour wrote:

    @ Shauna:

    Good, long update from you Shauna.

  45. Shauna wrote:

    Yea sorry for that. Billy and I are still working through this and let me say it’s not easy. Velour wrote:
    @ Shauna:
    Good, long update from you Shauna.

    Oh no reason to be “sorry” Shauna. Please don’t take it that way. I guess I should have said “thorough update”.

    No, I can imagine that it’s not easy.

    Hugs to you and Billy.

  46. It’s ok I didn’t take it personal. Please if a group of you can commit to pray for Billy for the next 13 days from 6am-2:45pm during the school week that would be the biggest blessing I could ask of you all. He needs to maintain his tiredness, impulse control, and be able to focus on school work while he is serving out his consequences in school. It’s very difficult for Billy right now. As you all can see the pain of sexual and physical abuse even affects men well into their 70,s. Billy’s rape is still new and fresh so I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for him experiencing flashbacks and nightmares. You add learning issues, development delay, an absent father (which to this very day affects Billy more than anyone realizes), he is doing well considering the circumstances but imagine being in his shoes trying to cope and now from what Billy told me recently one of his teachers called hm worthless!!! Yes I’m fuming furious but the end result is Billy reacted with disrespect and the teacher/school is disciplining him for it. Billy has experienced injustices with our former church and with what was done to him. Now he feels (and rightfully so) that his teachers are attacking his self worth and the school defends the teacher(because heaven forbid that a teacher could ever say such a thing, tisk tisk ). We have only days left of school and Billy needs to keep up. He will have difficulty where they put him for his consequence. Billy is angry hurt and affected so it’s important that people pull together and if God places it on your heart to pray for Billy through out the day I hope you will do that. It would be a gift wrapped into a blessing for us. I can’t control Billy’s response to injustices but we can pray he is able to manage his impulses and responses to the authority in his school. Billy likes being at school I offered homeschool and he says no way. If Billy continues to react to being baited or to authority the way he has more severe consequences can come. Billy only gets that he isn’t being treated fairly a lot so he is in reaction mode. It’s a lot of information but it’s important you all know how you can pray for him. I asked Billy again about going to camp or staying here and working making money. Billy said “mom I want to go I’m ready and I’m ready to show Scott I have grown and matured”. I was like, wow what a mature way of thinking and he’s willing to forsake making good money to be at camp. Billy can be a pill to handle at times I make no excuses for him but most of the time he’s just a great easy kid. Ok that was long but I feel necessary. Thank you all again Velour wrote:

    Shauna wrote:

    Yea sorry for that. Billy and I are still working through this and let me say it’s not easy. Velour wrote:
    @ Shauna:
    Good, long update from you Shauna.

    Oh no reason to be “sorry” Shauna. Please don’t take it that way. I guess I should have said “thorough update”.

    No, I can imagine that it’s not easy.

    Hugs to you and Billy.

  47. Prayer request:
    Please remember my husband. He has to have outpatient surgery for a hernia on May 5. His heart rate is always low – that worries me a bit. What worries me more though, is Mr. Invincible not following doctors’ orders and taking it easy for the next two weeks! I may have to hog tie him. It ain’t gonna be pretty.

  48. will offer prayers for the intentions of Shauna’s Billy and of Nancy Two for her husband’s surgery

  49. Nancy2 wrote:

    Prayer request:
    Please remember my husband. He has to have outpatient surgery for a hernia on May 5. His heart rate is always low – that worries me a bit. What worries me more though, is Mr. Invincible not following doctors’ orders and taking it easy for the next two weeks! I may have to hog tie him. It ain’t gonna be pretty.

    Will pray for your husband and for you.

    And for the pups.

  50. Update : Billy isn’t going in to school today he isn’t feeling well he had a bad night no sleep. Monday will better I’m sure

  51. Shauna, I am praying that Billy realizes his innate value. Will you share this quote with him that my kids have in their room?

    “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”. Eleanor Roosevelt.

    I know he has learning challenges and children must learn to be respectful to even immature adults in positions of power. The above, internalized, has helped them through similar.

    As far as not controlling responses, it might help to actually practice responses for the future. It makes them feel in control. We even practiced facial expressions and body language in the event of bullying and teachers who pick on them for whatever reason. And the responses are always friendly as in “thanks for sharing that” with a bit of a smile and no sarcasm at all. It’s disarming. And that is key. Disarming the mean person.

    The irony is that bullying or even mean teacher tactics don’t work well if it is seen as not working by the meanie. They look for other prey. And yes, I am talking about some teachers, too, sadly. That is a whole other topic with many nuances.

    If anything I have said does not apply, throw it out. My goal is one thing only. That these precious children know their worth in a world filled with bullies, meanies and deceivers. It is especially important if he does not have a strong family/friend support system surrounding him. There is a lot of peace in knowing “many” have your back. When it’s not there they have to build it from within. He needs strategies for responses to build confidence. It’s pretty sad when the kid has to be more mature than the adult. But that is the world we live in. And while this is totally wrong and counter intuitive, remember, the schools sees single mom with few resources. And yes, not being well connected and protected brings out the unfairness in others. It’s everywhere. Not just at church. And God despises such favoritism.

    A friend of mine has a developmental disabled son and is a teacher of such. She shared these strategies with me years ago as they also work well with overly sensitive children who think if they are really nice, everyone will automatically like them. They can’t imagine that actually attracts bullies and deceivers. So a proper response is important. It builds confidence so he can actually concentrate on academics. The key is practice. This could be a summer project. And yes, it’s exhausting. :o) but so worth it in the long run.

  52. @ Lydia:

    Great response Lyds!
    All of your comment has its roots in the Book of Proverbs:

    “When thou goest, it shall lead thee;
    When thou sleepest, it shall keep thee;
    And when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee”

    — Proverbs 6:22 —

  53. Answered prayer: got a job working at home on computer. It’s a legitimate job contract and all with direct deposit. Met the employer face to face I will complete forms today.
    If you all could pray I need to come up with funds to purchase a hotspot, very cheap but am limited at the moment. Once I have that I can start working at home and get 35-40hrs a week at 10 an hour. I can also work the food cart a few hours a week and clean the few houses I have left this will mean I can pay all bills with no worries. I did 3 hours of training today yaaaay

  54. We’re back! Hubby is in some pain, but surgery went well! If he behaves, he’ll be back to “normal” in about 2 weeks.

  55. Nancy2 wrote:

    We’re back! Hubby is in some pain, but surgery went well! If he behaves, he’ll be back to “normal” in about 2 weeks.

    Great!

    I’ve been praying for him from California.

  56. Thanks Velour I got my work to get started this weekend. I’m going to try to use someone’s pc until I get mine situated Velour wrote:

    @ Shauna:

    Congratulations, Shauna!

  57. Shauna wrote:

    Thanks Velour I got my work to get started this weekend. I’m going to try to use someone’s pc until I get mine situated Velour wrote:
    @ Shauna:
    Congratulations, Shauna!

    Great.

  58. Please pray for Persephone who left an abuse situation.

    She is in the Pacific Northwest.

    She comments over on Spiritual Sounding Board blog.

    She has several children with severe health conditions.

    She is out of funds for the month of May and doesn’t know what to do. I made some suggestions to Kathi at Spiritual Sounding Board, one of the writers, about some
    services.

  59. Prayer requests from several Sundays ago that are still pertinent:

    *Nancy2’s husband. Recovering from surgery. Pray for his healing and that he follow’s doctor’s orders (and Nancy2’s!).

    *Niteowl. Mother died recently month. Also Niteowl has been in ill health and recently got out of the hospital.

    *Dee. Her health and pain level.

    *Sightseer. Return of her husband’s cancer. Sightseer and her family have been in ill health due to a virus.

    *Wayne/Uncle Dad. His wife’s cancer returned. Please pray for their family.

