Monday, November 30, 2009

11/30/09 - Phew

That's how I feel, phew! Do you ever just want to take a huge sigh? Well, that's my sigh.

What a week, what a month, what a year...on to December tomorrow.

This year has been marked by a series of "issues", starting with two months of morning sickness, to work related stress, then on to family health issues, to baby issues, ending with family conflicts...but how do I deal with all this stuff through God's perspective?

Lately I am reminded of the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. Actually, I've been repeating them over and over in my thoughts. This is how I am to deal with these issues, in grace and love, demonstrating these fruits.

Through all of this I ask God to show me my own sin, to revel my own ugliness. Why go through tough times if we take nothing from them? That seems fruitless to me!

I am excited for this holiday. To celebrate the birth of Jesus. It's not about eating a lot of food, shopping, opening gifts, baking treats, or holiday parties, it's about realizing our need, our deep need, for a Savior. To know, not just in our head, but our heart, that Christ bore our sin upon the cross. He took God's wrath for us and through that act of selfless love God views us. Praise be to Him!

Maybe it's been a tough year for you? Maybe not, either way, ask God to shape you more into His image through it all!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

11/24/09 - Test Results

My sister got some news. The baby doesn't have Down Syndrome, Trisomy 13 or 18 and they found out it's a boy, so that rules out Turner's Syndrome. We are praising God. More tests to follow!

11/24/09 - Quotes

I've seen these quotes a few different places and I don't know who said them, but they are powerful!

"When you judge others, you are revealing your own fears, insecurities, and prejudices..."

"...Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others..."

Monday, November 23, 2009

11/23/09 - My Sister

My sister posted this on facebook and I wanted to share:

Last Wednesday I went in for a routine 1st trimester ultrasound. I have been thinking that twins was a possibility so I really wanted the ultrasound to know if there were one or two in there. We found out there was only one, but that they may be something wrong with the baby.

My Dr., said that he found a cystic hygroma on the baby, a thickening on the back of the babies neck. He said that this can be caused from a chromosone problem, such as Turner's syndrome, possibly Down's. So, we scheduled an appointment at Children's Hospital in Milwaukee at thier fetal care center. Today we went in for that appointment. During the ultrasound we saw the Cystic Hygroma, it was very visible on the ultrasound. Basically, it went from the babies neck all the way down it's body. This made it all very real, becasue I was hoping that what my Dr. saw wasn't really there. It was very emotional for me to see my cute little baby squirming around on the screen, but thinking there could be something wrong wtih its health.

The cystic hygroma measured 10 mm, anything over 3 is considered abnormal. A 10 is very large. Now this could mean a couple of different things. One is that the cyst could go away and never return, they don't know what causes this or why it would appear or dissapear. Or it could mean chromosone problems. We decided to have a test done to see if it is a chromosone issue and will find out more tomorrow and the next week. Whether it is a chromosone issue or not and it doesn't dissapear then it could grow, this growing could cause heart problems and thier would be a high chance of either a late term (21-25 weeks) misscarriage, or the baby needing surgery when born.

Right now, we know there is nothing we can do, it is totally in God's hands. We love this baby, whether it has health issues or not. If it does have any issues, we know God will give us the strength to deal with whatever comes our way.

We would appreciate any prayers for healing for the baby and strength & comfort for us.

11/23/08 - New Moon

I feel way out of the loop with the Twilight Series, but I know that there are lots of Facebook status up-dates sharing about going to see this movie.

I read this post about the movie on True Woman and wanted to share!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

11/21/09 - Prayer

The past couple of weeks have been stressful and unsettling. I will explain more later, but I ask for your prayers for my extended family.

My husband and I are doing great, our boys are healthy, we have much to be thankful for...however life is full of conflict and concerns.

I am reminded daily of God's great care and concern in my life. For the details He shows off through. I cling to His word, His love, and His never ending grace!

Monday, November 16, 2009

11/16/09 - Unforgiveness

I heard this quote...don't know who said it, if you do please let me know... it's powerful:

"Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die."

Thursday, November 12, 2009

11/12/09 - Noise

This post may be silly, but it's how my brain works.

At night we run an air filter as white noise in our bedroom. As I was trying to fall asleep I heard this noise coming from the air filter. It was a low humming noise that was rhythmic in nature. All I could hear was that noise. It began to drive me batty.

I got so focused on that humming noise that I could not even fall asleep. I was so tired and just wanted to drift off to visit the sand man, but I couldn't.

As I laid there I began to think about how in life we focus on something that prohibits us from getting other things done. We stay so fixed on this little annoyance we miss out on other things.

After about 20 minutes I was able to fall asleep...but not after realizing I have to stay fixed on what matters most and set aside anything that doesn't really need or deserve my attention!

Friday, November 6, 2009

11/06/09 - Forgiveness

If someone has asked for your forgiveness, walk in that forgiveness! Don't treat them as if that conversation didn't take place.

The only way you can truly walk in joy, is to walk in forgiveness with others, it's the cornerstone to obedience!

Monday, November 2, 2009

11/02/09 - Gospel of Grace

Without the gospel of grace we'd all be eternally condemned! The gospel of grace doesn't give us licence to sin or to tolerate sin! There should be a perfect blend of grace and truth.