Friday, April 19, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Jump!

(from a series at
I think of Jackson jumping into the pillow pile at OT today.  He wanted to do it over and over again.  It helped him "cool his engine down."  He wasn't scared at all. 
I remember the feeling of standing on the diving board, ready to do a back dive, my feet tingling and clinging to the board, so scared to release and let go.  But I also remember that once I did it once, every subsequent time got easier and easier to let go.
I think of two nights ago when I spoke my feelings, how hard it was, how my body was shaking and my skin broke out in a rash like it does when I get nervous; but then how much easier it was to do it again yesterday.
God calls us to jump right in when He asks us to.  It's not always comfortable at first, but it gets easier, and it feels good to just let go.  Be bold.

Monday, April 15, 2013

From the Mouths of Babes

J.W. just shared with me that the other day, he was reading his Bible, and Savannah came up to him and looked him straight in his eyes, and said, "The Bible is directions for your heart."  Amen!  Thank you Jesus for her little ears and heart soaking in your truth.  And thank you to the Sunday School teachers!

Thursday, April 4, 2013


So I know my latest posts have been a bit glum, but sometimes that's how life is right?  I'm just being real.  Life is hard.  Sometimes harder than others.  But thanks to Christ Jesus, I won't give up, and I know I'm not alone, and I never give up  hope.  So that makes things less depressing.

A lot of my irritability has been due to lack of sleep.  Both of my kids have decided my bed is more cozy than theirs, specifically my pillow--so 3 heads on 1 pillow, not my most cozy night's sleep ever.  So sleep deprivation definitely makes things seem a lot worse than they are.  But last night, Savannah stayed in her crib all night, so I just had Jackson next to me, and it was a lot better.  I woke up refreshed, able to shower alone before he woke up (score!), able to read a devotional (even better), life is good.

Also, we've been blessed this week with having our dear friends stay with us, and it is just so refreshing to have kindred spirits to hang out with.  It's chaotic with 4 kids, but joyous and fun.  It feels so nice to have some adult conversations with friends (4 kids do a pretty good time entertaining themselves, and sometimes a movie helps too, ha!) and to feel understood by people who actually do know what you're going through. 

So I feel much better today, wanted to write a post when I'm feeling "up" since a lot of them have been "blah," and I don't want anyone to worry too much, ha!  I still smile a lot, and I still know in my heart that life is good.

Psalm 23: 1-4
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.