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“For This Child I Prayed” Part 3

Four years ago I prayed and asked God for a son. The following January our family was blessed with a little boy who has filled our lives with joy and laughter. I’ve blogged about him before twice, describing how God has used him to teach me about trusting in God and praying specifically for the needs of my children.

Last fall I miscarried a baby very early in pregnancy. Several dear ladies came along beside me in prayer and the Lord gave me peace in knowing my little one was safe with Him.

Shortly thereafter I prayed again for a child and we were overjoyed to find out right after Thanksgiving that I was expecting again, due in August of this year. I remember praying shortly thereafter, trusting God would see me through the first trimester of pregnancy as we continued to homeschool. Weeks went by with very little morning sickness, but daily reminders of my pregnancy with a lack of energy, bouts of acid reflux and the ups and downs of hormone-induced pregnancy mood swings. At 12 weeks we saw our precious little one on the ultrasound screen for the first time. The tech remarked that our baby should get the most cooperative award for a baby that day! At 16 weeks I heard the heartbeat. The midwife commented how the baby’s heart beat and mine were beating together!  Around that time I felt my little one’s fluttery movements inside me!

All the joy and expectancy of this pregnancy stopped in mid-March when I had my 20 week ultrasound. What had been a much-looked-forward-to appointment to find out whether we would be adding a third pink or a second blue to our family became a day of devastation as there was no heartbeat found on the ultrasound. The overwhelming peace and presence of the Lord helped us through the difficult days that followed. Friends from near and far sent messages letting us know that they were praying for us!

Last fall God answered my prayer and gave me another son, but this time He chose to take that son home to be with Him in Heaven! I consider both sons (and both my daughters) to be gifts from God! Just because God loaned me my second son for only a very brief time does not change the fact that he was an answer to prayer! His life, though very short, has a purpose. I’m still daily discovering that purpose. God’s peace is more real, Heaven is more real, verses of Scripture are more dear to me – all these things I’ve found just because of a life that was only 20 weeks in length! I know there will be more to learn in the days ahead as well.

There are still hard days when the grief seems fresh, but yet because of the hope that I have in Christ through His death on the cross, shed blood, burial and resurrection, I can go on.

“I will be glad and rejoice in Thy mercy: for Thou hast considered my trouble; Thou hast known my soul in adversities;

And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: Thou has set my feet in a large room.” -Psalm 31:7-8

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A Letter to That Woman

Mother’s Day is always a hard day for me. On one hand, I want to praise mothers and thank them for all they do. …but on the other hand, there is an overwhelming cloud over my writing, because I know and am friends with quite a few women who have very heavy loads they are carrying.

Last year, I wrote this letter and I wanted to share it with you this year. I pray that each of you have a BLESSED Mother’s Day!- Joy T. 

Dear precious lady,

I may know your name or I might not, but you are on my heart today. I know Mother’s Day is hard for you and so I wanted to take the time to acknowledge you and send you my love. If I could write you a card or draw a sweet picture for each of you, I would.

….for that sweet lady whose precious baby was taken to heaven before she got to meet her/him, Happy Mother’s Day! You are a mother and you always will be. Sadly, you don’t get to carry that bundle around, just the burden/pain. One day, you will meet that sweet baby. Oh, how precious that will be! Until then, I pray you have a blessed Mother’s Day.

….for that sweet lady who soooo desires to become pregnant: every month is filled with pain and a reminder that you are still not pregnant. I am so sorry! I pray that God will give you peace soon and that today will be a day filled with love and joy for you.

….for that sweet lady whose grown child/children have walked away from her life. Her children have disrespected her, ignored her, used her or abused her. Happy Mother’s Day! You are to be honored and cherished and my heart breaks for you. Keep on loving them with God’s love. You are a STAR in my book.

….for that sweet lady whose child has died. …you have held that baby. You began to rear that child and now “this”. It is so hard. … I am so sorry! I pray that the good memories will keep your day filled with joy. I celebrate you as a mom! Happy Mother’s Day!

