A few weeks ago I was driving to pick Anya up from school and I heard a broadcast on Focus on the Family that captured my heart and broke it at the same time. The broadcast featured Kara Tippets a wife and mother of four who has terminal cancer. Listening to her speak about her journey, and her dependence on grace and God made me slow down for a minute and think about what really matters in my life… God, my family, my health and the time I spend with my loved ones. Kara is incredibly courageous and faithful. Grace has met her in so many ways that she has been gracious enough to share with others.
Her pain is increasing and the cancer is spreading more aggressively in her bones. Today she is getting a surgery and I just ask you to please pray for her and her family during this time. Please take a minute and visit her site, Mundane Faithfulness and look at her Facebookpage she will inspire you with her faith, wisdom and light. When you read how grace has met her in so many ways your faith will be renewed! Kara is such a gift and a blessing to all those who know and don’t know her. I’m praying for her and her family and I hope you lift her up in prayer as well.
Today my heart goes out to all the people in Ferguson. The community as a whole is hurting and I’m praying for them. I pray for peace, communication, cooperation, justice, for hearts to be mended, and a rebuilding of trust. I see so many hateful comments in the media and social outlets and I believe with all my heart that individually we all have a responsibility to be the peace we want to see by reflecting it in our thoughts, actions, words and deeds. May God bless everyone and may an awakening come soon that will heal our communities so that we can see one another as human beings wonderfully created by God put here to do his will and love one another regardless of our differences. Go out today and reflect the peace you wish to see and pray for everyone without discrimination.
The amazing thing about Facebook is that you get to virtually keep in touch with people you haven’t seen in years. I love being able to get a glimpse into their life. It puts a smile on my face to see their kids and how amazing that so many of us have these sweet little mini-me’s. I love seeing how so many of my friends have become amazing moms. Today one of my friends from high school, one of those amazing moms really needs your prayers. Erin is probably alot like you and I. She loves hers sons with every fiber of her being, she volunteers at their school, and you can tell that being a mom is her first priority, one that she loves and takes great pride in. As I was looking at her Facebook page I realized her son Mikey was sick. Not the sick, like a cold but really sick. I sent Erin a message letting her know that I would be praying for her son and her family and she told me has cancer. He starts treatments tomorrow.
I literally burst into tears. I haven’t seen Erin in years, probably over 20 years, but that doesn’t matter, because I am a mom and she is a mom. We love our kids more than anything and when they hurt we hurt, when they cry we cry, and when they’re sick we’re fighting like you know what to get them well. Tonight my daughter has a cold, I bathed her, fed her, gave her meds and put her to bed. I’m sitting right next to her, aware of every cough, sniffle and noise she makes. Because that’s what moms do. Erin is preparing her son to go to the hospital tomorrow and although I’m sure she is broken and shattered inside, she is going to hold it together because that’s what moms do. Erin is going to smile when she feels like crying, grin when she wants to scream, and stand by Mikey’s side when she wants to fall to her knees. God is going to get her through this. I don’t know why this happened to her son. But, I know this we can pray for Mikey and Erin and her whole family. We can lift them up and ask for God’s divine healing on this sweet angel.
So ladies I’m asking you from mom to mom pray for Mikey Meskanick and Erin and his younger brother Dominic and his dad also named Michael. Lord, I ask that you bring complete healing to Mikey, Lord. Give him the strength he needs to endure his treatments and the courage it will take him to get through them. Take away any fear he has and replace it with the indescribable peace that only you can give. God I ask that you take care of Erin and her family lift them up and show them that through you all things are possible. Lord restore Mikey’s health and keep his spirits high. In Jesus’ name. Amen!
In Washington, DC in a fairly safe neighborhood known as Eastern Market, a 29 year old man named TC Maslin, a father and husband was severely beaten and found in a coma on a doorstep. TC Maslin was walking home after going to a NAT’s game with friends when he was severely attacked and beaten. His injuries were so severe that he had to undergo 2 brain surgeries. He has a lovely wife, Abby and an adorable son, Jack who are praying for his complete healing. I’m appalled that people can be so callous and cruel and to be honest a bit frightened. I lived in the Eastern Market neighborhood when I first moved to Washington, DC. I loved my one bedroom apartment with it’s courtyard, and the vibrant market on the weekend, and the many restaurants I frequented in my pre-Anya days. I too would walk home in the dark sometimes after a late dinner with friends and felt safe just as I’m sure TC Maslin did. The police haven’t caught the awful human beings who done this yet, but I’m hopeful they will.
My heart goes out to TC, Abby and Jack. This woman, this wife and mother needs our prayers and support. Abby has started a blog that I encourage you to read as she chronicles their journey to recovery and healing. Love for the Maslins will give you a glimpse into TC’s healing and Abby’s life as she tries to encourage her husband and be there for her son. As women and mothers let’s reach out to Abby. Let’s pray for her, give her a word of encouragement and do whatever we can to lift this family up. There is also a link for donations that can assist them with their financial needs. Once you read Abby’s blog you will understand the extent of TC injuries and the toll it is taking on him and their family.
