Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Family Ties

We had a wonderful holiday weekend with friends and family!  Friday evening, we enjoyed a delicious dinner with some of our best friends.  Saturday, we spent the day with all of our boys and their girlfriends (except Camo - his girlfriend is still his mama. LOL!) It was a day of watching old home videos and the house was filled with laughter and joy. Sunday was a day of worship for our Lord.  Sunday evening was beautiful.  You could feel the autumn bite in the air just teasing us with fall.  It has not arrived yet as temps will get back up in the 90's here this week.  That evening, we entertained friends with burgers and four wheeler riding.  It was a beautiful night.  As we were riding, the stars in the sky were breath taking! God's creation is such a beautiful painting of His greatness!  Monday consisted of dove hunting for Rodney, Ryan and Justin. Camron enjoyed a day of being spoiled with Mackenzie, Lele and family.  Ryan left to head back to college that afternoon and I was left at the house to enjoy sometime to myself.  However, I found myself very sad and lonely.  I went and walked our puppy and then rode around in my car for a little while.  I began to tell God of my feelings.  I didn't want to feel this way. I asked him to take the sad feeling from my heart and to just remind me of the joy of being His daughter and a part of His family.

The Lord did remind me of something Camron had said Sunday as we were leaving church.  Camron made the statement "Mama, it feels like Ryan is a part of our family again".  We all chuckled at him and Ryan gave him the biggest hug. Camron was happy to be spending time with Ryan. You could tell that Ryan and Justin enjoyed spending time together this weekend as well, even though they would never admit that they miss each other.  As I was driving, I began to wonder if God ever feels this way toward His children.  I wonder how lonely He may feel because of His children not meeting, talking and spending time with Him? And also, just how excited He must become when He feels that we are a part of His family when we do take the time to visit Him in prayer, bible reading, fellowship or singing praises to Him.  Whether you realize it or not, God desires for you to be a part of His family.  He wants to spend time with you.  He wants to help you make decisions in the crossroads of life.  He wants you to feel His love.  How long has it been since you felt as though you were a part of His family, or that He was a part of your family? Do you miss leaning on His shoulders to rest? Jesus died for our sins not just so that we would be able to go to heaven, but that we would be able to have a relationship with and be a part of God's family. Jesus is the bridge that ties relationships with God and makes it a family.

My prayer today is that God is not lonely for you but that He recognizes you as an active part of His family.  After all, a Father loves spending time with His children as often as they like to visit!


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Better than a Hallelujah!

This past weekend, one of my dear friend's son was burned.  He received burns to his face, chest, shoulder and arms.  This young man has shown such great courage and strength through it all.  He received minor surgery from one of the best burn facilities around.  He returned home and is now on the road to recovery. 

As I have prayed for this young man daily, I can't help but to be filled with tons of joy and praise just thinking about what God has in store for him.  I know that this whole experience has been a very painful, frightening, and nerve wrecking time for him and his family.  The best thing through all of this has been that God has been in control.  He was there when this young man was on the burn pile, He was there with the paramedics when the father met them with his son, He was there when the mother received that sinking feeling in her stomach and heart because of news that one of her boys had been hurt, He was there at the hospital when the ambulance arrived and was met by what seemed like 50 doctors, He was there on the helicopter ride entertaining this young man with a view of wildlife in the fields, He was there meeting this young man as he arrived at one of the best burn victim hospitals around and was by himself, He was in the vehicle with the parents as they had to drive the four hour ride to reach their son who had been transported, God was with the young man through surgery, his journey home and He is still there with this young man and his family!

A family leaning on God during times of pain and suffering is better than a Hallelujah sometimes.

A community coming together and loving this family like Jesus loves is better than a Hallelujah sometimes.

God hearing thousands of prayers for a young man is better than a Hallelujah!

We pour out our miseries, God just hears a melody
Beautiful the mess we are, The honest cries of breaking hearts...are better than a Hallelujah!!!

Thank you Lord for your mercy and blessings on the Patrick family this week!  I pray you continue to heal Clayton and speak to him during this time. Lord, may he grow to be a "mighty" soldier for you!  We pray for complete healing and can't wait to see him back on the baseball field! Amen!

With much love for the Patrick family,

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