Archive for March, 2011

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Last week at Michael’s gymnastics class, a mom looked from Michael, to Kate, to my pregnant belly, & said, “You’re going to have your hands full!” I really tried not to take it personally because I know moms with young children get this comment a lot. And the woman who said this had 4-year-old twins & a two-year-old! Hello?! But her comment did get me thinking. Often the “full hands” comments are said in a “not so encouraging” tone. But what is so wrong with full hands?

Don’t I want full hands, rather than empty hands? Don’t I want messy, dirty hands rather than spotless, clean hands?

This verse came to my mind also – Proverbs 14:4 – Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.

Picture that you build a stable on your land – it is beautiful, spotless and painted red. You look out your window and admire your stable. It is so clean, new and pretty to look at. But what is the point of a stable? To be a home for animals. If there are no animals in it, it may be spick & span but is it fulfilling it’s purpose?

Same with my hands, my life, my home – If all is in order & spotless (which I LOVE for it to be), if the dirt is non-existent and I have no reason to get on my knees, am I really fulfilling my purpose? One of my favorite things is having a clean house. I love working hard for several hours, cleaning from top to bottom, and then it all being spotless at once. I have had to relax on this a little bit. I still clean often, but it’s not as perfect as it was when it was just my husband and me. But that is ok because I am in the season of my hands being full of young children. Sometimes having full hands requires us letting go of something. A sweet friend who raised two boys says I have the rest of my life to have a clean house 🙂 So true.

Think about Jesus – I guarantee his hands were FULL, ALL the time. His hands were dirty. His life began in a manger that had animals in it, that I doubt was spotless and smelling like pine-sol. And think how full his hands were as he ended his earthly life on the cross and nails were put into them. Thank you Jesus. I love all the endless verses in the Bible about us sitting at the right hand of God and Him holding us in his hands. Think how full His hands are!!

My point is this – having full hands is hard. Life is easier when there is order, understanding and everything is “clean.” When things makes sense. My husband’s comment in response to what I heard was, “Full hands are blessed hands.” I love that. Most of the time, having full hands leads us to crying out to God, which leads to endless blessings of knowing Him more and Him molding us into becoming more of who He wants us to be! So even though having full hands and a dirty stable is hard…that is what I want to ask God for. Not an easy life or one of comfort – where my hands are empty and perfectly manicured.

“Lord, please give me full hands that are fulfilling your purpose.” Your full hands may hold different things than mine – mine hold 2, about to be 3, very young children. Yours may hold elderly parents, a ministry, a challenging marriage or a helpless family member. All of us walk in various seasons of life and our hands will be full with different things. But what I love about seasons of full hands is that they bring us to our knees, requiring us to depend on our Lord more than ever. I know six weeks from now when my third child, David, is born, I will have my hands full – Caring for a four-year-old, a 22 month old and a newborn is not an easy task. But it is the season God has called me to and I thankfully accept it. I know there will be crazy times of mess, exhaustion and being overwhelmed…but nothing is too hard for Him. And I would much rather be in a situation where I am fully depending on God for EVERYTHING, than a time where all is in order, clean and easy…and I can fully depend on myself.

Isaiah 41:13 – For I am the LORD, your God,
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.



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This morning Kate & I dropped Michael off at preschool & then began our usual Monday morning errand-running frenzy. Aldi, Library, CVS, and last but not least, Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. We quickly collected all our groceries and then proceeded to the check-out lane. As I was getting my change, I noticed the man behind me had blueberries. I asked him if he noticed how much they were, thinking if they were a great price, I would run back to the produce section. He said he didn’t, but handed them to the sales lady & had her scan them. They were $3.50 for the pint, (which is more than I wanted to pay), so I said thank you & that I would check them next time. He said, “No wait, you take those & I will go get another pint.” I tried to object, hating the thought that he would be spending that much on MY blueberries, but he insisted. I said, “Thank you so much!” as he scurried off, and he said, “No problem! Enjoy!”

I walked out feeling so grateful. This one simple act of kindness made my day. And it got me thinking – it really doesn’t take much for us to bless other people and make them feel special. It doesn’t take a lot of money, time or even energy to put someone else above ourselves and make their day better. The main requirement for blessing someone else is taking our eyes off of ourselves. Not that this is easy…especially with young kids in tow, nap time on the horizon, etc. But it can be done.

This afternoon as I enjoy my snack of blueberries and yogurt, I am asking God, once again, to help me SEE others. Really see them. To help me not be so distracted by my own to do list, children and time limitations that I forget to reach out and be a blessing.

Thank you God for the blueberries.

Blessings on a wonderful first week of spring!

PS – This song has absolutely nothing to do with what I just wrote about, but I have to share the youtube video of it. The lyrics are amazing!

Laura Story – Blessings

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I totally fell off the PostAWeek2011 wagon the past 2 weeks. I really don’t have any great excuses either – well except maybe pregnancy exhaustion, 2 busy kids, out of town company, etc. 🙂 I am determined to get back into gear and keep up my PostAWeek2011 Challenge! Here are a few blessings I have been thankful for the last few days.

*What I read on March 1st in Jesus Calling – “When something in your life or thoughts makes you anxious, come to Me and talk about it. Bring me your prayer and petition with thanksgiving, saying, “Thank you, Jesus, for this opportunity to trust You more.” My husband & I are praying about some big life changes for our family. I read this at the perfect time last week when I was over-analyzing about details and worry was creeping in. How awesome that we have a relationship with THE ALMIGHTY, that we can talk to at anytime, about anything – and He always listens.

*I loved this verse in the Ampified – Philippians 4:6 – “Do not fret or have ANY anxiety about ANYTHING, but in EVERY circumstance and in EVERYTHING, by prayer and petition (DEFINITE REQUESTS) with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” The “Definite Requests” part really jumped out at me. Definite in the dictionary is “clearly defined; not vaque or general; precise; exact.” Lord, please help us have faith to give you our specific needs and requests. A testimony – Last summer after our home was broken into & my husband’s car stollen, we needed to replace it asap, so that he would have a car to drive to work. Instead of generally praying, “Lord, please provide us with a car,” we decided to make a list. We wrote down specific things – price, year, make & model, mileage, etc. We prayed over each item, one by one. A week later the Lord provided us with the exact car we asked for – every item on our list was taken care of. This increased my faith SO much. I am not saying that our Lord is a “genie” or that we will always get exactly what we ask for. But this situation did remind me that God wants to take care of His children. He wants us to ask, watch Him act & then give Him glory!!

*This Quote – “The most effective prayers stem from the belief – the unshakeable certainty – that God is Absolutely, Totally, 100% In Control!”

*This Book – A friend recommended I read, “Choosing to See” by Mary Beth Chapman (Wife of Steven Curtis Chapman). This book is amazing and I could hardly put it down. It spoke to me on so many different levels – Trusting God, mothering, marriage, etc…Read it! You won’t regret it!

*I am still laughing at what my 4 year old son said last week – I asked him to come to the bathroom so I could brush his teeth & fix his hair. He didn’t come so I called him again. Finally he came running around the corner, pushing his beloved bear in his sister’s doll stroller. He looked at me with all seriousness & said, “Sorry I’m late. I was in traffic.” Ha:) Love Him.

What are some random blessings in your life this week?

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