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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Permanent Blessing

Which animal is it that eats her young'uns?

That's how this Mom feels some days after trying to make sense of the teenagers in my life.
Just when life seems too much THEN my sweet 6 year old sent from heaven blesses my heart with this message in a bottle.

Or rather a message written in permanent marker on the back of my office door!



Just when I was going to call my graffiti artist into my office and ask her why in the world she would write on anything but paper, she bounced in and asked me to make her THIS for lunch.

I knew she had no idea what "broth" is but I should've made her eat it for writing on the door.

She knows I loved the message, but not where she chose to display it.

Little does she know everytime I saw the door today how big my heart smiled.

You know that verse that says to give our thoughts captive to Jesus?

That's what I chose to do today as I looked at this sweet child of mine and began to wonder how life with her as a teenager will be.

My thoughts quickly went to eating my young'uns.

Then Jesus stepped in and just captivated those not so nice thoughts.

Think I'll eat the can of broth instead.

Thanks for your prayers for Alyssa. Keep them going as she is still not home, but is staying with her friend Amy and made some goals today.

This is such an understatement, but God is SO good.

This walk of faith? Not so bad as long as I keep hold of my Guide's nail pierced hand.

~Many Blessings~

16 comments:

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Yay! I'm first. I'm first. Just teasing. Trying to make you smile.

I can only imagine the joy and yet tongue-biting feelings you had at the beautiful message yet in the wrong spot.

How sweet about the broth. Did you tell her what it was? I guess she thought it was chicken soup.

Yes, totally soak her up at that age. Though, it doesn't mean she'll give you a hard time as a teen but the innocence of the young is so endearing.

Praying for you. Glad to see this post today and see the joy of the Lord. Glad to hear Alyssa at a safe place and transitioning her thoughts.
Love you,

tiggerdaisy said...

Your sweet little baby gave you a gift you will soon not forget! Just remember the poem you sent me about a certain toddler writing on the wall!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

Glad to hear about Alyssa! God is definitely good!

And thanks for your email today. You certainly lifted my spirits!

Love you girl,
Rebecca

Amy Wyatt said...

I'm continuing to pray for you and Alyssa. Just remember to stay focused on Him in the midst of these trying circumstances.

nothingcanseparateme said...

I am pretty sure that if I ate my children they would make me burp something horrible!!!

That Alivia is just such a cutie but I can only imagine the "mixed feelings" you have about that love letter.

Alyssa....so glad she is safe...I will keep on praying that God grabs on to her and speaks to her heart.

many hugs from PA
Kim

LynnSC said...

Lelia... my new friend,

We have so much in common. I, too, have to scratch my head trying to figure out the two teenagers in my house... but praise God (!) that He saw fit to send me a little one that is 7 year old now that keeps me sane every day. Her sweet spirit (and can I also add obedient spirit) is what keeps me smiling through my day.

I love those teenagers so much too... but they tend to baffle me most of the time.

I have come to appreciate in my old age the little things that will be sweet later such as writing on the wall... giving me painted rocks about 10 times a day... etc. What a fountain in the middle of the desert.

Still praying for you and your sweet family.
Lynn

Wendy said...

Lelia,

You and yours are still in my prayers. In fact, I got my ladies' group to include you all tonight too.

Leave that I love you on the back of the door...there will be a time when your heart needs to smile and that will be the biggest blessing from the smallest hands.

Love ya!

Naomi said...

My now 7 year old did something similar at the age of 6. It's still where he put it, and I won't move it as it reminds me that he is still such a young boy. I don't know about you, but I get caught up thinking he's too old to have done that, or that he can take on much more than he really should because of how wonderfully bright and generally capable he can be, and then he reminds his Mama that he really is still so "fresh from Heaven"...

HisPrincess said...

Sometimes (ok, almost all the time) I am bemused by my teenagers. Sometimes I give up trying to understand them because it's doing my head in. But always I pray for them, hope for them, love them, as you do. I will continue to pray for you and yours, and hopefully neither of us will need to eat them in the near future. Although, we are in a drought! Food could get scarce around here! LOL!

Laura said...

Oh. Dear. One day you will laugh about it, right? They're all out to get us. I've come to that conclusion. This is after spending several hours at the wave pool yesterday supervising five pre-teen boys. I'm still recovering. Take that picture and frame it, dear one! One day you might need reminded that these were once the things worried over!!
luv to you,
laura

Pamela (MrsJoeB) said...

Keep holding His hand and I am still praying!!

In His Graces~Pamela

Yolanda said...

Would you send that six year old to my office?

HOW COOL!



Love ya,
Yolanda

Mari said...

Oh Lelia,

I'd be so tempted to put a frame around it. How precious! Now eight years ago I would not have said that. But now that my oldest is 13 I long for those days when she was just so innocent and pure in her emotions and intentions.

I'm still praying for Alyssa. She's on my morning and evening prayer list. May the Lord capture her heart afresh and never let it go!

In Christ,
Mari

Tracy said...

I'm with Mary...frame that precious message! So happy to hear Alyssa is safe...I know that must bring a definite measure of peace. Continuing to pray...

Blessings,
Tracy

Kelley said...

Thinking about you, praying for you and trying to honor God. Thanks for thinking of me in your post on Tuesday. I haven't started the book yet, I am in the middle of another one (Soul Talk, Self Talk).

You are welcome to come and visit ANYTIME! In fact, maybe you and Alyssa could plan a KC shopping trip sometime. It might be nice to get away. Or feel free to come alone and get away from it all!!

Have a wonderful 4th of July, it's Amiyah's first!! Take lots of pictures and trust God to handle the rest. Call if you get a chance!

Love,
Kelley

Laurie Ann said...

Nothing says, "I love you" like permanent marker on a door, LOL. That's too funny. Enjoy the 4th!

Linda said...

I actually think I could cook broth! And really, that little message is so sweet. We kept a section inside our cupboard where my daughter wrote her name for years. I think it's still there. Maybe she wrote it in perm. marker so you would never doubt it--her love is permanent!