Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Cute Moments

Too cute not to post!
Here are just a few cute moments I was blessed to be a part of this week!
Tuesday - Drew and I went to use a free coupon for a haircut. Drew is use to the cute little children's salon that has TV, airplane chairs, cars, and a Thomas Train to play with, so taking him to a normal salon was making me a little nervous. So on the drive, I explained to Drew that we were going to get his hair cut and he was expected to sit still and be a good boy. He wasn't to fuss or whine, he responded with an "ok mommy." Drew proceeded to get his hair cut, he sat so still I thought he was asleep! When he was all done, I said "Drew, you were so good! I am very proud of you." to which Drew responded "Obey mommy.... I obey" The barber then turned and looked at me like I was from Mars!
Thursday - Drew and I were playing in the yard and we heard a police car and some fire trucks off in the distance. Drew said "U..oh mommy, U..oh," then I looked down and saw that he was ready to pray. Drew loves to say "U Oh" whenever he hears emergency vehicles, a few times John and I have used Drew's cute reminder as a time to pray for the people involved. I guess Drew picked up on that and was ready to pray. What a sweetie!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

What a week we have had....our car story just keeps getting more and more complicated! Would you believe we still don't have our car back and we are in another rental car? Let me begin with last Saturday, we picked up our car and noticed that the seat spring was still sitting in the car, implying that the repair place had not fixed the seat which was damaged in the accident. So, we took the car back on Monday, when the repair man was working, he said it would take 20 minutes to put back in and then we could be on our way. "Wonderful" we thought! After 40 minutes of waiting our service rep came into the waiting area to inform us that the seat was more complex than they anticipated, they would need to send the car to the Volkswagen dealer to have a new seat installed. We were told the car would be ready to be picked up Wednesday night. Then, Wednesday afternoon John received the most unbelievable call, evidently when the technician was driving our car back from the dealer, he was hit in the rear by another driver! The rear bumper was ruined and the driver of the car was injured, a police report was taken and insurance was exchanged. We were told that the car holds the insurance so we had to once again jump through another insurance's hoops to get our car fixed. So, Thursday morning , still without a car and now without a rental car, we received a call from the insurance provider from the second accident, evidently the man who hit our car had allowed his insurance to laps, by 2 days, and he was driving without insurance.... thus our claim was denied! We knew that we didn't want an uninsured motorist claim on our driving record because our rates would then increase and Service King was refusing to put the accident on their insurance.
That evening John and I sat down, laughed, cried, and then prayed that God would give us a lot of wisdom and guidance on how to proceed.
Our insurance agent called us shortly after that to let us know that he had just been at a regional meeting where Service King, our body shop, had been soliciting business. He had the VP of marketing's business card and said he would contact them regarding the lack of service we were receiving. He told the women that if this was any indication of the service his patrons would receive then he would not be recommending them as a body shop. Would you believe that the next day John received a call from the manager of Service King and they offered to put the accident on their insurance as a "customer courtesy!" What a blessing!
Lesson Learned: our car is not cursed, God taught us a valuable lesson in faith and dependence on Him instead of insurance company's, health insurance, and our own efforts and finances. Had we surrendered to God in the beginning and sought His counsel then we might have not needed a second accident to remind us in "Who our assurance resides!" Please do pray about John's back, he just had Cortisone injections yesterday and is hoping the numbness and tingling will go away. Otherwise he will need more expensive tests which we don't want to pay for right now.
On to more interesting news, Drew is feeling much better! His 5 days of 103 degree fever have ended, it turned out to be a reaction to a recent vaccine he received and the fact that he is teething again! Drew now has 3 of 4, 2 year old molars poking through his sore little mouth. Now that Drew is feeling better, his vast vocabulary words are being spoken! He has all kinds of new words that we are trying to decipher. There are many sounds that Drew can't pronounce so it has been fun trying to figure out all his words. It is very common for us to say " Drew, I don't understand what you are saying, can you show me what you mean?" This has helped us out a lot! Just yesterday John and I were relaxing with Drew in the backyard and he kept repeating "I want to die" over and over again. John and I knew that wasn't what he was really saying but couldn't figure out what he wanted. So I asked Drew to show me and he grabbed me by the hand and walked me to the door. "Oh" I said, "You want to go inside?" Yes, Yes he replied proudly! Drew is also into his numbers, it is very common to hear him repeat under his breath "un, to, tee, forr, fve," when he is walking or thinking intently about something. We have heard him repeat his numbers up to 7!
We also discovered that Drew has discovered problem solving skills. We were again sitting in the backyard and the backdoor was open. Drew came outside with some banana chips and offered to share them with his daddy. John then asked Drew to bring him 2 more banana chips, so Drew went inside and brought two more chips. This game went on for about 5 trips inside, then on the 6th trip Drew came toddling out with the entire tray of banana chips and offered them to his daddy! Too cute!
Kitty has been helping me in the backyard, she is so use to having a job that she finds jobs for herself. John and I are, together, covering the fence line with planting boxes. In order to plant in these raised beds I have to dig our all the sod so the grass doesn't take over the beds. Kitty has been helping me dig all the sod up. She actually is more effective that I! I cut a pattern in the sod and then she digs within those boundaries. It is very funny to watch and also quite helpful! Kitty has been swimming in the pond a lot and helping herself into the car whenever the door is open. We have misplaced her at least twice and have found her sitting patiently in the front seat of the car! She loves to jump in when we aren?t looking.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

