29 August 2013

thankful thursday

"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:18 RV

Thankful Thursday is a chance for me to stop and reflect on a few things I'm thankful for each week. I'm not attempting to make or meet a criteria. I'd love it if you would join me! Share what you're thankful for in the comments, or leave a link if you want to do this on your own blog...


tennis balls
I've had a doozy of a migraine this past week, coupled with the end of a cold/sinus infection (my entire FACE hurt, people--that is outside the realm of my migraines). I was texting a friend from another state who happens to be a massage therapist. I explained how awful this migraine was. I was "having migraine hangovers" a couple days later. That's where my original headache was so bad that it's better but still lingering. So fun. Anyhow, she gave me the best tip: a tennis ball in a sock. Throw it over your shoulder (like a continental soldier?) and lean against a wall, massaging your own back. I had to borrow a tennis ball from my neighbor, but I was willing to try anything. I tell you what: I love my husband, but he just cannot find the knots that my migraines cause. This tennis ball brought much relief! I have every intention of buying a can of them to keep stashed in my room, with a one in the car (and a sock, of course) for migraines on the go. LOL.

T minus two weeks and counting...
I leave for my very first writer's conference two weeks from today! (Ecstatic almost touches how I'm feeling.) I've decided it's finally close enough for me to begin the packing of my bags. I've had the outfits carefully under selection (set aside in my closet and rarely worn for a month now), and need to make attempts at pairing them up with the right jewelry, make sure I have minimal shoes to pack. I can expound my packing list, too. I do love a good list. And somewhere in there I need to heartily rewrite my subplot before getting on a plane! 

Brenda
I have a very dear friend (a sister to me), whose mother is having back surgery today. The one after her car accident a few years ago didn't last. Tomorrow's outlook: "At least 2 surgeons, 7ish hours, replacing all the rods, hooks, and screws, and extending the hardware from the base of her neck to lower back." I will be praying for Brenda today, and in the coming days, as undergoes this delicate operation and the long recovery after. I am so deeply thankful for this woman with a deep faith, a strong love for her Lord Jesus. And I'm also thankful for the Great Physician who will be in charge, the Healing One who will stay by her, the Living God who is life to her! 


What are you thankful for today?

23 August 2013

thankful thursday

"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:18 RV

Thankful Thursday is a chance for me to stop and reflect on a few things I'm thankful for each week. I'm not attempting to make or meet a criteria. I'd love it if you would join me! Share what you're thankful for in the comments, or leave a link if you want to do this on your own blog...



critique partner!
I found a roommate a few weeks ago for the conference. This past week we decided to swap books and make comments for each other. I’m ecstatic! I've needed this exact thing for months. (And she has a good story that’s intriguing me.)

wi-fi
My poor laptop (and my husband’s, actually), are having wi-fi issues in our house. Our phones and mini-iPad are just fine with it, though. Having to take my laptop to the router and plug it in for blogging and sending documents, etc.,  makes me thankful for the technology it’s easy to take for granted. (Oh, sweet wi-fi, please come back!)

readers
Because of the lack of ease with blogging thanks to the above, I failed to post this yesterday. Or write it for that matter. I thought about it but… yeah, didn't go plug in to get it done. (Yes, I know I could do this from my phone—I’m not ready to try that yet!) This morning I woke to a text that was sad I hadn't posted. I’m so thankful someone reads it!

Friday
(Since it's Friday now:) I'm always thankful when Friday comes. No school in our house, so less whining in general and the weekend is knocking on the door...Happy Friday everyone!


What are you thankful for today?

19 August 2013

candy dish

You know how easy it is to partake of a candy dish?
The kind left sitting out and full of your favorite treats?
Very easy.

A touch of honesty: I have been struggling with reading the Word of God. First thing in the morning is an issue because I need coffee to process deep thoughts. (I can talk to the Lord in that groggy state just fine though, and I definitely have no problem filling His ear throughout my day.) But even my children ask if I've had enough coffee before they begin plying me with questions, requests and dire needs. I do not process incoming information before coffee. End of discussion.

Then my day rapidly becomes a constant state of chaos, some days more than others. Homeschooling is often just the tip of the iceberg in our life. Even reading a good book doesn't happen as fast or often as it once did (my kids expect me to wake up in the morning, not sleep in with a book hang-over), though since that's a lighter read, it's a little easier to squeeze in.

The Bible, though--I recently found myself desperate to eat the Word of God. I was hungry for it, but if I carved out time I frantically wondered where I'd read last or what I could just jump to for the few minutes I had. The truth is, ANY verse is God-breathed. And I could taste His life any where in the Bible if I chose to. But I didn't just want to pray over a random verse. I needed something to meet my heart.

I began leaving our larger Bible on the table. If I have to move it for a bigger meal, I keep it close by and replace it as soon as I can. It's easier to nibble a few verses as I wake up with my coffee. And I can sneak a little more at lunch.

I also unearthed my small New Testament for my upcoming trip. It's full of notes and underlinings--now, that was what I really needed! My favorite candies already unwrapped and ready to pop in my watering mouth. I happily skim through and partake of the tasty offerings.

"Your words were found and I ate them,
And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;
For I have been called by your name, O Lord God of hosts."
Jeremiah 15:16


What helps you find time to read the Bible? 

