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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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Lessons (on love) from a Red Bear {Five Minute Friday} via Under God's Mighty Hand

Lessons from a Red Bear {Five Minute Friday}

Lessons (on love) from a Red Bear {Five Minute Friday} via Under God's Mighty Hand

A little, fuzzy, red bear sits resides in my son’s room. A gift when he was young, we’ve used that red bear to entice my son to pretend play (which can be hard for some kids with special needs), to hug on, to enjoy.

But my fella rarely pays attention to that little red bear. (His sister plays with it much more often.)

His favorite play option? His sister.

The kids look for each other nearly as soon as they wake up. One peeks around the bedroom corner to find the other. One giggles and shouts the other’s name as soon as they see each other. They both love to give huge hugs to wake the other up.

It doesn’t matter if bedtime the night before was a little rough with some (or, occasionally, a lot of) crying.

It doesn’t matter if one bonked the other on the head the day before.

It doesn’t even matter if they didn’t sleep enough and are still tired.

My kids remind me that each morning is a fresh start, a new day to see joy and spread love. A day for hugs, smiles, and excitement over being and learning together.

All through ignoring a little red bear.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;
 great is your faithfulness.

I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;

it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” – Lamentations 3:22-26

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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? This week’s prompt is “red.”

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What lessons do your kids teach you on a regular basis?

How to Know What You Do is Not Too Small via Under God's Mighty Hand

How To Know What You Do Is Not Too Small {Five Minute Friday}

I’ve walked into a situation before and immediately thought, Everyone here knows more about this than I do, can do more, and is valued more. Anything I can do wouldn’t contribute.

But that small thinking is toxic and paralyzing. It causes me to stop rather than act. That’s just the opposite of what a community needs.

I’m {slowly} retraining my mind to think differently, audaciously.

What I do matters. What you do matters.

How to Know What You Do is Not Too Small via Under God's Mighty Hand

3 ways to know what you do is not too small: 

  1. Is the intent love? Whatever you’re thinking, does it model love, give love, shine love? That action could be a small as holding the door open, but it is loving, do it.
    “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” – John 15:12
  2. Does it build up the body of Christ? Our actions both present examples of faith to observers and can support members within the body of Christ.
    “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” – Ephesians 4:16
  3. Does it do good? Does the small action harm? Don’t do it. Does it do good? Go for it.
    Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”  Psalm 143:10

Building a school in a third world country is huge. A massive action of love. But not everyone can build an entire school.

But can you give $1? Can you say a daily prayer? Write a sentence to cheer another? Fold that extra load of laundry?

These actions are small, but their effects combine to be oh-so-BIG.

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? This week’s prompt is “small.”

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How do you see the benefit of “small” actions in your life?

"You need not cry very loud; He is nearer to us than we are aware of." - Brother Lawrence quote image via Under God's Mighty Hand

The Sometimes Good from Lonely {Five Minute Friday}

I used to avoid “alone” time. As though alone always meant lonely.

“Alone” time is now a gift itself. A few minutes to clean up my cluttered brain like I straighten the physical clutter around our house. Gather, categorize, organize, act, renew and refresh.

A gift, indeed. Maybe it’s from having young kids who make sure you never have to spend a moment alone. (I’d take that over not having them any day. They’re big grace-gifts.) Maybe it’s from embracing my real introverted state.

Or maybe it’s from realizing I always have God to talk to and be with.

He hears. He holds. He loves.

Even when I question. Even when I’m frustrated. Even when I’m impatient. Even when I forget.

Sometimes I need alone time to remember that truth.

Sometimes I need to feel lonely to remember it more.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – Psalm 107:1

"You need not cry very loud; He is nearer to us than we are aware of." - Brother Lawrence quote image via Under God's Mighty Hand

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? This week’s prompt is “lonely.”

Five Minute Friday

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