Tuesday, June 30, 2009

An Update

Well I made it safely to New York. All my flights were uneventful, the way I like it. They are delaying the surgery due to massive swelling in the brain. The tumor is sitting right on top of a major vein, so if they go in now, they will be risking him having a stroke while in surgery, or worse. So right now he is on steroids, and some other medications to help the swelling go down.

It is a wait and see game, so please pray the swelling goes down, there is a lot. Which swelling in the brain is not good anyways, let alone a huge tumor, larger then this neurosurgeon has seen. I bought a one way ticket thinking the surgery was being performed tonight, but now they are saying anywhere from 5-10 days. I can't stay that long, so some pretty tough decisions are going to be made this week. Also, school is on hold, so hopes of graduating are on hold, and really, I am fine with that. Family is more important then any old diploma.

So I am here, tired, and already emotionally worn out. All your prayers and encouraging words are so appreciated. You all are awesome! I plan on setting a blog up tomorrow for my step-dad. The recovery for this surgery is at least a year. So he will have a lot of blogging to do :) I will keep you all posted on that too. Thanks again and love to you all!!

URGENT PRAYER NEEDED

As I type this message I am packing my bags to get on an airplane. I am flying to New York to be with my mom as they wheel my step-dad into emergency surgery tonight. He has a tumor on top of his brain. They just found out today. I will try and keep you all posted on what is going on. Please pray for:

*Phil- my step-dad
*Beth-my mom
*Eric-he is taking care of Molly the entire time, he really needs prayer
*Me-usually in crisis I am super logical, but it will be hard seeing my mom tonight

Thanks friends and I will post as soon as I know something!

Monday, June 29, 2009

God's Handprints All Over This

So I have an incredible story to tell you all. I hope I don't confuse you guys, but it's really God, I mean good.

First let me tell you about our night last night. We had a celebration at church to end One Prayer 2009, and we had over 20 people get baptized! Hallelujah! I lost count as to how many people there were that got dunked, but it was awesome! Seriously, can you imagine the party going on in Heaven last night! Holy Cow! We had a great night of worship, prayer, and baptisms. I was going to post pics of the people who got baptized, but I don't know all of them, so with privacy and all that stuff, I am not sure if I am going to or not. But that doesn't matter, what matters is that these wonderful people made a decision to follow Christ.

Now to my God story...

On Friday night I took Molly to McDonalds to eat and play at the play land there. Yes, I am that "good" of a mom, and yes, she did get apples instead of fries, so quit the judging. When we went to play in the play land I sat next to this Dad who looked so familiar to me, but I couldn't put my finger on where I knew him from. He obviously thought the same thing about me, because 10 minutes after we were there he said, "I am so sorry, but you look so familiar to me, and I just don't where from, may I ask your name?" So I told him, and that didn't ring a bell for him. So then he said, "may I ask your husband's name and what he does, maybe I know him." So I told him, he that wasn't it either. He told me he was a school teacher at a Lutheran Church in the area, and we don't go there, so that's not where I know him from. So we both went on with our nights, and I figured, oh well, when will I ever see him again.

Fast forward to this morning. I was invited to go to the zoo with a friend and her kids. I hardly ever deviate from my normal routine. So for me to accept and actually go, was a big deal for me. I love my friends, I just love my routine too. So we were at the zoo and saw a lady from church and her family there too. Okay, what are the odds? There are a million people in Milwaukee, and we see her. Whatever, no biggie. Then she came over to me and said she had to tell me something. Well, I have never really talked to her before, except in passing, so I thought it a little odd, but hey, I am open to new people.

She told me was walking this morning and praying, and God directly told her who would be a perfect person to fill our student ministry position at church. And I was like oh okay, who. She said she never talked to this guy before, only saw him at her son's preschool, but God just told her he was the guy. She kept telling God no, I have never met him, I have never talked to him before, I am not calling him. Clearly God is persistent, because she pulled out the phone book and called this guy.

