Prayer Needs for this week

Hello friends!

Below is a list of prayer needs and updates if you would like to join in prayer. If you have prayer needs of your own, please feel free to let me know. You can reply here or send me a message through Facebook. You are prayed for and loved, my friends.

HEALTH ISSUES

Alice P. – enlarged liver
Anne H. – Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
Ayesha W – She and her mom have COVID

Brian M – Health and safety for family

Conan D. – Battling COVID on ventilator – had a stroke this week as well
Darrell B. – Battling cancer and other health issues
Gary W. – Battling cancer
Garzon family – Recovering from COVID

Harold C. – Health issues
Ilene W. – Health issues

Shawn B – Awaiting results from COVID test

Teresa B – Just tested positive for COVID

LIFE SITUATIONS

Justice family – Wisdom on a home purchase

Victims of the flooding in Tennessee

UPDATES

Ariel M – now recovering at home from COVID

Shannon M – recovering from COVID pneumonia

UNSPOKEN REQUESTS

Aumie D

Donna M

Frazier family

Mickie H

McManus family

Sasher Family

Troy M

ONGOING PRAYERS

Those battling or recovering from COVID

Frontline workers treating those with COVID

Those who need salvation (love/hope of God)

The Afghanistan situation

The wildfires in Western US

Those who serve our country (all first responders, government, and political parties for God’s guidance and direction to lead)

The Church (worldwide) – that we would return to the heart of the Father in word and deed.

VOTD – Victory in Hand

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

1 Corinthians 15:57 (NRSV)

Prodigal Thoughts: You know, most of the time when I write for the blog, I’m truly excited and energized by what God is teaching me. If I can be transparent, I really need verses like this as of late. I’d like to think I’m not depressed or having some mental health issues, but I don’t think it would be honest if I tried to play that off. As much as I would love to try to convince myself that the things I’ve gone through don’t affect me anymore, I still feel defeated a lot. Part of that is a typical feeling with folks that have ADHD. It’s called ‘Imposter Syndrome." I’ll try to explain it briefly. About a decade ago, my lovely wife and I had been serving at a church in Birmingham for the previous 10 years. After we left that church, I met up with a young church planter and he said something that shook me to my core. He said, "Mike, every person or family I’ve talked to that left that church has the same battle-worn, distant look in their eyes, but I must say, I feel yours has been one of the most severe I’ve seen." Seriously?!?!! But that’s exactly what I felt like during that time. Honestly, that’s what I feel like today. Like nothing that really matters will ever change. Sure, I can chalk it up to a "mid-life crisis" as I’m nearing my mid-40s, but I don’t think that’s what it is. Maybe it is the sadness that hangs over me due to several people around me dying of COVID or other illnesses. Maybe I just want to hold my three children that are worshiping God right now that I’ve never met before. Who knows? Maybe it is a mixture of it all.

Have I lost sight of God’s authority and power? No. Are my problems and dealing with myself something that is beyond God’s ability to restore? Of course not. God will help me through this "down-cycle." He always does. In His perfect timing. I rest in the fact that our Heavenly Father knows what is going on in our lives. He isn’t this distant being that could care less about us. Nope! That’s not our Daddy. I am comforted knowing that God’s word says that Jesus faced every trial that we could ever face…and Jesus made it through. He is my example and God is my strength.

If you are going through tough times, please know that you are not alone. God has not left your side.

Prayer for today: Daddy, I love You. I don’t really have a lot of words today, but I’m thankful that You know my heart. When I don’t have the words to pray, You pick up the pieces and hold me close. I pray that my friends here will know You in such an intimate way. Thank You for always being there, even during those times when we may not want You to be close. Thank You for rescuing us. We love You, Papa. Amen.

Need prayer? You can reply here or you can send me a facebook message through the Prodigal Thinker page. If this encourages you, feel free to share it. Feel free to reply with feedback as well. I’m always open to discussion.

God’s grace on you…

Prodigal Mike~

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Quote – Everything comes from God

"Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already. So that when we talk of a man doing anything for God or giving anything to God, I will tell you what it is really like. It is like a small child going to his father and saying, “Daddy, give me sixpence to buy you a birthday present.” Of course, the father does, and he is pleased with the child’s present. It is all very nice and proper, but only an idiot would think that the father is sixpence to the good on the transaction."

C.S. Lewis – "Mere Christianity"

Prayer Needs For This Week

Hello friends!

Below is a list of prayer needs and updates if you would like to join in prayer. If you have prayer needs of your own, please feel free to let me know. You can reply here or send me a message through Facebook. You are prayed for and loved, my friends.

