Baby Steps

So, you may or may not know I have two toddlers that I get the privilege of spending my days with (see sweet photo below), and not one day goes by that they do not teach me something significant about my relationship with God.

Lessons from Littles

My two and a half year old is constantly running (well both of them really!) and because of that, he is constantly falling– mostly tripping over his own feet as he sprints towards his destination. This happens so frequently that when we walk outside, I usually go ahead take his hand when he starts to run because as his mom, I know that chances are he is going to slip and I will be able to stable him as he falls, catching him before he bites the dust.

Friends, do we realize that this is exactly what God does for us every day? We run through our days, eyes only on our next destination or distraction rather than paying attention to what is right at our feet that might trip us up on the way. But the Bible tells us that God in his goodness is right there, holding our hand so that when we do fall (because we all mess up), He can swoop in right before we land flat on our face and do some serious damage to ourselves.

Psalms 37:23-24 says this: “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”

I encourage you to take some time and pray that God would show you where to slow down in your days and take note of where He is swooping in to catch you.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments, as it is really in opposition to the culture we are living in and the things that are naturally taught to us simply by proximity. Grace and peace to you this week friends! Keep your eyes on Jesus.

Psalm 37:23-24

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When Your Kids See Your Struggle

When Your Kids See Your Struggle

As parents, we often only want our kids to see our “best” side. The part of us that is calm, cool, and collected all the time. The part of us that is fun, with an ocean of patience, and speaks only life and encouragement to those around us. This is a good thing to want our kids to see in us. That means you love your children and want only the best for them!

But what happens when they see something other than your best? 

What happens when we lose our patience, or we are heartbroken and they witness our tears? 

Something that I’ve learned as a mom of toddlers is that I am going to be undone more often that I’d like to admit, and my kids are going to get a front row seat. Whether that is from losing my patience or mourning over the consequences of sin in the world.

And I can see that as failure or as a chance to continue doing the one thing God has entrusted me to do with those sweet little image bearers of God: keep pointing them to Jesus.

When my spirit is weaker than my flesh and I give into temptation, handing over control to my emotions or selfishness, I have the hard, holy, privilege of asking my kids for their forgiveness. I get to CHOOSE to say yes I am your mom, but I am not the goal: HE is the goal. He is the prize. I am your mom and I love you more than the stars in the sky, but I will mess up. Because I need Jesus just as much as you do. And even as much as I love you and want the best for you, God’s love for you is greater still.

When tragedies are on display right and left, and the rubble of death is almost too much to take, I have the prime opportunity to show them how I run to God, not away from Him with my questions. When we pray at the end of the day and our family or community is mourning the loss of a friend here on earth, I get to show them how I tell God in prayers that I know He is still good even when we don’t understand, and ask Him to show us He is near.

If you have someone in your life that God has entrusted to you–maybe it’s a child, a friend, a student–you too have the immense privilege to be a flashing light, using every moment, every weakness, and hurt and every opportunity to keep pointing those around you to Jesus. This is your ONE GOAL. By offering these moments as road lights for others, we get the chance to say with our lives that we are desperate for Jesus. 

When Your Kids See Your StruggleEven after all these years.

We still need Him too. 

Paul writes something astoundingly beautiful regarding this in 1 Corinthians 1:11, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” THIS IS OUR GOALMay our lives never look like anything but Jesus, even when we do fail or grieve or struggle.

Yes, follow us as we follow Him. When we fail, watch how we run to Him. When we hurt, watch how we run to Him. When we celebrate, watch how He is the first we run to in praise. Our eyes are fixed on no other. Watch us. Then join us.

How do you point to Jesus with your life? Who may be watching you be anything but your best? Let’s keep this conversation going in the comment section, share with us how you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus throughout your day!