This guy, you know who he is, the same guy I met on Friday night at McDonalds! Yes, I am not lieing! I had goosebumps the whole time she was telling me this. He said he met me Friday night, and he was interested in the job. God works in fun, and mysterious ways! What are the chances that I would meet him, talk to this chick, really, there are no human chances this would happen, it's ALL God.

So who knows what will happen, but it is still a really cool and powerful story of how God works.

Friday, June 26, 2009

How on earth did I get here?

Tonight I was driving to Target and I got about halfway there, and I thought, "how did I get here?" I was clearly thinking of a million things, and not paying attention to driving. Well, I was paying attention subconsciously, because I did not get in an accident or anything, and obviously my brain knows where to go because I am sure ALL the people at Target know me by name. But I really started thinking, and it kind of scared me. How did I get there?

Then I immediately started thinking about my relationship with Christ. How did I get to where I am today? And let me tell you friends, it is not a good thing. I wish I remembered all the times I spent in the word, in prayer, listening to God, but sadly I can't, and I don't really remember the last time I did it with sincerity, and not because I have to.

"I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You're not cold, you're not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You're stale. You're stagnant. You make me want to vomit. You brag, 'I'm rich, I've got it made, I need nothing from anyone,' oblivious that in fact you're a pitiful, blind beggar, threadbare and homeless." Rev. 3:15-17 (The Message)

I know I am a good person, and I know I would not be who I am today without God, but I also know that I am human, a sinner.

I love reading the Bible, learning from God's wisdom, and I love encouraging others. But I also love being real, authentic, and sincere. I do not proclaim to be perfect or know all the answers. I am still learning about this whole spiritual journey. I am no where near the end of this journey, and I am excited to see what happens along the journey. So friends, I am asking you tonight, today, tomorrow, won't you join me on this journey. Will you be real, sincere, and most importantly, make God a priority, be on fire for him. Because if you are lukewarm, he will spit you out.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I Win

After not checking blogs all day, which is a big feat for me, I get on after Molly goes to bed, and what do I see? I won a giveaway! I always enter and never win, not a sore loser or anything :) but I finally won!

Want to know what I won?? A signed copy of Lynnette's book! I know, be jealous friends! I am super excited. I have a feeling this book will be recommended to some of my clients that come see me and need some support from a great, Christian lady who has been there before. Plus I am just excited to finally read it myself!

Thank you Christina and Holly for hosting the giveaway, and thank you Lynnette for participating too!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Some Fun Times

Okay, so it is so hot here. I know I will get zero sympathy from those of you who live in the South or out West, but it seriously is too hot here. Today it was over 100 degrees, what is this? God so did not create me for hot weather! I tell Eric that all the time, but some how in February every year I still find myself begging the good Lord up above for summer. Then it comes and now I don't like it. This gross, vicious cycle, will it ever end...now on to the good stuff....

Yesterday was Molly's first day in music class. We signed up for a class through the rec. department here, it's called Musicgarten, or something like that. Molly loves to sing and dance, so we thought what a great opportunity for her to show off her mad skills. I actually was a little worried because last fall we went for story time at the library, and my child was that kid. You know, the one other parents roll their eyes at, scoff at, and some actually told me they were sorry. See, Molly liked to me animated during the story, sit in other mommy's laps, go through random purses and diaper bags, you get the picture. So when this class rolled around I knew she would love the music, but I just was a little unsure of her sitting still ability. Well, she just sat there yesterday, so amazed at the music and the instruments. All the other kids in there were super calm, so I think she played off of them a little, and the teacher knew Molly's name which I think Molly thought was really cool. We had fun, and by the end she was participating and having a good old time. The teacher told me that she could tell that Molly was really into it. I am not sure how, she looked dazed half the time, but I will take it. The only "bad" thing about this class is that it is only 5 weeks long. I wish it lasted all summer, especially now that we burn alive when we walk outside.

