Daily Prayer – February 3rd

February 3rd – You are Loved

February is a time where we think about Valentine’s Day and love. But, more important during this month I am making it a goal to focus on our Identity in Christ. This is a great time to personal refocus as well as teach our kiddos the power of who we are in Jesus Christ.

Jeremiah 31:3 says,

The Lord appeared to us in the past,[a] saying:

“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
    I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

PRAISE GOD! He has loved us with an EVERLASTING LOVE, and he shows us unfailing kindness! God is a good, good father, and He is shouting to us: YOU ARE LOVED!

Dear Father, 

Thank you for you everlasting love for me! I praise you for your Kindness in my life! I pray that I will be able to show You love to others as you have so graciously shown me. Let me life reflect the kindness and goodness of YOU!

AMEN!

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Daily Prayer – February 2nd

February 2nd – You are Unique

February is a time where we think about Valentine’s Day and love. But, more important during this month I am making it a goal to focus on our Identity in Christ. This is a great time to personal refocus as well as teach our kiddos the power of who we are in Jesus Christ.

Psalm 139:13-15 says,

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

The Lord says, you are UNIQUE! There is only one of you! In fact, you were knit together, woven  intricately in your mothers womb.

Dear Father, 

I praise You that there is no one else like me, I am UNIQUE! I was created by you, woven together in my mothers womb. I pray God, you will use my uniqueness for Your Honor and Glory!

AMEN!

Daily Prayer – February 1st

February 1st – You are Beautiful

February is a time where we think about Valentine’s Day and love. But, more important during this month I am making it a goal to focus on our Identity in Christ. This is a great time to personal refocus as well as teach our kiddos the power of who we are in Jesus Christ.

Psalm 45:11 says,

Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;
    honor him, for he is your lord.

The Lord says, you are BEAUTIFUL! We don’t need a worldly definition of beautiful to fulfill us. We are already created: beautifully and wonderfully made by God! We are created in HIS image!

Dear Father, 

I thank you for your ultimate design for me! You have created me to be wonderfully made! I am created in YOUR image! Help me not to let the influences of worldly beautiful skew my sense of beauty. Allow me to embrace and declare I AM BEAUTIFUL! In your Holy Name I pray,

AMEN!

Felicity’s Birth Story

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Felicity’s Birth Story

On November 19th(2 days before Felicity’s due date), Marissa had been praying all day to start labor. At 4:00 pm she began getting a SMALL contraction and was over joyed (funny who would be excited for pain but she was READY). Marissa’s mini contractions (pre-labor) were around 30 minutes apart and less then 30 seconds each. However, as evening progressed the contraction spread further and further apart. Around 9:00 pm they were one hour apart, at which time Darren and Marissa headed to bed for some rest before the anticipated labor the following day. Throughout the night time “rest” Marissa had contractions every hour, laboring peacefully by herself until around 1:00 am in which she woke up Darren every hour to help support her and rub her back through the contraction. At 6:00 am Darren called David and Donna to come and take the 4 older kiddos to their house for the morning to help Marissa eliminate distractions to increase contractions.  They arrived around 6:30 am prepared the children and headed out of the house with them. Once the kiddos were out of the house Marissa continued to labor. Around 12:00 pm Darren called the midwifes team to let them know they should start heading our way.  The team arrived around 1:00 pm and got all their things in order, and checked on Marissa. When Marissa was checked she measure 6-7 cm dilated.  Marissa asked Dr. Katherine if she was predicting at least another 3 hours of labor, something Marissa told herself she would never do (ask length left).  Dr. Katherine said, “oh no, maybe another hour or so.” Marissa went back to laboring, requesting that the birthing tub be warmed up so she could labor in it. She did not think she would deliver in the tub, but Dr. Katherine was concerned that Marissa would have Felicity in the tub so she wanted it to be the right temperature.  Around 2:00 pm Marissa thought she would try to go to the bathroom again. On the toilet, Marissa water broke. Darren called Dr. Katherine in and she said, “Great! Everything is going well.” As Dr. Katherine left the room to allow Marissa and Darren to labor. But, as Dr. Katherine stepped out Marissa said to Darren, “I feel like I need to push, don’t let her fall on the floor. (Marissa was standing leaning on the sink counter in the bathroom.)  Darren reply, “You feel like she is coming out?” Then he called for Dr. Katherine who was sitting in the room right next to the bathroom. She comes in along with her team into our very small master bathroom, along with Marissa’s mom, photographer and friend Lauren, who got into the bathtub to make room for the midwifery team. Darren’s mom Kathy was in the doorway to the bathroom equally a total of 9 adults and soon to be one baby in the bathroom. Marissa began to push slowly, as oppose to the other 4 kids where she pushed as fast as possible, with the goal being to prevent tearing. Felicity was born at 2:07.

