PRAYER WALL: Bring on the Intentions, People

i alone cannot change the world

It’s Cycle 3, Day 4…. and the storm is a brewing. 

My stomach’s flipping,  food doesn’t want to stay down so much, and staying awake for prayers is getting trickier and trickier.  However,  when I look over at the patients next to me in the chairs that go on and on down the infusion suite, I can stay awake, and I can pray.  Funny how that works?

That’s when it came to me.  I’ve been hemming and hawing over this ever since my diagnosis, so here it goes.

I need your help.

today somebody is suffering

I don’t refer to myself when I post this quote from the Blessed Mother Theresa.  I’m thinking outside the box here.  The world is so big, so vast, and the need for prayer is so far beyond what we see in our little world right here.  I’m touched beyond words by all the prayers people have offered up for us, the selfless acts, the meals, the notes, the hugs, and the love.  It is awe-inspiring.  And for someone like me to go speechless, that’s a once in a life time chance, baby! (Enjoy the silence of me not talking for a moment……. aaaaand… here I go again! Haha!)  So, it got me thinking.  I need a way to focus my prayers, and focus all the little side effects of the chemo and sufferings of the day to day issues that go along with having breast cancer and fighting for my life, really.

People have timidly started emailing me, texting me, sending messages on Facebook, unsure if it was ok to give me their intentions to offer up.  “Is that ok?” , they ask.

“Is that ok? Is that ok?  THAT’S FANTASTIC!!!!!”, I reply enthusiastically!

Giving me your intentions, gives me a way to focus my day, and channel everything toward a greater cause.  I’m a mama.  I want to take care of people, I like to nurture.  If any of you have ever been on bed rest (which I was for nearly 20 weeks with my son), it was far more of an emotional torture than anything!  I felt it was taking away my ability to be a mom.  So, to be able to have a “job” to take care of all of you people and pray for you, and help YOU through the grace of suffering would be AWESOME!!!

Oh, It’s on like DONKEY KONG!

However, I want us to stick with what I’ve been learning and what I’ve been trying mercilessly to teach my children to do.  Let’s focus on the desire for GOD’s WILL in our lives.  It’s a hard one.  We all want to pray to be healed.  Our knee jerk reaction is to tell God just what to do.  But, I’ve regularly been laughed at when I tell the Big Guy my plans. So I suggest we don’t do that so much.  Deal?  You can even just pray for a “special intention”, God knows the details.  We don’t need to go into the nitty gritties for the world to see if you don’t want them to!  God is omnipotent, He knows way more than us.  Thank God, right??

However, I can take some details, too. But let’s have some rules, why don’t we?  Let’s use the ol’ K.I.S.S. Rule here  (Keep It Simple Stupid Sweetie):  In other words let’s not get too lengthy.  If you feel called to elaborate, feel free to email me by clicking on the link on my blog page.  I’ll take a look at it and pray for your in depth intention privately. I figure it would look, overall like this.

 WHEN YOU MAKE A COMMENT ON MY BLOG POST:

1. Your name, the person,  or situation your praying for (only if you feel comfortable doing so

2) The general need for prayer (simple sentence)

3)Try to follow up with a little thanksgiving of something good that God is doing in your life (simple sentence)

GRATITDE CHANGES EVERYTHINGH

In all things, no matter how ugly, how messy, how scary, how unclear, we must have faith that God has got our backs and is also still doing good in our lives, even during all the bad that seems to surround us.  If we can’t have hope, and we can’t find gratitude in something…. ANYTHING… than what’s the point?  I see more smiling faces over there in that Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center every day.  They are thankful for a second chance.  We are thankful for a chance to fight.  So let us fight for you, too, while you do the same with your prayers for us.  You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. Deal?

My mother’s dear friend, Jane Vorbeck,  passed away a few years back after struggling with a debilitating textbook case of rheumatoid arthritis.  Her body seemed crippled and in a type of pain that no one could understand.  However, her mind, her wit, and her spirit was like no hero I had ever known.  She is definitely, definitely one of my inspirations as a writer.  She had a deliciously twisted sense of humor that we shared and loved one another for!  A beautiful writer, mother, and a tough-cookie fighter!  She’d call my mom whenever she knew I had a test coming up and say, “Alright, she has a chemistry exam, right?  What does she want? A rib or an ankle bone? Both are crunchin’ on me, but I’m offerin’ ’em up for her. Good for nothing for me!” And then she’d just laugh.  Now, that was a lesson learned on offering up one’s suffering.  Mrs.Jane, I do this in memory of you. Thank you for your gracious example.

