Thursday, May 15, 2008

See You Later...

This is my last post before surgery tomorrow.
I don't know how long I'll be gone.
If they can use the Laparoscopy I'll be home
tomorrow. Probably not doing the steps down
to the computer yet, though.
If he has to open me up it may be a week or more
before I post again. I will try to get you updates
through Mrs. Rabe, at Creekside Cottage ,
if that is the case.

While this is happening, we are getting closer to
renting the building of our dreams for church.

I went yesterday and picked up paint chips and
carpet samples to put together some suggestions.
I am blessed to be considered
our resident decorator.
LOVE IT!

This is my biggest motivation to get back on my feet
quickly! I know, it should be my family...but I kind
of like the pampering that I know Chelsea and Warren,
along with the Moms, will do while
I recuperate.

The church reorganization has been so hard
over the past two years and now there is light at the end of the
tunnel so I am excited to dig in and see change!

It is totally amazing to me to see God's hand in
the intentional formation of the Family Integrated Church.
We had not even heard this term until Mrs. Rabe introduced
us to the clips of Vodie Baucham on her blog.

It is who we are, though.

God has been preparing us for this terminology.
We have been led to this conclusion over the past couple
of years after seeing the problems with youth groups and
the general dividing up of the families as they came to worship.

We are convinced that families worship better, when they are
together and the authority of the father is not removed for the
period of time that the family is at church. It is unintentional,
I know, however, it happens! We were at a point where our youth
group leaders were telling the youth that, "what happened in Youth
Group stayed in Youth Group". There was a huge us/them mentality
established. We begged and pleaded with them to
encourage the youth group to come to all church events and be
together with the whole families. They were convinced the kids
wouldn't want that.
Therefore, the kids didn't want that.

That administration has moved on.
Those who were eager to take
their place were asked to wait... and watch.
We intentionally began
to plan weekly events that involved the whole family.
One week is our small group Bible Study.
The next, an activity of some sort.
We were told there is no way the
youth will come and enjoy that.
Well, last small group we had nine
young people and eight adults.
The kids all participated, asked
questions, read the Word aloud and
had a great time playing afterward.
Our last Friday night was spent playing
games and enjoying pizza
together. Again, full house.
Lots of young people. I am so
thankful that the Lord has led us in this
direction and that He
has blessed us by working in
the hearts of the Young People to
have a desire to be here.

We just love them so much!
I love the perspectives they share.
I love the enthusiasm they show.
They also choose great music! lol

O.k. I guess I got on a soapbox there for a minute. I apologize.
It is just so very exciting to see God at work, where
because of all of the resistance, it seemed impossible.

I know that society says we need to be broken up into
groups with similar age and interests, but
I think we can glean so much from seeing the different places we
are all at. It also is so encouraging for the fathers to be "put back"
into a role of authority in a very real way.
Not everyone experiences this,
but we felt a bit helpless in wanting to be
supportive of those who were sacrificing so
much to run the Youth Group and feeling that
they were counteracting our authority.
Not fun.
It was a devastating feeling.

You may recall that this was also during the
period of time that we had to break off a
relationship for our Mikey. This started at
a Christian Camp and then blossomed at Youth Group,
encouraged by the leadership because it got this girl
to come. Never mind the devastation that Mikey endured
in this harmful relationship.
See, it has been a long
hard road and I am not writing this lightly.
I know there is some chance of offense being taken here.

I do not wish for that to be the case.
It is just so obvious to us, after the experiences we
have had and the prodding of the Lord in
our hearts that this is what He has for us, at this stage
of our lives.


Thanks for "listening".

You mean so much to me. I love getting your feedback
and encouraging comments. I love being able to put
words to "screen". Writing has always been one of my
loves. Thank You for being there as I learn the ropes.

I hope that you enjoy a great rest of the week.

I'll be back as soon as possible.

Blessings!

15 comments:

Kara & Jack's Mom said...

Becky,
We'll be praying for you tonight and tomorrow... you have waited a long time for this surgery. Our prayer is that it leaves you pain free and ready to take on the world! I'll be bringing you a meal next week and we look forward to getting Chelsea together with Kara. You're in our prayers.... Judy

Becky K. said...

Thank You, Judy!

I appreciate your friendship and the friendship of the girls.
Becky K.

Mrs. Rabe said...

oh Becky Friend! I am praying and will continue to pray for God's hand to guide the doctor, that he will be able to take care of all the "problem" areas and that this would be the last surgery for you! God is Good, All the Time and HE is at work on your behalf!

Becky K. said...

Thanks Mrs. Rabe!

I, too, hope that this is IT for a very long time!

Becky K.

BittersweetPunkin said...

Becky...my thoughts and prayers will be with you .....I pray that the Lord guide the Surgeon's hand and he is able to take away what ails you...for good...and that you wake up feeling refreshed and well.
Blessings,
Robin

Becky K. said...

Robin,
You are so sweet! Thanks a bunch!
Becky K

Miss Paula said...

Praying for you dear Becky!! Please ask Dee to give us an update when your surgery is over!!

Also praying for a complete recovery and that you will be energized quickly!! Blessings!!

Becky K. said...

Hey Paula,
Thank You! I will be wishing I was sitting poolside at your house with an iced tea and a good book!

Have a great week!
Becky K.

Elijah's Mommy said...

Hi Becky,
I'll be praying for you and the surgery tomorrow! We'll miss you while you're gone. Hope you're back soon!

Becky K. said...

Melissa,

I sure hope Geoff is ok.

Thanks for your kind words. I'll miss all of you too.

Becky

lady jane said...

Oh my, I'm so glad I happened by and read that your surgery is set for tomorrow. I'll be praying, dear lady. Yes, I'll be praying. <><

Next week I'll have a bit more time to really delve into your posts, reading and digesting. Looks as if some issues at church are being taken care of (praise God) and I look forward to reading the details of how our Lord is working in the hearts of those involved. Good stuff. Always. :o)

Bless you, dear friend. I pray the surgery is as non-invasive as possible and that your recovery is minimal. ((( hugs )))

There's a few ladies in the blogsphere going through surgeries or stressful times. Wish I could bring meals to each one of you and see to your needs. Please know I'm thinking of you and praying. <><

Alicia said...

I will be praying for you! I pray all goes well and that God would guide the doctors hands....He is our great physician! I hope you feel better quickly!!

Becky K. said...

Alicia and Lady Jane,

I cannot tell you how blessed I have been today with all of the loving comments and promises of prayer. Thank you for joining the encouragement choir!

Blessings on Your Head, as my dear friend, Marie, is fond of saying.

Becky K.

Tracy said...

All good wishes and prayer for your sugery being successful and that you have good recovery. Let us know how things are when you can. Such tremendous joy in your voice with your church coming together at last. Thinking of you...and sending (HUGS)) P.S. might I have your address, I'd like to send you something, if I may? :o)

kara & jack's mom said...

Becky,
I just hopped over to Creekside Cottage and saw that Mrs. Rabe reports you are home and doing well. Thank God for answered prayers and the surgery being able to be performed laproscopically. So glad that it over with for you and now you can concentrate on resting, being pampered and healing. Let us know how we can help!
Judy