my last day (sniff, sniff)

After today, I’ll never be 33 again. Rumor has it that 34 isn’t a whole lot different than 33. Imagine that.

Part of me hopes the coming year is a little quieter, calmer.

A bigger part of me says Bring. It. On.

After four days of single-momming it (Gabe went to 2 conferences in Chicag0) and a night of candy-begging with a spider, a witch, and a hobo and a good 20 minutes of scrubbing black and white paint off three little faces, I’m feeling a bit reflective.

Not really.

I’m mostly feeling tired. And overwhelmed. And overcome by the temptation to eat 7 or 8 of the 4,000 pieces of candy sitting in popcorn bowls on the kitchen counter.

Do you know what would be really cool? If you prayed for me in honor of my birthday.

And do you know what would also be cool? If you let me pray for you.

So, tell me what you prayed for me. And tell me how I can pray for you.

Have a great weekend!

26 thoughts on “my last day (sniff, sniff)

  1. Kaye

    Praying for God’s richest blessings for both you and your entire family. Thanks for blessing our lives in so many ways.
    Prayer request(s): You know them as well as HE does.
    Hope and pray you have a wonderfully blessed birthday.
    Blessings today and always,
    Kaye
    Matthew 21:22

  2. Marlen

    I prayed for you to have a great day and prosperous year. For you to be blessed with more things to say and books to write.

    Could you please pray for my husband to find a job? And also for my 18 year old son and his girlfriend – she is 10 weeks pregnant. Thanks so much =)

  3. Mary Katherine

    I praised Him for your friendship to our family and asked that He bless you and your family in the coming year.

    Prayers for healthy kids who become men of God are ALWAYS appreciated over this way.

    Happy Birthday!

  4. Rachele

    Happy Birthday Marla. I can’t wait to meet you in person!

    Father I ask that you would continue to give Marla extra strength for writing, speaking, being a mom and wife and for other life-type-boring but have to be done things.

    Marla, please pray for guidance for my husband and I as we work through marital issues

  5. Rachelle

    Happy Birthday! you are blessed to be celebrating another year! My prayer for you is one of encouragement; that God would put in you the desires He has for you!
    My prayer request it that God will give direction to me, my husband and children as we seek his plan for our lives. We are burdened for the orphans in the world; pray that we dsire to live in a way that shows the evidence!

  6. Kelsie

    Happy early Birthday! I prayed that God would bless you on your special day so that you could bless others. 🙂 As far as my prayer request, I’ve been sick most of this month. I was diagnosed with bronchitis Wednesday. My husband was, also. My 2 boys are sickly, too…Pray for us! It’s been rough. But God is good, regardless of our circumstances. 🙂

  7. Amanda

    Praying for you that when you’re 34 you will see a new level of fruitfulness in your life and be filled with joy. Pray for me that we’ll get to hang out when you’re 34. 🙂 Happy last day of 33! I love you!

  8. Jen Griffin

    God, bless Marla today beyond her wildest dreams. I pray this is the best birthday she has ever had. Help her to see how special she is to You and how much You love her. Help her to see that You actively pursue her love each day. Bless her home, her heart and her words. Let her honor You in all she does. Amen

    Do you know how many giraffe’s are in Walmart???? Shesh! I’m sure people were wondering what I was doing in the card section. 🙂

    Pray for some financial issues we are going through. Thanks! Praying also for Noah’s heart…he’s really struggling with obedience.

  9. Kelli

    I will be praying that this next year, that God continues to use your writing to His glory. I will be praying that for every time someone tries to knock you down, you remember that there are ten times as many people who are ready to support and help you through!!!

    You can pray for the same thing I asked you about a few months ago friend. 🙂

  10. Marla Taviano

    This is awesome. I’m going to start asking for prayer for every birthday (and half-birthdays!).

    Writing your requests in my prayer journal now. I’ve learned that I have to write to remember. You WILL be prayed for. Bless you!

    Emily–In Ohio, different areas t-or-t whenever they feel like it. Some always do Thursday. Some always do Halloween. Personally, I’m thrilled that it’s over. I’ll get a DATE on my b-day instead.

  11. Crissy

    Happy Birthday Friend!! Love you!

    Thank you Lord for your precious, beautiful, loving, daughter Marla! I pray that you would bless her as she celebrates her birthday. I pray that through this year you will continue to draw her closer to you, and that she will continue to grow into the woman you have created her to be. Amen.

