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Answered Prayer May 25, 2012

Filed under: Devotions — Michelle Ferguson @ 1:40 pm

Three years ago, Logan’s dentist prompted me to make an appointment with an oral surgeon to evaluate a 5-year molar that had failed to erupt in Logan’s mouth.  I had not even been aware that this was an issue, but I guess that’s why we go to the dentist!

After our initial visit with the oral surgeon, he decided we could wait a year and re-evaluate this molar.  I scheduled the appointment for the following June.  In early June of 2010, while my family and I were vacationing in Kentucky, I received a phone message from the surgeon’s office asking me to reschedule Logan’s appointment because the doctor would be out of town.  Well, I never rescheduled that appointment.  Then, at Logan’s next dentist appointment, the dentist again encouraged me to pursue this molar issue with the surgeon.  So, I did make an appointment to follow-up in 2011, and at this visit, the surgeon gave us two options:  1)  He could try to “force” the tooth in by exposing the molar and attaching it to an anchoring device or 2)  He could surgically remove the molar.

My husband and I  honestly did not like either option.  When we could see a perfectly formed tooth under the gum line (however, totally covered by bone) on x-ray, it made me sad to think of having it removed.  God made that tooth for a purpose and I just wanted it to come in.  So we began to pray that God would bring this molar in on its own.  Logan joined us in praying, and he prayed so faithfully.

At Logan’s next dentist visit, the dentist encouraged me to meet with an orthodontist because now that Logan’s 5-year molar on the bottom had not come in, it was causing the molar above it which should normally rest on top of that molar, to come down out of the gum too far.  It’s called supra-eruption, too much tooth exposed.

So last summer, Brad and I met with the orthodontist for an evaluation.  He agreed to treat the supra-erupted molar and communicate with our oral surgeon on a strategy.  Several months went by and we never heard from either doctor, so at the next dentist appointment, the ball got rolling.  The orthodontist called and made a series of appointments with me for Logan to have the supra-erupted molar pulled back up into the gum line.  He was going to handle this supra-erupted molar and the surgeon would handle the “failed to erupt” molar.

By this time, the orthodontist and surgeon agreed that Logan’s molar should be surgically removed.  I felt a peace about pursuing the work to fix the supra-erupted molar, but I still felt no peace at all about removing the bottom molar.  So we took steps this spring to fix the upper molar.  After spacers, impressions, and a fitting, Logan has had the appliance, literally screwed, to the roof of his mouth with a band attached around that upper molar to force it back up into the gum line.

Last Saturday night, May 19, as we were putting Logan to bed, he said, “Mom, I feel something in my mouth I want you to check.”  Having no flashlight handy, I grabbed his small bedside lamp and shone it into his mouth.  I could not believe my eyes…Logan’s 5-year molar was beginning to break through the surface of the gum!  I about started crying!  I had been told by the surgeon, “If that tooth hasn’t come in by now, it never will.  It’s fused to his jawbone.”

We all rejoiced greatly!  After three years of praying, this molar was coming in!  I had really given up praying.  Logan’s molar was number one on my prayer list, but often it got skipped over.  I thought God was going to answer our prayer in another way, like removal.  However, Logan did not give up praying.  He prayed almost every single night for that tooth to come in.  God showed me through this Answered Prayer that I shouldn’t give up praying for something when I don’t see God working.  He is working.  He is waiting for the right time to reveal the “prize.”  I took great comfort and hope in this because God is at work.  He is faithful to answer the “small” things, as well as the “big” things.  He is so good!

Praise God we did not pursue surgery to remove that molar!  Praise God we waited for Him to reveal what He has been at work doing the whole time!  Praise God He is faithful and true!  Lindsay reminded me that “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16).

I did take Logan to the orthodontist this week because at the same time I noticed his molar coming in, I noticed “sores” on the roof of his mouth and he complained that it felt like his gum was growing over the appliance.  At our “emergency” visit, the doctor explained that Logan’s tissue was reacting to the appliance and had inflamed around it.  He decided to remove the appliance to allow healing of the tissue to take place.  I pointed out that Logan’s molar was beginning to come in and he made a comment about not knowing why sometimes teeth do that.  I replied, “Well, Logan has been praying for three years for it to come in.”  The doctor responded, “I guess that’s your answer,” and I agreed.

 

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Thank You God November 21, 2011

Filed under: Devotions — Michelle Ferguson @ 1:50 pm

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  I look forward to time spent with family and living life at a slower pace for a few days.  It’s a time to be thankful, not just for the blessings we have received from God, but also for the things we’ve prayed for that we’ve not received.  It is really quite easy to praise God for the things He gives us, but what about when he gives us a “no?”  Well, I’m convinced that’s when we need to praise Him even more, and as we do God will allow our faith to come in and carry us through.  God gives us these times to grow our faith and dependence on Him.  If we never struggled in trials, would we need Him?

