Thursday, December 02, 2010

Wordful Wednesday - Rough Time

Can I admit that it’s been a tough couple of weeks?  That I am grateful to my husband for keeping the blog going when I have sat in front of the computer and not known what to say?


It has been a time of watching unfairness.  And grieving.  And fear and fervent prayers.

Mr. Daddy’s cousin lost his beloved daughter to cancer last week.  She was my age.  With a toddler.


And yet, God can use it to bring good things.


As we said our nightly family prayers, we asked God to be with Crystal’s family, because they would miss her until they see her again in Heaven.

And that little boy of mine?  After a conversation about Heaven and forgiveness and how Jesus loves us… well, he said the most important words he will ever speak.


He asked Jesus into his heart.


As the angels were rejoicing with Crystal’s homecoming, they were celebrating our boy’s acceptance of God’s all-expenses paid ticket to Heaven someday.

Is there any greater joy than seeing it “click” for your child?  To realize that you should never underestimate what God can do in a tiny heart?



And it seemed just as quickly as we were celebrating that, the bad news began to roll in.


First, a text message:



How chilling to see those words.


My cousin and his new bride are spending their honeymoon at an orphanage in Peru.

The thief stripped them of their camera and their new wedding rings.


A huge sigh of relief to know that they were physically safe, but shaken to realize what they had gone through.



Then another text message within 24 hours.



Another cousin.  One who I had just seen at my Grandmother’s surprise birthday party a few weeks ago.  And when I’d shared here about the party, I had not included his picture because of the sadness in his eyes.  He is tenderhearted and I love him to pieces.

I cannot help but see a little kid when I look at him.  I hug him and he towers over me – but he still feels like the toddler with the mop of golden curls.  I am so glad I told him how much I love him.



I don’t want to share the details of his injuries.  To say that upon seeing him in the ER, his friend passed out cold - would tell you that he’s lucky to have survived.

In a profession where looks are everything, I know that he is struggling with more than just physical pain right now.

It was a terrible accident – a reminder of how quickly our life can change.  I had no idea that my last words to him, “Don’t waste the hard things”, is something that I desperately hope for him right now.


Would you pray with me?  Thanking God for the good things – Crystal’s Heavenly citizenship, Itty Bit’s name in God’s book, H’s physical safety, and S’s life?

Praying for the hard things – Crystal’s family who is grieving, H’s loss of the treasured rings, and S’s healing?



And because these make me smile on days that are hard… our family made some wonderful memories:

  Little Jo smashing herself with a snowball because no one would play with her.IMG_8423

Wonder why?


IMG_8413 What a good sport Cousin A is, no?


May-May and Itty Bit enjoying the chase scene



and warming up in the kitchen with a Hallmark moment.  (See what I love about Cousin Wavy?)


Wishing you moments to slow down and appreciate life and family and health and God’s gifts.


myletterstoemily said...

oh dear, such heartbreaking and joyous
stories. you took me on a roller coaster.

agree with me,

"Lord, we rejoice with the angels that itty
bit's name is in the book of life and pray
that you guard his sweet life and let him
live out the fullness of his days in the
fullness of Your Spirit.

we lift up the grieving family and the young
couple who lost their rings. please return
to them double their heartache.

and for the dear cousin with the sad eyes,
we ask that you surround him with your
ministering angels and speak to him about
your joy unspeakable. heal his injuries and
his heart."


Jenilee said...

Wow... no words. Just prayers lifted up for you and your family. Hugs from a caring blog friend...

Christy said...

You and your family are all in my prayers. No wonder you've struggled. So glad to hear your little sweetie has gotten saved. Lovely news indeed, and at a time when you certainly needed some. God bless.

Anonymous said...

Prayers going up for you! I never emailed you to say thanks for doing the giveaway, it was great!! Hang in there girl

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

I'm praying with you!

Heather said...

I am so sorry for the bad things going on with your loved ones. I hope things are looking up soon.

That last picture is ADORABLE.

kc said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

"In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:4-5

Through the darkness that your family is facing now, I am sure great light will soon shine. Itty Bitty's acceptance being just the first shining light...

robin said...

Oh my goodness....sending lots of Positive Thoughts and Prayers to all your loved ones... :(

Foursons said...

Oh Rachel. I'm so sorry to hear all of this. When it rains it pours it seems. I am thankful that you have a few beautiful moments to focus on amongst all the heartache. I'm praying. Always.

Amy said...

My heart is aching for you and your loved ones. God works in very mysterious ways, but know dear friend that He is in control. He will heal you and and those around you. It is so hard to praise Him when things are bad, but we must. I am humbled that you are able to see good in things. Take time to be in the word, take time to pray, take time to heal. I am thinking of you and praying as well. Every now and again I start to think I am having it rough.... and then God shows me just how good I have it by sharing things like this with me. I am learning to be grateful, and you dear friend are helping. Big hugs and huge prayers!

I am praying that I will get the joy of hearing my sweet gifts accept Jesus into their hearts. What a sweet moment for you! Praising Him for your sons most important words be spoken! How great is our God!

Buckeroomama said...

You and your family are in my prayers, Rachel.

Absolutely wonderful news about Itty Bit. Now that made me smile... and that last photo, too. :)

Little Jo smashing herself with snow because no one would play with her? Too funny! =)

Tina said...

