Wednesday, July 7, 2010



How humbling it is to have so many responses on here and on Face*book that show support for our family. THANK YOU!!!!!!!

I am expecting God to show off in a BIG way in this situation and I hope for all of you to watch Him in action. By no means does my enthusiasm ensure that PandaJoy will come home to us, but I do believe that no matter what happens, the Lord is pleased that His children are talking to Him and will surely bless us for it.

This summer I am going through this Bible study on the book of Ruth with a few friends. I can't even begin to explain how each day that I have done the homework that it fits PERFECTLY to whatever circumstances are right in front of my face at THAT TIME. Crazy.

My boost of energy came on Monday night when I felt compelled to fight instead of sit back, cry and let the enemy stomp all over me. I'm so glad that I was able to turn the corner for good before I read this scripture of truth the very next morning in the Bible study:

In my alarm I said,
"I am cut off from your sight!"
Yet you heard my cry for mercy when
I called to you for help.
~~Psalm 31:22~~

I'm quoting straight from my study guide here, but it is my own feeling as well:

"How often have our difficult circumstances propelled us to determine in alarm or haste that God has abandoned us?"

Have you ever done this? You know from past experiences that God is good, faithful and always comes through for your own good, yet when things get really rough, you bail on him. OUCH.

I am so thankful that His mercy is new every morning (really, every moment).

Know that if you wrote a prayer request for me that I have prayed for you as well. I have prayed blessings to pour out over all of you who took the time to encourage me. What a blessing you are!


  1. I am James McDermott. My wife Cindy and I have been blessed by God with 13 children. We also homeschool and believe in purity in the courtship process. Above all, we are Christians. We recently started a website called Christian family meeting place ( Many who hold our views are isolated and are looking for online fellowship, personal fellowship, churches, and even spouses. I am inviting you to register. It is free. If you're not interested, that is perfectly fine. May God bless you in all you do for Him. - In the Vine, Jim for Cindy and the rest
    P.S. We also publish SALT Magazine. If you would like to check us out go to

  2. Please know that I'm continuing to pray for you and hope that your family includes a 2nd child. You have been on my heart and mind continually. Hugs!!

  3. Friend, it does my heart good to read your words and Dad's words. Stand firm.

  4. I'm glad you are still going to blog. I would miss you otherwise!!!
    I have been so blessed by your life and friendship and am praying the Lord will bring you peace either way.

  5. Can't wait to hear what else HE shows you with this study! love ya bunches!