My heart went out today for all those affected in the Swiss bus accident that killed 28 people in which 22 of them were children. I ask that you take a moment today and say a prayer for all those families who lost a loved one in this horrific bus accident. Be intentional everyday about telling your children that you love them, hug them tight, and let them know how special they are, because sadly enough regardless of age, each day isn’t guaranteed. I’m sure these parents were eagerly awaiting their children’s return from a fun ski vacation in Belgium, ready to hug them in their arms and listen to all of the many stories they surely would tell and just like that their lives are forever altered. Let’s pray for these sweet babes and anyone who lost their life in this tragedy.
My heart goes out to the Niebur Family. Susan Niebur passed away today. She left behind a husband and two young children ages 4 and 6. Just a few days ago I wrote about how this incredibly strong woman through her blog Toddler Planet inspired me and gave me a good kick in the butt and made me stop complaining and be thankful for the moment I was in and now she is gone. I pray for her family and hope that we all remember that life is a precious gift, that should be cherished and never wasted for one moment. Rest in peace Susan, thank you for your incredible strength and light.
I’ve been going through a difficult time and although I do my best to keep a positive attitude, there are times when I’m just plain old tired, mad, and not feeling so spiritual. Anytime you go through a trial and it’s deeply personal it is often hard to see the sun through the clouds. Today, I woke up and thought about the laundry list I had to complete and was overwhelmed! There is work, gymnastics, homework, church, and I’m pulling together that last few things I need to give to my lawyer for discovery. I took a breather at work and was looking at a Parent in Silver Spring blog and came across another blog written by Susan Niebur, who writes Toddler Planet. She’s a wife and mother of a 4 &6 year old, I’m sure we may have a lot in common since we both have children around the same age, but there is one big thing we don’t have in common… Susan is fighting metastatic breast cancer in her spine, neck, ribs, and hips.
See unlike me, who can take deep breaths when I’m feeling stressed Susan has an oxygen machine. Unlike me who can run after Anya and shuttle her from school to gymnastics class, Susan is in bed, in pain and will have hospice come to her home and can’t take her children back and forth to school or classes. Susan is fighting for her life. After reading her blog, and I encourage you too also, I gave myself a good kick in the butt. Who cares how busy I am? Who cares that I have to put documents together for discovery that are completely irrelevant to this custody case? Who cares that I may not get 8 or even 5 hours of sleep? Who cares that I have to rush between picking up Anya, feeding her and dropping her off to gymnastics? Who cares about any of this!! I am healthy! I can pick up my daughter and hold for hours without feeling any pain. I’m not going through radiation or having hospice come to my house at the age of 39. I can fully participate in my daughter’s life! I have the strength to fight this custody case with every bit of energy, love, and fire that I have in me and know that God will take care of this! I am alive and able. By the grace of God at this minute I am healthy and I asked God to forgive me for my complaining and whining and thanked him for all of his blessings.
Tonight I’m going to do my best to enjoy the busyness in my life. I’m going to remember that in an instant life can change and in a blink of an eye I may wish that I could run around picking up Anya and dropping her off at class. I’m going to be grateful for all the stuff even if it drives me crazy, because I’m here and I’m able. I admire Susan’s courage and strength during this time of adversity in her life. She is in my prayers and I ask that you pray for God to heal and restore this wonderful and courageous mom, that could easily be our friend, sister, or mother. Thank you Susan for reminding me to think about what matters.
Hi Friends, Today, on my Facebook page connected to this blog I read something that broke my heart. Joslyn Rankin Thornhill wrote today that she lost her 15 month old son last year on Christmas Eve, and although she is trying to stay strong for her other two children, she is struggling as you can only imagine. My heart goes out to this mom and her family and I ask you that we lift her up in prayer and ask God to give her and her family the strength to endure this troubling time. Joslyn, has opened my eyes and actually gave me a new perspective on some of the struggles, I just wrote about previously. All that matters is we enjoy every single moment with our children and loved ones. So please pray for Joslyn and her family. I ask that God gives her peace of mind and heart and wraps his arms around her breaking heart. May God bless you Joslyn your sisters are praying for you.
A beautiful young woman named Lauren Scruggs, is need of prayers. She was in a horrific accident which has resulted in the amputation of her left hand and severe facial and shoulder injuries. She was exiting a propeller plane after going on a ride to look at Christmas lights when she walked directly in front of a propeller. She is in ICU and is in serious condition. Lauren seems like a fighter, but she needs all the prayers she can get. To learn more go to http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/laurenscruggs. Please pray for her recovery and strength for her family.
Hi Friends, I’m asking you for a special prayer request for a very dear man. Bob Smith is one of the ministers at my mom’s church, the church I grew up in. He was cutting a tree, something he has done many times before. The tree’s branch hit him and he fell 20 feet out of the tree onto the concrete on his back, he literally cracked his head open in the back. He is in very very critical shape. He has a punctured lung, broken ribs, a ruptured spleen, a broken back, a broken neck (in several places) and bleeding on the brain.Telling you our hearts are heavy is an understatement, his family and church family is devastated and praying for his recovery. I ask you to please keep him in prayer. I know God can heal regardless of how broken we can be. Thank you for your prayers for brother Bob, his wife Eddy (sounds like edee), and Timmy and Tanya his children.