….for that sweet lady who is overwhelmed with raising her children on her own due to the military, a broken heart, or whatever the circumstance–Happy Mother’s Day! I know if your children had money or the ability to go to the store, they would buy one of everything for you. Keep on, keeping on. You are doing an amazing job!

….for that sweet lady who is raising her grandchildren. Wow, this is the time you were supposed to begin relaxing…and now this. You don’t always get applauded because you’re not the birth mother; however, I celebrate you and ALL your hard work. Happy MOTHER’s Day! You are a blessing. That child could not do without you!

….for that sweet lady who adopted older children who don’t appreciate her. They might not say this, but I will, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! You are amazing and you inspire me to be a better mom to my kids. You love, even when you are cursed at. What an example to us all! God will bless you for this.

….for that sweet lady whose mother is not with her anymore. I know you would give anything to talk to her again. I’m so sorry! I hope that you can enjoy all the good memories you had with her. I hope you will be inspired to be a better mom and grandma because of her.

….for that sweet lady whose celebrating her Mother’s Day in the hospital, whether for herself or for her child, Happy Mother’s Day! Hang in there, mama! This too shall pass! I pray that your day will be full of rest and peace.

….for that sweet lady who is waiting for a husband and so desiring a family. I hope you have a blessed day. I would encourage you to “adopt” a mother whose hands are full. Adopt a child who seems unloved by his/her family. You can still “mother”. We need your help!

….for that sweet lady whose battle I may have not mentioned; I pray that your journey will grow you. I pray that you will be blessed. I pray that you will know the peace of God which passes all understanding.

To “THAT WOMAN”: I celebrate you!!!! Have a joyful-in-the-Lord, peace-filled day!

– Rejoicing

Ps. Come visit us at http://www.rejoicinginthepresent.blogspot.com, to hear some of the real-life stories of “these woman.” 


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Show and Tell

From the earliest moments of a child’s ability to observe surroundings, he or she should be taught to recognize the beauty of God’s handiwork in nature. At this very moment as I write, thunder is crashing and lightning is bolting. All my family members remain asleep, and I wonder if anyone will be awakened by the storm as I have been. I whisper prayers for protection from the effects the storm could bring.

Since I know WHO made the thunder and lightning and rain, I can trust Him in the force of the storm.

Since I know WHO controls the faucet of sky showers and the sound board of the thunder, I can watch and listen to the rhythm of the storm.

Since I know WHO sees the entire weather radar across the world all at once and at all times, I can understand that storms work together for His purposes.

Since I know WHO is with me in the sunshine as I observe wildflowers, I can believe that God is with me in the storm and be hopeful that the storm will pass in His timing.

Since I know WHO hears my spoken praise to Him on the sunny days, I know God hears my heart crys and whispered prayers during the loud storm.

Since I know WHO promises mercies new every morning, I can expect a beautiful rainbow in my life after God-selected storms.

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Wildflowers for Mom

We have great opportunity and responsibility as mothers to teach our children Who God is, what He made, and how He works. Observe colorful sunsets, beautiful fields of wheat, wildflower fields, and cloud patterns. Stop to feel gentle breezes or comment on high winds. Hear the morning birds chirping or the crashing of sea waves. Smell the salt of the sea and the scent of a flower passed by. Taste the honeysuckle, the fresh fruit you pick, and water from a natural spring.

“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” -Psalm 34:8

There are so many ways He has given us to SHOW His handiwork to our children in order to TELL them of the Most High God WHO is worthy of their love and their lives.

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” – Revelation 4:11

Below are some passages that encourage me to teach my children. Let’s show and tell our children {and others} about our Most High and loving God!  ~Jeri Lynn

□ Psalm 78

□ Deuteronomy 6

□ Genesis 1-2

□ Psalm 8

□ Deuteronomy 11

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