HEALTH ISSUES

Alice P. – enlarged liver
Anne H. – Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
Ariel M. – Hospitalized w/ COVID. (Drummer for the band Unspoken and co-worker’s husband)
Conan D. – Battling COVID on ventilator (my cousin-in-law)
Darrell B. – Battling cancer and other health issues
Emily P. – difficulties w/ asthma – protection from COVID
Gary W. – Battling cancer
Harold C. – Health issues – recovering from surgery
Ilene W. – Health issues
Todd – Battling COVID in hospital

LIFE SITUATIONS

Those misplaced and rebuilding after flooding in TN

UPDATES

Delano family – recovering from COVID

Shannon M – recovering COVID – was released and is now at home.

UNSPOKEN REQUESTS

Aumie D

Frazier family

Herring family

Troy M

ONGOING PRAYERS

Those battling or recovering from COVID

Those who need salvation (love/hope of God)

Those who serve our country (all first responders, government, and political parties for God’s guidance and direction to lead)

The Church (worldwide) – that we would return to the heart of the Father in word and deed.

VOTD – Under Construction

"Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain."

Psalms 127:1 (NRSV)

Prodigal Thoughts: I know I’ve posted several times, but my dad has been in the construction business for longer than I remember. That man has built houses, restaurants, and tons of other things. The gift of creativity he has is amazing. One thing I learned from him is that in order for something to be stable and sturdy, you have to begin with the foundation and you have to know what you are doing. This verse from the book of Psalms has been a source of teaching for me for the last 19 years. Every time I would think I could control my life and tooks the reins from God’s hands, I failed. I failed BIGTIME! But each time I surrendered my life and let my heavenly Father build and shape me, everything went MUCH smoother. You see, I accepted Jesus about six months before I married the love of my life. So, in a sense, my life really began when I accepted that gracious gift of forgiveness and was welcomed into the family of God. Let me tell you, my life was one mess after another, but with our Father in control, He has restored relationships and helped me better understand His heart for others. The wonderful thing is that He truly wants everyone to come to know Him and the hope and peace He offers.

Prayer for today: Father, I pray for my friends today, that You would speak your words of encouragement and peace over them. And if any of us need redirection or guidance to get back on the path toward Your heart, I pray that You would let us come to that understanding. I pray that Your children would know that no matter how far away they might have run from You, that You are still here and waiting to wrap Your loving arms around them. I’m so grateful for You, Papa. I love You. Amen.

Need prayer? You can reply here or you can send me a facebook message through the Prodigal Thinker page. If this encourages you, feel free to share it. Feel free to reply with feedback as well. I’m always open to discussion.

God’s grace on you…

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AND THE WINNERS ARE……GIVEAWAYS!!

A HUGE thank you to all who shared, commented, and liked the posts both on the website and on the Facebook page!!!

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Look for more content on both platforms soon.

Blessings to you all!!!

VOTD – What Should I Do?!?!?!

"Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise."

James 5:13 (NRSV)

Prodigal Thoughts: Have you ever gotten to a point where you weren’t really sure where you could turn? Not sure what step was supposed to be next? How about a time when it seemed that everything in life was so chaotic that any choice you could make would certainly cause added stress or drama? Maybe I’m the only one. According to the world, there are a lot of options of where to turn. You could lose yourself in a bottle of drink or pills. How about numbing yourself with just getting lost in piles and piles of work? (That’s usually what I end up doing.) But according to God’s word, no matter where we find ourselves, those who are followers of Jesus should find themselves on their knees in prayer or lifting up holy hands in praise. Is this easy? Not at first. But as we make prayer and praise a habit, finding ourselves in the arms of our loving, heavenly Father not only becomes easier, but that is where we would rather be. If you are overwhelmed by the circumstances around you, let God know. (This email/post is hitting me in the heart as well, just so you know.) If life is going along smoothly, let the Father know. Praise Him when all is right and also when life seems all wrong. He will restore your hope and give you peace beyond what you could ever understand.

Prayer for today: Father, thank You for always holding Your mighty arms open and ready to embrace us. We know You are ALWAYS there for Your children. I pray that we would make it a habit to turn to You when life seems to be too much. That we would praise You when we wake up and all the way until we lie down to sleep. Please show us the parts of our hearts that we need to surrender and turn over to You. Thank You for loving us. We love You, Daddy. Amen.

Need prayer? You can reply here or you can send me a facebook message through the Prodigal Thinker page. If this encourages you, feel free to share it. Feel free to reply with feedback as well. I’m always open to discussion.

God’s grace on you…

Photo credit: The Humantra

VOTD – Get Up, Stand Up…

"For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery."

