New School. Ruptured ovarian cyst, ER visit and a room full of family. Part 1

This past week was a big week for our family. The girls, whom I have been home schooling for a year and a half began attending a new school.  My husband took a new job with a superb school district and has not had a bad day yet! Pretty remarkable really considering.  He says he feels like he is in a twilight zone of sorts.  Tuesday was the first day that they took the 1 hour drive.  They got up at 5:30 a.m. and quickly got ready for their new adventure. 🙂 They were thrilled.  I’ll spare you all the emotions that I felt but they were around the world and back.  Though Sammy and I prayed diligently about sending the kids back to school, there was that tiny bit of sadness that engulfed me because I have been with them nearly every day for that last year and a half.  The nest was two birdies less and I had one sqwaucking  little birdie left at home.  I cleaned ALLLLLLLLL day! It was great. The whole house was clean and I was relieved.  Then came nap time! WOW Was it ever quiet. 🙂  Blessed first day for the kiddos and it started again Wednesday.

My stomach started hurting but you know pain is relative.  We went on our morning bike ride with my dad and the pain increased.  And continued to ache and burn on the right side.  No position was comfortable. Standing, squatting, lying on one side or the other.  Nothing would alleviate the pain.  I went outside and asked dad to pray for me and he did.  He asked if I thought it could be an appendix and I thought perhaps it was.  The pain continued to increase and then vomiting began.   I called my husband and told him I needed to go to the Dr. and made an appointment with OBGYN.  It was only 12 pm and I didn’ t feel like I could make it that long. The pain and the vomiting were right there together and it was not getting better.  I called my mom and she said, “Sis I think you should cancel your Dr. appointment and go to the ER. I am coming home right now and I will meet you at the hospital.”  Off we went.

Take a breath. Pray. Be a peacemaker.

Instead of yelling, I have prayed. Instead of letting my kids fight, we have prayed. Instead of letting frustrations get the best of us, we have prayed. Amazing what prayer can do! Amazing how many times we are praying instead of reacting too! “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” Proverbs 15:1 NLT
“A prayer of one overwhelmed with trouble, pouring out problems before the L LORD, hear my prayer! Listen to my plea!”  Psalm 102:1 NLT
“He will listen to the prayers of the destitute. He will not reject their pleas.”  Psalm 102:17 nlt

In this tumultuous time of change, my temper has flared quite a lot.  My husband is so wise. He said, “Stop and pray before you react.”  I know this fact. I believe that the Lord answers prayer. Yet my sinful life overwhelms the truth.

I have to stop and pray so that I teach my children to do what is right instead of overreacting because of my circumstances.

Take a breath.  Pray.  Be a peacemaker.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”  Matthew 5:9

Would I go back?

I have been asked if I could go back and change anything in my life what mistakes would I correct?  I thought long and hard about this as today is my birthday. 🙂   I would not honestly change anything because it is impossible!  Would I like to do the right thing? Yes, but I can’t go back. I can thank God that I have made it 38 years and ask for His guidance because without Him, who knows where I would be!

Don’t try to go back and change things. Don’t dwell and sit in sorrow and self pity remembering things that can’t be changed.  Do ask God to bring good things from the bad because His word says He will! 🙂

King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

He can make good things from our awful mistakes. YAY!!!!!!!!

My Shield

You there are times you just aren’t in the “in group”. It does hurt but you know what? I am in the “in group” because I am a child of the Lord. Life happens, friendships change, but one thing that does not change is God.

Hebrews 13:8 says,  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” No matter what, I will always be a child of God. I will be able to hold my head high.

Psalm 3:3 reads,  “But you, O LORD, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.” I will be able to bloom wherever I am and God will take care of my heart.

Don’t let stuff that doesn’t really matter in eternity, make you sad here on earth 🙂 It just isn’t worth it. There is too much joy and fun out there to let a few events change the joy that God gives.

God you are good. You are faithful and true.