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124 thoughts on “PRAYER WALL: Bring on the Intentions, People

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  2. Thank you, Elise. I’d love for you to pray that I can learn how to balance life being a wife, mom, friend, and business owner, and do it with grace! I certainly could use the help. Thanks again.

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    • I’m on it, Jennifer! The daily juggle is a tough one, but we can’t ever be afraid to drop a ball here or there, knowing we can always pick it right back up again. Mama, Mary, be with Jennnifer

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  3. Elise,
    Please pray that our Birthmom has the courage to give us her baby to raise. All of our babies are on loan from God, my family yearns to love and provide for God’s babies.
    I’d like to pray in thanksgiving for our precious baby, Finn, that God has already given us. Praying for you and your beautiful family.
    In Christ,
    Kathy Magri

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    • Still praying for your family and for their birth mama. But until then, hold that precious Finn close and pray with him. The power of a child’s prayer, I believe is like no other. No matter their age. He can be with his siblings in a spiritual union in prayer for now. 😉

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  4. Elise, I love reading your posts and hearing your heart. I think of you every single day. I talk about you every day and I feel that this is a total selfish prayer but can you pray that we can move home to Covington so my children have the ability to be with family, cousins and friends that love them. I pray they have the life that we had growing up with great Christian schools and amazing warm people. You just don’t know how special Covington is until you are gone for so long. I am so blessed and have a wonderful life just really miss home and hearing and seeing all of you makes me want to be there.

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  5. Elise, you are such an amazing mom and friend! I am asking for a prayer to help me with caring for my mother who has just moved to covington. She isn’t well and it’s like taking care of a disabled child. I’m all alone in it as I am her only child. Prayers are definitely needed. I also saw two rainbows already this week so I know everything’s gonna be alright:)))) my prayers are also with you and all of your family.

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    • Up w upset stomach & lifting up this I intention still for you. I know it was a while back, but meant for you to know that you are not alone. I think those rainbows were for you, my friend. GOD has your back. I love ya, Christian. Always have. Hang in there, Mama.

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  6. I can’t figure out how to email you directly, so I guess God’s telling me to put it out there.

    Thanks first: thanks to God for my beyond wonderful husband, for our first home we just bought together, and for how awesome my family is!!!

    We have been married almost three years, and have been trying for a child for the last two, to no avail. If it’s God’s will, that’s what I’d ask you to offer up for me. Or at least for patience and a little grace in the interim. This Louisiana girl is praying for you and your family up here in Nashville.

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    • I’m on it, sarah! I just know God is blessing this time for you and your hubby right now to be stronger than ever, but I also know it’s got to be hard as all get out. In God’s time, in His will . That’s all we can pray for. That’s the thing. From one Louisiana girl to another… I’m totally rootin for a little Cajun baby!

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  7. We are working on our third adoption. Please pray that God will bring us the child meant for us. God has blessed us immeasurably with our two kiddos – can’t thank Him enough. We are praying for you and your awesome family.

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    • God knows just the child for you. I have to remind myself always that my children, although not “adopted” are on loan to us from HIM. They were His first. He chose us to be their parents. He chose you to be the parents for the 2 you have and He will choose rightly again. I will pray for the whole process to go as smoothly again. God bless you all for your generosity and such openness to life!

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  8. Elise I love reading your posts. You put into words so many of my feelings. I too a battling breast cancer….10 years total of which 7 I was the magical cancer free. But it came back with a vengence and these last three years have been difficult. Prayer does help me through tough times of feeling bad or just having a bad day. I can always think of people to pray for (including now you). I truely believe that getting through and surviving you need these things: Faith, Family, Friends….and a really good doctor. I would love it if you would include me in your prayers.

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  9. Hi! Elise- it’s Heidi Fisher. I’m praying for my dear friend, Debra. Monday morning is her double mastectomy. I pray morning and night for her… and you too!
    I’m grateful for the love and influence Debra has had in my life. Wouldn’t be who I am without her.

