Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Daily Life Lesson

Yesterday was a CRAZY day! We finally hit what is a true Wisconsin winter- and its the middle of January! We have definitely been spoiled this year. Of course the freezing rain/crazy snow had to hit on the only morning of the week that we have to travel to school! I contacted my director and she said they were still planning on having school, but that it was up to each family if they wanted to tackle it or not. Well being the crazy woman that I am, I decided that we would tackle it! I loaded everyone up (which was a task in itself!) and we took off into the winter wonderland. We live in the country, so the roads out here tend to suffer a lot because of blowing snow. And it was very windy!! I was determined though and so we literally plowed through:) I was already tense and a bit stressed because I didn't want to be late and I knew that we would have to travel slow. I didn't get left as soon as I wanted and I knew I had to be calm behind the wheel. Afterall, I had 3 extremely precious cargo sitting behind me! So as we got onto the highway, I thought to myself "calm down heather...calm down...". I just couldn't get the tense feeling out of my body though. Then I was hit with a divine revelation. Worship Me. I love music. Its my favorite way to worship our Almighty. So, I turned up the radio and right at that time one of my favorite songs was playing. I kid you not- as soon as I started to sing, my muscles relaxed and I could feel the tension seep out of my pores and float away. As I was worshipping, I thought about how true this is in life as well. When we are in the midst of a "storm", the best thing to do is to worship our Creator. We are told to be thankful in everything. I don't know about you, but I often have a hard time being thankful during a dark (or just even gray) storm. Call me crazy, but I don't think that the Lord is calling us to be thankful for the circumstances, but He's wanting us to be thankful IN the circumstance. Despite whatever I or you are going through, we ALWAYS have something to be thankful for. If you can think of nothing else, focus on the gift our great God gave us over 2,000 years ago. That alone is enough. So when you find yourself in the midst of a storm, worship Him. When things are bright and sunny- worship Him. When you feel like you can't pull yourself off the floor- worship Him. There is no better place to be than on the ground, at the feet of our Lord. Turn your focus on Him and it will change everything, even if nothing changes. :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Precious Moments

Yesterday was a day filled with memorable precious moments. It was just an ordinary day that became extraordinary. Not because anything major happened....but because of the little moments that I will now treasure forever. There were two things that really stuck out to me yesterday. The first was seeing my precious daughter dancing with her daddy. She is completely enamored with her daddy. A daddy's girl through and through! Dave and I had the privilege to see the movie "Courageous" a while ago. That movie rocked our world in a major way. There was a song in the movie that the little girl was dancing too. It became significant (but I won't say why in case you haven't seen it yet!). Dave had found the song on YouTube and the two danced together to it yesterday. I was in the kitchen doing what every mom would do if you saw that- blubbering. :) Hundreds of thoughts were zipping across my mind during those 2 minutes. Thoughts of her now and soon to be a woman. Past memories and future ones. How time goes by so fast and is yet so precious. Thank you Lord, for such a wonderful and precious memory to tuck away.
The other memory I have from yesterday was my movie date afternoon with Savy. She was so sad that daddy had to go to work (tears were shed). So I popped some popcorn, made chocolate milk, got out The Sound of Music, and we cuddled up on the couch for a quiet afternoon of girl time:) She told me later that that had helped her feel better after being so sad about daddy. I love that she loves her daddy so much!
We've had a shift in our family dynamic lately- a good one! Dave and I have both been challenged to become better and more intentional parents. We've had so many reminders that life is short and that the Lord has entrusted us with these precious vessels of His, to care for and love them, and teach them of His love. What a tremendous responsibility! One that I don't take lightly. Its not always easy, but it is definitely a privilege and DEFINITELY an adventure!! :)