My wonderful Zany kids

I LOVE kids, and their sense of humor. I love the way the world hasn’t jaded them yet, and the future is generally bright tomorrows. (I understand there are exceptions, but that is a topic for another blog post.) My children are very gregarious.

Yes, I still use large words people have to Google. Go ahead. I’ll wait for you to google gregarious.

Now, with that newly acquired knowledge under your belt, imagine three small people (my kids). They play by themselves quietly; they are inert at this point. Now, add a sibling, stranger, or any other homo sapien.  The result is much akin to dropping that fated mentos into the liter of soda.

My children are performers. The bigger the crowd the bigger the performance. So, I would like to share with you a list of five of their shenanigans.

1. Upon hearing that the church was passing the offering plate for us: (LOUDLY) “Hey, Dad, we’re making the MONEY.”

2. Upon being asked what he wanted to be when he grew up: (4 yr. old) “I wanted to grow up and get married and have kids. Because God has called me to lead a family.”

3. Upon dancing in the church fellowship hall: (embarrassing parents)  “I’m shaking my booty. Like Daddy :)”

4. Upon learning in school that there is a river in Heaven:  “Mommy, this is a river in Heaven! Yes! Is it a fishin’ river?”

5.Upon a grammar lesson from mom: “No, mom. I mean where it be?”

 

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Female company president: “I’m sorry to all the mothers I worked with”

Fortune

I still am embarrassed by this memory. Five years ago I walked into an office on the twenty-fifth floor of the Manhattan headquarters of Time Inc. (which owns Fortune.) I was there to meet with Time.com’s then managing editor and pitch a partnership idea, but once I took a seat and surveyed the endless photos of her small children spread across the airy space, I decided this editor was too much of a mother to follow up on the idea.

I still went through with my proposal, but I walked out sure I would never talk to her again. She wasn’t the first and only mother whose work ethic I silently slandered. As a manager at The Huffington Post and then The Washington Post in my mid-twenties, I committed a long list of infractions against mothers or said nothing while I saw others do the same.

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You are not forgotten

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
Then thou knewest my path. Ps 142:3

Sometimes it seems that I focus on God, I know the direction I am going.

Then life happens.

I am get so caught up in the children, the house, the ministry, the bills, the future, the new baby, the alternate departure plans, …..

All of the sudden I look and find myself in a dust storm! I cannot see anything, and I forget which way I am supposed to be headed.

I know I am not the only one.

So many people find themselves caught up in the dust storm of daily life. They wonder what to do and where they are headed.

Child of God, peace be still. God is still in control, and He knows your path. You may have a million questions about the choices you face in life, BUT God is and will continue to be. He knows and has known. So take comfort! Even though, you may feel overwhelmed at times,

God has not forgotten you!

He knows your path.

No Mommy…I don’t want to see

Today, my 3 yr old received his glasses. Apparently, he can’t see anything close up. When you make a 3 year old, wear glasses, for about two seconds they are cool. Then, they want to take them off, and do something else.
When, I insisted that he must wear them. His complaint was, “But Mommy, I don’t want to see.”

It struck me that as adults, we are often the same way. We are used to doing things a certain way. We learn that what we have been doing is wrong. Instead of “seeing clearly,” we choose to continue on in our flawed approach in life.

Let us have courage in our lives “to see.”

Walking a rough road

This was good so I thought I’d repost.
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When God Calls You Out
February 22, 2015 by Jonathan Parnell Topic: Faith

Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. –2 Corinthians 1:9
If we don’t sometimes feel like we’re “in over our heads,” it may be that we’re not following Jesus where he calls us.

Paul names it the “sentence of death” — that’s how he felt about the sufferings and complexities of his ministry. It was true affliction, a burden so heavy that he admits he lacked the strength to carry it. He was sinking, despairing even of life itself. The apostle Paul — to the extreme — was “in over his head.” And God did this in order to, as Paul says, “make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9).

The situations that stretch us come in varying degrees. Some are intense like Paul’s, others are scattered along the spectrum of the great unknown, where fear runs rampant and our faith feels small. But whatever they are, however hard they feel, we know why they come. It’s just what Paul says.

God brings trials into our lives to give us more of himself. Their purpose is that we might not rely on ourselves — not look to ourselves for salvation or hope or joy — but that we might rely on him. The purpose is that we would lean on God, that we’d fix our eyes on his glory, clinging to the truth that in Jesus he is always enough for us. Always.

This is the truth that resounds in the depths to which God calls us. He invites us to step out and follow him. To dream. To plan. To build. He invites us put our hands to work for his name’s sake, not based upon our expertise or know-how or giftedness. He invites us here based upon who he is himself.

He invites us here because he knows that it is here, unlike anywhere else, that our souls must rest in his embrace. It’s here, above and beyond every other place, where his children must grasp the wonder of what it means to be his own. Because of the cross and victory of Jesus, we are his and he is ours. We are his people, he is our God. We are his children, he is our Father. And he is enough.

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And he will prove his enough-ness to us. He will show us time and time again that all we need is found in him. All that we lack finds an abundance in his grace. Yes, we would fail. The weight is too much, and like Paul, we can’t carry this in our own strength. But God is there. His sovereign hand is our guide. His heart of mercy is our anchor. He will make our faith stand. He will be our God in Jesus Christ.

And so, let us go. Let us step out, following him further than our feet could ever wander. Let us walk upon those waters, in over our heads, not relying on ourselves, but holding fast to him, trusting in him, casting all our hope on him. Because he really is enough.

Desiring God partnered with Shane & Shane’s The Worship Initiative to write short meditations for more than one hundred popular worship songs and hymns. The Worship Initiative is an online platform devoted to training musicians for songwriting and worship-leading.