Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Do you ever feel inadequate?
Like you've been given a responsibility that is bigger than you?

Almost ten years ago, the Lord blessed me with an amazing treasure, but with that treasure came great responsibility.

I've never taken it lightly.
Always aware that it is bigger than me.
Much, much bigger.

Parenting is one of the hardest things I've ever done.
Isn't it just like God to make one of the hardest things one of the most rewarding.

I love being a mom!  I love it more and more with each passing day.

I also love when God gives you those moments.
You know, those little moments that just happen.
Those moments that God gives you to encourage you to keep at it, to keep going, to keep praying, to keep seeking Him, to never give up.

God has been so gracious to me the past couple of weeks to give me several of those moments.

All of these are snapshots that the Lord blessed me with that I never want to forget.  Snapshots that were captured in the moment with my phone (which is why they are a little fuzzy.)

I was driving home the other day and saw this in my rearview mirror.
A little hand.
A little hand in the air, raised as he sings praises to his heavenly Father.
He's not worried about what's going on around him.
He's not doing it so anyone will notice.
He's just singing.  Hand raised.  As I sit in the front seat, heart melting.

And this moment.
Is there anything more satisfying than seeing your child reading God's Word?
Working hard to make it a habit in their life.

Oh, that the living, active Word would take root in his heart.
I pray that he will not just be a hearer of the Word, but a doer.

Someone who lives it.
Someone who is willing to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Someone who doesn't wait until he's older.
Someone who doesn't buy into the lie that he's too young.
Someone who is willing to make the most of every opportunity.
We ran over to the housing projects the other day to give some diapers to some families in need and stopped to say hi to some little boys that come to the park when we do our Love Orlando events.

Three boys and a flat basketball.  Playing a game they made up.
They taught Alex how to play curb ball.
Alex just hung out with them.  Just played.

Alex left that day with a greater appreciation of what he has.
Realizing that you don't have to have 'stuff' to have fun or be happy.

Sometimes being the hands and feet of Jesus is taking care of babies in the church nursery, or visiting a widow, or sticking up for a friend at school, or sitting by the kid at lunch who is all alone, or giving diapers to a family in need, or feeding someone who is hungry.

Or sometimes it is playing curb ball with three boys who just need to know that they are important.  That someone cares.

It's being willing to share the love of Jesus in a practical way.

I am so thankful that God has allowed us to partner with Him in parenting Alex.  And we are ready to partner with Him again.

Oh, and the baby, today is 4 months on the waitlist.
We're ready!  We're praying!  We're still waiting!

Alex was praying for the baby a couple of days ago and he said, "...and God, when baby boy Harmon cries today, please make sure someone picks him up.  And if he's hungry, please make sure he gets something to eat.  And if he isn't born yet, please help his mom make good decisions..."

Just another one of those little moments I pray I never forget!
"Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children" {Lamentations 2:19}


  1. Oh we are praaying for that sweet baby Harmon!!! I love seeing God at work in your family in so many ways!!!! Love you..we need to catch up

  2. That's our grandson! We are always proud of Alex. He is such a wonderful boy. Such an inspiration to his family, friends and the world around him. We are also very proud of his parents. We love you and thank you for the Godly influence that you have upon our grandson. May God continue to bless each of you. Love, Mom and Dad

  3. I so loved your post! What a little man of God you are raising. And what an example he is (along with your family) to be God's hands & feet. Praying for your little one in Ethiopia. Blessings!

  4. Alex's pray made my heart melt. He is at an age were most kids think only of themselves. What a blessing that he is aware of others and their needs.