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

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!
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. 

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.

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. 

December 2021
  • CHRISTMAS: That we would truly celebrate Immanuel, God with us, this wonderful season of Christmas! That our focus would not be on the gifts or even the family gatherings, but rather on the One who humbled Himself and came to earth so that we could be reconciled to Our Father in Heaven!

  • OUR YOUNGEST SON'S WEDDING THIS MONTH: Our youngest son, Caleb is getting married to a wonderful young lady, Taylor, on December 19th. Please pray for this young couple as they start their marriage journey and life together!

  • NON-PROFIT PAPERWORK:  We are still waiting, and hopeful, to get our 501(c)(3) paperwork filed through our attorney this month. Please pray that God would give us extraordinary favor in getting these legal requirements approved. The attorney is saying likely 4-6 months, but we are hopeful that approval will come sooner!

  • TIME OFF: We are taking the days between Christmas and New Year's off this year. Pray for both good rest on those days and also for some non-ministry things we hope to get done during that time. Thanks for praying!

  • FIRST LOVE AND COMMUNITY: 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. 

November 2020
  • LASTING TRANSFORMATION: Please pray for each couple God brings to Abiding Marriage - that they would not see just temporary change in themselves and their marriage, but lasting transformation that glorifies God and reflects a Christ-centered marriage to the world

  • YOUNG MARRIEDS: When the Lord "birthed" Abiding Marriage, he gave us a vision for reaching Young Married couples. Please pray this month that God will give us clear direction about a Young Married class we will be facilitating in January. 

  • CALEB AND TAYLOR: Our youngest son, Caleb is getting married to a wonderful young lady, Taylor, on December 19th. Please pray for this young couple as they start their marriage journey and life together!

  • NON-PROFIT PAPERWORK:  We are hopeful, this month, to get our 501(c)(3) paperwork filed through our attorney. Please pray that God would give us extraordinary favor in getting these legal requirements approved. The attorney is saying likely 4-6 months, but we are hopeful that approval will come sooner!

  • FIRST LOVE AND COMMUNITY: 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 2021
  • REAL, LASTING CHANGE: Please pray for each couple the Lord brings to Abiding Marriage - that they would not see just temporary change, but real, lasting transformation in their individual relationship with God and in their marriage relationship.

  • ABIDING MARRIAGE BOARD: We are still seeking a 5th and final member for our Board. Pray for God’s direction and leading to find this person!

  • NON-PROFIT PAPERWORK:  Please pray that God would give us extraordinary favor in getting these legal requirements approved. The attorney is saying likely 4-6 months. We are praying for approval by year-end!

  • CALEB AND TAYLOR: Our youngest son, Caleb is getting married to a wonderful young lady, Taylor, on December 19th. Please pray for this young couple as they start their marriage journey and life together!

  • FIRST LOVE & COMMUNITY: 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 2021
  • REAL, LASTING CHANGE: Please pray for each couple the Lord brings to Abiding Marriage - that they would not see just temporary change, but real, lasting transformation in their individual relationship with God and in their marriage relationship.

  • COVID FULL RECOVERY: Glen and Shawn came down with COVID the Friday of Labor Day Weekend. Both of us are on our way to recovery and feeling better, but please pray for a full recovery and no lingering effects.  

  • GOOGLE LISTING: Please pray for a "hurdle" we are having in getting Abiding Marriage found on Google. Pray for the Lord to make a way for folks to find us on Google when they search for Christian or Biblical Marriage Counseling.  

  • NON-PROFIT PAPERWORK:  We are now in the final stages of filing paperwork for our 501(c)(3) status through our attorney. Please pray that God would give us extraordinary favor in getting these legal requirements approved. The attorney is saying likely 4-6 months. We are praying for approval by year-end!

  • FIRST LOVE AND COMMUNITY: 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 2021
  • COUPLES COMING: We are thankful as we have a full schedule of biblical counseling clients the first week, most of those who continued with us in our transition to Abiding Marriage. Pray for the Lord to continue to bring couples so that they can build a Christ-centered marriage and thrive in their marriage relationship. 

  • BOARD OF DIRECTORS UPDATE: Thankful for your prayers for this the last few months. God has placed two great men on our Board and we are seeking the Lord for the third person. Please continue to pray that in this pivotal season, God would direct our Board in each and every step we take!

  • LEGAL STUFF UPDATE: We are thankful that the Lord has gotten our initial legal paperwork completed. Now we are on to  the paperwork required with the Federal Government to be a 501(c)(3). Please pray that God would give us favor in getting these legal requirements filed and approved in the next 3-4 months. Praying for November 15th or sooner. 

  • FIRST LOVE AND COMMUNITY: 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 2021
  • GOD LEADING: In the midst of our transition from Marriage Revolution to Abiding Marriage, it is continually a temptation to get lost in the many, many things to do OR to get overwhelmed by all that needs to get done. Pray that we would truly keep God in His rightful place during this super-busy season. That we could continue to pursue the Lord as our "first love" and trust Him to continue to lead us, day-by-day, and step-by-step!

  • BOARD OF DIRECTORS UPDATE: Thankful for your prayers last month! God has placed two great men on our Board and we are seeking the Lord for the third person. Please continue to pray that in this pivotal season, God would direct our Board in each and every step we take!

  • SYSTEMS IN PLACE UPDATE: Again, thanks for your prayers last month! We have several key systems in place, but still need God's direction and discernment for some other systems. Thanks for praying the Spirit of God would be filling and controlling us as we follow His lead in making these decisions.

  • LEGAL STUFF UPDATE: We are thankful that the Lord has gotten our initial legal paperwork in the State of Arkansas completed. Now we are on to other legal decisions as well as the paperwork required with the Federal Government to be a 501(c)(3). Please pray that God would give us favor in getting these legal requirements completed in the next 3-4 months - no later than year-end.

  •  HONORING GOD AND OTHERS: Finally, pray that, in the midst of this transition, we would honor the Lord, honor Hans and the leadership of Marriage Revolution, and all the others involved in this process. Ultimately, we strongly desire to see God glorified and His Kingdom built in every step of this process!