Thursday, June 28, 2012

Woe Is Me? How About Some Cake!

Another break from my Psalm posting today but if you want to follow along in reading I encourage you to. I have thoroughly enjoyed it! (Reading through the Psalms in a month... 5 Psalms a day! For more Psalm "thoughts" look under labels on the right and click on Psalms Or click here)
It’s been one of those weeks. You know what I am talking about, right? Actually it’s kind of been one of those years. Our son was diagnosed with tourette’s at the end of the year and began struggling with some symptoms of OCD shortly after that. (You can read our precious Isaiah’s story here) We were just beginning to get this under control when I started having some medical problems (more about this here) I have been resting while I wait to get in to see the doctors. (because my husband is awesome and slightly bossy and he told me to.)

In case you have not figured it out this is going to be a “Woe Is Me”  kind of post. Feel free to skip ahead to the point if you like. Otherwise you can continue along with our doom... 
The awesome, slightly bossy husband woke up Saturday morning with his tooth really bothering him. It is a tooth that has needed a root canal for a while and we have been trying to save up for it but the money always seems to find a more important need. The pain continued to worsen Saturday morning until it became nearly unbearable. We found a very nice dentist to call him in some pain meds and an antibiotic and on Monday he went in to see the dentist. Tuesday he went back to work (swollen face and all) and his truck decided to take a vacation... in the middle of the road. There was no starting it. He and his boss managed to pull it to the nearest shop where it is lounging by the pool having a grand ole time while we are down to one car. I know, Whaaaaa! I am very grateful for the one vehicle and for parents who have given up one of their own cars for a few days! 
Root canal was done on my husband yesterday and he is back at work making up A LOT  of missed hours. It was really nice knowing him. 
Praise God for the month He has spent showing me all about trust, fear and stress. Boy I tell you, sometimes He’s right on time and sometimes He’s just flat out early and prepares you for what is coming. I have remained calm and at peace (for the most part) But was very appreciative of some words from my Oh So Wise mother (Hi mama!) She had forwarded me an email:
A daughter is telling her Mother how everything 
is going wrong, she's failing algebra, her boyfriend 
broke up with her and her best friend is moving away. 
Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and 
asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the 
Daughter says, 'Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.' 
'Here, have some cooking oil,' her Mother offers. 
'Yuck' says her daughter. 
'How about a couple raw eggs?' 'Gross, Mom!' 
'Would you like some flour then?
Or maybe baking soda?' 
'Mom, those are all yucky!' 
To which the mother replies :
'Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves.
But when they are put together in the 
right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!' 

(I’d really prefer a candy bar but as long as it’s chocolate I guess the cake works)

My mom told me she knew that all of the stuff going on lately was frustrating but she could see God doing a work in us to bring maturity. It reminded me of one of my very favorite passages. 
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-5) 
I love it, I love it, I love it! God does not promise a hunky dory life all the time. And I am glad. Where is the growth in that? He does promise we will not lack anything. We will not lack the money to pay for all these bills that will be piling up in the next few weeks. (I really hope God is reading this and gets this memo). We will not lack the peace and strength to not slap the next person who crosses us when we have so much on our minds. We do not lack healing when it is His desire to bring it. We will be sustained when healing is not in the plans! 
He’s baking a cake and it is going to be delicious! 

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  1. I love this post, but to be honest, I was also scrolling down for a cake recipe. lol! I appreciate this good word.

  2. Haha-I was looking for a new chocolate cake recipe, too. This is a wonderful post, and that is also one of my favorite verses.
    I came here via Imparting Grace.

  3. LOL ladies I am so sorry! I did not think that title through did I? Ok here is my very own secret recipe. Open box, follow instructions on box, devour cake... maybe share a tiny portion with the children! I am a terrible baker! ;)

  4. You are HILARIOUS. I found your link at Richella's and I'm so glad I did. I wanted a cake recipe, too, but because of Pinterest, I have 5,809,679,957,549 recipes of cake pinned and didn't NEED another one. Like my grandmother always said, "This too shall pass." And it will. I pray that the Lord will be kind to you the rest of this year, even though you didn't give us a real recipe *wink.
    HUGS and blessings to you as you make your home!

  5. Good words BabyRoo! I wish we could live on the mountaintop but I know the valleys are necessary, but hard to see your baby in the valley.

    " On the road marked with suffering, though there's pain in the offering, Blessed be the name."
    I've had this line of a song going through my mind today - such a good song, but sometimes a hard principle to live by.

    Love you my dear, Mama


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