"And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live." Deuteronomy 30:6

but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
2 Peter 3:18

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

This Week

This week is proving to be a sad one for me. This is the week leading up to Janie Beth's due date. I go to the doctor for my check up on Thursday. A dear friend is further along now than I made it with Janie Beth. We have passed the one month mark and Katie Jo's birthday. I received Janie Beth's visitation and Celebration of Life pictures today. WOW! It really happened!?! I miss her so much! She was so beautiful.

When does the pain ease up? How much longer will I have a deep aching in my heart? Will I ever desire to do the normal things again? Will there be a day when cooking dinner isn't hard?

My devotion this morning was about God having compassion on us and hearing our prayers. I will stand on the promise that He is here and will never leave me nor forsake me whether I feel Him here or not. I will cling to the promise that He hears my prayers even when I don't see the answers yet. I will lean on the promise that He is working all things together for my good and His glory even when it doesn't feel like it. I will be thankful for all that God is doing in my life, marriage, and family. I will be thankful for the friends God has placed in my life. I will remember that I am not on the road alone and many are praying for me even as I feel like I am alone sometimes.

I realized last night that God hurts when I hurt, so no matter how alone I feel He is there and He cares. As I feel forgotten, God sends me a phone call from a friend. God is still taking care of me even as I struggle trudging through the mud. It will get harder as the mud piles on my boots, but there will come a day when they will land on the Rock and the mud will fall off and I will be able to take steps without pulling my legs up. Thank You, Abba, that Joey is trudging along with me hand in hand!!! Thank You, Father, that You are holding my other hand and lifting my head and guiding me with Your hand on my back!!!

Almighty Father, go deeper than my pain and begin to mold me back together. Thank You that You can penetrate that deep! Thank You for Your promises and Your faithfulness!! Lord, write my faith each moment of this day and provide all my other needs as each moment comes. I need You! Be with me as a consuming fire, Lord Jesus. Thank You for the Spirit that fills me. May He have access to every part of me. This is Your day. May You continue to bless us and keep us. Make Your face to shine upon us and be gracious to us. Lift up Your countenance upon us and give us peace. In Jesus' holy name I pray. Amen


  1. I am here for you girl! For a hug, a talk, a listen, a prayer, ANYTHING that you need. I struggle with not wanting to intrude in your life, and at the same time wanting to do anything you need! I am praying for you, which is all I know to do sometimes. I can not even fathom what you are going through, or where you are. Please know that I am here as much as I can be. My heart hurts for you and all you have lost, and at the exact same time it is so full of happiness at all you are seeing the Lord do through precious sweet Janie Beth! Keep holding Abba's hand and know you are NOT forgotten! Love you! (((HUGS)))

  2. praying for you as Sunday approaches. Beth L.

  3. I'm praying for you!! I know that Janie Beth's due date will be very hard. There are many people praying you through!! I love you!!

  4. Praying for all of you, Michelle! There are so many people that have been touched by Janie Beth. I know because I am one of them! I will forever remember Janie Beth and her beautiful, perfect little face. What a wonderful feeling to know she is waiting on you in the arms of our heavenly father. :)

  5. Praying for you Michelle. Thank you for sharing this journey with us. Not only because we can stand in prayer, but because it reminds us of the preciousness of life, and the great and mighty Father we have and serve. Marybeth