Tuesday, September 2, 2008

"Ask God for anything you want... but be content with what he gives you." Joyce Meyer

I am a "Why" person. I want answers..... I think we all tend to be "Why" people at different times of our lives. Obviously, when we're little.. "Why Mommy". But I'm talking why does God let bad things happen to good people?.......Why do little babies like Matthew have to die?

I'm reading a great book by Joyce Meyer called, I Dare You, Embrace Life with passion. There is a chapter that talks about stop asking why, because God knows everything. She talked about how sometimes we have these plans all made and then they fall apart and we think we are in control, but it was God's hands all along. She talked about the frustration of a driver driving 10mph under the speed limit.... Nothing is more irritating! But in reality maybe God is using that slow poke to protect us from an accident. This was like a light bulb moment for me. I think of Matthew and how he was so much healthier at birth and them he was gone. I don't know how many times I have thought maybe this was God's way of protecting me from the 2am knock on the door...You son's been in an accident.

"Ask God for anything you want... but be content with what he gives you."

On a much lighter note here are some Labor Day Pictures from our house. Carly spent most of the day at the water spicket playing with the trickle of water! Enjoy!


Chris and Lisa Fedele said...


I love and miss all of the gorgeous Swymeler children!! They are so so sweet!

Carly look like she is having the time of her life! She is so precious!!
Aunt Lisa

ASHLEY said...

Hey Laura,
I am the same way, about asking "why?". I was 26 , almost 27 before having my first child. I wanted a baby for so many years, but it was just not happening. I was in a previous marriage that lasted almost eight years. We were foster parents, but for me it was not the same, I yearned to be pregnant, to feel the baby move and all the excitement that comes with it. I've been married now for almost fours years and have two beautiful children. Just this past weekend I had a terrible situation occur. my baby was choking and
I could not help her, I was afraid that I was going to lose her. I called 911 and was trying to hit her back so whatever she had put in her mouth would come out, but it did'nt work. Before emergency workers got to my home, she had closed her eyes and was'nt making any sound. I called my parents before I called 911 because they live right across the street, when my mom came in she was doing everything she could to try to get her to breath. She began to cry and was stilll choking terribly. She was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and on the way there she spit it out. She had put the square film piece that had fallen out of a view master reel in her mouth. I have never known fear like that in my life. I am so thankful that the Lord touched her body. I give him the praise for it. Although last night after everyone had went to bed, I just laid there and cried. Maybe that was my lesson to be maore careful with her................I'm sorry to have had such a long comment, but I read your blog quite often and I can tell you have A sincere heart for serving the Lord....please pray for my family and children......as for you, you have beautiful children, you are so blessed!!!

Laura and Chris Swymeler said...

Oh Ashley.. I am sorry! That must have been the scariest moment on your life. No matter what you do or how good you child proof they still find a way to get stuff in their mouths. Carly did the same thing when she was about 7 months old...couldn't breath, was trying to vomit but couldn't even do that. I'm a neonatal intensive care nurse who now stays home, so the nurse in me took over and I was doing back blows like crazy!! Finally, a little piece of candy bar wrapper came up...UGHHH... my boys I tell them over, and over....you can't leave little pieces around she'll choke on them. Did they learn..No! But, I am truly convinced that each experience makes us stronger and helps us grow whether we want to or not. Give those sweet little ones of yours and extra smoosh! I am glad that she is safe and sound!