First Day of Kindergarten (for Mom)

Today is January 29th. It’s 10:00 am and I’m heading for a tour of the elementary school my son will start in September. Like many type A parents, I’ve been preparing for this like I’m getting ready for a deposition.

 

Who holds mommy's hand on the first day of school? Tips on how to manage when when your child goes off to school.

I park and walk. It’s raining and I’m almost there before I glance up and see a “weapons free” sign on the school building. We don’t have one of those outside our house.

 

My heart starts to race and I realize… Things aren’t just going to change for my boy. They’re about to change for me, too. I’m not sure I’m ready.

 

Who holds mommy's hand on the first day of school? Tips on how to manage when when your child goes off to school.

 

I go through huge doors, walk up some steps toward two smiling women and then… burst into tears.

 

The smiling women are now worried. Are you ok?, one asks. I lie and silently will my heart to go back down from my throat and for the red to go out of my face.

 

The other woman looks at me. Her eyes tell me she knows. She knows what I’m thinking…

 

What if he’s shot by some lunatic with a gun?

What if his friends are mean to him?

What if he doesn’t have any friends?

What if he is bullied? He fails?

Doesn’t know the answer to the question?

Can’t figure out his homework?

 

I head into the meeting room and take a seat at one of the tables. The chairs are child size and I arrange myself as best as possible wishing I didn’t eat two extra muffins after dinner last night.

 

We listen to overviews from the PTA and teachers and then are herded in small groups to start the tour. We see lockers and music rooms and the library. We ask all the right questions…

 

How much recess? Is there art? Student/teacher ratios? Discipline policy?

 

We learn that no, there’s no guarantee you’ll get into the programs you want. No, you can’t pick your child’s teacher. No guarantees.

 

Who holds mommy's hand on the first day of school? Tips on how to manage when when your child goes off to school.

 

We nod and take notes like med school students on rounds. But I’m not really listening anymore. My heart is flooded and what I’m really asking in my head is…

 

What if you’re lying and the teachers aren’t nice?

What if someone shoves him in one of those lockers?

What if something bad happens to him and I’m not there?

Who will comfort him when the tears come?

Who will cheer him on when tries?

Who will really love him like I do when it all goes wrong?

Who will really take care of him? Who???????!!

 

The answer comes from a small voice in my heart. “I will.” It’s the reassuring voice of my Father, God. He reminds me:

 

“Blessed is he who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It doesn’t fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

 

God never promised we’d always be happy and nothing bad would ever happen to us. This world is fallen. The heat comes. The drought comes. But He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31: 6-8) and will continue to work for good through us, his children.

 

I remember. My boy is not my own. He’s God’s. A gift on loan to me for the humbling, awesome privilege of taking care of him for a time. And oh, how that time flies!

 

What those people are always telling you? It’s true. The long days with small children might drag on forever, but the years go fast.

 

One minute you’re changing diapers, agonizing over sleep schedules, and over-engineering toilet training. The next you’re parking your car at the Kindergarten open house.

 

Nothing really prepares a mother for the first step in letting go of her child.

 

It’s the first of many small steps that lead your child down a road away from you. I ask God to help me let go.

 

Then I snap out of my daze and realize my group is gone. I’m left standing by myself next to this really big picture of the gym teacher.

 

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It makes me laugh. My heart is lighter. It’s going to be ok. Not because nothing will go wrong.  Things will go wrong and there are no guarantees.

 

But there is a good God. And God loves my boy. He won’t be alone.

 

(Please help me remember this when I drop him off on his first day of Kindergarten.)

 

What about you? Am I the only one already experiencing empty nest syndrome with a 5 year old?

 

 

School Picture Day Gone Wrong

So here’s how today’s going.

 

It’s picture day at Preschool. School starts at 9:00 am. I think my daughter woke up this morning, sniffed the air and realized this was her chance. Hmmm…. pictures mean I’m supposed to look nice and we should be on time to school. I have power and I’m going to use it!

 school picture day gone wrong

So it started with dragging feet eating breakfast….(she refused).

 

Then we moved on to getting dressed. As I’m desperately trying to answer an email (for the 3rd time), my haze of concentration is interrupted by a sound I’ve come to dread at times:

 

Maaw Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! (my name is mommy, you know). I need helllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllp!