15 August 2013

thankful thursday

"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:18 RV

Thankful Thursday is a chance for me to stop and reflect on a few things I'm thankful for each week. I'm not attempting to make or meet a criteria. I'd love it if you would join me! Share what you're thankful for in the comments, or leave a link if you want to do this on your own blog...


critiques and edits
I'm in crunch-mode. I leave for the ACFW Conference four weeks from today (yippee!). And I have so much I need to finish still. Loads and loads of editing. My One-Sheet needs some blurb enhancement. I've barely scratched the surface with creating a pitch. And changes to a side story needs brain-storming before I can polish up my proposal. I'm so thankful I chose to get a partial critique by someone who knows way more than me. I feel confidence I never imagined. I may be a newbie, but I am ready to wrangle this story into readiness!

toddler love
My silky-skinned toddler, Bitsy, is growing up so fast. I seize every snuggle I can get from her. Soft arms around my neck, legs longer by the day, tiny sweet voice coming from a spitfire of a girl. I love it!! 

peaceful days and august rush
Our days have recently become more peaceful than they have been in a long time. It's been lovely. And August is our most productive school month of the year, so my kids have been knocking it out of the park most days. Whew. (That gives me better editing and conference prep time, too.)

old friends
This weekend, we have plans to meet up with one of my oldest friends. She lives states away and we rarely get to see each other (though a girl-trip to Hawaii is on our bucket list!). On her way home from a family vacation, she'll be a mere three hours from us, and we have plans to make the drive so our kids can meet, and we can see each other for the first time in six years! I love friends like this. Friends that last a life-time...


What are you thankful for today?

12 August 2013

exceedingly more

"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen." 
Ephesians 3:20-21

I have an amazing, artsy, animal-loving eight year old daughter, "Charlie".
She is riddled with food allergies. Little ones, big ones, and life-threatening ones. In total, she has 14 foods she cannot eat. They control much of our existence because we must be diligent in our care of her. To keep her safe. To keep her alive.

Educating the people in our lives is an ongoing, uphill battle. 

There are those who respect it out of necessity for the most part, making an attempt to follow protocol. But they have no real understanding or awareness. Their silent faces scream at me that I am an over-protective, alarmist mom who inconveniences them and their easy-going lives. Causing them to understand the life-threatening urgency of our requests feels impossible. They make my job difficult. They keep me praying. 

There are those who may not fully grasp it, but they embrace it, they join us in trying hard to protect her in spite of what they do or do not understand. It occurs to them to check with me when in doubt. I am grateful for these people. They make my life easier more than words can say. 

There are also those who run as hard as we do with it, taking on the same diligence and passion for her safety that we must have. These people are dear to my heart because they love us as the Word says they should: "For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" Galatians 5:14.

For some time, there were a lot of people we needed to trust with Charlie's care who fell into that first group. It caused me no small amount of stress. I spent much time praying. My daughter did have a few minor reactions during that time, but thankfully her life was never compromised, nor was it from being fed unsafe food, only from external contact (I made sure she was provided what she needed for eating).

Recently, the matter arose again as new people would be in the position of caring for her in that setting. My prayers increased, desperate to be understood. For someone to listen a little closer. Then it came to the attention of a man everyone there knew, who happened to be an ER doctor. Familiar with food allergies from a medical viewpoint, he stepped in for us.

At a pivotal meeting he thoroughly educated a room full of people. People who were shocked and sobered by the stories he told. Stories from the news, stories from his own emergency room. Stories of rapid death because the wrong food was eaten or inhaled. 

And suddenly, plans were in place for the protection of any person who entered that environment and might have a food allergy. Plans far better than I could have hoped or expected. Awareness that went deeper than I could have imagined.

My God is great. He heard and far exceeded our cries for intervention. 


God gave me charge of my specific children, and I am reminded at times that it is not a mistake. It is deliberate. I am honored to be the mom who fights for their needs, prays for their beings, loves their amazing selves. 

01 August 2013

thankful thursday

Thankful Thursday is a chance for me to stop and reflect on a few things I'm thankful for each week. I'm not attempting to make or meet a criteria. I'd love it if you would join me! Share what you're thankful for in the comments, or leave a link if you want to do this on your own blog...


friendships
I mentioned my son's recent experience in my last post. It wasn't his first experience with bullying, but in the past he was younger and it was a blend of teasing and physical (think of a second grader in a head-lock in the bathroom - who was taken to task for trying to get out of it). In the past, it didn't come from kids he believed to be his friends. He was deeply shaken this week, humiliated in a new way that his history didn't touch. Middle School kids can be cruel. 
But the next day, his best buddy had plans to come visit. They got lost in Lego's (yes, rising 7th and 8th grade boys who are still passionate about Lego's - what a wonderful thing!), they played DS, they hung out.  It was a sweet balm to my son's hurting heart. Friendships are a precious and powerful thing.

sunshine
We've had so much rain here this summer; it has been a bit Seattle-like. The dark days were a struggle for us and I asked the Lord about some reprieve (I've been trying not to complain about the rain - I know our turn for a drought will come again). We have a God who cares about the details - He shifted the rain to nights only so we could enjoy some sunshine during the day. And our temperatures milder than our usual Georgia heat because of the night rain. It's been a lovely change this week.

coffee
I went to bed too late. 
I woke too early.
It's been a long morning. 
But I have had coffee!


What are you thankful for this week?