Saturday, July 18, 2009


Men at work

As with most "trials", my prayer life has been strengthened.  I was rummaging through my sisters old closet one day in search of lost treasure when I came across The Papa Prayer by Larry Crabb.  I've been exposed to every formula and gimmick when it comes to prayer.  Pray this way, use this acrostic, say these magic words and all your dreams will come true.  Another book on prayer.  It took me a while to get into it, timing is everything when it comes to books.  For example: I read biographies on Holocaust survivors and islamic women - that straightened out my contentment issues ... for a while.  God uses books and stories of others' lives to impact our own.

Anyway, David and I have been praying constantly.  I know others have been praying for us.  And yet, the headaches and muscle aches and numbness and overall pain & discomfort continue for him.  Worse are the plagues of "what if" that sometimes overwhelm him.  We always go back to TRUTH - we know that fear is not of God, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind."  I'm exhausted with this situation.   I can't see the forest for the trees.  And prayer ... does God really answer prayer?  Then another wave of fatigue hits David just as the kids start fighting or someone needs their bottom wiped or someone falls and hurts themselves and I have to keep myself from getting angry.  I'm finding that I need to be cautious of placing my satisfaction as the measure of what is right, because if I'm not comfortable, well-rested and happy - look out!

Would I hope in His mercy if I had no needs?  Would my longing soul be satisfied in Him if there were no longing to begin with?  Would my hunger and thirst be filled with goodness if I had no hunger pangs or parched throat? Of course not.  But I want the formula for whatever prayer it takes to make these things go away.  I want something that puts me in control and gives me the power to make things happen.  I want to pray in the name of Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit and wah-la!  It's all better!  So the spotlight shines on my own pride and spirit of entitlement and I realize how strongly I don't want God's kingdom to come if it interferes with the arrival of my own.

Stepping back to look at the big picture:  I deserve nothing.  Every breath is a gift.  Then I see my emptiness ... and Christ's sufficiency.  I'm beginning to understand that it's more important to get God than to get things from God.

 "It pleased the Father to bruise Him."  Isaiah 53:10 

Monday, July 13, 2009

Deep Breath

And so the saga continues.  ER over the weekend, doctor appointment today, another tomorrow in faraway places like Oklahoma City and Fort Worth.  Still no answers.  I'm at peace knowing that this is no mystery to the God who is both sovereign and good at the same time.  If I think about it too long I go a little crazy - I just want my husband back.  So, I don't think about it too long anymore.

Daddy left this morning for his OKC appointment.  The kids and I ventured to Aldi, Big Lots, the Library and the Y.  Seriously, I should be sleeping right now!  As we were checking out at Aldi, (and the very "efficient" cashier hurled my groceries into the cart) Pierce and Hudson were telling each other nonsensical jokes.  Why did the shirt go on top of the house?  Um...why?  Because everyone knows that shirts can't talk!!!  And they crack up laughing.  No smiles or comments from the focused employee my boys were obviously showing off for.  The more impressive their little show got the higher my stress level got so I instructed the boys to go sit down and be quiet for a few more seconds, we were almost done.  Pierce looked straight at the cashier and said, "A guy's gotta do what a guy's gotta do"!  Finally a laugh - good job boys.

Friday, July 10, 2009

We Wuv Awayna!

My Alayna Serene is 1 year old.  Hard to believe!

She's a good repeater.  Pierce throws a fit, and she does it too.  She's a good eater, if she gets to feed herself.  She loves legos - the giant baby can crush a lego army in one fell swoop. She's a good climber, if mommy's not paying attention.  We think this is her favorite Bible verse:  "In your strength I can crush and army and with my God I can scale any wall."  2 Sam 22:30

She also gives the sweetest kisses, she can pucker up now.  She uses all her muscles and grunts when she hugs.  She's almost fully weaned, but she likes her brothers hard-tip sippy cups - no baby stuff here.  She's learning her animal sounds (gentle puppies, pansy tigers and roosters with tongues, but hey).  No walking yet, but closer every day.

We are so blessed to have our precious girl.


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I am the wife of an awesome man known to his friends as Fred :) The mom of four incredible kids, Hudson, Pierce, Alayna and Adelle. We homeschool and I teach a few classes at our local YMCA. Above all we love and worship Jesus Christ as Lord and this blog is a peek at our journey to raise children who delight in the Lord.