    *Persephone. She comments at the Spiritual Sounding Board blog. She lives in Oregon. She left an abusive marriage. She has a health problem and several children with severe health problems. She is in a dire financial situation and has run out of funds for the month of May. Contact Julie Anne at Spiritual Sounding Board: SpiritualSB@gmail.com and ask her to forward your email to her co-writer Kathi if you can help.

    *Harley. Recovering from shoulder surgery in Texas and pain.

    *Shauna and her son Billy in Texas. – Dee previously wrote about their story on TWW. Billy has had night terrors and some problems at school. Shauna requests that we pray for Billy every school day from about 6:30 a.m. to about 3:00 p.m. throughout our days.

    Billy has the opportunity to work/attend a Christian camp in remote Northern California, friends of Shauna’s who are solid Christians run. Please pray for this opportunity for Billy.

    And please continue to pray for financial provision for Shauna.

    *Dennis. His brother Mike is lost in drug addiction.

    *Talmidah. Her health. And the health and financial needs of her family.

    *H.U.G. – his health.

    *For DMZ’s friends being laid off from a mega church, for a friend of DMZ’s meeting with a surgeon about a breast lump, for DMZ’s work/financial situation.

    *Muff Potter’s prayer request: for all who are in pain of one kind or another.

    *Other regulars that we pray for here:
    Daisy, OnlyEleven, numo, NMGirl.

    *Christiane – the recent death of her beloved sister-in-law. Please continue to pray for their family.

    David/Eagle: The recent death of his mother.

    Ishy – “I’ve been sick almost continuously since last June or so (when I had surgery + a load of antibiotics). I don’t have a very strong immune system to begin with, but I’ve been on antibiotics multiple times the past year, and it’s really torn up. I’ve had a cold for several weeks now that’s my third this year. I’m just tired of it.”

    *Syria. Very sad situation.

    *Jeannette Altes. – That she is able to sort out her financial situation and obtain services in her community. And employment. (Note: TWW has instituted a new policy and GoFundMe campaigns will only run for 2-months and are only for emergency situations.)

    *NMGirl. Finances. She hasn’t been able to make payments on her home. She is working at Walgreen’s (hours have been reduced) and for Uber as a driver. She has several pets.
    Please pray for guidance and provision. This is a very stressful situation for her.

    ————

    Praises.

    *Shauna in Texas has been able to secure some jobs.

    *Harley is doing better from shoulder surgery.

    *Velour’s injured right shoulder is doing better.

  60. Here’s something I bless the Almighty and his Providence for:
    This month I celebrate 21 years sobriety.

  61. Muff Potter wrote:

    Here’s something I bless the Almighty and his Providence for:
    This month I celebrate 21 years sobriety.

    That is wonderful, Muff Potter. Congratulations!

  62. Wayne (aka Uncle Dad) with a sad update about his wife Susan:

    Uncle Dad on Tue May 09, 2017 at 07:06 AM said:
    My wife, Susan, lost her battle with cancer April 17, 2017 at 10 p.m.
    Thank you all for your prayers for her. She said during the whole fight that she could feel every prayer.
    We were together for 43 years. Please pray for me as I continue to adjust to life without her.

  63. Wayne I am so sorry for your loss.
    I am praying for you and your family.

    Reminder: please continue to keep Billy in prayer from 7:30am- 2:30pm for the next 14 days or so. He’s not going to be able to see his friends for the rest of the school year. However he is looking forward to camp. I am working on last minute items for camp. Billy has been inviting friends to go.

    Please put Lassen pines camp on this prayer list. They could use more kids to serve up there. Hey are looking for kids who have a heart for serving others. Inger says they will provide housing, great food (trust me it’s amazing food), a small weekly allowance (remember it’s a ministry no one will get rich lol) and of course she says she and Lindsay will be there so that’s a plus( trust me it’s a huge plus) inger is an amazing godly woman and mother. Lindsay is special needs and boy is she beautiful in every way). Lindsay loved Billy when he went up there for the first time. I always enjoy the videos inger posts of her sweet precious girls. Anyways I just want everyone to know that these people are the real deal. Maybe that’s why I love Dee so much she reminds me so much of those the Lord surrounded me with growing up.
    If anyone is interested in having their kids serve here Lassen Pines Christian Camp I would encourage you to call (530)474-3160 and speak to Scott Luff, ask questions. You can also go to their website lassenpines.org if you want to get an idea of his wife and beautiful girls go to neverenoughluff.com these are all public online so no privacy is being broken.
    I endorse this place because my experience there for 12 years was amazing and I am still in touch with a majority of the kids now adults like me who served faithfully with me all those years. The relationships you form in this body of believers have been lifelong for me. My prayer is Billy will have the same. Please check it out and pray for the hundreds of children who will hear the gospel and for those serving them.

  64. Thank you so much BIG SHOUT OUT TO YALL and I love the color of the shoes you guy s havè really no clue of how much it mean s to me when y’all pray for me and support me and the more mail I get Iam going to build this into a YouTube channel and give SHOUTOUT S TO YALL VIRTUALLY and do vlog s so y’all can see the crazy and stupid stuff I do lol ✌Thank you for the shoes awesome person from Michigan

  65. This was from Billy to TWW readersShauna wrote:

    Thank you so much BIG SHOUT OUT TO YALL and I love the color of the shoes you guy s havè really no clue of how much it mean s to me when y’all pray for me and support me and the more mail I get Iam going to build this into a YouTube channel and give SHOUTOUT S TO YALL VIRTUALLY and do vlog s so y’all can see the crazy and stupid stuff I do lol ✌Thank you for the shoes awesome person from Michigan

  66. Shauna wrote:

    Thank you so much BIG SHOUT OUT TO YALL and I love the color of the shoes you guy s havè really no clue of how much it mean s to me when y’all pray for me and support me and the more mail I get Iam going to build this into a YouTube channel and give SHOUTOUT S TO YALL VIRTUALLY and do vlog s so y’all can see the crazy and stupid stuff I do lol Thank you for the shoes awesome person from Michigan

    Hi Billy,

    Woo hoo! New shoes from the Anonymous donor in Michigan. Her son-in-law picked them out as he is a coach. He knows what he’s doing in the way of shoes.

    We continue to pray for you at school, with your healing, with going to camp in California.
    Everything. You are a special, talented young man. And you have much to offer.

    Love and hugs and prayers,

    Velour in California

    P.S. If you go on social media, please don’t use our real names! Just say it’s your supportive friends at The Wartburg Watch blog from around the nation and around the world.
    Thank you!!

  67. Update. Hey do you TWW just want to let you all know that tomorrow I officially start working from home and will have my Internet set up tomorrow yay. Thanks for praying for me and please continue to pray as I work this job and hopefully this can become a permanent position. So today I turned in my contract in my W9 and finished up my training so tomorrow and there after I fly solo. I am so excited because now I can schedule a minimum of six hours a day is what they want I have a couple of cleaning jobs that I’ve had for the last 4 to 5 years and I will continue to work on a food cart when I’m not working at home we’re cleaning the house. Billy is excited to go to California and I am working on finishing getting the rest of what he needs to go thanks for praying about his situation.

  68. Wayne (aka Uncle Dad). His wife Susan of 43 years lost her battle with cancer on April 17th. Please lift him and their children up in prayer. And their family and friends.

    *Nancy2’s husband. Recovering from surgery. Pray for his healing and that he follow’s doctor’s orders (and Nancy2’s!).

    *Niteowl. Mother died recently. Also Niteowl has been in ill health and recently got out of the hospital.

    *Dee. Her health and pain level. And her family vacation to Florida this week.

    *Sightseer. Return of her husband’s cancer. Please pray for their family.

    *Persephone. She comments at the Spiritual Sounding Board blog. She lives in Oregon. She left an abusive marriage. She has a health problem and several children with severe health problems. She is in a dire financial situation and has run out of funds for the month of May. Contact Julie Anne at Spiritual Sounding Board: SpiritualSB@gmail.com and ask her to forward your email to her co-writer Kathi if you can help.