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  10. Elise, thinking of you and praying for you everyday. What an example of joy amidst suffering you are. Please lift up my mother, Grace Farthing that is progressing in dementia and for a way for me to visit her more than once a year.
    Family is so important and life going faster than the speed of
    Light. And healing from generational depression and the affects on all family members
    Distantly and immediate.

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    • prayers for a healing and a joy, a lifting of spirits of depression and heaviness…. a light to shine in on your entire family from generations past to today to be filled with GRACE. Much like the “Grace” you can be filled with enjoy and truly to see the childlike simplicities of someone with dementia in your “GRACE” and give back to her in her time of need. I pray you can have those special times with her. My grandmother is suffering with the same. It’s up and down and unusual. But can also be very sincere and touching. I don’t get to see her often, but when I did, last weekend, I had one very lucid, enlightening conversation that will stick with me forever. My prayers are with you.

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  11. Eli, you are an inspiration! (Doesn’t quite say it all, but you know the intent 🙂 )
    If you would pray that our move and transition back to California is a smooth one, I’d really appreciate it. I’m so grateful for God’s providence in turning our situation completely around this last year.. in all areas of life! God is good! And thank you in advance for the prayers!

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  12. I am praying for my best friend Laura R. She is pregnant again after 6 losses in a row (she has 4 living children). They thought it was from a clotting disorder but aren’t sure now. Now for giving thanks.. I give thanks for the gift of being able to make public vows to live the evangelical counsels within the married state within the Holy Family Institute. If anyone should be familiar with the HFI it is you- hfiusa.org -you can consecrate yourself even further to God in this time ♡ The rosary I prayed for you on 9/20 was the first one after I made my vows. I chose that date specially for you, you know, so you could benefit from the prayers of a good consecrated person. ..I didn’t have much time to mess up at that point!! Hah! Love you, Girl. And yo Mama too!

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    • What a special prayer offered. Thank you, celeste!!! So beautiful. I will be lifting up laura. I know well the loss through miscarriages. We lost three babies after our son. But God gave us 2 blessings when the time was right. God’s timing. His will. Her health in His hands.

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  13. Dear Elise,

    Your struggles are being offered up here as well. God’s got this!

    Please pray for a school family of mine. Their 18 month old, Isabella, is on life support due to a pool accident. Pray for peace and unity in this family and if it’s truly God’s will…a miracle for this baby.

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    • Cindy (yes, thank you for mentioning on the one horse! haha),
      I will definitely remember Isabella in my prayers, as she and my oldest have the same name. God be with this little girl, may the angels whisper to her in her sleep, may Mary’s motherly mantle wrap around her and give her comfort, and the holy spirit give her breath in God’s timing if it be His will.

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  14. I’m Kristen and I found your page through a friend on facebook. We’re currently in the process of adopting from foster care and are passionate about finding families for every child. Would you please pray for all the foster children who do not have permanent families? Pray that they might find families, that they might have hope, and know that God is with them. Thank you! I am thankful that God is gradually showing me how to see with His eyes.

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    • What a beautiful calling! Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this prayer. I know a few families that have adopted in the past few years and their lives have grown and changed in ways they could have never imagined and it is stunning! I will pray for many more hearts and homes to open for these children and a peace in their hearts in the meanwhile. May Mary wrap her motherly arms around them while they wait, and let them know they always have their heavenly mama near with their daddy in heaven in their hearts… always. My prayers with those children, their future families, healing for their past families, and for your in reaching out!

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  15. Elise you are amazing and such an inspiration to me! Your courage and determination to stay positive (even though I am sure it hard sometimes) are such an awesome encouragement and reminder to me in my small trials! Thank you for including everyone on this journey. I would so appreciate it if you would pray for my oldest daughter Fiona. She has a form of social anxiety called selective mutism and it has been such a struggle for her (and me) over these many years trying to find the right treatment and make any progress. We are staring down middle school next year (AAAAAHHHH!!! too big!!!!) and I am really really hoping and praying for a break through/ healing this year with talking in class, to her teacher, to her friends, in front of the class, you name it. I would also like to thank God for whatever He doing in my heart and life right now. I’m not sure exactly what it is and some of it is coming about through heart break but I can feel Him shifting things around and re-building and I know He is at work. Aslan is on the move! ha!

