A Letter From Melanie Hall

peace in the storm  A Letter From Melanie Hall (Concerns Mark Hall Surgery)

I’m completely humbled by the number of people that have expressed their love for us and are interceding in prayer. There are no words to express the gratitude in this wife’s heart. Thank you for praying for us. We have had friends and strangers from all over the world tell us they are praying–an orphan school in Kenya, neighbors we just met, long lost high school friends, Christian Music Artists from their concerts, schools, offices, pastors in South Africa, chaplains in the Army, churches, radio DJs, fans, missionaries in Brazil, and countless others I couldn’t begin to name. Thank you. Your prayers are felt.


Many of you have prayed that we would have peace in the midst of this storm. Let me tell you that God has honored that prayer. Mark and I have peace that we are where we are supposed to be and that God has allowed this in our lives for a reason. And He has assured us that He is using this to bring people to Him.
Mark is working hard at the church today to prepare for his recovery absence. I don’t think he is as anxious about the surgery as he is about being away from the students of our church for a month of recovery. Meanwhile he is working on an empty stomach (only clear liquids) today.

When you are praying for us tomorrow, I ask that as you pray you would also consider these few requests:

1. Please pray that God will watch over everything related to the surgery and that it goes well. Pray that we have favor with the hospital staff and doctors.
2. Please pray for complete healing and a quick recovery for Mark.
3. Please pray that God will give us opportunities and discernment to share Christ’s Love. And pray that we will have strength and courage to represent Him well on this journey.
4. Please also pray that God will give YOU an opportunity to share His love through this. Many of you have said that friends, family members and co-workers are asking you questions about God because of what is happening to Mark. Please please use these opportunities to point people to Jesus. It may even be one of the reasons God has allowed this.

“Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the Hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. . .” I Peter 3:14-15

We are trusting in our Father God who Loves ALL immeasurably, Forgives graciously, Redeems fully, and HEALS Completely.
Once again, we cherish your prayers and have been encouraged by your outpouring of love and support. Thank you for joining us in prayer for tomorrow and the coming days.

Trusting Him in this journey
Melanie

Do these things when you reset your clocks

Do these things every 6 months when you reset your clocks:

  • Check and replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. Replace any smoke alarms older than ten years. Replace any CO alarms older than five years.
  • Prepare a disaster supply kit for your house (water, food, flashlights, batteries, blankets).
  • Once you’ve created your home disaster kit, use the semi-annual time change to check its contents (including testing/replacing flashlight batteries).
  • It’s a good idea to carry a car-emergency kit in your car year-round, but be sure to add cold-weather gear to your general car-emergency kit each fall. (Having a separate duffle/gear bag clearly marked “Cold Gear” specifically for your cold weather emergency gear makes it easy to add or take out of the car, seasonally.) Like a Boy Scout, “Be Prepared!”
  • Check home and outbuilding storage areas for hazardous materials. Discard (properly, please) any which are outdated, no longer used, or in poor condition. Move any which are within reach of kids or pets.
  • Check and discard expired medications – those dates really DO have meaning – some very common over-the-counter medications can cause serious problems due to change through aging.

Kids and Food

DinnerWarWhat do you do when your kid says, “I don’t like what you made for dinner. I want something else.” ??

Mom I want “____” for dinner instead of what you made? What your response?

Things We’ve Said to Our Kids to Get them to Eat…
1. Please?
2. Try holding your nose.

3. See how the fish is pink? Princesses love pink. Salmon is what princesses eat! It’s princess food! Yay princesses!!!
4. If you don’t eat this, I will take the dog for a walk and never come home.
5. You know how sometimes a needle is so sharp you don’t even feel it? That’s what this chili is like. It’s so spicy that you won’t even taste anything.
6. Try the swordfish. It’s like white salmon.
7. Try the cauliflower. It’s like white broccoli.
8. Try the tofu. It’s like white-ish chicken.
LOL…. Your suggestion….?

 

Words to Boost Your Day

checkmarkWhat kind of day are you having? Ohhhhhh! I get it… Here’s something to help make you feel better! One of the first places I go, God’s Word! The Bible has great quotes to help brighten your day and help you reflect a different attitude.

The Bible is a great tool to turn a rainy day to sunshine in no time.

Psalm 50:15 – and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 – Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.

Philippians 4:6-7 – do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

John 16:33 – I have said these things to you, thatin me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

Matthew 7:7 – Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

I Just Need Some Space

Things Kids Get Away With…That You Can’t

kiddrawingKids are able to get away with an enormous amount of things that you and I (adults) can not get  away!  Of course it’s under the guise of “they’re only kids.” I believe these little munchkins :-) think they’re above the rules! Here is a list of a few of the infractions…

  • Blatantly throwing food on the floor… Seriously? There’s a ball right there in your hand.
  • Touching someone else for no reason… This is something that kids do without consequence until…
  • Saying dinner is “gross”… Why can’t I say the same exact thing? But no, then that would be a major issue. Adults clearly cannot get away with blatantly insulting a chef/spouse to his or her face.
  • Throwing a tantrum in the mall… Kids save their worst, most uncontainable fits for when you’re calmly trekking through a mall… But imagine an adult acting in such a manner. NOT?
  • Biting people… I mean, really.
  • Opening someone’s gifts… You know someone else’s gift… We’ve all seen this. Yet, no one wants you involved in their Secret Santa.
  • Refusing to get dressed It’s like dealing with a self-important Hollywood starlet in diapers.
  • Climbing on countertops/tables They are not monkees…
  • Crying when barely injured

What else would you add to this list? Add a comment below.