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Melissa Michaels is the NY Times Bestselling author of Love The Home You Have and The Inspired Room book. Her blog, The Inspired Room, was voted Better Homes & Gardens Readers' Favorite decorating blog in 2014 and 2015. Melissa is a church planter's wife and a mom to three human kids and...

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  1. My prayer request is for two precious friends who need hope in a big way this day. This sweet couple has faced unbelievable struggles with his health over the last two years–cancer, meningitis, brain injury, 10 months in the hospital. Just two months ago he was given an all-clear on the cancer. But now, they found it might be back. He is again in a hospital with a mass squeezing his carotid artery. His body is frail from all that he’s been through. Today he is to have surgery to insert a pacemaker, just so they can keep his heart beating to go through more surgery. His wife is so tired and weary. Being a caregiver 24/7 is its own kind of suffering. She is staying at the hospital with him. And THEY NEED HOPE TODAY. Please pray Mark and Evva. They need to see the Lord in a big way. Thank you for your prayers.

    • Sabra,
      Prayers for Mark and Evva. Caregiving is tough–I watched my dad do it for two years. May God bring healing to Mark and relief for Evva. Prayers for peace and contentment and for doctors to know what to do!
      Blessings 🙂

  2. Please pray for my family. My husband and son have strayed from God. My husband is struggling with an addiction that he’s trying so hard to overcome and our daughter has been battling with an ED for the past 3 years. So along with this we are having financial struggles that there seems no end to. Please pray for strength and healing and faith, we know the Lord will bring us through and has a plan, it is just so hard sometimes

    • I’m so sorry, Julie. My heart goes out to you. I pray God will strengthen you and your faith and that you will see his hand and feel his presence as you walk this difficult journey.

  3. Thank you for this post, perfect timing. As my family and I venture into the transition from public school to homeschool, we were feeling unsure about if we made the right decision. Thank you for reminding me that God goes before us and behind us, and that renews hope for us. It will all be good, because we go with God :).

  4. I ask for prayer for my family and for myself. I took a couple of years and fell apart with severe PTSD. now I am recovered, and God is using me, but my children and husband need recovery as well. we need to be a family who interacts well with each other and focuses on God’s purposes. there are many things that went by the wayside as I recovered, and I am pushing past the guilt to fight for my family. pray God’s purposes and healing for my family. my kids are both 13… not easy anyway!! but not too big for God!

    • Amen, God’s got this. I’m glad you are doing better and I pray God will bring healing to your family. God is for you and your family, I pray you’ll feel his power in your fight.

  5. Father, I come before your throne of grace on behalf of these prayer requests. I thank You for your faithfulness and goodness and for your mercy and grace when we need it most. Thank You God for your loving kindness that is better than life. Lord please help Julie’s husband, son and daughter. Lord help them with their finances. You said You would provide for all our needs according to Your riches in Christ Jesus. Thank You! In Jesus name I plead the blood of Jesus over Julie and her family and over all you have given them stewards. In Jesus Name Amen.
    Father You are good! Mark ans Evva needs Your help. I ask You to grant healing, renewed strength and hope to them. God I ask that You would prove Yourself strong in their situation. They need you Jesus. Thank You for showing up! I plead Your blood over Mark and Evva. Thank You Father for the life that’s in the blood and the blood will never loose it’s power. In Jesus Name Amen

    I’m hoping for restoration of my friendship with Mark. In Jesus Name.

  6. I am currently asking God to lead me. I had a chance to buy family home and panicked. Now I feel I made a mistake and have been asking God to bring it back to me. I am having trouble hearing his direction. My heart is broken

  7. Melissa, I prayer in Jesus Name that God would bless you and your family with a smooth move. I pray that all will be well with your son as he transitions into a new school and making of new friends. I pray that you new home will be lovely with all the things you have dreamt about having and it will be comfortable and peaceful. I pray God would bless you with great neighbors and friendships. Thank You God for being to Melissa and her family and for blessing them with this wonderful opportunity and for all the good things they will receive from Your hand. In Jesus’s name. Amen.
    I wish you all the best!

