Specific Prayer Requests and our Rochester Schedule

Many of you have been asking for specifics on how best to pray for our family in these interesting days.  Karla and I sat down tonight and came up with eight.

Please Pray:

  • that God would continue to be glorified through this trial.
  • that God would comfort our children: Luke, Benjamin, Elisabeth, Gabriella, and Jared, keeping them from fear and teaching them how to trust in all of His promises.
  • that God would keep our family from illness between now and the time of surgery…hey even after. Why not?
  • that God would powerfully uphold Karla, giving her courage, faith, and strength to persevere.
  • that God would graciously superintend all of the myriad details of the care of our children during the two weeks we plan to be away.
  • that God would bring me safely through both the embolization on February10th and the surgery on February 12th with no neurological deficits, infections, or complications of any kind.
  • that God would bless and perfectly guide the hands of the surgeon, Dr. Meyer.
  • that God would sustain and prosper Crossroad Church in my indeterminate absence.

Here is the schedule for the week beginning February 8th:

1. Sunday Feb. 8th. Drive to Rochester in the evening.

2. Monday Feb. 9th. Doctor appointments at Mayo 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

3. Tuesday Feb. 10th. Embolization at St. Mary’s Hospital at 6:00 a.m.

4. Wednesday…Hospitalized

5. Thursday Feb. 12th Surgery…we don’t know the time yet but were told it would be a six hour surgery.

6. Friday-Saturday… probably in Intensive Care.

7. Sunday-Thursday in hospital (perhaps longer)

8.  We can’t know for sure of course but we’re planning to come back to Iowa sometime in the vicinity of the 19th.  There may be some therapy that needs to be done.  We’ll keep you informed.

Communication: We bought our first laptop computer yesterday and we plan to take that to Rochester with us where Karla plans to give updates on this blog assuming we can figure out all the wireless connection stuff by then.

Many thanks to all of you dear people for your prayers, concern, thoughts, encouragements, and comments.   Keep them coming!

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6 thoughts on “Specific Prayer Requests and our Rochester Schedule”

  1. Internet connection is provided through the hospital and all you need to do is ask your nurses or the front desk for the current password. If you have any problems, ask for it. They always have someone available to help with computer problems. Usually just clicking on the little icon (bottom right) indicating internet availability and following the instructions works. St. Mary’s has always been great with this issue. they trained me… 🙂
    Please let Dean and I know if there is anything we can do as well. Wednesday is Joey’s big surgery day…

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  2. Thanks for the specific requests. I think about you daily. This will help me be more specific in my prayers.
    Your current medical crisis and how you have navigated the journey up to this point is inspiring. I don’t know that it is a good thing or not, but you usually pop into my head when I am whining or complaining about a daily life struggle, be it at work or within our family. I immediately realize my mindset is wrong, am thankful for what the Lord has blessed me with, and handle the current trivial situation. I find myself putting more energy into focusing on the Big things, while enjoying the Little things.
    Most of us, if not in the midst of ongoing medical issues, take our health for granted. We tend to go through life with our blinders on, oblivious to the pain and suffering around us. Not until a family or friend is confronted with a health challenge do we get emotionally involved. At least, that’s the way I am. Probably not right, but true.
    I want you to know I am in your corner. I have always been a fan of yours, consider you a lifelong friend, and have always admired your commitment to your faith, even when we were in high school and I was wandering a different path. Your current strength, wit and grace through this ordeal is witness to our Lord and Savior.
    I pray that the natural fears and stresses you feel in the coming days will be minimized and you will feel God’s hand over you.
    Take care my friend.

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  3. Hi Mike,
    I will keep you in my prayers as you return to Rochester for your surgery. The communcations updates should be relatively easy for Karla. Pretty much all of the Mayo campus has wireless connections available. There’s also a caribou coffee right across the street from St. Marys with wireless.
    Should you or Karla need any help navigating while here please give me a call or send me an email.
    carol

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  4. MIKE,
    I AM SO AMAZED AT GOD’S GRACE……
    I AM PRAYING FOR YOU AND KARLA…
    have been and will continue too……
    PRAISE GOD for alowing the timing of your retreat… for a fresh taste of his amazing power, when many believing come together, and you the leader of the flock, get to absorb God from your leaders and peers…..
    Allow God to bless you and don’t feel like you are recieving this special treatment… you are his and he wants to meet your every need…even the ones that are very hard to accept…..you are experiencing his abundance in a way not known before.
    the thought…. don’t rob others of their blessing, as odd as it seems.
    Let him “bless the socks” off of you and yours, in doing that you are allowing GOD TO LET OTHERS BE BLESSED AS WELL.
    “IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAT TO RECEIVE”
    being the receiver is humbling.
    MY OWN FAITH HAS BEEN STRENGTHENED TO SEE GOD SURROUNDING YOUR FAMLY AND MORE THAN MEETING YOUR EVERY NEED….
    “his eye is on the sparrow and i know he watches me…..
    a tune that comes to mind…
    Bless you for your very honest and open feelings to teach us all to Trust God in All things…… I AM ALWAYS PERPLEXED AT WHAT WE FACE IN THIS LIFE HERE ON EARTH…..
    ‘knowing this very thing… that he that began a good work in you will perfect it, until the day of his return……
    much love and prayer to you and Karla and your children.
    Our hearts are with you and we are praying daily for God’s hand in every and all things!!!!!
    “I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR FIRST BLOG, POST SURGURY… WHENEVER IT WILL BE… FAITH IN ACTION…PLT

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  5. “Be Still and Know That I Am God” is the theme our church is living under this year. We will bring you and your family under it through prayer also.

    Pasto Jim Ackerson (Dean and Kathy’s friends)

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