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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Lord, Just One Compliant Child, Please!

Today I am struggling with being a good parent.  I certainly don't feel like a good parent.  There isn't any obvious proof that I am a good parent.  Now, I'm not looking for an award for "World's Best Mom" or anything.  Just a little respect, some obedience.  I would completely feel like the best mom in the world if just one of my children was showing their full potential.  Excelling at something, anything.  Rather than being called at home by teachers, pulled aside at pick-up and completely embarassed by their behaviors.  Don't get me wrong, there are moments like this.  In the past.  How long ago was it?  I can't remember. 

Help me, Lord, to cherish the times when my children make me proud of them.  Help me tuck them away for these times when they frustrate me, embarass me, ignore me and disrespect me.  Help me to keep my patience during these times and always let them know that I love them.  No matter what.  Just as You love me.  No matter what.  Lord, help me to dwell on the wonderful times and not the negative.  Help me to raise responsible, respectful, productive members of society, who have a heart for You.  In Jesus' name, Amen.

ChristinaLynn }i{

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cherokee Legend

Received this today and just had to share!

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian Youth's' rite of Passage?

His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him an leaves him - alone.  He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it.  He cannot cry out for help to anyone.

Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.

He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own.

The boy is naturally terrified.  He can hear all kinds of noises.  Wild beasts must surely be all around him.  Maybe even some human might do him harm.  The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold.  It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold.

It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him.

He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.

We, too, are never alone.  Even when we don't know it, God is watching over us.  Sitting on the stump beside us.  When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.

If you liked this story, pass it on.  If not, you took off your blindfold before dawn.

Moral of the story:

Just because you can't see God, doesn't mean He is not there. 

"For we walk by faith, not by sight."

ChristinaLynn }i{

Friday, September 17, 2010

I'm on Etsy!

I've started making custom diaper wipe cases and I'm selling them on Etsy! There are many patterns and colors to choose from.  I can make travel size or full size, and can make other types of cases as well (i.e.: pencil cases or anything else!). Check them out here!

Cases are also available at Carousel Kids (or here) in St. Augustine!

ChristinaLynn }i{