 

So I go upstairs to help her. I find a shirt.

 

No! I don’t WANT to wear that! Fit ensues. I leave her sitting on her floor with her underwear half pulled down with a big old shart in them. I wonder what’s happening to my carpet underneath her writhing, naked body.

 

I take deep breaths. Time out for me. My last nerve is shot and I’m about to lose it, too. At this point I’m starting to not care whether or not she wears shart pants to school.

 

9:04 am

Things aren’t getting any better. We’re so close. About 3 feet from the front door, actually. But she’s not having any of it and is alternating between dramatically throwing herself on stairs and planting herself like a barnacle that won’t budge unless scraped or beaten. I consider the beating for a second but then go for scraping and haul her (still screeching) toward the car.

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School Picture Day Tantrum 2

9:05 am

Phew, she’s at least buckled in and trapped now so I move on to my son in his car seat. This is where I see he’s got a big booger pasted to the top of his nose. My quick “wipe” with my fingers doesn’t work and now he’s howling too because I wiped too hard.

 

Sweet Moses. We won’t even talk about how I look. Teeth not brushed, shirt covered in old paint, no shower. I thank God for hats and get all the car doors shut before one of the neighbors calls CPS.

 

9:12 am

We make it into the building (she’s still bawling). At least at preschool I’m more likely to get the sympathetic mom glance instead of the stink eye from strangers watching your kid turn into the Hulk.

 

9:13 am

Now she won’t wash her hands before class. It’s tantrum 102 time and we’ve moved on to classic fist pumping and feet stomping and super scowly, angry face.

 

9:16 am

She’s still doing all that and I leave her in the school bathroom with her teacher and go drop my son off.

 

9:19 am

I’m driving now and silently praying…..

“God, help me! Make her stop! It’s school pictures day. She can’t look like that in school pictures!”

 

I knew we might not order any of these pictures anyway, but I still felt defeated knowing this morning would be etched in her face forever documented in the class picture.

 

God stills my heart and asks me why I take all these pictures anyway?

 

I consider. Well, the ones you see on this blog today I took so my husband would feel sorry for me later when he asks me how my day went. And the ones for school? Well, I guess those are to document her life at school.

 

Real life? Or pretend life?, He asks.

 

My heart surrenders. Why do I spend so much time trying to make everything look perfect when it clearly isn’t? Sigh.

 

This is what life really looks like. It’s a lot of ordinary. Some days are punctuated with laughter and joy and others with tears, frustration and puffy faces.

 

So the takeaway here? Apparently I need to relax and spend less time trying to carefully edit the parts of my life others see. I’m not sure I’m really fooling anyone anyway, and it’s exhausting! This is life. This is what life is really like. It may not always look good, but life is good and I’m going to own it. Puffy faced pictures and all.

 

 

Does God Answer Prayer? Yes, Like a Stoplight.

This sounds silly, I know. But sometimes, I’m afraid to pray. As much as my head knows that God is a good father in heaven, there’s a part of me that just can’t stop comparing Him to earthly fathers. You want me to give you something to cry about?

 

And so lately, I find myself hiding from God. And when my prayers do go up, they’re like grenades lobbed toward the sky. I pull the pin and run for cover because I’m pretty sure some part of my life is going to get blown up when He answers.

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I’ve been around God long enough to know He’s in the business of changing things. And even though it’s always for my good, the process of getting there isn’t always what I would choose. Sometimes I don’t like it. I don’t like it one bit.

 

One of the hard things about being a mom is feeling like such a hypocrite – especially when it comes to prayer. How can I keep telling my kids to pray and trust God if I don’t? I tell them to pray, and then I don’t. Or I do pray, but I don’t trust Him with the answer.

 

My heart wants so badly to do God’s will, but some part of me always seems convinced I’m going to end up like Peter, crucified upside down in the line of duty.

 

God answers prayers, yes. But He doesn’t always say yes. Sometimes He says no. And sometimes we have to wait. And I’m not very good at waiting. In line at the store, at stop lights, for my muffins to be done in the oven. No, not good at waiting.

 

And so one day I found myself sitting at yet another stop light. There God showed me how much these three simple colors reflect the way He answers our prayers.

Does God Answer Prayers? He does. Yes, No, Wait... just like a stoplight!

