Monday, August 29, 2011

"He Maketh the Barren Woman to Keep House, and to Be a Joyful Mother of Children. Praise Ye the LORD."

 I was a barren woman.  I know the pain and anguish of longing for a baby that I could not have.  It took about 2 1/2 years and fertility medicines to conceive.  The result was my son, Matthew.  I absolutely adored him.  I quit my job to become a full-time mommy.  Matthew was the kind of baby that really required full-time.  I felt like I was always nursing, changing, singing, and rocking.  He was a fussy baby and did everything early, very early.  He rolled over for the first time at two weeks old!  We had to take him out of his bassinet shortly after that because he would work himself from one end to the other in the night and end up with his head pressed against the end of the bassinet.  He required a lot of energy night and day.  We also went through some pretty significant financial troubles.  My husband and I were pretty stressed most of the time.  These things and a few others led to our final decision.  We were confirmed one child parents.  No cute little baby could sway our decision.  It was absolutely final. 
But God.
The year I turned 30, I went to a regular monthly women’s meeting at our church called Women of the Word.  At the end of the evening, I went down to the altar to pray about some long forgotten problem.  What I do remember is the way God took the whole encounter in a completely unexpected direction. 
Me…praying along about whatever was on my heart and mind at the time…minding my own business
God…”You’re going to have another baby.” 
Me…”What?” (Surely I didn’t hear that right.)
God… “You’re going to have a baby.”
Me…”We’re confirmed one child parents!”
God… “You’re going to have another baby.”
Me…(A little slow in getting it, but understanding that God was messing with me.)
But….followed by every excuse and every reason why it absolutely wouldn’t work to     have another baby.  Every time I said anything, HE said, “I’ll take care of it.”
Finally, I gave Him the big one, “Lowell is NEVER gonna go for this.”
He just said, “I’ll take care of it.”
By this time I’m on the floor.  I tell him, “You’d better give me confirmation on this.”  The lady on the floor next to me rolled over and said, “God says you’ve got confirmation.” 
“No, but God says you’ve got confirmation.
Oh boy.  I went home afraid to tell Lowell what had happened.  The next morning, I woke up; and, it was just as settled in my spirit as if I’d taken a pregnancy test.  I didn’t like it; but, I knew it was going to happen.  BUT, I would NOT take any medications to help it along.  That afternoon, I decided I had to tell Lowell.  His response was “He didn’t say anything to me about it!”
Months passed.  Lowell agreed to go to the dr with me to find out what we’d have to do if we wanted to conceive.  More months passed.  Finally, the issue was settled…at a garage sale on top of a mountain!  Lowell was working in Branson.  I was there for the weekend and we stopped at a garage sale.  Lowell waited in the car with Matthew, then 5.  I saw a wind-up baby swing and remembered how sometimes that was the only way to get Matthew to sleep.  One night I slept on the couch and kept winding the swing every time it stopped.  Well, I went out and told him about it.  Lowell said he’d buy it if they’d sell it for $15.  He came back with it.  I knew then that pregnant or not, we were expecting.
I tracked temperatures and other important things.  It took two weeks!  God is certainly able to perform His plans in our lives in His timing.  Little Emily took her time getting to us.  She was two weeks overdue when I was induced.  She didn’t want to come out.  It was nice and cozy and warm.  So, after around 24 hours of labor, I had a c-section.  We were instantly in love.
A few weeks later, the doctor wanted to talk about birth control.  How could we say no to God after what we’d been through?  We decided let God decide about another child.  Big step very big step for us.  Over time, Michael and Amy joined our family.  They also have miracles surrounding their births.  Space won’t permit me to tell all.  Suffice it to say, that I look at our children in this way.
Matthew was the child we prayed for, our first-born.
Emily was the child of our obedience.  We obeyed God even though it wasn’t our will at the time.  God was so sweet though.  By the time I became pregnant, we wanted another baby so very much.
Michael was the child of our submission.  We decided to be submissive to God’s will regarding another child whatever the outcome.
Amy was our “exceedingly abudantly above all we could think or ask” child.  Mind you, when I was two or three weeks pregnant, I went to the doctor for my yearly exam.  Neither of us knew yet.  He asked if we wanted more children, I said we didn’t know.  We were praying.  After two babies born without the assistance of medicine  to get pregnant, he said I’d have to take something if we wanted another child!  A month later, I was in his office and we were laughing about it!
The biggest miracle was not the children being born.  The biggest miracle was the change that God wrought in our hearts.  We became much more open to His will for our lives, even if He didn’t fall in line with what we thought we wanted.  He conformed us and transformed us.  I am eternally grateful and blessed.
I know the anguish of barreness.  I also know the stubborness of heart when one doesn’t want children.  I also know the peace of surrendering to the Lord and His will for my family.  If you are barren, do not give up.  Continue to pray without ceasing while pursuing the care that your doctor prescribes.  Know that God loves you deeply.  He knows every tear you cry.  Trust in Him and His perfect timing. 

"He maketh the barren woman to keep house,
and to be a joyful mother of children.
Praise ye the LORD."
Psalm 113:9

Follower of Jesus Christ

May I suggest?

