Monday, June 28, 2010

SURPRISE!!!

So back in January we decided to do a surprise ministry celebration/birthday for my dad. It was a success. He was surprised!! Over 100 people were invited and over 75 attended. It was great to hear his mentor, as well as his nephew share precious memories and honor him. My sister and i shared a poem, there was a slideshow that i am working on exporting to facebook, but my parents' internet is not cooperating and many people wrote a heartfelt note of encouragement.

I will share the poem here and then some pics:

For years 1-10 you won our heart; your stories at bedtime became a fine art.

From dollhouses, treehouses and swings you taught us the value of priceless things.

 

Years 12-14 we tested and tried, heard many lectures and you ‘wore out our hide’.

But we knew then and still do that your love for us drove you

to act in that way for loving a preteen is a hard role to play!

 

Then came the years 15-18, boys had to meet  you & talk to you first

Thank God! For that weeded out all the worst.

Your consistency taught me to evaluate self

and I learned that the Bible was not just a book on a shelf.

 

The next years were hardest as both of your daughters

moved on in life and went away to college.

We both met our Bens and were married and gone

and you and Mama were left here “alone”.

 

But the story continues and gets better with time

as we learn the art of parenting skills

and we are the ones paying the bills

Your years loving Mama and praying in faith

have begun a legacy to walk the path straight.We love you and want you to know deep within

that who we are now is because of who you have been.

 ok ok ok so i have been sitting here for an hour waiting on ONE ONE picture to upload...the photographer friend of my dads had a mega camera and each pic is 9 opr more mega bites...sorry...my husband will have to use his super duper awesome computer if these are gonna show up anywhere!

 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

reasons

I want to point to the goodness of God in this post. I don't want you to read it and walk away thinking of anything other that how a Good Father gives good gifts to His children.

So last post i semi-updated you on our big little man's health. My sweet friend Lori as i was leaving her reminded me of the healing work God had done in her own sweet son's life. On my 4 minute drive home i felt like God posed the question "Have you prayed for me to heal Brennan?" Immediately thoughts ran through my mind: i have prayed you would give him health, make him feel better, that you would give me strength to get through this, but not for healing.
i did not grow up and still i do not surround myself with people who are quick to pray for healing. As a friend and i discussed the other day our minds tend to shift to what do I I I I need to DO DO DO DO, not what is God already doing and what  can HE do? I believe in a BIG God. I don't put anything past His ability. He created man from nothing, parted the Red Sea, made thousands of prophecies in the OT and then fulfilled them in the new. He made the lame to walk, blind to see, the leper clean..he raised Christ from the dead...he CAN do anything.
Soooo i asked Him to heal our son. If no doctor could identify or explain why he had been sick every 2 weeks for 6 months, God knew what it was and could "fix" it. 
Friends that night i lay in bed and prayed that God would heal him. At 5:30 the next morning our  8 oclock sleeper awoke saying "cereal, milk, spoon, bowl..please" hmm i thought must not have eaten enough dinner..i go to the kitchen, mind spinning fixing cheerios in the dark. As soon as he takes a bite he says "mmm good mommy. thank you mommy" did you hear that it was 5 :30? i watch him eat and he smiles up occasionally. He is not sniffing, coughing, whinning. He is not hot to the touch, no sign of rash, or fever. His eyes look refreshed, sparkly almost. Then it hit me. Then i started crying. God healed him. God, my big, amazing, compassionate God took my sweet boys pain and gave him health.
I have heard of "praise reports" i have heard of miracles taking place in friends' lives. I am aware the greatest miracle of all is Christs' life and death and power of it-how He took my sin and gave me His righteousness, but this was a new name for God in my little life book.
HEALER.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Thanks Kay for telling me about this great hymn!
  1. God moves in a mysterious way
    His wonders to perform;
    He plants His footsteps in the sea
    And rides upon the storm.
  2. Deep in unfathomable mines
    Of never failing skill
    He treasures up His bright designs
    And works His sov’reign will.
  3. Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
    The clouds ye so much dread
    Are big with mercy and shall break
    In blessings on your head.
  4. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
    But trust Him for His grace;
    Behind a frowning providence
    He hides a smiling face.
  5. His purposes will ripen fast,
    Unfolding every hour;
    The bud may have a bitter taste,
    But sweet will be the flow’r.
  6. Blind unbelief is sure to err
    And scan His work in vain;
    God is His own interpreter,
    And He will make it plain.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Others

To know God and more of Him
than any other HE be my treasure.
May other loves and lives grow dim
This is my deep hearts prayer.

Not to be more like him or her
not to praise men of past prestige.
To glory only His attributes and order
to boast of His victory over our siege.

I hear it from many a preacher
the praise of Paul and Job
I've been myself the teacher
who urged not Christ to know
Oh isn't it Jesus? Isn't it Christ?
The One and Only
Why do we exalt any other as highest?


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Enjoy this new blog i found! it is so wonderful for me I hope that it blesses you. Here is an exerpt from a recent post:
Rachel Hughes:
"I am still learning how to best manage my home. As I talk with other ladies, I hear of new ways to broaden this role of homemaker. So many have great ideas and abilities that inspire me. I am thankful to God for the sincere desire He has given me to manage my home appropriately. As many mothers already know, this is not always a simple task and at times we may fight feelings of mundane boredom and overwhelming responsibility. Whatever the case, my hope is that we can view this God-given role as great and serve our families with joy! 
(Here she is quoting Lady Lydia):
"I work for a King. He has put me in charge of this home. When He comes to see how I have managed His possessions and His children. I do not want to be found wanting. I want to do my best. Everything I have is on loan to me from Him. I have room and board and a job to do, but it is all for Him. Therefore I want to do my best in all my work. I want also to be creative, for this is a sincere attempt to glorify Him and His beautiful creation. How I manage my home is a form of worship to Him." 

