Notice that we’ve covered my dress with the dress bag from one of my bridesmaids.
Since I posted yesterday about Maggie, I did not post my prayer in recognition of the National Day of Prayer that was yesterday. I did put it on Facebook, but wanted to put it here too.
Thank you, God, for all of your good and perfect gifts. Often we are so overwhelmed by the circumstances in our life that we forget to say “thank you”. I woke up today…so did Jeff, and Ella, and my mom and dad…so did my brother and sister-in-law…so did Jeff’s family here and away from us. Thank you for our blessings. Thank you for the breath of life.
God, I ask you now for a personal thing – one that others may scoff at or find unimportant – Please watch over my Maggie. She’s never been sick like she was last night and all this morning. Please watch over Dr. Taylor and his staff as they work to find the source of her trouble. She’s the only dog in the world I’ve ever liked (much less loved) and she’s been my buddy for all 10 years of her life. I know it seems trivial when I have a perfect little girl sleeping just down the hall, but there it is…please watch over my dog.
God, please watch over all those around me who are hurting, sick, lost, and in need of you. Please watch over Hailey Shupe (my cousin) in Iraq along with all others who are serving.
Please be with those in leadership of our country, Lord. Oftentimes we feel as though the whole world is going to hell in a handbasket. Help us to stop trusting in others and trust in YOU. So long as our trust, hope, faith, and devotion are in YOU FIRST, you will take care of us.
Please be with those in leadership at the church. Help them to feel your hand on them as they make decisions. Help them not to lay blame or to point fingers. Help the hurts to heal, God. Be with Daddy as he holds the spiritual heart of the church in his hands. Let him speak healing words to us. Be with those who have/are departing from us, God. Bless their way…lead them in your ways…
Thank you for the church family you have given me throughout my life. I have oftentimes seen it as a curse, but I am finding my way again, God. Thank you for the blessings and trials that come with being the preacher’s kid.
God you are awesome and I worship you today – a day of prayer. Help me to do your will as I go forward from this moment. Help me bring peace to those around me. Help me to be your hands, your feet, your arms, your hands. Thank you for the opportunity to serve for you. I love you.
In Jesus’ Name…Amen.
I got Maggie around the end of March/beginning of April in 2000. She was tiny and cute and called Checkers. I adopted her through an organization called Angel Dogs. They told me that she was a mix of beagle and walker hound and that a hunter dropped off the mixed puppies because they only wanted pure breeds to hunt with. I had never owned a dog a liked. I remember two from childhood – a female lab who always ran away so we gave her to some friends who had property and a farm and a male cockapoo who was pretty tempermental and kinda mean. So Maggie is the first dog I’ve ever actually liked.
She turned 10 on February 21 of this year. She’s my first “kid” ever. And I adore her.
Oh, blog, I’ve missed you…have you missed me?
I’m not sure what has been up with me, but I haven’t had many thoughts I felt like sharing with the universe (or the 5 people who read this…see followers). I don’t know why, but I haven’t found myself to be all that interesting in the last almost month. I don’t count that last post (4/29) since it was to win a book I didn’t win. Oh well…
Books….I’ve read some interesting ones as of late. One of my latest faves is called 365 Nights: A Memior of Intimacy by Charla Muller. It was WONDERFUL! I know – a book about sleeping with your husband every day for a year? Crazy!
It seemed to me like an impossible task so I was intrigued to read about how the author pulled off this “gift” for her husband’s 40th birthday. Ladies – you need to read this book…especially if you’re a mom. I related to Charla on many levels (even that whole calling the ex-boyfriend story), but especially how she felt about sex as a MOM. Oh my, how life changes when a tiny one enters the story…
I will say this to you – there is not a lot of details about the actual act of her gift. There are lots of stories with nothing to do with s-e-x. But by the end of the book I realized that I had been failing my dear husband as a wife. I think I’m getting good at the mom thing, but the “wife” role took a major backseat and I’m now working to fix that issue (no details, to your relief).
The gals in book club had mixed reactions. I’ll put it out there that if you’re a newlywed, you probably won’t glean much from it except dread for the future. If you’re not a mom yet, again – dread for the future. But those of us who are out of that honeymoon phase of our relationship/marriage AND have at least one little one in the house, this book inspired me. It gave me hope that I CAN be a great mom and a great wife.
If you order it from the website (click on the book name above), you can also get the Bible Study…which I wish I had done. It would be an interesting Women’s Study to do at church. Maybe next Spring…
Next up on my list? A book called “I Have To Be Perfect (And Other Parsonage Heresies)” by Timothy L. Sanford. The description on the cover says, “The Preacher’s Kid’s Manual of the Holy Heresies You May Have Grown Up With and How to Find Your Way Back to the Truth”.
If you know me, you know that I’m a preacher’s kid. I have been for 27 of my 32 years in life. Had I been asked if I wanted to be a PK (knowing what I know now) I would probably have said no. I haven’t always enjoyed being a PK and lately it has been the worst it has ever been. I have recently been longing to reach out to other PKs and share, support, and whine together.
I’m thinking about starting a blog about being a Preacher’s Kid (still no catchy name yet) and was looking around on the web to see what was out there. While surfing, I stumbled upon PKI, Preacher’s Kid’s International. I joined and haven’t checked out the whole site, but did find the above book. So I ordered it right away. It arrived today and I’m looking forward to digging in.
Here are the “Four Holy Heresies About the World”:
1. “I Have to Be Perfect”
2. “I Can Ruin My Dad’s Ministry”
3. “Other People’s Needs Are More Important Than My Own”
4. “I’m Damned If I Do and Damned If I Don’t”
I’m hooked already! I’ll have to post about it, but it may be on my new blog about being a PK – if I ever come up with a catchy name. I wanted to do “The Preacher’s Kid”, but there is a dumb movie coming out with that name so I’m not sure now about using it…
Anyway – that is what has been floating around in my brain lately…