A Recent Note to my Mentee's, enjoy learning from my lessons, please don't repeat them!

So sorry it was been a few weeks since I have checked up on you. I pray you are all doing well and enjoying this wonderful Spring weather!. Have you been enjoying the sermon series on Finances? I would like to encourage you all this week to make sure your trust lies solely in the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, not in bank accounts, insurance, or possessions. Please e-mail or call me with your prayer requests; I feel it a privilege to pray for you.

The Lord has been teaching me yet another lesson in faith. I had hoped that with all the lessons thus far I would have handled my latest challenge with a bit more grace. May I encourage you to analyze where your hope and assurance resides so you don't have to make the same mistake as me? At the beginning of the Crown Financial bible study I read about a man who had just bought a new car and within days was in an accident, his response: "I don't know why you want a dent in your brand new car Lord..." I wish that had been my response when our three week old car was crunched between a Ford truck and a Blazer 5 weeks ago. All I considered was the vast amount of time and effort it was going to cost us to deal with insurance companies and doctors. I was very angry with God ; my husband, who had lived with severe back pain for most of his life, was injured in this accident. The Lord provided just a few short 4 months of being back pain free and now all that pain was returning because of an accident that wasn't his fault. Err! Instead of praying and allowing the Lord to soften my heart and my husband's back pain, I relied on insurance company's and doctors to "fix" everything. It went on this way for over three weeks -- one problem after another kept coming up and still I didn't surrender to the Lord. Would you believe that my trust relied so heavily on the doctors and our finances - I didn't even seek God's counsel and pray for my husband's healing? I am ashamed to admit that I immersed myself in the world's solutions and forgot where my hope belonged. I also failed to remember that the Lord refines my heart through trials, had I yielded to his discipline and correction I could have learned so much more, and been a much better witness to others.

It actually took a second accident to wake me up. Yes, our car was on its way from the Volkswagen dealer to the body shop when our car was hit by an uninsured motorist! My husband called me from work to explain what had happened, laughing he made a casual comment that our car was cursed - - I instantly realized the lackadaisical cold shoulder I had been giving My Lord. I immediately repented and asked the Lord to forgive me. The past 5 weeks I had been living as if the doctors and insurance providers would fix all the problems, after all we do pay for insurance and doctors, "They are paid to fix me problems, right"? Lord, please forgive me for my lack of faith, your plans are so much better than mans way, why did I have to tackle this in my own strength?
The past few days I have been meditating on Psalms 20:7-9, perhaps this verse and my recent debacle will help you have surefooted confidence in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the next time a trial comes your way.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.
O LORD, save the king! Answer us when we call!
My faith journey for this trial doesn' t end here, I would like to ask you all to pray for my husband, specifically that the Lord would heal his back pain and allow him to regain full movement again. We are also battling with the insurance company regarding medical bills and how to get all the expenses covered without having to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket. This past 4 days we have seen the Lord work mightily, we are praying together as a couple and have seen amazing transformation happen with all parties concerned. Please pray for the uninsured motorist, his insurance had lapsed by 2 days and this accident could ruin him financially if the insurance company goes after him for damages. I will leave you with a quote I found from Malcolm Muggeridge that so profoundly states what I have been learning!

