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Learning from the Mess - a Five Minute Friday post {undergodsmightyhand,com}

Learning from the Mess

I passed by a church sign a few weeks ago that read, “Thank you Lord for the cross.”

Some folks might feel something so terrible and devastating is awfully hard to express gratitude towards.

And it is.

But, look at the beauty that came after the devastation.

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14

Learning from the Mess - a Five Minute Friday post {undergodsmightyhand,com}

My family’s own struggles are nothing compared to what Christ suffered.

But there are things I’ve learned through parenting a child with special needs that I never want to unlearn.

My child, with all his “extra” needs and all his beautiful aspects, teaches me so much about growth and life and even God, who he’s just beginning to grasp.

I’ve learned that:

  • Smiling beats ignoring.
  • Hard work often brings satisfaction more intense than the end product.
  • Perseverance leads to progress.
  • Gratitude spurs perseverance.
  • A hug heals.
  • Dancing is a great way to express joy. 
  • Jumping up and down is a great way to exhale frustration.
  • Challenges inspire creativity for options.
  • Together works better than fighting.
  • Listening and observing (usually) reveal more than talking. 
  • Genuine smiles, especially from a child, cheer up the grumpiest grumps.

I’ve learned all this from mess. From the messy everyday, from extra challenges thrown our way, from my children (thankfully) interrupting my messy ways.

In all this mess, there’s beauty. There’s opportunity to say “yes” to my husband, my kids, my God.

There’s opportunity to renew, to remember, to love, to share grace. All from saying “yes” to the mess and the growth and beauty within it.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

What have you learned from your mess? How have you practicing saying “yes” within that mess?

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve joined Lisa-Jo’s Five Minute Friday. Five minutes without edited, where “we write without worrying if it’s just right or not.” This week’s prompt is “mess.Join in on the five minute fun, won’t you?

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When You Struggle to Remember Which Truth to Believe {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Which Truth to Believe {Five Minute Friday}

This week has been rough.

My brain has relentlessly shouted evilness at me:

You’re failing your family.

You’re the worst mother, a disappointment.

Other mothers lacking sleep would be more patient than you.

Other mothers with kids with special needs can figure out how to help their child stop kicking. 

You’re a worthless pile of nothing useful.

My heart accepted those statements as true this week.

And that changed my reactions the whole week.

I was overwhelmed. I felt chaotic. I felt empty. I felt chained, unable to serve my family like I love to do.

When You Struggle to Remember Which Truth to Believe {undergodsmightyhand.com} Even throughout this week, both my head and my heart know these truths are not real.

Even throughout this week, I’ve never doubted my calling to be my kids’ mother. (Even if I’ve doubted my ability.)

Even throughout this week, I’ve never wanted to be anywhere else but here with my kids. (Even if I felt I was failing miserably at it.)

Even throughout this week – and I praise God for reminding me of this truth so well – even when I’ve felt weighed down, I’ve remembered that a little one coming to me, asking for help, is a gift. A gift because one day they won’t be coming to asking for help so often. And I’ll miss it.

But, maybe I won’t miss it with regret. Because I will have remembered now what a beautiful gift it is, and I won’t have missed the opportunity to say “yes” one more time.

That truth has brought me out of this funk often this week. The truth that God has presented me with gifts and somehow says I’m the person to take care of these gifts.

That truth sets me free to serve.

And I love it.

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:31-32

What truth is God showing you today?

It’s been a while since I’ve joined Lisa-Jo’s Five Minute Friday, so here I am. Five minutes without edited, where “we write without worrying if it’s just right or not.” This week’s prompt is “truth.Join in on the five minute fun, won’t you?

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As Rain Falls {Five Minute Friday}

 As Rain Falls {Five Minute Friday} via Under God's Mighty Hand

You’ve heard it said that “one drop in the pond doesn’t make much difference,” but another perspective is if those individual drops didn’t show up, there wouldn’t be a pond.

I’m listening to the rain fall; it sounds a vigorous as a mountain waterfall this morning.

