While in seminary I went to our pastor's house for what I can only call a weekly "Prayer-n-Share". Now during seminary we would have called it Bible Study but, as I reflect, we never opened our Bibles; I stopped taking one after the first three months when I realized this weekly event had been misnamed.
This is NOT a slam, just an observation. The evening served a purpose and functioned perfectly to achieve the actual goal. It was an evening to get seminary wives together for the purpose of sharing our struggles and blessings, lifting each other up in prayer, and hearing some teaching/tips on how to handle being a pastor's wife upon graduation. It guaranteed that we didn't hold up in our apartments and grow bitter and lonely with the struggles of seminary life. It was one of my favorite times of the week - honestly.
One night, after meeting together over a year, my friend Susan asks us to pray because her daughter has never slept through the night (2 years) and it was becoming too much. She needed sleep. It was affecting every area of her life. I remember being stunned. Susan. was. always. happy. How did she do that???
Little was up again last night. This time it was 2:00ish. She did go back to sleep but was up again every hour on the hour. I never went back to sleep. I feel terrible. I. am. not. happy.
I remember praying "religiously" for Olivia to sleep. I felt so burdened for Susan - just couldn't imagine going that long without a full night of sleep. I also remember when Susan called to tell me that Olivia was sleeping all night long. Talk about REJOICING.
I have no "Prayer-n-Share" anymore. I have friends in several states who love me and read this brain dump. I gotta tell you - I need you to pray. Please pray that this bump in our lives will pass and Little will sleep once again. Pray that God will protect every area of our life during this bump and that we will honor Him in the midst of it. Please pray that I won't hold up inside my heart and grow bitter and resentful that He decided to give us a bump (another bump, I should say).
I'll let you know when Little's back to sleeping all night and we can rejoice together.