Also last night Miss Molly rode her bike. Like officially pedaled and everything. I was so happy, and so was her dad. She still has a very short attention span on the bike, but at least she pedaled a couple of times. Then she looks at us and says, "all done, all done, all done!" She pretty much says it the whole time she is getting off the bike. Then she would get back on and go some more. Then Mommy and Daddy could no longer take the heat, and we said "all done, all done, all done!"

Amanda Leigh

Today I would love to tell you about my niece, Amanda, better known as Mandy. She is going to be 17 in July, gasp! And even though she is not quite five foot tall, she has a huge heart, and a great spirit. She is your typical teenage girl though, she proves that with her 10,000 text messages a month. Mandy loves hanging out with her dad, and is a fabulous role model to her little cousin, Molly. Last summer when we made our annual trip back to Ohio in August, Mandy decided to do something. It involved all of the family, and God. Most importantly, God. Amanda Leigh got baptized, and I am so blessed to have been a part of it. Here is her story...


Mandy decided to be baptised on Friday, August 8. Well that was already a very special day in our family, Molly's birthday. So the two great girls in our family share one special day, Molly's actual birthday, and Mandy's baptism birthday. How awesome! This is Devin in the picture with Mandy. He was her youth minister, and he came back from Indiana to share in this special day with us. Thanks Devin! In this picture, Mandy was talking about what led her to this decision, and why she felt it was important to be baptised. I was so proud of her, and I still am. I pretty much light up when she walks in the room because I love her so much.


Going under!


Back up, and I am pretty sure we were all hooting and hollering at her!


Grandma, and Molly giving Mandy a big hug!


Uncle Eric so proud of Mandy and the decision she made.

I am so happy that Mandy allowed all of us to be a part of her special day, and I love her so much! I know following Christ has not been easy, fun, or popular for her. Is it for any of us? But she has persevered through it all so far. I admire her strength, beauty and wisdom all for an almost 17 year old. Manders-I love you so much!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Because a kid lives here...

Linking Up With Lynnette today...

Here are some things that could happen if you have children under your roof...

No wonder I never get laundry folded, someone in commandeering my basket!


Yes, that is a pacifier underneath all the clothes!


That was strictly a bookshelf pre-Molly, now post-Molly, it is an extra spot to throw toys at the end of the day.


Pretty sure the cat does not use a sippy cup lid, a bottle, or some pony tail holders.



Wish I was making this stuff up, but lastly, an Elmo toothbrush to match the Elmo cup, in the fridge!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to you and yours! Right now my husband is doing what most fathers deserve to do, especially today, nap! It is a well deserved nap, and break from fatherhood for him. We had a fun filled weekend with my in-laws, and it was nice to say Happy Father's Day Grandpa, this morning when Molly woke up. Here are some glimpses into the life of my wonderful husband, and Molly's daddy.

This is at the hospital before any pain, and Molly!


Moments after Molly was finally born! Proud Papa!

This was just last night, after shoveling ice-cream into us!

And this was after church, on our way in the door, Happy Father's Day Daddy!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

...and not this one either

This post will be short and bittersweet. Eric and I have been searching for a house to start planting our roots here in Milwaukee. Our search began in February, and although we haven't been hitting the pavement every single week, searching high and low, we have done our fair share of looking. Needless to say, we have found some houses, put offers in, get excited, then let down because of something. We know without a shadow of a doubt that God has a house for us, but we are human, and we have real, raw feelings.

We wanted to stop, but we kept going, we found another one, put our offer in and it was accepted. With this particular house the owners and the bank both have to accept the offer. We put the offer in, the owners accepted it, then we waited for the bank to. And we waited and waited some more. Late yesterday afternoon our realtor called and we didn't get it. Now I won't go into the gory details because I don't know all of them, but let's just say the story we are getting from our realtor, the listing realtor, and the bank all are different.

So here I am today, a little sad, a little discouraged, and yet I can't cry over it, trust me, I have tried. I guess we just go on and trust God. I don't guess, I know we go on and trust God. We both are upset we didn't get the house, but we both know God is bigger then any old house, and so are his plans for us.

