Monday, January 30, 2017

Will You Trust God When He Doesn't Heal?

Hey friends! I know I've been a little MIA over the past year. A second child will do that to a person. Consider yourself warned! In transparency, though, the past year has been a faith building journey for our family as we have experienced life with a baby who isn't completely healthy and are learning to trust God, even when He doesn't heal.

Having a healthy family is something I always took for granted, until our little man was born with some kidney issues. So many of you prayed with us during my pregnancy last year for the Lord to heal my baby as we went through the up and down experience of not knowing what he was going to be born with. I am so grateful to all of you who encouraged me through that time. Prayers were answered as the originally suspected diagnosis of Down Syndrome was incorrect. However, with his diagnosis of Renal Hydronephrosis, we have had numerous ultrasounds, a VCUG, Renal scan, orthopedic appointments and physical therapy for our sweet boy.


If you know anything about life with a toddler and a new baby, you will understand why multiple doctor's appointments in a week just adds chaos on top of an already chaotic adjustment! I quickly learned to offer myself grace and temporarily set aside the things that I find joy in, like writing, for the things that bring me greater joy, my family. I have no regrets.


Watching my baby in a hospital bed in extreme pain and being able to do nothing to help him has been one of the most heartbreaking experiences of my life. I wanted so badly for God to heal him. We, and so many others prayed, even fasted and prayed, but God said no.

I remember wondering why God wasn't answering my prayers for healing in the way I thought he should. Every time we went to the doctor for an ultrasound, I mustered up all of the faith I could find and believed that my baby was healed. After all, since my name is faith, I should have more of it, right? Yet, at every appointment last year, the outcome wasn't as I believed it would be. It's easy to trust God when He's doing what you want. Could I trust Him even if he wasn't giving me the tomorrow I was praying for?

Isaiah 55:9-13 says,
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12 You will go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
    will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
    will clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
    and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
    for an everlasting sign,
    that will endure forever.”

This passage has often reminded me that God is writing the lyrics to my song. I don't understand why he lets it rain or puts thorns in it, but I don't have to. He's making something beautiful with it as I trust Him. This song of life is no one else's to sing and can't be compared to those around me. It's an original. Choosing to trust God with my song even when I think the lyrics should be different has built my faith in great ways. My song isn't being written for my happiness or to display my beauty, my accomplishments, or even my faith. My song is being written to point people to Jesus and that's how I'm learning to sing it.

A few weeks ago, we had another ultrasound done to check on little guy's kidney function. For the first time since he was born, it was showing improvement. We are praising the Lord and so grateful to everyone who has been praying with us! No, he's not healed like we've prayed. Maybe he won't ever be. But we are resting in God's perfect plans that he has not only for our family, but for our son as well. As I trust God, my prayer is becoming less about healing and more about God being glorified through our lives.

If you're in the middle of some tough life lyrics, I hope you are encouraged that God knows what He's doing, even when we don't.
My heart goes out to other parents who have children with illnesses far worse than my son or have experienced the loss of a child who wasn't healed. I know that what we have dealt with is by no means as serious as what many families go through, but I hope that our journey can be encouraging in some way. If you need prayer or someone to share with, please send me a message and I'm happy to join you in the journey that God has you or your little ones on.
Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mommy Moments #234


Welcome to Mommy Moments! It is a blessing to look back on the past several years with all of our co-hosts, guest hosts, and community of moms linking up to encourage and challenge one another. It's worth so much to know that moms have been blessed and maybe felt a little less alone in doing what God has called them to do. Thank you all for using your writing to be a blessing to me as well as to the hundreds of other mamas who are reading it. I'm thankful for each of you who have made this link up possible!
It's no secret that motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its joys. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world! 
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Our top viewed post from last week belongs to Mess to Blessed and her post "The best of Organizing a Playroom" I'm glad I'm not the only mama who has a messy playroom and just had to click on this post. Tori shares some fantastic ideas for utilizing space in a playroom and how to organize toys effectively so make sure you stop by to check it out!


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Now, link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 


Please, pretty please, we'd love it if you would tweet or share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends! Use the hashtag #mommymoments to help us all stay connected!
We would also love it if you could add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up! If you are not able to copy/paste the code on your page, please e-mail one of us and we would be happy to send you the code!

P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!





Sunday, January 22, 2017

Mommy Moments #233



Welcome to Mommy Moments! It is a blessing to look back on the past several years with all of our co-hosts, guest hosts, and community of moms linking up to encourage and challenge one another. It's worth so much to know that moms have been blessed and maybe felt a little less alone in doing what God has called them to do. Thank you all for using your writing to be a blessing to me as well as to the hundreds of other mamas who are reading it. I'm thankful for each of you who have made this link up possible!
It's no secret that motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its joys. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world! 
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Our top viewed post from last week belongs to Valerie, and the first post in her new series, "Trading Fear for Faith.". Valerie encourages her readers to face their fears and walk through them in faith rather than avoiding them. She offers practical steps and a personal analogy of how God has taught her to face her fears and live in faith. Thank you for the encouraging post, Valerie!
Sometimes we have to step out of places that are comfortable in order to step into God's will. Follow this series and discover how to trade fear for faith


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Now, link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 


Please, pretty please, we'd love it if you would tweet or share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends! Use the hashtag #mommymoments to help us all stay connected!
We would also love it if you could add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up! If you are not able to copy/paste the code on your page, please e-mail one of us and we would be happy to send you the code!

P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!





Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mommy Moments #232



Welcome to Mommy Moments! It is a blessing to look back on the past several years with all of our co-hosts, guest hosts, and community of moms linking up to encourage and challenge one another. It's worth so much to know that moms have been blessed and maybe felt a little less alone in doing what God has called them to do. Thank you all for using your writing to be a blessing to me as well as to the hundreds of other mamas who are reading it. I'm thankful for each of you who have made this link up possible!
It's no secret that motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its joys. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world! 
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Our top viewed post from last week belongs to Heather Bixler and her post "More Than Enough". This is such an encouraging post for moms who feel like they can't keep up or aren't doing enough to measure up. We are all called to different sacrifices and its our hearts that matter more than what we are accomplishing or sacrificing. Thank you for the challenging post, Heather!





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Now, link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 


Please, pretty please, we'd love it if you would tweet or share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends! Use the hashtag #mommymoments to help us all stay connected!
We would also love it if you could add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up! If you are not able to copy/paste the code on your page, please e-mail one of us and we would be happy to send you the code!

P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!





Saturday, January 7, 2017

Mommy Moments #231



Welcome to Mommy Moments! It is a blessing to look back on the past several years with all of our co-hosts, guest hosts, and community of moms linking up to encourage and challenge one another. It's worth so much to know that moms have been blessed and maybe felt a little less alone in doing what God has called them to do. Thank you all for using your writing to be a blessing to me as well as to the hundreds of other mamas who are reading it. I'm thankful for each of you who have made this link up possible!
It's no secret that motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its joys. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world! 
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Our top viewed post from last week is one of my favorite kinds, a birth announcement! New babies are always celebrated here at Mommy Moments. Meet Ahava Joy Harris from Faithful With The Little. Make sure to stop by and offer your congratulations to mama Rebekah and their whole family!




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Now, link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 


Please, pretty please, we'd love it if you would tweet or share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends! Use the hashtag #mommymoments to help us all stay connected!
We would also love it if you could add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up! If you are not able to copy/paste the code on your page, please e-mail one of us and we would be happy to send you the code!

P.S. We will be having a new guest host every week! Want to be a guest host of the Mommy Moments Blog Hop? Send Faith a message at farmprincess14{at}gmail{dot}com. We would love to have you!





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