Tuesday, May 17, 2011

prayers of thanks

We have been doing "church" at home on Sundays. It has become a (mostly) sweet time for us as a family. We spend some time singing songs, watching a Jesus Storybook Bible video, and then praying together. Each of the kids has a "prayer journal" in which to write their prayers. We have them write a prayer of thanks, a prayer request for a friend, and a prayer request for themselves.

I can't remember how much I have shared on our blog about Ford's issues the months leading up to our move. He became very obsessive about certain things. He would cry at night because he couldn't go to sleep with all the things stuck in his head. One minute he would be playing happily and the next I would see his face fall and know that something had come into his head that he didn't want to think about, but couldn't get out of his head. Ford also had horrible night terrors. It was obvious that he had some serious mental health issues going on. We questioned our move to Peru because of these issues and our possible need for mental health care for Ford. Every night we prayed with him that God would heal his brain. We enlisted friends and family to pray for him also.

Ford's obsessive issues continued our first two weeks in Peru, but have been gone ever since. Gone. No crying at night, no night terrors, no inability to play because he can't turn his brain off. There have even been times that I forgot how bad it was. It is truly a miracle. One that I have to admit I didn't think would actually happen. It seemed too big for true healing.

Here is what Ford wrote in his journal as his prayer of thanks this week.

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Thankful. So thankful.

This week we also talked about the time when Jesus and his disciples were on a boat and a huge storm came. Jesus was resting and the disciples were freaking out. They were scared and couldn't understand why Jesus wasn't helping them. Eventually, Jesus woke up and calmed the sea and winds with one word. We had a great discussion with the kids about our own personal "storms." We talked about how Jesus cares even when it feels like he is resting and not helping us. And we talked about how when the time is right Jesus will command our storm to stop, but in the meantime we have to trust.

Here is Riley's prayer of thanks.

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Last, but not least, Brady's prayer of thanks. (Brady draws his prayers since he can't write yet.) It is a picture of Ford and him jumping on the trampoline. Brady was thankful that Ford is going to be nice to him. Key words being "going to be" because Ford hasn't been too nice to him recently. Well played Brady. Well played.

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7 comments:

Travis said...

I just love the kids' hearts and how God is working in your family. You are in our prayers!

Trav and Leah

Breanne said...

I love love love your little people and what God is doing in their lives. Praying y'all through the storms. Missing you tons. Love you.

T & T Livesay said...

Loved this entry. :) Thanks for sharing. You guys are doing awesome! Stand firm sister.

Kelly said...

Thank you for this post. This was what I needed today. I've been having a rough week and God just keeps telling me to trust Him. So thank you.

Jess Cudzilo said...

This made my heart swell. So so pure, honest & beautiful.

Natalie and Lee said...

Just came across your blog...

That is an amazing story and I am so glad you shared it with us bloggers! GOD IS SO GOOD!

Your children are beautiful! Enjoying your blog!:)

Sarah said...

Yep, these moments are the sweetest as a parent! It's a cool thing when your kids can minister to you. Gotta soak them up and remember them when things get rough.