I loved this because growing up, the message I heard a lot was that God always answers our prayers. As if He’d give me what I wanted if I just had enough faith and kept asking. But that wasn’t true. If it was, someone else would have asked me to prom and I would have grown up with a lot of ponies in my backyard.

 

No, God is not some pinata in the sky that we whack and wait for the goodies to come out.

 

He’s more like a good parent. Sometimes He says no and it’s for our own good. Like when we tell our kids no sometimes. No, you can’t run into the street. No, you can’t lick the shopping cart. No, that’s not whip cream. It’s bird poop. It’s all for their own good.

 

God is like that, too. And those three little circles on the stop light reflect more than a set of symbols for driving. They represent a more realistic representation of how God really works in prayer.

 

Sometimes He tells His children stop or slow down and wait when they want to go. Or He tells them go when they want to stay where they are.

 

And just like in driving, it’s a good idea to obey the rules.

 

  • Continuing to go when the light is red rarely ends well. Some part of your life is going to explode in a crash with carnage everywhere. Like when I was in college and let some guy convince me to attend a “marketing” seminar. All lights were red on this one, but he was hot and I went anyway. Two weeks later I was left figuring out what do with $1000 worth of multi-level marketing water filters taking up shoe space in my closet.

 

  • Sitting at the light stopped when it’s turned green and you’re supposed to be going only results in frustration for you and those around you. The road ahead might look scary and unknown, but you still need to take a step in faith and drive forward if God’s telling you to go. Drive!

 

  • And even though it’s hard to wait sometimes, if He’s asking you to wait, trust that waiting on God’s timing and direction is better than taking things into your own hands. It’s easy to confuse action with progress. They’re different.

 

So the next time you’re sitting bored at a stop light or your kids are bossing you around backseat driving, do this instead:

 

Take a moment to reflect with your kids on God’s love for you and the way he answers prayers. Choose to believe He will work all things out for your good (Romans 8:28). Remember His ways aren’t ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). Trust in him and lean not in your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). He’s a much better driver.

 

Tips for Getting Your Mom Mojo Back After Baby

You can separate a mom’s body into two distinct time periods. Before children (BC) and After Delivery (AD). My AD body is a lot different than the BC version.

 

 

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My youngest is now 3 1/2 and while my areolas are no longer the size of area rugs, I still have some kind of built-in human fanny pack hanging around my waist. It’s just as uncool looking as its material counterpart, but lacks any storage benefits. And my feet? At least a size bigger than before. I didn’t expect to fit right back into my pants, but my shoes?

 

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Thanks Eve. You’re the only woman in history who was ruined over being tempted by a healthy snack. And now thanks to you and Adam, the rest of us are hurtling toward death one sagging boob and jaw line at a time.

 

It wasn’t meant to be this way, but thanks to sin and the curse, our bodies wear out and no amount of Botox can stop the inevitable.

 

I know there’s hope for a new body someday, but in the meantime, I wrestle. My nervous heart wants so badly to be beautiful and loved now. And so I swing back and forth, landing on extremes.

 

I’m either overwhelmed and doing nothing out of sheer exhaustion or fighting a serious urge to sell our second car and put my body in the shop for an overhaul. These extremes are dangerous. They lead to either pride or despair (and neither is beautiful). What’s a girl to do?

 

1) Fight the Urge to Obsess – Know It’s Not Over & Put Your Hope in the Right Place

 

Jesus promises the curse of death has been lifted through His sacrifice on the cross and those who believe in Him will be resurrected again one day. Only this time, we’ll have new bodies untainted by sin, suffering, sickness and death (and cellulite).

 

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

 

2) Don’t Give Up – Find A Realistic Way to Integrate Care for Yourself

 

Obsessing and constantly patching yourself is bad, but letting all the wheels come off the bus early isn’t exactly being a good steward, either. So I’ve come up with this easy way to remember healthy attempts at my appearance each day.

 

  • MON: Unmentionables Monday -Ahem…. pretty much anything do with downstairs
  • TUES: Tweezing Tuesday - Where does all this rouge hair come from? Whack it back at least once a week.
  • WED: Hump Day’s Hair Day - Need to schedule my next haircut/color? Give myself a quick bang trim (not recommended)?
  • THURS: Teeth on Thursday - Does anyone besides my husband really floss every day? It’s a start. And maybe some white strips.
  • FRI: Fingers & Toes Friday - Clip any toenails that look like talons, apply fresh coat of polish over last week’s, schedule mani/pedi?
  • SAT: Scan It/Scrub it Saturday - Slough off dead skin and exfoliate, time for a skin or breast check?
  • SUN: Sabbatical Sunday – A girl needs a break, you know.

