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Thursday, December 3, 2009

What Is In A Name ... Lesson #2

I joke all the time that if I had a dime for every time one of my kids said my name, then I would be one rich mama ... Over the last couple of days, I have listened a little more to those sweet little voices and have been given a peek into God's newest lesson for me in my REST and PREPARE time ... Early in the mornings when my boys say "Good bye Mom," or Emily says "Mama" followed by a question or Maggie says "Tanks Mom" or Elijah barges in the door after school "Mom, Mom guess what" or my Jeremiah tells me "Goodnight Mom" in the most grown-up, yet childish way... My heart has been leaping at the sound of my name over the last couple of days... My very special name ... My name that means - I will never leave you, I am in your corner, I am your safe place, I will guide you all the days of your life, I will never give up on you, I will treasure who you are, I will be there when you fall and help you get up, I will help you learn from your mistakes, I will not judge you, I will teach you about the one and only GOD ... And then there is the dream of the voices, who will call my name soon ...I have huge hopes of the day when Joseph and Daisy will say my name and understand it meaning, it depth, and its strength  ...

It is in the name JESUS that we can find all our strength, peace, and love ... We should really say it more during the day ... Whisper it "Jesus, I love you" ... Shout it "Jesus, you are my rock" ... Say it "Jesus be with me" ... Cry it "Jesus, you are my savior" ... Sing it "Jesus, the sweetest name I know."  What power in even typing this last part, as I read it aloud I felt WASHED over with the spirit ...

I will never forget the very tough months home w/ Maggie and in my most desperate moments, I would say out loud,  JESUS, I LOVE THIS CHILD ... JESUS, I LOVE THIS CHILD and there it would come ... The calmness I needed to make it through the moment ...

Let's call on the saviour of the world by name !!!! JESUS, JESUS, JESUS !!!!

In the name of Jesus, we ask for protection for Maggie before, during and after surgery ... Lord Jesus, make this procedure go well ... Infection free and help it to be the 1st step to healing her head and restoring my daughter's skull, skin, and hair ... (pic from the last surgery)


28 kind words.:

emily said...

Saying with, singing it with, praying it with you friend. I love you and that sweet girl, more than you know!

We Are Family said...

JESUS!! JESUS!! JESUS!! The name above all names....Glory to the KING!

Karen Phillips said...

where two or more are gathered....praying with you, sweet friend! love your precious heart for our Savior and love the reminder to savor all those times we hear "mama" throughout our days!! praying for maggie...kp

Missy said...

What a powerful and endearing post! Gwen, I'm in tears. God bless you and your precious family!

Kim said...

WOW! I think I needed to be reminded how important a mom is to her children and how special it is to hear our children call us mom. There are days when we get tired of hearing it. Just being honest. =)But you are right, we all need to stop and take the time to listen to our children and I mean REALLY listen. Life keeps us so busy that we try to do 3 things at once. My kids are all teenagers or young adults with busy lives. I want to make sure that I'm not missing anything with them.
Your children are all still young and I think what your doing is wonderful.
Then you mentioned the name of our Lord. Those very words moved me too and each one has it's own meaning.
I will keep Maggie in my prayers for a quick and safe healing.
Your are a wonderful blessing to your children. I can't wait to meet Joseph and Daisy.
Thank you for sharing your words for thought.
If some of this doesn't make sense the reason would be, it's pasted my bedtime. lol
Kim

Holly said...

Amen! So powerful. The name above ALL names!
Jesus, we declare your blood over the entire Oatsvall family and thank You for it! We come to You asking for Your favor and Divine intervention in sweet Maggie's surgery. Please bring her to healing Lord. Restore to her what has been stolen from her. Protect her from pain, cause her to heal quickly and be a very present help to her...even ministering to her in her sleep. Thank you for the privilege we have to call on YOU always! Thank you for choosing Gwen to be called Mama by so many..and more to come.

The Ferrill's said...

Jesus, I agree in prayer with Gwen....help her sweet Maggie and give every doctor and nurse your wisdom. Lord may this procedure be the healing little Maggie needs....

~love said...

praying for maggie!

praying for the best christmas call EVER....

Kim said...