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    • I love that, “Aslan is on the move!” Ya know, you can buy a t-shirt on my friend’s site (the link on my blog, “Transforming Beauty” that says that very phrase. so cute!) Trust that instinct that God/Aslan is on the move in her, and is working in her, but that you are still the mama and will still be a part of the team with her teachers, not completely out of the loop. It’s scary, but in baby steps, big things can happen. You just never know. I will pray for a healing, peace and courage in he heart as well as in yours. As a momma, I know whatever plagues our babies, plagues us. If they have it, it’s as if we do too. May God bring a peace and healing and Aslan-like courage in you all!

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  16. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Elise. God is using you in such amazing ways. Thank you for your faithfulness. My constant prayer is for my father-in-law, Adolfo, who has lived with and continues to daily live with pain beyond my understanding. His body and soul are so weary of this life. I believe that his suffering is what is going to get the rest of his family into Heaven, but he needs some outside strength, too. Bless you for offering your suffering for others.

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  17. Thank you so much, Elise, for offering up the intentions of others through your suffering. I’m utterly humbled by this. I feel selfish in asking this, but I’m going to ask anyway. Please pray for benefactors to come through for The Gianna Center of the Gulf South. I don’t want any couple to go through the pain of infertility, but if that is their cross, a center like this is desperately needed. Everything is in place (physicians, staff, mission etc…), all that missing is the money! You and your family are in our prayers daily. May God grant you complete healing.

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    • Selfish??? Laura, did you really say selfish?? You are asking for something so amazing so selfless, I am in awe of what you have put together and are striving for in this Gianna Center! Thank you for reminding me and all of us of the funding that is still needed for such a much needed place. There are so many women that could benefit. Thank you for your prayers as well.

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  18. I pray for my dear Grandparents that have yet to experience God’s amazing love. They are in their mid-80’s and I have faith that God is tuging on their hearts. Let them feel His love like nothing they’ve ever experienced before! Amen. Thanks for sharing your story in order to help us all!

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    • I’m sure the example of your prayers are more than you know to them. God plants seeds that we have no idea about. trust in the power of your prayer and I’m happy to be a part of it and add to it. it’s never too late!

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  19. Praying for you daily, Elise! I think about you all the time.

    I would be so grateful to you if you could remember my siblings in your prayers. Especially for those that struggle so desperately with addiction and for all of us as we continue to grieve the loss of our parents. Thank you so so much!

    You got this, girl! May angels comfort you in moments of fear and anxiety.

    M

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  20. Hey Elise. We are covering you, Jason and your beautiful family in prayer everyday. May Blessed Seelos also continually pray for you guys too.

    Please join your powerful prayers to pray for the intentions of our Prayer Vine. We gather prayers from all over the US daily and then redistribute them daily for all our prayer warriors to remember during their day in prayer and ‘offering up’. We could certainly use more prayer coverage and we know that you are a great ‘pray-er’.

    God Bless You and your little family.

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  21. I love receiving your posts and read all of them….I remembered reading this one and you asked for intentions…since then I read two that I know you can relate to and pray for…young women, like you who are fighting cancer…the stories were posted on FB…One today posted by EWTN: Here is the link of the story:http://www.catholicnewsherald.com/42-news/rokstories/6378-triad-couple-trusts-in-god-throughout-cancer-diagnosis-high-risk-pregnancy
    – please pray for this mother and another one posted earlier: http://www.aholyexperience.com/2014/10/dear-brittany-why-we-dont-have-to-be-so-afraid-of-dying-suffering-that-we-choose-suicide/ pray Brittany and the mother who responded to her, Kara! You will love both of these stories…they will inspire you and strengthen you in your journey I am sure and you can pray for them also…Thanks for your courage and sharing your journey..Continued prayers for you.
    andrea

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    • Soooo beautiful God is at work in them. I will keep them and their families in prayer. It’s a like a strange sorority that we are in. We never asked to be in it, but we’re here and we support each other like family, like sistas! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Elise
    Clint and I are praying for you and your family daily. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your journey and your spirit. In Jesus’ name.
    Sheryl Smith

