Praynlady's Blessings & Other Fun Stuff: June 2005

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Test Results

I havent heard from the doc yet so I'm not sure how the test went but let me tell you... if you're allergic to the dye it's a doosy. I am doing ok but the dye has made me really sick to my stomach. (I couldnt remember how to spell nauseaus) I will survive this as well. Praise God. I will add to this post as soon as I hear something. Thanks for all your prayers and best wishes. Colleen

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Just something that came to mind!

This is for everyone, including me!

Family is family and friends are friends, but in order to be valued as such, we should act like it.

Some take longer than others!

Well, I guess that's true. Some do take longer than others. Learning that is. After almost 18 years of marriage I was hoping it would help out around here but it hasn't.
Ever wonder why women feel so frustrated with men? Well, it could have something to do with how we are treated. It could have something to do with the lack of way we are treated. It could be a combination of the two with a few additives of other junk. I am not sure but I do know that it causes some unrest in my household.
I sometimes think that the male species gets it, they just don't want to let on. It might mean a little more work. For example: I might say, "honey, my plants in the front need watering, would you bring the hose around for me, and you know, all of my bird houses are falling down, you could pick them up and reset them for me." Ok, pretty simple... I water, you replace the bird houses! UMMM. This really translates into, "honey, bring the hose around for me and just stand there and watch me water the plants while my bird houses get soaked because they are all laying on the ground." Thanks a million.
Now, I know that not ALL men are this way. It is not necessarily a genetic thing, just something learned over the years of marriage. I suppose they think that if they appear not to understand our little subtle hints, they will never have to admit it when they do GET IT!
Another example; " I am really hurting today, I can't get comfortable." I would translate this into, "honey, could you park close to the door so I don't have to walk so far." He will translate this to, "I think I'll park in the south fourty so that no one will ding the side of my truck!"
Does any of this sound familiar? Or am I alone in this one? Could this be a lack of respect? I was recently informed that the male feels satisfied when he feels respected. Let me assure you it does go both ways. Please feel free to send me any of your examples of "honey do" translations so that I can figure out if I am being side wiped or just misunderstood. Have a great day.
My prayer: Father God, thank you for all the things you have allowed me to have, to share and to be. Thank you for all that you have given me. Thank you for my family. Especially my husband, whom I love dearly and would not trade for the world. Lord just give me the patience to put up with the things he "doesn't" do that irritate me. Lord, give me the strength to continue healing with little help from the other half. I know he has grown tired of all that he is now responsible for but maybe alittle reminder that one day I will be driving him around when his sight gets bad or his hearing is not the best and I will try to have more patience with him then andgive him the respect he deserves.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Don't Dance So Fast

Ian K Cooper age 5
Originally uploaded by praynlady.
Have you ever watched kids On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
You better slow down. Don't dance so fast.
Time is short. The music won't last
Do you run through each day on the fly?
When you ask "how are you?"Do you hear the reply
When the day is done, Do you lie in your bed,
With the next hundred chores running through your head?
You'd better slow down, Don't dance so fast
Time is short, and the music won't last.
Ever told your child, We'll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste, not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch, Let a good friendship die?
Cause you never had the time, to call and say "Hi"?
You'd better slow down, Don't dance so fast.
Time is short, the music won't last.
When you run so fast to get somewhere,
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift... Thrown away.
Life is not a race, do take it slower
Hear the music before the song is over.
(Author Unknown)

Kaylee Hotshot

Kaylee Hotshot
Originally uploaded by praynlady.
Kaylee is growing up sooooo fast. She is saying things that amaze us daily. She is very intelligent and amuses us constantly with her quips. She loves to dress up and she loves to read her books. I hope she never figures out we are skipping pages in the really long ones! haha


Originally uploaded by praynlady.
Hi, I'm Roscoe P.(Papi) Cooper. I live with my parents and a sister. I am partial to my mommy though. I go everywhere she does and she loves me very much. She has been telling everyone about me so I decided that she should just show everyone and told her I liked this photo. I have a blog now too. I figured if a Cocker Spaniel named Mabel could do it, so could I. Not just a copy cat, I mean dog, I just wanted to get my picture posted on the web.

Monday, June 27, 2005


This morning I am getting ready to undergo my tests. I am not afraid of the tests, I've had them done before but I am afraid of more pain. As if 2, 20 inch rods isn't enough they want to inject dye in there as well. I've just about had all I plan on taking. I know God will see me through, but I am very short on my willingness to continue along this path He has chosen. I am looking for a new road.

