EDIT (8:18 am): I have a quick prayer request. I’m meeting with the Family Pastor at our church this morning at 9:30 to discuss the sex series. I’m bringing the girls with me, so we’ll see how that goes. Here’s the request. I found out last night that they had problems with the video we shot and want to re-do it after my meeting this morning. Who knows what the girls are going to do, and I haven’t had a very good attitude about this “inconvenience.” I know it’s Satan wanting me to get discouraged. Boo, Satan! I’ve been praying all morning for an attitude change and read some good stuff in the Message Bible. God’s getting me there, but if you could say a quick prayer for a godly attitude and that I’ll be filled with the Spirit and God will put words in my mouth. Thanks, friends!
I know I’ve said this before, but when I write I feel God’s pleasure. I wish I felt His pleasure while running (like the famous Chariots of Fire guy) but I’ll take what I can get. (When I run, all I feel is a burning sensation in my bun cheeks. Where there’s fat, there’s burn…)
ANYWAY, Gabe was laughing at me late last night. It was well past midnight, and I was positively giddy. My heart was pounding, I was doing my little hand-clap thingy, and I couldn’t stop grinning. I forced myself to do two hours’ worth of McGraw-Hill, then dug in to your surveys, reading them, marking them all up, taking notes in the margins. They are sooooo good! I have 20 already. You ladies are QUICK.
A snippet of a conversation from last night:
Gabe: What kind of person gives one hundred books away?
Marla: The kind of person who is smart enough to get 100 brilliant people to write half the book for her.
Seriously, you girls are A-mazing. And four of you even wrote, “Love you, Marla” at the end of your surveys under “other comments.” Could I be any more blessed?
Thanks for your support as I vented last night. It won’t happen again–well, as far as that situation is concerned. I need to nip it now, before I fall into a pattern of sinful gossip. So, I won’t be sharing the contents of the much-longer e-mail I got from the wife late last night.
My response to hers was a bit lengthier than my reply to her husband. And I got a little firm. There’s turning the other cheek, and then there’s defending yourself and shedding light on the truth. Please pray for this couple. Despite my less-than-chummy feelings toward them on a personal level, it breaks my heart to see the stronghold Satan has on their marriage. It’s so sad.
Ava is doing fabulous. Thank you soooo much for your prayers. Her mouth is a little sore. Did I mention they clipped something else in her mouth while they were at it? I guess we have these little stringy things all over our mouths. They clipped the one between her bottom lower lip and gums.
I’ve been trying to spend more time with the girls, doing things they enjoy–puzzles, books, watching them ride their bikes, rolling around in the grass… My to-do list seems a mile long right now, but when I take time for my kids, God rewards me in so many ways. For one, He gives me so much writing inspiration, my pen/keyboard can’t keep up with my brain. It’s intoxicating really. At least for me.
Have a beautiful, sun-soaked day!