    *Harley. Recovering from shoulder surgery in Texas and pain.

    *Shauna and her son Billy in Texas. – Dee previously wrote about their story on TWW. Billy has had night terrors and some problems at school. Shauna requests that we pray for Billy every school day from about 6:30 a.m. to about 3:00 p.m. throughout our days.
    Billy has the opportunity to work/attend a Christian camp in remote Northern California, friends of Shauna’s who are solid Christians run. Please pray for this opportunity for Billy.

    Shauna requests that we pray for Lassen Pines Camp, her friends’ Christian camp in Northern California. More campers, etc. Wonderful Christians – the real deal according to Shauna who have played an important role in her life – run the camp.

    And please continue to pray for financial provision for Shauna.

    *Dennis. His brother Mike is lost in drug addiction.

    *Talmidah. Her health. And the health and financial needs of her family.

    *H.U.G. – his health.

    *For DMZ’s friends being laid off from a mega church, for a friend of DMZ’s meeting with a surgeon about a breast lump, for DMZ’s work/financial situation.

    *Muff Potter’s prayer request: for all who are in pain of one kind or another.

    *Other regulars that we pray for here:
    Daisy, OnlyEleven, numo, NMGirl.

    *Christiane – the recent death of her beloved sister-in-law. Please continue to pray for their family.

    David/Eagle: The recent death of his mother.

    Ishy – “I’ve been sick almost continuously since last June or so (when I had surgery + a load of antibiotics). I don’t have a very strong immune system to begin with, but I’ve been on antibiotics multiple times the past year, and it’s really torn up. I’ve had a cold for several weeks now that’s my third this year. I’m just tired of it.”

    *Syria. Very sad situation. Civil war. Refugees.

    *Jeannette Altes. – That she is able to sort out her financial situation and obtain services in her community. And employment. (Note: TWW has instituted a new policy and GoFundMe campaigns will only run for 2-months and are only for emergency situations.)

    *NMGirl. Finances. She hasn’t been able to make payments on her home. She is working at Walgreen’s (hours have been reduced) and for Uber as a driver. She has several pets.
    Please pray for guidance and provision. This is a very stressful situation for her.
    ————
    Praises.
    *Muff Potter. He recently celebrated 21 years of sobriety!

    *Shauna in Texas has been able to secure some jobs.

    *Harley is doing better from shoulder surgery.

    *Velour’s injured right shoulder is doing better.

  69. Additional prayer:

    Please pray for my little old lady friend Vera from Russia. She is a widow. Her only child (a son) was killed in their country. She lives in California near me in low-income senior housing. I just applied to a foundation to request that they pay for Vera’s dental surgery/gum surgery. Please pray that they accept the application. She is in a great deal of pain.

    Thank you.

  70. A prayer request from Friend.

    Friend on Sun May 14, 2017 at 02:15 PM said:

    May I please add a prayer request? A young loved one is in crisis, and we would all appreciate prayers.

  71. And a Praise and a Prayer Request:

    Seekeroftruthweb UNITED STATES on Sun May 14, 2017 at 09:22 AM said:

    I got good news: I am starting college at the end of the month! This past week I got tested and got my courses for the fall and the summer.

  72. Hubby is doing well, still a bit sore/tender – still has to be careful how he bends and how much he lifts. Surgery (3 incisions) was Friday, May 5.
    We managed to take out our old water heater (it started leaking, uhg – another unforeseen expense!) and put in a new one yesterday – used a dolly and I helped, and harped. Then we went to a cookout at my daughter’s house. Hubby felt well enough to eat enough steak, ribs, and shrimp for 3 men!
    If he does okay, he can resume (ahem) “normal” activities this coming Friday.
    He goes back for a standard follow-up on May 23. If all goes well, he will be released from doctor’s care.

    Shauna – so glad to hear things are finally getting better for you and Billy, I hope and pray that the news you share with us remains positive!

  73. Please remember to lift Billy up in prayer today through out the day. He will have to make up time after school and in the evenings. He will be at the H.S. until 6:15pm everyday. The state of Texas has sent notice requiring him to make up 36 hours of missed school. This has been due to him having night terrors and me making a decision to keep him home on those days. Unfortunately billy pays the price for suffering from his trauma even having to make it up in school. At this point we have only days left and to fight it will do no good right now he needs to move forward to the next grade. Also billy is missing classroom instruction due to him getting in trouble. He sits in a classroom all day long with a few other students as consequence for him responding disrespectfully to a teacher who told Billy he was worthless. Yes i’m fuming still over this but you can imagine what that statement would do to someone especially a kid. Billy can’t prove he said it but he told an administrator this ” I heard what he said, he said it and you can bring him in to talk all you want but I have nothing more to say to him. What am I supposed to do when my teachers tells me i’m worthless and the counselors, you, the principal believe him? What am I supposed to do when he says something like that to me and i’m left with no one to talk to?” These were billy’s words to the administrator who took the complaint! I believe billy 100% his response was direct, straight forward and he doesn’t lie to get others in trouble it’s not my son’s nature nor has it ever been something he has done. Billy has a strong sense of justice and when he sees it happen with others he acts when its done to him he normally doesn’t defend himself but in this case he stood his ground and spoke with transparency. Billy is so far behind in school as it is and this teacher put him out of all his classes for 15 days, very excessive but I can’t save billy from the consequence of his disrespect although I probably would have given that teacher more than a piece of my mind had he called me worthless. Unfortunately billy pays the price sitting in the room with his school work and not getting day to day classroom instruction which he desperately needs. I have requested his teachers in core classes come in this week to go over his reviews for finals. I found out from billy they hadn’t been doing that, i’m so mad but at this point billy just needs to get through the last few days of school. Please pray for him each day this week he has carried so much on his shoulders, i’m discouraged as i’m angry with these people i’m upset with my son for being disrespectful although I get it. I’m struggling to make ends meet right now and the weight of everything is so heavy. My heart is burdened and if billy can get through each day successfully learning it would help encourage my heart. I am praying for him even as I type this. Please don’t forget to pray through out the day for him. I believe God answers those prayers. Billy has no idea just how much i’m on his side and a lot of the times he feels that I am not. I have to get him to recognize that although the teacher was blatantly wrong but so was my son in how he responded. As much as I want to support him I can not support my teenager responding the way he did. Anyways please pray for me today I found myself in tears this morning so mad at the situation, discouraged over billy not getting the classroom time he needs, what this assault has done in the aftermath how it affects him our lives. It hurts to see how it impacts my son still to this day. It brings back those feelings of anger against those who slandered my son who abandoned him and me in our worst time. Again these are fleeting thoughts but they have impact in the moment.

  74. @ shauna:

    Hi Shauna,

    Thank you for the update about Billy. We are praying for him and his schooling.

    I think it was Lydia who gave some good advice once before. Work with your child and train him how to respond to provocation. Lydia did that with her children, to much success. And how to respond with kindness and take the wind out of the provocator’s sails.

    Next up it may be worth it to have the District Attorney’s Victim Witness involved again.
    Get Billy back into therapy. Have them write a letter to the school about Billy being a violent crime victim. Have the teachers and counselors on board. Have some safe places for Billy to go when he is feeling overwhelmed and not as a ‘punishment’. Just my $.02 cents.

  75. Hi Velour,

    I am working on getting him into the place he was before. It’s a slow process and I do have those within the system working on it. Thankful for that

    They all are very aware of what billy went through and a letter will not change anything. School lets out in another week and where he’s spending his time it will not do anything. Right now we are just trying to get through it. Billy made a mistake and the consequences were harsh nothing can be done at this point.

