Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Situation Re-Cap and His Word

My dear friends, I can not even begin to express to you how much you have touched my heart these past five days!  Within just a few minutes of my last post, you were right there offering me support, encouragement, and best of all your prayers.  As I read through each comment that you all made, the outpouring of love was so strong, so deep, and so sincere that I just sat there and bawled like a baby!  You have never even met me, yet you care enough about me and my family to let me know that you are there for us, lifting us up in intercessory prayer.  I appreciate and love each and every one of you that have thought of us or prayed for us these past days.  I can tell you that your prayers have given me the strength and the courage to be strong.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

We are still in the thick of this situation.  I talked to a lawyer today.  I also wrote up a written appeal to the school and we have our committee hearing on Thursday morning.  Right now I take one day at a time, one phone call at a time, one conversation at a time.

One neat thing that I want to share with you is how God is showing me so much of Himself throughout this whole ordeal... Monday morning was the day that my son and I went to visit with the high school principal so I spent Sunday evening in prayer and reading His Word.  I told you already how I am extremely emotional and very non-confrontational to the extent that I break out in hives and redness on my neck and face, throbbing temples, and have even experienced dizzy spells, all within minutes of being confronted.  I just don't like to debate issues (which explains why I failed Speech & Debate in high school, ha).  I went to His Word and was reading Philippians 4:6, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God".  So I shut my Bible right there and just poured out my heart to God.  He already knew my issues, He created me.  I asked begged him to guard my heart, my emotions, to speak through me and not let my mind worry or fear.  After praying for some time, I opened my Bible back up and went on to read Philippians 4:7, "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"!  I was SOOO excited!!  He confirmed right then and there that He was indeed in control of the whole situation.  I have read this passage many times in my lifetime but in this one certain situation, this verse had a whole new meaning to me!  Such sweetness! =]

Our meeting with the principal was very direct and swift.  We weren't getting anywhere so I informed him that our only option was to obtain a lawyer.  Within 20 minutes of leaving our meeting, he left me a phone message that said Ryan could come back to school but he would be placed in In-House Suspension.  I called him back and thanked him for that option, but declined in that it would still present my son as guilty.  So now we sit and wait until our committee meeting on Thursday.  In the meantime, Ryan is allowed back to school as a regular student.  Which I don't understand but who understands school politics?  I give God ALL the glory for getting me through these past few days, for restraining my tongue, and speaking wisdom through me (Rich can attest that is definitely from God, haha)

So there you have it.  I thank you all that continue to send emails and messages that you are still praying and will continue until this situation is resolved.  Again, I can't express how much that touches my heart.  Please pray for our meeting on Thursday.  All we want is justice.

Now... on to some fun stuff!  I am so very excited, I am attending a crafter's retreat this weekend, YAY!!  All day Friday and Saturday, and almost all of Sunday.  This time away from home could not have come at a better time... another way that God is showing me His Grace!  We will be at Camp Egan, which is surrounded by the beautiful Ozark Mountains.  If only we could get snowed in there, lol!  Old friends and new friends, such a great time!  Oddly enough, I plan to scrapbook Ryan's school years and catch up to present year.  I'm also taking my recipe scrapbook and some stitching to work on.  It's gonna be a superb time, I can tell already!  =]  This is a present for my mom that is almost finished.  I need to complete the border and then add each grandchild's name under the hearts.  I plan to finish this at the retreat.

I thank you if you lasted until the end of this post, lol.  I know lots of words and not many pictures is not fun.  It's been quite a few months of heartache and tribulation.  Definitely not much fun happening at the Berry Homespun Primitive blog.  But... my God is a loving God and a gracious God who wants to give us the desires of our hearts.

I plan to be back to creating and crafting as soon as I get back from the retreat.  I have lots of projects that are patiently waiting for me.

Thank you one more time, my dear, sweet friends.  You mean so much to me and I thank God for our friendship.  Have a delightful week~

25 comments:

BumbleBeeLane said...

Angie~ We can't be at the top of the mountain all the time sometimes we have to walk the valley.It's comfort knowing though that this to shall pass and we will be back to ourselves and the simple joys.Continue praying for you.The craft retreat sounds fun.Just what you need.Hugs!~Amy

Sheila said...

Good morning Angie~
TFS this very personal struggle. You have been in my thoughts and prayers. I almost emailed last night,to ask how all is going. Continue to trust in God and stay strong. Like Amy said,"this to shall pass."
What a perfect time for a retreat! It sounds wonderful.
Blessings,
Sheila

Jean @ Prim Crafts said...

Hi Angie,
Sorry you are having to go through these struggles. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God will prevail and see you through all of this.
Blessings,
Jean

Angela said...

Sweet Angie, So glad you let us hear from you, You and your son have been in my thoughts and prayers. God is so good and such a sweet testimony of his goodness you just shared. Yes I agree with Amy, sometimes we walk in the darkness as that seems to be the times we call on God the most. Stay strong in your faith my friend and know that GOd will be with you and you will win victory in the end. Sending a big hug your way. Enjoy your weekend, You deserve it.
Angela

Jan said...

Angie, You have been on my mind since your last post.Baby steps, baby steps,keeping each day under your control will get you through. Just stay strong and unwavering in your determination to do right for your son.So glad you will get away for a few days for some sorely needed fun. You will be fully recharged when you return! Be sure to let us see what you worked on/finished when you get back. Have a GREAT time!!! hugs Jan-Life on Buttermilk Hill.