 

Brushing teeth happens everyday (hopefully). Shaving depends on which body parts will be sticking out of my outfit and how bad I might chafe my husband if he makes contact. Really, you can make this whatever you want. The point is for it to be memorable and manageable.

 

And listen… If you’re a new mom or just had a baby, ignore all this and pull it back out a long time from now. For you, every day is Wipe Up Poop Wednesday and No Sleep Saturday. You’re goal right now is to survive and adjust. If you really want to be ambitious, give your teeth a scrub now and then and aim to shower once a week. The rest is a bonus and you shouldn’t be beating yourself up about it.

 

What about you? What tips do you have for a mom to get her mojo back?

 

Showing Children God’s Love When Their Lovey is Lost

Many children have a stuffed animal or object they attach to for comfort. Doctors refer to them as transitional objects. Moms call them a lovey, woobie or something like that. Whatever you call it, few things elicit panic like the sudden realization this thing has gone missing. Recently, God showed me how pursuit of a lost lovey can show kids how God pursues us with His love.

 

My daughter’s lovey is Lamby. When Emma was a toddler, there was no peace without Lamby at bedtime, naptime or any time of crisis. Nothing had power to soothe like this ratty old sheep.

 

Now she’s getting older, Emma clings to Lamby less and less. I often find his increasingly dingy and threadbare body littered throughout the house – stuffed in a box, with one arm sticking out from under the couch, or laying lifeless in the middle of the kitchen floor.

 

IMG_5456 - CopyBut even with her growing independence, the piercing wail that Lamby is lost launches our entire family into an all-out search and rescue mission. No pillow or pile is left unturned until we unearth this stuffed animal.

 

I recently dug him out from under a pile of shoes and watched my daughter’s relief and joy as she wiped a smudge from his fur and hugged him close. She didn’t scold Lamby for running away. She welcomed him into her arms without question and celebrated that what was once lost was now found again. In this, God showed me a chance to help Emma see an important truth: The way she loves Lamby is the way God loves us.

 

He goes looking for us when we wander away from Him. He won’t rest until He finds us and brings us back home to Him. He will pursue us tirelessly until we are returned to Him, our loving Father. And He doesn’t care if we are messy or missing some parts when He finds us. He welcomes us home to Him just the way we are.

 

In the Bible, Jesus is described as the Good shepherd (John 10:1-18) who loves his sheep and goes looking for them when they’re lost (Luke 15:1-7). Jesus also tells us the story of the prodigal son. A beautiful picture of how we are free to return to God and be welcomed back into his home and his heart regardless of how far we have strayed or the condition we’re in when He finds us (Luke 15:11-31).

 

So the next time you set out on your 15th (100th?) expedition to locate that lost bear or blanket, take a moment to remind your child that God goes looking for us like this, too. Lost and worn out lovies are a chance to introduce our children to a source of comfort that doesn’t wear out or go missing. God’s love is eternal and nothing can separate us from that love (Romans 8:38).

 

What about you? How often do you go looking for a lost lovey? Isn’t it a beautiful reminder of how God pursues us? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Father’s Day: My Kids Have Two Dads (and so do yours)

Tomorrow is Father’s Day.

My kids are very excited. Mostly because they’ve come to assume any celebration will involve some type of cake or treats. But we can use this time to teach our kids an important truth: Our children have two daddies (and so do we).

This morning, our breakfast chat went something like this….

Me: Did you know you have TWO daddies?

Kids: Puzzled looks and big, interested eyes

Me: That’s right. You do.

  • You have your dad here on earth, but you also have a Father up in Heaven. Father God. And he loves you.
  • Father God is our good daddy in Heaven who loves us and takes care of us. He loves you even more than your daddy here on earth does.
  • So tomorrow we’ll celebrate your dad here on earth, but we can also celebrate that we have a good Father in Heaven.

If your kids have a loving earthly father that’s present in their lives, you can focus on the fact that “Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father above (James 1:17).” This includes the dad they have on earth. He’s a gift from God and we can thank God for him.

