Saturday, March 24, 2012

Spring Newsletter!!!!!!

IN THIS ISSUEpdates from the    Solmen’sO-OP

 “Family is heaven sent from our father above bonded by the power of love
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance" (James)
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Updates from the Solmen’s

The weather is such a common topic as it has been such a mild winter and spring seems to have sprung! I think back to when I did our last newsletter; our camp had an open house that weekend it had snowed an entire foot.  As Mike and I were driving there we slid right into a ditch. That was an experience!! What we thought would be a long winter, God had other plans!  Another thing I thought would happened this past phase in our lives didn’t happened as I ended up herniating another disc causing a great deal of suffering the last few months.  Many nights I have been in the valley on the brink of depression. But God’s soft whisper reminded me that sometimes you have to go through the valley to appreciate the beauty of the mountain.
God has truly placed dear, kind, sweet friends in our paths to help prevent that stronghold of helplessness.  “It is its own form of demoralization. If we do not guard ourselves, we can inject a victim mentality right into the vein of our relationship with God.” (Words by Beth Moore) God calls us to be overcomers! Through his guidance and strength, in my most vulnerable times in life is beyond my understanding. Romans 8:37 “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us”
Mike and I hosted the High School and Middle School kids out @ Camp for Valentine’s Day, to a pizza/snow tubing party.  It was so nice watching the kids interacting, and having a blast! The kids and I planned a 50’s sock Hop for the entire co-op for Valentine’s Day.  We had a box contest, hula hoop contest, a piñata, an awesome D.j., popcorn, milkshakes and a valentine exchange.  The kids and I worked for weeks preparing for this party.  I organized a “poodle skirt” party for the mothers and daughters to make poodles skits. We made paper Mache music notes, the piñatas, a Juke box, collected records, and then the decorating! All the hard work paid off because we “rocked our shoes off.”  Pictures are on my Facebook. Mike started working with the high school kids. He is teaching woodshop, blueprint reading, and tool safety.  He is working hard at trying to provide opportunities for hands on experiences.  I continue to work with the 3rd-5th graders.  We are learning about the solar system by creating a model.  Each student has been assigned a planet. We tie-dyed shirts to represent their planet’s color and will have a “presentation” with each kid stating 5 facts they have learned about their planet. We are also traveling on a field trip this Tuesday to the STRATEGIC AIR & SPACE MUSEUM, where the kids will learn all about comets, asteroids and meteorites.
Our last day of Co-op classes will be April 26th.  They will have an end of the year program on May 4th, which I will help, organize. will learn all about comets, asteroids and meteorites. “GREAT BALLS OF FIRE“. Your students will learn all about comets, asteroids and meteorites. They’ll be submerged in a cosmic experience where they’ll get to:
Mission Trip
Owen and Kirk will be traveling to Chicago with the youth group on a mission’s trip in July.  They are currently fund raising, as each child is required to raise their own funds for this trip.  The cost is $350.00. They each have raised approximately $100.00.
Mike and I are ecstatic to see the changes going on here @ camp.  We can see how God is opening doors.  We are completely humbled by this opportunity.  We continue to ask for many prayers and are blessed by everyone’s support.
We have been blessed with dental care for all of us. I even faced a 17 year fear and went to the dentist as well.  After the work was complete on all of our family members I made the office a big crock pot of chicken and dumplings and salad as a huge Thank-YOU for their generosity and kindness.
Our family will be traveling home for a visit in May!! Mike and I will only be home from May 12-21st, but the kids will be there till the end of May.  My sister will need help with arrangements during the day, as she will have to work.  If anyone would be interested let us know.  I would like to have all the arrangements made prior to our arrival. 
Prayer Requests
I met with a surgeon and he has recommended a steroid injection before he will think of surgery for my back. Their concern right now is the numbness I have been experiencing in my left leg.  He has seen the injections work to where surgery wasn’t needed. Please join with me as we claim that this injection will work. My prayer is healing for my back, so it no longer limits my daily activities. 
Pray in the upcoming weeks as we prepare for summer camp, God will continue to work in our lives; that the preparation and transition to the long hours will be easy. 
Lastly please pray for our health!!
Thank you and God Bless,

Monday, March 12, 2012

Daniel in the Lions DEN!!!!