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Daily Sufficeint Grace

Restored

Thus says the LORD; I will rejoice and be glad in my people;
no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress.
Isaiah 65:19-20

for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God
JOhn 16:27

o grant to those who mourn in Zion—give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.

Isaiah 61:3


I will greatly rejoice in the LORD;
my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself
like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Isaiah 61:10

and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so
shall your God rejoice over you.
Isaiah 62:5

John 17 The High Priestly Prayer

I am completely humbled in this moment. I really have nothing good to say other than to share with you the precious Words of Life listed above, that i read this morning. And to share the current song of my heart by Hillsong:

Your grace is enough-
More than I need.
And at your word I will believe.
I wait for You
You're near again
Your spirit makes me new.

And I will fall at your feet
I will fall at your feet
And I will worship you here

Your presence in me -
Jesus lights the way
By the power of your word
I am restored
I am redeemed
By your spirit I am free

And I will fall at Your feet
I will fall at your feet
And I will worship You here

Freely You gave all for us
Surrendered Your life upon the cross
Great is the love given up for all
This is our God

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Answers

Brennan woke up Wednesday morning with a horrible cough. The day before it had been a runny nose.
I AM so OVER IT!
Was my mindset. i called the doctor, made an appointment and was determined not to leave until i had some answers. There was an 11am opening. It was 9am. Thats when they opened. Ben had a shoot in Chatanooga, Sis in law was working, Dad in law had a dr appt himself. The rest of family too far away to get here by 11. I called 3 different "sitters" and no one was available to keep Knox. In case you think i am crazy for getting a sitter-try dealing with a sick, whiny, tired 2 year old in a doctor's office and walk away with any knowledge of what the doctor says. (add in a tired 9 month old and you get the picture).
I called my dear friend Lori on my way to her house in faith asking if i could bring Knox. Praise Jesus she was able to keep him and gave me a knowing, reassuring hug as i dashed out the door.
To make this could-be-eternal-story shorter, i started my coversation with the doctor like this ME:"Will you look at his file and tell me how many times he has been here this year?"
DR: looks like once or twice a month for 6 months
ME: is that normal?!
DR: Well around 9-24 months children have to build immunity...blah blah
ME: i understand that. He only goes to church once a week and mothers day out once a week. We haven't even done that for a month now. When he is sick he cries a lot and when he cries, my other baby cries. He wants to be held a lot, he want constant attention and comfort. i am one person..(here come the tears...) i cannot do this all the time. He seems to have an abnormal anxiousness when he is sick or either when he is on medicine.. i want to know what i need to do to get/keep him well.
DR: hmmm let me look back at his blood work, his file and some other stuff. i will be back.

At one point in previous visit i had reason to think that Brennan might have an immunity deficiency. i thought i would spend the rest of my life sanitizing everything living in extreme caution of germs..He had said it was not allergies..
Again long sotry shorter, he referred us to an allergist. He thinks he may have allergies, although only 10% of children 2 and under have identifiable allergies. He also said that 3 of the medications he has been on have "behaviorial side effects". The result of todays visit showed that he has an upper respritory infection, although it was day 10 of antibiotic #3. THat one was specific for the rash...
Ugh...lots more details that i will leave out. But I am very thankful that:
1. it is not life threatening
2. that it is not imunnity related
3. that the med is what has caused some of the behavior i have seen
4. that there is medicine for dangerous stuff
5. that we are on the upswing
6. that we have some answers!


Monday, June 7, 2010

Family Update


Hi guys!
So Brennan has been pretty bad sick for about 2 weeks now. He has been running a fever off and on for about 3 or more weeks. We have been to the doctor 3 times and gone through 3 different medications. This final antibiotic seems to have helped a lot. He was fever free without Tylenol for the first time on Friday. Ran another one on Saturday, but generally seems to be feeling much better. He was at the point where he would just sit on the couch or bed with a pacy and blanket. Watching Elmo seemed to give some entertainment/distraction. Ben's mom and my mom came at different times last week b/c Brennan was a full time job and someone had to help with Knox. Needless to say, as you other mommies know, it was hard. We were in just-survive-the-day mode. But now we are hopefully on the continual upswing! I am thankful however, that nothing seemed to be life threatening. I have so many friends who are going through much harder stuff right now!
I am reading a book recommended by my doctor called "the red sea rules". I will share a snip then let you go. i pray and hope that your days and weeks have been filled with love, encouragement, joy and HEALTH!
Here are the ten principles taken from the story of the Israelites at the time when the Egyptian army were pursuing them and the Red Sea laid before them. (Exodus 14)
1. Realize God means for you to be where you are v 1-2
2.Be more concerned for Gods glory than your relief v 3-4
3. Acknowledge your enemy but keep your eyes on the Lord v5-9
4. PRAY v 10
5. Stay calm and confident and give God time to work v13-14
6. When unsure take the next logical step of faith v 15
7. Envision Gods enveloping prescence v 19-20
8 Trust God to deliver in His own uniqure way 21-22
9 View your current crisis as a faith builder 30-31
10 Praise Him EX 15:1-2