The Eight Essential Vitamins of a Child

My pastor just wrote a blog on the essential things a child needs growing up.  It is all common sense and I know as loving parents we all strive for these while raising children.  He just really did a great job explaining them and I wanted to share with all of you.  It is lengthy, but worth the read. Enjoy!

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/The-Eight-Essential-Vitamins-of-a-Child.html?soid=1104983460004&aid=EQZLoEyiEwc

Jesus, Meet Me in My Mess

There is so much I have to do today.  I have to clean the house for bible study tonight.  Vacuum … mop … sweep … bathrooms … dust … I’ve got to get everyone ready … do breakfast … intervene fights … take care of the dog … welcome play date guests … intervene play date fights.  Oh, our guests will be here in two days and the guest room/playroom is a mess. I’ve got to finish moving my stuff into there and move all of Tucker’s stuff into his new room.  I’ve got to get groceries this afternoon … in the heat of the day … with tired children.  There’s so much to do.  I feel the tension rising.

{Please join me as I link up today with my friend Jamie Ivey on her blog Dreaming Big Dreams.  You can continue reading the rest of this post over here.}

I feel it in my neck.  The tension creeps up.  My neck and shoulders are tightening.  The kids are bickering.  I can’t get it all done.  I just feel a mess this morning.  Just a mess.  Not just organizationally, but I’m off with the kids … that’s a mess this morning.  I’m off spiritually.  I like to sit and read and pray every morning and that hasn’t happened this week like I’ve wanted it to. .  Jesus meet me in my mess!!!  Help!  I feel like I’m drowning here!

I finally give in and break down and throw out these prayers to heaven hoping they connect …

Jesus, I want you to meet me here.  Be here with me.  Come and take it all and make it right.  Make the house clean; make the errands be done; make the kids stop fighting; make it all go away and be done!

Y’all … this really happened a few days ago.  I’d been just sitting in this place of ‘God where are you?  What are you doing here in my crazy every day mess?!  Why aren’t you coming to make it all go away!? ‘ But then I realized something …

He IS in my mess.  He’s here.  He’s always here.  In the book of Matthew, Jesus is risen and speaking to His disciples and gives them specific commands for when He’s gone, along with some comforting truth.  Here is what He says: 

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20 (bold added)

So I really don’t need to plead for God to be with me in what I’m going through.  He is already here.  He knows what I’m going through.  He actually is allowing a little bit of crazy in my day so that I might lift my eyes and heart to Him and be drawn back to Him in the midst of the crazy.  

Realizing this has been life changing for me.  God is always with us.  Jesus is ALWAYS there to meet our every need.  His death, burial and resurrection were given to us so that we might secure our eternal whereabouts, but also so that He might meet our every need here on earth. 

How do you reconnect to God during the crazy? 

I’ve found that once I recognize I’m in the midst of something overwhelming – whether emotionally, spiritually or just circumstantially – then I need to stop.  Just stop.  Stop and pray, acknowledging to Jesus that I’m in over my head and that I need Him to help me right here, right now.  I get really specific about what I’d like for Him to do in the moment and then I just surrender it all to Him and His will, knowing that He is going to do a far better job taking care of me than I ever will. This always comforts me in those moments:

“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11

So I challenge you today to acknowledge the crazy that’s around you.  Take it to Jesus in prayer and allow Him to work it out through you.  Sit in the comfort and peace that His plans for you are full of welfare, future and hope.  I’ll be doing that with you today … let me know, below, how it goes.

Psalm 32:1-2

1 How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,

Whose sin is covered!

The Hebrew word for ‘blessed’ here is ‘happy’.  God forgiving us of our sin can actually allow us to feel happy.  It changes us from the inside … even on an emotional level.

Our sin is covered.  It’s not that God takes our sin away so that we are now perfect and without sin.  It’s that He covers our sin with His righteousness so that we are now clean and brought back into a right relationship with Him.

2 How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,

And in whose spirit there is no deceit. 

We can come to Jesus in confession of our sin with no deceit.  We don’t have to hide what’s going on inside us.  We can be honest and truthful and open with God, telling Him all about what’s going on in our hearts.  We don’t have to come to him in a spirit of deceit – hiding everything that is going on.

I pray you can be open with God today.  God tells us in Psalm 139 that He formed our inmost parts and that He knows us.  Go to Him today.  Without deceit.  Tell him all about your heart and what’s going on.  Might you be freed by the blessing that comes from your confession.

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