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  23. Elise,
    You and your family have been put in to my mental “Spiritual Basket”. I bring it everywhere , offer it up during mass, adoration chapel or any other time. Those intentions are never taken out, there maybe some that have sifted to the bottom but they are always there!
    Please pray for my family that we continue to grow in Faith, Hope and Love.
    I am thankful for everything that God has touched His awe-inspiring finger too!
    In Christ,
    Alison
    Jesus, I Trust in You!
    P.S. a video clip that has made me laugh… Is from Carol Burnett show w/Tim Conway’s elephant story;-)

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    • Carol Burnett!!! My comedic idol and icon!!! And Tim Conway?!?! To just be a fly on the wall on set with them. Especially when they couldn’t keep it together to save themselves. How could they? Thanks for the laugh, and, as always, thank you for the prayers. I am so thankful to be in your “spiritual basket”!

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  24. Elizabeth Icamina –

    Hey my sweet girl…This morning I take a little shame in the fact that I am asking someone who is facing their own battles to bring to our father mine, but I ask that you please pray with me for peace, clarity and my continued journey for empowerment and trust that he will catch me as it feels as if I am falling. I am so grateful for the amazing opportunities that I have been given lately to participate in two amazing programs to work on my trauma and to really focus on finding my center, who I truly am and want to be for my kids, the ability to acknowledge my truth and to learn to try to be my authentic self at whatever cost that may be…I have wanted to be me for so long, maybe since I was a baby, and I just got wrapped up into being who everyone else needed me to be, or who I needed to be to survive, but knowing that I have an authentic self has given me hope and such gratitude, that I wasn’t left behind…That although circumstances may have stolen the ability for me to be my authentic self for so long, that their is a little girl inside that is so loving and carefree and who desperately needs me, and today at 35 I am so grateful that I have met her and can take care of her the way she has so desperately needed to be taken care of…This is in no means a way to say that I have completed my journey, but I am thankful that I am on it, even when it’s hard and I want to get in bed and pull the covers over me head…But I can’t deny what I have found out about me and that is amazing…I still struggle with being a little angry about being sick and what I feel like it stole from me, but the truth is between you and I and whoever actually reads this long post, is that I think my illness has been part of God’s plan all along, without him literally stopping my life completely, I would have never embarked on the journey I am on today, my children would never have learned the new values that I bring to the table, they would have never been able to hear me say that I think we may have been doing things the wrong way guys and with clarity this is the way we need to do things to be the men and women we want to be in the authentic relationships we have… So I guess I have a lot to be grateful for, so thanks for asking us to bring up our gratitudes, along with our intentions… I am with you today in whatever it is that you need and I am offering up my seizures, if I have any for you and your family and the struggles that you all are facing…

    With love always,
    Icamina

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    • God is on fire in you, girlfriend! I am in awe of you and so grateful for you. You have inspired me tenfold, you have no idea. You’re openness here alone speaks volumes for you, for me, and for so many. I will keep you in my heart all day, all night.

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  25. Elise,
    I’ve been told that when you have trouble writing to just start typing so forgive my ramblings. I want to start by saying how proud I am of your approach, knowing that God is in control and that He already has worked things out for you. Your faith in your time of struggle is inspirational to say the least. I know that it is only by going through the fire that we are tempered into the soldiers that God needs us to be here on Earth. For the fire you are going through I have a feeling that you are going to come out with a ninja sword in hand on the other side of this. You and the family are always in my prayers. I know that God is right there with you, guiding you, your family, and the doctors on the path that will not only heal you, but strengthen your convictions about Him and give you a truly awesome testimony. I love ya and I will talk to you soon, Tutt

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    • Thank you, Tutt. And coming from family, that really gets me to the core. Thank you for always having my back. You’re a solid guy with a genuine heart and I believe every word you’re sayin. Truly, we WILL come out stronger. I believe.
      Love ya, cuz

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  26. I wanted to tell you how inspired I am by your strength & courage as you battle cancer. As I battle my own medical issues, I find myself frequently reading your posts to give me inspiration & strength to make it through some of the more difficult days.
    I ask that you keep me in your prayers. I have battled heart disease since I was a child,having had 2 heart surgeries since the age of 6.
    Now at the young age of 34,with 2 young kids, I find myself yet in another “battle”. My heart is slowly enlarging & now to the point of causing symptoms on a regular basis. I am in the very beginning stages of heart failure. The doctors are trying to manage me with medication at this point. I am not sure where this road will take me right now. I have some good docs working with me & doing their best to keep me as healthy as possible.
    I pray daily that God gives me the strength & the energy to make it through the day with 2 very active children ( I can’t image how you do it with 5) and that my heart “behaves”.
    If you could please keep me & my family in your prayers it would be appreciated.