So beautifully written Gwen!
You can count on the prayers of Team Miller from Hong Kong!
Love & Blessings,
Kim

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

No sweeter name than the name of Jesus came over me before I read half way through your post.

Jesus I love YOU!

Jesus I need YOU!

Jesus YOU are my all in all!

Jesus be with Maggie and be the hands of the surgeons!

Jesus heal this child as only You can!

Jesus You are the light of the world!

Gwen I love you and praying over her with you!

Jill

ashley said...

Thanks for these reminders of who we are as moms! These have been some of the tough days and I needed to be reminded. We will be praying for Maggie and her surgery! For protection and good health and quick healing! Praying Jesus is close to you today-

RACHEL said...

Praying, IN JESUS' NAME, for your sweet girl Maggie to heal through surgery, and for your two children in Uganda to get home to you soon!

The Funkhouser Family said...

You are so right. We will keep the prayers coming. My husband ordered me one of your shirts for Christmas and I opened by mistake. I love it! Have a wonderful day. We have beautiful snow flakes here today.

Lindsey said...

Praying for Maggie and you all! Relishing with you the dream of soon being called "mom"!

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

Praying that the surgery goes really well!!! Absolutely love the name MOM!! Love your post!

Jenn said...

What a blessed reminder...Thank you!!! We are in the throws of horrendous terrible 2's around here, and the last couple days all I want to do is run, and I get anxious hearing "Mom" knowing it means chaos and devastation are in it's wake. THANK YOU for the reminder of how very precious this all is...and the reminder that with everything we put our Father through, He doesn't run. And the reminder that I haven't been calling out to Him during this tough time like I should be! Bless you!!

Hugs your way, and lifting Maggie up to the Almighty Lord for a successful surgery!

That Fresh Feeling said...

joining you in praying for maggie's surgery. much love

Kim K. said...

I'll be anxiously praying for sweet Maggie and her special Momma!!! Last year at this time we were preparing for Josie's hand surgery and you were my faithful prayer warrior. I'm here for you, Gwen!!

Jewels of My Heart said...

Thank you sister of my heart and in Christ Jesus. What precious, beautiful words...
I am and will continue to pray for your sweet Maggie, and your Joseph and your Daisy and your entire family. hehee
Love you

Diane and family:) said...

ALL THE J'S and....me:) kneeling, for a time now, right beside you....we luvva Maggie!!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Thinking and praying with you my sweet friend..
Love ya girly.. TONS..
Hugs..

Anonymous said...

Gwen,

I loved this post. I am still learning what it means to be a "mama" to my precious baby and love every second of it. What a precious gift to hear her say "ma ma." From the little time that I spent with you, I could tell that you are a wonderful mama to your beautiful children.

Praying for sweet Maggie's surgery and for Joseph and Daisy...

Sarah Ward
www.wardadventures.blogspot.com

Blessed Mom of Four, Now Five said...

OH my, I have tears, thinking...
Gwen, we are considering adopting again, and have found 2 children in the foster care system we are considering, and today, I was thinking about hearing their voices calling me, "Mama," and then I read of it here.
Should I tell my dear sweet husband, it's a definite sing....Can I be Blessed Mom of Four, Now Five, Now Seven?

Praying now for Maggie,
Robbie

jennifer said...

I needed to read this tonight. I just sent my boys upstairs because I couldn't stand to hear it anymore!! Have you checked my blog to see my precious girl? Going to China in Jan!!!!

Goosegirl said...

Gwen, I am praying for you all, especially the beautiful Miss Maggie.

Tracy said...

I sit here in tears reading your words that I need to hear. How many times I have thought "Don't call my name again boys!". I know how selfish that is and how our Father would never say that but just the opposite.
Thanks Gwen.....

Adrienne said...

Gwen,

This post is just beautiful and got into my heart so deeply. I am praying for little Maggie, for you, and for Joseph and Daisy tonight.

Stroup Family said...

We will be claiming Jesus' power on your sweet Maggie. Your words are so true and encouraging. Thanks... we all need to cry, say, exclaim, yell, and sing Jesus' name.
Blessings for you and Maggie and your family,
Shari and Family