Tuesday, June 29, 2010

My Thirst Is Being Quenched

So very many new, exciting (and some not so exciting) things have been happening lately that I need to catch everyone up on. I have been through a short (by the grace of God) spell of spiritual drought, but am back on again with letting the Living Water quench my ever so thirsty self. The Lord has provided a miracle, a new desire to get back into His word, and a new excitement about my next Bible Study.

So to start, let me just tell you about my health junk. For the past month, I have had a kidney stone that absolutely LOVED my body. First, it fell in love with my kidney and set up camp there for a while, then it moved on down, but refused to leave my body. As in, it set up camp, blocked my pee (TMI, I know), and had me in tears from pain most days for the past month. It's costed me a hospital ER visit, 3 doctor visits, 2 pain med prescriptions, and a lot of emotional turmoil thinking that instead of a stone it was really a tumor and my cancer had spread (I know, I know that's crazy, but when cancer comes into your life, every symptom that you have for a while afterwards makes you think its cancer again). Anyways, I was absolutely DONE with this thing, and wanted it out of my body but was not able to get into the kidney specialist at Vanderbilt until today. So, moving right along, this past Friday night happened to be Night of Worship at my friends' church. I love going so I was thrilled about it. At the end of the service, a lady there who is a true intercessory prayer warrior came and prayed over me. I tell you now that within 12 hours, that dang stone either passed or was dissolved by the Lord because what I couldn't get rid of for a month with conventional methods, was gone after intense prayer. Now, maybe it was simply her prayer, or my faith that I would be healed, or both, but regardless, my kidney stone and I broke up and he packed his bags and left.
GOOD BYE and GOOD RIDDANCE! I'm going on to my urology appointment today and will update with the news later.

Now, moving on to my quiet times in the mornings. I went through every single day last week and only got up once to have my time alone with the Lord. And to be honest, He showed up and I only partially showed up. Instead of meeting face to face with my Saviour as normal, we met over a cell phone line with a really staticky connection... meaning my heart just wasn't there at all(meaning, NO, I do NOT have a LITERAL direct phone line to God so don't take that statement at face value - this time, just read into it). However, He has sparked a new season for me and I am again thirsty! This time though, instead of doing a Bible Study in the mornings, I am listening to sermons on my iPod and taking mad notes. I have learned so much in just 2 days that I am amazed! AND...here is the other exciting bit of news. I AM doing a Bible Study at night...but I am doing it with my HUSBAND!!! You have no idea how much this truly excites me and ignites this new passion in me (and is again, another answer to prayer). We have decided to do Beth Moore's study on Daniel (he was a little skeptical about doing a girly study with me so I thought this one would be the least girly and he loves the book of Daniel and prophecy). We started last night with the session 1 video and cannot wait to see where this journey takes us. It's going to be intense, and exciting to say the least.

And now for an update on my friends who are going through cancer treatment now:
Roben: stage 3, met in a mom's group a few years ago, is 3/4 of the way through with her first round of chemo drugs. She is doing wonderful with them!!! After 3 more treatments, she will have a 1 month break, then have her double mastectomy, have another 1 month break, and then finish chemo with another round of different chemo drugs which will last 2 months total (4 treatments). Just keep praying for her to tolerate all treatments well and that her faith would continue to grow through this process. She loves the Lord and wants to use this adversity to positively impact others.
Melissa: this is another young mom whos husband is friends with my younger brother and SIL. I do not know her personally, but I know that she has started chemo for her breast cancer. We are unsure of their faith so just pray that they would come to the Lord if they do not know Him and of course pray for her healing and family.
Stacy: This is a young mom who I "met" in blogger world. She has just been diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. Based on what I have read, she loves the Lord and has put her hope in Him. Just pray for her and her family as they begin the journey through cancer.

OK - if you've stuck with me through this super long post, thanks! I had a lot to share and was actually able to do it all in one sitting since my kids are still sleeping! WOO-HOO!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Going Through A Dry Spell

I'm just going to be honest here. I finished my Beth Moore study on the fruits of the Holy Spirit a few weeks ago and since then I have been STRUGGLING to know what to do for my quiet times each morning. I have hit a dry spell and I HATE it, but I seriously don't know what to do. I've stopped even bothering to get up at 5 AM because all I do is sit there and half-heartedly do a lesson in another study I have. I just can't seem to get excited or motivated.
This is NOT normal for me. I want to be excited to meet with my Saviour every morning. I want to meet him with a cup of coffee, my Bible, and just have uninterrupted time with Him. I want to be excited again when the alarm goes off.

Pray that this dry spell will go away. That the Lord will just drown me with intense desire like He has before. That I will fix whatever is hindering me from being able to sit at His feet and just take Him all in.