Galatians 5:1 (NRSV)

Prodigal Thoughts: I will be honest. When this verse came up, I was super stoked since this is one of my top 10 faves. Throughout God’s word, there are numerous accounts where God does something that promotes, even urges some sort of action on our part. God freely gives us the freedom to choose to be His children or to belong to the world. We can’t have it both ways. But honestly, who would want to be chained back up to your life before you met Jesus. I would really like to say that no one would want to go back to their old lives, but it happens a lot. The old way is familiar and comfortable. A worldly life can certainly be more gratifying to our senses. With that said, what do you get from the world? Nothing more than heartache and hope lost. As the photo shows, we have to "Fight today for a better tomorrow." We need to stand firm on the faith and hope that God has given to us, His children. Just keep in mind that we aren’t just fighting for ourselves. No! We are fighting the good fight for our children and the generations to come. Standing firm against sin, especially sin that seems to flow from generation to generation can end with us. Our children and grandchildren don’t have to live through the things we have lived through. It isn’t too late. So, what is your plan? Are you going to "Get Up, Stand Up" (as a Bob Marley song says), or are you going to let the freedom that Christ ushered in through His work on the cross and resurrection just pass by?

Prayer for today: Father, today I pray for my fellow brothers and sisters in the faith. I pray that we would lean on You for our strength to stand firm against the wiles of this world and that we would speak boldly the gospel of Jesus Christ! May You give us the words to speak and the wisdom on how to love the world as we draw closer to You? Please stir up the Holy Spirit within us and guide us along our journey towards Christlikeness. May you be glorified in all that we do. We love you, Daddy. Amen.

Need prayer? You can reply here or you can send me a facebook message through the Prodigal Thinker page. If this encourages you, feel free to share it. Feel free to reply with feedback as well. I’m always open to discussion.

God’s grace on you…

Photo credit: Markus Spiske

ADHD – Insomnia – From ADHD to Zzzz

ADHD Folks!

I just read this wonderful article on ADDitudemag.com that discusses the difficulty that folks (young and old/male and female) have falling and staying asleep. I wasn’t officially diagnosed with ADHD until I was in my early 20s and I have always struggled with sleep. Well, to be honest, not only falling asleep and staying asleep, but waking up as well. I’ll go through seasons where it is easy to fall asleep but the rest of the time, I just lie in bed getting frustrated that I can’t sleep. My body is usually ready to drift off into Beddy-bye Land around 10PM, but my brain has other plans. My brain usually doesn’t shut off until around 3AM. Yep, just a few hours before I’m supposed to wake up to get ready for work. Below is a quick 7-bullet point list from the ADDitudemag article.

BEFORE WE GET TO THE INFO, PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM NOT A DOCTOR. I merely have severe ADHD (Inattentive type).

1. Maintain the same bedtime each night.
2. Eliminate caffeine after 2PM
3. Try some white noise (box fan, vent fan, etc)
4. Turn off all devices 30-60 before your bedtime
5. Melatonin might be helpful
6. Avoid napping
7. Maintain the same wake-up & bedtime schedule

I know personally, melatonin is not very effective in my system. I guess my body/brain metabolizes it too quickly. I only get about 3-4 hours of sleep. Then I’m awake again, but most of the folks I know that take it find melatonin very effective. I do have a fan that I use and it helps a lot.

I plan on trying several of these beginning tonight. I’ll give it a whirl and try to update next week on any improvements.

– Establish bedtime & wake-up times.
– Put away the devices

If you have had success with working with and through your ADHD, feel free to comment below. I know that I have a LOT to learn yet.

Photo credit: Andrea Piacuadio

Prodigal Mike ~Mike
Prodigal Thinker Blog

@ProdigalThinkerBlog on FB

Prayer Needs for this week

Hello friends!

Below is a list of prayer needs and updates if you would like to join in prayer. If you have prayer needs of your own, please feel free to let me know. You can reply here or send me a message through Facebook. You are prayed for and loved, my friends.

HEALTH ISSUES

Alice P. – enlarged liver
Anne H. – Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
Ariel M. – Hospitalized w/ COVID. (Drummer for the band Unspoken and co-worker’s husband)
Conan D. – Battling COVID on ventilator (my cousin-in-law)
Darrell B. – Battling cancer and other health issues
Delano family – battling COVID
Emily P. – difficulties w/ asthma – protection from COVID
Gary W. – Battling cancer
Harold C. – Health issues
Ilene W. – Health issues
Todd – Battling COVID in hospital

LIFE SITUATIONS

Victims of the flooding in Tennessee
Families in the wake of and recovering after Hurricane Ida

UPDATES

Shannon M – battling COVID – has vastly improved – thankful for prayers

UNSPOKEN REQUESTS

Aumie D

Frazier family

Gilbert family

Herring family

Troy M

ONGOING PRAYERS

Those battling or recovering from COVID

Frontline workers treating those with COVID

Those who need salvation (love/hope of God)

The Afghanistan situation

The wildfires in Western US

Those who serve our country (all first responders, government, and political parties for God’s guidance and direction to lead)

The Church (worldwide) – that we would return to the heart of the Father in word and deed.

Blessings to you all.

Prodigal Mike ~Mike
Prodigal Thinker Blog

@ProdigalThinkerBlog on FB