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time!
The craft retreat sounds like just the getaway you need right now.
Take care

Judy's Vintage Collections said...

Good morning sunshine,
Your heart was in this posting and JESUS gave you the words to write to encourage others in what you are going through with son. I know from my own life the valleys are where I have grown so strong in GOD! I am a great-granny so believe me I have been through lots of stormy vallys at times. Been high on the Mountains too! Victory is knowning the outcomes comes from answered prayers. I have been calling your family out in prayer as I wake-up in the night and thinking about you as I am awake. The gift to your mom you are making touched my heart! I have 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren! What a delightful blessing they all are in my life! In JESUS name, I will be in prayer for Thursday meeting with Pslam 46:10! BIG ((hugs)) from a Texas granny! :) Judy

Becki said...

Hi Angie - I am sorry that things are rocky now, trust in God's word and know that this is His fight as you have placed it in His hands. Be strong in the Word,
Becki

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

Sounds like the perfect respite for you. Remember during these difficult times that you are never alone. God is always standing with you and that there is a huge following of friends and mothers with you. Let go and let God. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

cynthia lee designs said...

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Have a great time at the craft retreat.
hugs,
Cindy

frontporchprims said...

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life that isn't perfect. We need to be able to help and pray for others. We need to serve others so we can develop a love for them. A crafter's retreat sounds sooo nice. It couldn't have come at a better time. There is something sacred about the mountains. How wonderful. Hope you have a relaxing time. -Steph-

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

And I know our Father appreciates your pouring your heart out to Him and for trusting Him in this. Your are beautiful to Him.

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

ANGIE, I AM SO SORRY I DIDN'T READ YOUR POST ON FRIDAY...WE WERE AT A FUNERAL ALL DAY - then who knows what the rest of the time was spent doing but I apologize for not being here and also giving up my prayers to God for you...I do hope and pray that you know I'm there for you in heart and spirit and sending up prayers for a positive and good outcome...sometimes schools get a bit carried away for small infractions and even point blame when it isn't justified.
You have a good outlook, attitude and a strong family, friends and God behind you.
Blessings, Hugs and GO AND ENJOY THAT FANTASTIC CRAFTING GET A-WAY!
Karen

Lois--Huckleberry Lady said...

Sounds like this weekend will be good therapy for you. Will continue to pray for you and your family through this time of trial.
Hugs,
Lois

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Hi, Angie:
You sound so much better today. I'm so relieved. And proud, you sound like you really stood your ground at the principal's meeting. And your son is back in school.
Good Luck on Thursday.

Hugs,
Susan

Holly said...

Glad to hear from you. Still thinking of you and your family. Hoping everything works out for all of you.

renee said...

Angie,
I have been away off and on, so I am not in the know of your situation, BUT the great thing is, GOD is! I am glad that you are having a sense of peace and that you know he is in the driver seat!
He ALWAYS comes through, in the most surprising ways!
God bless you!
Renee

Pokey said...

You are still in our prayers...God is good, all the time. I'm teaching integrity to my second grade class, and how Nehemiah stood firm in the face of adversity. Hold high your "shield of faith" in Jesus, He's there for you all. hugs!
:-}pokey

Lorna/Live Oak Primitive Peddler said...

Hi Angie, sorry for your struggles. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!! As we all know, it is in the rough times that we grow. :-)
Hugs,
Lorna

dee begg said...

Angie,

I am so happy for you that you found comfort in reading your bible passages. A clear and level head prevails in most situations. Way to be there protecting your baby bear with a strong heart, calm mind and sweet soul. The principal seems like he is not so confident in his path....so maybe the "facts" aren't so cut and dry. Keep on down the path that you are heading....hope your lawyer is able to resolve the situation and in a timely manner. I'm sure that you and your son will sleep better once he's cleared of any wrong doing.

On your happier note, enjoy your craft retreat.

D

Jody said...

Hi Angie! Continuing prayers for you until this situation is resolved. Enjoy your time away at the retreat, and just relax!

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Angie,
Prayers will continue to flow your way until this is resolved.
Be strong and carry on.
We will be here for you when you need us.
Prim Blessings
Robin

Leann said...

Oh Angie

i am soo sorry that you are having to go through this. But you have the "best person" in your corner! His word is all we need.

Love the peak at your sampler - have fun this weekend!

Gentle hugs and prayers are coming your way!

Leann

Hillcresthome Prims said...

Angie, You and I have known each other for a long time through our blogs and I feel blessed because when you have the time you always comment on my blog and I really love it because it comes from your heart.
I didn't know about the issue you were having with the school system and your son. We, My Husband and I at our son's school last year and we went over their heads and everything worked out and they know not to play games with us or our son.
Our son didn't do ANYTHING wrong and they had to call in some of the kids and there were 4 BULLIES that lied and I am the one out of a few that hopped on the ban wagon that the bully bill passed.
I did this for our son and the other kids that get bullied and now they have to face a judge when there is bullying ZERO BULLING BILL!
I am a proud Mom that I fought for this.
I am happy everything worked out and I think that HOMESCHOOLING is a great idea the more I think about it. Our oldest is in college and our youngest is in 11th grade so it is to late but we are VERY, VERY involved in our son's education.I hope our sons when they marry they think about having their spouses that they HOME SCHOOL!

If you need to talk shoot me off and email.
Hugs,
Tricia

Valley Primitives Gift Shoppe said...

Praise God for His strength, courage, and peace to get through difficult times; for we are nothing without Him! I so hope you enjoyed your time away!!
Kim