I guess maybe I am now just really, really curious as to what the plans are for us, a different, better house, a new opportunity, or maybe apartment living for another year. Who knows, well God knows, and I will someday find out. So maybe the hunt continues, and maybe it doesn't it...but God is always faithful.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ronald and Some Paintings

Last night our Neighborhood Group from church went and served dinner at the Ronald McDonald house in Milwaukee. I think we all were so excited, yet a little anxious at the same time. No one really knew what to expect, but it was AWESOME! All the people who work and volunteer at the house were so nice, and great to work with, and the guests there, well what can you say.

I met a mom whose son was in surgery for 7 hours yesterday, and she was all by herself. Her husband is a dairy farmer and between all the chores and farm work, he could not come down with her, she is 7 hours from home! I wanted to start crying, but I couldn't because she was about to. I met another mom who has been to Children's hospital 2 times in the last 3 months with her daughter. Her daughter is only 3 months old! Her daughter had open heart surgery in her first week of life! She is 5 hours from home, and all by herself. Yesterday was her 4 year wedding anniversary.

Our group had a great time visiting and serving these wonderful people. We didn't want to ask a lot of questions because one of the main rules in the house is to respect other people's privacy. So we listened when they shared. Then after dinner they all went back over to the hospital to be with their kids. My heart broke last night, but after lots of prayer for the families, I am feeling better today. Our group also donated little things to the house like toothbrushes, granola bars, because the people there a lot of times have to grab and go as quick as possible. So toothbrushes might be the last thing on their mind when their child is sick. We also made get well cards for the kids! I think we will be back to serve again, we all loved it!

So, here is a giveaway you all want to get in on! How would you like a custom painting for your house? I know I would love one! So go here, and enter! Even if you don't win, look around, and enjoy yourself!

My in-laws are on their way here as I speak. They are driving in from Ohio to spend a couple of days with us. So I may be a little distant the next couple days, but no worries friends, I will be back! Stay tuned for pictures from the weekend, and I am going to try and get my grubby paws on some pics from last night, so I can show you our great group!

Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Father's Day



Happy Father's Day! So I know this picture is of me, I had one of Eric and Molly first, somehow I have managed to erase it, oops! Sorry Eric! But for today's walk I want to talk about fathers here on earth and most importantly our father in heaven.



I framed this picture above for Eric last year and also included Molly's hand and footprints. My, how they grow. My little girl no longer looks like this baby in the picture. Now she has hair, thinned out, and somehow sprouted a neck. Her head looks attached to hear body somehow, but don't worry, she has a neck now.

Last year on Father's Day I wanted Eric to feel so special and so very appreciated. I think he is a great dad, a loving father, and most importantly he seeks God daily to make his family better. Now there are definitely times I would totally do something different then the way he does it, but I guess what is most important is that the job at hand gets done. I feel like Father's Day was created in part to buy expensive $4.99 cards from Hallmark, but they always seem to say it best, right...also to let the Dads out there know they King for a day. I hope I make Eric feel like this everyday.

I also think Father's Day should be celebrated with our heavenly father too. If it was not for him we would not be celebrating these wonderful men in our lives. We would not be able to celebrate life, think how boring it would be without God. I hope Molly understands that it is important to honor her father on this special day, and everyday, but it is most important to remember to honor God on this day too. He is our ultimate, perfect father, and we should always acknowledge that.

I know some people did not have a "good" dad growing up, and for that I am so sorry. But please know you have a dad in heaven waiting for you to bring home an A on a test, waiting for you to ask advice, seek counsel, gain wisdom from him, he is always there for you. Sometimes I have to remind myself of that.

So on this Father's Day, do something extra special for the men in your life, and in your children's lives, but make sure to do something spectacular to honor your eternal father too.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

One Big Body

So my teeth hurting has really gotten me thinking...I promise I am over complaining about this whole sinus/teeth thing...today when Molly and I were driving I was thinking about how if one part of your body does not work properly, then the rest doesn't either. You either have other parts over compensating for the bum part, or the bum part kinda dies for a while, and then hopefully heals. I was thinking the same about the body of believers...if one of us does not do our part then others over compensate, they get tired, and then nothing gets done. Listen hear...

