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When I found my three-year-old daughter and myself in the emergency room waiting for lab reports, my normal was taken away. At first, none of the lab results showed anything was wrong and God taught me a lesson in waiting. Now, four weeks later, we finally have a diagnosis.
My daughter has type 1 Von Willebrand’s disease. She doesn’t make enough of the Von Willebrand protein in her blood, so her platelets don’t have as much substance to grab on to in order to clot. The good news, unless she has a serious injury, childbirth, or surgery she’ll be able to carry on a normal life. We’ll be doing a study with a nasal spray Jan. 3 to see if she responds. If so, she’ll just have the nasal spray before any dangerous activity. If not, then the only treatment is a blood transfusion. We’re praying she’s responsive to the spray.
I have an awesome guest post by mommy, Jesus lover, and writer, Jessie Gunderson. When my daughter first started having unexplained bruising, I realized how precious my time with my children is. I no longer was concerned with my to-do-list. Jessie shares this lesson perfectly below when she says to spend ourselves loving.
One of the reasons I enjoy Jessie’s writing so much is her transparency. She’s not afraid to tell it like it really is. We both love Mason jars, too. Her redneck nightlight was a feature on my 10 Things Every Mason Jar Lover Needs.
I’ll Never Get My Life Back
by Jessie Gunderson
I’ve never thought of myself as the mothering type. The delight I experienced once I started having kids surprised me but I still longed for a day when they’d be grown up and I’d get my life back.
One day I was thinking about God’s profound love for us and how Jesus gave up his life so we could live and I began to change. I realized I couldn’t love God and despise His creation. I prayed for Jesus to show me how to love people.
I’ve been a mother eleven years this December, learning how to love, surrender my agenda and the perfectionist tendencies, and grow to a place where I no longer want a different life. Isaiah 58:10 says to spend yourself. And as I studied God’s selfless character, I realized that’s how I want to be.
I delivered a little boy, my fifth child, at our home in the woods and I knew that our family wasn’t complete. God revealed over the next year and a half, His plan for further growing our family to include internationally adopted children. We’re currently in the process of adopting a 5 and 7 year old brother and sister from Ethiopia. She wants to be a judge when she grows up and he wants to be a runner. The journey toward them is immense and the heart change has taken me a lifetime but I no longer want out. I want to surrender to Christ’s strength and lean on him so I can spend myself loving the least of these.
Jessie needs to raise $25,000 and has a store up on her website. The personalized bear ornaments are adorable and I can’t wait to dig into the devotional.
Has God ever put something on your heart that seemed impossible without Him? Has He changed your heart?
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Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.