I’m not going to make this whirly/whimsy/warbly stuff a habit, I promise. With my penchant for random, it sure is tempting though. Twirly Tuesday, Flitty Friday, Miscellaneous Monday… I just need it today. I felt a little fake writing the happy, smiley Post-in-a-Box I had planned. So… welcome to the jumble in my head.
For starters, yesterday was a tear-streaked day. Some disappointment and discouragement that hit me pretty hard. A frustrating situation that keeps compounding and is really hurting my heart. But my head tells me God is in control and truly wants what’s best for me. Please pray that I’ll trust Him. Praise the Lord for a husband who trusts Him too–and who offered lots of big hugs yesterday, saying things like, “Go ahead and cry. It’s okay to be emotional. You’re a woman.” My girlies were extra-loving too. Bless their hearts.
I do want to mention something that has been bothering me a fair amount lately. I read Lysa TerKeurst’s blog (Proverbs 31 Ministries) yesterday and she wrote about a comment that had really hurt her. It was along the lines of “you’re too big for your britches.” This gal had e-mailed Lysa and hadn’t heard back from her. So she accused her of writing books and speaking at events but not taking a personal interest in people. Poor Lysa said she hated the fact that she had so many e-mails she couldn’t get to, but this week especially, each of her five kids needed her in a big way. And they came first. I can only relate to Lysa on the tiniest of levels, but I can still relate. In my line of work/fun, I meet a lot of people. And as much as I want to, I can’t keep up. I try to respond most of the time–and I want to!–but sometimes messages/comments/e-mails slip through the cracks. And I so get the family thing. They’ve got to come first. But I hate it when I unintentionally “ignore” someone, and she feels unimportant. Soooo… if you’ve asked me something in the past few days (weeks, months) and were feeling kind of bummed/bitter/annoyed that I didn’t respond, please, please try again. E-mail me (click “contact” on the right) a friendly refresher/reminder, and I promise to get back to you. Thanks so much for understanding!
I spoke to some awesome gals at a MOPS group here in town Monday on l-o-v-e and s-e-x (my fave talk to give). They were such a great audience. I asked them for anonymous prayer requests–how can I pray for your marriage?–and promised to lift them up in prayer this week. Some of the requests were heart-wrenching, and God and I are having a big heart-to-heart over them. It’s drawing me closer to Him in the process. If you have a prayer request related to your marriage, I’d be honored to pray for you too. You can even send it anonymously through the contact form. And a big shout-out to the Heritage MOPS gals. If any of you are reading this, you’d better say hi! And if you’re part of a MOPS (or other) group and you’re relatively close to central Ohio, I’d love to come chat with you and your friends about loving on your hubby.
Lisa H., I haven’t heard from you! You won a free book! I’ll give you until Friday to claim it, then I’ll have to give it to somebody else!
Thanks for your thoughts on in-laws. Kudos to those of you who shared that your relationship is great! Gail had a good idea to work on a magazine article on the topic, and there’s a fiction book idea swirling (twirling, whirling) around in my brain as well. We shall see.
A joyful shout-out to Ms. Baby Bangs and her sweet family! They welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world yesterday! Named after her grandma and as pretty as anything. Mama and baby are doing great! Congratulations, Curtis and Amanda!
That’s all for the Whirl. Tomorrow I’m going to ask you a really rude question. Friday is a tribute to a special birthday boy. Saturday is Issue 2 of S.S. And another Word Sabbath on Sunday with pics of my little lovelies and my darling niece, Isabelle Kate!
Wow, Wow, Wednesday, Everyone!