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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Late in the Midnight Hour God is going to turn it around !!

Late Wednesday night I got a call from my friend Suzanne (one who adopted domestically while I was in China) that their son was not breathing and the ambulance had come to take them to the hospital. I began to pray to the Lord and ask Him to protect this precious life. As I sat on the couch Maggie had many many tantrums that night and I began to realize how many people I know and don't know are attacked through their children. For me and I know for many of you, my children are my most precious gift. They are the closest we will ever get to understanding the Father's love for us (even though we can't even imagine). Our children are at our very heart and that is where our faith resides ... So I began praying for many that night, My friend Suzanne, My friend Carlee and the battles she faces with Cade's eye, My sister-in-law who is awaiting news from Malawi and has no idea when they will make their decision about her daughter, all my friends waiting to bring children home, and all that God brought to my mind ... It was cleansing and reminded me once again that my children are not my own, but the Lords ...

My Jesus Calling Devo (if you haven't bought this book please do)this past week has concentrated on being thankful in the hard times, being thankful and intimate with the Father in the moment ... I think that gets so hard because you want to focus and plan on the future ... It was such a help to me to just be thankful and focus on Maggie for the day ... I didn't think about how many months the tantrums would occur, I didn't think on all the days to be spent couped up at home, all the days missed not loving on the other 3, but just on loving my sweet angel in this moment ... It was such a relief ... After all has the Father not fed the birds in the air and clothed the flowers in the field .. He loves and you so much more and will meet all our needs !!! He will always stand by me in whatever I face !!!!

Update : Thursday I go to the doctor and Maggie is having a full on Tantrum ... I use my best Mama Bear voice and let her know that if she doesn't give me something for Maggie to sleep I am going to get a bottle of whiskey and give her a couple of teaspoons. I may not be a doctor, but I know my daughter ... She can't heal the pneumonia or work through her tantrums as exhausted as she is ... We were operating on less than 4 hours of sleep each night for the past 2 weeks.... Needless to say I got some meds ... Thursday night Maggie sleep a good 6 hours and had a better day and shorter tantrums, next day doctor calls and ask how it went, I explained ... She said well since she has had a good night let's not give her the med tonight and see ... LOL ... I gave her the meds again and she sleep 8 hours and then proceeded to play with her bros/sis and climb into her daddy's lap (should have seen the smile on his face) and tantrums were very minimal ... Didn't give meds last night and she feel asleep at 11:00 and is still sleeping (over 11 hours .... hoooraay) ... Now I realize she can relapse at anytime or never have another tantrum again ... I am living and being thankful in today !!!!

I love you all and have read every prayer, comment, and encouragement you have sent my way ... I am normally the caregiver to others, but this is my season to need help and I am gladly accepting it ... Keep it coming and Pray for our doctor appt. tomorrow ...

31 kind words.:

Jodee Leader said...

I am glad Maggie is sleeping better for you. I hope sleeping 11hours becomes the norm at your house. You are an amazing mother and Maggie is so blessed to have you as her Mom! Hang in there!

holly m. said...

Way to go, Gwen!! We do know our children! I'm so relieved that Maggie and hopefully you are getting much needed sleep!! Sleep helps heal so much, I believe.

Healing prayers are still coming your way. Just take the day as it comes. :)

~Amy~ said...

We are still praying over here!! I'm so happy for Maggie...those must be great meds!

Much love!

Lisa said...

Recently discovered your blog and caught up on your adoption of your sweet Maggie. Bless her little heart. It does sound like she has had some very tramatic things to happen to her in her short life. It sounds like you are an amazing mother and leaning on God to help you heal her heart. You and your family are in my prayers. I was so glad to read in your last post that things have taken a turn for the better. I pray that this continues.
Lifting you up in prayer.

Leigh Ann said...

Glad my suggestion of the meds helped out! How is their son?

Kim Kenward said...

Continued prayers for much needed sleep and your upcoming doctor's appointment. Your blog has been a daily reminder of God's miracles.

Much love,
The Kenward Family

Steffie B. said...

I can hradly write down my feelings because they are so deep for you and your family. YOU my dear friend.....you are such an inspiration to me. You can't even imagine.....I think about you daily and I pray for healing in your home. Stay strong....you know that God is with you always! ;)

emily said...

Praising the Lord for His faithfulness to you and Maggie. Wish I could have seen her crawl up into Scotts lap:)

Love you!

Nancy said...

Sometimes you just have to follow the 'Mama Bear' intuition. Glad you have had a good couple days. Will continue to pray that they continue, and for her appointment tomorrow too.
Thanks for the update.

I hope your friend's son is OK.

Anita said...

Yeah GOD and Yeah Gwen for pulling out the momma bear!! So glad to hear of the rest you've both had and praying it continues as well as for the doc appt tomorrow. Praise Jesus for just hearing the joy in your heart again! HUGS, Anita

jennifer said...

