Monthly Archives: July 2007

In Her Eyes.

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God knows both the happiness and grief a teenager can bring to a mother’s heart.  When I became a parent, and through the last twenty years, I have been concerned about my children and what it will be like when they reach those delicate teenage years.   Will they be “boy crazy”?  Will they strive to succeed?  Will they be respectful of others?  Will they listen to God’s call on their life?  Will they remember the things that I have tried to teach them?  Will they ignore and learn from my own failures?  Or…possibly the greatest concern….will they be different from the way I was as a teenager?  Oh how I have hoped so!  Like many parents, I have wanted to spare them so much of what has been learned the “hard way”.

Fortunately, God has blessed us twice so far in this area.  My oldest is now 20 years old!  We are so proud of her and the decisions she has made.  She seeks God often, and serves Him faithfully.  She has served as a positive role model for other young girls.  She worked diligently to achieve in high school, and now in college.  She loves her family, and is not ashamed to admit it.  She doesn’t mind giving her Mom a hug.  She recognizes that we continue to learn in life, making mistakes along the way, but leaning on God to pull us through. 

With Kenya, I have not had to face what many parents face.   She has not been in the “party” crowd, done drugs or alcohol.  She has stayed committed to be pure for her future spouse.  Most importantly, though, she is wanting to be what God would have her be, before anything or anyone else.   

We are so proud and look forward to watching her be blessed due to all the good decisions she has made early in life. 

This summer, she has served as an associational missionary.  You can read all about it on her blog, the Uncomfort Zone.  

I have heard it said that, “Becoming a parent is making a decision to wear your heart on the outside of your body forever”.  — Because of Kenya, my heart has moved from a heavy load on my shoulders, to the inside of my arms, where I rocked her as a baby.

…Way to go, daughter!!  Keep up the Lord’s work!!

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth”  3 John 4 

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3 Cups of Vile Coffee and a Big Slice of Humble Pie.

 

Coffee and dessert anyone?   I’m  having mine….

“Overcoming My Attitude” is the discussion round the kitchen table today, where I have finished reading the book of Job.

First of all my attitude about making coffee:

It dawned on me lately that I get up every morning, make six cups of coffee, and only drink three.  (Actually I only drink ONE cup, but I guess my cup is bigger than the standards the coffee maker considered when labeling the pot.) 

What really stuck out to me is that the other “three” (aka “one”) cups of coffee are wasted.  I end up throwing out the leftovers and do it all again the next day!

With the price of coffee being so high, and wanting to be a good steward of God’s money, I make a new commitment to learn how to make only “three” cups of coffee at a time 😉

The second part of my attitude that needs some care:

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Job Hunting.

I’ve made it to Job, chapter 18.  God is talking to me right now  –talking about distress and despair…learning to deal with the “bad” while still clinging to hope.  When I wrote “Battling for Brett”, I was so upset.  I now feel a little vulnerable having spoken my heart all over the internet, but sleeping since then, it seems almost like just a bad dream.  Brett is playing, talking, and running like usual, and except for what may be a small sinus infection, you would never know that he had been ill.

Can you believe it?…All that chaos over a SINUS INFECTION?!  I continue to be amazed at these seizure episodes.  Febrile seizures are usually characterized as happening at the onset of an illness.  His body just cannot regulate the rise of temperature properly.  Instead of getting a fever that gradually increases, his body just goes from “no fever” to over 102 degrees in an instant, thus triggering a seizure.  So far, there has only been one instance in his whole life (at age 3 months) that he has run fever and NOT had a seizure.  I’m thinking…”How can the common cold, something every child experiences, can cause such problems for Brett?”  He cannot be the “normal” runny nose child.  Because of the seizures, we constantly have to watch over him and just know that any sign — ANY sign of  a cold could be the only warning sign we have before he seizes.

Looking back to Tuesday, we remember him sneezing 3 times during the day…just three.  I also remember looking at his nose and seeing one clear drop attempting to run out of one nostril…just one.  That was it!  No other signs of illness at all.  He played fast and hard all day and night, ate well, slept well the night before — no other signs.  Then it happened.

