My six

My six

"As for me and my house we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

Monday, August 19, 2013

No eye has seen, no ear has heard...

1 Corinthians 2:9 is one of my favorite verses,

"However, as it is written, no eye has seen, no hear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.."

We can not fathom what the Lord has in store for us once we get to Glory with Him. I also believe that he has great things in store for us here on earth while we are waiting. Things we can not even wrap our minds around. He loves us and wants to bless us and our children. Earlier I wrote about amazing things that the Lord is doing in the lives of my children. Daulton is at an exciting time in his life. Devyn is experiencing the same. 

I know I write about her a lot. She is my oldest, so everything with her is a first for me. I want to share so maybe it can help another mother going through the same things. 

Devyn is my strong willed girl. Focused on her studies and on her walk with the Lord. She has also never been one to fit in with a particular crowd. She would try her best to fit in with others, but God made her to be extraordinary, not ordinary. Dr Seuss says " Why fit in when you where born to stand out." Devyn has never been one to be boy crazy. Her father and I raised her to be independent. We have told her that if a boy did not treat her better than her daddy, then he wasn't worth her time. Those are some high standards to live up to since she is a daddy's girl. She has been very, very picky. Which is a good thing. She has waited patiently on the Lord. I always knew that the Lord had someone special for her (especially since she is so sassy and head strong). Wouldn't you know, right in the middle of her ordinary life, God has given her a fairy tale. Trust me, I am a sucker for fairy tales. I do believe in them. I think God wants the best for us, and when we allow him to write our stories, they are better than any fairy tales. 

I could not of hand picked such a great young man for my daughter. I am overwhelmed with God's blessings on her. Not only is he a great kid, but he has a great family. I have the up most respect for them. This young man loves the Lord, is a gentleman, is genuine, cherishes his family and relationships,  and the rest of my kids look up to him. He fits in with my crew like he is one of my own. My favorite thing about him, is the smile that he puts on my daughter's face.

Joel leaves for Basic Training for the Army tomorrow. As a mom, that brings tears to my eyes, especially since I just dropped my own son off at college. I am lifting his momma up in my prayers. I know that this will be difficult for her. I am also lifting him up daily in my prayers. He is going to do great. He has been preparing for this.The Lord works in mysterious ways. He allowed them to build a foundation of a sweet relationship for the last three months. He will be away for about 14 weeks. I know it will be a challenging time for Devyn, and she will be counting down the days to see him when he is through. I know that she will be one of his biggest supporter and encourages, and of course be praying for God's protection over him. God is at work.

There are two scripture that comes to my mind when I pray for Joel:

The first is a blessing: 

Numbers 6:24-26
“‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

the second is a promise of God

Deuteronomy 31:8
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

May the Lord equip him to be successful, he is going to rock basic training.


Saturday, August 17, 2013

It's Been a Hard Days Night

More like a hard days week.

I am not going to sugar coat it. This has been the hardest week in the 38 years that I have been alive on this earth. I know that I will have to face harder times in my life, but this one has pierced my soul.

I have been told by several people that have been through their child leaving for college about how hard it is. Nothing can describe it or prepare you for it until you actually go through it. For months before he left I was mentally preparing. I knew it was going to be hard. I was not prepared for watching my son in the review mirror watching us drive away with tears in his eyes. I was also not prepared for was his four younger siblings crying on the way home for about three hours. It never dawned on me that they would be upset. I guess because Daulton spent most of the summer with his girlfriend. So he wasn't around much. I couldn't cry on the way home because I needed to be strong for them. I need to let them know that this is part of life and a milestone to adulthood and one day they will be doing the same. I also was not prepared for my husband getting upset. He had picked at me for months and when it came down to it, once we got home, I saw my rock crack. That was hard.

This is just one of life's moments. A moment to stand in awe of God and his peace. A moment to praise and thank him for His blessings. Daulton is getting his first year of college paid for. Everything fell into place with this. Daulton is getting to play the game that he loves and live on his own and become a responsible young man. I still shed tears, but they are not of sorrow. My tears are mixed with some regret. I should of loved more, laughed more and hugged more. While the other tears are of thankfulness. That the Lord has his hands in all of this. This is a good thing. "Every good and perfect gift is from the Lord" James 1:17

Daulton has had a rough week, too. He has been adjusting to five roommates, from all walks of life. Temptations and personalities that he is not use to. I feel like I threw my son out among the wolves.
He has also realized that college baseball is not a joke. They have been doing some major conditioning. Nothing like high school or travel ball. The first morning he was out there he threw up his breakfast. They are also doing crossfit and he is sore from head to toe. I will get to see him tomorrow, we have a mandatory parents meeting. Then it will probably be about three weeks before I see him again.

I went to the football field Wednesday to pick up Brady from practice. I was sitting there waiting. There was not a drop of rain around I look up and see this:

In the middle of my sad week, God sent me an I love you!

Like I said before, this has not been easy. My son has had it as rough as we have. I have peace through this because I know that this is good for us. It is times like this that we grow. God is doing some amazing things in our lives. Not only Daulton's, but Devyn's as well (that is another post for another day :)

We serve a mighty God, and what blessing he has on those who love HIM!!

"Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow  the LORD will do amazing things among you." Joshua 3:5