"In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we're talking about is Christ's body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn't amount to much, would we?" Romans 12:4-5

If we don't work together for the same goal, then what are we really doing? One Prayer really helps to emphasis this, together we are answering Jesus' one prayer, that we all are unified. So no matter how small a body part is, ie: baby toe, or how big it is, ie: the head, as long as we all are working towards the same thing, we will function properly.

Here is my main encouragement, you are never too small for God. If he is truly the one your heart desires, then his love and wisdom will overflow into your life. When you do something, anything, no matter how big or small, do it for God, and for his kingdom.

Here's the dilly, yo

Seriously, it is Tuesday already?! It felt like I was just on here Saturday, posting about my exciting, really boring weekend plans.

You all will be so proud to know that I made a dentist appointment and got seen yesterday in fact. Okay, so I neglected to tell you that the pain in my mouth was so severe, that I might have called the dentist on his way home from vacation. The dentist I saw goes to The Ridge, and is in our neighborhood group. I had no clue what to do, and he really couldn't help me Sunday night, but it was worth a shot. So yesterday I went and nothing is wrong! Exciting yet, why do I still have this pain in my mouth?! I don't even have one cavity! Not too bad for not going to the dentist in two and a half years. So they x-rayed my mouth and saw that my sinus cavity has dropped down into my mouth, and that really is the cause of all this pain. Now, I feel like I have a pretty high pain tolerance, but when it comes to the mouth area, especially teeth, I crumble like gross, dirty cheese. I called and talked to my family doctor yesterday and she said if I was not better by Friday, she was going to refer me to an ENT. So who knows, other then I pray that I feel better!

Eric's parents are coming to visit on Thursday, and I am trying to get ready for that, along with moving all of my counseling clients up to be able to see all of them so I don't have to cancel. Last night I felt so awful, like real bad, and I had to cancel. Great start to this week. This morning starts a whole new list of clients, but I am "playing" through the pain to just get done!

I hope you all had great weekends and a better start to the week then I did! Sorry this post is just me rambling, I just felt left out from you all by not posting yesterday. Maybe between clients, nap time, lunch, and life, I will have time to post something a little bit less lame then my tooth pain.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Just something little

Hello and happy weekend. I pray you all are doing lots of fun things, and spending time with the family! When we first moved here, Eric decided that he was going to work on Saturdays. I was so bummed out, but actually, I am used to it, and now love it. He gets 2 other days off during the week, he usually takes Thursday and Friday off. He loves working on Saturday because that is when most people can meet with him, and his job is all about meeting with people, so he figured why not "work" Saturdays so he didn't have to take time away from his family. Sundays are obviously a working day for him too. It all starts at 7am, opening up the theater so the set-up crew can come and magically turn movie theaters in to Sunday School rooms, nurseries, and a place to worship.

Today Molls and I finished up shopping for Father's Day gifts, got a haircut for the little one, and picked up some essentials at the store that we ran out of before I could do my once a week grocery trip. Molly sat so still for the haircut. This was her third time to get a cut, we just trim it because I would love for it to grow a bit, but with her curly hair, it only seems to grow up, not down. So when it gets thick, heavy, and nothing can make it look nice, we trim it! It took forever for her to get hair, now that she has it, I can't keep up!

Tonight we are going to another church to hear our Pastor, Mark preach. The minister at FoxRiver is coming to our church tomorrow to preach, and Mark will be there tomorrow morning. I like this whole switch thing. I love that people get to experience different speakers, and see a whole new style, and approach. Plus, I can't wait for week #2 of One Prayer.

This coming week our Neighborhood Group, (basically a small group, we just do ours based on where you live) is serving dinner at the Ronald McDonald house. I am so excited. I have never done this before, and I don't think anyone in our group has either. We are making dinner, making get well cards for the kids, and then going down to serve the families staying there. I love service projects, yet feel sad that it takes a whole big production to just serve. I digress back to my post about service. Oy!

