Our Prayer Requests

Our Pastor at our home church often reminds the church of this truth: "Prayer can do anything God can do."  If I really took that to heart and believed it fully, it would not only change HOW I prayed but how OFTEN I prayed!

We believe prayer to the One True God works in ways that nothing else does. So we list our prayer requests each month and ask you to pray for one or all of them, expecting the Lord to answer!  Thanks, in advance, for your prayers for us and for the couples the Lord is bringing!

Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray. In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly.  Psalm 5:1-3

December 2022
  • Please come back in December to see our prayer requests. 

November 2022
  • GIVING THANKS: Please pray that Glen and Shawn and our family would be people who are truly grateful and consistently giving thanks to the Lord, the One who provides for our every need! Pray also that our adult kids and their spouses would also be saturated in thankfulness to the Lord. 

  • GROWING OUR REACH: In our mission to help couples connect with Christ and each other, we want to reach more couples through our podcast and blog posts. Pray for the Lord to open up opportunities for our content to impact more couples to help them have Christ-centered marriages!

  • LATEST ON GLEN'S HEALTH: Glen just passed the 4-month mark in the chelation process and just completed a test to see where his levels are. Please pray that we would see his levels decreasing, and that God will continue to work in the chelation process to bring them all into the normal range very soon!

  • FIRST LOVE AND COMMUNITY: This is our consistent prayer: That we would never lose our "first love" for Jesus Christ and the pursuit of a deeply abiding relationship with Him. And after that, we would continue to make it a priority to be deeply connected to Christ-centered community in and outside of our local church. 

October 2022
  • MINISTRY FOCUS AND PRIORITY: Please continue to pray for both Glen and Shawn - that with everything we have on our plates, that we would prioritize working on the things God directs us to do, and leave the other things as lesser priorities.

  • OUR PODCAST: Please pray for three simple things: 1) For God to allow the podcast to reach exactly the couples He wants, whatever that number is. 2) Pray for God to give us His direction for the content of future podcasts, as well as the energy and time needed to produce and release them twice a month. 3) For the equipment we use at our church to continue working well and technical issues to be minimal going forward.

  • GLEN’S HEALTH: As we shared previously, for the treatments Glen is receiving to rid his body of the heavy metals and their effects.

  • FIRST LOVE & COMMUNITY: This is our consistent prayer: That we would never lose our "first love" for Jesus Christ and the pursuit of a deeply abiding relationship with Him. And after that, we would continue to make it a priority to be deeply connected to Christ- centered community in and outside of our local church.

September 2022
  • OUR PODCAST: As we had shared previously, please pray for three simple things: 1) For God to allow the podcast to reach exactly the couples He wants, whether that is hundreds or many thousands! 2) Pray for God to give us His leading and direction for the topics/content of future podcasts as well as the energy and time to plan, record, and release them two times a month. 3) For the equipment we use at our church to continue working well and for some technical audio issues to get resolved.

  • MINISTRY FOCUS and PRIORITY: Please continue to pray for both Glen and Shawn - that with all the things we can do each day, that we would prioritize working on the things God directs us to do, and leave the other things as lesser priorities. 

  • UPDATE ON GLEN'S HEALTH: We had shared back in mid-June about Glen's high levels of heavy metals. We are thankful he has completed 2 months of the detoxing process and began the 3rd month on a new agent that works on the lead. Pray the Lord would use this treatment to rid Glen's body of the lead and other heavy metals and have minimal side effects as well. 

  • FIRST LOVE AND COMMUNITY: This is our consistent prayer: That we would never lose our "first love" for Jesus Christ and the pursuit of a deeply abiding relationship with Him. And after that, we would continue to make it a priority to be deeply connected to Christ-centered community in and outside of our local church. 

August 2022
  • PRAISING THE LORD: Please praise the Lord with us! As of August 1, 2022, we are celebrating the first full year of Abiding Marriage! We are thanking Him for the transformation that He is bringing in husbands and wives as well as for His provision for the ministry through our generous Ministry Partner Team!

  • REACHING COUPLES LOCALLY: A couple of months ago we asked you to pray for the Lord to give Abiding Marriage favor when it comes to couples in Central Arkansas searching the internet for marriage help. We are so very thankful that, with the help of a Google Expert we hired, we are seeing a great upsurge in couples contacting us. Keep praying the Lord will bring the right couples to our ministry!

  • MINISTRY FOCUS: Please pray for both Glen and Shawn - that with all the things we CAN do, that we would prioritize working on the things God DIRECTS US to do, and leave the other things as lesser priorities. 

