Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I ask that you continue to be faithful in your prayers, escpecially Terry, Sandra, Emma and Ava - we have a long road ahead - but God is faithful and we know that He will continue to sanctify a wound that we cannot and may never fully understand.
It is easy in times like this to become discouraged. But I listened to an incredible sermon today that encouraged me (isn't God good) and I want to share with you all some things that I walked away with.
God works in two ways - through His visible hand (miracles and such) and His invisible hand. It's easy to thank God and recognize Him in the visible things, it's much harder when He works through the invisible things.
God works more often through His invisible hand of providence. Through the subtle details and everydayness of our lives. Things that we may not give Him credit for but that He controls and blesses us with. We see these things when we look with faith.
We know that God is both sovereign and good and we need to cling to BOTH of these characteristics.
Sovereign: God controls ALL things, there is NOTHING that God does not reign over and control, down to the smallest detail of our lives, it does not happen without God's permission.
Good: He is loving, kind, patient, merciful, forgiving, compassionate.... God is GOOD!
Just because our God is good and sovereign does not mean that all things that happen are His will - It was not His will for sin and evil to enter this world, He doesn't WANT bad things to happen. The Bible tells us that God weeps, He gets angry and sad; it also tells us that everything is not in obedience with God. We (people) sin, and Satan is a liar out to destroy the world and the people in the world (1 Peter 5:8).
So how does this work? How can there be bad in the world and in the lives of people who serve a sovereign and good God? The Bible tells us that God works all things together for good (Romans 8:28) for those who love Him. God will not waste one tear, one moment of brokeness or pain from his sons and daughters. He will bring good to our pain and suffering.
Mark Driscoll calls it "santified affliction". To paraphrase him "it doesn't mean that everything comes from the hand of God but everything goes through the hand of God. It means whatever the affliction is - it is serving a purpose. For a non-christian it may be a cause and effect consequence but for us who know God it is an affliction that is sanctified - it will bring us closer to God, good WILL come, God's will WILL be done through it. God will use it to santify us. There is no pain for a child of God that is pointless. "
We must bring our pain to God, because it is only there that our pain can and will be sanctified and made right.
So again, I just want to encourage you all to bring your pain, bring your questions to God because that it the ONLY place that it can be made right.
Friday, November 21, 2008
at CrossPoint Assembly of God located at 2727 Cnty Hwy CX Portage, WI 53901
Luncheon to follow service at the church
There will be information printed in the Daily Register
http://portagedailyregister.com/ tomorrow and the State Journal on Sunday
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I am writing now begging for prayer.
I don't know very much at this time but my little nephew Trent (who is 2 1/2) is in desperate need of our prayers! All I know is that he was sick last night, with a fever and throwing up and this morning they have called the ambulance to bring him to the hospital.
His mom, my sister-in-law, has a blog with updates for their family and while she obviously hasn't posted today if you would like to take a closer look at their journey you can.
I will update as soon as possible!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
It went really well, he talked to the therapists and was very cooperative. He repeated anything and everything we asked - Tim and I were very impressed.
I didn't really know what exactly to expect when we went in, and really it was basically and evaluation to decide if he needed a formal evaluation. The pathologists said that she did recommend a formal evaluation on both speech and language, so that is the next step. We still have some paperwork to receive, but once that is all done we will be scheduling a formal evaluation - from there they will decide one of three things (1) he needs formal speech therapy which would take place at the school once a week (2) he would need in-home speech therapy, which would obviously take place in our home (3) he doesn't need speech therapy.
At this point, I don't really have a preference to which method occurs, I just want him to be properly treated so my prayer is that the evaluation is an accurate reflection of his speech and language abilities.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Last Wednesday night at about 9:00 - Tim fell down our basement stairs while holding Alexa. We think that he was about 3 or 4 stairs down when he started to fall. He fell backwards as much as he could, but he also fell to his side. He had a hard time recalling which arm he was carrying her in, or how exactly they fell (who wouldn't?) but he knew he didn't land on her, and that he pulled her close to him when he fell.
Treyton needed to pee and I was in the bathroom doing my make up, I said "you need to put the seat up" and he promptly replied "Daddy Told me, put the seat up" like I didn't need to tell him daddy already had .... alrighty, then.
Treyton wanted to listen to one of his children's CDs, I asked him which one and he said "The one with the big teeth". I thought that was kind of strange description and didn't really know what he was talking about but sure enough as I was looking through his CDs there was one with cartoon kids on the front with really big teeth.
I was feeding the baby some rice cereal mixed with green beans. I had talked Treyton into trying a bite. He took a bite (like half a baby spoonful) made a funny face, bent his head down as he forced it down. Took a really deep breath and said "Me big boy, I eat noodles" (we were eating mac n cheese for lunch) -- It was hilarious... alot of it was his reaction which I can't properly portray in words --- just know it was hilarious.
