Thorn in the Stomach

28 Mar


What a weekend!
My oldest played drums in the middle school worship band all weekend for the 1st time.
Two neat circumstances stuck out to me in this process.

Friday – ALL day spent on the couch with stomach cramps. He was thinking he’d feel like going to a friend’s house in the afternoon, but voluntarily pulled that off the table. You know he doesn’t feel too good! PROBLEM: he plays on Saturday! Is this a 24 hour thing? nerves? what do we do? He’s only been counting down the hours and minutes (literally!) for months!

he's back behind the glass πŸ™‚

Saturday – didn’t eat much, if anything. But no stomach pain. 1st Neat Thing: We talked about how God let him not feel 100% to remind him that he needed to depend on God, not get over-confident. Just like Paul’s “Thorn in the Flesh” – only Nathan’s was a Thorn in the Stomach. We also talked about the need to cover each service in prayer.

Saturday after church2nd Neat Thing: Nathan told me he was nervous – tight – as he looked out and saw many of his friends. He said, “then I thought, I’m here to worship God, I’m not here for them.” and that broke the ice for him. (A secondary joy for me is the idea that some things do get through!! :-)) After that he was able to enjoy playing and do a good job.

I’m so thankful for this opportunity for him.
I’m thankful for what he learned this weekend, for the joy it was for him to serve.
And I’m thankful for a church that allows our students that opportunity!

How about you? Do you or your kids have any obstacles that you’ve overcome by God’s grace?
Can’t wait to hear all about it!


Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


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14 responses to “Thorn in the Stomach

  1. inhistiming

    March 29, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I talked to him yesterday about his experience and he told me he had been nervous. He said he loved it, though, and I could tell he was excited about being able to do it!

    • Michelle Eichner

      March 29, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Thanks for encouraging him & for passing on the info.

  2. Jennifer@GDWJ

    March 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    “I’m here to worship God, I’m not here for them.”

    Wise, wise words!

    So glad you linked.

  3. Alecia

    March 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    “I’m here to worship God, not for them” such wise words for a young man. Words we should all remember. I know you are one proud mama!

    • Michelle Eichner

      March 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Thanks, Alecia! It is gratifying to see things we’ve talked about get through. πŸ™‚

  4. Sandy

    March 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Wow! How beautifully our Lord is forming your son:-). Praise God Nathan’s mom is a prayer warrior:) love u

    • Michelle Eichner

      March 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Oh my friend! Thank you so much. Love you, too! πŸ™‚

  5. Carrie, Living Like a Narnian

    April 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    That’s a pretty awesome story! That is also a very neat opportunity that he has to play. (Here through Mother of Boys blog.)

    • Michelle Eichner

      April 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks, Carrie. We are thankful for the opportunities to serve he has! Glad you stopped by.

  6. Crissy at The Little House on the Right

    April 13, 2012 at 2:10 am

    What a heart your boy has! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Kelli Parker Becton

    April 13, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Yes yes yes! wonderful – I love the pic of him kneeling πŸ˜‰ awesome

    • Michelle Eichner

      April 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks, Kelli! He did pray a lot, as we did, but he also is a huge Tim Tebow fan, since we live in FL. πŸ™‚ So that was a double whammy picture! πŸ™‚ Appreciate your comments. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.


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