Saturday, October 29, 2011


This morning I am giving our room a thorough cleaning. I had put the deer antlers on the floor while I cleaned Chris' gun cabinet. Elijah picked 'em right up and said "shoot me Mama, shoot me"! Haha! Love that boys sense of humor!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Elijah's Words

Last weekend Elijah and I are driving along (to get take out: Gebhardts chicken!) when he asked me "Mom, what's twice?"  I tried to explain it means that if you go to Wal-Mart two times it means you went twice.  If you brush your teeth two times, you brushed your teeth twice.  I gave several examples but I wasn't sure he was getting it.

He then asked "Mom, what does duddenhopper mean?"  I know I'm not remembering the actual word he said, but it was definitely a made up word.  I told him I had no idea what it meant and asked where he heard the word.  In a very indignant tone, he stated "Mom, it means: going to Wal-Mart".  Ha ha!  Love that boy!

Add that word to your vocabulary!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lessons In Prayer

After Elijah's prayer for my back last week, I recognized an opportunity to teach him about God's power to answer our prayers.  On Tuesday evening, Elijah became car sick on the way home.  As I sat holding him, I offered to pray for him.  He responded "No!" I then reminded him of how he'd prayed for Mommy's back and how Mommy is all better.  He then changed his response to "please pray, Mommy!"  Of course I did - keeping it simple as he did.

He woke up Wednesday morning feeling much better.  Again, I reminded him that God had answered prayer.

Wednesday evening, he wasn't feeling well again.  I offered again to pray for him, to which he responded "Nanny already prayed for me."  I assurred him Jesus answers Nanny's prayers too.  He fell asleep within minutes but when he woke up, was feeling much better. 

While I don't want him getting the idea that God always instantly answers prayer, I do want to seize the opportunity to teach him of the importance and the power in prayer.  I would love suggestions on how anyone else has taught their child(ren) about prayer.

About my back: it is still so much better.  I'm still amazed by how much better it is.  Thank you, Lord!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Miracles Still Happen!

13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.

14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
15 Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

~From Mark 10

Last Wednesday, I knew my back was out. It’s an old injury – one I recognize easily – especially since it had been bothering me since mid-August and had gradually become worse. I went to the chiropractor and was adjusted. He’s treated this injury for years and knows exactly how to make it “all better”.

However, in spite of the adjustment, Thursday morning I could barely get out of bed. Slowly but surely I was able to get up and decided to sit in the floor to have my morning devotions. (My couch is rather deep and can be difficult to get up from it – even when your back is feeling fine!) As soon as I got the on the floor, I knew I’d made a very bad mistake and attempted to get up. While getting up, I twisted wrong, heard my back make a sickening ‘pop’ and I about went down. I was in tears, thought I was going to pass out, but managed to get up. I climbed back in bed while trying to decide if I should get to work. (By the way, my chiropractor is closed on Thursdays)

Normally, I would simply call in to work. However, I am out of Paid Time Off. Being a salaried employee, I wasn’t sure what the protocol is when a salaried employee misses work without any PTO. Not knowing where I stood, I made myself get out of bed and with help, managed to get ready for work. I worked about half the day (and cleared things with my boss) before heading home.

As I lay there in pain, I was thinking of the testimonies you hear from foreign countries; limbs being restored, the dead brought back to life, etc. I realized they do not have a chiropractor or an emergency room only minutes away. Literally, their life depends on prayer and their faith in God. I was reminded of the teachings of Jesus, admonishing us to become like little children.

I called my mother-in-law and informed her I was at home; I asked her to bring Elijah home whenever she could. It was about naptime and Elijah is now old enough to cover the basics himself. I wasn’t too worried about it. When he showed up, he and I lay down to take a nap. He asked me about the monsters – which I assured him, again, do not exist and Jesus watches over us. Just as I was about to drift off, I hear his sweet little voice lifted in prayer, asking Jesus to keep us safe from the monsters. He finished his prayer by saying:

“Jesus, I ‘axs’ you to make Mommy bitter [better]. Make Mommy bitter. Amen.”

Of course, I tear-ed up and thanked him for his prayer. It was completely voluntary on his behalf and so sweet.

Late Thursday afternoon, a dear friend came to the house and gave my back a great massage. It really helped my muscles to relax and I felt better over all, in spite of the pain.

About 2:30 AM, I woke up and was in horrible pain. I made my way to the bathroom and was frustrated to tears by the pain and inability to move normally.