If your kids have a father that is no longer loving or present (either by choice or circumstance), use this as a chance to show them they are not alone and fatherless. They have a Father God in heaven who loves them.

It can be tempting to define Father God by the shortcomings of our earthly fathers, but the truth is our earthly fathers are just flawed versions of our perfect, heavenly Father.

I pray for blessings on your families as you celebrate Father’s day tomorrow. Regardless of circumstance, we can rejoice because every one of us has a perfect Heavenly Father to celebrate tomorrow.

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How Making Cookies Can Teach Your Kids About God’s Goodness

We all want our kids to be “good.” Even strangers want our kids to be good (I know this because of all their helpful tips). But what really makes something good? And how can we teach our kids about this? By making cookies, of course! Here’s an experiment I came up with based on an article I wrote for Focus on the Family.

  1. Get your ingredients: Cookie dough, sugar, salt. We used the packaged store cookies because some days I don’t have it in me to get my  Martha Stewart on.
  2. Put salt on top of some and sugar on the rest. (You can also mix it into the dough if you’re making cookies from scratch).  The kids love to help with this part.
  3. Bake the cookies. Put some of each kind on a plate (it shouldn’t be obvious which is which).
  4. Ask the kids if they look good.  Can they figure out which have salt vs. sugar just by looking at them?  How about by tasting them? Make sure they get a chance to taste both kinds.

Teaching Points

  • Not everything that looks good really is. Explain how the salty ones look good on the outside but don’t taste good because of what’s on the inside. God cares about our hearts more than appearances (1 Samuel 16:7).
  • Sometimes we act like salty cookies. We do things that look good on the outside, but maybe we don’t really mean it or we’re doing it for selfish or other reasons.
  • Since only God is truly good (Mark 10:17-18), He is the “ingredient” that creates true goodness in our hearts. We can ask him to give us His goodness so we can be more like Him. He wants to help us!

Other Ideas

  • Depending on how many cookies you make, you can carry this on for a while. They love the suspense of wondering which kind of cookie they will get when they “pick”.  Use it as a chance to continue the conversation since kids learn through repetition.
  • Ask them to think of situations where they may act more like a salty cookie — appearing good on the outside, but not pleasing God with their hearts.

Do you like to make cookies with your kids? What other ways can we teach our kids about God’s kind of goodness? I’d love to hear what you think!

How to Use Bath Time to Teach Kids about God

Whether your kid’s bath time is a comforting part of your bedtime ritual or a dreaded chore carried out against a backdrop of screaming and freaking out, every young child ends up in the bath at some point. The wet wipes can only go so far.

So why not take advantage of this time to chat with your kids about God and how powerful He is? Here’s how.

1) Tell or Re-tell the Story of Moses Parting the Red Sea

If they haven’t heard it yet, you could read it to them while they’re in the tub. If they already know it, ask them to tell you the story themselves. Or you could summarize it by saying something like this:

In the book of Exodus in the Bible, we learn how God used a man named Moses to lead His people out of slavery in Egypt. God set them free and they set out on a journey toward a place called the Promised Land. This was a special place God had given them to be their new home.

But after they left, the Egyptian ruler decided he wouldn’t let them go after all! He sent his army of soldiers to chase after them.

Soon Moses and God’s people were trapped between a large sea of water in front of them and a bunch of angry soldiers coming at them from behind. They were really scared and they asked God to help them.

Do you know what happened next?

Moses followed God’s instructions to hold his shepherd staff over the water. When he did, a strong wind came and parted the sea making it move into two huge walls of water with a path of dry land in between.

God’s people walked across safely, and when the Egyptians tried to follow them, the water crashed back down on them and swallowed them up. God made a way to save them when there seemed to be no way out of trouble!

2) Ask Your Kids to Pretend Their Bath Water is the Red Sea. Can They Part the Waters?

Can they part the bath water and make a dry path? Have them try with their hands and then ask them to blow on it like the wind.

They soon figure out they can’t do it. Show them that you can’t do it either.

3) Follow up with Teaching Points

  • Explain that we’re not like God. Moses was a human like us. The only reason he could part the sea was because he obeyed God’s instructions. God was working through him giving him the power to do it.
  • Moses did a good job obeying, but God is the real hero.
  • God can use us to do important jobs for Him, too!
  • God is powerful. More powerful than you. More powerful than mom and dad. More powerful than anything! And like Moses and the Israelites, we can call on him to help us whenever we are in trouble.