        So today the kids and I declared that it would be Monopoly Monday.  The morning was great, despite the fact that I had called the doctors and once again was told they would have to locate my file and call me  back! My back was feeling some relief, however my left leg is still numb and tingly and for the most part I limb.  The kids just simply enjoyed the fact I wasn't laying in bed.  To speed the story up, I get a phone call in the afternoon, from my bank, the FRAUD department. She wanted to verify a few transactions that my card had made.( okay, well right away she has my attention for two reasons... 1) I haven't gone anywhere obviously and 2) We do not have any money, so no transactions should have been made) Needless to say within minutes I realize my number has been stolen; there was a transaction of   $$$681.11!!!!!! I called my bank and reported the phone call-They put a stop on our cards and will watch our account for the next few days.  Soo then, I call customer service.  Kirk and Lyvvie received next books for Christmas. Both tablets were defected, so we returned them.  When we got the new ones, they didn't work either. This whole process has been going on since January.  Of course, they can not give me a refund all they can do is send me TWO new ones!! And.. called the doctors office back... they were closed!!!!!!!
       I am starting to feel like Job!! Job was a righteous man who feared and respected God. Trouble, trials, tribulations all came his way. We do not understand the afflictions that we go through.  Obviously a certain measure of trouble comes to each of us.  God has a purpose in sending trails our way..
Job 4: 17 "Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty"
Job 4:9 "He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,miracles that cannot be counted"
      I am being tested in every way, and when I think I can't handle anything else, something else is thrown my way.  I feel helpless, and frustrated.   In desperation I open my bible, hoping God will speak to me through his word (as I KNOW HE WILL) Sure enough I found myself reading the story of Daniel (not JOB)
Daniel worked for a king in a pagan land where it was against the law to pray to God for help. One day Daniel was discovered  breaking the law and was cast into a den of lions.  A stone was rolled over the entrance, locking him in.  There he WAITED through the long night for DELIVERANCE......TRUSTING GOD.
Daniel 6:23 "The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den.  And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in God"
       In other words He had been DELI VERED!!!!   I found this passages interesting, because I have been to this passage before, when like now, I was in a season of waiting. Only when we begin to nurture the wait with trust will our deliverance come. We all find ourselves in situations where we are waiting on something that leads us feeling helpless.  Like Daniel and Job they too felt that helplessness, but they spent their time trusting in GOD! I will leave you with the words song by Mandisa......

I was so helpless, where did the light go?
I had no hope left deep down in my soul
I was watchin', I was waitin', I was prayin'
I was stayin' down on my knees
That's right where You found me

My Deliverer You rescued me from all that held me captive
My Deliverer You set me free now I'm alive and I can live
So every moment I will give You praise
My Deliverer, ooh my Deliverer

There's no pretending, I can't do it myself
I'm so dependent, Lord I need Your help
I'll be watchin', I'll be waitin', I'll be prayin'
I'll be stayin' down on my knees
That's right where You'll find me

My Deliverer You rescued me from all that held me captive
My Deliverer You set me free now I'm alive and I can live
And every moment I will give You praise

La, la, la, la, la, I need You
You know whatever I'm goin' through
I'll be watchin', I'll be waitin', I'll be prayin'
I'll be stayin' down on my knees
That's right where You'll find me

My Deliverer, my Deliverer

My Deliverer You rescued me from all that held me captive
My Deliverer You set me free now I can live
My Deliverer I'm no longer captive
My Deliverer You gave Your life that I might live
So every moment I will give You praise

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Who was I kidding?

               I was kidding myself to think I would get to go the National Conference; I woke up @ 5 a.m. in so much pain! I am so brokenhearted, this would have been the first time since we've had kids that we would have been able to go away for four days! I was anticipating the knowledge I would have gained from this conference.   BUT.......

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD." 
Isaiah 55:8
            I know God's is in control, even though I am saddened about missing the opportunity, I accept his plan for my life.... My motto song during the season of life is "NO MATTER WHAT"  the song ran through my mind all morning as I waiting for the relief of the medicine to ease the pain. Which leads me to my next thought on my mind. Medicine... I hate being so dependant on it.  I can't function well, I sleep a lot, and I have to rely on my kids and husband to do all the "domestic tedious things" a mother is required to do such as:
Grocery Shopping
Grading Papers (OOO.. I am so behind on this one!!)
Errands (especially taken me to the PT, Kids functions etc.etc.)

"...I will cry to you when my heart is overwhelmed." Psalm 61:2

           Cry out to the Lord when we feel overwhelmed.  We urgently need higher ground, and we can't get there unless the Lord LEADS us there. You need a Rock (Jesus) for shelter from the storm -- a sheltered place HIGHER than the flood waters. A safe place higher and stronger than ourselves.

        Remember that Jesus voluntarily experienced that anguish on our behalf, because He loves us. He is moved to compassion by our "overwhelmed" condition. Just like He was moved to respond to the helpless and overwhelmed people of 2,000 years ago

Thank YOU IN ADVANCE for all my faithful friends, and their willingness to help in my time of need!!!!

Friday, March 9, 2012

MRI results........

