Friday, March 26, 2010

Listen here, missy!

caroline & i would like to thank each of you
that sent get well
& happy birthday wishes!!

i can't tell you how much your words mean to me

caroline will head over to see the specialist on monday
so hopefully we'll start to get some answers & help for my cutie

the last several days i was so frustrated with myself
several things had all occured simultaneously
& that just 'bout did me in

i was already all knotted up
worried about a screening test dan was to have this week
screening for one of the several cancers his mom had fought

but i should know better
this frustration & fear thing with medical issues
i have allowed to creep in & take up residence in my soul
robbing me of joy & peace

oh yes
it's my fault indeed

i should know better by now

everything else just piled up ontop of my already fragile spirit

dan's test was fine
he's aok
but i need to remind myself
that we'd be aok no matter what

there is a scripture that i love
joshua 1.9
"Have I not commanded you?
Be strong & courageous.
Do not be terrified
do not be discouraged
for the Lord your God
will be with you
wherever you go"

that's right
wherever i go...

my hero Beth Moore once said
that the "have i not commanded you"
is like the lord saying

i love that

we're commanded not to fear
we're promised He will be with us

why i can't get this nailed down in my fragile spirit
is a constant source of frustration

i have my own screening test coming up soon
for an issue i've been dealing with for a couple of years
think its time
i listened up

{~~~caroline finally felt the best she has in days
so yesterday
we ran out to one of my fave places & snapped up
a couple hundred shots
darn it, if she's not a trooper
than i don't know who is~~~}

listen here missies
don't let anything
rob YOU
of your joy & your peace

ps....i've already received a few emails....the ginormous flower is from Anthropologie! :)


Love Being a Nonny said...

Listen here Missy...your daughter is of God's chosen...and so are you.

Rachel said...

What a blessing to recall scripture that reinforces what we all know in our hearts, but our human self always gets the better of us. The Lord does watch out for us and fights our battles for us. I know all will be okay. I pray for continued strength and joy for you and your family! Your blog is a source of inspiration to me and these photos of your little girl are absolutely beautiful. Thank you!


Dreamy Whites said...

Paige I will be praying for you!
I want to thank you for all the times you come over to my blog and leave me the kindest messages. You always lift my spirits!
Take Care,
p.s. make sure you visit my blog soon!

Martha said...

Oh Paige!!! You have one of the best insights I know!
I am so glad Dan is okay, and I know you and sweet Caroline willl be too!

I LOVE that saying by the way..."Listen here, missy!" because I sooooo needed to tell myself that this week too...thank you!

And those pictures are beautiful of her...where oh where did that beautiful flower come from?

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Fill yourself with God's love . . he is loyal and never changing . . God Bless.

Jboo said...

What a great post! How you do such inspiring posts even when you've been under so much stress! Glad Dan's test went fine and that little Miss Caroline is feeling a bit better! You are the best Mom-photographer ever -- great shots of your little sweetie! Hope you all have a good weekend!


Simone said...

What a WONDERFUL post Paige....WOW!!

Lots of medical stuff going on for you right now...gosh, no wonder you are feeling a little fragile.

I am so glad that Caroline is feeling better and that Dan got good results. I am sure Caroline's tests will be just fine....and as for you, you take care of yourself missy!!!

LOVE love love the shots of Caroline, she is a great model, such a beautiful smile....I love the flower she is wearing on her blouse, I am a big fan of those :)

Happy Week-end to you and yours! xo

Courtney Walsh said...


I am having the very worst week in a very long time and thank you for sharing this today.

I so needed it.

Jackie said...

Hi Paige !

That Joshua verse is one of my most favorites ! And, we have been studying Joshua this year in my Women's Bible Study. It has been a good reminder through many situations.

My other all-time favorite verse that I use for EVERYTHING is...

Isaiah 41:13 For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.


Jen Kershner said...

Absolutely the exact thing I needed to hear today. Thanks for being the friend that said it. Hugs to you dear paige!

Leslie said...

