Sunday, February 22, 2009

My Gift from God

My oldest daughter, Karina Rose turned 21 today. It's amazing. To look at these adult children and try and figure out how it happened. How did that little helpless being grow so quickly into an independent (almost lol) being. It only seems like yesterday at times that I was holding her tiny little body in my arms and yet sometimes it seems a lifetime ago. She was the precious little one who I prayed for before she was conceived and have continued to pray for her daily since then. I Prayed for a girl. Prayed for her health. Prayed for her future. Prayed (and still do) for her salvation. Prayed for her when she was in a 14 hour surgery for scoliosis. Prayed for her when she cried the first day of school (several years in a row). Prayed for her for the dark times. She has had many obstacles and has overcome. I have prayed many hours of prayer for her and it continues...with almost more desperation. Once they enter the adult world the worries are greater but it's still a joy to see who they have become.
She is a certified groomer and I am very proud of her. She is doing something she enjoys. She is a good hearted young woman. I adore her and I am so proud of her. She was and continues to be a gift from God.
Happy birthday my girl.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Just being......

Not much to share this week. Sick kids, appointments, housework, and etc. this week has been full and went by quickly.
The Lord is stirring my seems to be in many directions. Not confusion, just knowing change is coming and not exactly sure what that change will be. Could be simply reorganizing our daily life, or starting a women's bible study, or participating in a different forum of worship, or....just don't know for sure. Seems to be soooo many things on my mind and heart.

But right now...I know what my ministry is......wife, Mom, foster Mom, & Nana......all day today and God willing tomorrow and the next day and the next day and the next............

Friday, February 13, 2009

Fruit of the Storm

Do you recognize the fruit of a storm in your life? The storms, trials, are meant to teach us. Teach us many different lessons. Sometimes I recognize the reason, sometimes I do not. Maybe I don't always because it's not Gods timing for me to know what the storm was about. I may have even missed the answer because it was not delivered in the way for which I had asked. But as I age...or should I say 'mature' I learn...slowly, but I do learn. I know there will be fruit. I know it can manifest itself in many ways. All the lessons learned come by way of faith.

Mark 4:37-41

And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

In the midst of the storm we run to Him. We pray and ask for deliverance, for wisdom, for peace and it always comes. Maybe not in our timing but it comes. At times in the form for which we have asked, but most times the answer is in a way we did not even consider and other times there is silence, but it's always the perfect answer. Remember the song by Country star Garth Brooks called 'Unanswered Prayers?' The chorus goes like this, "Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers Remember when you're talkin' to the man upstairs That just because he doesn't answer doesn't mean he don't care Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers" Amen to that. When we are in the midst of a trial...a storm, what seems like silence (when Jesus was sleeping during the raging storm) is actually the answer. The peace comes from knowing He will answer and His answer is perfect. I type this not only to encourage but also to remind myself. His answer is perfect. In knowing that, I gain peace.

Philippians 4:7
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

This was the lead in to my story and a visual..... The Portland Metro area had a severe wind storm recently....just after the Blizzard and monsoon. It took out many many trees. My husband came across a 'tree cutting' business dissecting a tree. He stopped (he has no reserves when it comes to stopping and talking to people) and asked where they were going to take the wood, they said to haul it off. He then asked if they wanted to haul it to our home and guess what...they DID!!!! amazing. Free wood. Fruit of the storm. Hubby has work ahead of him but we feel very blessed.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Our Mountain

Majestic Mt. Hood
One of the GREAT things about living in Portland Oregon (and other surrounding cities) is the view of the beautiful mountain God created with his very own hands. It is Mt. Hood. I have this picture hanging by my pc because I just love that mountain. I snapped this pic one day about 3 years ago while looking for a Christmas tree. I love to look at this mountain. I love to watch it change with every season. It changes with ever passing hour. Different cloud formations around it. The different lighting. Different color depending on amount of snow and light. It's amazing and living in the East County I have a great view of it when I am driving around. Just wanted to share how thankful I am for this scenic blessing. If I had enough faith, I could move it so I could see it from my living room window.
Attention: While I was still up late cruising blogs, I began to pray for a precious little princess named Abby. She is battling cancer. She is in the midst of a difficult treatment and needs all the prayers of the saints. He parents have a blog called "Where laughter Lives" and it is listed in my blog list. Visit it, see her beautiful face, and pray for her and her family. Let's move that mountain. Have faith in the Great Physician. Have faith in HIS ability to heal her. Wrap your healing prayers around her and lift her up. In Jesus Name.

No time for this

Many of you do not know I have had half of my thyroid removed about 9 years ago. It was swollen for some reason. They can't explain why but because of discomfort it was removed. I elected to keep the other half so I would not have to take meds. Well, the other side has been swelling slowly. It is very uncomfortable so I decided to see the doc. They tell me it is "rather large" like I couldn't diagnose that one myself. My blood work came back fine (always does). They did do an ultra sound and it is a goiter and it has multiple nodules on it. This post is more of a prayer request than it is an informational post. I don't want surgery. I don't want to lose what is left of my thyroid, BUT if they can't get it to shrink some I really don't think I can live with it like it is. It's quite uncomfortable. There is always a chance it is cancerous too. Though I am not worried it is, it still lingers in your mind. All of this is quite irritating because it's time consuming and time is so valuable. So, now begins the road to specialists, biopsies, and more blood work. Blah!
I know God has a plan involving this so I take comfort in knowing he knows best. God give me the energy to deal with it the best I can.

In other news, I have 3 sick kiddos thus far. Baby being the most difficult. Wasn't sleeping well at all. She wants her bottle but of course she can't breathe when she tries to drink. So it's been a tiring week. I will say though she slept well last night which is good because my sinus are burning this morning and I am sneezing...I guess I am the next victim....yae for me!!! I pray I just zip through it. I pray NO one in my family manifests any lingering complications from this bug.

Next week is court date for BG...the baby. It does make me tense I will be honest. I know the Mom's situation has not changed but we can never know what a judge might decide. All I know how to pray is "God, your will be done."

The teen dream son has once again let us down. He received his report card and he has 6 A's and 2 B's....poor thing! What's with those B's??? LOL!!! We are so very proud of him because he is proving what he is capable of. We knew he was and now he is showing it. He has worked very hard this semester. We are praying it carries over into high school this fall. Freshman year is tough. We pray he keeps his nose to the grind stone. We want those scholarships in a few short years. :-)

There is so much sadness, sickness, and stress in the world. Father help us stay focused on you. I sure know my flesh wants to curl up and hide but my spirit says my creator loves me and knows what is happening and has a plan to get us through. If you are struggling, take this time right now to talk to him and then listen to what he whispers to your spirit.

Blessings on each of you this day!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Back from Camp

The kids made it home from winter camp. They had a GREAT time to say the very least. I am so happy for them. They made friends and some exchanged phone numbers. It was a beautiful day. We were able to put the baby in her stroller for the first time. She LOVED it. We walked from one lodge to the other to get luggage and she was so happy and wide eyed. She has only been in a stroller strapped inside of an infant carseat so this was a new experience. The real 'McCoy.' She was quite the attraction. The girls were so happy to see her. S bypassed me to go and see the baby! Darn kids. :-)
Last night my adult son J came over with wife and precious grandbaby. We sang American Idol Karaoke on his PS2. It was fun! They then took two of the foster kids home with them. That left us with just the baby. Wow...that was the first time since July we have had somewhat alone time at home. We watched a movie and then fell fast asleep. Quite the party animals. It was nice to have a quiet home on a Sunday morning though. BUT.....I am glad to have all my kids back home. Safe and sound.