Thursday, July 31, 2014

Good Stuff

Praise God, and thank you for your prayers!

National Cheesecake Day, July 2014
In one day:

  1. The retina specialist said my retinas are completely intact and that I do not need to see him again unless something changes. 
  2. My car is now registered in Mass. It only took about a hour and a half to do. The new title is on the way. 
  3. I have a parking permit for my town so I can park WHEREVER I want (jk there's still a thousand restrictions for parking).  
  4. My new roomies and I signed our lease! 
  5. I had cheesecake on National Cheesecake Day. 
This is probably the best news I've ever received all on the same day. 

Prayer requests: 
  1. Job searching. I am great at procrastinating. I also don't want to move into a position that may be worse. 
  2. For my own personal growth and health, I need to spend more time with God. I want to want this. 
Thank you again. Your prayers and support have made me feel the love of Christ in a tangible way! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Checkup & Praise

I have some updates for you! 
  • I went to the optometrist yesterday for a checkup (with my fancy free health insurance) and now need a referral from my PCP (primary care physician) for a retina specialist. I've had a few symptoms of my retina getting tugged on, potentially causing a tear needing laser surgery. This is mostly due to a normal aging process within the eye exacerbated by severe nearsightedness, which stretches the retina. Going blind is one of my worst fears, as I'm sure most people understand, so my new optometrist referring me to a specialist scared me. I was told the worst case scenario is very unlikely so they are referring me to the specialist to reassure me that all is well. Please pray that the best case scenario happens for my eyes. 
  • I finally have my car insurance settled, praise the Lord! Now it's time to change my registration and driver's license. The never-ending paperwork has arrived. I would love for the rest of this to go smoothly. 
  • We've been brainstorming at Redeemer how to serve the community and old anxieties are back. I never want to approach a friendship with an agenda; it's easily discovered and hurts the relationship in the long run. I also tend to derive some of my value from how many friends I have... not in my identity as God's daughter. Please pray for me, send me scripture, remind me who I belong to! 
  • It's time to work on job searching. My resume is prepped, so delaying is no longer an option. But I do ask that you pray for wherever I end up; pray that it would be a healthy environment with supportive supervisors and coworkers. 
Thank you for your prayers. Every time I begin to wonder if God is acting and listening, I remember that my friends surrounded me with their prayers and warm wishes and then God answered! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

God is good

Jamaica Pond, Boston, MA July 2014
He really is good. I should never question Him, but it's so easy to do when life gets difficult.

Also, you lovely people are wonderful! Your response was beautiful and encouraging, and brought me to tears.

Answered Prayers:

  1. My aunt and uncle were in town this weekend and we were able to have dinner together on Saturday. This has done wonders for my homesickness. Their son and daughter-in-law plan to visit in a couple weeks for a work conference and hopefully we'll be able to meet up as well. 
  2. My housing situation is settled! I will be living near Davis Square with three fantastic women that I'm excited to share life with. 
  3. I took my car to the shop today for an inspection. They found nothing. Please keep praying that the engine problem that began while on the cross-country road trip doesn't reappear. Having a car here is extremely convenient and I'm hopeful that I won't need to sink $3,000 into it! 
  4. The bill I received for an ER visit in January may now be covered entirely by Mass Health (I'm fine now, the problem was minor and resolved). I am waiting to hear back from the hospital, but it looks like the $1,600 bill is going to be 100% covered by insurance! 
  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you for praying for me and encouraging me! You answered my prayer by coming here and reading last week's post and this one and then doing something about it! God hears, He answers. 

New Prayer Requests:

  1. Without going into details, I would like to find a healthy workplace that has opportunities for friendship with coworkers and the public. I want God to take the lead in this, rather than me running around applying to any and every job and snatching up the first one that comes my way (although the first one may be the right one, we'll see). 
  2. The next step for the car: registering it in MA, which requires approximately $500. After that, insurance within the state. 
  3. I am finally seeing a primary care physician (PCP), optometrist, and dentist. Yikes! I would love for these visits to go well and that Mass Health would still cover me during the dates of service. 
  4. Money is a common thread throughout these prayers. My security may be too entwined with how much money I have and need to spend. I'm not sure what I'm asking for here, but I would like to find my security in Christ. 
I am so grateful that putting my request for help out there was met with support and love. Thank you for being my family in Christ! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Prayer Requests

I am asking for prayer. If you have ever wondered what I'm up to in Boston, know that God is good and I am always in need of prayer. I am writing this to let you know that you can support whatever I'm doing by praying for me personally and the church as a whole.

I have a tendency to wait until desperate times to reach out. No more.

Lately I've been broken down to the point where I know that I can never live this life alone. I had begun to get prideful, assuming I could go through life and get things done and -- sure, God was there -- but I was the one getting things done. Thankfully, the Spirit made this sin clear to me and I asked God to remove my pride. He did so (we've yet to see how long this lesson lasts).

How has my pride been broken down? By several things hitting me at once. I maybe could have handled this one at a time, but never all together. I need God. And I need prayer.

  1. I've been looking for housing for several months now (I started early) and nothing panned out. I need a new lease for September and a house for next year didn't seem to be forthcoming. (It's possible that this request is being answered right now, I'll update the blog when I know for sure.)
  2. I made my identity about what others thought of me. With one critique, my identity was painfully shattered. 
  3. I drove across the U.S. with a very good friend (this was awesome!) and about 2,000 miles and three days into the trip, the transmission needed to be replaced (this was not awesome.). With a possible $3,000 repair breathing down my neck and approximately 1,300 more miles to go over the next two days, I sank into self pity. 
  4. I miss my family. I miss saying I love you to their faces. I miss seeing my niece grow up every day. I miss randomly going out with my parents and my sister's family for dinner or shopping with my mom and sister. I miss their hugs. 
No, I don't think God is laughing maniacally while he strips away my pride. He is my loving Father who cares deeply about what is good for me. I do believe my sin has placed me in several situations that have made things very difficult. And I know I can't do this alone, without God nor without community.

I will continue to post prayer requests to this blog, hopefully before it feels like my world is falling apart. And, hopefully, these posts will be short. Maybe some of them will be more about praise than need; we'll see.

I humbly ask that you pray for me consistently. One way to do this is to subscribe to this blog via email. That way I can post prayer requests in one place and know that all of you lovely people are praying for specific needs. It also insures that I don't get forgotten among thoughts of your grocery list and weekend plans.

Please pray for me.