Sunday, December 28, 2008

Where to begin.

We are so blessed. We had a wonderful Christmas week and were able to see all but two sets of family members. That is huge! The girls have been absolutely wonderful and up to this point, we haven't had the after Christmas melt down. (Does this happen at your house too? I'm curious if it's just us!)

Thursday morning we enjoyed Santa and then headed up to my parents to spend Christmas with my side of the family. It was great to see my sister and nephew along with my brother and sister in law and their daughters. My poor grandparents just sat and watched their 5 great-grandchildren open moon shoes and stilts and baby dolls and Wii games..oh brother you should have heard me trying to explain the Wii to my 91 year old grandmother. She was so confused. Anyway..it was a wonderful day that ended with Chad, my sister and I taking the three oldest to the movies...so my parent's could rest.

For several weeks I've been struggling with some sort of chest cold/cough/fatigue "thing". It wasn't bad enough to go to the doctor I thought, so I've just dealt with it at home. It has gradually become worse and listening to me cough and carry on...Chad and my dad decided I was going to the doctor. So Saturday morning that is where we went.

I've only got bronchitis, but they have fixed me up with some mighty fine drugs and I can already tell a huge difference. I didn't realize how bad I felt until I slept through the night last night. It's amazing what 6 hours of sleep will do for you! I'm still not 100% but we are getting there.

The amazing thing was the pharmacy where we filled my prescriptions gave me all sorts of discounts and coupons and we wounded up getting all my medicine at a much more affordable price. :) Thank you Lord. Just one more way He continues to show me that He is alive and active in my every day life.

We had an incredible church service this morning. Dad brought the Word and I'm telling you the Holy Spirit sat down on that place. One came for salvation, another who has been living away from the Lord came to rededicate his life..the front of the church was full of people on their faces praying. Dad lost his jacket in the middle of the invitation..we thought oh boy...he's going to preach again! Just kidding!

I have to share with you the sweetest picture for me today. When the man came forward to express his desire for salvation, my dad put his hands on his head to pray with him. The young man started out with his hands on my dad's arms...but the longer they stood there, the higher this guys arms went and by the time they were through praying his arms were totally extended in the air. It was the most beautiful thing. Complete surrender.

It was even more special to sit behind some of his friends and family..they were so happy. This family has experienced great loss this year and for one that they care so much about to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ was quite a gift.

As we sat at Aubelo's for lunch, dad told us that next week he would be baptizing FOUR! That little church is growing spiritually, and I really believe God is fixing to do a mighty work in those people.

It was an awesome way to end our weekend.

We are home, unpacked and Chad...is sick. So I get to return the favor and take care of him.

I'm looking forward to catching up on your Christmas story!

Blessings,
steph.

8 comments:

The Small Scribbler said...

Sounds like a great week. I can only imagine the Wii discussion with your grandma. We are waiting for the meltdown here. We just pulled in the driveway a couple of hours ago after being gone for more than a week. Everyone is exhausted.

Rest up and Happy New Year.

Kate

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Yes to the meltdowns! I was wondering the same.

Girl, I am so glad you went to the doc-I told you why in an email I think.

I am glad you had fun and are back home. Rest up and get completely well! God is good all the time.
Love ya!
Ang

Melinda said...

That was a beautiful picture of receiving salvation - thank you!

So glad you're feeling better!

Hugs,
Melinda

Lora said...

What a beautiful picture of surrender. That was precious!

So glad you are feeling better and can nurse your hubs back to health.

Blessings!

Southern Charm said...

What a great time it sounds like you had. I am glad you are feeling better. My little Braxy was sick too & God gave us a little help too. We have no health insurance so when Mike called the doctor on Christmas Eve they asked if they could just call in a perscription. Then Publix pharmacy gives away that perscription for FREE! We didn't have to pay for the visit or the meds. YES.

Heather C said...

Glad you're feeling better!

This paragraph brought a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes:

I have to share with you the sweetest picture for me today. When the man came forward to express his desire for salvation, my dad put his hands on his head to pray with him. The young man started out with his hands on my dad's arms...but the longer they stood there, the higher this guys arms went and by the time they were through praying his arms were totally extended in the air. It was the most beautiful thing. Complete surrender.

How precious! Thank you for sharing this intimate moment with us!

twinkle said...

I loved the visual of the man and your daddy praying together. And your daddy taking off his jacket! We had a miracle at our church to behold this past Sunday. A young boy had a golfball size brain tumor found, removed and biopsied this month. Thank God it was benign! Surgery was in Memphis and the doctor here said things didn't look good before the surgery. The family was at church Sunday (the incision made me want to faint!) and so many were loving on the child. His mom spoke after the invitation thanking everyone for praying them through for this miracle. She spoke through tears and we were all bawling. God is Good!

Fran said...

I hope you are feeling better by now. And, I'm so glad you painted the picture of the man being baptized and his hands raised. That brought a big ole tear to my eye.

Love ya girl!
Hugs,
Fran
Happy 2009