                                                            Results from my MRI:
 A massive extruded disk (level of herniation) with an unusual level of disc degeneration
Also, I have sciatica (When a disc herniates and puts pressure on the sciatic nerve, this is referred to as sciatica.) Which is the cause of the shooting pain down my leg, increased pain when I walk or sit, and tingling sensation in the leg that turns to numbness. The doctor does not believe I have any other options and will be referring me to a surgeon.......

As I said before, this is a weakness of mine as I watch every day just slip through my fingers, without having the ability to be productive!
My passion is that through this painful situation, God will utilize me to bring his name glory. I am so thankful he has chosen me to be a channel for him; although through the next upcoming weeks, the road will be difficult, long and hard. The pain brings me to tears frequently; I am so uncomfortable. I will have good days, bad days, and days I will wonder if I am passing the test God has laid before me.  I will fall short, as the Bible says in Romans "We all fall short of the glory of God." I covet each and every one of your prayers. I am so humbled and blessed that everyone is supportive. Thank You from the bottom of my heart for your willingness to serve in aiding in our families needs.... Even if that means I MUST VENT!!!
 May God Bless You Richly.....

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Our health is being attacked!!

     As I was laying in bed last night, crying with all the pain I have been recently;  thoughts, questions, unanswered prayers plastered my mind!  To top it off the feeling of sadness, guilt and embarrassment has gradually been creeping in as well......
I am a giver not a receiver; and for the last couple of months our health as been a prominent topic in this household.  I hate it! It sucks away my time, energy and efforts to be doing things more positive... And yet day after day, night after night I suffer... Why? And then it hits me.... God, himself, was tempted many times. In Hebrews 4:15 it states "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin."
God has this under control, because he has given permission, as any situation that occurs in our lives must go through his hands.. Kerri Roberts says it best in her song "NO MATTER WHAT"

I’m running back to Your promises, one more time
Lord that’s all I can hold on to
I’ve got to say this has taken me, by surprise
But nothing surprises You
Before a heartache, can ever touch my life
It has to go through Your hands
And even though I, I keep asking why
I keep asking why

No matter what, I’m gonna love You
No matter what, I’m gonna need You
I know that You can find a way to keep me from the pain
But if not, if not - I’ll trust You
No matter what (no matter, no matter what, no matter)
No matter what (no matter, no matter what – no matter, no matter what)

When I’m stuck in this nothingness, by myself
I’m just sitting in silence
There’s no way I can make it, without Your help
I won’t even try it
I know You have Your reasons, for everything
So I will keep believing
Whatever I might be feeling
God You are my hope, and You’ll be my strength

No matter what, I’m gonna love You
No matter what, I’m gonna need You
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I know that You can find a way to keep me from the pain
But if not, if not - I’ll trust You
No matter what (no matter, no matter what, no matter)
No matter what (no matter, no matter what – no matter, no matter what)

Anything I don’t have, You can give it to me
But it’s OK if You don’t
I’m not here for those things
The touch of Your love is enough on its own

And no matter what, I still love You
And I’m gonna need You

No matter what, I’m gonna love You
No matter what, I’m gonna need You
I know that You can find a way to keep me from the pain
But if not, if not - I’ll trust You
I know that You can find a way to keep me from the pain
But if not, but if not, I’ll trust You
No matter what (no matter)
No matter what (no matter, no matter what)

  Its a test of faith once again...A test, thus far I had been failing. Satan feeds our minds with lies, deceit, guilt, and shame.  He tempts us at our weakest points, in our darkest hours and then LEAVES. He is such a coward he can not stick around. He doesn't have the strength to do that.. But Jesus will never leave us or forsake us; no matter what the circumstances are...

Here's a look into the struggle that I'm facing right now!!

Lie 1) Why should you rally your prayer warriors together to pray, love and support you?

Truth 1) James 5:14-16 "Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."

Lie 2) "They" will think you are faking. "They" will think you are being selfish. "They" will not understand why you are still stick

Truth 2) James 5:11 "As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy."

Lie 3) You already claimed healing on your back so why are you in so much pain? Don't you believe?

Truth 3) Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."
Truth 3) Isaiah 55:8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.

Lie 4) You should feel guilty that your time is being wasted, & anxious that you are behin

Truth 4) 1 Peter 5:7 "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you."
Truth 4) James 1:12  "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him."

Lie 5) Why should you go through this much pain?

Truth 5) 1 Corinthians 5: 13 "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."

No matter what I will trust in God, as He is in control. No matter what, even though I may fail and fall short he will uphold me and guide me. No matter what I'm going to love him and allow him to work in me and through me. No matter what even in my darkest hour I will trust him because I know he has my life in his hands.