Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Almost Wordless Wednesday.

Baby Stellan was born with no complications. You can click the Mck Mama link to read all about it!

We are in prayer this morning as we await news of the birth of baby Stellan. Please keep Mck Mama and her family in your prayers with me as they welcome thier son with uncertainnty, but with complete trust in God.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Not Me Monday.

Not Me Monday is from Mck Mama's blog, click the button above to view her crazy Not Me Monday!!

I'm trying this for the first time, let's see how it goes.

I did not go to a Starfield concert this weekend. And I certainly did not join all the teenagers at the stage to jump up and down like crazy in a mosh pit having the time of my life. Because no self-respecting, almost 39 year old would do that, nope NOT ME!

I did not spend over $100 buying t-shirts and CDs for my daughter and her 3 friends. And I did not get a CD autographed by a band member. And I most certainly DID NOT fail to mention the expenditure to my husband. Nope, not me!

When my daughter came home from the concert and puked in the middle of the living room floor, I assure you, I did not immediately run to wake my husband at 12:30 am to clean up the mess. And I did not tell my daughter's friends that they could spend the night anyway, because I didn't want to take them home, and then not tell any of their parents that they were exposed to the pukeys. Certainly, not me!

And lastly, I did not spend the rest of my weekend in bed with a fever fighting the pukeys, leaving my dear husband in charge of all 5 children and making him take our 5 children plus our neighbor's 3 children to the Fall Festival at church and making him costume all of them on his own and escort them around to get candy, see puppet shows, play carnival games, and jump in inflatables by himself. And I did not make him bathe them on Saturday night and get them all ready for church on Sunday by himself. Nope, that was most definitely, NOT ME!!

Hey! That was fun wasn't it!? I'm so glad I didn't do all those things!

Friday, October 24, 2008


Nice word. A lot of things come to mind when I hear the word suffering. Not all of them good, but amazingly, not all of them bad either, though it wasn't always that way.

God has been talking to me about suffering a lot recently. And in my realm of influence there seems to be a LOT of suffering going on. My niece found out two months ago that her unborn baby will die. My friend has pancreatitis that even after surgery they can't get under control. An internet friend went to the doctor for a severe headache and found that she has brain cancer. Two other internet friends went in for hip/joint pain, one found her breast cancer, presumed to be in remission, had metastasized to her bones and one found that undetected lung cancer had moved to her bones. My aunt took antibiotics for chronic UTIs and the drug caused severe scarring in her lungs that she may have to live with for the rest of her life. And these are just to name a few.

So, here's what God's been showing me. Isaiah 54:10 says, " "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you. " The word compassion that I've emphasized here I've learned comes from the Hebrew word el rachem. El rachem means the kind of love that a mother has for a newborn baby.

This I understand, with my whole being I understand it. I'm a mom. I have five children. And the moment of birth is like no other in this life. If you're a mom, you know exactly what I'm talking about. The moment you first lay eyes on your baby and gather him into your arms this incredible, unexplainable feeling comes over you and every fiber of your being, every cell of you body is filled with a passionate, all encompassing, unconditional desire to hold, protect and LOVE your baby forever and never let go. It's physical, emotional and spiritual. These mere words can't even come close to describing it.

And that is how God loves us when He says that no matter what happens His love for us cannot be changed. When my world is shaken, when my stability is removed, when things completely fall apart in my life, God is holding me in the safety of His arms with a love that comes from the very origin of who He is, and He will never let me go.

I have peace. And rest. I can walk through anything the Lord asks me to walk through, not because I am particularly strong, I am not, but because I know without a doubt, without having to analyse or question that my God, the God of the universe, holds me close to His heart and never wants to let me go.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wordless Wednesday.

Sixteen months old today! Time flies.