Friday, June 19, 2009

Catch Up

Ok~ I know some of you are wanting to know what has been going on with Kailey over the last week. So, here is a condensed version of what took place...she was without her medication for a little over 2 weeks and was starting to show signs of inflammation in her joints. Because we have no insurance, we were looking at paying around $2000 out of pocket for one months supply of her medication. That was impossible for us to do. But not impossible for God! He sent someone our way that was willing to cut a check right there for the full amount!!! God is good! We were absolutely amazed at how God was providing this for us! Well, it turns out that we were given the name of a person from Children's Mercy Hospital(where Kailey goes for her DR. appointments)who wanted to speak with us. So we made an appointment to see her and when we got there she told us how Kailey's nurse had told her what was going on and she had all of the paperwork ready for us to sign to apply for emergency assistance. Within 1 hour we were able to pick up Kailey's meds at no cost to us and go home. I still get goosebumps when I think about what happened. The generosity of the people willing to give us $2000-no questions asked, is what Christian brotherhood is about! Even though we did not have to take that money, we were so blessed at their willingness and Gods provision. We serve a MIGHTY GOD!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Happy Annivrsary...

to us! Christopher Jason Burrell became my husband at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2001, at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Church of the Nazarene. After honeymooning in St. Louis we embarked on an adventure that has gone on now for 8 years and that has given us two beautiful children, many good friends, and many great experiences.

The name "Chris" means "bearer of Christ," Over the years that I have been with Chris, he has never let this meaning down. He has been a "bearer of Christ" to everyone that we meet. And I love him for that!

Thank you Chris for the last 8 has been quite a ride! I love you so very much!

Chris's mom and dad are coming into town today and have volunteered to watch the kids so we can go out to dinner to celebrate.

Monday, June 15, 2009


Job 11:7-9 (New International Version)

"Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?
They are higher than the heavens—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths of the grave —what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea."

Today has been one whirlwind of a day. I have been reminded just how much Jesus loves me and how much He is concerned for the things that concern me! I am not able to wrap my mind around His goodness and His perfect ways...and that is ok, I am just THANKFUL!

For those of you who follow this blog and are aware of our families present concerns (that I just posted 2 days ago) please know that God has answered these prayers above and beyond... My heart is rejoicing today! I will write more as soon as I can put my thoughts together.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Pray With Us...

Warning: This post is being written after a long, emotional, sleepless night!
As a mother, I want to take care of my children. I want to prevent anything harmful or scary or bad from happening in their lives. Sometimes I am not able to do that. In many situations it is out of my control.

I am at a point in my life where I am beginning to understand that my children are not my own. They do not not belong to me but to my Loving Father. And I am so thankful for this! I can scramble around trying to do everything I know of to "fix" the problem and it still wouldn't be the perfect solution.It is hard to step back in these situations. This is where my faith needs to kick in on overdrive and I need to place my children at the feet of Jesus.

Recently, as many of you know, Chris was laid off from his job. Well aside from the obvious lack of paycheck, we also lost our health insurance. Many of you also know that Kailey, our almost 4 year old daughter, battles with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. She requires 2 shots weekly to help minimize the inflammation and pain of her joints. The medication that she takes also requires her to have lab drawn every other month to ensure that her liver enzymes are not elevated. All of which is not possible while being uninsured. There is more to the story but I will save you from all the details...I say all of this to ask you to pray with Kailey's dad and I. We have applied for assistance but it is hard to say how long the approval process may take. Please pray that Kailey's body will stay strong while we wait on the approval and then please pray that we will be approved.

I know my Jesus will take care of Kailey and will supply our every need. HE has proven Himself to our family many times! Thank you in advance for agreeing in prayer with us. We love you all!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Truths That Keep Their Promises

"But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in loving kindness and truth." Psalm 86:15

If there is one thing I know for sure, that is the world is searching for truth. We look everywhere. Our magazines, television, commercials, newspapers, and politicians are supposed to be truth tellers, but many of them are exposed for their lack of honesty. Never in my life have I been so exposed to so much news about people who are supposed to tell the truth, but are on trial on charges that they were not being honest to their company and their shareholders.

Fortunately I know one truth-teller who is never wrong; the Trinity-God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. If anyone of these tells you something, you CAN believe it because they aren't capable of telling a lie.

When you are trying to figure out who is or isn't speaking truth, ask this simple question; "Which one agrees with the promises of Scripture?" Turn to God's Word to compare what you are hearing to His truth. The more time we can spend in Scripture, the more discerning we will be as we make choices, face big and small decisions, and try to live a righteous life.

Thank you Lord, for being a promise-keeper!