" Every happening ,great and smallis a parable whereby God speaks to us,
andthe art of life isto get the message ."
~Malcolm Muggeridge

Saturday, March 10, 2007

March 10, 2007

Where has the time gone? It is Spring so soon! My bulbs are rising above the cold soil and the Jasmine is in full bloom. John has been busy working on my flower beds in the back yard in anticipation of more planting space. Our rental car/suv has come in so handy, hauling dirt and timbers from the store to our back yard. Today, I planted tomatoes, zinnias, carrots, and green beans. I also planted another dwarf holly bush in the side yard. Home Depot had Magnolia trees on sale so we will have one planted in the backyard soon.

Drew has been sick most of the week; it finally peaked on Thursday when the fever jumped up to 103 degrees. Last night (Friday) was quite fun, Drew was up until 12:00 am , then up again at 4:00 am , and 7:30 am . All three times the Motrin had worn off and his fever and chills had come back in full force. Poor little guy! Drew was so excited to be able to sleep in mommy and daddy's bed; he cuddled with John and the two of them slept until 11:30 am . I was thankful to be able to get up early and visit the plant store, garden, and take Kitty for a run all before they woke.

Drew had his 2 year checkup last week, he weighed 24 pounds and was 37 ½ inches. He hadn't grown at all since his 18 month checkup. He is in the 10% for weight and 3% for height. At least he isn't in a negative percentile; I heard from a friend that her son was in the negative, I didn't know there was such a thing.

John and I were busy working on our Crown Bible study this week, we are into week three which deals with budgeting. We were also able to go out on a date last Sunday, we went to Red Robin and reminisced about High School days and then watched the new William Wilberforce movie Amazing Grace. The movie was fantastic, who knew the dealings with parliament could be made so interesting? This is a must see, it has drama and a very powerful message. John and I both left the movie asking how we could change the world -to rid world of slavery - instead of sticking our heads in the sand and enjoying our lifestyle of convenience and freedom. The movie showed the reality of such a world changing pursuit, it takes time, persistence, and God's hand to guide us through the trenches and into the light. The Plugged in Online critic of Amazing Grace recapitulate the movie best stating...
" Many movies pretend importance. Few, however, make good on their lofty ambitions. In contrast, Amazing Grace isn't landing at the multiplex with a multimillion dollar ad campaign trumpeting its arrival. And yet, the messages it delivers are important.
Not the least of these is the fact that one determined person can make an enormous difference in the shape of history; especially when he's surrounded by friends who help him when he stumbles. Wilberforce's commitment to abolition ultimately led to the demise of the British slave trade. But watching this film, we're just as aware of his humanity as his heroism. He struggles. He doubts. He's tempted to give up as he battles physical pain and dependence upon painkillers. And yet, with the encouragement of Barbara Spooner (whom he marries), William Pitt, John Newton, Thomas Clarkson and Oloudah Equiano, he soldiers on to victory - almost 20 years after wading into battle.
Equally important is the film's unequivocal message about the value and dignity of every human being. Though slavery was officially banned in Great Britain in 1807 and in the United States in 1865, deep injustices still keep millions in bondage around our globe today. Whether it's genocide in places such as Darfur , Sudan ; or the exploitative sex trafficking of women and girls in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia (among other areas), slavery and savagery still lurk. We may be tempted to believe our involvement in such issues can't accomplish much, but Wilberforce's story inspires us to believe that real change is possible.
Finally, Amazing Grace reminds us that God's calling on our lives is not neatly divided into sacred and secular categories. Wilberforce initially submits to this false dichotomy. But thanks to his friends' exhortations, he realizes that his passions for God and for justice can be fused together. Sacred and secular subsequently crash into one another - forcefully at times. Wilberforce's faith, then, ends up not only leaving a deep imprint upon British society, but upon this film as well." ( www.pluggedinonline.com

Friday, March 2, 2007

A Mothers Prayer

Lord, grant Drew a strong faith in You, Lord Jesus, and a love, Your love, for God's people everywhere.Oh, I thank You for this precious child; make me pray for him constantly.I ask You Lord, the Glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give Drew spiritual wisdom and insight so that he may grow in his knowledge of You, God. I pray that his heart will be flooded with light so that he can understand the confident hope You have given to those You've called.Make this family your rich and glorious inheritance. I earnestly pray that our family will understand the incredible greatness of Your power for us who believe in You.O, hear the cry of this mother's heart, and, by Your infinite grace, answer her prayer.

In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.