Signed, Worried Wife

I was thinking of writing a letter to my husband for Valentine’s Day. The letter would be lovey and sweet, proclaiming all the things in my heart for him and feeling free enough to shout it out to the world. After all, we have such fun together and our family has blossomed into a beautiful,redemptive work of Christ.

For a few minutes, I’ll just be honest
and RAW.

I love my husband. Treasure him. Adore him.

But he’s going to Africa soon on a mission trip.

For eleven days. (What part about having 7 kids didn’t you understand??!!)

I’m thrilled, really, I am. I can’t wait to see what God wants to do through him and in him and wow, what an opportunity! When the dream of this journey first popped up, I had no hesitations. None.  God is on the throne. Who am I to hinder His plan?

However, it is becoming reality.

And I have some…umm, shall we call them hesitations?

Perhaps, WORRIES??!!

So this list of verses today is for the worried wife.

My husband is the rock of our family.  But praise Jesus, he rests on The Cornerstone, Jesus Christ. And I am trusting Him.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Phil: 4:6

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the LORD. Psalm 4:5

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Eph. 3:20 &21

It is good to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night. Psalm 92:1&2

I would love it so if my comments were filled with more verses- reminders to me and those worried wives that read this post…that God is on the throne. He makes no mistakes and has a gorgeous plan for our lives. Every single one of us. 

So what verse do you claim when you are….a bit…. worried?



Top Post for May 2011: She’s Two

I can’t believe it. This week we celebrated Tarah’s birthday and already, she’s two. Her birth story is such a blessing to tell and here’s why:

In 2007, Matt and I discovered that I was pregnant and we were thrilled to anticipate the sixth addition to our merged, growing family. The day after telling our children about the newly expected child, at ten weeks, the pregnancy terminated and our baby was not to enter this world. We were very heartbroken over the loss.   We asked God “why?” and received no clear answer. We tried to explain to our children that God must have wanted this baby with Him and that He would give us another baby if that was His plan. And we began to pray.

Our children prayed, specifically, our youngest daughter, Tristina, very faithfully for a baby sister.

Now to be perfectly honest, I was still a little angry with God for taking our child. Had we not endured enough heartache with other situations?  My mom was in heaven as a result of leukemia. My daughter, Taylor, has MPS which causes severe decreased quality of life and shortened quantity of life.  Why more pain and suffering?

I remember one night specifically as I tucked Tristina into bed and she started to pray. In the middle she stopped. “Mommy? Why don’t you pray for a baby sister for me? I think God would listen to you.”

What a challenge! How much did I really trust God? I had been praying for months, but my prayers did not seem to be getting answered. This time, there was something different as I began to pray. Something about verbalizing my trust in God to Him. By the time I finished praying, I could hardly speak and my heart was at peace. My sweet daughter was smiling and quietly drifted off to sleep. Something had happened in my heart that only the Holy Spirit could do; the bitterness fell in the middle of my outpouring and God had given me total peace, even without a change in the situation.

Another story of how God has answered prayer in our lives:

Shortly thereafter, God showed His mercy to us once again and I became pregnant.

The due date for our sweet baby was May 14.  My dearest friend on earth, Mom, was born on May 10, 1938.

God’s plan all along was to provide a blessing that would help my heart heal and give me a reason to rejoice at this time of year when I would desire my mom’s physical presence so much.

And so little Tarah Charlotte was born on May 10, 2009. Tarah shares a birthday with the grandmother she only knew in Heaven AND Tarah was born on Mother’s Day.

The very day God had specifically chosen for her arrival.

Happy Birthday to my beautiful girl. I cherish every day with you.

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As a Tommy Mommy, I had the opportunity to review a wonderful Christmas book, “The Pine Tree Parable.”  This book is so appropriate for all ages and another way to emphasize the meaning of giving. My trustworthy assistant, Tristina, a 2nd grader, wrote this review:

This book is about a farmer who plants Christmas trees every day of the year.    The farmer and his wife started to plant Christmas trees when their children were little.   As the kids grew, the trees grew with them.   One day the farmer and his wife had enough trees to sell them for Christmas, but there was one tree that was not for sale.   A poor family of three came to get a tree. There was a little girl, a mommy and a daddy. They could not afford a tall pretty tree like some people. So they went to the free and small trees. The little girl saw a big, tall and pretty tree. It was the tree that farmers wife picked out that was not for sale. But the little girl didn’t know that. Her parents were embarrassed. So was the farmer. She wanted it so bad but it wasn’t for sale. The farmers wife took a breath and said “This is not for sale but you can have it. As a gift. For Christmas.” Her parents were so thankful. They were so happy. The farmer was so proud of his wife. The little girl jumped up and down. Up down.  Up and down. When they cut down the tree. They took it home in their rusty, old truck. Now that’s the true meaning of Christmas. Don’t you think?  This book is really about caring. And teaches people how to care. 

Thanks, Tristina, for a great job on the review!

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