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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Genesis 20

I always thought of Abraham as a biblical “hero”. I sang the Father Abraham song in Sunday school and thought this guy must have been pretty special for the Lord to select him to be the father of many nations. As I was reading through Genesis 20 one night, I was struck by what Abraham did. He was moving to a new region and along the way stayed in a place called Gerar. For the second time, he asked his wife Sarah to say that she was his sister (Genesis 12:10-13). This is half true because she was his half sister, but he deceived the people of this area by leaving out the fact that she was also his wife. The reason he did this was because Sarah was very beautiful and Abraham feared that if people knew she was his wife, they would kill him to have her. If they believed her to be his sister, they would treat him well.

How often do we deal in half-truths or leave out pertinent information with the intent to deceive? Even Abraham, a man God chose to be the father of nations, fell into this trap twice! He was looking out for his own well being instead of trusting that the Lord would keep him safe and fulfill His promises.

As a result of Abraham’s actions, the king there ended up taking Sarah into his harem. Before the king slept with her the Lord came to him and told him that she was married and to return her to her husband. The king was surprised by this information. He declared his innocence and that he had been deceived by Abraham. The Lord then told him that he would not be punished as long as he returned Sarah to Abraham and did not touch her. This all made sense to me until the Lord said “Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live.”

I stopped and thought about what this king might be thinking. In his shoes, I might think “why should I ask this man who has blatantly deceived me to pray for me?” I might have been too proud to ask for prayer when I didn’t feel I had done anything wrong. But this king, filled with fear of the Lord, humbled himself and did as the Lord said. He even went as far as to give sheep, cattle, male and female slaves and declare “My land is before you; live wherever you like.” Then he turned to Sarah and said “I am giving your brother a thousand shekels of silver. This is to cover the offense against you before all who are with you; you are completely vindicated.”

I think the true “hero” here is the king. He listened to the Lord and did what was asked of him even when he did nothing wrong. The Lord was gracious to the king and kept him from sinning and he proved his faithfulness again by keeping Abraham and his wife safe. Abraham and Sarah were not trusting that the Lord would keep them safe and fulfill His promise to make Abraham the father of nations through Sarah. In spite of their shortcomings, God richly blessed them and fulfilled all of his promises to them.

When we are weak in our faith and lose sight of the promises God has made, He is still faithful! He uses us in spite of our weaknesses, not because we are so strong!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Update on our life...

Zoie has 4 teeth now! Very exciting until she decided yesterday that I was a teether and bit my arm! She's healthy and growing like a weed. At her 6 month appointment she was 15lbs and 28 inches. Shes long and lean. She sits up on her own but hasn't quite mastered crawling. She keeps pushing herself backwards instead of forwards and getting mad. Everyday is an adventure with her.

We are dedicating her at Ridge Point Community Church on August 21. The service is at 7:30pm and all are welcome.

Leo's been traveling a lot so it has been an adjustment for us. I miss him a ton and I know that Zoie does too; but it makes us value our time together so much more.

We have been very active in our church. I have a job there and absolutely love it. I plan on doing this job for a long time. It is part time and plays to all of my abilities. I am happy to be able to focus on my family while having something that I do for me.

Overall, life is good. We are very happy with where we are and look forward to whatever God has next.

Here is a pic of Leo and Zoie so you can see just how much she looks like her Papi!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Baby's Room!!!

We finally finished the baby's room!!!! Can't wait to share it with you all! It is definitely a room she can grow into as well. It will work for a little girl as well as a baby. Also, Zoie reached out to go to Leo for the first time today! It was so cute to see her lean out of my arms with arms reaching hard to get to Papi! My little girl is growing up so fast!!!




Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Birth

So, I know I haven't updated this in a while so I'm playing catch up. Zoie Raquel Morales was born on January 21, 2010. On the 20th I was 10 days overdue and feeling miserable. That morning I wasn't feeling her move as much as I normally do so I called the doctor and he told me to go into triage. While I was there, they told me that she was doing fine but that my blood pressure was a bit high. They decided to admit me and we agreed to start the process of ripening my cervix with the use of Misoprostol. After 4 hours of this treatment, I was still only a centimeter dilated. So we decided to use cervidil (which is a 12 hour treatment) overnight and induce in the morning. This was at about 9pm. By midnight I was in full blown labor! This would have been fine, but Zoie's heart rate began dropping rapidly. At it's lowest it was 50 bpm! Also, my contractions were less than a minute apart. So they broke my water to better monitor the baby's heart rate. They also tried to slow my contractions with a couple shots of I don't even remember now what it was. At 3 in the morning, after 3 hours of being on my hands and knees on and off and other uncomfortable positions, we decided to have a c-section. And at 4:38am she was born! Such a crazy night, but such a happy morning! She is beautiful! We love her more than we can say!





Sunday, September 13, 2009

22 Week Photo Shoot









22 Week photo shoot with Leo. These are some of the ones I liked.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

My Pregnancy Ticker

I realized that lots of people are asking my due date and my ticker is so far back in the blog that no one can find it. So here it is again!