  8. My family is facing a move too, but the timing is not aligning well with the start of school. Please pray for us as we finalize a job change and plan a move. We have a daughter starting college in the fall and a rising 8th grader and a rising 9th grader. Everyone is anxiously awaiting our open door. Then we will sell our house and get moving. God has met us in our moves in the past and I know He will provide all we need, but moving with three teenagers is tough.

    • Praying for your move, Tammy! It is hard but I believe as you do that God will met you and go before you to pave the way for just what you and your kids need. Take care.

  9. My prayer request is for my family. My husband and I have been separated for 16 months. I just want our family to be whole again. He has made huge steps away from the life he had chosen over us, but our family is still fractured. My heart hurts for our 3 boys, ages 10, 7, and 5. My heart hurts to see my husband so blinded and consumed by Satan and his lies. My heart hurts for myself, because every day I wake up and feel unwanted and unloved. Please pray for all of us, and for our family.

    • Hi Allison, praying for you, your husband, and your boys. I’m sorry for what you all are going through. Please know that you ARE loved and wanted by God. Now and always. “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” xox

    • I’m praying for you and your family, Allison. I can’t imagine your pain but I know God is for your marriage and for your family. His heart breaks, too. His arms are wrapped around you. You are loved and wanted. I pray for miracles and transformation.

  10. Melissa, I loved the truths you share about believing God is trustworthy, even when we can’t see His hand directly. Walking out faith in Him can be so hard,especially when He doesn’t answer our prayers on our time schedule. I loved what you said here: “But God is still God. He’s still a giver of good gifts, if we recognize them for what they are.” Recognizing God’s gifts . . . I’m not always good at this.

    We were a military family, and we’ve made a few moves in our time. Our kids were small when we moved from Las Vegas to Colorado, but one of them hates change, so even at two years old, he struggled. I can only imagine how gentle your interactions must be as your son works through the changes to his world as he knows it. I’ll definitely be praying for you.

    Prayers for me would be great as I mother our two boys. We’re headed into the teen years. One is very strong-willed, which I can see as the gift it is . . . most of the time. He has some deep fears. I could use prayers for God’s wisdom and to see his emotional outbursts through God’s eyes and respond accordingly.Thank you so much!

    • Thank you, Jeanne. I appreciate your prayers so much. I’m praying for you too. The teen years can be hard on us mamas. May God be with you and go before you as you guide your children. Our trust in Him is a covering over them even we feel so inadequate as a parent. God is faithful. That is a truth that kept me going through my girls’ teen years and will through raising my son. Take care.

  11. Hi Melissa,
    I remember when we were one of those families that moved constantly. I still feel like I should be doing just that.I will keep you in my prayers that the Lord will guide you to where you are meant to be. And that all will be well for you and your family.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all today…..That the hardships you and your loved ones are faced will be softened.

    Over the past few weeks our community has lost three members, two of them tragically. I would be grateful if you would please keep their families and friends in your prayers.

    Bless you and thank-you,

    Penny

  12. Melissa, I’m excited for you and your family. I will pray for a drama-free move! And I’m not sure where in “Seattle” you’re moving to, but I’m north in the Mill Creek area & would love to help in any way if you’re headed this way. 🙂
    Melissa
    melissajoysmith@yahoo.com

    • Oh, you are so sweet. Thank you!! I’m not quite sure exactly where we are going yet, ha, but if all goes according to my hopes our plan is to be somewhere in the area between Magnolia and Shoreline. 🙂

  13. Hi Melissa, Said a prayer for you and your family. It is a good thing to move to be closer to family. Our moves have taken us a further distance from both of our families (God keeps moving us further South :), but our goal is to one day be able to move closer to them. Best wishes and prayers for your move to Seattle.

  14. So feel ya. We made a similar move six months ago. My 16 year old daughter really struggled alot. But now she’s looking forward to her next school year with her new friends and adventures. Change can be so hard.

    • That is encouraging, it is hard to wade through the transition time but I believe in the end he is going to be very happy. Thanks so much for the encouragement.

  15. This post finds me in the middle of a transition in life. My husband and I are taking a big step of faith and taking on a new job together. I’ve struggled to put my faith in God during this time and I grieve for that. What a beautiful reminder to read this morning. Thank you!

