Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Letting Go of What I Call Mine

What was I thinking that I could do cleaning projects during VBS week?  I'm falling major behind on the daily project list.  Major.  As in, I haven't been able to do anything on the list this week.  Sigh.

I've mentioned that my life is a little crazy right now.  It just keeps getting crazier (and right now, harder) and I think the Lord is helping me learn to let go of some of my plans.  This is so not me.  

Yesterday two doctors scheduled my husband for two surgeries.  One in June, one in July.  I'm very concerned about him.  I feel waves of fear roll over me every few minutes.  There is so much pressing down on us.  It doesn't help that we haven't finished up paying for the surgery our son had in November, or his 12 weeks of physical therapy.  I'm just now finally over shingles, we're waiting to see a neurologist with Nic, and we have a little gal who needs work done on her mouth.  Hello.

I'm going to ask God to help my heart focus on the positive.  Nic is getting better.  He has made so much progress in the last week.  He still has a headache but it's not as bad as it once was.  His appetite is back and he seems more like himself.  He is trying to read a little bit now and that seems to be slowly getting better too.  It has been scary at times but I am so very thankful that he is improving.

While I'm focusing on the positive, let me get back to VBS.  It's been so much fun.  I've had a blast planning and teaching and experiencing all of the joy that is Bible School...snow cones and play dough and finger paint and Bible stories.  The kids are delightful, and the other teachers are too.  We're making such special memories while we are learning about Jesus.  

I've snapped just a few pictures of my room.  There is little (no) time for picture taking when you have a crowd of three year olds.   :)  Our church is using LifeWay curriculum - Agency D3.  It's a really cute spy theme. 

The man of many laptops (my honey) helped me set up this little agent workspace.  The kids love it for doing their very important investigative work.

Our VBS classes are divided into the CIA and JTF.  There are two 3 year old classes and our class is part of the "Jesus Task Force".

Here's a little shot of two of my amazing family members. Everyone has worked this whole VBS thing as a team.  I couldn't have done any of this without them and I'm so thankful for their help and enthusiasm.  

The kids think it's pretty cool that they have to scan their hand to enter the room.

Footprints (compliments of my husband and boys) for our spy theme.

And lastly, a few props to help with Bible Story Time.  (Jesus is not like anyone else!  Feeding the crowd of people with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread and collecting 12 baskets of leftovers.)

I had this phrase I was saying for a while and I think it's time to bring it back - "focus on the blessings, not the bummers".  Not to sound trite, but sometimes that's what we have to do.  I could fret, but God has told me not to do that.  I could be sad or mad or sit around in what's hurting me-bothering me-scaring me.  However, I think I'm going to ask God to help my heart.  He can make me strong.  He can give me peace.  And He is daily showing me all the blessings He has poured into my life.  My honey, my kiddos, and this wonderful time of VBS are just a few of the blessings He has given to me.  

So, I might not get my cleaning done the way I want it done.  I might fall behind on my agenda and my to-do list, but I can deal.  I want to trust Him more and follow the steps He lays out for my life.  Step one is probably letting go of what I call mine.


  1. Glad you and Nic are both doing better. I hope all will go well for your husband's surgeries. Enjoy VBS. Thanks for encouraging us to press on trusting God's plans as you are.

  2. So glad to hear that Nic is improving and that you are feeling better. Praying your husband recovers quickly. Keep looking up!

  3. Thank you, girls! I'm pondering the things you've each said - "press on trusting God's plans" and "keep looking up". You've encouraged my heart! I'm glad you drop by here to read my ramblings and I'm thankful for the words of encouragement you leave.



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