    Billy doesn’t know when that point will come were he has had enough. Being told your worthless by an adult who is supposed to teach you well I can’t say that I would handle that right. To be honest that teacher would get more than just language from me if he was working me up the class period and embarrassing me. Teachers like him are not going to do crap to help my son. I believe he was bating my kid to get that reaction. With that said there is nothing I can do to change how they respond to my son when they know what has occurred. My son does not always navigate his emotions well and can be impulsive at times. Billy was wrong in his reaction but I get it.
    The DA will not get involved with his school beyond the paperwork they received already. They got so many cases and he’s so busy its difficult just to get a call back at times. The place for his therapy I only give them only so much information because it’s my sons medical records and the things discussed are private. Its certainly not something I or billy want in his school records which can be obtained if they are put there. I have met with every teacher personally at the beginning of the year they are well aware of billy’s struggle. However if they don’t care I can’t make them care. Its frustrating for me but i have come to accept that this situation is what it is. I am doing everything and have been to guide my son right in the best ways I can and know how. This is why I have asked for prayer continually as he serves out his consequence so that he doesn’t miss out on any opportunities to finish the year successful. It’s taking me and the teachers who do care along with those praying for him for him to just get through. Billy has come home the last few days with no issues so far so I have to believe that praying for him has a lot to do with it. Thank you velour for your suggestions they are helpful our reality is also different in ways that others my not understand and to be honest I hope no one would have to go through the trials billy has gone through.

  76. oh I forgot to state that I am in no way excusing billy’s reaction and why he’s in trouble. They were right to consequence him he has to learn how to manage his responses to people and sometimes it means he messes up. I think 15 days was a bit much however if thats the consequence then i’m trying to teach billy that whether he is unjustly treated his response to people can have serious consequences and I would prefer him to learn now as opposed to when he’s an adult. He is not happy with the punishment but he learned real fast because he said “mom I will never get put in there again for disrespect”. So with everything that has happened billy learned a lesson a hard one which affects his ability to finish out the year well. It has been very upsetting but I have to let him make his mistakes and teach him to own up to them when it happens.

  77. Please remember my son to all who read here pray for him tonight. I am pleading with as many of you as I can. He has received 7 warnings while in school suspension. If he receives one more these next three days he will be suspended for two days. My son says the teacher does not care and he will write up students for no reason. Two kids were suspended today.

    Billy is not a problem child but he has had difficulty staying awake and you all know why he has night terrors. The school knows this I have been pulling my hair out repeating, pleading, and it does no good. Whatever is attacking my son be it satan or just a teacher who may be power tripping I don't know. I can not control what he is doing if he's doing what my son says. I believe billy he was in tears tonight telling me this teacher doesn't care and hes been saying it for three weeks now. I feel completely helpless at this point. There is nothing no one can do we have seven days left finals are next week and billy needs to be there to do his work. He needs to be in school or else he will not move to the next grade. He already is behind.

    Please if you could just pray nothing else suggesting resources is not going to solve the immediate problem we have right now. Talking to the school is not going to change one single thing in the next few days. At this point we need to be completely dependent on prayer and Gods grace in this situation. Billy needs to be able to stay awake. He is convinced the teacher will write him up if he tries to explain to him that he is having a hard time. It is so frustrating to me because you can't just go up to the school anymore and get a meeting or see the teacher there are so many protocols and scheduled meeting. by the time I get it either school will be out and billy makes it or billy will get suspended for things that are out of his control and it's to late the finals are done billy suffers, days are missed and billy has to make them up and he suffers.

    This is the challenge and this is why I am pleading for as many of you here to pray during the day while billy is in ISS pray for this teacher to change his heart to have empathy and compassion for the students to just care or give a crap if in fact he doesn't. Ask God to intervene for billy and be with him. I am so beyond my stress level that i'm shaking my stomach is hurting I have spit up blood tonight which I can't even let my son know. I have yelled and i'm on my knees. There is literally no one here for support financially i'm drowning today a friend brought over some food not much but enough and i'm grateful. I am trying so hard to kick of this job and my focus is school, and billy, hes not sleeping and neither am I. We have eight more days just eight days that we need to get through. It seems impossible right now that billy isn't going to get one more write up.

    I don't know where else to turn to ask others to pray.

  78. Ty Billy was up all night again I will be keeping him home today. He isn’t feeling well and is exhausted. Please continue to pray for him and the teachers. Velour wrote:

    @ shauna:

    Praying throughout my days for Billy.

    And I’m also praying for his teacher.

  79. Shauna wrote:

    Ty Billy was up all night again I will be keeping him home today. He isn’t feeling well and is exhausted. Please continue to pray for him and the teachers. Velour wrote:
    @ shauna:
    Praying throughout my days for Billy.
    And I’m also praying for his teacher.

    Praying for Billy, you, Billy’s teachers, and the school administrators.

    Hugs from California.

  80. Update: I am loving working from home. Working from home makes it so much easier to be here for Billy. Also a good friend of mine is a teacher at the high school. She does the night school where billy has to make up lost days. She is a really good teacher and billys only highlight in having to be there is having her as the night teacher. She is tough but also fair and knows billy well. She also brings billy home for me as we live in the same subdivision. She is so much of a blessing to billy. I am praying he will get her next year. She use to tutor billy in jr high. Remember billy not only has to sit in the same class all day long no talking no moving around except for one or two breaks during the day then he has to go to after school detention then he has to go to night school all this to try to make up a total of 36 hours of missed school days. So it is long days and you can just imagine how hard it is for him to go all day like this from 7am – 6:15pm I don’t know how he wouldn’t get written up for something at some point. Anyways I just wanted to paint a picture of what it would be like for anyone having to do that. Billy says its like prison lol. I am not laughing but his comment did make me chuckle. I do get that this is so hard for him but he’s doing it. Its just coming with bumps in the road.

  81. Wayne (aka Uncle Dad). His wife Susan of 43 years lost her battle with cancer on April 17th. Please lift him and their children up in prayer. And their family and friends.

    *Nancy2’s husband. Recovering from surgery. Pray for his healing and that he follow’s doctor’s orders (and Nancy2’s!).

    *Niteowl. Mother died recently. Also Niteowl has been in ill health and recently got out of the hospital.

    *Dee. Her health and pain level. And her family travels back from their vacation in Florida.

    *Sightseer. Return of her husband’s cancer. Please pray for their family.

    *All those impacted by NeoCalvinism and other abusive church takeovers that we’ve been discussing on this blog.

    *Persephone. She comments at the Spiritual Sounding Board blog. She lives in Oregon. She left an abusive marriage. She has a health problem and several children with severe health problems. She is in a dire financial situation and has run out of funds for the month of May. Contact Julie Anne at Spiritual Sounding Board: SpiritualSB@gmail.com and ask her to forward your email to her co-writer Kathi if you can help.

    *Harley. Recovering from shoulder surgery in Texas and pain.

    *Shauna and her son Billy in Texas. – Dee previously wrote about their story on TWW. Billy has had night terrors and some problems at school. Shauna requests that we pray for Billy every school day from about 6:30 a.m. to about 3:00 p.m. throughout our days.
    Billy has the opportunity to work/attend a Christian camp in remote Northern California, friends of Shauna’s who are solid Christians run. Please pray for this opportunity for Billy.

    Shauna requests that we pray for Lassen Pines Camp, her friends’ Christian camp in Northern California. More campers, etc. Wonderful Christians – the real deal according to Shauna who have played an important role in her life – run the camp.

    And please continue to pray for financial provision for Shauna.

    *Dennis. His brother Mike is lost in drug addiction.

    *Talmidah. Her health. And the health and financial needs of her family.

    *H.U.G. – his health.

    *For DMZ’s friends being laid off from a mega church, for a friend of DMZ’s meeting with a surgeon about a breast lump, for DMZ’s work/financial situation.

    *Muff Potter’s prayer request: for all who are in pain of one kind or another.

    *Other regulars that we pray for here:
    Daisy, OnlyEleven, numo, NMGirl.

    *Christiane – the recent death of her beloved sister-in-law. Please continue to pray for their family.

    David/Eagle: The recent death of his mother.

