I was reminded tonight at my Bible study of the verse in Psalm 45 that says, "Be still and know that I am God." We see that verse everywhere, but what we don't realize is that it is in the middle of a Psalm all about how God fights for us in the chaos of the storms of our lives. During the tough times, God is saying, "In your soul, where I dwell, be still and KNOW that I am here with you and will fight for you." We don't have to do the fighting. God is already up at bat for us. So, when the pressures of life mount up like they did today, I can take a step back and remember that if I stop, I can find God already at work in any situation, large or small. I can say, all of these tasks that need to get done, will get done when they need to get done. And if they don't because I choose what is most important or God puts something He thinks is more important to do on my list, then whatever doesn't get done, really didn't need to get done today. I can rest knowing I did my part and God's got the rest. God will show up, we just need to keep looking for Him.
And that's a wonderful thing! Just as wonderful is words coming from my 14 yr old who says, "I don't understand how some kids can say, 'I don't care if I get a D or F in this class because my parents will pay for school anyway.' They need to step it up!" Woah! Is this the same child who fought me tooth and nail last year in homeschool? It's sad that he couldn't apply himself in homeschooling, but at least the seeds we planted are already blooming in his young life. His grades are all over a B+'s. And he's found a buddy in the grade ahead of him, who happens to be the son of my favorite teacher there at the school. So, yeah! And he finally made it through graphing equations! That's where he and I stopped in math last year, lol. Tomorrow, Benaiah is also going to start wearing his santa hat to school everyday, because well, he's like that. Cracks me up. And every day it seems he does something just like his dad, like wearing the Santa hat while out and about, or coughing up snot and spitting it out instead of blowing it out of his nose. Gross, but true. We can't call Benaiah a "mini" me anymore, but he certainly is Jared's clone a lot of the time. Benaiah says he's different than his dad because he is more outgoing and louder and more of a derp than Jared ever has been, and that's certainly true. Crazy kid.
|He's so proud of himself for being a big boy! And yes, he knows how to use the flip top, too.|
|Hugs for his puppy.|