“I will praise You forever, because You have done it” (Psalm 52:9).  David’s words remind us that we can fill in the blank for “it.”  “It” can be anything and everything God does, whether it’s what we wanted or not!  We must trust Him and praise Him because He alone is the One who has the power to hear us and listen, the power to work, and the power to answer.  He always has our best interest at heart, and we must remember that He created us and knows us and He can see the big picture of our lives.  I’m so thankful that I can trust Him to take care of me.

After studying about the animal kingdom, our school curriculum encouraged the kids to write a prayer or poem of thanksgiving to God for His creation of animals.  The following is a poem that Lindsay wrote:

“Thank You God”

Thank you, God, for the animals you made,

You made them great, not a bit delayed.

Big and small,

Short and tall,

God above, You made them all.

Thank you, God, for horses that run,

All of this that You have done.

I think about the elephant’s strong

and of their trunks so long.

The birds fly in the sky,

Oh how pretty, oh how high.

Thank you, God, once again,

For all the animals you gave to us!

 

 

Hot, Hot, Hot November 15, 2011

Filed under: Devotions — Michelle Ferguson @ 1:01 pm

“Do you know what the most dangerous part of the body is?” questioned my 9-year old last night.  “The eye?  The heart?” I responded.  Logan said, “The tongue.”  I asked, “Are you reading in James, chapter 3?”  Surprised that I knew where his Bible was turned to, Logan showed me verse 6 which says “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity.  The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature, and it is set on fire by hell.”

You see, Logan had no idea that the first few verses of James 3 were the exact same verses I had just been studying with my small women’s group at church Sunday night.  It was like God was saying to me through Logan, “Don’t forget My word.  Put it into practice.”  I admit, that in my frustration and impatience, I tend to really let my kids know how I feel about what they have done.  But what have I done with my tongue?

I am a very visual person, and as I read through verse 6, I can’t help but picture a tongue lashing out of the mouth on fire.  When our mouths are open, the oxygen fans the flame and makes the fire hotter and stronger.  However, if we simply shut our mouths and cut off that oxygen supply and douse our tongues in saliva (which acts as the water), the flame is put out.

In the heat of the moment of frustration, we must learn to cool down.  James 1:19 says we must be “slow to speak and slow to become angry.”  One friend of mine repeats the fruit of the spirit before doing or saying anything.  Maybe leaving the room (or the house!) or sending your child to another room is a good option.  As mothers, we must remember that harsh and unnecessary words are not productive.  Correction (pointing out the sin), forgiveness, and restoration are what is important!

I love how God uses my children to work on me!

 

Personalize It! February 15, 2011

Filed under: Devotions — Michelle Ferguson @ 8:52 pm

Don’t we just love things with our names on them?  For an additional charge, you can get just about anything personalized!  Bags, jewelry, stationery, clothing, hair bows, aprons, lunch boxes, back packs, towels, coffee mugs, key chains, slippers, and so much more!  We love our name and initials on our things!  Why?  I think because we can identify quickly with the object.  Something personalized with our name clearly belongs to us!

We can even have our Bibles personalized.  My Bible has my name on the very front cover in gold lettering.  But what about personalizing Scripture?  I am journaling my way slowly through the Psalms, and this morning I read in Psalm 25.  I decided to personalize verses 4 and 5, by inserting my name in place of “my.”  So this is what I wrote in my journal:  “Show Michelle Your ways, O Lord;  teach Michelle Your paths.  Lead Michelle in Your truth and teach Michelle, for You are the God of Michelle’s salvation;  on You Michelle waits all the day.”  It really made an impact on me to read those verses with my name.  Scripture is personal!  I could quickly identify with it because it belonged to me!  I made those verses my prayer this morning.

God’s Word is a love letter written to you and to me!  Personalize it with your name!  It is meant for you!

 

To Pray or Not to Pray? January 5, 2011

Filed under: Devotions — Michelle Ferguson @ 3:17 pm

As my children are eagerly and sweetly working on their school lessons this morning upstairs, I thought I’d take some time to steal away and blog.  Okay, who am I kidding?  I am sure to be interrupted a few times!  But here it goes!

“Pray without ceasing.”  1 Thessalonians 5:17

There it is…short, seemingly simple, and quite to the point!  According to the Bible, we should pray all the time.  But do we?  I wonder how many blessings I have missed because I’ve failed to pray about something.  Instead, choosing to handle the crisis, issue, or matter at hand myself, not even thinking to pray about it.

Oh, I pray about and for the big things:  my husband, our ministry, our children, our families, health and protection, missionaries and unreached people groups, our church, our childrens’ education, etc.  I pray about and for the small things:  warts to go away, self-control around chocolate, strength to get up when my alarm clock jolts me awake at 5:30, and help finding my cell phone (a conversation God and I seem to have a lot!).

But do I pray about everything in between?  If we are striving to “pray without ceasing,” I think we would be praying about everything.  I have a dear friend who is a godly prayer warrior.  When she tells me she’s praying, I know she is!  Her heart is on fire for missions and prayer.  As we visited yesterday, she shared with me a recent answered prayer.

