Friday, February 3, 2012

Five Minute Friday - REAL - THE GYPSY MAMA


Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.
We write because we want to, not because we have to. We write for fun, for joy, for discovery.
We just write without worrying if it’s just write or not.
Won’t you join us?
    1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. 2. Link back here and invite others to join in. 3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them.
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REAL

 

Sometimes our REAL changes in an instant.  Our REAL sometimes sneaks up on us when we least expect it.  Sometimes in the middle of a nice leisurely stroll through life the REAL sends an unexpected hurricane to blow you around and to remind you that even through the darkest storms of life our God is there right beside you leading you on through. 

13 days ago my daughter was admitted into the hospital at 20 weeks pregnant when she started leaking a large amount of amniotic fluid.  I brought her 5 year old son home to stay with me and now all of our REALS have temporarily changed.  My daughters REAL will now consist of staying 24/7 in a hospital bed, with the joys of bedpans and hospital food, being away from her son yet spending her time focusing on taking care of herself and her new son on the way and praying and seeing first hand how a large group of praying Christians lifting her up to God can change even the most dire of situations and turn it into a miracle.  Her new REAL is that she may possibly spend the next 10 weeks or more in a small confining hospital room and bed away from her family most days.  They will be either transferring her to Houston or Dallas this coming Monday.  Where she goes will determine how often we can come visit because one is much closer than the other for us.   That is her new REAL.  This new REAL is causing her husband to see the power of our LORD firsthand, and that is a good thing. 

My new REAL is having my grandson back home with me full time.  Consoling him when he cries because he misses his mother so much.  My new REAL is sending up quick silent prayers every day for her and little Jake and falling into bed each night exhausted and smiling because I know my Christian friends are sending up prayers on her behalf when I am too tired to pray a lengthy prayer that I feel like is needed and am feeling like less of a mother.  My new REAL is not at all an unwelcome REAL it's just a realization of how, even though I never take the smoothe times for granted, it's a REAL to teach me how to understand others pain when they are traveling through an unexpected storm in life.   I tell my daughter all the time, there is a reason for this event.  It is showing someone Gods handiwork, teaching them how prayer does change situations, and it may bring someone to know God and to have faith in the unseen. 

I will admit, I miss the comfy coziness of the REAL I had a few weeks ago, but I am at peace that this new REAL is molding me and shaping me along with my family and friends, turning us into the creatures he desires us to be. 

 

12 comments:

  1. wow. I see your ticker counting down the days till baby Jacob is born...I know you holding your prayers so tight every minute for God to help your daughter keep him in there just a couple more weeks. I pray that for her too. And you will be SO amazed at the things God does in your family through this time. I know miracle after miracle will take place as you and your family lean on Him more and more....blessings to you friend

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  2. Visiting from Five Minute Friday...and now...praying for you and your precious family.

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  3. Prayers headed in your direction. Life can get "REAL" fast.

    You are incredible grandma/mother for doing this.

    Keep strong.

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  4. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter. I'll say a prayer for her, you and the doctors. Thank you for having the courage to share a very real life event. May God be with you every step of the way.

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  5. Adding my prayers, as well...

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  6. Kelly #1 Thank you so much!! :) I think I am sending prayers up every moment I can for her and baby Jacob!! We have definitely been blessed with many miracles already during this time and so look forward to many more!! Your continued prayers mean so much to us!! :) God Bless!!

    Carol

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  7. Tracey thank you so much for your prayers!! Truly it is a blessing for us to have you stop by and offer up prayers on our families behalf!! :) God Bless!!

    Carol

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  8. Kaitlin you are so right when you say life can get "real" so fast!! My husband and I look at each other and smile sometimes when we talk about how long we have been married. We've been married for 25 years and over the years we've been hit with so many "unexpected" events that you do learn to turn it all over to the Lord during the "coasting" times and when it gets just absolutely scary as it is right now!! :) Thank you so much, I just adore my grandchildren and I can't imagine my little grandson being anywhere else!! It makes me laugh though because I also babysit my granddaughter daily for her mother and when someone calls they have a tendency to say "wow it sounds like a pack of wild Indians are running through your house" :) Thank you so much for your prayers Kaitlin!!

    God Bless!!

    Carol

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  9. Carrie thank you!! I've just always been one to share what's going on in our lives no matter what it is, because I know that through my writitng someone else will have been through something similar or they will eventually and I hope that through what I say they will have some comfort. :) I feel like God is definitely got his hand in all that is happening no matter how dark it gets some days!! Thank you for your prayers!!

    God Bless

    Carol

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  10. Kelly #2 Thank You so much!! :) We really do appreciate all of the prayers!! I know that she can feel them!!

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  11. You are an amazing woman; seeing Gods handiwork in this situation. We ourselves have had moments of REAL storms- I love how you mention your son in law; seeing more and more of Christ through this...Our Real storms have most certainly shown my husband Gods plans - and the need for a Savior; a prayer that our family has had for years. Just keep on touching peoples lives with our Fathers love through this- I'm sure you know you wont be disappointed; and neither will they. :) Prayers

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  12. Heather your words are a true blessing for me to read!! Thank you so much for the encouragement and for your prayers!! I'm trying to keep the faith and pray both for my daughter and son in law as well. !! Truly you have made me smile today and I so appreciate that!!

    God Bless!!
    Carol

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