4) Lather, Rinse, Repeat

If you’ve ever been tortured by watching the same cartoon/movie or reading the same book over and over (and over) again, then you know how kids like repetition. Here are a couple of ideas of how we can use this to our advantage:

  • Have your kids try it again in few days or weeks to see if anything’s changed. Can they part the waters yet? Remind them that they could if God gave them the power to do it. Like Moses, we can do anything with God’s help.
  • If you have more than one child and they bathe together, have one pretend they are Moses and God’s people and have the other pretend to be the army chasing after them. Have them reenact the story themselves as they learn it better. This can get messy, but they love it!

What do you do during bath time at your house? Can you think of other ways we can use bath time to teach our kids about God? I’d love to hear from you!

A Secret for Moms Who Need a Break

Before I had kids, there were lots of things I swore I wouldn’t do when it was my turn. Like roll out of the house unshowered in sweats that may or may not have come out of the laundry basket. I’d walk by these ladies (in my high heels) and silently wonder how it could be so difficult to just put in a bit more effort.

But if you’ve ever stayed home with young kids, you know how hard it can be to get a break. At least when I worked at Microsoft, nobody came and stuck their fingers under the bathroom stall when they needed something. 

I love being a mom and I’m sure you do too, but if you’re having one of those days where being home with your kids has you feeling like you’re about to lose your last marble, head over to your local Fred Meyer.

The larger Fred Meyer grocery stores offer moms a little piece of paradise called Playland. One hour of free childcare for kids aged 2 up to First Grade!

Here’s what you do:

  1. Check your pride at Playland along with your kids
  2. Round up your groceries as fast as possible
  3. Head to the magazine section, grab a few that look good, and then go directly to the furniture department
  4. Find a chair or sofa on display that looks comfortable, park your cart nearby, and then park yourself there. For a break. By yourself.

Other Tips:

  1. Not quite ready for the full Fred Meyer spa? Many of these stores have an onsite coffee shop.
  2. Use the time for a date with your significant other.
  3. Meet one of those childless friends that you hardly get to see anymore.
  4. Bring one of your haggard mom friends for some adult discussion! 

As a side note, I was a bit embarrassed at first and started out just sitting in the side chairs. Now I’ve moved on to the recliners.

Sometimes those former versions of me walk by in their high heels and look at me in horror, but I could care less.

I’ve traded my dignity for a small dose of freedom. And it’s worth it.  

What do you do when you need a break? Do tell!

How to Use Your Dirty Floors to Teach Kids About God

It’s not tough to figure out where my kids eat most meals. This is an embarrassing picture of the floor under our kitchen stools. I found our daughter Emma down there scavenging for snacks.

Disgusting? Yes. But I also found some teaching benefits in this dehydrated ensemble of blueberries and pasta.  

I called the kids over for a more careful inspection. The conversation went something like this…..

They reported the stuff was “all crusty and dried up.”

That’s right, I told them. It’s dehydrated. That’s a big word for what happens when things that have water in them lose their water. They get all crusty and don’t work the same way anymore.

Our Bodies Need Water So They Don’t Dry Up.

That’s why we get thirsty. Thirst is how God made our bodies to tell us when they need more water.

But did you know …..?

God Says There’s Another Kind of Water We Need

It’s called Living Water. Jesus tells us He is this Living Water.  

The Bible tells us about a time Jesus met a woman who was getting some water. He asked her for a drink. Then he told her something important.

Jesus told her he is a gift from God; that he is Living Water. If she asked him to, he would give her this special, Living Water that would be with her forever (John 4:10-15).

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.[b] The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water…”

You Can Have the Special Water, Too

It’s Jesus. God sent Jesus because He loves us and knows we need Him. Just like pasta and blueberries dry up without water, we get thirsty and dry up without God.

He made us to be with Him and we miss him and get thirsty for him when he’s not there.  Jesus makes a way for us to be with God all the time, forever.  All you have to do is ask.

Am I the only one whose floor looks like this sometimes?? Do you ever feel dried up and thirsty for God’s water?  I’d love to hear from you!

Off to get the broom now…..