Quote for the Day: Psalm 63:8, "My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me."

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Proverbs 31:20-21–Day 9

Proverbs 31:20 - 21, “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet”.

Like I said yesterday, things were a little difficult during the last week. This was Christmas week.  So much to do and so little time to do it in.  We had to finish Christmas for my family, get ready for the wedding, and figure out where in the world Rob, Beth and Robbie were going to go on Christmas Eve, because that is when my family was coming in and the house would be full. Then, because they weren’t talking much we didn’t know what they wanted to do after the wedding. 

Every day, we turned it all over to the Lord to figure out because it was all too big for us.  This was the only way to maintain our peace.  Every day they had a situation that consumed us. Everything evolved around their situation.  There was absolutely no time for anyone else.  Satan tried to cause chaos every day because that is how they had learned to live their lives.  Always trying to figure out how to survive. We refused to get caught up in that and were constantly saying, let’s pray.

We tried to focus on the wedding. The whole family went out and helped Rob find a suit and shoes, etc.  And some shoes and essentials for Beth’s outfit.  A week before she and Rob were out and found a red and white gown that she loved at Salvation army.clip_image002 I was a little disappointed she didn’t have a brand new dress but she was excited so I didn’t let on.

It was Christmas Day. My family was here and insisted on coming and being helpful at the wedding. My daughter and son-in-law, two granddaughters and two grandsons were all there.  How special it was for them to be present at this Blessing. 

The sanctuary was already decorated.  Someone in the church made her bouquet, a relative made her veil, and another woman made her a beautiful wedding cake. One of the hairdressers at church colored and cut her hair.  Someone else put her hair up the day of the wedding.  She was a beautiful bride and just glowing.  

A friend of theirs had given them a Santa outfit for the baby and they insisted he wear that. So here is daddy feeding Robbie just before the ceremony.  They also insisted Robbie be part of the wedding until they said their vows and wanted him baptized during the ceremony. (In our church it is more of a dedication.) They do love him. 
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The ceremony was right after the church service on Christmas Day.  A lot of the congregation stayed for it. Following the ceremony was of course pictures and the reception right in our Fellowship Hall. More blessings for the couple.  It was a very sweet time. 
(I’m sorry I have not shown their faces, but this is a privacy issue.)

After the cake and presents, they went to their family’s house and we went home to be with our family. That night they were given a gift of two nights at the new Holiday Inn. Praise God for His wonderful provision.  He is so faithful.

We didn’t hear from them for two days (not that we expected to). Then they called and wondered if they could make it to North Carolina if they left  that day.  We felt they at least needed to be on their way.  So they packed up the car with as much as they could, including Herman, their dog. We said a tearful goodbye and off they went.  I did break down and sobbed.  I don’t know whether it was saying goodbye to little Robbie that was breaking my heart or the relief of the stress of it all.  I’m still sorting it through all of it.

They spent the night at a hotel along the way and finally made their destination to Rob’s dads house.  He would not let them stay there, however, his grandmother has Alzheimer's and he said they could stay there if they would take care of her.  So, Beth is being paid to take care of her needs while being able to live there.  A win-win situation. Rob felt he could get a job when the tourist season started.  We pray! 

We did find out they are now having cook-outs like a family should and it seems they are being restored.  Praise God!!!!!!

That is the end of the story, at least for their stay with us. Thank you for letting me share it with you. It is funny how writing about something has such a healing affect.  Tomorrow I will recap a few things about Proverbs 31:20-21.  

Blessings and love in Christ,  Pat

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