  • FIRST LOVE AND COMMUNITY: This is our consistent prayer: That we would never lose our "first love" for Jesus Christ and the pursuit of a deeply abiding relationship with Him. And after that, we would continue to make it a priority to be deeply connected to Christ-centered community in and outside of our local church. 

July 2022
  • GOD'S WISDOM: Please pray for the Lord's wisdom and discernment as we meet with couples. We are not able to rightly discern and help them without God's help. Pray for the Spirit of God to be speaking to us and to the couples we are counseling. 

  • UPDATE ON REACHING YOUNG MARRIEDS: We are excited as we get closer to releasing a new way of reaching young married couples: A podcast Shawn and I are working on that we are expectant of the Lord using to reach couples. Please continue to pray for us in all the logistics and details involved. Our updated plan has us sharing this podcast publicly in September of this year. 

  • GLEN'S HEALTH: As we shared in a special email last month, Glen is in the midst of a process called chelation that we pray will help rid his body of some heavy metal toxicity. He is doing well so far, so we want to thank the Lord and also ask for your continued prayers!

  • FIRST LOVE AND COMMUNITY: This is our consistent prayer: That we would never lose our "first love" for Jesus Christ and the pursuit of a deeply abiding relationship with Him. And after that, we would continue to make it a priority to be deeply connected to Christ-centered community in and outside of our local church. 

Special Prayer Request: Thursday, June 16th, 2022
We had shared via email a special prayer request for Glen related to his heavy metal poisoning and the start of the chelation process. Here are the specific prayer requests. Thanks, in advance, for our prayers!
  • Pray for the first stage of the process, chelating the mercury and thallium. For the Lord to sovereignly allow this stage to be successful in 1-2 months, and that Glen would experience no serious side effects during this stage.  
  • Pray for the second and longer stage, chelating the lead. For the Lord to work to rid Glen’s body of the lead in less than the expected 3-6 months.  
  • Pray for supernatural discernment and wisdom for Dr. Beard and her staff. That they would be led by the Lord in this process. Both Dr. Beard and the other staff member we are working with are Christ-followers. 
  • Finally, pray that Glen and I will be able to truly “give thanks in all circumstances” during this process. We are expectant of the Lord continuing to provide the needed help to detox Glen’s body from these heavy metals. We know the process will likely have its ups and downs, but we are confident that it will be worth getting Glen’s body healthier!
June 2022
  • REACHING COUPLES LOCALLY: Please pray for God to give Abiding Marriage favor when it comes to couples searching the internet for marriage help. We know there are many couples in search of God's help and we are asking the Lord to connect us with these couples!

  • CONNECTIONS: As we had shared last month, please continue to pray for the Lord to allows us to connect with more pastors and ministries in Central Arkansas. We are so thankful that God has brought one already!

  • REACHING YOUNG MARRIEDS: Please continue to pray for Glen and Shawn for God’s wisdom and going before us as we continue to move forward with a new way of reaching young married couples. If all goes as planned, we will share this news with all our Ministry Partners in our August ’22 update!

  • FIRST LOVE AND COMMUNITY: This is our consistent prayer: That we would never lose our "first love" for Jesus Christ and the pursuit of a deeply abiding relationship with Him. And after that, we would continue to make it a priority to be deeply connected to Christ-centered community in and outside of our local church. 

May 2022
  • PERSEVERANCE: As we walk with couples, please pray the Lord would sustain us as we persevere with them through the hard times that they must work through in order to get the transformation God so desires for them.

  • REACHING YOUNG MARRIEDS: Please pray for Glen and Shawn for God’s wisdom and favor as we embark on a new way of reaching young married couples. If all goes as planned, we will share this with all our Ministry Partners in our August ’22 update!

  • CONNECTIONS: Please pray for the Lord’s favor as we ask the Lord to connect us to more pastors and ministries in Central Arkansas.

  • FAMILY: Our oldest son, Josh, is marrying the love of his life, Annie, on Saturday, May 21st. We appreciate your prayers for Josh and Annie as they embark on the journey of marriage!

  • FIRST LOVE & COMMUNITY: This is our consistent prayer: That we would never lose our "first love" for Jesus Christ and the pursuit of a deeply abiding relationship with Him. And after that, we would continue to make it a priority to be deeply connected to Christ-centered community in and outside of our local church.

April 2022
  • EASTER 2022: Let's pray steadfastly and expectantly for revival in the Church, not just in our nation, but around the world. And after we, His people, are revived, then He would start a world-wide movement among those who do not yet know Christ!

  • GOD'S DIRECTION: Please pray for Shawn and myself and the Board of Directors as we meet on April 28th - that He would be leading the decisions and direction of every aspect of this ministry. 

