Monday, August 29, 2011
There is one website in particular that I have been using a lot lately, and I thought I would share it with you now. www.kidsofintegrity.com It has really helped me! It provides Scripture, object lessons, parent prayers, kids prayers, and activities that focus on character traits for which we all strive. I hope you find it helpful as well. I especially like the prayers that are written for the parents. I'd love to hear your feedback about it if you decide to use it as well. Go check it out!
Monday, August 15, 2011
- · Control does NOT belong to me. Things can go wrong in pregnancy (and life) and there is not a thing we can do about it. BUT, God is bigger than the human body.
- · Trust that God will take care of His child. Gracie is His first and on loan to me. God loves her more than I ever can.
- · When my Mom smiles and says that God has a good sense of humor…she knows what she is talking about. Strong-willed Mommy = Strong-willed baby…toddler…and hopefully it stops there. J
- · Prayer changes things. Our God is mighty to save. If we give Him our life...He will use us. Mold us. Teach us. Show us where to go.
- · Love isn’t really a word that can be explained…or described. The love I have for her…is SO deep…I can’t even understand it.
- · Most Moms feel the same way as me and struggle with a lot of the same things…but don’t always talk about it. Why is that???
- · Sometimes we have to go through hard times and so do our kids. But, God is there the whole time. I don’t always understand why things happen, but I trust that there is reason. And I find it incredibly important to remember that it could always be worse.
- · It is SO VERY IMPORTANT to laugh. On those days where you are counting down the minutes until bed time…laugh…it really does help sometimes.
- · Coffee is a gift from God. Really.
- · Boys really are different. They dump things out, and crash things into other things. They are loud and kinda smelly. But…so gentle with Mommy and those times are cherished that much more.
- · A child is not conceived only in the belly. Owen has a Mom who carried him for 9 (or so) months. I’ve never met her and never will. But, I love her. Without her…our family wouldn’t be right. And he fits in OUR family perfectly. Like he has always been here.
- · Being a Mommy is about taking a deep breath, apologizing, and starting over sometimes. It is OK to not be perfect. It is OK to make mistakes. We all do it.
- · We have too much stuff. It gets in the way and takes my focus off of what really matters. A trip to Africa will teach you so much…but that is for another post.
- · Adopted children take after their adoptive parents. My husband and Owen have the SAME sense of humor…from the moment we met him. God is so crafty.
- · Life isn’t supposed to be easy. It is actually kinda hard. But, there is growth in those hard times. It isn’t fun…but it makes us better. And the gift is finding joy in those hard times. Because IT IS THERE!
- · Eye contact, feeding, touching your child’s face, telling them how much you love them, holding them, listening to them…builds strong bonds. You would think this is a given…but it isn’t always. There is no over doing it.
- · It is OK to forget everything. It is OK to be walking down the hallway and forget where you intended to end up. This is normal when life is hectic and a bit crazy. Happens to the best of us.
- · Espresso…also a gift straight from above!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Confession time. More times than I should, I find myself mouthing off about a situation that makes me unhappy or is less than desirable. When called on it, my response is usually, “I can’t help it!”
When I say this, I am describing my emotional state. I am so wrapped up in a situation that I am unhappy about, I mean that I can’t HELP but speak up about it. I mean that I can’t HELP but make my feelings verbally known to everyone around me. When I say this phrase, I am literally so compelled emotionally that I have to speak up about what I think in order to sway someone to agree with me.
And then I read this scripture. Acts 4:18-20. Hello?!? Peter and John were faced with severe punishment at this time for just mentioning Jesus’ name to an entire village. The Sanhedrin had the ability to punish Peter and John with jail time (not pleasant, by the way), flogging, or exile. Needless to say, Peter and John were both aware they had the opportunity to meet any number of unpleasant situations for telling an entire city about Jesus.
But what do they tell the Sanhedrin? Peter and John say, “We CANNOT HELP speaking of what we have seen and heard.” Even in the face of punishment or death, Peter and John said, “I can’t help it!”
Sort of puts into perspective my measly rambling about unpleasant situations I am faced with. I pray today for a mind so focused on what Jesus is doing in me that I CANNOT HELP but speak of what I’ve seen and heard that Christ has done in me!
Monday, August 1, 2011
A while back during BFG, I was sitting with a group of several ladies and a few men for some sharing time. One of the women in our group was holding her infant son and as she was trying to talk, the infant was squirming, babbling, and making a baby ruckus. All of the Moms in the group sat listening intently to this mother share. Not one of us noticed the baby's commotion-until one of the gentlemen in the group spoke up and offered to hold the baby. All of the Moms laughed at our mutual oblivion of the chattering infant.
Over the Fourth of July, my sister in law, explained much to her dismay that she noticed how parents are able to completely tune out their children. It's true. In the multitasking, overwhelming, rewarding job of parenting, I DO find myself tuning out the voices of my children so I can read a five minute article, blog, or think a thought without interruption. However, this often means that at the end of the five minutes I have a kid that is shouting for the fifth time, "Mommy, can I PLEASE have a glass of milk?!" Maybe you aren't so guilty!
Aren't you glad that God is the perfect parent to His children? He hears our whispers. He listens to our whiny voice. He is never oblivious of his children, and He never wants alone time! He sits enthroned on our praises. He tells us to make our requests known. He loves to make conversation with us. We never have to fear that He will utter the words "Huh, what did you say?"
Make sure you tell Him thank you today!