Learning to Wait

Bible Thought Thursday

 

How long, O LORD- Will you forget me

 

I almost giggled at this verse. It seems melodramatic. it sounds like my preschoolers in the midst of a tantrum.

 

I’m going to my room and I’m not coming out FOREVER!

 

And yet, this was David, a man after God’s own heart, and here he was, like a child demanding what he wanted from God – Now!

How often do we as adults find it difficult to wait on things – the cashier at the market, your child getting dressed on a busy morning, a red light at an intersection.  We live in a world of instant gratification and we expect God to work the same way.

We ask, he gives, life is good. But we see the now, and he sees the full picture. And yet, we feel as though we have been forgotten, unloved, when he does not give into our desires the instant we express them.

Patience is not an easy thing to learn.  Not with traffic, in lines, with (or for) our children, or even with God.

God’s plans are so much greater than our desires. And when we trust in his goodness and love and wait on him, we will see the blessings of God.  Maybe not in the way we desire, but so much more than we could have ever imagined.

That is the thing, what we thin we need now, God knows if we get it we will miss something greater later on.  He shows us great love in not giving into our demands, but holding out for what is best for us.

 

 

But I trust in your unfailing

 

 

 

Lord;

I thank you that you do not give me all I desire, but you do give me all that I need. I will trust in your providence – take hope in your mercy – and find peace in your unfailing love.

~ Amen

 

 

Have you ever experienced God’s love in his silence?

 

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Lessons to be Learned @ Family Movie Night

Family Friday

 

Anyone with children will know that children get attached to their movie characters.  They will watch a movie until you desperately wish to not be able to hear.

But here is what I love about kid’s movies… they come ready made with life lessons and mom’s and dad’s just need to take the opportunity to talk them out with their little ones.

Below are six of my daughter’s favorite movies and the life lessons one can learn (some have many more than one, and will be expanded on in time; I’m just choosing what I feel is the main idea).

 

Turbo

 

Summary: Turbo is about a snail, who dreams of racing in the Indy 500.  Like all snails, he’s a bit slow in speed, that is until a freak accident infuses him with gasoline causing him to become fast. Not faster than a snail, but faster than most automobiles.

Lesson: Turbo has big dreams (just like human counterpart Tito- who wants to take his brother’s taco business to the next level), that seems out of reach.  Everyone tells him that he can’t.  He’s a snail, he’s limited to what a snail can do.  But Turbo does not give up and he races and wins the Indy 500.

Even when things seem impossible, do not give up. Always go for your dreams.

 

 

The Croods

 

Summary: This is easily one of the cutest movies ever made. Eep, her mom and dad, and brother and sister are… well… cave people.  The cave is their home, the cave is their protector…and with a healthy dose of fear heaped on them by their father, they plan on keeping it that way.  Eep wants more than the walls of the cave.  She wants to know what is really so dangerous about the great big world outside.

 

Eep meets Guy and his pet sloth, Belt.  She is informed that the world is changing and those who don’t seek hire ground are going to meet their end.  Eep convinces her family to make the move, and the journey begins.

Lesson: Simply put, change and going into the unknown is scary.  It is okay to be afraid.  That feeling helps us to be cautious, it helps us to remain safe.  But we also can not allow fear to hold us back because what lies before us could be so much better than what we’re leaving behind.

 

 

Monsters University

 

Summary: Mike Wazowski has his eye set on a job as a scarer at Monsters Inc.  The only way to get there is through a degree in the scaring program at Monsters University.  College wasn’t what Mike had expected.  No believes he is cut out to be a scarer because of how he looks.

James “Sulley” Sullivan is the son of a legend and expects to ride those coat tails to graduation.  To his surprise things don’t work that way.

Now both Mike and Sulley find themselves facing expulsion from school and these unlikely friends team up to fight and keep themselves in school.

Spoiler: They still get expelled

Lesson: In most movies, the heroes come through in the end and win the day.  This didn’t happen for Mike and Sulley but we learn in the credits that they instead went and got jobs in the mail room of Monsters Inc.  They showed what they’re worth and worked their way up to the scare floor… and thanks to Monsters Inc.  We know that they became the stuff of legends.

What a better lesson to teach a child than that plan A is not always going to work out and that it is good to have a plan B, plan C…plan Z so that even when one door closes they can still find a way to achieve their dream.

The Lorax

 

Summary: Ted lives in an artificial world, Thneadville, where they even have someone who delivers bottled air like the Culligan man delivers giant bottles of water. Ted has a crush, Aubrey, and Aubrey’s one dream is to see a real Truffula Tree.

The problem is, there are no more trees. Grammy tells Ted about a man named, The Onecler, who lives outside of town. Ted goes to see this man and he tells his story.

