But for now, here are just a few of Ollie and the flowers in bloom...
Monday, April 28, 2008
Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
And see that's the best part about reading God's Word and needing His Word everyday because when you need to "think about such things" -- you have His Word. And my mind keep going back to the reading I've been doing almost daily in that dear old chronological Bible. And the phrase "Be strong and courageous." just kept coming to mind all weekend. And as I was leaving, mom and I had both teared up and I just held onto her and told her to be strong and courageous - that she already was. God knows how much and how much He can fill us all when we just ask Him with a pure heart. So, when I got home I had to find all those "be strong and courageous-es"
Deuteronomy 31 - Joshua to Succeed Moses
1 Then Moses went out and spoke these words to all Israel…
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
7 Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, "Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the LORD swore to their forefathers to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. 8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
23 The LORD gave this command to Joshua son of Nun: "Be strong and courageous, for you will bring the Israelites into the land I promised them on oath, and I myself will be with you."
Joshua 1 - The LORD Commands Joshua
1 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua son of Nun…
6 "Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
1 Chronicles 22 - Preparations for the Temple – Directions spoken by David
13 Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the LORD gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.
1 Chronicles 28 - David's Plans for the Temple
20 David also said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you...
Moses spoke them to Israel then to Joshua. The Lord spoke them to Joshua. David spoke them to Israel to his son. And these are just the ones that a quick search could find in the NIV. And I had to hold onto those words, "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you..."
OH, and did I mention that my dear friend, Jen was home, too? And that we got to sing next to each other with our old praise band? And that we sang to the Lord? And that we all praised God? Yeah, God gives precious gifts to us daily even when we aren't willing recipients. And when I got home all the Irises in our back yard had busted wide open in beautiful whites and yellows and purples. Thank you God for the rain and the blossoms! Remember to thank God today - whatever the circumstance...As a dear friend shared with me from her heart, whatever God places in your life, He has entrusted it to you.
Jeremiah 29 says,
11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Bless it - they are so precious. I'd shave my head, too...but boy that would be ugly unless I had a really giant pair of diamond earrings to detract from the glare off of my very white, bumpy, scarred, flat-spotted bald head. So for now, I'll leave them to bond baldly and I'll have to pass. But any of you are welcome to join in...you can be baldy for Barbie. =)
I really do love my mom and dad and am so glad that they're mine - only two nuts with so much love and patience could have raised a nut like me. God bless 'em.
So, wow, been a little bit since I last blogged. Lots going on. We recuped from our last SC trip only to be putting our junk right back into our suitcases again that we just emptied to go back. lol. Life from a suitcase - you do kinda get used to it. We're heading home again to see the "high speed" Wades who will be home this weekend, too. And we're gonna go spend some time with loved ones, too.
Burdens - Pray for my mom and for us. Mom just got the lab results yesterday from her ONCO test and the cancer from her tumors was bad momma-jomma cancer (carrying a 1 in 4 chance that the cancer could recur within 10 years) that will require her to endure chemo now. She goes to the doc on Friday so pray for that appointment, for her doctor to have the right method of treatment, for mom to have comfort in this leg of the journey, for her strength and daddy's, and for Christ's glory to be ever-present and ever-comforting - for His will in His timing.
Blessings - This week I've been reading from the Psalms. Check out just a few verses from Psalm 71 - Psalm 77 was so comforting, too. God surely/truly gives you what you need when you need it if you just take time to sit at His feet to read His Holy Word. Psalm 71 is a song to remind us of how good God is.
Psalm 71 (New Living Translation)
3 Be my rock of safety
where I can always hide.
Give the order to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
5 O Lord, you alone are my hope.
I’ve trusted you, O Lord, from childhood.
6 Yes, you have been with me from birth;
from my mother’s womb you have cared for me.
No wonder I am always praising you!
7 My life is an example to many,
because you have been my strength and protection.
8 That is why I can never stop praising you;
I declare your glory all day long.
9 And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside.
Don’t abandon me when my strength is failing.
12 O God, don’t stay away.
My God, please hurry to help me.
14 But I will keep on hoping for your help;
I will praise you more and more.
15 I will tell everyone about your righteousness.
All day long I will proclaim your saving power,
though I am not skilled with words.
16 I will praise your mighty deeds, O Sovereign Lord.
I will tell everyone that you alone are just.
17 O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood,
and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do.
18 Now that I am old and gray,
do not abandon me, O God.
Let me proclaim your power to this new generation,
your mighty miracles to all who come after me.
19 Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens.
You have done such wonderful things.
Who can compare with you, O God?
20 You have allowed me to suffer much hardship,
but you will restore me to life again
and lift me up from the depths of the earth.
21 You will restore me to even greater honor
and comfort me once again.
22 Then I will praise you with music on the harp,
because you are faithful to your promises, O my God.
I will sing praises to you with a lyre,
O Holy One of Israel.
