Brave Little Boy

There was a woman from my past church who blessed me beyond belief.  When I came to her church I was young with a 4 month old baby girl.  During one of the first church services I attended my daughter was crying and I wasn’t able to console her.  That might have been the Sunday we were being introduced to the congregation as their new worship pastor.  This dear friend was a leader in the children’s dept. and gently and oh so compassionately asked if she could take Hannah in the back and look after her for me during the service.  I was frightened because I really didn’t know her, but I had to place my trust in her hands and pass over my precious treasure, believing she would be alright.  She was. = )  Her name is Abby King.  We did ministry together and she made sure I knew I could call her for any reason if I needed help with my babies.  No mom wants to admit they need help and inconvenience someone else.  We are suppose to be strong, right?

Well, a year or so later, I had just got my daughter to sleep in her crib and tried to put my 3 month old down, but he wouldn’t have it!  He was screaming and crying. I couldn’t swaddle him, I couldn’t feed him.  I was getting desperate.  Brian wasn’t going to be home for another couple of hours.  It was 9pm and THIS mom was beside herself with exhaustion. So with no where else to turn I called my friend Abby who lived up the road from us.  She dropped what she was doing and came right over.  It was a bit embarrassing, but I was relieved because Josh calmed right down in Abby’s arms and I was able to get some relief.

Now this amazing person was faced with a horror of her own a couple of years later that was unimaginable.  Her five year old son, Darian, was diagnosed with Osterosarcoma in his left leg.   He was a cute little boy, full of life, who fought really hard to stay with us.  But, his body gave out and he went home to be with Jesus.  You can read more about his story and about the amazing organization their family has created that helps other kids and their families who are dealing with cancer.  Click here to learn more: http://www.4him2day.org/message-from-craig and consider donating to this amazing ministry!

I wrote this song for the family from my perspective.  It probably needs to be revised one day, but I wanted to share it with you so I could share Darian’s story.  I hope it speaks of the amazing life of this brave little boy.

Lara~

Listen here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/anu0bpbk1ks56nb/Brave%20Little%20Boy.mp3?dl=0

Brave Little Boy

© 2009 Lara Marriott

Brave little boy

Why must you go through this

Because of your sickness

You are feeling so much pain

Brave little boy

Your fragile body’s broken

Your innocence and youth

Have taken a rocky road

You’re much to young for this

Or am I wrong

Does God know something we don’t

Or am I wrong

Is there something great

That’s waiting for you

Hold on little boy

Hold on

Brave little boy

When I saw you last you were playing

A smiley boy full of life again

Brave little boy

Courageous like armored knights

You are fighting with all your might

Passing each test with honors

You are making it through

I was so wrong

God knows something we don’t know

I was so wrong

Something great is waiting for you

Hold on little boy

Hold on

Sweet little boy

You have fought the good fight

You will win the race for you

Have kept your faith

So rest dear one

For your Father is coming

Your gift of life is almost over

Your life story has surpassed us all

So little boy you will

Be remembered always

Sweet, sweet, sweet little boy

Brave, brave, brave little boy

Lara~

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

On The Move ~

I know.  I know.  I said I would try to post something every other day, but it ceased to happen.   I guess holding such high expectations for myself are not realistic for me.  Sorry about that.  I am traveling to be with my parents as my dad under goes prostate surgery.  My brother will also be there so we can all be together again.  This is a big deal for my family.  Cancer has done some nasty things to some of the people closest to us.  I think it really is affecting my dad.  Thank you to those of you who have been praying for us and are continuing to pray. We are so blessed to have you in our lives.

I am having to fly which is not my favorite thing to do anymore.  I use to love the adventure and the anticipation of landing in a new country.  I have flown to Taipei, Amsterdam, Poland, Thailand, Calcutta, Guatemala, Canada and parts of the US.  You would think my jitters would have been worked out by now.  I actually never had them until I had children.  Funny huh?  Even though I really don’t like flying, it is a great opportunity to put my trust in God.  He is the only one who knows how long my earthly life will be.  Plus, I find a lot of material to write about = )

Which brings me to my Album Update.  I have just finished “Devoted!”  I think you will love it or acknowledge that it is out of the box and totally unexpected. lol.  Matt and I are in the middle of finishing up “Giver Of Grace.”  Brian needs to play the violin and also sing some background vocals first.  The next song that we will begin working on is called, “Coming Down.”  It is about God’s good gifts coming down to us everyday.  He is the Author of such gifts.

I am researching and writing about such topics as: heaven, God as our Creator, Orchestrator, and Father, and peace.  I am planning to take different writing approaches I put them together.  All of this stuff just fuels me.  I love it.

So that is the update for now.  Until next time I will leave you with this….I am looking at Martin Short right now as I type and he doesn’t even know!!!  I really don’t want to bother him so I will refrain from asking him for an autograph, but pretty cool just the same. = )

Lara~

www.laramarriott.com & itunes

Life Keeps Moving Along ~

I am sorry for taking this long to write another post.  I was hoping to write at least once every other day, but stuff has just been taking up my time.  First of all, we recently found out that my dad has prostate cancer.  When I heard the news I was pretty numb inside.  I already was praying for a couple of other friends who were dealing with cancer.  Our family isn’t immune to cancer either; the bubble we had has popped.  So there have been  many phone calls back and forth, prayers and waiting.  Thankfully the cancer wasn’t found in the bones or the lymph nodes.  My grandfather died of the same kind of cancer and so my father is really sensitive about it.  Which is completely understandable.  Plus, I have been immersed in the everyday schedule of being a wife and a mother and part of the ministry of our church.  It has left me little time to do much else.

A couple of fun things that have happened even through all of the busyness have been starting on the third song for the upcoming album I am working on.  I was listening to Beckah Shae’s Life cd and one of her songs had an awesome groove that went perfectly with one of my songs.  So I asked Matt if he could send me a drum loop that was similar to Beckah’s.  I am really looking forward to begin arranging for it.  Matt is amazing because he can take my arrangements that I do at home with my limited amount of software and make them fabulous.  I can’t wait to hear what he does to it.  Another thing is I am reading a book from Phillip Yancey called, “Soul Survivor.”  It is a great book to read and I highly recommend it to anyone who has struggled with their faith due to things that have happened within the church and through spiritual questions that have come up.

It has been a joy to read again on a regular basis.  It calms me down and helps me to process through my thoughts.

Well, I better get the kids from childcare and go home to make dinner.   God bless ~

Lara~

www.laramarriott.com & itunes