My husband wrote music for a song on his guitar and asked me to help him write the lyrics. So this is what I came up with  🙂 It is from his point of view written by me which I find quite funny! Not sure why but here is my joy for today!

 

God you are good. You are faithful and true.

 

One November day I saw your eyes looking back at me. Who knew then my bride forever you would be. After you wore your wedding gown on that hot summer day. From job to job, from town to town you’ve followed me.

God you are good. You are faithful and true. We are truly blessed to be loved by you. Your arms are open wide, your eyes are ever seeing. Lord you are mighty and from evil we’re fleeing.

From Dallas to Del Rio to Africa we went. A daughter just one from Nairobi, Kenya you lent. 2 years later one blond hair beauty we were blessed with. In April our lives changed forever again. He gave us daughter number three after a year of faithful prayers. He’s blessed us so much and on Him we cast our cares.

 God you are good. You are faithful and true. We are truly blessed to be loved by you. Your arms are open wide your eyes are ever seeing Lord you are mighty and from evil we’re fleeing. 

God You are good. You are faithful and true. We are truly blessed to be loved by You. Your arms are open wide Your eyes are ever seeing. Lord you are mighty and from evil we’re fleeing.

God You are good. You are faithful and true. We are truly blessed to be loved by You.

It trikles down.

Grumbling, mumbling, rumbling and complaining it starts at the top and just trickles down.

Justifying, excusing, anger is confusing. When will I see it’s me who needs change?

Today is the day dear Lord and I need You. Come to my aid and help me right now.

Loving and gentle, patience and kindness. Now I see that trickling down.

Washing, refreshing, cleansing, encouraging. Allowing them each to be whom you made them for You.

They’re not little robots, the children adopted. All things before are out of my control.

What happens today though, I am responsible. What I do will flood their lives.

May I be the light in their shadowy darkness. Help me in my repaired state just guide them to You.

Show mercy, love, kindness and bind up their wounds Lord. Help me to be the mom you’ve made me to be.

I do have a purpose but am I allowing you to fill me and use me today?

We are your creations; you’ve made us to worship. May we be your vessels let Your peace trickle down.

Clean House.

ImageIt is official. Our house is on the market. The house has been prepared for showing, but I still have 3 kids and a dog. How in the world am I going to keep this house clean???  One room at a time!

 I was given a mug from Mary Engelbreit that says, “PRINCESS OF QUITE A LOT” for Christmas a few years ago when it really should have said “QUEEN OF CLUTTER”!  http://www.helloandgoodbuy.com/collectibles/public/product.asp?ProductID=12578&CollectionID=112&CategoryID=1065&ManufacturerID=5

I am not sure why, but I have been a clutter bug all of my life and it is something that is not easily overcome.  Here are a few things I have done to try to cut the clutter and prepare for the showings.

1. Put stuff away as soon as I am done using it. Logical thing for sure but hard to do when I get distracted.

2. Put a covered tub in each room so I can just throw the kids things in quickly and leave the house and after the showing, put their toys away.

3. Use the same dish all day with washing and putting it away immediately.

4. Pray a whole lot!

 Our house has not shown yet, but I have a good feeling that the showings will be begin soon. So I am excitedly expectant as we begin the process of selling our home. Say a few prayers for our family. It is hard to pack and move. It is hard to say goodbye to beloved neighbors. It is tough to help the kids understand why we are being obedient to God. This I know. God will provide. God is my help. God is a God of order!

Lord, today, if we have things in our lives that need to be dealt with, help us to draw them into the light so that you can purge our hearts and our lives to make us ready to “show”. Help us to be a good example for you not just hiding stuff in boxes to deal with later. Let us truly invite You in to clean our homes where you reside. Our hearts. In Jesus name. Amen 

(I borrowed this picture from http://webclipart.about.com/od/businesscareers/l/blclp4s.htm)  It is not my work but solely theirs.)