Friday, September 25, 2009

Diet Coke, please.

Woke up this morning to a blessedly quiet house in spite of the fact that three more have joined us since yesterday.

Last spring, we kept four boys from a family of seven children who's mother had been in the hospital.

Yesterday afternoon, surrounded by police cars, school officials, and the fire department, the children were removed from the home.

Mercy Street has been given temporary custody of the children and they are now staying with various staff who live in the community.

We have the little 10 year old boy and his twin nine month old brothers. Thankfully, everyone slept through the night last night and we're ready to start our day rested.

Last night, a friend brought us dinner. I have been helping with Vision Life at Mercy Street on Thursdays and this sweet friend wanted to take one thing off my plate. Providentially, she made the biggest daggum meal you've ever seen and fed our family, another Mercy Street staff family, Hannah, Brett, and the new children. She thought she was preparing food for our family alone and instead, the Lord used her to feed 18 people who had been through an incredibly hectic, emotional, trying day.

Why these kinds of small miracles still surprise me, I don't know.

In light of this, and other things that have made this a rough week, we covet your prayers for these kids, for Mercy Street and the families who will wake up this morning with children they did not have yesterday.

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27 comments:

Amy said...

You could certainly tell this story in different ways, and I am challenged and encouraged by the blessedly peaceful perspective your faith affords. The LORD is our refuge, and you make that refuge a place with soft blankets and pillows and comfort food and warmth. Thank you.

Amy Beth @ Ministry So Fabulous! said...

I want to be you when I grow up.

Becca said...

you are such a blessing to those kids. And to all of us, whom you encourage and inspire :-) thanks for that my friend! I am SO looking forward to meeting you!

Grateful for Grace said...

Wow! Praying!!

I'll never forget how weird it felt the morning after our foster son was placed with us (a kinship placement). I still can not imagine how it felt for him.

Praying for you and them.

Holli said...

Praying for you all!
God bless you for all you do!

Anonymous said...

Prayes and love to you and to all GODS children in your care. We will do whatever we can to help out if needed. Praise God to from whom all blessings flow and Mercy Streeet is a blessing to so many.

XO
Tracie Martin

Traci said...

Do you have any idea how cool this is? I know it feels anything but right now- but WOW- WOW- WOW. AND- I'm putting together a little prayer team right here in Nashville for you! I'll send you names and such later- but we're doing all we can from here. Anything you need? (Well that can be sent by mail?)

Joyce said...

Isn't it amazing how God's mercies really are new every morning? Like you, I don't know why I'm surprised by that but some days I just am.

Praying for you and all the chicks in your nest today...

emily said...

So blessed just by the comments on this page- what a ministry you have- though not at all easy. You guys are living out the gospel loudly!!

Praying here for strength, wisdom, grace and sleep!! Praise the Lord you all slept. :)

allthingsjuice said...

I'm praying for you and all the families impacted by this.

These Three Kings said...

WOW... I am going to go pray right now. I am just thankful and amazed at how the LORD knew before eternity past to place you and those other families here at this time!
wow

Abby said...

Thank you for sharing this story with all of us who follow your blog. I am praying for you all!

Caroline said...

Melissa, i'll be praying for you and your family...for strength and wisdom and hope to abound in ways that could only come from the father!

pendy said...

Praying for you, your family, the other families keeping children, and most of all for these kids.

Jess said...

Prayers in Kansas City.

Oatsvall Team said...

enjoy a diet coke sister ... i often pop over here and you always give me something to think about, laugh about and cry about ... I am so glad I found you through my new sister Emily ... I think she rocks too !!!

gjalston said...

I am so inspired by your blog and by your faith. We've never met and yet I am reminded through you to put my trust in Him. I will be praying for those precious children and for the families' who have taken them in.

Lindsey said...

Hey Melissa! Actually Ali is my sister-in-law. I am married to her brother Jay. Just wanted to clear that up! Have a great day!
Lindsey

hannahgarippa said...

Just a Diet Coke...mine would say..."Gin and tonic, please."

Love you.

Anonymous said...

i love your blog. we're praying for you, Mercy Street, and the kids in this situation. thanks for being real.

-rachelle

Sue said...

What an incredible ministry you are involved in down there. God bless you & your hubby and the rest of Mercy Street as you comfort and aid these precious ones!

The 5 Bickies said...

I am sending you cases of diet coke! You are super woman!

Caroline Simas said...

You are such a blessing to so many, and even though I do not know you, other than our e-mail exchanges, I know you as a sister in Christ. Thank you for your always inspiring, and often funny blog. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus!
Blessings,
Caroline
Multiple Blessings
Designing for the Soul

Carrie Pillsbury said...

Wow, now I understand your status update from a few days ago. I'm speechless at the thought of three new ones, including nine month old twins. Will be praying for all involved.

Lea said...

Wow. God continues to amaze me through you. Oh, the joy of being up to your eyeballs with children right now and taking care of their every need! Not that it feels joyous, or is oh so happy, but rather, it is pure joy out of a heart of obedience. I'm praying James 1:5 for you--wisdom for how to have that joy when you may not (in vs 2-4). Maybe the stories for your blog are growing in these days, with no time to write them--that will come. in. time. But how much more is Jesus molding you more to be like Him! I've followed your blog for quite some time now, after a friend here in Little Rock who knew Trey at Baylor thought I'd love it. Um, yeah!! I do love it, and am obsessed with praying for you daily as I pray daily for my own strength to endure what God has given us--much like you--extra children. We took in our 2 high school nieces 3 years ago and continue to fold them into our own brood of 5, who are now ages 10-2 (then were 7-pregnant). Thanks for the blog...it is fun and helps me remember to see the humor in my own swirling home!! Thank you for living out loud James 1:27 with me. Many prayers for you again today and much love--Lea :)

Karin Katherine said...

You are my hero...in so many ways.

LoLa said...

Here I am over here living my little life writing about memory lapses and dog stories and there you are over there in Texas guns ablazing with humor and love.

Glad to have you out there.