  12. Lisa

    Consider yourself prayed for and loved! I’m excited about what God has in store for you for this next season of your life. I’m coming up on 37 and a bit apprehensive about that, but I figure life only gets sweeter as the years progress. So, either we’re like fine wines or a wheel of cheese… and I prefer to think we’re the former.

    Happy Birthday, Marla! You’re a gift to so many.

  13. Risha

    I prayed that God would orchestrate something awesome in your life this year like the 52 Zoos last year so that you can keep having a greater impact for him.

    I am having some issues (mercifully, nothing serious) with my little 9mo daughter. But I’m very weary, and it has been affecting my relationship with God because I want Him to fix them the way I see fit right now.

    Happy birthday!

  14. Denise

    Thank you Lord for Maria’s transparency….please use her a powerful way in this new yr as she matures in you….help her not to feel “not older” but “better”. (I’m looking at 60 in Feb. so pray for me and “my maturity”…also….pray for my husband/pastor and I….we are in a mission church situation and desperately need a better place to meet than in the current storefront!
    Blessings to you Maria!
    xo
    Denise

  15. Nichole

    I am praising God for you, for your ministry and for your heart for people. I am praying that you have an AMAZING birthday and that 34 is even better than 33.

    And for me, you could pray for all the change coming our way~we are heading out of Ohio today and there are lots of goodbyes to be said. And sobs to be had. Then there’s always the journey to pray for- the thousands of miles of adventure awaiting us 🙂

  16. Liz

    I don’t know you other than reading your blog and it sounds like you have been a bit weary lately. I will pray that you will be able to continually rest in the comfort of God’s arms knowing that He is especially fond of you.

    Please pray that we will clearly hear God’s will whether we should continue to pursue selling our house and buying another one or if He wants us to stay put for now. Also, pray that I will quickly get over this nasty flu bug and that my family, especially the baby, doesn’t catch it.

    It is an honor to pray for you and I am blessed that you are lifting me up to our Father.

  17. Holly V.

    Lord, I pray you would be so amazingly bold in the way you touch Marla’s life this year that others would long to meet you! I pray that this will be the year that you bless them GOOD….with good health, good family time, good finances, and good spiritual growth. How’s that for a list? Thanks for the ways you are taking care of Marla that she doesn’t even see today…..I can’t wait to see how the next year looks for my sweet friend! Thank you, Lord.

    Pray for me? That I will be more intentionally focused on the positive. Love you, girl!

  18. janelle taviano

    I pray God, that You would ” order her steps “, for daily clarity from You, for Your presence w/ her, for peace and intense joy, for a breath of life from You into, everything she writes. For Your Wisdom, Your favor, Your anointing…and Your authority where ever she walks this year. You know each individual day…..may she know in a deep way, that it is from You alone. Lavish YOUR LOVE on her, back it up on her and pour it out. In the Name above ALL names, Jesus…..amen .

  19. Holly B.

    Father God,
    Thank You for Marla, for what You’re doing with her life. I praise You for the huge ways that You have blessed her and her family in this past year! Flood her with your wisdom and Your love for those around her, Father. Please fill Marla with encouragement, and plan out this next year of her life in ways that will cause her to shout for joy in praise to You! Give her your mercy and strength when she is in need, Father, so that she can extend it to others. Enable her to follow hard after You, God.
    In the name of Jesus, I ask. Amen!

    Happy Birthday, Marla! So glad that you were born, friend!

    P.S. I’d be grateful if you’d pray for God to enlarge our family! :o)

  20. Joslyn

    we don’t trick or treat until Saturday

    and (( hugs )) Happy Birthday!! I pray that your “new year” is the best yet and that the lord with hold you and your family in his graces.

    as an aside: bless all those single mamas out there, I have no idea how they do it all on their own.

    personally, we need a raise, a change, a something or other. I have faith that something is going to change, just don’t know what, and I have no idea what the plan is going to be. Riding it out.

  21. Monica Hartz

    Lord,
    Be with Marla this new and exciting upcoming year. I pray you would bring her closer to You. I pray you would grow her into the woman that You want her to be. Please take use her feelings of being overwhelmed and tired and turn it into something positive. Jesus You have experienced every single feeling we have. You know what it means to feel exhausted and when you just don’t know if you can handle one more thing. You also know what it is like to be tempted..Lord, be with Marla. She is a special lady. Give her your strength. And if she does decide to eat some candy, would you please send your holy spirit down upon this candy and cut the calories to nothing so that she may endulge and feel better…Thank you Jesus for loving us…Thank you for helping us love You. Amen…

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