    Ishy – “I’ve been sick almost continuously since last June or so (when I had surgery + a load of antibiotics). I don’t have a very strong immune system to begin with, but I’ve been on antibiotics multiple times the past year, and it’s really torn up. I’ve had a cold for several weeks now that’s my third this year. I’m just tired of it.”

    *Syria. Very sad situation. Civil war. Refugees.

    *Jeannette Altes. – That she is able to sort out her financial situation and obtain services in her community. And employment. (Note: TWW has instituted a new policy and GoFundMe campaigns will only run for 2-months and are only for emergency situations.)

    *NMGirl. Finances. She hasn’t been able to make payments on her home. She is working at Walgreen’s (hours have been reduced) and for Uber as a driver. She has several pets.
    Please pray for guidance and provision. This is a very stressful situation for her.

    *Velour’s elderly friend Vera. That a charitable foundation, which pays for different expenses for those in need, will approve the application that Velour wrote to have Vera’s gum surgery and dental which, which she can’t afford as a senior citizen. She has been in pain from this untreated problem.
    ————
    Praises.
    *Shauna in Texas has been able to secure some jobs, including working from home which she is enjoying. Her son Billy has a supportive teacher at his school, whom he has known.

    *Harley is doing better from shoulder surgery. She just celebrated her birthday and her anniversary.

    *SeekerofTruth applied for college, took tests, and was accepted. He starts soon and is not work full-time now. Please pray for him and his studies, and this exciting new chapter in his life.

    *Velour is graduating with a professional degree.

  82. Velour wrote:

    *SeekerofTruth applied for college, took tests, and was accepted. He starts soon and is not work full-time now. Please pray for him and his studies, and this exciting new chapter in his life.
    *Velour is graduating with a professional degree.

    Woo-hooooo! Congrats to both of you!

  83. Nancy2 wrote:

    Velour wrote:
    *SeekerofTruth applied for college, took tests, and was accepted. He starts soon and is not work full-time now. Please pray for him and his studies, and this exciting new chapter in his life.
    *Velour is graduating with a professional degree.
    Woo-hooooo! Congrats to both of you!

    Thank you, Nancy2!

  84. JYJames wrote:

    Velour wrote:
    Velour is graduating with a professional degree.
    Yee-ha!

    Woo hoo!

    We’re having my party at a Spanish Tapas restaurant.

  85. Deb on Mon May 22, 2017 at 09:47 PM said:
    Please keep those hurt outside the Manchester (England) arena (50 in number) and the loved ones of those killed (19 so far) in your prayers.
    It appears to be a terrorist attack, but that has not yet been confirmed.

  86. Former CLC’er UNITED STATES on Mon May 22, 2017 at 09:14 PM said:
    A little off topic here, but thought I’d ask. I have a friend who just moved to Charleston, SC and is looking for a church. She found one she likes, but it is very big and hard to connect. If anyone knows of a good one, please share. Thanks!

  87. Deb on Tue May 23, 2017 at 10:17 PM said:
    @ Velour:
    Tragically, those numbers have increased. Praying for the families of those who were murdered and for those who were injured.

  88. Nancy2 wrote:

    Hubby got the “all clear, good as new” at his follow-up dr’s appt today!

    That’s great news, Nancy2. I will put that on this week’s Prayer List’s Praises!!

  89. Update: Billy finished out the last week well and is excited that he is finished for the summer. Billy got his educational leave from his job, he will not have to reapply once he returns from camp. The plane ticket (the donation to airfare him to California) we can not use. Billy is upset as he got the leave from work and has been looking forward to camp. Pray we will be able to get him to California in the next few weeks. I have found what has triggered billy’s recent outbursts and reinforcements have come and have helped him work through it. In California he will receive continued counseling and when he returns he will be resuming his specialized counseling through the place he was before. I spoke to the District Attorney a few days ago and he and billy’s advocate through the court are working on ensuring he gets in when he returns from camp. All great news and it’s obvious to us that God is looking after billy. The main focus now is getting him to California safely , on a flight, and one that hopefully can be non stop. Pray for a one way or round trip which ever is cheaper. I can work on getting him a return ticket if we are able to manage a one way. I can only fly him into Sacramento anywhere else is to far away for him to be picked up.

  90. *For all those who have served our country in the military, we give thanks this Memorial Day weekend. We pay our respects to those who lost their lives and we pray for their families and friends. We pray for those who were injured, including physically and psychologically.

    *For the victims, families and friends of a terrorism attack in Manchester, England.

    *Wayne (aka Uncle Dad). His wife Susan of 43 years lost her battle with cancer on April 17th. Please lift him and their children up in prayer. And their family and friends.

    *Niteowl. Mother died recently. Also Niteowl has been in ill health and recently got out of the hospital.

    *Dee. Her health and pain level.

    *Sightseer. Return of her husband’s cancer. Please pray for their family.

    *All those impacted by NeoCalvinism and other abusive church takeovers that we’ve been discussing on this blog.

    *Shauna and her son Billy in Texas. – Dee previously wrote about their story on TWW. Billy
    finished his school term. He will be going to a Christian camp in California, Lassen Pines Camp. (He has been granted a leave from his part-time job.) Please pray for financial provision for a 1-way ticket for Billy from Texas to Sacramento, CA.

    Shauna requests that we pray for Lassen Pines Camp, her friends’ Christian camp in Northern California. More campers, etc. Wonderful Christians – the real deal according to Shauna who have played an important role in her life – run the camp.
    And please continue to pray for financial provision for Shauna.

    *Dennis. His brother Mike is lost in drug addiction.

    *Talmidah. Her health. And the health and financial needs of her family.

    *H.U.G. – his health.

    *Other regulars that we pray for here:
    Daisy, OnlyEleven, numo, NMGirl.

    Ishy – “I’ve been sick almost continuously since last June or so (when I had surgery + a load of antibiotics). I don’t have a very strong immune system to begin with, but I’ve been on antibiotics multiple times the past year, and it’s really torn up. I’ve had a cold for several weeks now that’s my third this year. I’m just tired of it.”

    *Syria. Very sad situation. Civil war. Refugees.

    *Jeannette Altes. – That she is able to sort out her financial situation and obtain services in her community. And employment. Please pray for guidance and provision.
    ————
    Praises.
    *Nancy2’s husband has had an excellent recovery from surgery and his doctor said that he was “as good as new.”

    *Harley is doing better from shoulder surgery. She just celebrated her birthday and her anniversary.

    *SeekerofTruth is starting college very soon.

  91. Thanks, VELOUR

    dear Ishy – get some sunshine, some good sleep, and start a course of vitamins and minerals, and eat some fresh foods, and HYDRATE yourself (which means push water intake), and YES I will pray for you and for everyone else on the list as well, with love

  92. Please also pray for ‘Julie’ and ‘Janet’. Our God and Father knows better than I want the result must be,, love and prayers ‘Wayne’

  93. Wayne wrote:

    Please also pray for ‘Julie’ and ‘Janet’. Our God and Father knows better than I want the result must be,, love and prayers ‘Wayne’

    Will do.

  94. Update: Billy’s airfare is coming together hopefully we will have his ticket set by Saturday. The longer we wait the more expensive.
    Billy finished out the year with doing well on his exams despite the rocky road the last six weeks of school. His schedule is set for next year.
    The DA is working on Billys stuff for when he returns from camp so he will have support.

  95. UPDATE: Billy is set to leave for California in ten days. His ticket has been purchased and now we are working items he will need while he’s there. God has been so good.

  96. *For the victims of the latest terror attacks in London, England, their families, friends, and their nation.

    *For the victims, families and friends of a terrorism attack in Manchester, England.
    *Wayne (aka Uncle Dad). His wife Susan of 43 years lost her battle with cancer on April 17th. Please lift him and their children up in prayer. And their family and friends.
    Wayne requests prayers for family members Julie and Janet.

    *Niteowl. Mother died recently. Also Niteowl has been in ill health and recently got out of the hospital.