Beautiful little missy you have there Paige! Bless her heart! I love Beth Moore too and the way she tells is like it is to make you listen up! Everything will be ok, life just has a way of piling on us and sounds like this is one of those times. Sending hugs your way, hmm maybe I will have to send a little somethings special to you from your favorite place (we leave on Wed.) to bring a little sunshine into your day! Hang in there!

Prudence said...

thank you for posting that verse, I needed to hear that.

Anne Marie said...

oh Paige.......i truly am sorry......I haven't been over here to your journal in a little while, and I didn't know about this.....

now that I do, you ALL will be in our prayers -

let me just tell you, you can see in your photographs, that you have captured so beautifully, that your daughter is such a blessed to have you all in her life....

what a beautiful spirit you have Paige....i can totally see it's not fake on this blog -

prayers lifted up for you!!!
anne marie

Johnson Party of seven! said...

Anthropologie is two blocks from me right now here in Philly. Uggh! I am shipping a box back home next week because of the extras that have been picked up this month won't fit in my suitcase!

The post was just what I needed! Thanks for the reminder! Love You!

Tara said...

She is just darling, and all of those poses are so sweet...glad to hear she is feeling better and everything is aok with your hubby and I am sure everything will be aok with you too!!! happy weekend Paige...dont' let worry rob you of happiness..all things work out in the end, they just do.

LuLu said...

Keeping the both of you in my prayers... i'm headed for a screening test Tuesday that i've been putting off...
I'm so happy to see your daughter feeling better & these beautiful pictures! We all need some extra flower power blossoms on our shirts!!

3 Peanuts said...

Could she be ANY cuter? I think not. Not sure if I have said this before, but she and Harry would make a gorgeous couple someday, ya know?

Love the inspiring message here today, missy!

Donna said...

So glad things are looking up for you guys. Our God is so good. I too love that verse. I have it in my car on a visor clip. It is a great reminder that God is always there with me. Hugs to you!

Missy said...

Well, from this real life Missy, I hear ya, Missy :)
Great message and perspective! I needed this today. Amazing how God puts us in touch with others just when you need them. Glad your hubby is aok and that Caroline is feeling better. She is STUNNING!!!
Hope you are ok, too. But OF COURSE you will be, Missy :)

PS~Erin said...

Keeping you all in my prayers. And Caroline is such a shining little beauty.

Jen said...

Beautiful pics, beautiful words, I love your transparency.

Julie said...

I'll be praying for your family. Thanks for sharing that verse. :)

hometown girl said...

what sweet pictures! such good advice, why is it so hard to do? thank you for sharing it with us, have a lovely weekend! susan

Kristy said...

i needed to read this.
thank. you.

Kathleen said...
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Kathleen said...

Medical issues indeed leave us feeling so fragile - and we are - thankfully we have a loving God that is all good all the time that cares for us when we are healthy, when we are fragile, and when we are healthy but still feel fragile. ...and that loving God clings to us even when we are too scared or too exhausted to cling to Him. I am so thankful that I live with this knowledge every day, and thankful to know that you and your family live with this knowledge as well...

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Beautiful pics...and I was going to ask where the flower was from too! ;-)

Hang in there, Paige.

Anonymous said...

Wow ! That sounds like Beth Moore. Sooooo what I needed to hear today.

Kasey said...

she's a doll!

Jessica said...

I just found your blog and it is amazing. You have such a beautiful family! You are in my prayers.

Melanie said...

I love this, Paige! What a powerful, beautiful message!
God is so good!!!

Sending prayers to you all!


Urban Farmhouse said...

Wow...great post, trying to type through teary eyes. I think I will write that one down and put it on the fridge. Thank you so much for the "follow" on Twitter..that is how I came to visit your blog. Very serendipitous for me! Thank you. P.S. She is gorgeous!!! (I have that same flower from Anthro, think I'll try some photos of my daughter too.)

Susan said...

Thank you, I was takin' a big gander at that flower and wondering. Thrilled and relieved to hear Caroline is on the mend, keeping my fingers crossed for her doctor visit. BTW: check out this website They have the most amazing flower accessories.

Ramona said...

Good Morning Paige ~

From one frail missy to another...God Bless You!

