up in the air

That’s how I feel right now. A friend called a couple weeks ago and asked if she could come over today for some “godly wisdom and counsel.” I’ve actually only met her once in real life, and she lives an hour away. I haven’t heard back from her, so I don’t know if she’s going to show up or not. Hmmm…

Still working through what I’m going to say at the Women’s Retreat this weekend. The Game ( I just typed “Gabe” instead) Plan is to be still and know that God is God. To ask Him to fill me with His Spirit and give me the exact words these women need to hear.

Here’s my prayer, and if you want to pray it with me sometime between now and Friday, that would be so awesome. Father God, thank you so much for blessing me with opportunities to speak to women. I don’t take it lightly. God, please empty me of myself. Get rid of any ideas about making myself look good or selling books or being funny. Fill me with your Spirit. Help me to focus on the women who will be there and what they need to hear from You and your Word. I don’t know who they are. I know nothing about them. But You know them, and you love them. Prepare their hearts even now to hear from You. I know You want me to talk about REST. Resting in You, the Sabbath, being still. And I know You don’t want me to cram as much as I can into the three hours I have, just to make sure they “get their money’s worth.” I want them to hear from You. Give me the words, God, and take care of everything else I have going on, so I can focus on You. I love you. Thank you for your peace. And for sacrificing your Son for me and making all of this possible. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

If you missed my announcement yesterday, the cover of Expecting is up on Amazon. I’m really excited about it and so encouraged by all of your comments. Thank you!! Some of you asked about pre-ordering it. Let me work out some of those details and get back to you in a bit.

Ava finally lost her tooth yesterday afternoon. About 20 seconds after I prayed out loud with her that Jesus would help her get it out. Thank you, Jesus!

I looked in the rearview mirror yesterday and saw Nina with her hand in the air. “I lifting my hand in the air like you, Mommy.” Melt my heart. I told her that we were praising Jesus (with Third Day again). Moments like those remind me that I want my life to be the kind that I’m thrilled for my girls to emulate. It’s not as cool when they go around pouting (like me) or saying, “I’m too busy right now!” (like me) or “I can’t open the stinkin’ door!” (like me) And so on (and on, on, on, on).

I get to buy my sister a baby shower gift today. So exciting! I can’t wait to meet that little girl!! I’d love to buy her a zillion things… Sigh.

Have a great day, girls!! Love and hugs!

8 thoughts on “up in the air

  1. Nixter77

    Prayed that prayer with you dear friend, pray it goes swimmingly! Love you!

    If my little boy marries your niece then you will all need to move to Australia – woo hoot!

  2. SuperScuzzy

    Yes, Tess and I will be there tomorrow night.  Fortunately, Nate’s not working so he’ll be able to keep Tommy and Meg and get them in bed.  I really like the cover of your new book and I look forward to reading it!

  3. stephaniedawnbasham

    I want to buy baby girl a million things, too. I can’t wait to meet her.

    That is precious about Nina. Whenever I think about having kids I feel like I have to first get rid of all the bad habits I have so I don’t pass them off. But if I waited for that I guess I’d never have kids.

    I prayed your prayer with you.

    Love you!

  4. freshlyground8oclock

    I was perusing xangaland and came across your site…. I am excited to say….I have my first grandbaby  on the way and another  in the spring. I think I would like to get your book for both daughters.  Can’t wait to see it on the shelves!!  I joined you in prayer for the weekend too!!!


  5. luvmynoah

    Praying with you today.  I needed to hear that whole paragraph about how our kids emulate what we do.  Ouch.  I’ve had a tough two weeks and I can see it playing out in my boys actions. 🙁  I hope some of the good things rub off as much as my bad qualities!  I have friends that pout and whine alot….all three of their kiddos do it as well.   Kinda sad really.  I don’t want people to say that about us and something we all do as a family that is bad. 

    Have fun shopping.  I know how you feel about your sis’s baby…I feel that way too.  I teared up reading what your wrote.  She’ll know how much you love her!  I’m sure you’ll find something fantastic to buy! 🙂

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