surveys and stuff

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!

22 thoughts on “surveys and stuff

  1. Hedda_Fetha

    This will be great material for your up coming book!

    Get the girls involved =]  you know they made a whole show about how “kids say the darndest things”.  

    prayers to you…

  2. rachmckinney

    thank you for not gossiping more about the couple. i know that is hard. gossip is something i am trying to work on not doing, and so you not doing it was an example to me when you so easily could have!
    i thought your survey was so good and had so many things in it. i feel i could have written and written about things. i tried to limit my answers:) i can’t wait til the book comes ou t! Gabe’s comment and your response was great!:)

  3. ClutzyButtercup

    I can totally relate to your situation with the couple…I had a similar situation last year and although I was very hurt, I hurt even more for the other people because I saw how Satan was using them.

    It was late when I did my survey and I really couldn’t think of any extra comments but I love you sounds good to me!  🙂

  4. jbnygaard

    Hmm…after reading everyone’s comments, I forgot what I was going to say! Must not have been to exciting!

    I am so glad that Ava is doing awesome and that she can speak with much ease! Eden had his tongue clipped right after he was born, it was border-line but I am sure glad they did it then! It’s so nerve racking to see your kids at any age though go through any medical procedure!

  5. jennikim

    that last paragraph was encouraging to me. i hate feeling like i am a bad housewife because dishes and other responsibilites need completed, but this past week the only day i had time was when my sister was over! instead we visited, so now that the baby is asleep and sister and sil are gone, i finally worked on the dishes.

    the survey was fun to complete! lots of reflecting.

  6. Abs7

    haha, when I started reading this post for some reason I thought it was Gail’s post. I was soooo confused!

    I’m glad you had such a great repsonse with the surveys, sorry I can’t help you out… maybe some day…

  7. gsowell

    Glad you are giddy!

    I had that stringy thing between my top lip and gum clipped when I was younger. It was growing down between my teeth and making a wicked gap! They did mine in the dentist’s office with NO novocaine because he convinced my mom the novocaine would hurt worse than the clipping and 4 stitches. Little 7-year-old me just sat there gripping the chair arms. Amazingly, I love that dentist. I have no fears or ill-will toward dentists. I guess he was right!

  8. kkakwright

    I had a sort of similar situation recently.  I was hurt, and I wanted to hurt back.  It is hard to know what to do as far as turning the other cheek and all that.  I prayed and I felt God telling me not to respond.  This was NOT at all what I wanted to do but did it anways.   I’m glad now (it happened about 3 weeks ago) that I didn’t respond due to the circumstances surrounding what happened.  Vague enough for you?  🙂  My point is, I feel your inward struggle when it comes to turning the other cheek. 

  9. tonialynn59

    You know I looked at the survey and thought “I don’t remember much!”haha  So I sent the website to a few girls I know that are younger and into babies and motherhood right now.  I loved this encouaging post!  I also love your attitude about this couple.  It is hard sometimes when we see things like this to stay loving and kind.  I know couples like the one you described and it is just so sad!

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