September 29, 2010

Hayes Perrin Update

Check out the latest update on Hayes.  Please continue to pray for him, his parents, and all those working with him.

September 23, 2010

Jesus Paid it All

On Wednesday evening, the band will be leading the worship for our church's revival.  One of the songs we will be singing is Jesus Paid It All/O Praise the One.  As we were rehearsing it last night, I was reminded of the last time we sang this song, over 5 months ago.  The last time we sang this song, some dear friends were going through a bit of a trial with someone in their life who wasn't a Christian and was trying to cause trouble for them.  I was so convicted when we sang the words, "Lord now indeed I find , thy power and thine alone can change the lepers spots, and melt the heart of stone."  I remember at that moment having to admit to God that I believed 100% that He could change men's hearts, but that I had no desire to ask Him to change this man's heart, though I knew it would be best for him and for all involved in the situation, if He were to see His need for God to come into his heart and change his life.  I didn't want this man to change, I just wanted this man to disappear.  What a horrible thing to think about one of God's creations!  The Bible clearly tells us that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made and that He desires to see all come to Him, yet I was acting as if this man was nothing more than an annoying bug flying around all of our heads.  I was struck again last night as we sang those same words.  This time, I was clinging to the truth of these words, this time, begging God to do this mighty work in several family members who truly need their spots changed and their hearts of stone melted.  I have actually been praying this for these dear people in my life.  What a difference in my reaction!  God has softened my heart toward the other man and I have been praying for him, as well, and can now pray these words for him, as well.  God melted my heart toward this man and helped me to see him, not as a mere annoyance to be dealt with, but as one of God's creations in need of the Creator Himself!  Thank you, Lord, for continuing to work in my heart and mold me into someone who desires to know You and praise You in all things.  Thank you for being the only one who can melt hearts and change lives!

September 18, 2010

Urgent Prayer for Hayes Perrin

I was going to get on today and blog about a sweet little infant in need of prayer, then saw that the father had posted a link to an awesome blog that tells the story.  I am passing that link on to you!  Please read and pray.

September 13, 2010

What Kind of Day Has it Been

Yes, that is me stealing from Aaron Sorkin (that is the title of the season one finale for all three of his TV series--Sports Night, The West Wing, and Studio 60).  It feels like it's been totally crazy here all day!  It all started out by me forgetting to set my alarm, so I wasn't up to do any Bible study, prayer, shower, anything before the kids were up.  Then, the kids were grumpy from the moment they woke up.  Of course, I have to admit that I was also probably a bit grumpy because my day didn't start the way I wanted it!  And the whole day just went on that way!  Even at the park, the kids were grumpy!  Arrrrgh!  I ended the day with Ethan in bed early (because he woke up at 3 this morning and then never did take a nap), Sophie in her room for the night because she was in trouble, and me in tears!

Even after all this time at home, I am still struggling with finding a schedule.  Sleep seems to be what is keeping things from working.  You see, it doesn't seem to matter when I go to sleep, I always wake up feeling like I didn't sleep at all.  I have tried taking Midnight, Melatonin, and even sleeping pills, but no matter what I have tried, and even when I sleep all night long, I still wake up feeling like I was awake all night.  I was wondering if anyone out there had any suggestions...a change in diet, or routine?  I am willing to try pretty much anything at this point!  See, my goal is to be able to get up early enough to be able to get in Bible Study and prayer time, as well as some exercise before the kids get up.  But, because I feel like I haven't slept, it's all I can do to drag myself out of bed by the time the kids get up.  Then my whole day is thrown off and I go around all day in a daze because I am so tired!  It is so frustrating and my day is always better when I can get up and spend time in the Word before the craziness of the day starts!  Anyone out there have a schedule that works for them?  Any advice on how to get up and get going?  I appreciate all the help!

September 09, 2010

Scary Day, Great God

Well, it's been a bit of a scary day here in the McSmith household, but one in which God's hand has been extremely evident!

Today was the day our playgroup was planning to head out to the local alpaca farm for a morning of fun!  Sophie and I were both pretty excited.  But, when she woke up this morning, Sophie said she wasn't feeling well and she wanted me to take her temperature.  Now, this is not uncommon in our house as Sophie just loves to use the forehead thermometer, so I didn't think much of it.  But, I went ahead and took her temp and, lo and behold, she actually had a fever. I wasn't totally sure what to do, but Kevin decided that since he really needed to do office work today, he could stay home with Sophie and Ethan and I could head on over to the alpaca farm with the playgroup. 

While at the farm, I got a call from Kevin.  Shortly after we left, he had gone upstairs to get Sophie something to drink.  When he came back down, Sophie was having a seizure.  It was mostly her face that was twitching, but she couldn't look at him and couldn't respond to him.  He scooped her up, put her in the car, and headed to the ER.  When they got to the ER, her temp was 102.8.  They gave her some Motrin, did blood work, and got her some Popsicles.  Her fever started to go down almost immediately and Kevin said it didn't take long for her to get back to her normal self.  The blood work came back and she has a virus, so there's really nothing we can give her, other than Tylenol and Motrin.  She is home now and fast asleep.  We need to monitor her temp and be sure we keep giving her lots of fluids and if the Motrin doesn't reduce the fever, we'll have to take her back to the ER. 

All of that sounds pretty depressing, but I can't help but see God's hand all over it!  First of all, I think it truly was a gift from God that Ethan and I weren't there.  I would have been a wreck and a hindrance to getting her the care she needed.  I can't even imagine trying to have Ethan in the ER with us while she was having a seizure and getting blood drawn!  Kevin is so calm and steady in situations like that and God blessed all of us by his being there!  Second, when I left the house this morning, I had forgotten to take Sophie's seat out in case Kevin would need it.  At the last minute I remembered and turned around and left the seat in his car!  And, of course, the God Who Heals had His hand on our little Sophie the whole time!  How amazing that we can see Him, even in the little things, at all times if we just look!