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Lesson’s Learned Through Nathanael’s Arrival


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Ok…So I finally finished this post that I began on December 14, 2011 today on August 3, 2012.  Wow…what a ride.  I think the spring was just as eventful as the fall!!  I’ll explain later…on to the post! The lessons that we have learned through the pregnancy with Nathanael and his arrival are plentiful.  To begin this post I want to share the founding principle that is the bedrock of our trust relationship with our Abba Father…God is Faithful!!  Yes, He certainly is! This past Sunday was our second Sunday back at church since Nathanael’s birth.  Yes, I put him in the nursery!!  I know you Mom’s are wondering.  We are blessed with some great volunteer’s in our children’s ministry who LOVE babies!  That always puts a Mom’s heart at ease.  After a stirring message on God’s faithfulness, our worship team began to lead us in a song by Matt

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Naming Nathanael Douglas Dodd


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Naming a child is no small task! I’m not sure how other parents have named their children but Tony and I wanted a name that communicated a message to our child. More specifically…a name that helped communicate their worth and identity in Christ. We know that identity turns into being a huge issue for use as humans. We all are trying to answer the question of “who am I?”. When the Israelites named their children most of those names communicated a message. Often times God told the parents what to name their child i.e. He told Zechariah to name his child John. This John became “John the Baptist”. God also changed the name of several characters out of the Bible. When you look at what their previous names meant and then look at what their new name meant; the message Christ communicated was outstanding. While I don’t have time to

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Notes on Nathanael’s Arrival – 10/22/11


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Saturday – Going Home Day! Nathanael was back in our room at 6:30 and had passed all his tests with flying colors but the nurse had to come and get him again around 7:45 for his circumcision procedure and we really hated to see him go for that.  I think Tony and I both shed some tears over it.  After being stuck so much it was just difficult to let him go again.  He returned back to our room around 9:30.  We had gotten the final word that we could go home from all the Doctors that afternoon so we began the check out process and getting ready.  Early that morning Tony and I had a conversation about all that we had been through on this journey to having children that began a number of years ago.  We talked about all the fears, personal issues, doubts, questions and wondering about

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Notes on Nathanael’s Arrival – 10/21/11


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Friday We got in bed very late Thursday night after being over in the NICU until 10:30 and then they brought Nathanael to our room for the Midnight feeding and then he went back to the nursery so we were already sleep deprived come Friday morning.  They brought Nathanael back to our room about 6:45 and he got to be with us all day.  He had his hearing test done in our room and he got an excellent score on it which was very reassuring.  He was able to get adequate naps in between feedings without being stuck off and on through out the day.  This increased his eating and made for a happier baby.  We had some great visits from family and friends and even did a photo shoot for baby pictures that afternoon.  That night I had a baby shower that I was supposed to be at but

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Notes on Nathanael’s Arrival – 10/20/11


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Thursday   After only getting 3-4 hours of sleep our day began.  The Doctor came in early to check on me and all seemed well with my incision and progress.  My body temperature was a little more regulated by this point and I was beginning to get back to feeling a little more like myself.  As the Doctor left I was soon greeted with hospital food!  Oh, joy!  I have decided that the only thing that they fix well is jello!  And when you are on a “soft” diet like I was, jello is pretty appealing.  When the nurses changed over that morning we were blessed to have another great nurse.  I was doing well until about lunchtime.  I’ll spare you all the details but just suffice to say I took a bit of a step backwards.  I had been told that I could be wheeled over to see Nathanael

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Notes on Nathanael’s Arrival – 10/19/11


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Wednesday It was so nasty and raining last Wednesday morning as we drove to the hospital. It was a serious but confident trip as we focused on God’s provision and tears came easily. I only slept about 3 1/2 hours Tuesday night but spent some time in prayer off and on through out the night. My verse that God gave me early that morning was Exodus 33:14 “For my presence will go with you and I will give you rest.” Our meeting with the Dr. in his office went well and then we headed over to the hospital. At our visit I asked if during the C-Section he would be able to get a sense of what was going on to cause our issue and he responded yes, that he would be looking for the culprit. He also asked me if anyone had mentioned that I had a misshaped uterus.

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Do You Worry?


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Just the other day I was having some time alone with God and reading in a popular devotional book. You may have heard of it before…”Jesus Calling”. I highly recommend this book for your daily time alone with God. I am not a devotional book type of person, but this one has captured me. I prefer more of a Bible study to be working through verses a devotional book. Not sure why, but just about the time somebody puts a date on something it all falls apart for me. LOL!! But “Jesus Calling” is different. When you see it you will understand. Well, on with this post…As I was reflecting back over that days reading I began to think about why I worry sometimes. I constantly come back to the fact that often times it comes down to an issue of control. We don’t like to feel out of control.

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Happy 2011


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Hi Everyone, The blog below is what I just wrote up to our prayer team as a year end review of New Life Design.  I thought I would post it up here on our blog as well so you could see what all has been happening with us at NLD.  2010 has been a great year and we are looking forward to what God has in store for us in 2011.  I guess I could say a major theme that I sense the Lord telling me for NLD in 2011 is to be on the look out for where He is at work and take those opportunities as invitations to join Him there.  So, that is our plan for 2011! Happy New Year! We hope you got 2011 off to a great start.  We certainly have here at NLD.  Time has really flown by and it is hard to believe

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Merry Christmas from NLD


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Merry Christmas! Because of what we celebrate this time of year, you and I have forgiveness, freedom and FUN! Yes, I just said FUN! I don’t now if you have ever thought of the Christian life as fun, but it can be the greatest adventure you have ever embarked on. A month before my Dad passed away in early 1992 we wrote several letters back and forth with each other as I was living in Texas and he in Mobile, Alabama. I had asked him about how he was feeling as he struggled with cancer and what he felt God was doing in his life. He responded back by asking me why more Christians were not happy. He said, “Christians should be the happiest people on the earth, Dana.” I confess I did not have the answer to his question. Here my Dad was fighting cancer one month before God

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You Prepare A Table Before Me…


by Dana Dodd in Prayer & Praise

Let’s begin by defining “Table” = a high usually flat topped plateaus of the continent.  Classic example is Table Mountain, near Cape Town, which is world renowned.   They are also known as alp lands or tablelands.  These are very sought after by the shepherds.  Another word commonly used to refer to these particular places is “mesas” – the Spanish word for table.  So it may be seen that what David referred to as a table was actually the entire high summer range. This is when the Sheep are reaching the high mountain ranges where they will spend their summer. Early in the spring even before all the snow has melted the Shepherd will travel all the way up to the high tableland to prepare the range for the sheep.  Several things must be done. First there is the preparation of the grassy fields.  The shepherd will spend countless hours on his hands

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