So please be in prayer for our group. At the beginning we had a lot of interest and now everyone seems to be "too busy" to help. This frustrates me beyond belief. So please pray that I can tame my tongue when it comes to people "too busy."

One more thing...2 weeks ago my teeth started hurting and I thought oh, they are just sensitive, because I do have very sensitive teeth. It didn't get better and I had more symptoms, so I went to the doctor yesterday, and I have a sinus infection, fabulous. This is my 5th infection in 4 months! Good grief! I have never had this many problems before, needless to say I am on anti-biotic, but my teeth hurt so bad still! To which my husband points out, I have not been to the dentist since I was 5 months pregnant with Molly. She will be 2 in August, you do the math! So my goal for this week, make a dentist appointment! Yikes! So lesson to be learned friends, go to the dentist, or rip your teeth out and get dentures, something I might look into if this pain does not go away!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A little Proverb for you

Hey friends, thanks for hanging in there with me for yesterdays post. I know I practically wrote a novel, but really how do you bottle up your passion?

Yesterday I was reading in Proverbs and came across this verse...

"Let love and faithfulness never leave you..." Prov. 3:3a.

Then I looked it up in the Message, because I always like to see what other versions say about the same thing, and when I kept reading I found this...

"Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try and figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything that you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume you know it all." Prov. 3: 5-7a.

So I will just let the Bible speak for itself. Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Why I desire to be a counselor



I figured for today's Walk, I would write about what has had me so busy these last few days. Right now I am in grad school, working on my Master's in Clinical Christian Counseling, and working on obtaining my license to practice counseling. Once I am finished, which will be in August, don't ask what my plans are, because I have no clue. This whole thing has been orchestrated by God, not me, never me, all God. It all started...
When I enrolled at Johnson Bible College (JBC) there were few majors to choose from. There still are, that's why I love it, they are doing few things, but with excellence. So I knew I didn't really want to be a teacher, plus the Education program there is seriously torture for the years you endure it, but then at the end there is a list of schools that are requesting you to come work at. So I guess it's all worth it. Then there were your obvious preaching, missions, youth ministry, and children's ministry degrees. I wasn't very interested in those either. Then there were a couple more, but I chose counseling. I knew I wanted to help people, from an early age I knew that. I always thought I would be a social worker, or something along those lines. I really just figured, I will do this program and figure it all out after I graduate, and more importantly, after I get married.
Then my junior year of school I had this professor, who taught part-time at JBC, and then had her own counseling practice. To listen to her stories of healing, hope, and the power of Jesus, I was moved. I remember sitting in her class on a Wednesday morning to be exact, fall semester, and I thought I never would be a counselor, I don't know all the answers, then after listening to her all I could think about was being a counselor, and my life has never been the same.
I couldn't wait to get to her class and listen to her stories, her real life experience with this counseling stuff, and how God always shows up in her sessions. I still remember some of her stories to this day. I long to experience God in a session with a hurting person.
So I graduated, and Eric and I moved to Cincinnati for our first ministry. I wanted so desperately to get my master's in counseling because truly, with just a bachelors in it, you can hardly do anything. At least I never really found anything that seemed to match my desire to be a counselor, without a master's degree. I had the opportunity in Cincinnati to pursue my master's, we were only 20 minutes away from Cincinnati Christian University. I went down with Eric to visit, and interview for the program, but first off, it was no JBC master's program, that sadly all my friends were enrolled in at the time. And second off, I just didn't feel like it was a good fit for me, for our ministry, and overall it just didn't feel right. So I took a regular, 9-5 job, and tried to use my passion to help people in our ministry. I did learn that you don't have to have a master's degree to pray, encourage, and help the hurting.
Then we had Molly, moved here, and all of a sudden I got the urge to help again. This time I couldn't get rid of it, it was everywhere I went, all I thought about. Then I found this program, I applied, got accepted, and started working on my master's and license.
That was all in February of 2008, and hopefully all of my hard work will pay off in August. Seriously though, it's not my hard work, it's the passion that God has instilled in me. I want to use this passion as a ministry all for God and his people. I am being 100% honest when I say, if I never make a dime counseling people I really don't care. God has always provided for us, especially in the beginning of this endeavor. The program I am in, they don't have financial aid, so you front all of the costs. That was very daunting for us, and almost a reason for me not to pursue it. We are a one income family, in the ministry, need I say more. We took a step of faith and said if this is all from God, then all the bills will be taken care of, and let me say, they were/are!
So with 6 weeks left, 5 more clients to see, I feel like I am on my way to one of the most humbling "jobs" ever. Being a counselor, despite what anyone says, you don't know all of the answers, you might mess up a time or two. I am not sure how you don't seek counsel from God, or why you wouldn't look to him for the words and wisdom you should give to your clients.
I am trying to brief, but how do you summarize your passion?? Let me leave you with these verses, they are another reason why I desire to be a counselor.
"All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too." 2 Cor. 1:3-5
One more thing, if I am blessed enough to ever start my own practice, I am going to call it Restoration Counseling Ministry.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Garbage Dump

