But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A selfish prayer request

Hi again everyone,

There are stacks of emails from lots of you special people that I wanted to reply to now that we are settled in my parents' home, but I'm dealing with near-constant back and side pain which makes it difficult to sit up for any extended period of time. I am struggling with some anxiety related to the pain, mostly borne from thoughts like, "How BAD is this going to get?" - especially when I'm not yet 20 weeks along, and we really want to keep those babies in there until 34 weeks, God willing! The Lord keeps reminding me to take it day by day and not borrow trouble from tomorrow. Would you please pray for peace and joy for me during this time of waiting (and if God is willing, for the pain to ease)?

Contractions keep me off my feet for most of the day already, so I'm having to remind myself "I am not an invalid; I am doing an important job that happens to be hard on my body." I hope and pray that helps in warding off depression. :} God's promises in His Word are more precious to me at times like these!

Oh, one last thing: my appetite is still not what I'd like it to be. I'm having trouble eating foods I used to love, so it's usually more a matter of forcing myself to eat than truly enjoying what's before me (big exception: Mom and Dad's marinated steaks on the grill!). So if anyone feels led to pray that I'd start really craving and enjoying food, that would be a blessing. :)

Love to you all,
Carrie

P.S. We'll send a 20-week picture on Sunday. We were traveling this past Sunday, hence no photo.

11 comments:

  1. SELFISH MY EYE!! (I am shouting.) Keeping five precious gifts alive is not selfish. No more disclaimers! Dear God, I pray you would grant Carrie mighty strength and power, the power that you've already given her in your Holy Spirit-the same spirit that brought YOUR SON to life. Pray she can EAT, REST, and RELAX, letting those sweet fivesomes grow darling and fat. And while you are at it, wipe out any thought that her desire to be comfortable is selfish because that is just plain silliness. AMEN!

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  2. Echoing Katrina's sentiments exactly, and joining in her prayer!! Ever so much love to all eight of you!

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  3. May the Lord be your strength, your strong tower, your place of refuge for every hour and every minute of this amazing (and amazingly hard and demanding!) journey that you are on. Love you Carrie Dear!Amy Long

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  4. love you sooooooo! dear sweet sister! thank you for the update- totally have not been praying specifically for any depression, so I'm so glad to read this prayer request so we can add it when Cal and I pray for you!!

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  5. I'm not sure I did the name thing correctly, but what matters, is that we're thinking of you, and praying for you every evening. I recently had a hospital admission, and I was pretty uncomfortable, but I thought about how uncomfortable YOU are, and it calmed me right down! Take good care of yourself, and know that your every minute is being held in God's hands. I pray that you feel those stong arms around you, and each one of those precious babies. By the way, tomorrow is card making day. More to come soon! On our minds constantly. Blessings to you all!

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