Loosing teeth and multitasking

My 9 year old has lost 3 teeth since Friday! He’s growing so fast.

I was thinking about how loosing our teeth may be one of God’s ways of saying, “You have to be humbled before you can be lifted up.” We go from strong, meat ripping teeth, to gums, funny faces and childish lisps before we get permanently strong chompers. Even when our strong, permanent meat-rippers come in, and we think we’re strong and grown up, as Brennan Manning wrote:

… God has ordained the later days of our lives to look shockingly similar to that of our earliest: as dependent children. -from All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir

There’s a debate in our house about whether multitasking is a skill or a disability.

Some say I’m not a good multitasker and I should work on being a better one.  I SAY that, I said that last night, and then went looking for data on how to improve your multitasking ability.

What I found would have seemed self-serving if I had set out to find proof that being a multitasker is not a good thing.  I’m really not trying to present evidence to justify my tendency to forget things, burn dinner while balancing my checkbook, and get frustrated when I’m talking on the phone and someone in the room asks me if the dinner I’m cooking is just for me or for everyone.   Honestly, I was beginning to believe that I really have a problem, some mental illness or vitamin deficiency.  But what I found is overwhelming proof that I don’t multitask well because my brain isn’t designed to multitask well.  

I found that multitasking really disables one’s ability to any of the multiple things they are doing really well.  So for the person who prides themselves on being a great multitasker, the science says they would be so much more excelling at the multiple tasks they are trying to do at once if they would concentrate better on one task at a time.  I also found that these people in my life who I’ve idolized as great multitaskers are actually probably great task jugglers.  They really are only doing one task at a time but are able to quickly and efficiently switch from one task to another without “dropping” any.

So I’ve diagnosed myself with trying to juggle too many things at once secondary to a weakness in concentration.  If I actually learn to limit the amount of tasks I’m juggling, check my calendar first thing every morning and PUT things on my calendar (not on random pieces of paper), make lists and give one task my full attention, I should be able to switch to another task without dropping the first one… or burning it.  I could also do with a little bit of mental fitness and memory training!

I have a LOT of things I want to do.  Maybe I need to get a list journal…

Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.- Jim Elliot


today’s the big day

Today is the first day of school in this house!

I know, you’re wondering where we live that the 1st day of school begins in February. We live here, in America, but we’ve been walking a different path. The Spirit’s led us down a path of homeschooling this past year, requiring faith and obedience on my part. And now He’s leading us down the path of public schooling, requiring faith and obedience on my part too!

Today I’m trusting in these promises:

  • The LORD is building this house and my children are a gift from HIM, so I can trust Him even when I’m not present and I don’t need to eat the bread of sorrows. Psalm 127
  • I am a servant of the Lord, my righteousness is from Him, and He promises that some of my heritage from Him is that He will be my children’s teacher and their peace. Isaiah 54:13 and 17
  • I don’t have to pretend that I’m not concerned or don’t have complaints about the way things are going, instead I can pour them out to the One who created the Universe and died both for me and my children. Psalm 142, 1 Peter 5:6-7.

Oh mighty hand of God who calls me His daughter! You know me inside and out. Nothing is hidden from You! Lead me today in YOUR path! Set your angels guard over the two souls You’ve entrusted to my care! Build them up today Lord. Teach them. Be their peace. For YOUR glory. Give me sensative ears to YOU today, not to my emotions, but to YOU. And I ask for wisdom in the decisions I seek to make today concerning the kids and work and home and husband. Lead me through the darkness Lord with the light of Your word and Spirit!

Redeeming the time

A prayer for Ryland

Today was my baby’s first soccer game! He’s such a baby to me. His voice is so small…I grab every smooch from his cute face I can get in a day!!!

Today as I watched him a little reservedly join his team I got to see a glimpse of the way (you know, train up a child in the way they should go…) Ryland was designed by God to go. My little guy’s a leader. He put his reservations behind him, marched out there to join his team of under sixers (who are all 5-6…he’s the only 3 year old!) and said real loud, “NOBODY TOUCH THE BALL WITH YOUR HANDS!!!” Then he realized everybody was looking at him and he shrugged his shoulders and stuck his hands up in the air as though he were saying, “I don’t know!”

I pray Ryland would know God has not given him a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind. I pray he would not shrink back from speaking the truth in love and being an example in faith and in life as he follows Jesus even if he is the youngest person in the bunch!

Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the

believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

-1Timothy 4:12

Nurture and Admonition in a Journal

After reading a post by Lindafay over at Higher Up and Further In about how she started having her children start their own prayer journal, and after listening to the advice of a sister from my church about having my kids color or draw pictures of the stories or books (Bible or otherwise) they listened to as I read, I started doing the following with my boys.
I purchased a couple composition books from Walmart and during our daily morning routine of listening to God’s word, either being read by me or a teaching I heard online, I have the boys draw pictures of something they hear.
At first they just made stick figures of images that had nothing to do with what was being read or talked about from scripture. But within a month they’ve really developed a skill of listening and narrating through drawings what they hear. They’ve also come to really treasure their “prayer books” and grab them up quickly along with a pencil when I say, “Okay guys, meet me in the office, let’s worship Jesus together!”

The picture above is from my 5 year old. After the teaching was over, which was about Abraham and Sarah that day, I asked him what he drew. He told me, “This is Sarah and the three men and one was God’s Angel, and this is her in the tent and she was laughing.” I wrote “Sarah laughed” at the top of the page and put the date on it. But since then I’ve started writing their exact quote along with the date at the top of the page. This is a drawing from my 3 year old after a reading about Moses. He told me afterwards, “I want to pray for a Moses doll.”

These books are worth more than gold! I’m praying that they’ll be a treasured record of the nurturing and admonition God is doing in their little hearts.

What about you? Do you do anything special with your kids during “Bible time”?

***For more ideas or thoughts on teaching our kids God’s word you can visit my Timothy Moms blog.***