Since we’ve now seen 17 of these, one would think that we would finally recognize sure-tell signs that seizure potential was there.  I mean, it has been a real “duh” moment for me.  I “shoulda’, woulda’, coulda'” maybe prevented it.  Shoulda’ paid more attention to the four signs we did have, so that I woulda’ started giving him Motrin or Tylenol or something that might have helped, that way maybe….just maybe…I coulda’ prevented this whole episode.

Questions like these just keep ringing in my ears.  I think, having only had one very small seizure since his adenoid surgery, I have allowed myself to begin thinking that he is just a “normal kid”.  But….he’s not.  I cannot ignore a cough, a sneeze, a runny nose, a glassy look in his eyes, a reduction in his energy level, a moment where he might lose his balance, an awkward moment in his motor functions — they could all be the only sign of impending seizure.

So…..I go back to my “Over Protectant Mother Mode” –One that I’m sure many have felt was unnecessary.  To me, however, it’s the only way I know to protect my child.

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Battling for Brett.

Tears on my face, anger building up in my soul, I sit here tonight….just 3 hours after Brett’s 17th seizure. 

No warning really, just dropping on the ground in a very violent seizure lasting three and half minutes.  His face turned blue.  We could do Nothing.

Why Lord?  Why does my son have to suffer through this?  He’s just a little boy. 

We’re especially concerned about this one because he didn’t wake up very well from the sleep that follows the seizure.  His speech was slurred more than usual this time, and his motor functions weren’t right.  He would reach out to grab something and just let his hand fall short of the object, or jerk his whole arm in an attempt to begin the action of reaching. 

Right now, he’s sleeping and his fever is finally coming down.  (Thank you, Lord.)

As I try to make some sense of this again, questions come in my mind.

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A Deep Voice.

In my bible reading today (Nehemiah), I came across a section of scripture that referenced “thanksgiving choirs”.  In chapter 12, verse 31 it says,

“So I brought the leaders of Judah up on the wall, and appointed two large thanksgiving choirs.”

It went on to describe the festivities at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, and where the choirs were placed on the wall.  One went toward the right, and one toward the left.  There were many, many people on the wall in these choirs.  Some brought their instruments.  They even had a choir director, Jezrahiah (verse 40). 

 I guess I have never noticed such an organized choir in the bible before?!  In my little mind, I have just pictured a “choir” as something more modern than in biblical times.  (duh?!)

What also stuck out to me is the fact that all these people mentioned in verses 31-42 were MEN! Verse 43 says,

“Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and the children also rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off.”

What a great sound it must have been to hear the voices of many men singing together in unison under the direction of Jezrahiah!  I love this sound!  It reminded me of a church we used to attend.  The pastor would announce the “men’s choir” would be singing.  There was no planning, no preparation for this, — no one had any idea that they were coming to church that morning to be in the “men’s choir”…but, their voices rang in unison, so deep, and powerful!  What a blessing!  It truly was a beautiful sound!

So….I challenge you men of “Blogdom”….share your voices with someone this Sunday.  Spread the joy of the Lord so loudly that it will be heard “afar off” as this section of scripture says.  Rejoice with great joy!  Join the “Thanksgiving” choir  –even before November gets here 🙂

 

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VBS’ng.

 

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What a great week we’ve had in VBS!  Our church has not held a VBS in what some estimate to be 15 years.  Being very small in numbers, and wishing to use the VBS as an opportunity to grow the church, we set out Saturday to visit area homes.  We met many people, some with children, some without, and found them to be very friendly and excited to hear about the church.  As a result of the visits, we had guests who brought children to VBS and look forward to getting to know them better.

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Laughing 6.

An e:mail funny forwarded to me by my friend, Niki:

SECOND BAPTIST DINNER FOR EIGHT!!

A group of Second Bapt. friends wanted to get together on a regular basis and socialize and play games. As a result, about 4 couples formed a dinner club and agreed to meet for dinner at a different couple’s house each month.

Of course, the lady of the house was to prepare the meal.  When it came time, Al and Janet wanted to have the dinner at their house. Janet wanted to outdo all the others and prepare a meal that was the best that any of them had ever lapped a lip over. A few days before the big event, Janet got out her cookbook and decided to have mushroom smothered steak. When she went to the store to buy some mushrooms, she found the price for a small can was more than she wanted to pay. She then told her husband,  “We aren’t going to have mushrooms because they are too expensive.”

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