Thursday, October 21, 2010
Brody got a new cd a couple of weeks ago, and he likes to sing and dance to it. One of his favorite songs on it is Spideman. I really enjoy hearing him sing all through the house. Who would have thought that songs like Batman, Scooby Doo, and Ghostbusters would bring a big smile to my face?
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I've always wondered what it would be like to be a hamster. It must be hard to run in the spot and never get anywhere. Of course as humans we do the same thing some days too. We get to dwelling on something that ends up consuming us. Worry will always keep us spinning in the same spot. As humans we get to make the choice to move forward. It was fun to watch Brody falling around in the hamster ball, but I'm glad that as his mother I can teach him in difficult times not to stress but to keep pressing on in life.
Do Not Worry Matthew 6:25-3425"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what
you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
I'm always amazed at how God cares for me and how He listens to my prayers. Yesterday morning I felt so lonely. My family and friends are far away, and sometimes I long for those conversations with people who know me so well and I can be completely myself. As I prayed before I set off on the day's adventure, I told God how lonely I felt. I put on my "optimist hat," and I was determined to ride the "happy bus" all day. I dropped Brody off at preschool, and then I went to Target to pick up something he needed for his class project. Of course they didn't have what I was looking for, but I decided to look around the store. While I was looking through the little boys pants for Brody, a little old lady pass by and commented on how cute the clothes were. She was so precious looking, and I couldn't help to ask if she had children. She immediately gave a huge smile that only a mom can give and told about her boys. Being born in 1922, her boys were grown and they had grown children. Most of her great grandchildren were around Brody's age. After we shared about our children to the point of where most people say "that's nice" and move on in the store, we both just stood there. We were just two lonely women aching for conversation. To keep conversation going I asked if she had always lived here. She told about when she and her husband had decided to move down here, and then she told about how he died several years ago on Christmas day. This kindred spirit shared about when she missed him terribly how she would get up to go clean something to keep her mind busy. She shared her feelings about how she didn't like to dwell on things she couldn't change, and her need to keep moving forward. I was very touched to hear what her prayers were. We had a wonderful hour of conversation talking about many things. It was also very unique to hear how she has made many blankets over the years for the premature babies in the NICU. I told her how much it meant to me when Brody had several hats made for him while he was in the NICU. It was a huge yet simple blessing to our family years ago, and it was nice to finally thank someone who does that kind of ministry. As our time came to an end, I asked if I could pray for her. We ended with sweet smiles and a few tears. God knew I needed this lady even though I didn't even know the words to ask for her. I was greatly encouraged by her and thankful God sent her my way. The Bible is truth, and it holds many promises from God. 1 Peter 5:7 says "Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you."