As soon as she was born Marissa asked if it was a girl (since the ultrasound tech was only 90% sure). Followed by the statement, “You all lied to me!” The doctor team, and Darren had reassured that Jonah (Marissa’s 3rd kid who weighed 10 lbs) would be the biggest baby she would deliver, but Marissa after looking at Felicity had a feeling that she was bigger. Marissa was able to hold Felicity to let the umbilical cord finish getting all the nutrients out before Darren cut the cord. Afterwards everyone moved into the bedroom and Marissa got comfortable on the bed, and delivered the healthy placenta. Felicity nursed right away and had lots of skin-to-skin time.

Fun Facts:

  • Sadly and thankfully Marissa delivered Felicity faster then the team could prepare the birthing tub.
  • Felicity’s measurements:
    • Weight: 10 lbs 3 ounces
    • 22 inches long
    • 36 cm head circumference
    • 35 cm belly circumference
    • Birthday 11/20/18
  • Felicity was born with her hand on her hand, and her ear was bent in against her head. After an hour her ear returned to normal.
  • Marissa ended up have 3 stitches.
  • The rest of the kiddos got to meet Felicity soon after delivery and all were overjoyed with their newest addition to the family
  • The support the Rice family received was such a blessing, from food to fellowship and everything in between!

#RicePartyof7

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December Scripture Reading – Day 24

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Join us as we enter into this special season with scripture reading! Less the 3 minutes a day! Set you and your family on the right path: the path of truth!

December 24th

John 1:14 (ESV)

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son[a] from the Father, full of grace and truth.

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December Scripture Reading – Day 23

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Join us as we enter into this special season with scripture reading! Less the 3 minutes a day! Set you and your family on the right path: the path of truth!

December 23rd

Matthew 2:9-12 (ESV)

After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

Scripture Reading For DECEMBER 23

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December Scripture Reading – Day 22

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Join us as we enter into this special season with scripture reading! Less the 3 minutes a day! Set you and your family on the right path: the path of truth!

December 22nd

Matthew 2:7-8 (ESV)

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”

Scripture Reading For DECEMBER 22

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December Scripture Reading – Day 21

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Join us as we enter into this special season with scripture reading! Less the 3 minutes a day! Set you and your family on the right path: the path of truth!

December 21st

Matthew 2:3-6 (ESV)

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Scripture Reading For DECEMBER 21

 

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December Scripture Reading – Day 20

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Join us as we enter into this special season with scripture reading! Less the 3 minutes a day! Set you and your family on the right path: the path of truth!

December 20th

Matthew 2:1-2 (ESV)

The Visit of the Wise Men

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men[a] from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose[b] and have come to worship him.”

Scripture Reading For DECEMBER 20

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December Scripture Reading – Day 19

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Join us as we enter into this special season with scripture reading! Less the 3 minutes a day! Set you and your family on the right path: the path of truth!

December 19th

Micah 5:2-5 (ESV)

[a] But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
    one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
    from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time
    when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return
    to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
    in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
    to the ends of the earth.
And he shall be their peace.

When the Assyrian comes into our land
    and treads in our palaces,
then we will raise against him seven shepherds
    and eight princes of men;

 

Scripture Reading For DECEMBER 19

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December Scripture Reading – Day 18

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Join us as we enter into this special season with scripture reading! Less the 3 minutes a day! Set you and your family on the right path: the path of truth!

December 18th

Luke 2:19-20 (ESV)

19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Scripture Reading For DECEMBER 18

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Podcast Episode #34 – Love Languages Part 5 Gifts

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Looking forward to covering one of the five love languages today: GIFTS! This is a HARD but SUPER important Love Language to cover! Listen in, I think you will be encouraged as we wrap up our look at each of the 5 Love Languages for Children!

Marissa Rice #34

LISTEN HERE: 

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