    *Dee. Her health and pain level.

    *Sightseer. Return of her husband’s cancer. Please pray for their family.

    *All those impacted by NeoCalvinism and other abusive church takeovers that we’ve been discussing on this blog.
    *Shauna and her son Billy in Texas. – Dee previously wrote about their story on TWW. Billy
    finished his school term. He will be going to a Christian camp in California, Lassen Pines Camp. (He has been granted a leave from his part-time job.) Please pray for Billy’s trip to California. Please continue to pray for financial provision for Shauna.

    *Dennis. His brother Mike is lost in drug addiction.

    *Talmidah. Her health. And the health and financial needs of her family.

    *H.U.G. – his health.

    *Other regulars that we pray for here:
    Daisy, OnlyEleven, numo, NMGirl.

    Ishy – “I’ve been sick almost continuously since last June or so (when I had surgery + a load of antibiotics). I don’t have a very strong immune system to begin with, but I’ve been on antibiotics multiple times the past year, and it’s really torn up. I’ve had a cold for several weeks now that’s my third this year. I’m just tired of it.”

    *Syria. Very sad situation. Civil war. Refugees.

    *Jeannette Altes. – That she is able to sort out her financial situation and obtain services in her community. And employment. Please pray for guidance and provision.
    ————
    Praises.
    *Nancy2’s husband has had an excellent recovery from surgery and his doctor said that he was “as good as new.”
    *Harley is doing better from shoulder surgery.
    *SeekerofTruth is starting college very soon.

  97. Please pray for Christiane’s eye surgery on Monday at about 10:30 a.m.
    Thank you.

    ******
    Christiane on Sun Jun 04, 2017 at 08:38 PM said:
    Surgery tomorrow. Silly me, am a little bit anxious; but in good spirits otherwise and very, very grateful for the medical help….(partial corneal transplant, left eye)
    If you think of it and have time, a prayer would be appreciated so much. And thanks. Love to all.

  98. Update: Billy is scheduled to do lifeguard training classes for this coming weekend. We are cutting it close since he leaves a few days after that. The camp is desperate for lifeguards and billy must complete this training so that he can serve. Please pray all go’s well. We will have to drive an hour away for him to do the classes. Financially it will be a little more but I think we can try to manage. Thanks for praying.

  99. Velour wrote:

    For anyone else who needs prayer, please post them here and we will pray.

    Will you please add my young relative to continued prayers? He has made some poor choices and his parents are frightened.

  100. Friend wrote:

    Velour wrote:
    For anyone else who needs prayer, please post them here and we will pray.
    Will you please add my young relative to continued prayers? He has made some poor choices and his parents are frightened.

    Will do, Friend.

  101. *For the victims of the latest terror attacks in London, England, and Manchester, England. Prayers also for their families, friends, communities, and nation.

    *Wayne (aka Uncle Dad). His wife Susan of 43 years lost her battle with cancer on April 17th. Please lift him and their children up in prayer. And their family and friends.
    Wayne requests prayers for family members Julie and Janet.

    *Niteowl. Mother died recently. Also Niteowl has been in ill health and recently got out of the hospital.

    *Dee. Her health and pain level.

    *Okrapod & Mae. Both are battling cancer.

    *Linda. Her health.

    *Sightseer. Return of her husband’s cancer. Please pray for their family.

    *All those impacted by NeoCalvinism and other abusive church takeovers that we’ve been discussing on this blog.

    *Shauna and her son Billy in Texas. – Dee previously wrote about their story on TWW. Billy
    finished his school term. He will be going to a Christian camp in California, Lassen Pines Camp. Please pray for Billy’s trip to California. Please continue to pray for financial provision for Shauna.

    *Dennis. His brother Mike is lost in drug addiction.

    *Friend. Requests prayer for a young relative who has made poor choices and his parents are frightened.

    *Talmidah. Her health. And the health and financial needs of her family.

    *H.U.G. – his health.

    *Other regulars that we pray for here:
    Daisy, OnlyEleven, numo, NMGirl.

    Ishy – “I’ve been sick almost continuously since last June or so (when I had surgery + a load of antibiotics). I don’t have a very strong immune system to begin with, but I’ve been on antibiotics multiple times the past year, and it’s really torn up. I’ve had a cold for several weeks now that’s my third this year. I’m just tired of it.”

    *Syria. Very sad situation. Civil war. Refugees.

    *Jeannette Altes. – That she is able to sort out her financial situation and obtain services in her community. And employment. Please pray for guidance and provision.

    *Any other prayer requests, please post them and we will pray.
    ————
    Praises.

    *Christiane. She is recovering well from eye surgery this week.

    *Harley is on the mend from shoulder surgery.

    *SeekerofTruth has started college and is enjoying it.

    *Any other praises, please post them and we will give thanks.

  102. Update: Billy is finishing lifeguarding exam and will be certified as soon as his exam is graded. Tomorrow morning Billy flys into Sacramento and will head to camp for two months.

  103. *For healing and recovery of the shooting victims at the basball practice in Washington, D.C. this past week: Rep. Steve Scalise, Matt Mika, Zack Barth, Rep. Roger Williams and heroic Capitol Police law enforcement officers Crystal Griner and David J. Bailey who were each shot and injured in the line of duty and took out the deranged gunman.

    *For the victims of the latest terror attacks in London, England, and Manchester, England. Prayers also for their families, friends, communities, and nation. For the victims, family, friends and community of the horrible high-rise building fire in London, England.

    *Wayne (aka Uncle Dad). His wife Susan of 43 years lost her battle with cancer on April 17th. Please lift him and their children up in prayer. And their family and friends.
    Wayne requests prayers for family members Julie and Janet.

    *Niteowl. Mother died recently. Also Niteowl has been in ill health and recently got out of the hospital.

    *Dee. Her health and pain level.

    *Okrapod & Mae. Both are battling cancer.

    *Linda. Her health.

    *Sightseer. Return of her husband’s cancer. Please pray for their family.

    *All those impacted by NeoCalvinism and other abusive church takeovers that we’ve been discussing on this blog.

    *Shauna and her son Billy in Texas. – Dee previously wrote about their story on TWW. Billy
    finished his school term. Please continue to pray for financial provision for Shauna. Bill is at a Christian summer camp in California.

    *Dennis. His brother Mike is lost in drug addiction.

    *Friend. Requests prayer for a young relative who has made poor choices and his parents are frightened.

    *Talmidah. Her health. And the health and financial needs of her family.

    *H.U.G. – his health.

    *Other regulars that we pray for here:
    Daisy, OnlyEleven, numo, NMGirl.

    Ishy – “I’ve been sick almost continuously since last June or so (when I had surgery + a load of antibiotics). I don’t have a very strong immune system to begin with, but I’ve been on antibiotics multiple times the past year, and it’s really torn up. I’ve had a cold for several weeks now that’s my third this year. I’m just tired of it.”

    *Syria. Very sad situation. Civil war. Refugees.

    *Jeannette Altes. – That she is able to sort out her financial situation and obtain services in her community. And employment. Please pray for guidance and provision.

    *Any other prayer requests, please post them and we will pray.
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    Praises.
    *Christiane. She is recovering well from eye surgery this week.
    *Billy (the teenager) in Texas has gone to Northern California to a Christian camp for two months. He will be working there as a lifeguard and he just completed his lifeguard training in Texas. Please pray for him while he is there.
    *Harley is on the mend from shoulder surgery.
    *SeekerofTruth has started college and is enjoying it.

    *Any other praises, please post them and we will give thanks.

  104. Earlier this week I requested prayer because the daughter of friend who committed suicide was going to spend the day with me and my daughter. I held it together for the time she was with us and she seemed to have a really good time. It meant a lot to me that some of you responded. Im thankful that I had the opportunity.

    My wife joined us that night for dinner with her mother, sister, and some other folks that were part of the same abusive church scene. There was one couple still at that church. I pray that they’ll have the wisdom and the courage to leave.