I am caught up on all my work, well from the last 2 weeks at least! Today it starts all over again, meeting with clients, notes, etc, but hopefully my motivation is here to stay, and I won't get behind again!
I finally was able to blog about One Prayer at our church, so go here to check it out.
Lastly, I will leave you with this quote that I had hanging in my college dorm room, and I love it!

"If your church cannot accept the wreckage of broken homes and shattered dreams, it is not a place where Jesus lives. Your church should be the greatest garbage dump in town. A place where the broken, oppressed, misplaced, abandoned, and unloved peoples can come and find a "family" where they are accepted and loved...as is." -Dr. Joe Aldrich

I think this should probably be every church's mission statement.

Monday, June 8, 2009

A little behind...

No friends, despite the title of this post, I am not talking about my backside. That would be a whole nother title, yet to be decided, hmm...

Just wanted to pop in and say hey. I am slow at reading everyone's blogs from today, and this weekend. I am experiencing senioritis! If you did not know, I am in grad school, trying to obtain my masters and license to practice Christian counseling. So I have about 6 weeks or so of school left, and the motivation has seem to have left me too. I am so behind on schoolwork, mainly typing this thesis! So I am slowly getting motivated, and trying to catch up.

So I promise to get back on tonight, or tomorrow and comment. Trust me, the only thing getting this work horse through is knowing I can read your blogs! So keep'em coming, and keep'em good friends!

PS-Hopefully I can post tonight about our first week participating in One Prayer, so stay tuned...

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Chicago

Welcome to the beautiful skyline of Chicago. We went there yesterday to catch up with Eric's mom, two aunts, and grandma. The sisters were taking their mom there for her 80th birthday. Grandma turned 80 in January, but they wanted to make sure the weekend they went to Chicago they had nice weather. I really don't think they could have picked a better weekend to visit.

Here is Eric and Molly in Grant Park, while we were waiting on the ladies to arrive, we walked around and did our own little tour of Chicago. We had so much fun just exploring.
This is in front of the big fountain in Grant Park. Molly did try to climb the fence behind me, and she got stuck!
Here we are at the aquarium. Our camera doesn't take great pictures indoor, especially with out the flash. I would of posted more, but really, once you see one fish, you pretty much have seen them all.
Our family picture in front of the big ball in Millennium Park. Everyone that goes to Chicago gets their picture taken here. It's a lot of fun to look at yourself from all different angles. Overall our trip was good. Eric and I both have been to Chicago before, but never together. Which is funny considering we have been together for almost 1o years. Probably my favorite part of the day was just walking around with Eric and Molly. It made me feel so thankful for my family. Especially passing homeless people sleeping on benches, I felt so blessed and a little spoiled. The aquarium was fun, and Molly loved the dolphins. The visit with family was great, and Eric's parents will be coming up here in 2 weeks for Father's Day.
In other news, we are putting an offer in on a house today. I have lost count as to how many offers we have put in on houses in the last couple of months. Something always happens that we don't get the house, and we are better off for it. So today hopefully is the exception! I am trying not to get excited about it, but the more I talk about this house, I love it. I am not sure where this new found love came from, because the bedrooms are a lot smaller then I would like, and there is only a 1 car garage, but it's so stinkin' cute from the outside. So who knows, but please pray. I know Eric and I are both content to stay in our apartment for another year, but it has been hard going from owning a house, that we made all our own, to now renting. For me I know it's a pride issue, and I am working on it. I will keep you all posted.
Tonight we have a Leadership Appreciation Banquet at church. Hopefully we have a good turnout. This is graduation weekend up here, so hopefully people come and feel appreciated. I am looking forward to all the yummy desserts.
Tomorrow we start One Prayer at church, and I am so excited. I wrote all of the curriculum for the class I teach at church, and I am praying the other teachers like it. I am also praying that we have a great turnout for church service, and people get excited about One Prayer.
Well that's all from here, I pray you all have a blessed weekend!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Dumbfounded