Could be I'm getting alittle testy? I am not sleeping well at nights and can't get comfortable all day long, I do not want to live on pain meds so I try not to take them at all. I just want to be the me I was prior to both of the surgeries. I want to be fun loving, out going, driving, picking up my daughter whenever I choose and having a wonderful relationship with my husband. I hope I don't embarrass anyone but I want you to see what is taken for granted when you have any type of life changing surgeries. I am not exactly the same person. Not only do I now contain enough metal that price wise I could have retired to Missouri, I cannot act the way I did, sit the way I did, stand the way I did and so on.
I am not meaning to be complaining. God has led me here to this place for a reason, I am just one of those, who appreciates it when HE slaps me across the face and tells me what He wants me to do rather that the long drawn out process of an event like this. I am willing to open my mouth, my heart and my eyes to whatever He has instore for me but I'd really like to do it with a lot less pain.
My prayer: Father God, thank you for all that surrounds me, the air, the trees, my home, and all you have provided. Lord, thank you for my husband, without whom I would not have made it this far. Lord, you are my shepherd and I shall not want. ( will try not to anyway) Lord, take me to a place where I can see your face in these plans and let me know what it is you are teaching me besides patience so that I may begin your service. In Jesus name, Amen

Another Blogger

This morning I was playing with my blog, and almost screwed it up royally. By the way, do not try adding a photo into the banner in the template unless you know exactly where to place it! I had a lot o esplaining to do! haha
Anyway, I checked out a blog site of one of my commentors and I really enjoyed his site. I also loved the fact that he linked to a purpose driven dog. haha yep read through his blog if you have time, say a prayer for his church, and look for the comment about a dog! Hysterical and fun read.
Sorry, I forgot to put in the link and you will find the story in the 15th post titled "A Different Type of Church Planting"

Sunday, June 26, 2005

God, Where are You?

These last few weeks have been really difficult. Not just for me but for those that I care about, love and have been praying for. Where do I begin?
My father has been diagnosed with cancer. FACT: painful
I just lost a friend who left us at the young age of 47. FACT: painful
A couple from my church has just lost a 3rd child and are grieving. FACT: PAINFUL
I am still suffering from effects of post surgical recovery. FACT: PERSONALLY PAINFUL
UPDATED: Today, I lost a wonderful uncle to cancer. FACT: More tears
I have been reading a book called, "TRUSTING GOD through TEARS" by Jehu Thomas Burton.
I have cried, smiled and screamed out in anger and frustration for the sorrow people have to go through in life.
FACT: God does not make the bad things happen but He does allow them to happen for His purpose. He alone knows the reasons. Please allow me to quote a section from the book.
This is Jehu speaking (writing).... "I believe that the individuals truly blessed of God are those of us who experience the fiery crucible of pain, tribulation, and trials, for it is during these times we are drawn closest to God. I can now see how God uses suffering as His most effective tool for changing everything about the way we live and how we treat other people. God's conforming hand is most active in our life in the midst of tribulation.
I have experienced a life-changing event-- one that has altered my nature, my view of life, my life's priorities, and my relationship with every person I shall meet for the rest of my life. God used the death of my son to change me, and these (in the book) changes are the fruit born out of my suffering."
(Colleen now) "When my son Ian died, I went through all the "normal stages of grief". I sulked, I cried, I didn't cry, I screamed, I was angry, I denied, I hurt. Alot.
I could not understand how God could allow a child to grow and spread love and joy everywhere he went and touch the hearts of everyone he met, only to take that away so quickly. Especially after we prayed and tried for him for so very long almost 10 years. Life is not fair. I still believe a parent should not outlive a child and that makes things even tougher. This Sept. 18th will be 5 years. Not long enough to have healed but long enough to learn how to vent my anger and sorrow. I have written 2 books. I have written many poems, and I have been learning how to speak to others dealing with the same type of loss. Losing a child. I have been bourne of God and set out by Him to minister to other moms and dads that have and will experience this tragedy. It is not something I wanted to do but God has made it clear that I will do it. I read every book I can find on the subject of losing a child and though all of them ring similar, none of them are my thoughts and feelings, my ideas or my prayers. Though many people say that grief follows the same patterns in all, just in different ways, and I do agree to a certain extent, I am absolutely positive that those people suffer differently and in great degrees of difference. I will continue to pursue the path that God is sending me on and will continue to pray for those who have lost a child or children as well as praying for those who will at some point join this unimaginably horrible support group.
I know many people who have gone through this pain and the ones that stayed strong in their faith and love for God, have all survived with a strength that only He can provide. Most of them even became stronger in their marriages and have been amazingly strong friends to me. God bless you, you know who you are. I cannot write anymore because it is becoming increasingly difficult to see the screen.
My prayer: Father God, Thank you for my family. The ones here and the ones gone before me. Lord, thank you for the air I breath and the fact that I awoke another day doing it, thank you for my friends, thank you for my children, the blessings that they bring me as well as the sorrow that comes with being a mother. You have blessed me many times and I cherish each blessing. Father, please continue to give me the strength that comes only from your mighty hands and give me the courage to keep going day after day for another 5 years and then be able to look back and say, "ok, it's been 10 years". Father, lead me continually down the road you have chosen and Father, be with each of those who have and will go through the tragedy of losing a child. Father I ask that you put a special blessing on a certain young ladies heart that has just lost another beautiful blessing from you and that you will one day rejoin all of us with our blessings in heaven. I cannot wait to see you and then my son. Thank you Father, in Jesus name, Amen"

Todays "Lesson"

Today in church we were taught by Tommy and Andrea Stunz. ( I wont mention that they are family) Paul and I have a pretty terrific relationship but even we learned some things. "Muffins" should be terrific and should be enjoyed by both diners. Well, I have not been very faithful in "Muffin baking" due to pain so I haven't baked many muffins lately for Paul. It is difficult for him to understand the pain and even harder for me to explain and then watch the fallen look on his face when I tell him there will be no muffins today. I know that God will lead me to a place where I will want to make muffins for Paul and be excited to do so. SOME DAY!
Hang in there Paul. I do love you so very much.

