Helping Hands!

Ellie finished her Helping Hands project! She came up with 12 ways that she can be helpful! We were suppose to come up with 31 but there is that thing called life that gets in the way. 😂😂 I am proud of the ways she thought to be helpful though….

1. I can make Jay laugh by making funny faces.

2. Hold the door open for others!

3. I helped put school supply bags on the cart to give to kids.

4. If a bully is being mean to a friend I can tell the friend to talk to Jesus. Jesus will make them feel better.

5. I helped build the garage shelf with dad.

6. I can help when I wait my turn for the slide.

7. I help mom get her puke bag.

8. I can give my clothes to friends when they don’t fit anymore.

9. I can help pass out the Jesus activity bags at church.

10. I help when I don’t cheat at games.

11. I help when I pick things up off the floor cause moms belly is too big.

12. I help when I share my toys with friends.

I think now is the perfect time that we can practice being more helpful. How can you be helpful to those around you?

His good daughter!

A few Sunday ago, while in the car Ellie said, “Mom! I love you. You are my good daughter!”

Even though I’m not her daughter, her words helped my heart. I needed to hear that… ALOT! I realized in that moment how I have recently felt so defeated in my life and while I know it’s only the season it’s been hard emotionally. The anxiety and depression hit hard with this pregnancy and I’m just not use to feeling it all at once. Don’t get me wrong. I’m so excited for Jay. There is a joy as we wait for his arrival. However, according to the doctor it’s completely normal to experience anxiety and sadness during pregnancy as well. I definitely didn’t expect it. In the car on Sunday I felt God remind me that I’m still His good daughter. There is still good in me. I might feel defeated in this season but I’m still His and He looks at me and he can see all the good. If you are having a defeated season, know that God loves you and He still can see all the good there is in you.

“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zep 3:17 NLT

Don’t let your anger flow over!

Did you know anger is a natural feeling that we all experience in our life? Growing up, I thought that anger was a bad feeling that we should never feel. However, even Jesus himself was angry. Jesus did not sin in his anger. He demonstrated self control. We can have self control when we are angry too. Our elementary friends learned that When angry we can choose to stop, pray and walk away. We did a very exciting experiment to show that when we don’t give our anger to Jesus it will eventually overflow out our hearts. I hope you enjoy the kids reaction as much as I did!!

When lollipops overflow!

The Pop Pop jar is very popular in our house. It is always over flowing with lollipops from Ellie’s Pop Pop. Each time we visit him he is waiting with another huge bag of lollipops. This recent bag contained 300. I thought about buying a larger jar but I actually like the message I hear when seeing the lollipops flow over the sides of the container.

Watching the jar overflow as we pour the lolipops in reminds me how my life has always overflowed with the goodness of God. Even in those times of uncertainty! Even when awful things were happening, there was still a blessing to talk about. I’ve spent many years feeling miserable and over the past ten years something changed and I just don’t want to live feeing emotionally miserable all the time when I don’t have to. I know! I know! There is so much turmoil in our world. I get it! It’s difficult to find the good in each day, but I promise it’s there. The overflowing lollipops reminds me of the scripture found in Psalms 23:5-6 (NLT)…

“You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”

If you are struggling during this season to find the good in everyday I want to challenge you to grab a pen and paper and begin writing down all the blessings around you. I took a year before Ellie was born and accepted the challenge of writing down 1000 blessings in my life. It was a true game changer for me.

Keep this is mind. Earth was never meant to be our home. We belong in heaven. Earth is far from perfect because of sin but God still wants to shower us with His love and blessings each day.

How is your life overflowing with Gods goodness?

The monkey bars!

The monkey bars!

Ellie loves the monkey bars. Her shoulders aren’t quite developed enough for her to make it across on her own yet so when we go to the park she always ask Jessie to help. When this first started at 18 months Jessie held her up and moved her across with her barley touching each bar. Now she will grasp on to each bar as he holds her legs ensuring she doesn’t fall. Soon, he will just stand beside her as she completes the monkey bars on her own. Then the sad day will come when she just swings across the monkey bars without ever looking up for help. Ellie’s never been afraid to ask for help. When she has a boo boo she will run to one of us to pray for it. When she can’t reach something high on a shelf she will ask for help to grab it. When she makes an accident she ask for help to clean it up. When a little friend fell down outside and was crying she immediately ran to us for help. She loves to do things on her own BUT she is never too proud to call out for help. She knows her limits. Why are we too proud to ask for help from God? We try to clean up our own accidents making them worse. We attempt to reach that next goal on our own falling short every time. We would rather struggle then admit that we need help. God wants to help us. God, the creator of heaven and earth wants to help you. When we are on the monkey bars, our shoulders giving out, blisters forming on our burning palms and the desire to press on growing weak, God wants to come beside you and help you continue crossing.

“My help comes from the Lord,

who made heaven and earth!” Psalms 121:2 NLT

A Thankful Prayer!

