Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
I accidently read one day ahead today, but the Lord must have known I needed to read it. It has helped to change my attitude about going to work today. I don't understand why He hasn't allowed me to stay home full time. Even though it doesn't make sense to me, my eyes need to be on Him and not on my end goal.
To challenge your thinking here are the readings for today and tomorrow.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
"...that I may know Him..." Philippians 3:10
"A saint is not to take the initiative toward self-realization, but toward knowing Jesus Christ. A spiritually vigorous saint never believes that his circumstances simply happen at random, nor does he ever think of his life as being divided into the secular and the sacred. He sees every situation in which he finds himself as the means of obtaining a greater knowledge of Jesus Christ, and he has an attitude of unrestrained abandon and total surrender about him. The Holy Spirit is determined that we will have the realization of Jesus Christ in every area of our lives, and He will bring us back to the same point over and over again until we do..."
"The aim of a spiritually vigorous saint is "that I may know Him . . ." Do I know Him where I am today? If not, I am failing Him. I am not here for self-realization, but to know Jesus Christ. In Christian work our initiative and motivation are too often simply the result of realizing that there is work to be done and that we must do it. Yet that is never the attitude of a spiritually vigorous saint. His aim is to achieve the realization of Jesus Christ in every set of circumstances."
-modified from Oswald Chamber, "My UtMost For His Highest
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
This was God's will. Although this is true, I grew weary of hearing it over and over again.
I heard this in different forms, but for me it was a comforting reminder that God is in control, trustworthy and loving. I can trust His working in my life.
It's for the best. A woman who miscarries wonders how losing a baby can be for the best. Often, there are unanswered questions that may leave her feeling disillusioned.
You should be thankful; there was probably something wrong with the baby.
There probably was something wrong with my baby, but does that make it any easier?
Even though we only had 9 weeks to celebrate this baby's life we still had a lot of hopes and dreams for the future.
It was too soon to have another baby; your body wasn't ready.
I had more than one person tell me that; but in my case, it was not true.
You're young; you can still have more children.
Yes, I can (and did) have another child, but no child ever takes the place of the child who died.
You have two sons already. Be thankful for them.
I am thankful for my two sons, but those babies I lost were important, too.
You NEVER forget the baby/ babies you lost!
At least, you didn't get to know your baby.
I wish I had gotten to know and hold my babies so I could have those precious memories.
Try not to think about it.
How can you not think of your loss?
It can seem awkward and difficult to know what to say to someone who has suffered a loss. Usually, just a simple "I'm so sorry about your loss" is sufficient.
"I am here for you!"
"I'd love to come and sit with you if you need someone- no talking required."
"I love you!"
"I'm here if you need to talk!"
"I'm so sorry! I've been there too!"
Lyrics to praise and worship music.
Cards. Food. Coffee.
Again, I have been so blessed. If you know someone who has had a miscarriage recently, don't be afraid to reach out to them. Go out and BLESS them!
Friday, July 3, 2009
These tips are adapted from Rachel Keller and can be found here (italics mine). These tips are right on! I know from experience. I have had 2 miscarriages and the first one I completely isolated myself except for family who was in another state. With my second miscarriage the Lord has blessed me beyond reason with loving friends, and of course, my wonderful family! Be open to receiving love and help from those around you! Let others LOVE on you and allow yourself to be blessed during this difficult time! It is important to learn to say, "YES!" to those who offer to help.
Stay tuned next time for "What Not to Say!"
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I miscarried our baby at 9 weeks.
Initially I wasn't going to mention this on my blog. Sometimes it's easier to put a difficult situation in a pretty little box and shove it in the back corner of your closet and leave at least one area of your life protected from the sadness. But as I thought it through I want to be able to help someone else who may have experienced the same situation. And, ultimately, I want to bring glory to God, the One who has comforted us and sustained us through this time.
We were so excited for this new addition to our family! When I started having complications the doctor performed an ultrasound and we saw a perfect, tiny little heartbeat. He thought we had a chance to keep this little one. At home on bedrest we prayed, but also prepared our hearts that we might lose our baby. We were surrounded by love and prayers of our wonderful family and friends. Within 24 hrs the baby was gone. We certainly don't understand why, but we KNOW we can trust the Lord with our lives and the lives of our children.
This passage has brought great comfort to me over the last few days:
and your dominion endures through all generations.
and loving toward all he has made.
14 The LORD upholds all those who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways
and loving toward all he has made.
18 The LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
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