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    • Thank you, Kari, for reading and sharing your struggles with me. You’re opening up to me takes courage and strength, which is just as inspiring to me, as you described my posts to be. We can pray for each other… Us young mamas need to have each others back. What better way than through prayer. I got your back, girl. Prayers for your heart both in the medical sense and in the spiritual sense that God give you the peace and strength to enjoy your family and be the mommy that I know you want to be. Cast it all over to God, He’s got you.

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  27. Dear Elise, Thank you so much for sharing your amazing courage and strength and beautiful perspective with me. I mentioned to my mom that reading everything you have recently written has changed my life. I told her you taught me a new way of living that I’m still trying to comprehend but am sure is bringing me and those around me joy and meaningful focus.

    She asked me if I told you.

    Elise, thank you for being a wonderful teacher. You have inspired me in the deepest way. Thank you.

    I’m trying to find my voice in prayer. Will you pray for me to find my voice?

    Much Love to you and your family.

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    • Casey, you have literally brought me to tears of pure joy this morning. God is so good. Holy cow! I mean holy God. 😉 I am not the one doing a thing. Its pure God. I, like in “Horton Hears a Who”, am just a speck. But I guess God can plant a seed and speak even through a little speck. He’s talking to you! Be a speck! “A person’s a person no matter how small.” He clearly knows how imprtant YOU are….HE’s talking to ya. How cool is that. To use your voice, just starts with “Hi!”.

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  30. Dear Elise, I have been following you for a while now and I have been about a month behind you with my treatment. I pray for you every night and will continue to do so with extra prayers for your surgery. I am having my ovaries and port removed on Monday, so we will be recovering together. Congrats on the great scan news!!!Hoping you will add me to your intentions for Monday.May we both keep on keepin on!!!~~~~Suzie

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  32. I’m asking for prayers of healing for my sweet cousin, Robin Sanford, who is in the hospital fighting a serious infection after her double mastectomy for Stage 3 breast cancer. I’m so thankful to have grown up so close to my cousins and she lives far away and it is difficult not being there to offer help with her children and household things. Thank you so much.

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  33. Thank you, Elise, for your prayer wall, and your willingness to pray for our intentions! As you know, things happen, you are surrounded by prayer which is an amazing feeling and then things get better… Thank GOD! But physical, mental, and emotional healing still occurs “afterwards” and sometimes this is the hardest! You know our story, and in the mist of your own battle, you prayed for us. We will continue to pray for you and your family. I ask that you continue to pray for healing in all aspects for all of us in our family. I also ask for prayers for me, to guide me in being the best Mom for my two teenage boys. It’s a very gray area trying to do things right, balancing “our story”, and taking in just the fact that I am raising two teenage boys. I want to make the best of my last few years with them home, teach them all the right ways, raise them to be Godly menu and make every memory last. I often feel like I am failing… So prayers would be great!!! Love ya!

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    • you’re an amazing mom, kim. I know all about the challenges of life “afterwards”. It definitely can feel harder. You’ve built one very strong foundation for you boys and the faith and experiences in your family, although challenging as all get out, will be embedded in them forever and help them when push comes to shove. in the long run, the way you all clung to God to push through the greatest feat of all of your lives was the best parenting move EVER. no book or class can teach that. but you did it. no it’s just time to keep on clinging even in these roller coasters of life as we know it… life out of the hospital calls for the same kind of grip on God.

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  35. I’m really grateful for your generosity for prayers. I’m in need of a prayers for a financial intention. It’s an urgent matter that needs miraculous intervention. I’ve prayed so much that I feel worn out about it. It would be great for some help! Thanks, Cecilia

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  36. For my parents. For God’s will to be done in their life and healing for any wounds. Hang in there, girl! I talk about you all the time. You are always in our prayers…so much so that our children think they know you. Hopefully, they’ll get a chance to someday actually meet you! Love ya.

