Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"Grandparenting" Advice

Stormie OMartian has written a book: "The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children"
In it there are two sections concerning prayer for your grandchildren.

                      Five Ways To Pray For Your Adult Children To Be Good Parents

1. Pray that they will recognize their children as a gift from God. (Psalm 127:3)

2. Pray that they will train up their children in the ways of the Lord. (Proverbs 22:6)

3. Pray that they will teach their children with love and not anger. (Ephesians 6:4)

4. Pray that they will be diligent and wise to discipline their children. (Proverbs 13:24)

5. Pray that they will walk in obedience to God's ways in raising their children so their prayers will be answered. (1 John 3:22)

                      Ten Ways To Pray For Your Grandchildren

1. Pray that they will be healthy and whole in their mind, body, and soul.

2. Pray that they will live free from accident, injury, or disease.

3. Pray that they will always live in peace, security, and love.

4. Pray that they will be protected from anyone with evil intentions to harm them in any way.

5. Pray that they will come to know the Lord early in life in a genuine, deep, and committed way and they will learn to walk in His ways. 

6. Pray that they will be disciplined and corrected properly so that they understand consequences for bad behavior.

7. Pray that they will have a humble, repentant, and teachable heart so they will live free of rebellion and trouble.

8. Pray that you will have wisdom from God as to how to be the best grandparent and faithfully support their parents' wishes. 

9. Pray that God will give your grandchildren's parents good health, great stamina, godly wisdom, and amazing patience.

10.Pray that God will show you how to intercede for each grandchild specifically. 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

"2 part Post"

Part 1:-Diet, Doctors, Diagnosis, Drugs, Discouragment?

My journey continues. For years I've posted about my digestive distress and various diets I have discovered and implemented. From eliminating sugar as the "bad guy" to going grain free, taking aim at mainly wheat as the culprit. And of course we can't forget dropping dairy and other "offending" foods that are naturally enjoyed by the normal population! All of these efforts met with little to no improvement in my overall comfort after eating a meal.
Now there is also the visits to gastroenterologists across the nation! I've seen them in Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, and most recently Austin, Texas. I've had scopes, c-scans, beathe tests, pin-pricks, blood analysis, saliva tests and the list goes on. The general consensus being either diet changes from the homeopaths or drugs from the MDs. I do feel I have an adequate diagnosis of IBS, only "stamped" in my medical records recently from the MD in Austin. I am thankful to have a handle on my chronic problem. Unfortunately this same doctor's only and promised "miracle" cure was more drugs. Since February 5th I have tried 5 different IBS drugs, all of which gave me side effects worse than the stomach distress. One side effect is still plaguing me after I have been off all meds for over 2 weeks-hand tremors- similar to what you might see in a person with Parkinson's Disease.
So where do I go from here? A possible "solution" I'd like to try is illegal in most states, except Colorado, California, and Oregan. You guessed it-medical marijuana. It has now been approved for IBS sufferers. Unfortunately, for me, you must be a resident of the state in order to get "in the system" to see a dr. and obtain a script. And I WON'T go an illegal route so that is off the table, for the moment anyway-until Florida votes to approve majiuana as a legal drug. (Then I'm driving there, knocking on a provider's door and "asking for a joint"! Ha!)

But, for now, where do I go? Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord..." doesn't give discouragement as an option so.....
After much internet surfing Hunter and I have found two avenues to pursue. One is to take hemp oil daily-1 T. 4 x daily. Hemp is in a similar family as majiuana and may produce some of the same benefits. The other is another diet. Yes, I said it-another diet! It is called the Low-FODMAP diet. It is currently being studied and implemented at the University of Michigan. FODMAP is the collective abbreviation for a group of fermentable, poorly absorbed short-chain carbohydrates that provide fast food for bowel bacteria and may cause digestive discomfort. 75% of IBS suffers in their program improved dramtically while on this diet. (Let's hope I'm not in the 25% who did not!)
There are a number of restrictions but I won't go into that for now. I am used to "doing without." If this diet could bring me some results I'd "do without" forever! The journey just keeps trucking along.....

Part 2-Keaton & Beckham

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Prayer Works!

5:00 a.m. and your adult son comes into the guest bedroom where you are staying to "announce" his wife is in full labor asking us to keep an eye on Keaton, their 22 month old sleeping son, and handing us the baby monitor. They are preparing for a home delivery with a doula and a midwife and her assistant already in their bedroom.
I grab my Bible and move to an adjacent room with a lamp and easy chair and settle in to pray. My mind and emotions are as hard to control as a run away stallion yet I pull on the reins and settle into the Psalms. Thankfully I've read them many times and underlined in my pocket Bible verses that have held special significance to me. So I begin in Psalms 18: "I love you, O Lord, my strength" and ask God to give Stacia the necessary strength to birth that baby! "The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer" asking God to deliver that baby healthy in His perfect timing! I went from Psalms to Psalms in like manner reading, praying, and directing His Words back to Him on behalf of Stacia and the baby and Jacob. I loved it when I got to Psalm 139 where the psalmist states: "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made: your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Now as I gaze on little Beckham Daniel Stall I know that indeed he is "fearfully and wonderfully made" by God himself!
Oh the joy I experienced in those two hours of prayer can not be fully expressed in words. I shall never forget that precious time with the Lord nor the experience of "praying into this world" our little grandson. May God be forever praised!!