Thursday, February 7, 2008

Seventeen Year Old Wisdom

My seventeen year old daughter challenges me daily. She challenges me to be a better Christian, to be a better person, Mom and friend. We've been talking for the past few days about Lent and why people give up things, the differences in what people believe and why.

She came home yesterday telling me that her friend's Mom had given up cokes (all soda pop) for lent. I hadn't yet admitted to her that I had been thinking about what would be the one thing that I don't want to give up and should be the one thing I do give up... ICE CREAM. COFFEE and CHOCOLATE run a close second, but if I'm honest, it's ice cream I can't live without.

So...she turns to me and says, "What should I give up for Lent, Mom? It has to be something really hard to give up. Like candy and shopping! That's what I should give up! I can't live without SHOPPING and trying on pretty things and CANDY! What would be the hardest thing for you to give up" her big blue eyes looked straight into mine we both said "ICE CREAM!"

Minutes later, as she walked out the door, she said to me,"Mom, what if Jesus came back, like 5 days from now, and we hadn't given anything up? Wouldn't we feel bad?" I replied, "You know, He doesn't require us to give those things up. He loves us anyway." Thoughtfully she looked at me and said,"but we would be doing it for Him. Because of everything He has done for us."

That conversation took place exactly 23 hours ago. It's been about 25 hours since I enjoyed my last taste of ice cream. And you know what? I'm ok! In this country we are blessed to call home, in this busy life, full of Christian pursuits, there aren't alot of sacrifices we are asked to make for Him. I know the blessings I receive will be greater than what I'm giving up.

Today, my daughter searched every nook and cranny in her purses, backpack and room for any forgotten pieces of candy. She asked me to hide them or give them to her brother.

May God bless her as she grows in her walk with Him and shower her with the same portion of grace and love that she brings to me.

"Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

Mark 10:14-16

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Before I can change the course of my life I have to realize, and take, responsibility for my mistakes. I am then free to take responsibility for making my life better.

In that way I learn that ONLY I am responsible for me and for my life. Until I do that, I can go through life making everyone else responsible for my life and my circumstances.

Dear Lord,

Help me to remember when my strength fades and I don't know the way, that you are with me, to lift me up, and give me new strength for another day. I love you Jesus.

I waited patiently for the LORD, He turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire

He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.

Psalm 40: 1-3

Monday, February 4, 2008

Keep Moving Forward

I love the movie Meet the Robinsons. This little boy is able to meet himself as a grown up, and see the results of his childhood dreams and inventions. His theme in everything he does is "Keep Moving Forward".

I think I was partly fascinated by the possbility of meeting myself as a child. What questions would I ask of myself? Am I living the life I imagined as a child? Where do I need to return to in my thinking, my dreams, to get back on the right track? What did I love as a child? What words of comfort would I give myself, what words of encouragement?

What do I need to do today to keep moving forward? I believe it's possible to make a little progress each day, even though sometimes it seems that we're on a treadmill, simply covering the same territory over and over again. Sometimes I need to stop thinking...pondering...and just DO something!

here's my list

  • finish putting away Christmas decorations (I know, it's embarrassing to admit)
  • read my Bible
  • write my prayers so I can keep track of how God answers
  • do laundry and dishes
  • file my income taxes
  • help my kids with their homework
  • make a plan of action to take the next step towards my goal (we all have to have a goal!)
  • or take the next step toward my goal
  • make a list of everything I would do to my house if I had the money
  • now, list them in priority order
  • make a list of everything we need to do to find a college for my daughter
  • make a spreadsheet for information on different colleges
  • get myself organized!
  • get my kids organized!
  • feed my kids dinner
  • just be a good mom
  • keep things simple
  • trust God

What do you need to do today to keep moving forward?