I could certainly benefit from prayers for seeing sinners the way God does, but I want to clarify that that friend of Erik's isn't just a sinner.
I'mmmmm back :D
I will absolutely be praying that you love sinners as Christ loves them! I try to remember that I am still a horrible person compared to Christ himself, but I also have the gift of encouragement, with that comes a very easy ability to be empathetic. I am also hard on myself and forgiving of others.
I love what you said about our marriages. I ache for Chris to be a Godly head of our family. I recently saw a demonstration of a family that had no vision or strong leader, and it was jaw dropping. I so wish Chris had been with me or someone had videotaped it to show people. But in a gymnasium a Father stood blindfolded, his wife stood behind him with her hand on his back, then the kids were lined up behind the wife just with one hand on the person in front of them. Then the father tried to make his way through chairs, toys, gym equipment, and other obstacles trying to reach the speaker at the front of the gym. They wandered and wandered, tripped, bumped, and hit things for almost 15 minutes trying to find the speaker (the speaker was on a loud system, so the speakers would confuse the dad about where the actual podium and Speaker were) It was an amazing visual demonstration of what a man does to his family when he is not seeking God through the Word and Prayer! There are MANY men that need to see this visual representation. There are many families stumbling through the briar patches because the Head of the House is not willing to open his eyes and seek God!
I have done lots of research on Mito :) wikipedia being my favorite source :P I can say that the hardest thing about the possibility of Mito is the WIDE range of issues. I will say a lot of sources say the younger diagnosis comes, the worse the issues can get, just because if you are noticing issues very young, then the disease is affecting their bodies in bigger ways...if that makes sense in my short hand version of a huge paper I read...lmbo. Madison is a source of constant stress for me. I worry either I am blowing things out of proportion or she is far worse off than even I think, we swing a lot between the two. We question so much about her everyday living that it is very hard. Even today I was filling out paperwork to take to a new set of doctors that will be seeing her in early January, they wanted to know all her milestones, I was writing my estimates for when she rolled, sat, pulled to stand, cruised, walked and our Occupational Therapist stopped me and told me every date was off, by months, I was putting her doing everything in the normal age range, and she has been delayed since birth. So the therapist jumped on her computer and pulled up her notes and gave me the right dates, and I was again in tears and shocked at how hard we have struggled for every milestone we have reached. It is insane how my brain wants to pretend everything is okay. I question if I will ever come to terms with what we are dealing with, then I question if I really want to come to terms, or is holding on to the hope of a miracle healing what keeps the possibility open. See it can be a real mess to deal with :)
Praying for Erik this week, I am praying that your miracle for Christmas is him finding a job and you getting pregnant :) Leslie is such a cutie, you can't leave her alone, she needs an equally cute sibling to get into trouble with!
Hugs girl and I promise to come back often from here on out!
I'm baaaack, too!