More Hospital

Tomorrow in the am I will be returning to Methodist for more tests. I will be there for about 5 hours for a Mylogram (sp) and CT scan with dye injection. I am not really happy about having yet another foreign substance introduced into my spine but, well, what can you do. Please pray that it will be fairly pain free. I can handle some pain.....obviously but I am really getting tired of it! Yep, really tired.

My prayer: Father be with each of my family members today, my friends and even those whom I have never met. (yet) Guide my steps in your light and take Paul and I safely to and from the hospital tomorrow. Father, be with all who are hurting and surround them with your loving grace. Thank you Father God, in Your precious son's name, Amen

Friday, June 24, 2005

Grief Counseling

I am still trying to take some courses to become a certified grief counselor. If you have any suggestions as to sights I might be interested in reading, please let me know. I'd appreciate it.


I have been reading alot of other blogs lately and have found some great ones. If you check out the words Purpose Driven or Contemporary it will give you some great reads. If you find a good one, let me know.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Words of Wisdom for the day.....

Got this in an email and thought I'd share it! THINK ABOUT IT!!

I was shocked, confused, bewildered as I entered Heaven's door,
Not by the beauty of it all, by the lights or its decor.
But it was the folks in Heaven who made me sputter and gasp--
the thieves, the liars, the sinners, the alcoholics, the trash.
There stood the kid from seventh grade who swiped my lunch money twice
Next to him was my old neighbor who never said anything nice.
Herb, who I always thought was rotting away in hell,
was sitting pretty on cloud nine, looking incredibly well.
I nudged Jesus, "What's the deal? I would love to hear Your take.
How'd all these sinners get up here? God must've made a mistake.
And why's everyone so quiet, so somber? Give me a clue."
"Hush, child," said He "They're all in shock. No one thought they'd see you."

Friday, June 17, 2005


Hey you guys, I'm finally back! And I can't wait to get in here and start back up! I have missed you all but had a great time! Will share all about our trip tomorrow after I recouperate!

Monday, June 06, 2005


Well, today I am headed out! East? I hope that each of you that reads this site, will enjoy it while I am gone. I am not sure if or when I will be posting again. I will be home on the 17th. May God richly bless each of you while I am gone and will you please pray for safe travels and ease of pain during the trip. Thanks Praynlady

Saturday, June 04, 2005


Today was a busy day. Very! Last minute things to do before a trip, and I hurt today. We went to the Saturday night service and then most of our family met at a restaurant afterwards to celebrate my brother in law and sisters' 25th anniversary! WOW! That's amazing! I am so proud of them because this is an accomplishment big time nowadays! I hope they see and know that we all look up to them as part of our example of how a couple should be and what marriage is all about. If you are ever invited, or your church mentions, a Family Life Ministries, Marriage conference, a paranting conference, or A Night To Remeber, or A Weekend To Remember, GO! Just do it! They are wonderful and can help you to find within yourselves the tools neccessary to make your marriage a successful one.

Edie & Brian ---- I for one, among many, stand in awe of your success at marriage. I know that you have kept God at the head and let Him lead you through the tough stuff! I pray that my marriage will be an example some day and that God will tell me at the gates of heaven, "My child, you've done well, you have been successful at what I've shown you and you followed Me"!

Friday, June 03, 2005


I just wanted to let you know that after Sunday, June 5th, this blog will not be updated for a week or 2. Summer is here and there is much to be done. Places to go, people to see! haha During this time, feel free to leave comments on any of the posts showing. Thanks.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005


Stand up! I have chosen you to be my servant and my witness-you will tell people the things that you have seen and the things that I will show you. This is why I have come to you today. I am sending you to them to open their eyes so that they may turn away from darkness to the light, away from the power of Satan and to God. Then their sins can be forgiven, and they can have a place with those people have been made holy by believing in me.
Acts 26:16, 17b-18

I believe that God is showing us daily, things that we can use to be a witness. I have seen and experienced many things that I know God has placed in my path for a reason. I know that He is showing me a direction. I have yet to see it but will trust that He knows what He's doing and that He will keep me on the right path.

My prayer for today.
Thank you God for my friends, thank you that we live in a country where we can study your word without fear of death, thank you for the blessings you have given me today and thank you for sending your son to die for my sins. Lord, I ask that you send me where you want me, that you'll guide me in the right direction, even if you have to slap me upside the head to understand, that you will be the map that leads me there and Lord I ask that you heal my father so that he may share many more years with his family . In your precious son's name, AMEN


According to Garfield
" We all get heavier as we get older because,
there's a lot more information in our heads."

" I can live with that.

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