Saturday, May 2, 2009

God's Provision

Alternately titled "Why I spent Many Hours With My Nose in My Bible".

Or "Why My Husband Ran Out of Clean Underwear".

Like almost every other wolverine out there, when I found out Stellan had been hospitalized with SVT, I wanted to do something. But what?

First, while reading through comments on
MckMama's blog, I wished I knew scripture a little better so I could leave a more encouraging comment.

An idea struck.

An idea I couldn't possibly accomplish alone.

Then God stepped in.

And He provided everything needed to do something.

He provided a new friend in
Mama Bear. A friend with the very same idea and the skill and talent and know how to see it through, just not enough time to do it alone. A friend who's very first request was that I find some Bible verses. (Ok, God, I hear you! I'll go read my Bible now and learn scripture a little better!)

When Mama Bear and I couldn't come up with a plan to get our hands on the hundreds of unopened photos in MckMama's inbox, He provided a request directly from MckMama for help with uploading those photos to Stellan's Name Gallery.

He provided me with a husband who understood what I was doing and why I was doing it.

He blessed me with wonderful daughters who helped out with their baby brother while Mommy uploaded 100's of photos and searched the Bible and
Crosswalk for just the right verses. They love Stellan!

He provided me with the opportunity to be a part of something amazingly rewarding. Not because of any accolades, but because I was "forced" to spend time with my Bible.

He provided me with the opportunity to show my children how you can and should do things for others, not for any sort of reward, but just because it's the right thing to do.

He provided me with insight into the goodness of people. People from all over the world who reached out to pray for and support (and wear A LOT of orange for) a little baby boy from the sometimes Frozen Tundra (and his mama).

I wish I could say He provided me with a little patience, but seriously, waiting for that
book to get into MckMama's hands was sheer torture!

And now my prayer is that through this book, He can provide the MckFamily with a little peace and encouragement. And when Stellan is old enough to understand, he will have proof that the world prayed for him and believed that he would live!

31 comments:

MamaBear said...

I got teary reading this Susan. It was a privilege to work on this with you - I COULD NOT have done it without you. God's hands were all over this and I will forever be touched by your heart of gold and dedication to see this book get into Jennifer's hands.

Kathy Hooper said...

What a beautiful job you both did and how perfect a gift. It is a gorgeous book and your post is lovely as well.

Krystal said...

Hopped over from MckMama's blog!

THIS IS AMAZING! WOW! I don't even know what to say! What an amazing gift, no wonder it brought tears!

Paige said...

What a great gift! You guys are amazing.

Blessings!

Kristin said...

What an amazing work of art you two have created. Congrats!

JD said...

What a beautiful testimony of the Body of Christ coming together to support someone through a difficult season... I LOVE this idea, love the book, love the photos, love how God brought it all together perfectly, and I love this post!

southerninspiration said...

Oh WOW; God is good.

Suzanne

Erica said...

Uh...stunned... that is awesome! What a blessing you two are and getting blessed while at it, it sounds like!

Ami said...

What a beautiful gift! Throughout this whole 'journey,' I've been amazed by the way that God has brought His body together in such exciting ways for His glory. This is a great example of that. How spectacular that He used this to bring you closer to Him as well. (I count myself as another who has grown closer and learned more about God through it, too... so many lessons on prayer and faithfulness in the past 6 weeks or so.)

Tri-Vet said...

What a wonderful post, a wonderful thing you did with mamabear! Thank you for doing it for Stellan and his mama! It really is beautiful from the photos I see. Very inspirational.

A My Charming Kids fan for life!

Jana Green said...

What a great, great idea. Man, too bad I didn't think of it. *shrug*

I was just wondering...maybe you said it and I missed it somewhere...did you use all of the name pictures?

Misty said...

I just linked over here from MckMama's blog. This is just gorgeous!! I wish I could just flip through it!

Taiya said...

That is amazing! What a sweet thing you did, and what a blessing you are to have taken the time to do it!

Jan said...

What beautiful and giving women you two are. Wow, that is an awesome randon act of kindness! What a fabulous gift to recieve... no wonder Jennifer was moved to tears!

Girly said...

Kudos to both of you - truly a magnificent piece of work.

Pam said...

Both of you girls (Susan and Carrie) are about to make ME cry! What an awesome thing to do, not only for Jennifer but for Stellan as well. Years from now he'll be able to look back into that book and see it for what it really is ~ an unbelieveable treasure collectively and loving contributed to by thousands of people.

You gals ROCK! God Bless you both!

~Pam

Becky said...

That is absolutely amazing! How moving and inspiring! Thanks for doing all of that work.

Becky

the rye family said...

awesome! :) you guys did a great job and what a treasure! :) i had to pause when i opened your blog page because i thought something was wrong with my computer, i thought it had linked back to MY blog page! :) we are using the SAME background - and i have 3 children! :)

Mariah said...

This is an amazing idea! You ladies blessed MckMama and Stellan in a whole new way! You blessed me too :) Thank you for your heart!

Trish said...

SUSAN!!! Totally cool!! I saw the link from Mckmama & I knew you were uploading pics but WOW!! Amazing job on the book. What a wonderful gift - that collage is unbelievable.

Beth in NC said...

OH MY GOSH! I just came over from MckMama's place and I wish I could see this book!!!! How awesome is that?!?!?!? I bet you could publish it and sell it -- seriously! I would love to see all of the pictures. Wow! What a blessing you were to this family.

Nice to meet you!

Blessings,
Beth

Kristy said...

How wonderfully sweet!

What a beautiful thing to have been apart of.

And we should all spend more time with our noses in our bibles - me included (Ok God, I hear you!)

Kristy

Alicia in a house full of Bees said...

You are amazing!

Blessedw5mom said...

Wow ladies WOW!!!! Thankyou, thankyou for being such a great example of hearing that still small voice and answering HIS call to somethig for one of HIS sweet children. You have blessed more lives than you know.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I enjoyed reading your blog today.

I am still new to the land of blog, but so loving reading others stories. Everyone has a story and so many of them are so touching....
Hope you will stop by for a visit.

MamabearMills said...

You guys are amazing! Thanks for doing that! I saw my picture on a page! yay!

Belinda said...

Hello,

What a beautiful book. I realize you made this just for MckMama. But do you know how many people would buy that book? Not just because we have loved and prayed for Stellen. But, because it is a beautiful book. What do you think of making it a fundraiser for a cause close to MckMama's heart?

belindapennings@hotmail.com

Christy said...

I am moved to tears by the pure love this represents! Glory to God.

4Hoffman's said...

Hopped over from McKMama's blog too! This is INCREDIBLE! What an amazing one-of-a-kind gift!

Pajama Mama said...

Beautifully worded! I can testify that you spent countless hours working on finding the perfect verses for the different pictures...and that it was all God-ordained. All of it. You did it all with a servant's heart. This gift will be treasured for a lifetime...or more. And you were encouraged and blessed beyond measure, yourself.

Love, me

Hunter Scott's Mommy! said...

Can you please tell me what service you used for the book? I've been looking everywhere and need advice on which place is best? My email is cbeckius@suddenlink.net. PLEASE!?!