I was pretty down last week, when I wrote about my disappointing summer with the kids. I was overwhelmed by the support and prayer from everybody, and we definitely turned a corner last week.
God gave me a little perspective through many of your comments. It was the difference between living in “today,” which sometimes is good, and seeing the big picture of life. I need to realize that “hard” is not always “bad.” Especially when it’s God teaching and molding me.
I have to share some successes from last week.
Wednesday night at church, my middle daughter Princess came to VBS at church. HipChick and I were serving on the praise team, and we had to throw out different things to the congregation each night. We threw out beach balls, and Princess caught one. But another girl was going for it, and she started crying, and ran off. I saw my husband bend down and whisper something to Princess, and she actually went over to the other girl, and gave it to her without complaining. I almost started crying right there on stage.
When we got off stage, one of the other praise team kids was a little discouraged. She had gotten mixed up on the motions, and wasn’t sure if she did it right. I told her that the only thing that mattered was that she was praising God, and that he didn’t notice whether she did the right step or not. Two of the other girls heard her say it, and immediately started whispering . HipChick was actually on the chair in the middle of the two girls. She looked at me with big eyes, and I knew what was going on. HipChick came over to me, and whispered that they were making fun of the other girl. She didn’t know what to do, so I whispered back that she could say something like, “Well, everybody makes mistakes sometimes.” She did just that after she sat back down. I was so incredibly proud of her, and it seemed like God said, “See, you’re doing something right.”
I gave their toys back yesterday, and it was the perfect opportunity to organize their room! We had fun deciding where everything would go, and now they have a nice clean room. We’ll see how long it stays that way…