The plants soak up the wet goodness, the leaves and grass turn greener already, and the ground gulps the water like a kid after racing his hardest outside with friends on a sweltering summer day.

As Rain Falls {Five Minute Friday} via Under God's Mighty Hand

One drop of rain might not make a huge different to that tomato plant in the ground desperate for moisture, but it helps.

And a pure, soaking rain takes many drops working together.

And, I think: we each have our choices to make on what we do with what we have available to give.

Mother Theresa says, “We can do no great things; only small things with great love.”

What would happen if so many more of us did our part and choose goodness and kindness and love over all else?

As Rain Falls {Five Minute Friday} via Under God's Mighty Hand

What kind of effect could we have if we poured His love down on thirsty souls, and we did it together?

“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” Mother Teresa 

The rain strengthens now, but this morning what I hear falling is peaceful, soak-you-through-to-the-heart love.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16

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Today, I’ve joined Lisa-Jo for Five Minute Friday. Five minutes where we “just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.” No editing or backtracking! Join in on the Five Minute fun, won’t you?

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What kindness and goodness can you pour out today, or what kindness has fallen on you?

From Brokenness {Five Minute Friday}

We have an overgrown planter on the deck with bulb stems not yet blooming, dried leaves and broken roots from years past—and neglect after the growing season. An English ivy still grows from this planter left by the owners before us. Green, waxy leaves with white trim splitting into the edges of green.

You could easily look at this planter and think broken, forgotten, pushed aside. We haven’t done as much in the yard as we like and had hoped.

I think about the broken parts of me. I don’t see this planter often, so I don’t focus on its state. But, me. I’m right in front of myself. And my brokenness is all too evident. So evident I usually stumble, stutter, and shame myself rather than forgive.

But, then…there it was. A bloom. Purple, vibrant, eye-catching. Beautiful blooms all over these ivy, blooms we’ve never seen before. From Brokenness via Under God's Mighty Hand

And I see again—this growth that can come from even the broken places. It’s beautiful.

Could the growth from my brokenness catch others’ attention, too? Can I praise, shout, share the life that grows from death?

That’s what Easter does. Life coming from death. Growth from brokenness. Redemption. Beautiful grace.

From Brokenness via Under God's Mighty Hand

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I’ve joined Five Minute Friday over at Lisa-Jo’s place. A place to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. The above writing is unedited (eep!) and free-flowing (and a bit scrambled this week). This week’s topic is “Broken
Join in on the Five Minute fun!

How has God redeemed your brokenness? Share your story in the comments.

When You Can't Keep Home Perfect via Under God's Mighty Hand

When You Can’t Keep Home Perfect {Five Minute Friday}

Home.

Home right now has O’s on the floor, clean laundry piled knee high waiting to be folded, and sheets in the dryer instead of on beds at almost bedtime.When You Can't Keep Home Perfect via Under God's Mighty Hand

Home right now has sick babies, worn out parents, and a worried momma who’s forgetting her word for this year is “now” and not to worry about the word that isn’t her word for the year: “future.”

Home is beautiful and messy and lively and exhausting and too cluttered and enough.

I want home to be a safe place, a place where my children always feel welcomed and wanted. A place where my husband eagerly comes home, happy to step into this loving craziness. A place where my family sees a real faith, not just rules and standards.

And (of course), I feel like I fail there. I worry, I place unreachable standards against myself, I have sticky counters.

But the home doesn’t determine the heart, but rather the heart makes the home.

Even if this home isn’t perfect, can my kids see they can trust God to find home in Him? He always offers grace and abounding love.

“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” – Psalm 103:8

My prayer is my children can see even an inkling of Him through me.

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I’ve joined Five Minute Friday over at Lisa-Jo’s place. A place to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. The above writing is unedited (eep!) and free-flowing (and a bit scrambled this week). This week’s topic is “Home
Join in on the Five Minute fun!

Tell me about your home. What does it mean to you?