Mary Margaret – You have very good teachers!

I just am captivated by this video.  I am amazed at how God has gifted this little girl and clearly spoken truth to her little heart.  She also clearly has other good teachers…..likely mom and dad.

This makes me reflect on what an amazing privilege it is to participate in the lives of little ones.  Adults in the lives of little ones are teachers.  What an awesome responsibility. What amazing learning vehicles little ones are.  The common phrase is that “they are like little sponges!”  How true that is.  I think about this because in launching this new church and in having a preschool as part of this new ministry, it makes me think about the awesome responsibility we have in educating very young children in this ministry.

How amazing that we can share eternal truths…..those BIG TRUTHS OF GOD….in a way that it can impact the heart and life of little ones who take in these truths with such conviction and commit whole heartedly to their veracity.What an example that we should tell God’s story with every fiber of our being like Mary Margaret does.  She participates in this story…..God’s story……with everything that she is.

I think I could literally watch this eight minute video every day and I am convinced that everyday it would make me smile, it would reawaken my own childlike amazement of the human spirit, of the capacity of learning and committing to God’s Word and Truth, it would nourish me, it would encourage me and it would challenge me.  Yes, I think I will keep this little video close at hand. I need the example of Mary Margaret in my life to remind me of the awesome privilege of being involved in this ministry to children.

Thank you Mary Margaret,  thank you Mary Margaret’s parents…..that you God.

UPDATE:  Wow, I got a comment from Mary Margaret’s mom Lindsey, see the comment below (click on the link that says “1 comment”)!  How fun!  Lindsay  brought up another issue I hadn’t thought of when writing about working with children…… much children teach their teachers and adults around them.  I add a new resolve….to learn from the children of Concordia Preschool each week.

Together is the way to do life.

Today’s Big Truth of God was together we accomplish more or the flip side: You can’t do it alone.

That big truth really resonated with me.  Actually, in talking with people after church as we had coffee, munched on some fruit or a danish and enjoyed the sunshine or watching the kids play on the play structure, it resonated with many!

This week I attended a funeral of a 15 year old godson in Tijuana.  Rosa is the name of the mom. I was the godmother. (you can read more on my Mexico ministry blog: What a sweet thing to have people join you in good times and especially in suffering.  Those of us that were nearby…. we felt we didn’t do anything…..we were still nearby. We sat. We sat for  hours that sometimes stretched into the next day.  We stared. We cried.  The power of togetherness was evident.

Not only do we see God’s love in the human interaction, friendship and family that He gives us to live life together, but it is in this relationship He reminds us that He is with us. He accompanies us … even when everyone else has gone.  He is there.  We are always together with Him.  He calls us to this relationship.  Because we need it……we need Him. 

I am glad for His fellowship, for the fellowship in family, for the fellowship in friends…….even when they don’t say a work but sit with you in silence.  It is good.  It is how life was meant to be….. together.

Lots of things at once….

Multitasking. The story of my life. Two areas of ministry. Two active university aged kids. A mom to help. Lots of things I want to do…..yeah, just like everyone else, my life is full.  I still haven’t gotten back to a rhythm of things after traveling much of July.

Recently I read something about not trying to achieve balance because that is an elusive (read impossible) thing…but rather seek rhythm, recognizing that life is an ebb and flow and not equal parts. There are tensions that are not meant to be resolved but rather managed.

That’s where I live … and life is good. Life is good because God is good. I have peace (something my small group looked at this week) and joy not because my life provides it, but because I can focus on a God who is the author and perfector of life. He does provide balance….. He is balance Himself.  So glad of it.

Another random thing that really caught my attention was a post I read this week about considering the beginning of a new day not the morning when you wake up but when you go to sleep.  This as a reminder that our God who neither sleeps nor slumbers is in control with no help from you, thank you very much.  Here is the idea from this blog:

I heard something I wasn’t aware of for the first time last week. Apparently in the Hebrew world their mindset at how they looked at the structure of a day was quite different than the way we look at it today.

We generally think about a day starting with the sun rising, right? Well, in the Hebrew world, they actually thought of the day as starting the night before. A great reference for this would be…

Genesis 1:19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

The day doesn’t begin with morning; it begins with evening.

I was told the general thought here was this was a reminder of sorts that while you sleep, God is running the world. The day doesn’t start when YOU get up and get going for this day is not dependent on your thoughts, actions, and participation.

God does not sleep, and God gets along just fine without us. It’s a reminder that you can rest at night letting go of your stress, your problems, your issues, your pressures because you have a God who’s got your back even while you sleep.

There is a God, and it’s not you. You can sleep. You can let go.

Proverbs 3: 24 when you lie down, you will not be afraid;  when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

This has given me a fresh perspective as I struggle with my own sleep issues.  Yes, submit to the rhythms of life….God’s got your back.  — Melissa