My life changed this weekend. On Friday as we drove Jordan to my in-laws, I said a silent prayer for him, for his safety, for God's continued grace. Jordan was spending the weekend with them because Ashish and I were attending Christmas parties and serving at the church over the weekend. This isn't uncommon, we leave him with them often. They take care of him, maybe better care than I do. He is well fed, bathed in the best bubble baths, and greased down like a little chicken (how do you like that Abbey?)! So why was it so hard for me to leave him? As we were driving, more and more reports of the S.H. Elementary School shooting were coming in on the radio. More details, more fatalities, more outraged people. My heart was heavy.
As I kissed Jordan goodbye, I whispered another short prayer, for his protection. Although I thought my prayer was quiet, Jordan heard it and whispered back "dear God, thank you for this day, I will be okay."
Every night we start our prayers with "Dear God" and we go on to pray for our friends and family. We often pray for our neighbor, Ms. Barbara, and for warm beds. I typically have to lead the prayer and Jordan just repeats. For him to pray his own prayer meant so much. It meant that all of our prayers that we pray mean something to him. It meant that he listened to what we were praying for instead of just repeating. But, most of all, it meant the he knew how to pray for what I needed to hear, without even knowing.
Ashish and I went on to have an amazing weekend (which I will blog about tomorrow sometime this week). Jordan came back to us, full of energy, and happy. He was unharmed. He was perfect.
My prayers are still with the families that were so greatly affected by the shooting. I've been on my knees in prayer for healing and guidance. I continue to hold onto the fact the God is good.
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
I don't typically comment or blog on current events. I don't get into political debates with friends or strangers. I hold fast to my beliefs and have a very good sense of how I am. I'm a child of God, a wife, a daughter, and a sister. I'm an educator, a neighbor, and a daughter in law. But, above all, I am a mother. My heart is heavy today. 18 children, between the ages of 5-10, had their lives taken before it really ever began. 18 mothers are at home without the children that they sent to school this morning. 18 families are broken. My head is spinning with the "hows" and the "whys."
This event has our country in shock. You don't have to be a parent to be heartbroken. If you know a child, work with children, or have your own child(ren), you are affected.
Let's pray for these families. Pray for our country. Pray that God gives these parents comfort in the midst of severe tragedy. I will be holding Jordan a little bit tighter tonight. I will be thanking God for continuing to bless our family and friends.
Hey Ladies! As usual, it's been a while. I don't have a good excuse, other than that I've been busy. Today I am linking up with Katie @Married With a Pup to tell you all of my Peaks, Pits, Praises, and Prayers (say that 3 times fast!)!
Getting my Christmas gifts wrapped. I seriously thought I'd be wrapping for forever.
Spending time with my new friend Abbey! That girl is one of a kind.
Going to a fancy Christmas Party this Saturday with Jennifer and Chris, and of course, Ashish!
A 1 minute plank without feeling like my shoulders, abs, and lower back are going to give out!
Doing something weird to my eye. Sunday night I had an eyelash in the far left corner of my left eye. I tried getting it out by rubbing it but nothing was working. So, what do I do? I get a Q-Tip and proceed to get it out. Problem? I think I irritated it because it's been scratchy ever since. I'm praying that it will heal by Saturday so I can wear my contacts to the Christmas Party.
Headaches...I need to go and get my iron checked.
Dad's heart cath came back clear!
Ashish is loving his job more and more, every day (and the Christmas bonus didn't hurt either).
Everyone is healthy. There has been A LOT of sickness going around. I have been so nervous that Jordan, or I, will get the nasty stomach flu. Thankfully, it hasn't hit us, yet. Let's keep it that way!
A happy marriage-enough said
The relationship with my SIL is really broken right now. Wisdom to know if and when to stop fighting for it.