Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It Time to Combat the Lies...Again (When You Feel Like a Failure)

A friend and I have started noticing some patterns of the master of lies.

It's like buying in bulk, two for the price of one.  He seems to be focused on certain areas specifically at one time, but with many people.

Six to twelve months ago it was "divide and conquer".  He was working to isolate many.

It's changed though.

This post might not be eloquent, but today a life altering event happened for one family.

One man decided today was his last, said goodbye on Facebook, and ended his life.  It was heart rending.  He left behind a young daughter.  It was not right or fair.  I'm not saying that in anger, but saying his life had value.  The lies were so pervasive though and so was the darkness, that he couldn't see that truth.

(Without identifying him completely, please pray for Ron's daughter, family, and friends who are wading through his decision.)

So I write....

The evil one is currently into the "beat down".  Don't pretend you don't know it.  Everyone has known it at some point in their lives.  Right now many are going through it....

You are not good enough.

You failed again.

Is it ever going to get easier?

What do you really bring to your family. your world?

You're stupid.  What an idiot!

You caused it, you know.  There is no forgiveness for something so hope for you.

You may not want to hear this, but they are LIES!  LIES! LIES!

You may not even feel good enough for God.  

Let me tell you a secret though.  Actually, it's not really a secret.  NOT ONE of us are good enough for God.  That is not what grace is about, our earning it. We can't earn it.  He knows our human nature and has plans for us ANYWAY!

 "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.  It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption." 1 Corinthians 1:27-30

What happens if satan succeeds in convincing you of those lies?  He immobilizes you.  You stop hoping.  You stop moving.  You stop trying.

What happens if you listen to God instead?!  The masters of lies gets a whompin'!

What do you think satan wants you to do? He KNOWS he loses and he wants everyone else to suffer too.

So below I'm going to post a link in an effort to combat these lies....just to remind you (and myself) what it's really about.

Remember....You have worth.  Listen to the Creator of Truth.

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." Matthew 10:29-31

Remember....Just do what's in front of you.  Don't look to the next week.  It can be too overwheming.  Look only to the next day...the next hour even...and look especially to God.

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:28-34

Remember....if you hide your struggles in the dark, satan likes that.  He dwells in the dark!  When you share (calling those around you to rally) you bring the struggle to the light! You let others fight with you and for you.

 "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light;in him there is no darkness at all." 1 John 1:5

"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." Matthew 18:20

"Though one may be overpowered,
 two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." Ecclesiastes 4:12

If you are struggling, I would be honored to pray for you, please email me at

Now let's combat the lies!!! (Read link below)
"Epiphanies and Lies" (When You Feel Like You Constantly Fail)

Finals Week

This is finals week for a ton of local university/college students.

My daughter made me chuckle this morning when I saw her post on Facebook.

The end is near.
(Happy finals week‬!)

To all those going through finals week, you are almost there.  Take it from our goofy girls.

Lexi is in the yellow.  She's our Sarah's best friend.  Oh course we claim her too! Sarah is 
in a shirt that cracks us up.  Yup, she wore it this morning to her very last final.  We're 
wondering how many people will notice the spelling.  Bwahahahahaa!!!


Monday, May 11, 2015

"Next" and What's Up

Well, this last week has been eventful.  I'm a bit tired (or that's just the meds talking...chuckle).

*Random picture of kitten which makes everything better.

In one of our last adoptions, my friend looked at me and said, "You guys are like a soap opera when you adopt.  We always wonder what will happen next."

Well, "next" has happen and we are thanking the Lord for his protection.

In the words of my oldest Tom.

"Had my first car accident today on the way to work. Hydroplaned while I was in the fast lane on the Highway, ran over a few dividers between that and the HOV lane, and then (in an effort to stop running over the dividers), swerved in a 360 to the other side of and off the highway, into a small area of grass and dirt where I slammed driver's side first into a light pole. Thankfully I was completely uninjured, and by God's grace didn't run into any other cars. Turns out there were also 2 other accidents within a mile of where I crashed though, so I guess it was just a bad day to drive. Well, I guess I'm just thankful that I'm not dead and that I somehow made it to my shift in time.
 — feeling shaken up."

Our son spun twice in front of oncoming traffic at 65 miles an hour.  He hit no one and no one hit him.   He is uninjured except for a shoulder that is sore.

I'm thanking God today for protecting our son.  He very easily could've had a head on collision and been injured or killed.

So though we are tired, we are also celebrating.

His car didn't fare fantastically, but he is good.


Now for an update on everything else (smile).  I'm on muscle relaxers, so (since my brain is loopy) I will just do some basic bullet points.

*It looks like (barring anything unforeseen) in a couple of weeks we will have an approved home study.  We are still getting paperwork, but everything looks good.  Our final visit (with a sweet, yet thorough, new social worker) went wonderfully.  We have Timothy's bed set up and my mommy heart now aches for it to be filled.

*I have injured my neck and it has been pretty painful.  We see progress though and that's the important thing.  My shoulder no longer hurts and that was originally the worst part.

*We are still looking for a van.  Transportation has been interesting.  I don't think we could've done this without my mom around the corner. (Shout out to Mom! THANK YOU!!!!) We have four that need vehicles (that go four different places all far from each other).  We have two vehicles (none of which fit everyone).  Most of the time I can make do without one (except for doctor's appointments).  It's a little confusing with all the jobs though.  It's working (with my mom's help).  God has provided a way each time.  We have several fantastic friends that are there if we need them as well.

