calling all prayer warriors

Good morning, dear ones! I have a HUGE prayer request this morning. Some of you know that my brother-in-law, Stewart, (married to my sister Bethany) suffers from Crohn’s disease. It has gotten a lot worse lately, and Stew spends a lot lot lot of time in the bathroom and in bed. He’s a youth pastor, and it has been really hard for him to carry out his duties when he feels so awful most of the time. Bethany tries to pick up the slack, and it has really been wearing on her. Lots of tough times.

Stew has finally agreed to try the Maker’s Diet for 40 days, and boy is it going to be tough. The first phase is no sugar, starch, dairy, etc. You can eat eggs, chicken, seeds and water basically. It’s like Lent on steroids. Bethany is going to do it with him. Please, please pray for strength for them to get through this–that Bethany would think of creative recipes and that Stew would stick with this. And most importantly, that God would work the hugest miracle–huger than selling a house, huger than anything–and Stew would be healed.

And if you would, please go visit Bethany’s blog and leave her a word of encouragement. Thanks so much!!

And now for a much smaller, easier favor. Harvest House is quite interested in stories of lives/marriages touched by Is That All He Thinks About? I told them about the husband who asked if he could buy me flowers, and they want to hear more stuff like that. I’m not looking for book reviews but some cool/fun stories of good things that have come from reading the book. Some of you have already shared some great stuff. For example, “When I asked my husband if I could buy the book, he said, ‘Buy 12!'”

If you’ve already written me and don’t care if I use your quote (minus your name), let me know. If you have something fun to share, please do. And I’ll use discretion–some of you (you know who you are!) shared some juicy stories that I would edit before sharing. The people who worked so hard on my book often miss out on hearing how the book touched lives.

We had a fun weekend. We took the girls to Dick’s to get Ava’s soccer gear. There was a special on cleats, shin guards, socks, and ball. Her cleats are pink and black, pink shin guards, pink ball. She’s  in heaven. (Her jersey will probably be red.) We ate at Chili’s and played at Barnes and Noble for awhile.

Last night after supper, we drove to a park and the girls rode their bikes while I pushed Nina in the jogging stroller and Gabe took pictures. Livi just learned how to ride a bike without training wheels, and she’s doing awesome. I ran about 1/2 mile and about died. I’d love to get back into running again–maybe soon. Gabe and Ava pushed all the swings at once and then ran in front of them one at a time–what’s that thing they used in medieval times (i.e. Shrek)? Anyway, it was fun. We also made Auntie Anne’s pretzels (not quite as good as the real ones, but close!)

I have a meeting with one of the pastors at our church this afternoon. Our senior pastor is doing a series on sex and intimacy after Easter, and they have an idea for me to help out with it. I’m excited to see what they’re thinking.

Livi has soccer practice tonight and Ava tomorrow. Thus begins our eight weeks of complete craziness. Four practices/games a week between the two of them.

Have a great week!

15 thoughts on “calling all prayer warriors

  1. ladymiss3739

    Today (Tues) you are on a roll with all your comments to other people…!  Love the verse you shared with faithchick.  I’m definitely writing that one down in really big letters on really big paper.  Then I’m gonna plaster it on a wall somewhere.  Or maybe a 3×5 will work…

    How did your meeting with your pastor go?  What recipe do you use for Auntie Annie’s pretzels?  Sound yummy!

  2. Abs7

    i was going to buy your book this weekend, but i never go to the bookstore.

    i am so excited that ava is going to be playing soccer, especially that she has link gear 🙂 i played soccer since 4th grade and absolutely loved it. i actually wish i could find an adult league around here. 

  3. KmHunsberger

    Kimberly already makes me feel like a loser bc she can run 10 miles at a time…now you are going to make me feel even more guilty bc you have three kids and will be joining her in her insane ability to run far distances 🙂

    I will be praying for your sister and her husband. Keep us updated!!! i will see if I can come up with some recipes for her…but with those ingredients it doesn’t sound easy!!!

  4. tonialynn59

    I told you a story about what my son said about your book and I don’t know if it is noteworthy or not but you can use it if it is.  We start to do the tickets either this Sunday or not.  The girl was supposed to have them ready for Mary yesterday and I haven’t heard if they were.  Anyway I’m going to put the cards out that I have left for your books.  If I need more I will let you know.  Do you have more you could send if I need them?  Anxious to hear what the pastor has in mind for you!  Like they said, maybe a skit? 

  5. kkakwright

    I walked a mile and a half last night.  Thought Maren was going to have to call the EMS!  Oh my.  I feel your pain.  Someday, we will get back into running…..someday. 

  6. faithchick

    I will pray for your sis & stew.

    And I know I have a good comment matt made, but I can’t remember it. Shoot. I’ll try to wrack (rack?) my brain.

    Did kimberly just suggest a skit??

  7. YoYoYoder

    Thanks so much for praying Marsy! I answered some of your questions on my site. So far I’ve got 4 prayer warriors who’ve committed to praying! Woohoo! Your blog asking for prayer about your house really inspired me and showed the power of prayer. I asked for prayer that Stew would get better on Saturday just in time for our Liquid Cafe and he got better! (He got sick soon after again, but God provided yet again through the prayers of others!)

  8. jbnygaard

    I will be praying for Stew and Bethany. How awesome that is of her to support him by doing the same diet with him?! I have a good friend with Crohns Disease, so I know how tough it can be.

    I’m sure I’ve got a good comment for you. Let me think about this one today! I’m almost done with your book! Three more chapters! (I know, I am a slow reader. The “trying to conceive” chapter put me on hold from reading your book because of where I am in my life about that issue.)

  9. ch1pch0p

    Maybe they want you to do a skit on Sunday morning. That could be interesting.

    I don’t have a story for you. If only I were allowed to read the book….

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