A few years ago I was feeding Ellie a quick dinner and trying to make it to church on time. I’ll be honest and admit that I was in a rush so praying for dinner slipped my mind. However, Ellie remembered. She grabbed my hand and said “we pray!” Her prayer was “Jesus bless amen.” She teaches me everyday. In that moment she taught me to never be too busy to stop and thank God for all the blessings in life!

“Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.

Let the whole world know what he has done.” 1 Chronicles 16:8

A storm and a prayer!

Jessie is in the garage sweeping out water as it pours down rain! (Just keeping it from flooding)

Ellie has been learning about prayer. She continues to pray…. “Jesus please help our house to stop flooding. Stop the rain!” Then she goes in to listing 100 possessions of hers that could possibly flood and after listing each one she prays the prayer again asking Jesus to stop the rain. 😂😂😂 This went on for 5 cycles. Finally, I remind Ellie that she does not have to beg Jesus. He hears her. Then we taught her a new prayer…. “Jesus, please help the rain stop and my stuff not to flood. But if our house floods we trust you. Jesus you will always take care of me!” BTW: our house is completely fine. It’s not flooding. However, a 4 year old will see a little water in the garage and to her it’s a Noahs Ark flood! 😂😂😂😂 I often find myself praying just like Ellie. I’m praying based on my fear and not necessarily praying based on my trust in Jesus. Jesus will take care of me no matter what happens. Of course we want Jesus to stop every painful thing in our life but because of sin in our world bad things do happen. However, Jesus will take care of you! He will make it right! He will provide. He will show up. Even when the rain continues to pour and the water rises around us, Jesus will always calm the storm. In His time!

“Wait patiently for the Lord.

Be brave and courageous.

Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” Psalm 27:24NLT

Third Trimester encouragement!

Officially in the third trimester. 🎉🎉 Let the party begin! There is so much to do and so littletime. Last time I was at the doctor Jays heart beat was 139. I recently heard that moms match their babies heartbeat to a Psalm in the BIble. So I did and I was amazed at what what I read….

Psalms 139 (wait till you read verse 13)

1

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2

You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

3

You see me when I travel

and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4

You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, Lord.

5

You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7

I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8

If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave,[a] you are there.

9

If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10

even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

11

I could ask the darkness to hide me

and the light around me to become night—

12

but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.

To you the night shines as bright as day.

Darkness and light are the same to you.

13

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body

and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!

Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.

15

You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,

as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

16

You saw me before I was born.

Every day of my life was recorded in your book.

Every moment was laid out

before a single day had passed.

17

How precious are your thoughts about me,[b] O God.

They cannot be numbered!

18

I can’t even count them;

they outnumber the grains of sand!

And when I wake up,

you are still with me!

19

O God, if only you would destroy the wicked!

Get out of my life, you murderers!

20

They blaspheme you;

your enemies misuse your name.

21

O Lord, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you?

Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you?

22

Yes, I hate them with total hatred,

for your enemies are my enemies.

23

Search me, O God, and know my heart;

test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24

Point out anything in me that offends you,

and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

God is good.

Edit to add: Psalm 139 was the passage in the Bible I chose to reflect on when I found out we were pregnant with Jay. I feared another miscarriage and really needed a passage that would be encouraging for me. So I chose Psalm 139 specifically for verses 13-16. When I heard my doctor say his heartbeat was 139 I laid their shocked. That’s not possible. Maybe I have the passages confused. It can’t be matching with the one I’ve been reflecting on. Can it? It did match. As Jays mother this will be the passage I forever pray over Him. ❤️🎉

I don’t know if this encourages you today. It sure does encourage me.

The race!

Ellie’s 2nd race was yesterday! She competed in two races. The 50 yard and the 100 yard. I love how hard she runs and how she never gives up. Mostly I love watching the big grin on her face that never fades the entire race. She doesn’t look ahead at who is winning and become defeated. She keeps her eyes on the finish line! Keep that in mind throughout life. The win is often found in finishing when maybe you would rather give up. Finish strong!

Smile!

Ellie is a little jokester in our house. She has been ever since she was really little. She loves to laugh but more importantly she loves to make others laugh. Naturally, when she saw this camera she wanted to play tricks on a few people. I bet she felt like the greatest clown when she would say “I’ll take your picture” but instead press the button that made bubbles fly out. My dad was one who got covered in bubbles and his smile was so big. He loved it and together they shared a laugh and huge smile. A smile brings so much joy and creates memories. There are days when finding a way to make someone smile should be our goal. I had a coworker once who was so cranky. She was older and you could just tell her spirit was defeated and she was not the most joyful person to be around. My goal everyday was to make her smile. If I could just make her smile once then I had accomplished something great. I did one day make her not just smile but she laughed and I can’t for the life of me remember how. How doesn’t matter though. I’ll never forget that smile and joy on her face even if it was just for a few moments. There are many people in our lives right now who need a reason to smile. Who can you make smile today?

“A cheerful heart is good medicine,

but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” Proverbs 17:22 NLT