Monday, July 21, 2014

The Miracle of June 10, 2011** Part 2

** I started to write this post on June 10...and because the whole story is a bit overwhelming, I had to take breaks and finish a piece at a time.

It's also a pretty long, but amazing story of God's mercy and provision...so I had to break it into parts. Here's part 2.

Part 1 is here.


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We made it in to see the doctor at 9 a.m. By the time the doctor checked her, she was fine. Her oxygen levels were near perfect. She couldn't produce a cough if you brib
ed her with a cupcake. And I sat there in the doctor's office...angry. I was so incredibly angry. The doctor said we did everything right. These attacks come out of nowhere. Keep doing what we're doing. 

And I thought, "yeah, right...that was terrifying...I don't know that any of us ever want to do that again...we did everything right, and we still felt like we were losing her...even prescription medicine nearly failed her (and already had in my mind)..."

In the car on the way home, she was quiet and tired. I was too. And I was angry. Still. As I turned out of the parking lot onto the street that would take us home, I distinctly felt God speak to me. (A side note: I am always careful to say God spoke to me. So when I say spoke, what I mean is that I felt Him put these words into my brain. I felt His presence. I didn't audibly hear His voice, but I sensed Him communicating with me in some way.)

And here's what He said, "You asked me to heal her. You asked me to heal her. And now you're angry at me?"

Here's the thing...I did ask Him all night long to heal her. In my mind I wanted it to be instant and miraculous and kind of amazing. With fireworks or something, I don't know. I wanted some grand display. But it wasn't. She labored all night to breathe and then fell asleep just in time for me to wake up and get dressed for work (I took her to the doctor instead).

His healing didn't match the image in my head. His healing wasn't grand or spectacular in the ways that I as a human thinks of grand and spectacular. There were no choirs singing. And yet, when I think about it...HE spared her life. HE did something miraculous. HE healed her.

Her living and breathing should have been enough for me to be praising Him and thanking Him. I think my fear of losing her, of not being able to help her, of watching her almost suffocate had left me angry.

On the way home I remembered that a friend knew someone who worked in a healing ministry and could get us in to a healing service where people would lay hands on her and intercede on her behalf. I called her and asked her to help me...that we needed to take Wonder Woman. I went home and told Amazing Husband that I wanted to go to this service. And he said he would go too.

On June 9, 2011 we drove to a big city (mini-vacation) and stayed with my sister and her family. We woke up early June 10, 2011 to drive to a big convention center where I believed we would walk out forever changed. Wonder Woman would be healed by the grace and power of our awesome God, but we would all be changed in seeing that happen before our eyes.

Before the service even began, a prayer team leader approached us and took Amazing Husband and Wonder Woman into another room. A crowd of people circled her and prayed over her and lifted her up to Ultimate Healer. Amazing Husband says he has never experienced anything like it before, and Wonder Woman says she felt like something was whooshing through her body.

And before the service even began...we had our miracle. We all knew it. She knew it, even though she was only 6 years old at the time.

She hasn't had an asthma attack since that long night in April 2011. She's barely had a cough. She's healed. I pray that one day she will tell her powerful story of God's healing in her body and her life...and that she will pray for others the way she was prayed for June 10, 2011.

We thank God daily for healing her. We thank God for the miracle and the gift of her life.

I really think God healed her the night of the awful attack. I think I doubted that my prayers would reach the heavens, so I wanted someone more holy than me to pray on her behalf...as if God only hears prayers from certain people. That was (and is) a lie from the enemy. That is what the enemy does...he whispers lies to us to stop us from communicating with our Heavenly Father...to make us feel ineffective, that God won't hear us or that we're not good enough to do anything.

Even though I have failed a thousand-million-trillion times, my God still knows my voice. He hears my cries and answers my prayers. Not in the way that I think He will, but He answers me always.
He knows me. He knows me...and He loves me. And He loves you, too.







Friday, July 18, 2014

UPDATE: The genius mom who came up with this is my hero...

The original post on this consequence idea is below, but since then we have made some changes to the form we use. Amazing Husband thought mine wasn't detailed enough. So we made these changes...it's not as cute, but with all the changes I ran out of room for cuteness. I left both up here so you can use these should you want to.

I was in a store yesterday with my sweet mom and a woman helping us overheard me explaining the new consequence system to my mom. She followed us around just to hear more about it. I had to laugh.



One day I stumbled across this pin on Pinterest...

The pin doesn't link to a website, so I don't know how made it or how to give proper credit there. I thought the idea was genius. So I printed it out and showed it to Amazing Husband. He liked it too. 

Normally, our discipline includes taking away friend privileges, taking away electronics time (they only get 2 hours a day), and extra chores. Sometimes these things work and sometimes they become more work for us. Extra chores turns into me showing them how to do it which defeats the purpose of giving them the job in the first place. 

Well, it just so happened that both boys lost their electronics time because they snuck their Kindles upstairs one night and watched Netflix well into the wee-hours of the morning. And then Superman told me about it. While I appreciated his honesty, I actually knew this had been going on from time to time. It was time to address it. 

I don't want them thinking it's okay to sneak around and disobey...that if they don't get caught then it's okay to do something they know is breaking rules in our home.

We decided to remove all electronic time for 7 days. Sometimes this seems like the most painful punishment to them and sometimes it doesn't. The time flies by and they don't seem to care. So 5 days in, I remembered this pin I had seen and had to amend the punishment.

I made my own version...I have to pick out cute fonts and stuff. Plus I wanted to laminate it and use it over. This is what I came up with for us.

And it worked. Yesterday, I got three cabinets and one drawer cleaned out, I got four loads of laundry done without my help and the kitchen counters and dining table got cleaned off. Score.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

GIVEAWAY WINNER! YOUNG LIVING OILS

Thank you for entering this giveaway! I love my Young Living Essential Oils, so I plan to have more giveaways of oils and oil related products in the future!

If you'd like to learn more about Young Living and how essential oils can help your family get healthy, stay healthy and feel better, please send me an e-mail or leave me a comment.

All I can tell you is how they've helped us...from our daughter's asthma, to the yucky flu, to depression/anxiety and even basic sinus infections. I love my oils. I'm so thankful I was introduced to them. We all feel better around this house.

So....the winner is...KayTee Dubz. Please send me your information via e-mail so I can send you your oil. NaturallyCarly{at}gmail.com.

(Super-Batman helped me with this drawing. And we drew it out of a Young Living box, no less!)





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