Thursday, September 1, 2011

Boy am I EVER Thankful

You know when you have one of those days when one thing happens that is horrible, and you think it couldn't get worse, but then sadly, it does?? Well, that was me on Monday .... I was.....!!!

It started out with a silly and completely trivial situation! i realized I left my dress at the Hotel in Tennessee. I had purchased that dress just for this wedding and it is sooo pretty! I also left my shoes that I wore with it. I put the shoes and my undergarments in a bag and had the bag hanging on the hanger with the dress. Walked out of the hotel and left it hanging in the closet. I called & asked if they had seen it....Was told they would look and get back with me.

Later I get a text from my daughter Jenna...I have never seen so many things try to come against one of my kids but I tell you what....the enemy is hard at work making whatever can go wrong for Jenna @ college, go wrong! I went up on Tuesday and spent the day with her and we got some things in the works to make things better. Without going into much detail, let me just say, I would sooo appreciate if you could pray for her! Thank you guys sooo much! I can't tell you how much it means!

Shortly after I get Jenna's text I hear from our oldest daughter....My grandson Bentley has had a very rough week. We all just assumed he was teething and all was normal. On Monday, he ended up breaking out in a rash all over his body, so Krista & KC took him to urgent care and see what in the world was going on. So while he is being seen, they decide to do some blood work. They come back and tell Krista and KC that Bentley's platelets are low and his white blood count is high!!! THEN they tell her....
He could either have a Virus OR Leukemia!! EXCUSE ME????? what???????? They told them to take him home and they would know more on Friday. So devastated and worried beyond words, they take Bentley and Rylee, and go home. As you can imagine, they were in tears and just sooo very upset ~ understandably so!! She shared with all of us what had happened and what they told them and of course asked for prayer and to share it with others so they would pray!


my dress was found and shipped FEDEX

While Jenna's situations are going to take time and healing, God provided all she needed to see HE is with her and leading her in this season of adjustments! She was able to spend time @ the Campus there and spent a night in WORSHIP and God touched her in such a precious way just surging HOPE into her precious little heart! She just knew afterwards that no matter what everything is going to be ok!

Krista was waiting patiently to hear from the Dr.! Not really expecting to hear anything til Friday but when she got the phone call (early) THIS is what they told her.....

Bentley's test results are all normal! His levels are all NORMAL! He doesn't have leukemia or anything close to it! He is a healthy happy baby boy! He told her that the urgent care's machine just must be way out of whack.... I'll say so!! AH YI YI!! So even though she was shocked that they had given her such upsetting news she was far happier and oh so thankful to hear such wonderful news! She then contacted all of us and let us know the AMAZING NEWS! I Just cried when I heard!! I realized at that very moment how terribly scared I was that the "C" word was going to cause more grief in our family!
To say I was Thankful, doesn't even begin to describe it! NOT.AT.ALL!!

I know the Lord doesn't give us more than we can handle but honestly....some days I just wonder!! Do you? I am just so thankful that even when I wonder, or when I am so scared or worried, or even when I am upset @ God that HE can sooo handle it! HE
loves me in spite of all of that and holds me close, fills me with HIS Hope and HIS Peace ~ one situation at a time!

In 1Peter 1:6-7 NCV it says:
This makes you very happy, even though now for a short time different kinds of troubles may make you sad. These troubles come to prove that your faith is pure. This purity of faith is worth more than gold, which can be proved to be pure by fire but will ruin. But the purity of your faith will bring you praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is shown to you.

and one of my VERY FAVORITES... Romans 8:28 MSG
Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

Yes....I am Ever So Thankful...Thankful to the Lord for hearing the cry of a mothers (and grandmothers) heart! For giving me HIS Word that always lights my path in what seems to be a dark dark valley!

What are you Thankful for today?


Nana's Nuggets

Good Morning! Loren, Wow! ok~ every sentence I felt your spirit!! Girl~ it is in the "Wait" that makes our heads spin! but "GOD IS SO IN CONTROL"!! I am so happy:) and Praising with you for the turn outs here! I have Jenna on my ongoing Prayer lists! I just know that she will over~come,because that girl has the Love of Jesus in her and He will strengthen her! And that baby boy is fearfully and wonderfully made! Thank You Jesus!! for coming quickly!! Forgive us when we "PANIC"!! I'm sharing with you a scripture that was on my heart and it is one that will make us Happy:)...have a sweet and calm day~ just resting in HIS promises. Zechariah 9:16 says this..THE LORD THEIR GOD WILL SAVE THEM..THEY WILL SPARKLE..LIKE JEWELS IN A CROWN.

Sassy Granny ...

What a wonderful place of residence: thankfulness! It's a choice, just like it's ugly opposite of ingratitude. You have chosen the better part, and inspired us in the doing.

So glad about the health report. There's something about a sick child that just doesn't sit well in our hearts, especially our grandmother's hearts.


The Real Me!

Wow! I mean seriously wow. I've had weeks like that and they are not very fun. I'm praying for Jeanna my friend. Hope her situation improves.

Have a glorious day!!


Wow....thanks be to God!

Betsy from Tennessee

Oh WOW---I'm sorry for what you have been through Loren... Glad everything is working out. I'm sure that Jenna will do fine.. Hopefully, changes can be made to make it better for her. I had a rough start to college too. My first roommate was, well--let's say, someone that I did not enjoying rooming with!!!! I got that changed after the first semester ---and things worked out!

May God Bless you and your wonderful family.. Today, I am thankful for my father-in-law. He turned 99 this week and we celebrated with him last night.


Oh Honey,

What a trying time for you and your sweet family. I am so thankful for what you said you turned to your knees. All our victories are won there, aren't they. There is such a testimony in those that have peace in the mist of a storm. My heart is going out to your precious Jenna...truly going out. I will be sure and pray for her during this time of change. Hugs to you and thanks for being a dear friend.

Girly Muse

Yes, I really do wonder about that God not giving us more than we can bear business...some days it just seems like He might be forgetting His end of the bargain!!!

So sorry for all that you and yours have been going through. Praying for Jen!!! So very thankful about Bentley AND your dress! Sometimes it's the little things that take us right on over the edge when we're going through the big stuff. Thankful your dress is on the way.

Love you, my friend! Hope this week completely turns around to the good. XO

Jennifer @ Studio JRU

Oh Loren... I am so thankful to hear of the awesome way God worked in all these situations. Love it! ♥


What a week you've had. I will be praying for Jenna and her situation.

I just can't believe the urgent care would tell them that and make them wait! How difficult. So thankful for the answered prayers for Bentley too.

Have a wonderful weekend!


I'm thankful that I can see God working in the lives of friends. That, although trials beyond bearing may come, He is there and in control.

We will, of course, keep Jenna in our prayers.


Thank you so much for sharing all of this with us! It was a really great post!
I am praying for Jenna!!!
I am so thankful for the ways God blesses my family every day!

Audrey E. Charles

Praising God with you for His love and faithfulness!!!

Steph T.

WOW!! A lot at once there friend! So awesome to see God work thru all of these circumstances & thankful you set an example in prayer & thanksgiving for us all to follow. Love you!!

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