  105. scott hendrixson wrote:

    Earlier this week I requested prayer because the daughter of friend who committed suicide was going to spend the day with me and my daughter. I held it together for the time she was with us and she seemed to have a really good time. It meant a lot to me that some of you responded. Im thankful that I had the opportunity.
    My wife joined us that night for dinner with her mother, sister, and some other folks that were part of the same abusive church scene. There was one couple still at that church. I pray that they’ll have the wisdom and the courage to leave.

    Wonderful report, Scott. We are so glad that your (late) friend’s daughter had a nice time.

    Good to hear about the dinner too. And we’ll keep those church members in prayer.

  106. Update: Billy’s father has recently re-entered his life and is wanting to connect with him. I will be helping them unify their relationship slowly, cautiously but most important prayerfully. There is no guarantee but this is important to Billy and the goal is to allow his father to build a relationship with him and show Billy that he wants to be a part of his life. Please continue to pray for Billy’s father and for their relationship.

    Thank you so much

  107. Would appreciate prayers for a local church and the pastor’s family. He disappeared in the desert near Espaniola, NM last week while looking for the Forrest Fenn treasure. They recovered a body from the river yesterday and though they haven’t officially IDed him, we’re pretty sure it’s him. He was one of the good ones. He assisted in keeping my head above water, spiritually, when I got out of the cultic church I had been in. His wife and two boys, as well as his church, need all the prayer we can give. Thank you.

  108. Jeannette Altes wrote:

    Would appreciate prayers for a local church and the pastor’s family. He disappeared in the desert near Espaniola, NM last week while looking for the Forrest Fenn treasure. They recovered a body from the river yesterday and though they haven’t officially IDed him, we’re pretty sure it’s him. He was one of the good ones. He assisted in keeping my head above water, spiritually, when I got out of the cultic church I had been in. His wife and two boys, as well as his church, need all the prayer we can give. Thank you.

    Oh that is so sad.

    Yes, praying for his family, church community, and friends.

  109. shauna & Billy wrote:

    Update: Billy’s father has recently re-entered his life and is wanting to connect with him. I will be helping them unify their relationship slowly, cautiously but most important prayerfully. There is no guarantee but this is important to Billy and the goal is to allow his father to build a relationship with him and show Billy that he wants to be a part of his life. Please continue to pray for Billy’s father and for their relationship.
    Thank you so much

    Praying.

  110. Update: I GOT AN AMAZING JOB TODAY!!!!! Dee you can remove the gofundme anytime . All I ask is prayer to get some business casual clothes not a whole lot because after a month I will be on my feet enough to buy my own with how much they are paying me. This is a solid 40 hours a week paid position. Plus full benefits in thirty days when I go from temp to permanent! I will be working for a technologies company. I’m sooo excited and I can keep my cleaning jobs I will do those on the weekends. God is blessing our home please pray that I become the best steward of what God is giving me and Billy.

  111. @ Shauna:

    Congratulations Shauna on the new job.

    We aren’t doing any GoFundMe fundraisers right now (since there is a 2-month time limit on the fundraising, which I’m in charge of when it happens).

  112. Thank you velour. I wasn’t asking for anyone to do gofundme. Dee set that up so I was telling her she can take it down cancel it. I would have done it a long time ago but I’m not the one who set it up so I told her feel free to take it down not fundraise for me and Billy anymore by keeping it activated. I hope that makes sense. So just to make it clear I am letting Dee know that when she has a chance to deactivate the gofundme for me and Billy. It was an incredible blessing to us for that time and a beautiful thing she did for us. Thank you DeeVelour wrote:

    @ Shauna:

    Congratulations Shauna on the new job.

    We aren’t doing any GoFundMe fundraisers right now (since there is a 2-month time limit on the fundraising, which I’m in charge of when it happens).

  113. *For healing and recovery of the shooting victims at the basball practice in Washington, D.C. this past week: Rep. Steve Scalise, Matt Mika, Zack Barth, Rep. Roger Williams and heroic Capitol Police law enforcement officers Crystal Griner and David J. Bailey who were each shot and injured in the line of duty and took out the deranged gunman.

    *For the victims of the latest terror attacks in London, England, and Manchester, England. Prayers also for their families, friends, communities, and nation. For the victims, family, friends and community of the horrible high-rise building fire in London, England.

    *For those who have been harmed by addicts/alcoholic clergy. Prayers for help for the substance abusers, their recovery, sobriety, amends-making, and for help for their spouses and children. May the church learn more about how to deal with addicts/alcoholics in our midst as there is a growing number of them, including women and older women.

    *Wayne (aka Uncle Dad). His wife Susan of 43 years lost her battle with cancer on April 17th. Please lift him and their children up in prayer. And their family and friends.
    Wayne requests prayers for family members Julie and Janet.

    *Niteowl. Mother died recently. Also Niteowl has been in ill health and recently got out of the hospital.

    *Dee. Her health and pain level. She may need surgery.

    *Okrapod & Mae. Both are battling cancer.

    *Linda. Her health.

    *Sightseer. Return of her husband’s cancer. Please pray for their family.

    *All those impacted by NeoCalvinism and other abusive church takeovers that we’ve been discussing on this blog.

    *Shauna and her son Billy in Texas. – Dee previously wrote about their story on TWW. Billy is at a Christian summer camp in California.

    *Dennis. His brother Mike is lost in drug addiction.

    *Friend. Requests prayer for a young relative who has made poor choices and his parents are frightened.

    *Talmidah. Her health. And the health and financial needs of her family.

    *H.U.G. – his health.

    *Other regulars that we pray for here:
    Daisy, OnlyEleven, numo, NMGirl.

    Ishy – “I’ve been sick almost continuously since last June or so (when I had surgery + a load of antibiotics). I don’t have a very strong immune system to begin with, but I’ve been on antibiotics multiple times the past year, and it’s really torn up. I’ve had a cold for several weeks now that’s my third this year. I’m just tired of it.”

    *Syria. Very sad situation. Civil war. Refugees.

    *Jeannette Altes. – That she is able to sort out her financial situation and obtain services in her community. And employment. Please pray for guidance and provision.

    *Any other prayer requests, please post them and we will pray.
    ————
    Praises.
    *Christiane. She is recovering well from eye surgery.

    *Billy (the teenager) in Texas has gone to Northern California to a Christian camp for two months. He will be working there as a lifeguard and he just completed his lifeguard training in Texas. Please pray for him while he is there.

    *Billy’s mom Shauna has a new job (that includes benefits after 1 month).

    *Harley is on the mend from shoulder surgery.

    *Any other praises, please post them and we will give thanks.

  114. shy UNITED STATES on Sat Jun 24, 2017 at 06:15 PM said:
    I have a prayer request. A woman jumped out of a moving vehicle in front of me this morning in heavy traffic. She was barefoot. The male driver jumped out and tried to chase her down on foot, but she ran across traffic in front of my car. She reached out and almost touched the front of my car, and I saw her face. She was terrified. He jumped in his vehicle, did a U-turn, and chased after her.
    I called the police, and by the end of the call they had someone following her. They said they will probably call back for more details, but they haven’t yet. I am just praying she is safe and she stays safe.

  115. Prayed for the TWW global discussion group with thanks, noting the Deebs, GBTC, and regulars that come to mind. God bless.

  116. Correction benefits come with in thirty days once I’m hired on as permanent right now I’m a temporary to hire permanent thought I should say something. Billy is landing this trip was not as planned. One authoritarian place similar to the other I had not realized this until recently. They are well meaning but it didn’t sit well with Billy when he challenged leadership and their response well you can guess.

  117. A man that I went to school with died in a farming accident yesterday, age 52. His wife is my second cousin. Please pray for the family.
    Thank you.