So today while I was driving to meet with a client, I was listening to K-Love in the car. I love K-Love, I hope you listen to it too! If you don't know what it is, click here to find out. They were doing the news report and they always have an "inspirational story" or something good that a church or organization is doing. Today the story came from Washington (the state) and they talked about a church that cancelled their Sunday morning worship service, to go out and serve the community. Bravo to them for doing this. But what really got me was the lady being interviewed said something to the effect of, "yea, the people we served were just dumbfounded, they had no clue why we would want to help them out, especially because we didn't charge them any money."
Now some of you may think what's the big deal? Here's the big deal, as Christians, as believers, followers of Jesus, we should be out there serving our neighbors, people in the community on a regular basis that they shouldn't have to wonder why we are serving them. They should know why! It is a command from God, to serve others.
I have had a hard time with this story all day. I love the story, don't get me wrong, I think it's awesome what they did, I think it's sad that more churches aren't doing the same. Mine included.
So I don't really have a solution, other then to go out and serve. I guess I was just a little bothered that this isn't a normal thing the church is known for.
You can go to the K-Love website to hear the whole story. Again, bravo to this church for serving, I think it's great what they did, but again, why aren't we doing more of it?

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Reindeer Molly




So I know it's not Christmas time, but I just love this picture of Molly! She was three months old when it was taken, and she is a little chunky. But it makes me smile every time I look at it. We have it hanging on our fridge, and when ever I need something to smile about, since these terrible "teachable" twos are kicking my butt right now, I look at little reindeer Molly, and smile. I hope this makes you smile today, and feel free to pretend to squeeze those little cheeks, c'mon I know you want to!





Allergies or the Terrible Twos?!

Hey friends! I am asking for advice! Yes, I need solicited advice! We know for a fact that Molly has allergies, poor kid gets swollen eyes, watery eyes, and a runny nose every time we go to play outside. So we were giving her Benadryl, at night before bed. It seemed to help her sleep, because of all the congestion. But the symptoms were still there when we would play outside. So after talking to the nurse and the doctor, they suggested stopping the Benadryl, and giving her Zyrtec everyday.
I haven't done any research on Zyrtec for kids, but I take it every night before bed, and I think it helps. Then I was talking to my MIL, and she said that when she takes allergy/cold/sinus medicine she is very grumpy, cranky, and no one wants to be around her. Well, I thought Molly was hitting the terrible twos, and that was the reason for her recent whining (more then normal), and frequent temper tantrums. Plus, she is getting her two year molars, and her last two teeth on the bottom.
Here is where you all come in...do you all have kids with allergies? What has worked, what hasn't? And, is any of this related (allergies, terrible twos) or is the medicine making her more cranky?! Ahhh! My prayer everyday has been, Lord, keep these wheels on this bus!
So anyone out there with helpful advice, please do tell! I am busy finishing school, and really have no time right now to do any more research, I have my own thesis to finish thanks!
Thanks to you all, and I look forward to Wednesday's Walk with you all tomorrow!