23 I will shout for joy and sing your praises,
for you have ransomed me.
These are Emma Grace's dance buddies in their costumes for the recital. Yesterday was picture day. They are all Disney Princesses.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.
for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
2 O LORD my God, I called to you for help
and you healed me.
3 O LORD, you brought me up from the grave ;
you spared me from going down into the pit.
4 Sing to the LORD, you saints of his;
praise his holy name.
5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may remain for a night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
6 When I felt secure, I said,
"I will never be shaken."
7 O LORD, when you favored me,
you made my mountain stand firm;
but when you hid your face,
I was dismayed.
8 To you, O LORD, I called;
to the Lord I cried for mercy:
9 "What gain is there in my destruction,
in my going down into the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
10 Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me;
O LORD, be my help."
11 You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
See my monkey, mommy?
Here we go...
#1 My second toe is slightly longer than my big toe. yeah, how's that for starters!
#2 I hate - loathe - despise feet - especially stinky or hobbit-hairy ones.
#3 I do love shoes - they cover up aforementioned ugly feet in such a nice way.
#4 I am a germophobe - we have sanitizer for everything from hands to carpets to toilets.
#5 I am a chemist - I heeded my calling to be a mommy at home than the call of the world to use my BS in Chemistry - it will always be there, but my kids will not always be under my roof.
#6 I have a dent in my noggin - for real, a real flat spot on the top of my head from an idiot doctor that pinched the top of my head when I was an infant - it's not something you can explain - you must feel it with you own fingers - lemme know. ;)
#7 I once was a driven, don't get my door for me because I am WOMAN, can do it all, don't need you in my way, don't need anybody gal --- Jesus took that wretch and delivered her and won't give up on her when that old self creeps back up and gracefully grows me daily into a woman after his own heart blessed to care for her family full-time (even if some day it may claim my sanity.) He blessed me with a voice and allows me to use it for him every Sunday leading worship. He is God...He is amazing...
Now, I'm gonna tag...so, make your list of 7 Randoms and tag 7 More People to join in the randomness.
Chris - my precious (lol...when he reads that)
Nik - back at ya! Thanks for the "light" fun in my day - you know I need it.
Monday, April 14, 2008
You give the 13 month old who is cutting 4 front teeth a lollipop for Pete's sake!
And sissy just watches the commotion from afar...
Unless she is the cause of the commotion.
So 2 days before my son turned 13 months old,
we finally bought him his first birthday present - his first wagon!!!
Since Ollie woke up Sunday morning long before Sissy, he got to explore it all by himself. He had so much fun just hanging out with mommy and his new wagon.
It's not exactly "to scale" for den play, but he didn't care and since it got very cold here Sunday afternoon, we had wagon rides in the house in his new Step2 Wagon for Two with Tag-Along Trailer. This thing is definitely "high speed."
In the wagon, there are two molded seats with seat belts screwed into anchors, two cup holders, two drain holes in the floorboard, and a built in cooler under one of the seats --- and for ease of being "take along" -- the wagon handle folds completely underneath.
The tailer is great too and from reviews I've seen, it will hold up to 40 pounds easily and will perfectly seat an infant carrier type seat (not for me, dear Lord, not for ME to use for that purpose, but for our friends here with babies).
Mom went back to work half days last week and this week she is taking on full work days with only a 10 pound weight lifting restriction on her capability. She seemed to be so glad to return to some "normal" - even if we were there for some great fun and distraction nearly every day last week. Ollie got stroller rides with Grandma Barb and Emma Grace played outside so much even her crocs needed a bath when they were done playing.
We are waiting to hear back from mom's "ONCO" testing - so we are waiting, still. After this testing (being done in a lab in CA), we'll know if mom just needs hormonal therapy or "big gun" chemo. Pray for patience and peace in the wait, for great check ups with the surgeon in between, and for the Holy Spirit to reveal in mom's mind and heart the correct choice for her health and for her docs to have Divine choices to give her to make. Keep praying - we all feel it and appreciate it so much. There are still days, where I know the Holy Spirit intercedes on my behalf because some times there are still no words to pray -- BUT I know that God is enough and will rest secure in His strength and not my own.
God is good - all the time.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
"Jesus today I am tired, I need your music to come and inspire,
I give myself to be refined in this fire, but Jesus today I’m so tired"
Our dear friend led this song as an offertory on Easter Sunday at our home church. We needed to hear the whole song that day - the day before my mom's mastectomies, but we will continue to need it every day. This song speaks to me - to my life - to how I'm wired to worship God - God we all - I - need your music to come and inspire.
Here's to another Sunday morning lifting up the name of Jesus for all to see Him and not us.
Afterwards, we'll be packing up and heading to Rock Hill for a bit to visit and love. See ya real soon and ya'll come back now, ya hear?
Friday, April 4, 2008
you know it completely, O LORD.
5 You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.