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Just returned to the office after going on a field trip with Josh’s class to Play Plus (a huge indoor playground adventure for younger kids).

Ill be candid for a minute here…I was not feeling good this morning. A week from today, Ill be going through my first radiation treatment. I have so much I want to get done and the only thing rolling through my brain was “Why me God? Why now? Its not fair!” Though I believe I have every excuse in the book to have this attitude, it wrecks a persons day.
I didn’t want to get out of bed.
I didn’t want to face the day.
I didn’t want to deal with preparing for next week.
I was quite content, lying in my bed, dwelling on how bad my life seemed to be going.

Enter Josh crashing through tightly shut bedroom door. I knew what was coming. Josh flew mid-air over the bed and landed right next to me…literally, sharing my pillow. I looked over…somewhat annoyed, and he just smiled and laughed. Then he said “Who made the trees? God did! Who made me? God did! That’s awesome! Get up mom…lets go!”

God is Creator. God is the Beginning and the End. God is the Author of life…I’ve simply been invited into His story. I don’t get to choose my part, but I do know how the final chapter will end.
Yes…I got that from a 4 year-old…God speaks to me anywhere.

It could have stopped there…

After the field trip I told Josh we could swing by the park and eat lunch on the way to preschool. He was beyond excited…I was already exhausted from the CIDP and losing sleep last night.
We got to the park and started eating. Josh had a lunchable…I had a Sprite (its my lunch on most days). He started eating and the wind started moving his tray. I got annoyed…”Give me a break” I thought. “I’m trying to enjoy lunch with my son here!”
The wind blew harder…and I started getting frustrated. I went to grab Josh’s tray and he smiled and said “Look at this mom!” He had the one end of the tray in his mouth…holding it from the wind…smiling too.
I smiled. He was just laughing when I was getting frustrated by something so small.
I told him I wanted a picture…he told me to get in the picture too. He grabbed the cheese..I had the tray…and now I have a great memory too.

Just yesterday I was asking our elementary group what was the biggest thing they struggle with. One by one they whispered things like lying to my parents and fighting with my brother – into my ear. I gave each of them a heavy rock and wrote something that symbolized their struggle on it. I made a rock too…mine was worry. I told the kids that we carry these heavy struggles around with us all the time. They got it…it was great. After I told the story of the Prodigal Son, we talked about how God, like the father, will take us back…no matter how many rocks we have. I took a huge hammer and told the kids that just like when they nailed Jesus to the cross, God can smash any struggle you have…and that rock was dust. My boys were beyond glued! We ended with a small celebration for the son that came home…all my group had cake. It was great. They took their rocks home as a reminder of what God can do.
I came back and saw my rock, marked with a “W” for worry, sitting on my desk. I taught the lesson…but I missed the point, until now.

Funny how God speaks through kids, wind and rocks.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT)

Josh and mommy at the park!

Some of our kids showcasing their “rocks”

Our “Welcome Home” (referring to the Prodigal Son) “Rock Star” (God) Cake 🙂 

My huge “Worry Rock” (We had a dad make these out of concrete…they turned out AMAZING!!! Thank you Chris!!!)

Phil Vischer

Posted: January 12, 2012 in great people, ministry

I’m at the Childrens Pastors Conference here in Orlando. Its early, but my mind is reeling through the conversations I had yesterday. You meet so many people at this networking event…and so many can be much like you.

I spoke with Phil Vischer last night…creator behind Big Idea and of course VeggieTales! This guy is so genuine…he is the type of guy you could meet in a coffee shop and talk for hours…actually, that isn’t a bad idea! He has started a new series called “What’s In The Bible” taking families through the Bible…not just the stories.

I don’t have much time to blog, but if you are wondering what about Phil and the VeggieTales…you should check out his testimony. Its worth the read…God uses anyone, anytime to change lives!
Phils testimony
Have a great day y’all!

Getting Ready For Another Year…

Posted: August 25, 2010 in ministry

Its Wednesday night and that means Kmotion (Kids In Motion) is back in full swing. As I was getting things ready for our second week back, I started getting the name tags out for our fearless leaders…or perhaps I like to call them recruits…they don’t want to be called “leaders” (too much responsibility) but a volunteer, to me, doesn’t put into words how these fine men and women literally make ministry happens. They are not just the back bone to the children’s ministry…they are the children’s ministry. I get paid to think of the ideas, recruit, train, motivate and counsel…then they help make ministry happen. I’m not saying my job here is easy either…I’ll save that for another post.

As I put each lanyard on the table today, I started praying for our volunteers. I started thinking how each is either busy with kids, school, job…or a few have all three! Yet, I watch as they enter, most of the time with caffeine in hand and I feel blessed to have volunteers who LOVE doing what they do. We have teachers that are gifted at putting together lessons that are hands-on and interactive. We have 2 teens that are devoting their next 5 weekends (Saturday and Sunday AND Wednesdays) training to learn the church’s tech booth. We have one volunteer that literally went out on a limb and bought crafts and prizes for our Country Party last week…because “she loves parties!”…and she loves our kids! Another volunteer is putting together the motions to every song, while teaching and pregnant! Another scheduled doing real estate school to be completed so she could help with our program!

I could go on…and on…

I can’t wait for another year! I really do LOVE our Wednesday night volunteers (recruits!). Ministry happens WITH you!!!!