Read My Red Journals below and you’ll see that our family prayed for God to send us a puppy back on April 30, 2003.
Quick recap of my family twelve years ago: no job, no money–at all, 3 elementary kids & hubby & I living in a month-to-month ‘apostle John’-style apartment waiting on God to… to… to do something. Ok, not just something but get us out! Out of debt. Into a job. Out the apartment. Into a home. Out of ‘I have no clue about our future.’ Into ‘Yes, we can commit to that thing on the calendar because we have a glimpse of what is to come.’
With all of our prayer requests and in need of so many basics, we dared to ask our heavenly Father for one more ‘pie in the sky’ thing–A puppy. We wanted a dog for my kids to grow up with and that I wouldn’t be allergic to. In usual God fashion, He delivered big time. Meet Lucy.
She picked us, honestly. The day our family of five crawled on the floor to visit a puppy I saw online, the breeder also brought another puppy whom she thought would suit our family’s silly style a little better. As I held the chosen online docile pup, Lucy crawled into my lap, looked up, licked my nose and said, ‘Take me home.” Our hearts melted. Lucy adopted herself into our family.
On the way home I named her Lucy after Lucy Ricardo because, like Lucille Ball’s character, our dog is red-headed and funny. Her kooky character came out more and more througout the years and we have a doghouse full of stories about…
…her mischievous, stealth-like sneakiness,
…her convulsive appetite for steak (she literally shakes all over in anticipation of eating steak!), and the way she ministers to us daily with snuggles.
My Red Journals continues…
Thursday, April 17, 2003
In Jesus name I pray for our trip to Austin. Please pour Your blessings on our visit. Grant us safe travel. Please hold all tongues from argument. Let there be only joy & play. Introduce something new. Tell us how we can live there.
Our spririts are high & filled with the Holy Spirit & we confidently wait for Your answer to our lives.
Where will You plant us? Will there be a family dog? Will I own a studio? We have faith in You answering our prayers. Hopefully, they will be the answers that we think we want.
Wednesday, April 23, 2003
Thank You, Jesus, for 15 wonderful years of marriage to the man You provided for me. Thank You for our growth together toward You. I pray that our marriage will continue to grow & thrive & that we will always look to You first before anything else.
Lord, Greg received a job offer yesterday with EDS. You do work in mysterious ways! I am first & foremost faithful to Your plan. It’s curious. We have been burned, but we go back armed with Your power to change & advance. Lord, I pray that the leadership at EDS will instill a dramactic plan of integrity & ethics & put the proper treatment of their employees above all greed and economizing. May Greg be a part–a big part of that plan!
We don’t know what kind of offer Steve will give & if they’ll ‘cowboy up’ and own up to their mistakes. I pray for Your voice, Jesus. Let us know if this is where You want us.
Honestly, I am a bit disappointed. I say that without even knowing the full outcome, but the dramatist in me wants the big gasp to catch my breath at the fullest, in one big fell swoop, of Your plan revealed! I want to jump to the sky with excitement! I want to run into the kids’ schools, get them out of class & say, “Our prayers were answered today!” I want to make a memory, spontanuously, of overflowing emotion & praise FOR YOU!
Instead, at the moment, I have the well-trained Wilk reserve…don’t party til the contract is signed.
I’ll PRAISE YOU NOW! You are my God! You have provided for me every day & moment. You taught me in a custom-designed academic class of life & love.
Let’s start making the party arrangements!
Moral authority requires character, sacrifice, time (from “Visioneering”)
Thank You for giving us this right.
Monday, April 28, 2003
Good morning, Lord. Did You get me up this moring? It’s been so long since I’ve woken before everyone else & spent time with You. Need to talk? I’m here to listen.
A party. We’re going to celebrate Your work & blessings & this journey. We’ll have friends & family around just so we can celebrate Your holiness, Your friendship & Your love. We’ll evangelize & realize all together. I pray You use this celebration for Your glory.
Praise You, Jesus. You are the way! You are letting me feel the rhythm inside. You are giving me the fire inside to dance. I can let go of the reigns of this journey. Thank you.
For today I pray for Your blessing & guidance for 1) the job contract–may it include all that You know we need to continue to do work for You; 2) a house; a home–lead us where we can settle & serve; 3) a dog–a new family member who can signify a new beginning & we can all live with allergy free!
Guide us through, Jesus. In Your Heavenly Name I dance!
Wednesday, April 30, 2003
Our family is poised to celebrate! (so are our friends at church & loved ones in Austin & New England!)
We wait on the letter of employment. We step in faith back into EDS. You have told us that if someone slaps one cheek, turn & give them the other…we’re obediant, dear Jesus.
I pray, dear dear Lord, for a dog for our family. I’d like to have a BIG announcement of the end of this journey for the kids. Dear God, please lead me to a dog for our family.
Your plan is holy; Your ways are righteous. We do not understand all, but we accept them with Your blessings.
I pray for Becky & Travis. Please keep Becky healthy through her pregnancy & lead Travis to a great job soon.
I forgot to thank You for leading me to Exodus 40 on Monday. You speak of exiting a journey & preparing, in detail, a big celebration! Wow! Wow! Wow! You are not silent. All glory to You.
My Comforter, My Provider, my Healer, my Teacher, my Father, my Friend, my Redeemer.