Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Count Down - 18 Days To Go!

I've been pretty tired and cried for the first time tonight since Russell's been gone. I miss him. I guess that's not too bad for four full days into this 'mission.'

We spoke briefly tonight, since I was out to dinner with my girlfriend, Sarah Dunn. Russell almost reached heat exhaustion today after actually getting cold on his cot early this morning...it went from 65 degrees at dawn to 90 degrees plus by noon/afternoon. He had to ask a supervisor to keep an eye on him in case he had to "fall out." He made it through the day and has rehydrated with water and Gatorade to replenish his electrolytes.

For our prayer warriors out there, please pray that the Lord would give Russell supernatural protection from the heat during the hot afternoon hours. In fact, pray this for all of the soldiers. They need our heart-felt prayers, friends. Russell told me that he was getting a shower tonight and finally switching to a new, clean uniform, after wearing the same one for four days! That stinky uniform could probably stand up on its own! :)

Also, please pray for my heart. I miss Russell, but I do praise the Lord for HIS will, and I desire to honor Him with my attitude and productivity each morning, day and evening. Please pray that He would continue to pour out His grace over me so that I maintain joy, peace and comfort during this time apart from Russell.

Thank you so much for praying, and, since my love language is words of affirmation, feel free to post comments! You encourage me tremendously!

"You will keep in perfect peace
him whose mind is steadfast,
because he trusts in You."
Isaiah 26:3


Lindsey said...

I know I haven't been reading your blog for long. But I do know that you are pregnant and that your husband is away. So you are probably hormonal and emotional and combining those two things (pregnancy and a husband far from home) probably makes for some rough moments! But it also seems that you have some great friends to talk to and hang out with and I hope they will make this time easier and perhaps even fun for you! And maybe comments from us out here in Blogland will lift your spirits too!

elaine davis said...

Shireen! I am praying for you, you are a trooper! I love your heart to be sustained by the Lord, and I know that this is a sweet time as you experience how he meets you there. Praying for Russell and all those soldier boys too. 4 days in the same uniform! Ick! I can't imagine!

Darby said...

Sweet Shireen, I pray the Lord has met you right where you are and you have leaned on Him for your strength! I'm praying for you & Russell. I hope you get to speak with him again soon!! Love you!

Lindsey said...

Well, I unoficially know Darby. My husband used to own the Roly Poly here in Dothan and she came in pretty regularly with the girls. So he actually knows her better than I do. And her SIL and BIL are in my SS class. And her twin sister's husband's brother is one of my husband's best friends. (gotta love that long connection!)So basically I know Darby more through blogging but knew of her before I found her here.
I hope that all made sense! :)

Melissa said...

praying for you, shireen.

my friend shannon posted this blog this morning...


She's pregnant, too, and is about as far along as you are. I thought the coincidence in scripture Divine. Hopefully it will be an encouragement to you.

Love you.


John said...

Hi Sweetie,
Just wanted you to know mom and I are praying for you and Russell. Mom tried to comment but was unable to. We miss both of you very much and hope to plan a trip soon. We will give you and Russell a little to get some personal time in after his return first...