At 7:00 AM, a phone call woke me up. At first I didn’t move as I realized I was in NO PAIN! My first thought was the lack of pain was due to how I was laying. I decided I should get up. When I got up: NO PAIN! By now, I was thinking, “I’ve just had a miracle!” As I walked to the phone: NO PAIN! I could still feel a slight catch in my back, but NO PAIN! No muscle pain. No back pain. I was feeling so much better, I thought about going to work. However, I’d already worked out the arrangement with my boss and had been given instructions not to come in. Because of the little catch in my back, I decided to go ahead and see the chiropractor. When he adjusted me, he said “your back adjusted easier today than it has in a long time – I think it will hold this time.” I knew I was healed!

Later, I was reminded of my little boy’s prayer. And my Heavenly Father also reminded me of that child like faith I need in my life. Wow! I’m so humbled that God would use something as significant as my back pain, and the simple 12-word, faith-filled prayer of my little boy to teach me a lesson on faith. Such a contrast and so powerful!!

Thank you GOD!

“There’s power in prayer, power to spare!
All that you’ll ever need is waiting right there.
A few words, child’s faith, then good-bye despair!
Oh there’s power, so much power!
There’s power in prayer!”

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What a nice evening to remember...

First we walked to the library and checked out "Polar Express" and a Maisy book. After we arrived home, we made a "special surprise" for Daddy (apple pie) while we talked about how much we love Daddy. After dinner, (home made chicken strips) we're now cuddled in our pj's watching "the choo-choo".

Yep, it's the little things in life that I want to remember the rest of my life!

Beautiful Autumn Day

Today is a beautiful autumn day!!  The trees are really starting to change, the sun is shining, and the cool temps prove that winter is on it's way.  I believe the forecasted high is 65 degrees!  At noon, it was a chilly 57 degrees!  I wish I were outside today, but I must work...

Last night was super productive for me.  Busy, yes, but it was satisfying to sit down at the end of the evening and know something had been accomplished (on a Monday night no less!).  I was able to clean my bathroom, clean the kitchen, help (a little) with Chris' deer processing, plus was able to get most of the laundry folded and put away.  Whew!  It is satisfying to tackle these things - now if I can keep the motiviation going tonight!  It's my goal to have the weekend free...

I've been trying to take advantage of the beautiful weather we've been having and allowing Elijah to ride his 4-wheeler for a while each evening.  He loves to ride that thing!  It was so windy and cold last night that he didn't get to ride for long.  I need to post pictures of him riding.  Even though he's had it nearly two weeks, he still calls it his "bran-new four-leer". 

I'm missing the ladies retreat this year.  I thought I was okay with it, but as the date gets closer, I'm realizing how hard it is for me to miss it.  I gotta put on my big girl 'pannies' and deal with it!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Proverbs 31 & Titus 2

It seems you hear a lot about the Proverbs 31 woman. Her price is above rubies and her family sings her praises. It is my hearts desire to be like her. I continually press toward that goal.

Recently though, I’ve been reminded of the 8 “Commandments” to Godly women, found in Titus 2:

1. to be sober
2. to love their husbands
3. to love their children
4. to be discreet
5. chaste
6. keepers at home
7. good
8. obedient to their own husbands

It’s followed up with: …that the word of God be not blasphemed. Wow. God help me be the woman and wife You created me to be. Blasphemy is a dangerous thing.

3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Those close to me know I’ve been reading (and re-reading) Created to Be A Help Meet by Debi Pearl. That book has changed my life – and my outlook on my husband. I encourage every married woman to read this book. Part of it is so hard to read; I cried and at times became defensive. “I am NOT like that!” Only to hear a still small voice say “You aren’t?” Somebody obviously knows me better than I know myself. Nothing is hidden from Him.

My favorite part of the book is how Mrs. Pearl will point out something and I’m sitting there thinking “That’s not in the Bible.” But the very next sentence is the scripture reference that shows me where it’s found in the Bible. Mrs. Pearl constantly and consistently refers you back to Scripture. These are not HER words – they’re the Word of God. How can I argue with Him?

Again, I encourage you to read this book. But I should also warn you: it may be difficult to read. If you choose to read it, do so with an open heart and mind.

Debi Pearl doesn’t have a clue who I am and won’t be reading this blog entry. I get no recognition for promoting her wonderful book. You can buy it off her website or through Amazon.