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  37. Thank you for your prayers! Please pray that we are inspired to pick the right school for our kids with learning differences. Also please pray for our adoption journey. We have been on a list for 8 months and trying to wait with patience and trust. So thankful for the gift of our faith! You are in our prayers!

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  38. I stumbled upon your blog through a link shared by a friend. I am also a FUS alumni so our paths may have crossed at one time. My mom needs lots of prayers. She is battling stage 4 lung cancer and it has most recently metastasized to her brain. She begins radiation for it this week. We pray for your healing as well and your blog reminds me to remember that my family aren’t the only ones affected by this awful disease.

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    • Danielle, thank you for sharing. I will keep your mom & your family in my constant prayers and offerings. Nothing is too big for God. Nothing. God be with you all today, tomorrow, forever.

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  39. Elise, this is Teresa Rodriguez Morales. I have a request for prayers. Korie Beth, a friend’s family member, is being sent to oncologists is Nashville. The Drs in Tupelo found a mass on her C5 vertebrae and it is causing numbness and pain. She is only 22 and she and the family are asking for prayers. I figured no one better to ask to add to their prayer wall. Much love always.

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  40. For my dad, Gary Norris, who had quadruple bypass surgery this week and is having some brain fogginess and confusion. For continued physical and mental healing as well as strength for all of us caring for him, especially my mom Patty. Love you Elise!! Continued daily prayers for you as well!!!

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  41. I pray for you every day Elise! God is with you….ALWAYS! Please keep my husband’s job search in your prayers if you can 🙂 Lots of love!

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  42. Hey girl,

    I can’t help it I’m praying for your beautiful self. But, to help you keep your mind off of things could you pray for Michael D #mightymichael #36 the SPS football player with the Neck injury. He is so positive and fighting strong to regain mobility. God is good.

    I’m so thankful and grateful for my second chance.

    ❤ hugs

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  43. Hi Elise. Please know you’re in my prayers along with your precious family.

    Please pray I have comtinued strength and faith to work through my marriage with a sexual addict. We have been through years of counseling and groups. God has blessed us with a strong faith and love. However some days are harder than others. Pray that my children choose their friends and spouse wisely. And we continue to be grateful for every struggle we have to indure.

    Thank you so much for your prayers and Godly example.

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    • I’ll be surely praying for deep healing for all of you and this powerful generational sin . It cuts deep, but God is bigger and He wins with belief in the power of prayer. He can conquer all

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  44. Elise, can you pray for my sister in law that was just diagnoses with Aplastic Anemia. She is undergoing Immunosuppresive therapy and infusions every other day. She’s going to be undergoing chemo and eventually a bone marrow transplant when a match is found. She’s got two beautiful boys and her husband works out of town. Her name is Paige. She’s in need of your wonderful prayers! Thanks my beautiful friend!!

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  45. Please pray for my Mom. She was diagnosed with breast cancer two weeks ago and a dear friend led me to your blog. The Lord is moving, and he’s got her entire diagnosis under control. Praise the Lord of the miracles he’s working.

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    • Thank you so much prescient that with me. I will surely keep your mom and your entire family in my prayers.
      I would love to send a care package from our “BUNA’s Hope” nonprofit. It would be for your whole family to enjoy with a little something extra for your mom personally.
      If you’re OK with that, please send a last name, mailing address, and number of family members to teambuna@gmail.com and will take care of the rest👍

      God bless you all through this journey

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  46. On your journey please raise up my grandchildren who are battling various addictions. My heart is breaking and I love them so much but prayer is my only weapon and every other person who can help break the chains gets us one step closer. God bless you with his mercy and love and may the Holy Spirit infuse you with strength and courage.

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  47. Dear Elise,
    A friend just shared your story with me. My name is Sister Shawn Conrad, OSB, a Benedictine…we have a house in Abita Springs. I have put your name and the names of your family in our book of prayer…we pray daily for everyone whose name is in that book…we pray for whatever it is you need each and every day…we’ve got you covered! We don’t know what you may need, but God does, so we put it in His hands and He takes it from there…
    You have a soul full of faith and a heart full of love…your blog is so inspiring. I know Dr. Saux and he is a wonderful person and a skilled oncologist…best pirate on the NorthShore! Praying for every good thing for you and your beautiful family.

    Sister Shawn and The Sisters of Benedict

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