It was a beautiful Fall afternoon as I drove through the pre-school carline. My then 4-year-old Kennedy Grace’s teacher opened the van door to let her climb in.
The teacher told Kennedy good-bye and said to me, “Kennedy told us the exciting news that she got baptized this past weekend!”
I tilted my head to the side and looked at my Kennedy as her face turned fire-engine-red.
Not wanting to embarrass her I smiled at the teacher and said, “No, we didn’t get baptized.” She winked and nodded her head, “Oh ok…”
As I pulled out from the carline I looked at Kennedy as she buckled her seat belt, “Why would you tell your teacher you got baptized?”
She started to cry, “I did get baptized.”
In my mind I replayed the weekend’s events tying to understand what could cause this confusion for her.
That weekend our church had baptized thousands of people and Kennedy was able to watch many of them. During the baptisms, Kennedy expressed her desire to be baptized but she didn’t really understand what it meant. So her daddy and I talked about how one day when she was able to understand, she would be able to be baptized too.
I thought we were all on the same page about it…apparently not.
“Kennedy, help me understand this…how did you get baptized?” I said to her.
She shouted on the top of her lungs, “I did it myself!” She then paused and said quietly, “In the bathtub, last night.”
I mean, how do you even respond to that? [smile]
I told her I was so sad I wasn’t there with her to experience it and maybe one day her whole family could all celebrate her decision to get baptized. [wink] She agreed.
And then, 3 years go by. This child learns more about the great big God she loves. She decides to follow Him for the rest of her life.
And then…she tells the world.
And we are all there.
I’m so proud of this little girl. She is 100% sassy but deep within her she truly loves God.
Her face glowed as she stepped into the baptism water. Raised to life…newness in Christ.
This is her God-journey and oh my…its beautiful. [tears...]Read More
1. She gets up each morning and follows through with her commitments despite how she feels.
Her feet are firmly positioned into the day’s tasks. While quitting may seem like an option she refuses to become someone others or God can’t count on. Her heart understands that she must be found faithful in the small steps to be trusted with the big steps.
2. She approaches the Word of God with reverence.
She opens God’s Word and believes each day He has something to speak to her about. There’s no questioning spirit when a friend texts her a Bible verse. She listens to sermons and teachings and doesn’t think of the friend who needs to hear that message, she knows there’s something there just for her.
3. She longs for the grace of refinement rather than the grace of relief.
She doesn’t have a personal agenda to fulfill when she faces steps of refinement. In fact, she longs for the grace of refinement rather than the grace of relief because she trusts the process of refinement. She accepts the perspective godly people offer her in difficult situations. And she embraces the process of becoming better through her mistakes.
4. She chooses to infect the world with joy.
Though life seems to frequently dump on her, she chooses to not dump on others. In fact, she thrives on being emotionally generous towards others. The spirit of generosity that oozes through her infects joy into a seemingly miserable world. As a result, when darkness seems to gloom over her she can easily shoo it away by giving joy.
5. She has a spirit of unbreakable determination.
Though she may feel a little [or a lot] bent many days, she never lets her bending turn to a broken dream. She refuses to break her perseverance towards the things God has placed her on this earth to do. In the midst of her rejection that attempts to break her she thrives by standing firm on this verse:
“Create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
The girl who doesn’t give up. Jesus, please let this be me.Read More
And then you have one of those back-to-school mornings where everyone gets on the bus in tears and you just want to hang your head in shame…
It’s the 4th day of back to school and its a morning a momma never wants to have.
There’s one kid that needs $5 for this and there’s no $5 in cash to be found. There’s one kid that can’t find anything to wear. There’s another kid who needs help with her hair. There’s a kid whose throwing a fit. There’s another kid whose stressed out. And there’s another kid who just won’t follow instructions.
And so, the kids are screaming and the momma is yelling and the daddy is standing there shaking his head.
The new puppy runs to his bed, welcome home little dog. Sorry.
And then the momma walks her little ones to the bus. Their eyes puffy from the tears they’ve cried. And she puts them on that bus with a half-hearted hug and makes her way back home, hanging her head in shame.
She sits in the silence of the back-to-school morning gone very wrong. But she feels this prompting from the One who holds the healing to mornings-gone-wrong.
She thinks of the words in James 4:6, “But he giveth more grace…”
It’s not an excusable pass for loosing the temper, not being prepared or the tears of frustration.
But its a place a momma must go when she feels like she’s hit a brick wall and needs the moment that redeems.
The Grace redeems the day that has tried to become stolen. The Grace renews the heart that has so quickly become weary.
The Grace restores the momma whose back-to-school morning has gone very wrong.
But He giveth more grace…
But He giveth more grace…
But He giveth more grace.
Maybe today you didn’t have a bad back-to-school morning, but perhaps you’ve have something bump into your heart’s peaceful place. Might you join me in redeeming this day by going to this place of Grace?
He giveth more grace…Amen.Read More
1. Write out the results you want for the week.
Results, not tasks or activities.
ex: Have a clean and organized house by the end of the day on Wednesday.
2. Start with the hardest things first.
I typically start with my easiest tasks first because I can get the accomplished fast. It makes me feel better. But I often find myself struggling through the hard tasks because there isn’t enough time to complete them.
3. Decide what matters to you today.
We function at our best when we are working towards the things we are most passionate about. Decide what matters to you today and let the rest go.
This might be the shortest blog post I’ve ever written but, guess what? It was a result I wanted, “Completed blog post for Monday.”
A better Monday. It starts now.
If you’d like some accountability, go ahead and leave a comment sharing the results you’d like to see this week. I’d love to read them.
Y’all… I’ve got a case of the Monday’s.
But this afternoon my co-worker and sweet friend Kenisha made my Monday with this:
This is my favorite summer Starbucks drink: Skinny Mocha Iced Coffee. [Venti for sure...again its Monday ]
I’d love for you to leave a comment and share with me how you get through a case of the Monday’s.
But now, I get to make 3 of your Monday’s a whole lot better.
The 3 winner’s for the Get One, Give One, Say Yes To God giveaway are:
We at Proverbs 31 Ministries were BLOWN away by how many of you entered the giveaway! There is so much excitement and anticipation about this Bible study. Tomorrow there are even more opportunities to win some amazing things!
Visit the amazing Sheila Magnum for a chance to win another copy of What Happens When Women Say Yes to God!
Then visit Melissa Taylor for a chance to win the Heart to Heart prize package!
So now, go make someone’s Monday.
Stop by tomorrow for 2 Minute Tuesday, I’ve got something special to share with you.Read More