Smiles ~ Ramona

Christina said...

i have been thinking of you and your family. keeping you in my prayers. so glad your baby is feeling better.
and hey, you go easy on that sweet beautiful spirit of yours. we love that spirit of yours.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Well, that's a reminder that we just cannot hear enough. I think it applies to every one of us, in one way or another. This world has such a way of making us forget the truth about things. Blessings to you and your beautiful family, Paige!

traci said...

that is perfect scripture. i need to blow that up and hang in on my walls. thanks for sharing. your photos of your sweet girl really captured her spirit. beautiful. i am so glad she is feeling better. you are all in my prayers.

sevenalstons said...

I've just gotten caught up with your blog after being out of town and am so sorry to hear about all your family has been going through. I'm praying for all of you (and am so glad to hear your husband's test results were good news!)
P.S. Love, love, love the pictures ~ so adorable!

Tracey said...

I was gonna ask about that flower! I don't think a child could get any're little doll is just made to be in front of the camera!!!

I'm so glad that everything is ok with Dan's tests! Now that Steve's dad has died from colon cancer {and I've lost a grandffather to it as well} I worry about making sure we do everything in our power to prevent it and catch it early if that's what it comes down to. It's hard not to get all caught up in the worry of it though...I always try and remember the line my sister likes to quote...let go and let God...

Hugs to you my friend ~

:) T

p.s. I started the Postmistress yesterday!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure your doctors have already checked on this, but gluten allergy???? Best friends daughter had the same symptoms, tons of test....she is now on a gluten free diet with no more headaches or tummy issues. Have a happy week.

Farmgirl Paints said...

So glad his test was fine and Caroline had a good day. Will be praying the test results are good for her as well. Those pics are just adorable Paige. You're good girl!

Alee said...

I'm new to your blog, and must say that I so admire your beautiful photos, and great attitude! Lots of thoughts and prayers for you and yours. God Bless

Erin Butson said...

how true this is. thanks for your reminders. and wearing your heart on your blog. always great reminders.

Heidi said...

That was wonderful, thank you. this was my first stop, I'll be back...

mimi charmante said...

girlie, you are such an inspiration.
love to you all~

julie said...

oh paige! i hate that the fear has gotten to you! it is hard sometimes to give it to Him but He is there with you and me! thats whats so awesome! i am so glad she is feeling better and so glad that dan is in the clear! please let me know when you have your testing! i would love to pray for you! xo

Jenn said...

Beautiful beautiful photos of that little Missy! once a casual friend actually thought my daughter's name was missy b/c I use that cute term so loosely!

So much beautiful truth in those verses! One day I pray that I too can be more graceful in my reactions to my circumstances... rather than having to tell myself to "listen up Missy" so much.... =)

Praying for you girl!

Anonymous said...

I loved that message of yours!! I too need to get a screening for my own issues...but sometimes it's hard to put myself first when I'm so busy making sure everyone else's lives are running smoothly. And I loved what your daughter was wearing...I wonder if I'm too hold too copy it? ;-) And great scripture you shared...will definetly mark that one! Have a great day!!

Jeanne Oliver said...

I need that hear that "listen here Missy" a lot. I forget so often the truths I need to hold tight to.

Robyn said...

Paige, first thank you so much for your sweet comments on my blog and about my win! I am so blessed! I am especially glad you commented because now I found your delightful blog! Your photos are lovely and so is your family! I haven't heard of that movie but I'm definitely going to put it on my list...I LOVE big dogs and the connection that we have with our furry friends. Congratulations on your daughters wonderful!

Allison said...

Precious. Beautiful. Inspiring. I found your blog through Ashley Eiler:) My sister works for her at BBTN/FL. So, I am guessin' you will meet my sis, Amelia:)

I struggle with fear and it has robbed me far too long. Clinging to the Word and sweet Jesus:) I read your sweet entry about Caroline. Our God is so good!

Dee said...

I "allowed" myself to get on quickly and leave quietly this morning. But, I jumped on your blog and was taken back with your pics, with your verses, etc.! Paige, you talked to me!! "listen here, Missy!" I love it! and the pix of Caroline are so beautiful!!
God is good!
Pink Hugs,
Dee at deeslittlepinkie