Saturday, March 29, 2008

Proverbs 31:10-31 for Today’s Woman

Next weekend I have the privilege of leading a retreat for the women of Grace Point Church
I will be speaking on Proverbs 31. I thought it would be fun to write a modern day version of Proverbs 31. So, here for your reading pleasure is Proverbs 31 for today's woman.

An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.

The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.

She does him good and not evil,
As long as he puts his clothes in the hamper
And the toilet seat down.

She looks for wool and flax at Macy’s , Dillards, and The Loft
And tries them on in delight.

She is like merchant ships;
She brings food from afar like Taco Bell, McDonald’s and Pizza Hut.

She rises while it is still night,
After hitting the snooze button a half dozen times.
And gives food to her household, i.e., Poptarts and frozen waffles.

She considers a field and buys it with her earnings,
And hires a landscaper and gardener.

She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong
By lugging her oversized Coach purse around.

She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night
Because she falls asleep on the couch with the tv on.

She stretches out her hands
As the tailor at the cleaners alters her clothes.

She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to her needy children.

She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For they are all dressed in scarlet fleece pullovers from Old Navy.

She purchases coverings for herself;
Her clothing is exquisite.

Her husband is known in the neighborhood,
Where he hangs out with the other men and talks sports.

She quilts and crochets,
And sells her goods at yard sales and craft shows.

Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.

She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue,
Except when she is reprimanding her children.

She makes sure the house is clean and the laundry is done
Rather than watching Oprah.

Her children acknowledge all her hard work and sacrifice
By making a mess;
Her husband does too,
He complements her by saying,
Honey, you’re the greatest wife ever now “What’s for dinner?”

Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Holy Heartburn BatBoy!

I now understand all those looks of agony on the faces of the people in the Tums and Rolaids commercials. A couple weeks ago I had my first experience with heartburn or acid indigestion or whatever you want to call this evil thing that seems to enjoy taking over my stomach at the most inopportune times. Yes, a few weeks ago at about 1:15am I woke up sweating and writhing in pain from some of the most gut wrenching stomach cramps I have ever experienced. The only time I had ever felt that bad was when I contracted amoebic dysentery in a third world country which shall remain nameless. However, this experience was a little bit worse. On top of the terrible stomach cramps it felt as though I had swallowed a lit match and it was not going to be extinguished. I will save you all the gory details, but let's just say I resembled the girl in the movie The Exorcist. My sweet husband slept through a full hour of my agony before I woke him up in a panic. I chewed some Tums and anxiously awaited some relief while my very sleepy husband tried to calm me down. Eventually relief came. Fast forward to yesterday. I ate an extremely bland diet all day. Cereal, bagels, refried beans, tortillas, a banana, water, water, water... you get the picture. However, my body was NOT happy. I chewed some Tums, no relief. I took a walk, no relief. I took a Pepcid AC, no relief. Finally, around 8:30pm Daniel suggested we go buy some Mylanta. We did. I took four tablespoons and guess what it worked! From all the books I have read they say that acid indigestion and heartburn only get worse as pregnancy progresses. So, meet my new best friend...

Friday, March 14, 2008


A couple of posts ago I put out a request for prayer for our dear friends Amy and Allen and their sweet little boy Simon. Today, I have good news. The judge has granted Amy's parents temporary custody of Simon. As of today Simon is with his grandparents. Amy and Allen were also granted unlimited daytime visitation. That means they can see him whenever they want until he comes home! Thank you Jesus! In spite of this great news, please continue to lift this family up in prayer. They still have a long road ahead. Simon will undergo some genetic testing to help possibly determine the cause of his injuries. Also continue to pray that Simon will be back home with his Mommy and Daddy soon.

On the homefront, I had my 16 week prenatal appointment today. Doctor L said everything is progressing great! We finally heard the baby's heartbeat and it was music to this mom's ears. The doctor did mention we have an "active little critter." Hopefully I will be able to feel this activity soon. Only four more weeks until we find out whether it is a boy or a girl! Yes we want to know, yes we have names chosen and no we are not keeping them a secret. If it is a girl her name will be Eleanor Grace and we will call her Ella or Ella Grace. If it is a boy his name will be William Wayne and we will call him Will. Check out the poll in the upper right corner to place your vote on the gender.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

15 weeks

Ok, so a few of you have asked for a belly picture so here goes.....

I am just SO excited to be posing for this photo!

There's a baby in there!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Prayers Needed!

Please be praying for some dear friends of ours, Amy and Allen, and their sweet little boy Simon. They are going through a very difficult time right now. You can visit their blog here to learn more.