My six year old was born to run. Since he was a toddler, I've loved to see him break into a sprint (which is nearly any time there's a distance to cover of more than 10 feet). In his mind, he's usually imagining himself as a train of some sort, but I see a future track star.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I realized that H had hit on something that many of us--years older--don't always realize. Instead of sitting and fretting over her situation, she got busy doing something. Her act of helping me made her feel useful and less lonely.
- If we're lonely, we can be a friend to someone.
- If we feel unimportant, we can make someone else feel special.
- If we feel out of place, we can find a way to serve.
- If we're sad, we can cheer someone up.
When we take our eyes off our own situation, we often lose sight of what was troubling us in the first place.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tracks for the train lover
Sunday, June 21, 2009
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Sunday, June 07, 2009
My heart sank and my face flushed. I'd heard similar words all week and wondered what he'd seen.
Had he seen my cabin of girls take the honey container from lunch? Another counselor did and turned them in for "stealing" and suspicion of vandalism-in-the-making a la "The Parent Trap. (The girls actually took it to use on the leftover cornbread at an afternoon 'picnic' they planned.)
Had he seen us all laughing and having fun during our trash pick-up 'punishment?'
Had he overheard some of the other campers claiming that my girls must be cheating because they won the themed 'cabin clean-up' every day (as well as most of the team games)?
Those were some of the complaints I'd heard from other counselors and staff that week. Our kids were having a fabulous time, but it seemed we were accused or criticized at every turn. I was beginning to feel like a failure as a counselor. And having the camp speaker single me out didn't help the feeling.
He continued, "I've been watching you and I've seen you giving 110% to your kids all week. And that's why you're seeing the results you are." Between Sunday night and Thursday night, nearly every one of my eight girls had prayed to make a life-changing commitment.
It was especially significant to me because these girls didn't come from church families. They came to camp with us and attended various events throughout the year, but this wasn't 'just another' church experience for them.
I've counseled at camp many other times, but that year will always stand out. Partly because of the awesome time I had with a precious group of girls. And partly because one person took the time to see past the obvious to the important and made the effort to let me know that the time and energy I invested into those girls was having a bigger impact than simply chaperoning their activities.
Sometimes motherhood feels like a "Groundhog Day" version of that week at camp. No matter how hard I try, or how much time I invest, it's a perpetual battle to keep the kids out of trouble--even when they don't mean to be causing any. And it so often seems that the days are filled with tending, feeding, correcting, separating, refereeing and so forth that we don't get around to the things I really want to be imparting to them.
But I do see the payoffs at times like when Bug has the chance to "shop" for things at the Sunday School store and he chooses something he knows his little brother will like. Or when my little one (3) asks from the back seat "why did Jesus take all our bad stuff on him and then die?"
It's so easy to feel criticized for spending too much time with the kids, choosing activities they'll like over ones we'd prefer, or trying to stick to bedtimes and such for their benefit. And yes, there's a balance needed in everything, but I can say that the lesson I learned as a camp counselor all those years ago serves me well as a mom. Giving 110% to your kids will pay off.
There's a long summer ahead of us. And there will be days when we're sure that we've done it all wrong. But Someone else is watching you, and He's seen your efforts and will bless them in ways you can't imagine. Be encouraged.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
I'm so excited to be joining the ranks of the regular contributors at 5 Minutes for Moms' devotional site, 5 Minutes for Faith.
I've been following their site for a little over a year; I've found many of my favorite bloggers (and some sweet writer friends) there. It's a privilege to be part of the team.
So, on alternate Tuesdays, you'll find me blogging there. I hope you'll stop by.
Here's a look at my first devotion for them...
"Watch your fingers," I warned my 3 year old just before I closed the back of the minivan. He pulled them away from where they were resting above the taillight.
I gave the hatch a shove and quick as a flash, he stuck his hand right back in!
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