Monday, November 8, 2010

Dirty Work

Last week, I was kneeling at my washer and dryer doing laundry and thinking about the people who wear the clothes I was handling. I would very much like to protect them from ANY hurt in the world. But then God showed me how shallow their faith would be if they never had to rely on Him.

I am going through a time where I have to rely on God for healing. Because of the "dirty work", I am falling even more in love with God as He shows more of who He is. His mercy and grace overwhelm me! It is because of the hard times, that I have fallen into this communion with God. Why would I want to keep my children from this type of relationship! I wish they could just have it, but I know it comes from God revealing Himself. So I prayed that He would protect their hearts, bodies, and minds as He grows them in deep faith in Him.

Last night, tummy troubles made Billy anxious. He was probably more scared then hurting knowing that 2 things would likely happen to ease the pain in his belly. He did not want either one! He was afraid to go to sleep. As he laid in bed, I put my hand on him to pray. He would doze in and out trying his best to stay awake. When I finished praying, his little eyes came open. He said, "You know what I just realized? I realized that I don't trust God enough. God is in control of all germs. If He wanted to, He could just take them away." I reaffirmed what he was saying and reminded him that the same power that brought men back to life is the same power that can control germs. He continued about that power saying, "and can move mountains." He then peacefully feel asleep for awhile.

Not until this morning did I realize that God wanted to show me that He can teach through the hard times and they may just be tummy troubles. I thank God that He loves us enough to grow us. He can challenge and grow us even on a tender scale. I am thankful that even a child can stop and listen and maybe he will be able to avoid some of the dirty work by getting the lessons early.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Library Fun!

What an exciting weekend! Dolly enjoyed her first sleep over. We ate and laughed with our small group and I got to share once again about what I saw God doing in VNam and in my life while I was there.

AND the girls took their stuffed animals to have a sleep over at that library. No, the girls did not sleep over but the animals did! B. chose to take Sharky. She took a BB type blanket along with Sharky for the night. She did not like the idea of leaving Sharky there but, did not realize we had done so until it was too late . Mental note, 3 year olds are more then willing to take their toys places but they want to come home with them as well.

The girls made picture frames while they were there. They returned this morning to get their animals and the picture frames they made along with a little treat! (sorry for the poor scanning job.)

Surprisingly, Sharky likes the very same book B. does! He also sat at the computer and listened to Mercer Mayer's Just My Grandma and Me while he was at the sleep over. I guess since Sharky is from Florida and was given to B while she visited her grandma the beach scene in this book was perfect! They say, pets become like their owners, I think, we have a very observant children's librarian.

Dolly's spoiled Annie went as well along with her bed! By no surprise, Annie was reading Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy! Dolly knows to go to the O section for Fancy Nancy books and then to nonfiction for dog books. If ever there were a Posh Puppy, Annie would be it! What a little treat for the girls and for me....the event and our sweet librarian!