She told me she had been praying for a small, indoor trampoline.  It was something she wanted for herself and her son for exercise and fun.  (Now if it had been me, I probably would have never thought to pray about something like this…I would have just gone out and bought one!)

As Christmas neared, my friend’s husband’s uncle drew her name for a family gift exchange.  He asked what she’d like for Christmas, and she explained that the only thing she really desired was a small trampoline.  He replied, “Oh, I’ve got one in our garage that we don’t use anymore.  I’ll pack it up and mail it to you.”

A few days later, my friend received her answered prayer in a package on her doorstep.  She rejoiced and thanked God for providing a trampoline!  Her testimony really encouraged and challenged me to pray all the time about everything.

I just love how God works!  It blows my mind what He can do if we just ask.  He has an abundant storehouse of blessings waiting to give us.  When we fail to ask God for something, we may be robbing someone that God may use in our life, of the opportunity to bless us!

Now let’s look at the surrounding verses of “pray without ceasing.”  Verse 16 says, “Rejoice always.”  Verse 17 says “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  I believe if we prayed about everything we would really see God working in our lives.  I believe we would stop taking so much for granted, and I believe we would be more thankful to God from whom our blessings come!  What a reason to rejoice!

I encourage you (and myself) to pray about everything in our daily lives.  All, of course, in the right spirit, not out of greed or materialism.  God knows our hearts and He knows our intentions, motives, and true self.  We must also remember that God will not always answer us exactly as we pray, but we can be sure He hears us and will answer in His time with what is best for us!  He wants to bless us, so let’s get praying!

 

Fully Involved December 20, 2010

Filed under: Devotions — Michelle Ferguson @ 1:27 pm

“The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God.”  Psalm 14:2

After I read the above verse this morning, I wrote down the following questions for myself:  When God looks down on me, what does He see me doing?  Am I seeking Him?  Am I living like He wants me to?  Am I missing an opportunity to serve Him?  These questions made me evaluate myself and what I spend my time doing.  Pretty convicting, but I think if I start my day asking myself these questions, it would put a new focus on how I live.

Tonight I am taking a meal to a family that I don’t even know.  This family is the neighbor of one of my friend’s mother.  They have three children, and their precious ten year old son was diagnosed this fall with an inoperable, malignant brain tumor.  Can you imagine anything worse?

My heart absolutely breaks for this family as they struggle through this, trying to keep optimistic for their son.  When I found out from my friend about their situation, I knew I wanted to take them a meal.  It’s easy enough to take a meal to someone, but getting fully involved in their life is something altogether different.  I will pray about how God would use my family further to minister to this hurting family.

Getting involved in someone’s life demands time, and time is precious because we are so busy.  Jesus came to earth as a Baby with the world’s most important assignment, yet He made time for people.  Jesus is all about relationships, and we should be too!  Just peruse the New Testament stories of how he fully involved Himself in the lives of children, the blind, the lame, the sick, and the sinful.

Is there someone you know or a friend of a friend you have heard about who could use something you could give?  Do you know someone sitting at the hospital with a loved one who could use a homemade lunch or a friendly visit?  Do you know a family struggling financially who could use an anonymous gift?  Do you know a family who is spending Christmas without relatives and could use an invitation to Christmas dinner?  Will you be in a drive through window today and choose to pay for the order of the car behind you, just to bless them?  Do you know a missionary family who could use a care package?

You really do not have to look hard or far to find people who are lonely, struggling, and in need of a blessing from you!  Look for someone this week and be a blessing to them!  Be fully involved in someone’s life and may God look down and see us seeking and serving Him, just because we love Him!

Please share with me how you involve yourself with someone this week!  I would love to hear your story!

 

Silence is Golden November 16, 2010

Filed under: Devotions — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:46 pm

God spoke to me this morning through Job!  All of God’s word is inspired, even the Old Testament book of Job!  Job is described in his book of the Bible as a “blameless and upright” man who “feared God and shunned evil” (1:1).  This man sets a great example of faithfulness to God despite his circumstances, and through the loss of his family and mass riches, he gained and shared much wisdom.

As I was reading in Chapter 13, verse 5 struck me like a dagger in the heart:  “Oh that you would be silent, and it would be your wisdom.”  In this chapter, Job chastised his counselor friends who tried to “help” him understand his circumstances with quick judgments and hasty words.  God reminded me of how often I am too quick to judge and rattle off words, especially to my children, either before I have understanding of a situation or out of sheer frustration.

We don’t have to speak words to be wise.  A lot of times we think of a person who speaks words well as having wisdom, but Job says silence can be our wisdom.  There is a marginal note in my Woman’s Study Bible that reads “a fool speaks because he has to say something, but a wise man speaks because he has something to say.”  The one who can hold his tongue when needed is certainly wiser than one who cannot!  (And I have certainly been one to not hold my tongue when I should!)  I think a person’s words are more meaningful when they aren’t so plentiful!

Ask the Lord to give you discernment as to whether you should speak or remain silent.  There is a time and a place for words aptly spoken, but silence is golden!