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Have you called your mother today? Day 8 of 152…A Relationship Needs Exercise

The brain, the body, even relationships need exercise to stay fit.  A good workout that is.  If they stay stagnant they get stale.  That is why people set goals when trying to stay on a fitness program of any type. To be consistent.  Hold themselves accountable.  Count down, tally up….whatever the case may be.

Brain games such as cognitfit, fit brains by Rosetta Stone and memory games by lumosity can be found online to stimulate the brain. Some sort of gym or trainer can be easily accessible for most people in America. But relationships…relationships take a different kind of effort.  A two way effort that involves both the brain and parts of the body.

Relationships that are one sided aren’t healthy and don’t last. I’m thankful today.  Thankful for two-way conversations that are filled with with questions, memories, laughter. Welcomed thoughts. Not only listening on one end but both ends.  Which means not only talking on one end but both ends. A two-way relationship.  A healthy relationship.

An answered prayer.  Something that I have prayed about for many years.  God knew my heart’s desire even when I didn’t have the words.

"God knows our hearts." SeeTheWord.org
“God knows our hearts.”
SeeTheWord.org

If your thinking, “I’ll just leave a quick message.  That counts for the challenge.”  Think again.  You are missing the point.  That is cheating. Cheating yourself.  Cheating the one on the other end of the receiver.  Cheating those watching. Observing.  The ones that will one day be calling you.

Making memories~

Jennifer

 

From Puddles to School Buses

…a post from my previous blog, Paper Plate Prayers…(1/14/14)

It was just a few short months ago that David and I decided after much prayer and consideration that God was telling us it was time to stop homeschooling Grant and send him back into the school system.

Without a doubt we knew that public school was not in God’s plan.  He and I had worked too many hours to build Grant’s self-esteem, character and confidence up to the man God desired of him. 

I will never regret the four years we spent together daily doing each and every part of our routine as a team.  My little gentleman buddy and I used each step of our day as an educational experience and a social experience.  He has always been and always will be the most love seeking and love giving little man I have ever known.

I began praying and researching educational options outside of the home for Grant.  God led me straight to Lubbock Christian School; A part time home school program.  The exact thing I was looking for.  I could slowly integrate Grant back into the school system; plus it would be a Christian environment.  An answered prayer!

After only nine short weeks, Grant was not only adapting to his new school, but he was well loved, accepted and attending full time not part time!

The change was a gift to me as well.  The reason for the change had been for medical reasons as well.  I was struggling with health issues and simply felt I wasn’t giving Grant all I could give him through homeschooling.  Now, knowing he is absolutely thriving I have a huge amount of stress relief that I didn’t realize I had.  God doesn’t want us to worry and stress over things.  He wants us to be at peace and trust him.  Stress can literally cause sickness.  

Before I “Let Go and Let God” I worried about each step (literally) that Grant took.  I didn’t want him to fall.  (literally or emotionally)  I was the epitome of the over protective parent.  Now I realize that God’s protective arms are far more protective than mine.  

In the above picture, I noticed the puddle of water one morning as Grant was getting out of the car and I thought, Oh no! He will need help stepping over that and I’m in my pajamas.  Oh no! What if he falls? Oh no! If he gets his feet wet he will scream and cry.  But none of that happened.  Nope! He jumped over that puddle and up on to the curb like a champ fully loaded down with a full day’s worth of school gear.  Brooke, his sister and I were completely impressed and full of pride.

The next big step was a school band performance which he also blew through without any help from his Mommy. Which led us into the end of the semester field trip.  His first bus ride.  

I can do this…I can do this… I can do this…

Grant had never gone on a field trip before without me much less on a bus before.  I’m one of those mothers that still wants him to hold my hand.  What if he gets lost, kidnapped, misplaced, hurt….. Wait!  “God’s protective arms are way bigger than mine.”

So I simply talked to Grant, talked to his teacher, talked to David and talked to God.  I talked to God alot!  

I sent Grant to school that day with a very peaceful heart and before I knew it the day was over and I didn’t even follow the school bus around town!

My big boy got in the car that day with a proud face, a happy smile, a high five and said, 

“I did it Mom! I rode the bus and IT WAS EPIC!”

~Paper Plate Prayer~

Dear Lord,

I pray for all the parents out in this earthly world that are too afraid to let go of our special babies to let you take control.  Let us all be filled with peace knowing that you created them long before they ever took their first breath. You have a divine purpose for each and every one of them to bless one or to bless thousands Lord.  May we let go of our own desires, worries and passions and let you do your will for these children according to your plan.  May we be a tool according to your will Lord.

     ~Amen

 

Your Tool,

Jennifer

 

Romans 9:38-39

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

And with all glory to God, I did it too!photo (13) photo (14)r

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