Wednesday, August 20, 2014

When He Speaks So Clearly

My daughter came up to me. “Mom? Can you paint my nails?

The excuses started rolling through my head. “Didn’t you want to ride your bike? I’m catching up on email. I’m blogging. I’m reading an article.” … An article with these words that I read immediately before my daughter came to me.

“You don’t get long here before you get to be a memory — so make your life about getting thirsty people glasses of water. It’s simple today: You are perishable here, Taste the moments accordingly — and get thirsty people glasses of water. Because the Good News is about One who loved everyone to death, the good news begins again everywhere we love others in service and not ourselves in selfishness, the good news begins wherever we make ourselves into His Good News.”

Right. Don’t be selfish. Put Jesus on display.

“Yes, I can paint your nails.”

I knelt before my girl—the one with the heart that has thick walls around it who wants nothing to do with that Good News—and turned her nails emerald green. A small gesture. It only took a minute, a minute in which He softened my heart.

If I hadn’t been reminded of the Gospel at that very moment, I probably would have brushed my daughter aside. I’m so thankful that the Lord reminded me that my life is to be poured out upon others as a means of praising Him and what He has done.

In that time, the entire neighborhood arrived on my porch.  Nail polish bottles started flying out of the box and into preteen hands. I had a nice little control-freak hyperventilation session. The Good News, the Good News. Glasses of water. Or nail polish bottles. Whatever.

And now, my porch is splattered with blue polish, and Seth inexplicably has blue hands. As I type this, I see streaks of blue on my fingers and on a new shirt. We’ll just consider it a spreading of the Good News while I google how to get nail polish out of (white) clothes.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday Treats: 8-19-14

Happy Tuesday!

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. –Ephesians 3:20-21

Friday, August 15, 2014

Homeschool Happenings: 8-15-14

Whew! Week four is gone already! As I updated our attendance chart this week, I couldn’t believe I was checking off day five of the week already.

Monday was our catch-up day from the craziness of last week. The kids did independent activities, and I prepped our week.

We had pretty normal days on Tuesday and Wednesday, although not quite at a full load. Next week, I hope! We enjoyed a trip to the library and met some friends at a playground afterwards. The weather was beautiful—in the shade, it was almost cool!

On Thursday, we took our first field trip of the year! We joined three other families at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. It is one of several free museums in downtown Raleigh! We spent a fun morning exploring the museum.

Today was another independent/prep day to prepare for next week. Right now, our calendar is clear and I’m going to attempt five days at a full load, adding music and art for the first time and picking back up with science.

I’m headed to an ice cream party with a new friend, which is an excellent way to end a day that contained someone using an arm chair as a bathroom, pencil drawing on the wall, and snacking out of the trash. Yum. My sister sent this picture after receiving a day of crazy texts from me. Love her. And The Office. And ice cream.

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