Thursday, January 29, 2009

Idea on Prayer

Well, my life has been crazy since my son's appendectomy. It looks like he will be going back to school tomorrow! Oh, to be back on schedule....

My son was so covered in prayer throughout his illness that it just emphasized to me the power of prayer. When you receive it and feel it, it is amazing.

I am trying something new, since my quiet time has been almost non existent for the past week. I am writing my prayer requests on my bathroom mirror with an Expo marker. It's really working out great! I pray in the morning and in the evening. It feels so good to actually follow through with your prayers for others. You know what I mean? It's so easy to say, "I'll pray for you." But following through is another story sometimes.

Prayer is a powerful thing.

"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." Matthew 21:22

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. Great results on medical tests
2. New Mexico sunshine
3. webcams
4. tea
5. anything leopard

Monday, January 26, 2009

100th Post!

I actually made it to my 100th post! Do I have anything awe inspiring to share today? Unfortuately not, but I do have a reminder to myself.

I am human.

I get scared.

I get stressed out.

I get angry.

God uses me regardless.

My oldest had surgery last Thursday and is now home and doing very well. (When you have a bleeding disorder, surgery can be even more stressful than usual.)

The funny thing is that everything came to a head yesterday. I felt all the stress, the anger and the exhaustion of staying in the hospital for 4 days straight. I was in the worst mood ever! At least I could see it and admitted it, but I hated how I felt.

I started questioning everything in my life. "How could God call me to be a Christian speaker? How can I lead a womens ministry at my church? I am being such a lousy mom because I am so short tempered...a "good, Christian woman" would never be this way..............." I know, I know. It's Satan taking advantage of me.

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
1 Peter 5:6-7

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. getting things done
2. copy machines
3. prayer warriors
4. my own pillow
5. my "laundress" aka mother in law!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Be Still Sunday


Friday, January 23, 2009

God is Good

God is good, all the tiime! Surgery went great and my son is doing very well. It was a long, exhausting, stressful day, but in the end everything turned out even better than expected.

As we were waiting to go down to the operating room the phone rang. It was our hematologist. He called to say "Good morning" and and that he "prayed for my son earlier that morning." How amazing is that? That is the sign I needed to know we were definitely in the right place.

I truly believe God leads us in the right direction, we just have to be open and listen to Him with our hearts. Sometimes listening to God is really hard and we try to make our circumstances "fit" into what we think is perfect. That's usually a BIG mistake.

Thank you for your prayers. God is so good.

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. nurses
2. doctors
3. apple juice
4. new pillows
5. the love I have for my sons

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Prayer Please

Please lift up my oldest son in prayer. We are in Albuquerque in the hospital and he will have surgery tomorrow at 8:30 am to remove his appendix.

Please pray for a speedy recovery and that his bleeding is kept under control. Also, please pray for the doctors and all involved in his care.

I'll be back with an update Thursday.

Thank you, so much!

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. sugar cookies
2. colleagues who speak the "corporate" language
3. wonderful nurses
4. my son's heart and humor
5. flat screen tv's

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Humbling Work

I worked a Chrysalis event this past weekend. I was a member of the "support team." It was held at Sacramento Methodist Assembly and it is a little piece of heaven on earth. Located in the mountains of Sacramento, New Mexico, I would guess you could see every possible star in existence at night. It is breathtaking.

Our team was responsible for setting up for each event, organizing and distributing material, moving boxes, keeping the food tables set up and praying for the various speakers throughout the weekend (that was my favorite task).

When you are up several thousand feet in altitude, walking hills and climbing stairs, you tend to get tired. It was hard work. I worked with a great team of people, but in the beginning there was one person who was definitely not there to serve the Lord. He made me truly put myself in perspective and reevaluate my reasons for working. I didn't want to be selfish like he was and work with an angry heart. (He did get better by the last day :)

I've never worked in that capacity. There were times I didn't think I would make it through the weekend. There is one scripture that summed up my experience this weekend.

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." Colossians 3:23-24.

Many lives were touched throughout the weekend and something as simple as keeping water in the ice chest made a difference and glorified God.

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. sleeping in my own bed
2. the Inaguaration
3. camp food
4. being surprised
5. shooting stars

Monday, January 12, 2009

For Everyday

I recently came across this and hope that I can keep this in the front of my mind and heart daily.

"I will waste not even a precious second today in anger or hate or jealousy or selfishness. I know that the seeds I sow I will harvest, because every action, good or bad, is always followed by an equal reaction. I will plant only good seeds this day." Og Mandino

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. hot tea
2. a new blouse
3. the smell of firewood burning
4. an unexpected visit
5. meeting a deadline

Thursday, January 08, 2009

No Words

I got up this morning and went through my usual routine. When I let the dogs out, I sit for a few minutes outside (bundled up) and pray. I have so many thoughts going on in my mind and heart that I just knew I would be able to pray with ease.

Not a word came to my mind.

I didn't know what to say to God. Have you been there? Finally, I came up with, "Lord, be with me."

The wonderful thing is that even when we don't know our hearts desire, He does.

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. orange juice
2. my mother-in-law
3. warm, fuzzy socks
4. great music
5. a long, overdue visit with a friend

Monday, January 05, 2009

I Just Want to Get Home!

I am supposed to be home. Our quick surprise visit to my mother-in-law in Houston turned out to be a few days longer. My oldest had an appendicitis attack. The doctors kept going back and forth as to whether or not to operate (due to his hemophilia we think they were not wanting to perform surgery), and finally we decided it was not going to happen.

He is doing great, with no pain and we are meeting with our hematologist and surgeon in Albuquerque in the next few weeks.

It's scary being away from home and needing medical attention. (Even when you are in one of the biggest cities in the country.)

Never let a doctor run over you and take your voice away. Stand up for your rights as a patient/parent. Doctors do not know everything. Sometimes they need to be questioned, not just in their diagnosis, but in the way they treat people.

It was a rough situation, but I thank God that my son is doing well.

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. my son's health
2. speaking up (not just for myself, but for others)
3. family
4. the New Year
5. nurses

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Be Still Sunday


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  • The Shack, William P. Young
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  • Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers
  • Bad Girls of the Bible, Liz Curtis Higgs
  • The Mark of the Lion Triology, Francine Rivers
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