  118. My uncle passed away this morning from pneumonia. My dad is devastated. I’m sure the rest of my family is, too. My uncle had Down’s Syndrome and everyone watched out for him. My dad is driving halfway across the country tomorrow and I tried to talk him out of driving but he wouldn’t listen, so pray for his safety. He refused to let my brother or I go with him.

  119. I haven’t been on here for awhile my job is amazing please continue to pray for me in this area of you think about it. I love working 40 hrs a week and getting a weekly paycheck, talk about an incredible blessing. I am working hard to get traction financially it’s a slow process but it is great!!!
    So here’s an update Billy has been doing great since he has come back home. At this point his intrusive night terrors have ceased for now, he’s smiling a lot, spends time with his friends, he’s back on his work schedule next week and will work for a few more months with the company he’s been with for almost a year. He will be transitioning to a lifeguarding job and next weekend he wants to talk to a Coast Guard recruiter. Billy wants to become a search and rescue once he graduates college.
    Billy’s father has re-entered his life and it has been amazing for Billy to connect with him after 15 years. I’m encouraged by this today we will drive to Dallas Billy will see him for the first time since he was a toddler. His father has a new job and couldn’t make it this weekend so I decided to bring Billy there. It has made our son happy and excited to meet his dad. Today I’m in the tire shop getting two tires. I have worn out the first set since you all helped us getting them and I’m thankful to the Lord that my new job has provided in this area. My front tires were so bold that I risk a blowout anytime I drive and today Discount tire is giving me 2 pereli tires for half the cost they last 90,000 miles so now Billy and I can get to Dallas safely.
    I have told Billys dad what has happened and what our former pastor has done to our son in the aftermath of the abuse. We are coming together to deal with the slandering of our son. I’m encouraged by this as his father has resources that I don’t that may be helpful. Right now the most important is a father and son reconnecting. This means so much to Billy.
    Thank you all for your continued prayers for us. Thank you Dee and Deb for putting LBC on the map because we will not be the last abuse case coming out that church. I hope when that happens they find their way here to TWW. I hope Billy sharing his story brings strength, courage, and comfort to the ones after us from LBC.

  120. @ Shauna:
    Wonderful news all around, Shauna.
    I hope Billy’s smiles keep coming! ……. I hope you smile a lot, too!

  121. Prayer Request we have been going to a church that was well still is right now a congregational rule church. A new TMS pastor has arrived and today for the first time I heard a sermon from the pastor that stood out so much that I thought I was back at our former church. Same teaching same doctrine. Then I meet the new pastor and he was really nice however he is of the exact same seminary background as our former pastor same teachings same covenant contracts and hyper Calvinism. The changes are already here as I read the website some of them are. These guys from TMS are swift and quick and it’s only a matter of time before this church gets flipped upside down. Covenant contract will be coming. Pray for this church pray for me as my heart got incredibly heavy this morning. I certainly don’t want to judge this new pastor however I just know what’s coming. I don’t want to see the body hurt if these things morph into this church. What do I do? Do I stay silent?

  122. I forgot to mention when I asked his position on election he immediately shut it down wouldn’t tell me. He said that is for another time. My son said he shot me a dirty look maybe it was just the way he expresses himself who knows. Shauna wrote:

    Prayer Request we have been going to a church that was well still is right now a congregational rule church. A new TMS pastor has arrived and today for the first time I heard a sermon from the pastor that stood out so much that I thought I was back at our former church. Same teaching same doctrine. Then I meet the new pastor and he was really nice however he is of the exact same seminary background as our former pastor same teachings same covenant contracts and hyper Calvinism. The changes are already here as I read the website some of them are. These guys from TMS are swift and quick and it’s only a matter of time before this church gets flipped upside down. Covenant contract will be coming. Pray for this church pray for me as my heart got incredibly heavy this morning. I certainly don’t want to judge this new pastor however I just know what’s coming. I don’t want to see the body hurt if these things morph into this church. What do I do? Do I stay silent?

  123. Oh yeah the sermon today was preparation for when they introduce the covenant contract I guess that is why I started feeling nauseous. I as the rest of you know the damage it will cause

  124. Yes, sorry I should have put that there. Dee the sermon today was an introduction to church covenant contract its coming. They already changed their stuff on the website to what will be introduced as Calvin. Also the new youth p . avoided answering my question regarding election he got dodgy there Deb wrote:

    @ Shauna:

    Praying Shauna. Does TMS mean The Masters Seminary?

  125. Sorry I repeated myself a few times my mind is in overload and thanks to TWW I can see the take over coming a mile away. I can’t just go into a church anymore serve worship and fellowship without the legalism and controlling nature of what these new doctrines teach. I now understand stand the term tying milestones around their necks and weighting them down

  126. Praise: Billys father has reentered his life in the past few months. I am working with him so that Billy thrives by having both parents in his life. His father being absent so long has had some major affects in Billys life and are now being healed through regular contact with his dad. His father is familiar with abuse and ptsd he has decided to go back to school and wants to move closer so he can be near Billy. I never imagined this turn out. He will be here in a few hours to spend the day with Billy which I think is great. I have had many over the years pray for his father and many here to pray for him. How blessed are we that we get to see some answers to those prayers. Billy needs his dad especially now as he moves through past trauma which affects him to this day but now his father who was once hardened has been making some major life changes. My hope is to show him Christ become friends and coparent Billy together as it always should have been.

  127. Shauna wrote:

    Prayer Request we have been going to a church that was well still is right now a congregational rule church. A new TMS pastor has arrived and today for the first time I heard a sermon from the pastor that stood out so much that I thought I was back at our former church. Same teaching same doctrine. Then I meet the new pastor and he was really nice however he is of the exact same seminary background as our former pastor same teachings same covenant contracts and hyper Calvinism. The changes are already here as I read the website some of them are. These guys from TMS are swift and quick and it’s only a matter of time before this church gets flipped upside down. Covenant contract will be coming. Pray for this church pray for me as my heart got incredibly heavy this morning. I certainly don’t want to judge this new pastor however I just know what’s coming. I don’t want to see the body hurt if these things morph into this church. What do I do? Do I stay silent?

    Shauna, I just read your comment today. In answer to your question, “What do I do? Do I stay silent?” – this is my answer. You already know what’s coming. You aren’t going to change the path this church is on. However, if there are folks attending this church that you have developed a closer than surface relationship with, you might want to tell them your concerns. Just be sure to gauge how much you can entrust to them regarding the changes about to occur. If I were you, I would leave this church because you will only go through unnecessary heartache if you stay. Finally, you owe no one any explanations – not even the leadership – should you decide to leave. If they are Neo-Calvinists, they will only hassle you about it anyway.

    I do think you have a greater likelihood of avoiding running into New Calvinist take-overs in churches that aren’t Baptist or Non-Denominational. I have found that Methodists tend to be very open and welcoming and not interested in controlling people’s lives. The Methodists just might be a better fit for you. Take care and God be with you!

  128. @ Shauna:
    Shauna, that is good news to hear about Billy’s father. Blessings to all three of you as you embark upon this new chapter in your lives.

  129. I need prayer about my job situation. I was unemployed from November 2015 to February 2017. While I am thankful to be working again, it isn’t working out as I’d hoped. Please pray the Lord’s will be done and a better employment opportunity may come my way. – Thanks!

  130. Prayer request hurricane Harvey hit us pretty hard school has been out since Monday and Billy will return September 5th.

  131. Oh and we will not be attending that church I will as I want to see exactly how this take over occurs. I have said nothing and I can assure you the members are free gracers however that can change. I will stay as long as I can then will leave if anyone attempts to hassle me. Trust me when I say no church leadership will do that to me ever again. I’m not emotionally invested so anything they attempt would be useless. I’m not staying to cause trouble but I need to see for myself how this take over happens since my eyes are fully opened now.

  132. Dee, please contact me asap I need your help not sure what you can do but things went from zero to sixty in a day. There’s to much to explain and I don’t want to say it in an open forum. I will say Billy has been threatened.

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