Thursday, May 20, 2010

A mom's life turns on a dime

4:04 p.m. Today's project is to get youngest son Steven ready for a photoshoot by Muscletech, his corporate sponsor, on May 30. As an up-and-coming professional bodybuilder, Steven has enjoyed a year of free products as part of his contract. He has won a number of first place trophies in the teen and men's novice categories, and has twice taken second in the most challenging category, men's heavyweight. A lot is riding on his May 29th competition in Culver City.

It's amazing how I went from praying for Steven to overcome the physical stress brought on by the eating plan required to be at his perfect competition weight; to getting a tow truck sent his way when his car quit on him; to praying healing from a nasty cold all this week and part of last; to today's need to scan his birth certificate for a passport! You see, this photo shoot is in Toronto, Canada! When we were in Canada in 2006, you didn't need a passport; but after 9/11, the law has changed.

Steven's last photo shoot was fraught with actual danger. He had to drive home on a Thursday night in blizzard conditions from Fresno--no sleep for this praying mom through the night-- then get up early to drive to L.A. by 11:00 a.m. After that, it was up over the Grapevine in heavy storm conditions, back to Fresno in time to get onto a bus with the high school students he leads at the People's Church, for a citywide high school retreat. By the grace of God he made it. My hair would have turned white if the natural color of it hadn't been white already!! (A little confession here, good for the soul.) Psalm 51:6 reminds us that God "desires truth in the inward parts."

Steven was told at the Fresno post office that a passport will take 6 weeks minimum, so now he has located a website that will do it in 24 hours, if a scanned copy of his birth certificate (here in our house, naturally) can be attached to an email. So far my success is from slim to none. We all have been given gifts, but little-used technology details escape me.
Happily, Pavel is here and has scanned and saved it perfectly! God answers prayer yet again!
Whether your role as a mother calls for you to get up in the night with a tot with a 102 degree fever, changing all of your plans for the next day; your 6th gradergets into a fight at school; your teen gets into a car accident; or your adult children drop in for much-needed counsel, you and I are called to be prayed-up, filled with the Holy Spirit, and ready for anything! God is never surprised, but is always present to give that sense of peace, calm, and assurance that He has your children's best interests at heart. And there is no greater, more magnificent, loving heart that that of our Heavenly Father!
Here is a description of the way I feel after this challenging afternoon from Psalm 52:8,9:
I am like a green olive tree in the house of God.
I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.
I will praise You forever
Because You have done it;
And in the presence of Your saints
I will wait on Your name, for it is good.

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