  • FOCUS: Please pray for both Glen and Shawn - that with all the things we CAN do, that we would prioritize working on the things He directs us to do, and leave the other things as lesser priorities. 

  • NON-PROFIT PAPERWORK:  As we shared previously, our attorney filed our 501(c)(3) paperwork on December 29th. Please continue praying for full acceptance by the IRS, and by God's grace, that our full acceptance would come quicker than expected (4-6 months), maybe even this month!!

  • FIRST LOVE AND COMMUNITY: This is our consistent prayer: That we would never lose our "first love" for Jesus Christ and the pursuit of a deeply abiding relationship with Him. And after that, we would continue to make it a priority to be deeply connected to Christ-centered community in and outside of our local church. 

March 2022
  • GOD'S PLANS FOR 2022: Please continue to pray for the Lord to make clear His God-initiated plans for Abiding Marriage for 2022. Have one thing we feel He is leading us to do so far in relation to young married couples and one other thing in a broader sense in helping others. Please ask the Lord to confirm these two things and continue to help us work out the specifics for those two.

  • SPIRITUAL WARFARE: Shawn and I are both seeing more and more the reality of the "unseen battle" we face as Christ-followers - especially in our closest family relationships. Please pray the Lord would give us both discernment to see this clearly and meet those attacks by being strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might remembering that our battle is NOT against each other. 

 

  • FAMILY PRAYERS: 1) Our daughter-in-law, Taylor (our son Caleb's bride) is helping lead a mission trip for our church to Atlanta in mid-March. Please pray for the Lord to be working greatly in the leadership and all the folks going, as well as in the people they will interact with on the trip. 2) For Shawn's birthday at the end of March - that she would feel well loved and appreciated by those closest to her!

 

  • NON-PROFIT PAPERWORK:  As we shared previously, our attorney filed our 501(c)(3) paperwork on December 29th. Please pray for full acceptance by the IRS, and by God's grace, that our full acceptance would come quicker than expected (4-6 months). 

 

  • FIRST LOVE AND COMMUNITY: This is our consistent prayer: That we would never lose our "first love" for Jesus Christ and the pursuit of a deeply abiding relationship with Him. And after that, we would continue to make it a priority to be deeply connected to Christ-centered community in and outside of our local church. 

February 2022
  • INCARNATE CHRIST: Please pray that we would truly exhibit the grace and truth of Jesus Christ to every couple He brings to us. Pray that we would indeed be “poor in Spirit”, understanding that we can do nothing of lasting value without His help!

  • ABIDING MARRIAGE BOARD: We are so very thankful to have added our 5th Board Member. Thanks for your prayers for this request. He was able to join us for the January Board meeting last month.

  • FAMILY: Our daughter. Sarah, celebrates a birthday this month! So thankful for her!!

  • SELF-FEEDERS ON THE WORD:  Pray that part of what we teach and communicate to couples is God’s desire for them to be “self-feeders” on His Word. May they see His Word as a treasure to be discovered and take time daily to grow through studying the Bible.

  • FIRST LOVE & COMMUNITY: This is our consistent prayer: That we would never lose our "first love" for Jesus Christ and the pursuit of a deeply abiding relationship with Him. And after that, we would continue to make it a priority to be deeply connected to Christ-centered community in and outside of our local church.

January 2022
  • VISION FOR 2022: Please pray for the Lord to make clear His God-initiated plans for Abiding Marriage for 2022. We will, of course, continue to offer biblical marriage counseling, invest in Young Married couples, and offer training. But we are asking the Lord for the "specifics" for us in those areas as we move forward into 2022.

  • YOUNG MARRIEDS CLASS: Please pray for this class we will be offering to Young Marrieds both at our church and more broadly in the Central Arkansas area in January. That the couples the Lord brings will be deeply impacted by Him in their individual lives and marriages. 

  • JOSH AND ANNIE: Our oldest son, Josh, is now engaged to the love of his life, Annie! He asked her just after Christmas and she said YES! They are planning a May 2022 wedding. Please pray for both of them as they prepare, not just for the wedding, but more importantly, for the marriage that starts when they both say "I DO"!!

  • NON-PROFIT PAPERWORK:  We are so very thankful that our attorney filed our 501(c)(3) paperwork on December 29th! And while the attorney is confident, the IRS will accept it, we ask you to pray with us, both for acceptance and also for quicker than expected turnaround. Thanks for your prayers!

 

  • FIRST LOVE AND COMMUNITY: This is our consistent prayer: That we would never lose our "first love" for Jesus Christ and the pursuit of a deeply abiding relationship with Him. And after that, we would continue to make it a priority to be deeply connected to Christ-centered community in and outside of our local church.