Daily Reflection--UNO

 

 

 

“It’s your turn mommy”, he announced after successfully skipping his Dad’s turn. He had already won once and we had rallied to beat him this time.
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My little playing partner bumped me, excited to take our turn. She chose the card, and played. She loved every minute of it. They watch as we laugh and joke along with the game. They chime in, skipping one another, having to draw cards. When someone has a poor attitude we bring them back with a warm smile to the jovial party. 
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We are cultivating their hearts in the middle of the everyday. 

 

 

Daily Reflection-- Days I Wish I Could Change

 

 

 

 

There are days I wish I could change. Times I wish I could pull back again from time and do them over. 
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It was fall break, we were going camping. We were supposed to have left the night before but I came down with strep throat, quarantined for 24 hrs. So here we were packing up, getting ready. He was so excited!
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So excited that he couldn’t contain it. Or at least looking back I can see his behavior for what it was, I just couldn’t in the moment. He posted his sister to exasperation, made a disaster out of his room, wouldn’t stay outside when asked.
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I needed to pack. I needed to think clearly through the drugged fog I was dragging myself through to get us to campground. I asked him to go to his room for some quiet. He went but screamed for me. I lost it.
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Because I feared we wouldn’t get to the campground on time do to the beautiful hike to the top of the mountain and had a glorious family moment with all of there together in nature. Sadly in the future he will remember the time I really lost it before camping, rather than the beautiful moment we had at the top. 
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We have to see our moments for what they are. I didn’t. This is one of those days I wish I could have a do-over.  

 

 

Daily Reflection--When There Seems To Always Be A Mess...

 

 

 

We all have our hot button (or in my case, buttons!). One thing that drives you absolutely bananas and makes you want pull your hair out. For me, its the mess. 
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Which is unfortunate because KIDS ARE MESSY! In fact I live with some of the most talented mess makers alive. You might argue that yours are way more proficient. For now, we can just agree that all of our children lie somewhere near the top of the list of world’s best mess makers. 
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There is obviously a problem here. One of my hot buttons is a mess but my kids are meant to be messy, its in their nature. Some might argue, from this stand point, that children were specifically created to drive you absolutely bananas. 
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Or maybe, just maybe, they were created to deliver you from it; at least the volatile reaction experienced in it. Its not your job to change their nature. Even if it drives you crazy. It’s your job to point them to the only one who can change their nature. 

 

 

Daily Reflection--THAT Time Of Year

 

 

 

It’s THAT time of year. Cough, sneeze, clear throat, strep throat… (It kinda sounds like the beginning of a bad poem.)
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I need to be honest, I don’t like for my plans to be interrupted. I mean, they are really good plans, so why interfere? Only God knows the answer. 
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But here is what I’m learning, parenting is not about my plan at all. Every interruption is an invitation. Not for annoyance, frustration, or anger but rather an opportunity to rest in his grace, mercy, and omnipotence.
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He knew. He knew before I did and he knows better than me. My job is not just to move on with my plan or sulk that it did not pan out. No its to point them to Him and cultivate their heart in the middle of the everyday busy. So if you need me, I’ll be in the kitchen making chicken soup repeating to myself “It’s not about your plan.” over and over.

 

 

Daily Reflection--The Pumpkin

 

 

 

She looked carefully over each one. She lifted them. One was too heavy, one was to small. She was like the goldilocks of pumpkins. She had to find the one that was juuuuuust right. 
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“Mommy I like this one because it has a big handle.” We came home and put it on the front porch. I took as second to admire it with her. 
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“Did you know that God looks at you the same way?” I ask. “He’s sees all of you and say’s “My, how wonderful she is.” She giggled and leaned in for a big hug. 
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All it took was a moment, she was pointed at her creator. Find the moments.

 

 

Daily Reflection--And then I blinked

 

 

 

 

I know it didn’t happen all at once. In fact there are many days, I know rolled by slowly and painfully. Nights I begged for her to grow, days I demanded she be bigger than she was, bigger than she was capable of being.
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And the thing is, everyone told me to enjoy it. Revel in the moments because I would miss them when they were gone, so I did. I basked in the good ones and the painful ones. And it happened just like they said it would. I blinked. Here I am filling out potential kindergarten applications. 
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But I have something to say to the momma who is being present and the blink hasn’t happened yet. It’s not likely to be what others tell you.
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You won’t miss it, at least not all of it. In fact, there is a great bit I don’t miss. But you will miss the good parts. The parts where you remembered to show grace, the moments where you see God growing in them. You will miss those. So make sure to create them, to see them for what they really are, make sure to know those moments. They are sacred and will live in your heart and theirs forever. 

Daily Reflection--The Engine

 

 

 

I started at this cute display and wondered, “how much weight, can one engine pull?” So I googled it. This is what I found:
“Depending on the type of locomotive, steepness of the grade of track, and sharpness of the curve in the railroad track, a locomotive may pull more or less weight.” -Quora.com 
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Does this sound familiar? It does to me. It’s basically how I live my life. Daily question: “How much load can I carry today?” Depending on the day, the amount of ground I have to traverse (mental or otherwise), the sharpness of what that road will look like (are we getting an afternoon nap in ?), that’s how I decide how much our train can carry today.  
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Jesus says, “”Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”-Matthew 11:28
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My challenge for myself and you today: Give him your load. Let Him be the engine. Only He know what’s ahead.
The Hope Diamond

 

 

 

The Hope Diamond. A little gem obsessed lately my son was so excited to see it! He was told by a friend of its massive size. 
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“Mommy,” he leaned in to whisper in my ear, “why is it so small?” I couldn’t help but laugh quietly. “It’s not buddy, that actually really huge for a diamond!” He was not convinced. Later he confessed that he thought it would be the size of his head. 
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It’s funny how we can picture things so different than they actually are. Something that seems so small to us, actually a monumental feat, yet we don’t recognize it. 
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Stop. Stop today long enough to recognize what God did for you that you didn’t even notice. Share it with them. See if they notice anything too! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We stood and line with anticipation in our hearts. What a fun surprise to stumble upon. What would we see when we got to the top? 
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We clambered in and sat delighted to see the views. They stop us for a few moments up at the top. What a beautiful city. What a fun place to be with my love.
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We clamor back down slowly, only to be delighted again with a second visit to the top.
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And this is what its like in life as well. We all anticipate the top! But what I’ve found is thats its in the decent and ascend back up again that I learn the most. Its where I grow the most. Its where he asks me to trust Him that he will delight me with views from the top once more. 
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Lean in. He’s teaching you so you can teach them. Its all around you.