  16. Yep, that’s it. I fear leaning into that hope too much. So many things I hoped did not happen. And I feel the timing is over, too late for those things so moving on. I don’t dwell on it because I believe God is working and so many things are so so good. But those hopes and dreams? Yeah, lets not get carried away. Coming to the thrown boldly begins to fade when the hopes are not realized. Not wanting to complain because others have it so much tougher than I. Surely my boundary lines have fallen in pleasant places. So I choose today to just praise and not dream too much. Not lean into that hope too much. Just praise for today and where I am.

  17. I cried at having disappointment for too long that hoping is just too risky. This is hard to read. I think having a christian husband is not going to be answered and having children of my own is soon passing me by. Today ive had a wonderful day of being with my dear friend,and her children. Delightful. Coming home to an empty quiet house is hard but to the world that may offer many benefits. So I have life, health and Jesus. So I praise God. Paige Estes, I really felt your comment. I send you love xx

  18. My husband was laid off 7 weeks ago. It feels so big- I know I can trust God, but sometimes it just hurts so much.

    • Heavenly Father: I feel Victoria’s pain. I know you feel it acutely. Lord, I lift Victoria and her husband up to you. I pray that as they walk through this season, they lean into you, they feel peace and strength in you and that they are still enough to sense your presence. As Psalm 121 says, you will not slumber and are watching over them. You will keep them from all harm. You have gone before them and prepared the way. I pray for them in the name of your son, our saviour, Jesus.

    • Oh, that is so hard, Victoria! We’ve been there and it is a low season of life. I pray God will comfort you, go before you and lead you in this valley. God is faithful, as dark as those days are, the light will shine again. Even if the road is full of unexpected twists and turns. He’s right there with you. Take care.

    • Victoria,
      Father please help Victoria’s husband find a job soon. It feels like a big weight on her shoulders. You knew long ago that this would happen. May she cling to Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you”. Declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. To give you a hope and a future”. Help her sense your very presence and let her know all will be well soon!
      Blessings 🙂

  19. I’ve just prayed for your son. My family moved before my 7th grade year (fabulous move), my 8th grade year (difficult move), and my 10th grade year (another difficult move). God used the “good” (to me) one and the difficult ones to press me to Himself. ALL teenagers feel lonely and out of step at times…not a bad thing if we use it to realize GOD must be our Rock, not friends or family.

    • Yes, such good words of wisdom to remember. These lonely times of change can help us to lean on Him and grow in our relationship with Him. Thank you for your prayers.

  20. we waited for a year for the YES and finally got it..the house search was a struggle and this move by far the most difficult for many reasons but as we are now with family..not a day goes by ,even with much uncertainty, that i don’t praise Him for his YES! God’s waiting room is a difficult place to live..but we can persevere with God’s help!

  21. I left America in December 2011 to move to the UK with my English husband. After 20 months in America and 167 job applications, our dream of living in America was shattered. We have a good life here. We love each other and are happy with each other, but I’ve still not found a church home. I also miss my grown children, grandchildren, and my PEOPLE so much that some days it chokes me. I feel like I am missing their lives. It breaks my heart. I need to find acceptance and peace and a church home. Where is God’s plan for me here?

  22. I loved getting to know you and I’ve been praying for your move and for your house. We go in tomorrow and sign the papers to close. I am often stunned at the goodness of God but today I’m stunned by His provision for us in such specific ways. God is good.

    • Cheering for you, what a wonderful gift and answer to prayer. God is good and I couldn’t be happier to hear the conclusion to this story! So good spending time with you, hearing your heart, and now following your adventures. XO

  23. Melissa,
    Prayers for you and your family as you move. Moving is never easy and especially for teens in Middle and HS. I pray God’s protection on you! Prayers for safe and quick move, and a new loving community found!
    Prayers for everyone here today! May God meet each one of your needs quickly. I pray you all find peace and contentment!
    My prayers are simple: 1) unspoken–illness; 2) Friend’s father dying and she just lost her mother Thanksgiving day 2014; 3) strength for me as I quit my job to be more available to assist in my aging father’s care. (Sundowner’s) and dying some.
    Thanks everyone!

    • I’m praying for your needs both spoken and unspoken, Beth. Praying God meets each and every one of them. Thank you for your encouragement.