Tuesday, August 25, 2009

It Only Took 26 Years For Me to Learn This

I wish I had something funny to say or tell you about, but right now, the best I can tell you is to have some tissue handy.

I am blessed enough to be a part of a womens' Bible study group that meets once a month. There are about 15 women in this group, all of which are Christians, moms and beautiful.

We're also a pretty honest group.

We've cracked up, shared stories, cried and learned with each other - even though, in reality, we don't know each other that well. Most of us go to different churches and work at different places, so God, our faith and our kids are what makes us similar.

We do a different study each semester, and right now we're doing Power of a Praying Parent.

If you are a parent, or want to be, or ever have been, you need to read this book.

It will make you think of your children differently, and of yourself as a parent differently.

And - most importantly - it will make you think of God differently.

Ever since Dawson was born, I have been overwhelmed at the amount of love I have for him. Even when he empties my wallet and hides my bank card in the bathroom cabinet, or when he shakes his juice cup so hard it sprays white grape stickiness all over my dress, I love that little boy more than myself.

Which is how God feels about me.

And you.

If I would have never had Dawson, I would have never fully understood that. But I did and now - finally - I do.

Which brings me to the Kleenex part.

There are parents who are losing children. Have lost them. Know they're going to lose them very soon. And they need your prayers.

Parents like The Maxeys. I can't even begin to tell you about their story or their faith because it's unbelievable. So please read it if you can, and pray for them as you do.

Parents like my aunt and uncle, who lost their baby daughter. It's hard for me to even wrap my mind around.

So when I'm at Bible study next time, thinking of asking the ladies to pray for me that I would have patience, I'll be asking them to pray for the parents that wish they had a child to test it.

And - no matter what you're doing today - do it knowing that there is an amazing Heavenly Father who loves you more than you can ever comprehend.

And still would even if you hid His bank card.



Laura said...

What a beautiful post, Lauren! Thanks for the reminder of God's love and grace. Smile. It only took you 26 years; it took me 32!! What's that about a "learning curve"?

Megan L Hutchings said...

That is one of my favorite books of all time! I read The Powering of a Praying Wife first and then got the Parent one shortly after Vance was born.

I am so blessed to have friends that get it, that are understanding beyond measure, and have so much love to share.

Lauren Kelly said...

This was beautiful, just like you!!!!!

Shana said...

excellent post. Thank you.

Meagan said...

I love the way you write! What a powerful post!!! Thank you!

Whitney said...

Thank you for the tissue warning. I needed it as this was probably the best post I've read in a long time. Of the ones that made me cry AND the ones that didn't. Ha!