The other day something fell in the bathtub and it made a loud noise, the baby was sleeping in her swing and Treyton was painting at the table. I was sitting next to him and he said "what was that?" I said "I don't know, I think something fell in the bathroom." and he looked at the baby looked back at me and said "I don't want it to wake the baby up!"
When we were visiting at Mommer's house, mommer had called Treyton to the kitchen, and he was standing in the rec room having me zip up his jammies after a little potty break. So when mommer called him he said "be there in a second" which is something I say alot, though I didn't really realize it.
Now if Treyton is in the other room and he needs to get your attention - he will "whistle" and by whistle I mean he make a noise that sounds like "Woooo Hooo"
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Angie has set up a prayer that she is calling the 7 * 7 and it is 7 prayers that you can pray for and over our children for 7 days. I am attaching the prayers and part of her post below that you can print out if you would like, but you should definetly make your way over to her site if you have the chance.
The other day I came across a verse that God used to prompt me to write this post. If you are a mom (or have someone else you want to pray for specifically), I hope you will join me as I do this for the next 7 days. It struck me that I need reminders during the day to be praying over my girls, and I decided to choose 7 events in a day that would remind me to do so. Then, I chose verses that had to do with that time of the day (for example: as my kids are getting dressed in the morning) and then I put them on notecards.
Here are the events and verses I chose:
1. When they wake up: "Let the morning bring (child's name) word of your unfailing love, for she has put her trust in You. Show (her/him) the way (she/he) should go, for to you (he/she) lifts up her soul." (Adapted from Psalm 143:8)
2. When they are getting dressed: "Therefore, as God's chosen child, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Lord, help (him/her) bear with others and forgive whatever grievances (he/she) has against others. Help (him/her) forgive as the Lord forgave (him/her). And over all these virtues, help (him/her) put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." (Adapted from Colossians 3:12-14)
3. While they are eating: "Teach (child's name) the secret of being content in any and every situation whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Teach (him/her) that (he/she) can do everything through him who gives (him/her) strength." (Adapted from Philippians 4:12-13)
4. When they go out of the house: "(Name of child), do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will." (Adapted from Romans 12:2)
5. While they are taking a bath: Lord, give (name of child) clean hands and a pure heart, and let (him/her) not lift (his/her) soul to an idol or swear by what is false. Let (him/her) receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God (his/her) Savior. Let (him/her) be part of the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob. (Adapted from Psalm 24:4-6)
6. When they are going to bed: "The Lord Your God is with you; he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, be will rejoice over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:17)
7. While they are sleeping: "I pray that (name of child) will do everything without complaining or arguing, so that he/she may become blameless and pure, a child of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which he/she shines like a star in the universe as he/she holds out the word of life-in order that he/she may boast on the day of Christ that he/she did not run or labor for nothing." (Adapted from Philippians 2:14-16)
I feel like God has been reminding me more and more lately that I need to live my life in prayer. For my children, husband, family, friends, country, those in need, etc., etc. As a mother, it has been so pivotal for my children to hear me praying out loud over them, and I want to commit to do this every day (seven times a day!) for the next week. If you care to join me, just copy these verses onto index cards
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
This week we started going through a book that I just got for us - we have started doing this immediately following dinner and it has worked well for us - mostly because Treyton is a slow eater and Tim and I typically finish way before him and have a little time while he finishes his meal.
I had picked up two books for us to use:
The first one is called "Big Truths for Little Kids: Teaching your child to live for God" it has little catechism type questions that I also learned when I was a kid and then it has stories to read along with it - you don't try to have your kid memorize all the catechism questions the first time through you just pick a few some of them include:
~ Who Made Me? God made me
~ What else did God make? God made all things
~ Why did God make all things? For His own Glory
The other one I got is called "Training Hearts, Teaching Minds" and it is broken down into weeks, each week focusing on one catechism type question, and then has a short daily reading with verses covering the weekly topic.
The first question is "What is Man's Primary Purpose" and the answer "man's primary purpose is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever"
Other Questions include: How is Christ a prophet? What is Sanctification? What does the 4th Commandment forbid?
We started the other night with the "Training Hearts" book, because it was broken down into shorter sections - at this point we are not memorizing the catechism part, but we would like to eventually. I really enjoy both of them so far from just skimming through them and I think that as the kids get older they will spark some really awesome family discussions, and give Tim and I as parents a time to discuss what and why we believe the things we do.
If you don't mind, please share what you do for family devotion time - when do you do it? what do you do? How has this worked for you?
Monday, November 10, 2008
We call her our "pretty girl" or "pretty princess" and she LOVES it - if you call her pretty or beautiful she often smiles!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Anyhow, please just pray for Tim and I as parents to make the right decisions and to know which path to take (if there are paths to be taken)
And also for Treyton that he will cooperate during the evaluation, and that regardless of the outcome his speech will continue to improve.
Thanks for your support and prayers.