*I had a beautiful Mother's Day.  We all hunkered down in a bad storm with no electricity.  It actually was awesome, though we painfully miss our Church when not there.   All our kids were so thoughtful.  I received home made cards, home made jewelry , a new tea pot, gourmet popcorn,  a sweet coffee mug, and a gorgeous bouquet of flowers from my mom.  The best gift?  My son surviving the accident.  It ended up be a long day and not as calm as we hoped, but everyone is healthy and strong.  THANK YOU LORD!!!!  (Side note: My husband was a hero to me this weekend.  He kept going and got very little rest. Between trying to find a vehicle for our family, running around getting cars towed and food for the kids and I....he just never stopped.  My husband blows me away.)

That's about it...or at least all my foggy brain can think of :-).  Please keep us in your prayers if you have a moment!

Immanent Prayer Requests:
*That God is glorified in this journey and whatever comes.
*For protection of our family (including sweet Timothy).
*That we are able to find a van quickly.  With doctor's appointments and therapies, this is important.  We have to have a 12 seater with shoulder belts.  We may have to add a rear view camera (we feel is very important for safety) and a step on the outside of the van (for Jael) afterwards.  That reduces what we can pay for a van.  We know this can be worked, it's just been hard to find one.  God will put us in the perfect one.
*That our son's vehicle is fixable and prayerfully quickly.  Because it's older, we have chose not to claim it on insurance since it would make his insurance skyrocket.  We are limited in finances lately.
*For my neck (and now my son's shoulder) to heal.  I've been in a lot of pain.
*For Thomas and I's physicals to go really well (good blood work, no surprises, good blood pressure, etc.).  This is the last stage in our home study.

Thank you friends for joining our craziness.  We know the results of your prayers have been obvious.  May your week be awesome!

(P.S. Forgive any bloopers in this post.  I'm not convinced this will even make sense tomorrow. :-))

Friday, May 1, 2015

Mini Update~Doctor

Thank you guys who have been asking how I was.

I thought I'd better update here with how kind you all have been.

I have strained my Trapezius muscle.  It's the muscle running down the right side of my neck through my shoulder.

(Literally a pain in the neck...chuckle)

The doctor suggested several courses of action.  We both thought one specific one would be the best.

(I forgot a little of my past in that choice.  It wasn't my most brilliant move.)

The doctor gave me a cortisone, steroid, numbing agent shot in the hot spot of my muscle (the most painful part).  Moving it around inside my muscle was not exactly the happy dance of joy, but I'm tough.  He even made me laugh.

Having steroids injected in a specific spot would keep me from have the lovely mood swings that can be associated with oral steroids (which I call unexpected PMS).  I was also supposed to get a few hours of pretty quick relief with the numbing agent and then it would begin to hurt again for a bit while the steroid kicked in.

Ahhhh....sounds relieving....BUT....

It had conveniently slipped my mind that I had something similar twenty years ago.  Before deciding on back surgery...

(Ya, I had got dog piled on and herniated a few discs.)

they had given me a similar shot in my back.  It was NOT good and made things much more painful.  I remember the medical professionals looking at me and not really believing it.  It wasn't the typical response to these shots.

Basically, to make a short story shorter, I never had a few hours of initial relief.  My whacky body instead is in more pain.

I was also given some muscle relaxers though.  It never occurred to me how weird my body reacts to meds as well.  It wasn't bad.

I only couldn't remember who I was for a brief period.  Ya....

So, here's to just letting my body heal.  It will, but it will just take some time.

Thanks for asking friends!  We appreciate all prayer!

Have a blessed Friday!!!


Adoption Prayer....
1. Please pray we bring glory to God through this journey.
2. Please continue to pray for protection over Timothy, our family, and anyone involved in this process (physical, emotional, and spiritual).
3. Please continue to pray that there are no hiccups. The home study goes well.  That paperwork and approvals fly quicker than imagined.
4. Please continue to pray for provision. We still have quite a ways to financially go.

Other Prayer...
1. Please pray we find a van within our budget.  
2. Please pray for all of our health.  

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Only God

I'm sitting here in quite a bit of pain.  Apparently I did something to my neck, but then slowed me down (smile).  I go to the doctor tomorrow.

It amazes me to watch God work and I just wanted to share.  If you remember the last post (The Van~Mighty to Save), you know we had a bit of stress here.  Expected? In hindsight, yes.  We are adopting after all.  We had Sarah's seizure, illness, an accident...etc.

We are in battle for Timothy. our beautiful son.  It is a very honored place, to battle for our son.

Our God is Mighty to Save....

Yesterday money was given specifically for our van by a loved one.  This blew us way.  It almost doubled what we will recieve from the insurance and is enough to purchase a used twelve to fifteen seater van.  This is HUGE for us!

You guys were praying, weren't you?  Thank you guys for asking about the monetary need as well, though God provided so thoroughly :-).  It gave my heart comfort.


Yes, we still need $20,000 plus for an adoption, but to our Heavenly Father that can move mountains, it is nothing.  It puts a huge smile on my face to know how BIG OUR GOD IS!

Thank you friends for praying! Now to find a van!!!!!!


A few pictures from this last week.....
Jael at her clinic appointment for her new prosthetics.

Our cat Brrreow hit the catnip a little too hard and FELL ASLEEP this way in the sink.

Laundry at our house...with a little Miss Chiph added.

Well, that's about it for us right now.  We have a home study on Wednesday (postponed from last Tuesday) and appreciate all prayers for blessing!

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