Learning Lessons

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…


About Sarah Pinnix

I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)


  1. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates says:

    I’ve been gone, so am just catching up a little. Sorry I missed your difficult time.

    Sounds like all is working out OK and according to God’s plan!

    Being a parent is such a hard (but rewarding) job! 🙂


  2. It’s an uphill battle all right, raising kids. But it’s a great view when you get to the top.
    and some pretty nice vistas along the way


  3. Lessa...... says:

    You have such great kids, Sarah. You are an amazing mother and should be so proud!


  4. Coma Girl says:

    See everyone is happy and rooms are organized – what more can a mom want 🙂


  5. Yeah! I’m so happy you’re seeing progress on the homefront!



  6. Heather says:

    Hey…I am commenting on both of your posts here 🙂 I so understand where you are coming from. I always wonder if I have somehow throughly screwed my kids up and then wondering how. It is nice to hear that other moms (especially moms that are as great as you) go through this as well. Thanks for sharing. Isn’t it great too how God meets us right when and how we need it? We sometimes want him to hurry it up, but he knows and teaches us even in the wait. Keep up the good work!


  7. Sarah, Just wanted to let you know you are not alone. I don’t know what it is about the summer that does that to your children, but I experienced some discouragement in that area last week also. The weekend went a little better. I sure do appreciate you sharing your heart with us. You have been a wonderful encouragement to me. I just wanted to let you know. Glad to hear things are going better for you this week. My prayers are with you. Blessings to you.


  8. Janel@Dandelion Dayz says:

    Oh, what sweet kid you have.

    This last week I have felt like the worst mom for entertaining this summer too. Never mind we went to the beach for a week and had VBS all week last week. I always feel like I need to be the cruise director – directing fun for all – ALL the time!


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