Mommy Moments Monday

Thursday, August 25, 2011

You've Seen the Need...Joplin, MO...Heroes Harvest Weekend

Heroes Harvest Weekend
in Joplin, MO,
September 8th through 11th.

This is in response to the May 22nd, 2011, tornado that destroyed a third of the town.

The goal of the event is to gather 2000 people to help transition the Joplin Family worship Center into a long term distribution point. This distribution point will be the temporary phase until a warehouse is built in a few months. The weekend coincides with the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., and will honor heroes in the community as we all come together to serve.

The need is great and the job is just getting starting.

The Joplin Family Worship Center and The HELP Foundation are committed to helping Joplin families be
restored, renewed, and to rebuild.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Friends as Close as Family

Friends as close as family,
cooking out,
swimming in the creek...
terrific day.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Can't Wait to Make a Little of This...

If it would just cool down a bit!
Thank you God for the summer.
It makes me love Autumn!

May I suggest...
I Believe

No Rules Party

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hope for the Future... Shhh! Don't Tell!


Shhh!  Don't tell my friend Joyce!
I put up my first Autumn decoration yesterday... an Autumn wreath.

She always beats me in getting up the Autumn decorations.  I'm usually a mid to late September decorator; but, this year I got a small jump on it.  Mind you, it will be a few weeks before I really decorate.  I want to get through birthday season first.  My three youngest have birthdays between August 20th and September 12th. (Reminder Dad!)  That's my end of summer.  Then, it will be time for Autumn and Harvest and Holiday preparations including yet another birthday-- my Honey's! 

Have a terrific weekend!

Follower of Jesus Christ
Growing in Obedience and Grace

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Plain and Simple Christmas by Amy Clipston

Okay okay okay!
I'm hopelessly addicted to Christmas year round!
Christmas music...Christmas gift making...Christmas stories...
and of course
Jesus Christ himself. 
It's August and time to start thinking of Christmas publicly.  ~grin~
And so, here is my first Christmas book review. 


Synopsis from Zondervan: 
"In A Plain and Simple Christmas, from the author of the widely popular Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, shunned Anna Mae doesn’t receive the welcome she expects when she pays a visit for Christmas and her world begins to fall apart, leaving her to question her place in her family – and her faith in Amish tradition."

My take on it....

Amy Clipston, author of the Kaurffman Amish Bakery series, has baked up a delicious confection in A Plain and Simple Christmas.  It is a tale of love, heartache, discernment, deceit, and hope for a Christmas miracle.

The characters are alive and real.  The emotions are raw and at times unchecked.  Anna Mae, a young Amish woman who left the faith to marry an Englisher, longs to be reunited to her family in Paradise.  Her mother, Mary Rose, aches for her youngest daughter in the deep way only a mother can ache.  Both seek Father God in prayer.  Kathryn, Anna Mae's sister-in-law, longs also to see the family reunited.  Will God answer her prayer for confirmation?

What about the men?  Kellan, Anna Mae's husband, fulfills Anna Mae's desire to visit her family; but, how committed to reconciliation is he?  Henry, Anna Mae's father, bishop of the district, has shunned his daughter for leaving the family, the faith, and him.  What can soften his hardened heart?  Will Anna Mae's brother, David, find it in his heart to forgive? 
Is anything to hard for God?

Enter into this world of blizzards, chocolate cake, and Christmas miracles.  It's a cool way to enjoy some warm hours...
even on a hot day.

Five stars.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will seek out more of Amy Clipston's books.

* I received this book  from Zondervan for free in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

They're in Our Front Yard again!

Around here folks call these flowers nak*d ladies.

Anybody know the correct name for them?

May I suggest?
Stuck in its Ways

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

More Good News! Who Knew?

My camera's working now!  I'll be able to add photos to my blog again.  We've had this camera for about three years.  It's our first digital camera.  When we purchased it, we also purchased rechargable batteries and a charger.  Well, for the last few months, even after the batteries were charged, it would say change batteries.  We bought new regular batteries; but, it did the same thing with new batteries.  A couple of weeks ago, as I was preparing to try yet another set of new batteries, I pushed a little button I hadn't seen before.  Out popped a little watch type battery!  I'd found the culpret.  I went to a battery store and had a new little battery put in it.  I went home all excited.  I put in two new AA batteries and prepared to start shooting...not!  The little change battery light went on...again...with all new batteries.  I told my husband it was broken.  Lowell to the rescue.  He knows that I'm technologically impared...yes, impared, not delayed...unless you count delayed by about thirty years.  He assumed I put the batteries in wrong.  Nope.  He decided we needed new batteries...rechargeable batteries.  I hadn't thought of that.  He came home last night, charged the new batteries to capacity, and we're ready to go....

Who knew?

Friday, August 5, 2011

Rejoice with Me!

Image from Wikipedia.

We bought a little air conditioner for our bedroom!
We have a place to escape from the heat.  It's a little crowded at bedtime; but, the kids don't mind sleeping on the floor to keep cool.  Thank you God!

Hope you have found a cool spot to get some relief, too.

A Hot Momma