I will be praying with you!! It is so hard to understand why things happen the way they do here in this world. But I am thankful that God is showing you some hope in the times of despair. Yay for Itty Bit & the most important decision he will ever make!!

Shana Putnam said...

I have just been sitting here. For about 5 minutes. Praying. I am praying for all of your family. I am so sad for the loss and the pain and the uncertainty. I am overjoyed with Itty Bit's acceptance of Jesus into his heart. That is amazing. I just want you to know I am here. I knew something was going in because you were just gone but I had no idea. I am sending lots of love and support from here and as always prayers.

Unknown said...

Oh friend - it is hard to see the screen through the tears. So I will leave you with this:

John 3:16 (NIV) "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son."

God gave His son for the unbelievable unfairness in your life right now.

God gave His son for that precious mommy.

God gave His son for a sweet pair of honeymooners to keep them safe, and for the thieves desperate enough to steal from them.

God gave His son for S - because by His stripes we are healed.

God gave His son for yours.

God gave His son for you, sweet friend. And if you were the only one, that would have been enough.

I will be praying.

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Oh Rach~ So much sadness...I am SO sorry to hear of all this! I have prayed for them and will keep them in my prayers!

How AWESOME is that for Itty Bit to accept Jesus into his heart!!! I remember when my son did, 2 days before the 911 attacks. I just remember being so thankful at that time for our eternal salvation when things here on earth were so scary! And sad!

HUGS friend!

Floortime Lite Mama said...

I am crying here darling Rach
you guys are such an example of how to looks for gifts in such sorrow
It was reminding me of the song
"Bring the Rain"
Here are the lyrics
I hope it brings you some comfort
Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain

I am Yours regardless of
The dark clouds that may loom above
Because You are much greater than my pain
You who made a way for me
By suffering Your destiny
So tell me what's a little rain
So I pray

Kmama said...

I'm sorry things are so rough right now. Of course I will pray. I also pray for you and your family that things will lighten up a little.

Aunt Crazy said...

So many of my friends are going through hard, scary times right now. I can't help but wonder if we are supposed to be learning to enjoy the reason for this season a little better. Sometimes I wonder if we have to suffer heartache to make us truly understand how great other things are.

I'm thinking of y'all!!!

Mama4Real said...

I'm so sorry friend! It seems like stuff like this really multiplies this time of year! Will be praying for your family!

Discovery School at First Baptist Heath said...

You are all in our prayers.. And welcome to the family, Itty Bitty, glad to call you a brother in Christ. I love the faith of children, I want to be more like that. Lifting you all up to Sweet Jesus.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry that all this is going on in your family. Rejoicing though that your son welcomed Jesus into his heart. Praying for you.

I often don't what to say either and my husband is also blogging for me at times!

Brandi said...

Lifting you and your family up in prayer, Rach. So very sorry to hear of the tragedies involving your loved ones.

Itty is a sweetheart. :)

God Bless.

Presley family said...

My dear sweet friend,
How my hear breaks for you and your family in these very hard times. You will all be in our hearts and prayers.
Itty, well.... what can you say... :)

Katie said...

Oh Rachel. :( I'm so sorry your family is facing such trials! I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers. Thank goodness for the good things peppered in with the bad.

HeatherOz said...

I'm so sorry Rachel! *Big Hugs*
And many prayers for your entire family!!

Emmy said...

Oh my gosh. I am so so sorry. Why does this have to happen all at once? I will definitely keep you and all of your family in my prayers.

Unknown said...

What a rough couple of weeks...but can I just say a big PRAISE THE LORD for Itty Bit!!!!!!!! Seriously, I can't think of more joy in a mother's heart than that.

Unknown said...

ps - You may or may not have an award on my blog... ;)

Unknown said...

Prayers for you sweet friend...And oh what a joyous, precious, memorable moment when Itty-bit 'got it'
Stay strong in His word Rach, He will hold you up. said...

Oh my are going through so very much. Such sadness. Such sorrow. So much pain...

keeping you and your family in prayer

(as for that lovely little boy of yours...what an incredible blessing!)

He & Me + 3 said...

Wow girl..your family and loved ones have been through some rough times and still are facing some. It is hard and difficult to think at those moments that all things work together for good...but they do. You are finding the good amongst the storms. I read a church sign a few months ago and it read "God uses the storms" truer words have been put in my heart. HE will use every tough time we go through for His glory somehow. Our pain our suffering is not in vain. He has it all under control. My dad just fell from the roof last monday and has a broken pelvis & some broken ribs. He is in much pain and it is hard for a 65 year old man that used to run/walk 5 miles everyday to be sitting in a chair unable to get around. God will use this storm...he is missing church today and I know that not being able to preach is killing him...but he is still with us and the fall could have been so much worse. He landed on concrete.
Praying for your family today.
rejoicing with you over your sweet boys salvation. Gorgeous pictures.

GunDiva said...

It just keeps coming, doesn't it?

I'm so sorry to hear it.

I'm sending big hugs and loves from your Colorado family.

Michelle said...

I'm debating on whether to post my second reaction to this post. My first, of course, is grief for you and your family and all you're going through. I do pray for those who are hurting and rejoice with you in Itty Bit's decision to accept Jesus!

Then I thought: "dang, girl needs to have less cousins"

Stacy said...

Praying for your, so much heartbreak and sadness in a few weeks time. I will pray for healing for everyone and hope for better days ahead.