Desperate Prayer Need

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Re: Desperate Prayer Need

Post by LeannaZ » Mon May 23, 2011 1:01 pm

I'm praying too. I hope things will get better soon.

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Re: Desperate Prayer Need

Post by Joan » Mon May 23, 2011 3:51 pm

My sister's condition is a heavy weight on my heart, and I am feeling particularly worn down after spending the weekend with a difficult family member. But yea! The prayers and sweet fellowship of the saints! And, Jesus' words, "Take My yoke upon you, for My yoke is easy and My burden light." A happy exchange. Here, Lord, I lay my burden at Your feet and gladly accept Yours.

I'm contemplating the value of bearing one another's burdens. By it we strengthen and are strengthened, our fellowship is increased, our love for one another grows, and our Father is both glorified and blessed. "Behold, see how they love one another!"

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Re: Desperate Prayer Need

Post by Joan » Fri May 27, 2011 11:39 pm

Good News!! As late as this morning Kat was doing so poorly that she was unable to respond to an email on her own. Gray read and responded on her behalf, and in a second message, took dictation from her to me. A few things happened after that, so that by 6 tonight Kathy called me, rejoicing. She was upbeat, talking normally, and mostly (though not altogether) sensible. The music arrived today, too. She's excited about that. She said that 6 years ago, she was told by satan that she was no longer allowed to listen or sing to worship music. This is a major breakthrough for her, but I'm not sure how steady she is. Pray that the Lord will steady and fortify her against further attacks (...and finding the house clean and swept...). I am grateful for your caring support. Thank you for praying!

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Re: Desperate Prayer Need

Post by Joan » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:16 am

Kathy & Gray are in desperate need of prayer. Dealing with financial ruin, divorce papers filed, insanity on the part of one and mortal depression on the part of the other. Both are professing Christians, both are dependent on anti-depressants that distort reality, both are at the extremes of brokenness. They love eachother and are miserable without one another. Kathy is pacing in circles day and night in her son's basement with endless lunatic mumblings and worse. Gray is several states north of Kathy, living with a man who doesn't want him there; he is on his first week of training to be a used-car-salesman (he'd previously been a highly paid mechanical engineer). I could go on and on, but this is enough for you to see the extremes of their situation. The enemy was closing in for the kill when Gray called me from work one day, out of desperation. My suggestions on how to steady himself (in the Lord) made good sense to him, and passages from Scripture were especially helpful to him. I shared with him about the Shepherd and His cast-down sheep, encouraging him to entrust his condition to the Lord. His attention span was nearly nonexistent, but he seemed to be steadied by certain passages from Scripture and by the time we hung up he'd prayed with me and was sounding steady and calm, able to go back to work.

Gray and I talked a few times since then. I've given him Scripture passages to write down and I'm going to send him a Bible. He's been hanging on by a thread. He told me that he left Kathy and filed for divorce at the advice of his cousin (his only living relative), who said, "Come live in New Jersey with me." When he arrived, she said, "Oh it was a mistake. Too bad, but you can't live with me. I think you should be committed, instead." His depression is mortal, and he told me he'd already made an attempt on his life. Eaten with remorse, guilt, and despair, he's like a little child who can be led by the hand. Kathy is living with her son, Ted. Ted and Rachel have taken the phone away from Kathy because all she does is run up an astronomical bill mumbling and screaming nonsense at anyone who will answer the phone. They don't want her talking to Gray. Gray misses Kathy desperately and is begging for some hope that they can restore their marriage, and Ted told him 'no, I want to proceed with the divorce so Mom can get on better medical insurance.' I told Gray not to give up hope, but to work on getting back on his feet so that he could offer a steady husband and home to Kathy through Ted, but last time we talked, he was about to consult with a psychiatrist - probably to get more/different medication. Now I can't get ahold of him at all. No answer, VM box is full and won't take messages.

I have an appointment to talk with Ted at 8 am this morning, Pacific time. He is a dedicated Christian, but I'm sure he is at his wit's end trying to figure out what to do with his lunatic mother, who paces in circles in his basement, mumbling, ranting and raving insanities while his wife and young children try to stop their ears to it. I suspect he wants her to have medical insurance so that he can have her committed. Gray and Kathy have fallen prey to psychiatry and demonic lies. They need intervention, yes, but of an entirely different nature than the psychiatric ward. And Ted needs to get Kathy out of his house, away from his family. Please pray that as we talk, Ted will be open to finding some other path. Pray for protection for Kathy and Gray from the lies of the enemy. Pray that they will come to their senses. Pray for their rescue by the Shepherd. Pray that they will become stabilized, that God will rescue both of them, and that God will provide a home for them where they can heal, and send mentors to come alongside each of them.

Intervene, Lord!!

And if anyone has an idea of a home on the east coast where these two can begin to recover under godly guidance, please let me know. Thank you!
Joan

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Re: Desperate Prayer Need

Post by dorianleigh » Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:38 pm

I'm agreeing with you in prayer, in the name of Jesus may His will be done!!

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Re: Desperate Prayer Need

Post by Suzana » Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:35 pm

Truly a desperate situation. Praying with you Joan; also for wisdom, God's enabling & grace for you in your interaction with them.
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Re: Desperate Prayer Need

Post by Joan » Sat Oct 01, 2011 12:31 am

Thanks so much for for praying! Our talk was productive. It was easy to see that Ted and I are of the same mind on the issue. He's going to begin playing audio Scripture and worship music that his mom used to love, and he won't encourage her to divorce Gray. When I shared this with Gray, he was very much encouraged. Strengthen him, Father. Show him what is solid and true, and that upon which he can stand. Empower him to persevere in what must be done. Help Kathy hear and respond to Your clear word of truth; quiet the babble in her mind and settle her thoughts. Bring the day when these two can come together again as sound-minded adults. Thank You, Lord. We ask for a mighty work of Your hand, but nothing is too hard for You; not even this! Amen.

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Re: Desperate Prayer Need

Post by Ian » Sat Oct 01, 2011 12:55 pm

prayed for them, 10 minutes ago, Joan

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Re: Desperate Prayer Need

Post by Joan » Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:55 pm

The Lord is hearing our prayers. How gracious He is!! I've been in touch with Gray, and he asked me to relay his gratitude for your prayers. He's doing much better, hanging on to the Lord. Not only that, but he called a few minutes ago to say that he has a job interview today, at 4 pm eastern. He is hoping for our prayers. If he gets the job he'll back to engineering again!

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Re: Desperate Prayer Need

Post by Joan » Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:57 pm

PS: Will you pray for me too, please? I'm on a new job. Loving it, but there is oh, soooo much to learn!!
Thanks so much ~
Joan

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