It is amazing what a little sleep will do! Praise the Lord!! I would have given her that medicine the next night just like you did. I am praying that things continue to improve. Is your friend's little boy ok?

Franceskasjourneyhome said...

Gwen I must say that you are one strong lady, and I respect you with every ounce of my soul. God will take care of all of your problems, he will never abandon us and he loves you very much. God bless all of you.

Holladay Family said...

I am glad your family is healing. The Lord can work miracles now and forever. How is your friends baby doing? I will pray for his family.

CMG's Mom said...

Also praying and wondering how your friend's son is doing.

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

I will continue to pray for you and the family..
Glad to hear tha Maggie is doing a little better...
She knows deep down inside she has the best family in the world... she is probalby just trying you to see if you are going to leave her too...
You appt. tomorrow is going to go well..
You are an amazing woman Gwen.. I am sooo happy to have met you through our journeys to our lovely little children..
Hugs to you my friend
Kim

Katie Jo said...

Gwen,
Just to let you know that Steve, Sophie and I will be lifting you and Maggie up tomorrow. We pass by your house at least once a week, especially on Wed. after BSF and Sophie and I will be praying for you guys specifically on that day.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news! Maggie is in the best of hands with you and Scott and family. What a blessing to watch Maggie start to feel a bit better and get some sleep.
KristiHend

LaLa said...

Gwen, you are all in our prayers. I am so sorry you are all going through this but I also know you are the perfect family to handle this. Hold fast and she will trust you soon : ) {{{HUGS}}}

Terry said...

Gwen I'm so glad she finally got some sleep. How can she heal if she's so tired she can't function! and you too! Praising God for this moment. And at the beginning of your post, you must have been looking into my heart because you touched my very soul. I have been thinking these very things about living this moment and also about the lilys of the field. God is so good. He see's our every move. He loves our children more than we can imagine. Much more than we do. And Maggie will heal, I know she will. I'm praising Jesus tonight.

your favorite niece :] said...

Aunt Gwen,

My entire soccer team is parying for Maggie. They come to my dorm at least once every couple of dayd just to see your new posts. I finally just told them where they could go to find it..lol.. but i am praying for her as well and i have been reading my bible every night! Thanks so much! I'm trying so hard to be who the Lord needs me to be. I Love you and miss you always!
love,
tori

nikki said...

Gwen,
You know that hardly a moment passes these days without my thoughts (and prayers) going out for you.
I can't even find the words right now. I love you and your family...can't wait to TALK to you on Wednesday.

Janeen Jordan said...

To never know someone and yet bring them to God's lap is one of the most rewarding things to see here - I know you must be so encouraged by all these warriors. I will count myself among them and continue to daily lift you all up. I get this big knot in my throat with each post I read from you - God is blessing you so richly, even through this tiresome season - I can feel the strength He is providing to you even if your weary heart doesn't feel it yet. Soon Maggie's bad days will become few and far between. Until then, know that you have so many standing in the gap for you and your family.

Tammy said...

Doesn't sleep do wonders? Everything seems better when we get sleep!
I have prayed for your and your sweet family several times this week and I am glad to hear of the last few restful nights and smoother days!

Jewels of My Heart said...

Please know that your family is being covered in prayers... I am so glad sweet Maggie has finally gotton some sleep. You will get through the tantrums... there will be healing... There were times with Nicholas that I would just break down and cry, I couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel but it was there for both of us. He no longer goes into uncontrolable rages. and I know that Jesus helped us both through it.
When we are weak, He is STRONG... I see His strength in you...
I hear His strength in your words...
I feel His strength in your heart...
And oh, how you glorify Him....
I have a word for you Gwen...
"Well done..."

God's peace and God's healing
Love, Your sister in Christ Jesus
Daleea
(I will be praying for your friends baby. Please let us know all is ok.)

LaLa said...

So glad you are finally getting rest and Daddy is getting love from his little girl : )

How is Suzanne's little one? I hope all is well.

Liz & Ava said...

So glad to hear the meds helped Maggie get some sleep...hoping and praying that these more restful nights are a sign that she is starting to turn the corner.

Joan said...

That is great that Maggie is getting some more sleep!

redmaryjanes said...

I will keep praying for you and Maggie. You are on my mind so often. Hang in there. Peace to your girl and a big hug from Michigan.

Rachelle said...

Sleep. That is good for all! Thanks for your words of wisdom, of being thankful in the moment. Still praying for you all.

mommy24treasures said...

oh Gwen you are continually in my prayers as your entire family is.

Lily's Pad said...

I have been following your journey and am so inspired by your stregnth. My family has also been praying for Maggie and your whole family through this time. May each day bring you more hope and health.

Mary