Sunday, July 27, 2008

A Weekend of Rest

Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all of you who are weary and loaded down with burdens, and I will give you rest."

We took this weekend took catch up on some much needed....sleep! Everyone has been busy playing hard and growing this summer. Carly actually slept in until 7:30 on Sunday! I think Joe has grown 3 inches this summer! We went to the park and played on Saturday, and then went to Zesto's for ice cream. Carly ate a baby cone all by herself, although much ended up on her. Ryan got a banana split and admitted that mom was right for once, "his eyes were bigger than his stomach." Chris and the boys went swimming Sunday. Overall, we had a perfect weekend.

We studied about "Peace in the Coming storms" at church this weekend. We read from Philippians 4.

Philippians 4:6-9
6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Our Pastor talked a lot about the importance of prayer all of the time, not only in crisis or when we need something. It really hit me! I try to be thankful and pray but more than not, I seem to pray in times of need. 9 years ago this exact moment I was on bedrest in the hospital not sure of the outcome of my pregnancy. I think I prayed more during that time than all of the rest of my life combined. God gave me peace to make it through the bedrest. I remember waking up and telling Chris "I can't do this anymore, I'm getting up!!" But then Chris would calm me down and I would carry on another day. And then after Matthew died and the Hospital called and said "Joseph is dying you need to get here as soon as possible".....Peace... God filled me with calm, peace and my anxiety was replaced with an incredible calmness, I think it is "A peace that passes all understanding."



t wahl said...

Laura---Your mom sent an email about your blog. I'm so glad she did because it was lovely! I enjoyed seeing the kids. Can't believe Joseph is 9 yrs. old... :) Blessings from the Wahls! ---Tracey

Anonymous said...

Hi to all the Swymelers! I,too, heard the sermon on Peace and it was so good. I do remember visiting you in the hospital 9 years ago and seeing your exhaustion and exasperation. However in stark contrast to that I saw Joe and Ryan over at the pool on Monday and what two great boys you have. For one thing they are a rich blessing to your mom...they sparkle her life and for another thing can you believe what Joe can accomplish and how caring his brother Ryan is about him. All in all I would say this was and is God's hand at work. I went to a drop-in women's group at the Chapel last night on fear and anxiety and the went away with a few good points. One is that by our worries and fears for our children (almost all the women there gave that as one of their fears) we can block God's plans for our kids and even ourselves. Good point, I thought. I know you do worry about Joe and Ryan and Carly, too. It's only natural to worry about our children. But you are right about being in prayer and learning to trust "the Master's plan" for each of our children. That's something I have to continually work and trust. Emilee loves reading your posts, too. Keep 'em going. Marilyn