Lately, our hearts are being tested. Perze and myself. I don’t know if it’s psychosomatic, but I haven’t been feeling all too comfortable. I break out into hives at the oddest times. I find myself praying more over requests than thanksgiving. I worry. But tonight, Elle asked me for a bedtime story. Without thinking, the first story that came out of my head was the story of Jesus on the boat with His disciples. In the storm. About perspective. About trust. About Jesus in control. There was one reality and two perspectives. The reality was the storm. One perspective was the collective fear from the disciples because of their shortsightedness. The other was the perspective Jesus held- when He knew 1) how the disciples felt 2) who was in control 3) and how it was going to end. He asked them, “why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:40) You know Jesus was talking to me. You know it. I know it. He knows it. I’m still there, since I was 9. “STILL”. <still>NO FAITH</still> The disciples followed Him- physically, spoke with Him, ate with Him, listened and worked with Him, saw Him perform miracles […]
Zi chose indoor rock climbing for her birthday. Turned out to be an awesome time for the kids to learn together! Zi cleared 6 courses, and developed a love for climbing. Even Elle at 4 years old almost reached the top. They all did great, some conquering their fear of heights and trusting the harness as they jumped down. This place we went to were kid friendly, as well as accommodating more experienced climbers. But they were the only one that allowed 4 year olds to climb. We’ll definitely repeat this activity again soon.
Happy birthday to our beloved Zienne. Year 7 has been a year of progress and firsts: learning how to rollerblade, playing keyboard for praise and worship, learning chords on the piano, going to Disney World, watching musicals in the theater, swimming at the deep end, growing in her permanent front teeth, cooking her first dish, learning cursive, and graduating Book 1 in violin. Sometimes we don’t notice that these little things and experiences are shaping the things that will take up big spaces in her heart, so I’m praying that we will take the time to encourage her to the things pulling at her. To Zienne’s tribe, who are there to speak words to her that may shape who she will be tomorrow, thank you. You don’t have to give her attention, but you smile at her, tell her things to let her known she is seen, compliment her so she will know what sweet words can do, encourage her when she sits on a fence of insecurity, laugh with her to cheer her heart, teach her to feed her soul, and pray for her when Perze and I know we do not hold her universe in control. We […]