He set off to make his fortune with his family telling him how he’ll fail as he leaves.  He comes to a forest of truffula trees and cuts one down to use the tops to knit a thnead (it’s a fine thing that all people need).  From the tree stump pops The Lorax, who has one job, to speak for the trees.

Through the story and his own fight with Mr. O’Hair, Ted learns the value of taking care of the natural world.

Lesson:  I’m sure everyone is expecting the lesson to be that nature is important and we should take care of it, and yes that is one point that the movie makes but the bigger lesson is that we need to stand up for those who can’t.  We can not sit idly by and watch as the wrong things happens again and again.

It’s great to be able to stand up for yourself, it’s even better if you can stand up for one who can’t stand up for themselves.

 

Rio

 

 

Summary: Taken from his tropic home as a baby bird and dropped off the back of a truck in minnesota, Blue Macaw, Blu, lives a cushy life with his bookstore owning human.  That is until a strange man from Rio comes in and announces that he may be the last male of his species and they need to come to Rio right away.

A theft at the bird sanctuary puts Blu, and Jewel (the female Blue Macaw from the sanctuary) on the adventure of a lifetime… oh yeah and Blu doesn’t fly.

 

Lesson: In one of the end scenes Jewel’s wing has been injured, she can’t physically fly, while Blu’s flightless life is all in his head.  Jewel falls from the plane and without hesitation Blu jumps after her. He catches her and finds his flight.

 

 

Frozen

 

 Summary: As children Elsa hurt Anna.  It was an accident.  Elsa has powers she doesn’t understand and has no idea how to control.  Fear kept her isolated.  Elsa wanted to keep Anna safe, and Anna wanted her sister Elsa.

A fight sets off a snow storm thanks to Elsa’s uncontrolled abilities and she retreats to the mountains.  Anna can’t let her sister go and goes after her.

Lesson:  Elsa lives in so much fear that she doesn’t understand that allowing love in is what will help her control her abilities.  Rely on your family, one does not need to deal with their struggles and fears alone.

As I have said some of these movies I could do whole posts on what these movies teach (and I might just do that with each of my daughter’s favorite movies) but that is for another time.

What kid’s movie do you think teaches the best life lesson? 

Please share the movie title and this life lesson in the comments below

I Don’t Feel 4!!!

 

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Yesterday my daughter learned a hard lesson.  She learned that growing up means sacrifice.  But she also learned that as we have to give things up, new, more exciting things come along.

We were at my in-laws house and they have a swing set there.  Two swings are regular board seats, and one is for babies.  Ewok likes the baby swing.  But yesterday she could no longer fit in it.  The buckle just would not latch with her sitting in the seat.

The water works started as I explained to her that she’s growing up.  She’s getting taller, stronger, and older.

Ewok looked right into my eyes as exclaimed; “mommy, I don’t feel four!”

I explained she might not feel any different, but she was, she was changing everyday. And then I offered to teach her how to swing on the “big kid” seats.  This appealed to her.

 

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I must say she did far better at that than I did last night when my husband attempted to teach me to drive a stick shift in his ’85 Ford Ranger.

Things to Teach My Children: #1 – It Is Not Failure

My family is blessed to have a home on a dead end street.  That means the street is quiet, no one travels it unless they live on the street or know someone who does.  Ewok enjoys being able to ride her bike up and down the sidewalk and play in the front yard as well as the backyard.

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Today, Ewok wanted to play with her bat and ball.  They are a simple plastic set, almost like a waffle ball without wholes in it (so not really a waffle ball, jut a hollow plastic ball).

First I pitched to her and she swung at the ball – even hitting it on the occasions I managed to get it near her.  All my years playing softball, I was never a pitcher, and that is still obvious why I was never given that position.  I can throw a ball a good distance with decent accuracy.  However, close range, my aim is horrible.  Alayna thankfully hasn’t inherited my aim.

She handed me the bat and she pitched a few at me.  Then it was time for me to make lunch for us.  She wanted to keep playing so I showed her that you can throw the ball into the air and then swing the bat as the ball fell.

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When she first started trying it seemed like she was trying to feed the tree in the front yard.  She would throw it up and the ball would bounce around in the branches and leaves and land no where near here.

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Now my daughter has a touch of drama queen.  Okay, not a touch… she has a full dose of drama queen in her, and when the ball wasn’t coming down where she wanted it to land she would get upset,

She would stomp her feet and exclaim

I will never be able to do it!!

She sees these imperfections in her undeveloped abilities as failures. I want her to see them as one step closer to success.  Being able to look at what went wrong,  learn from it, and adjust.

These are skills we all need from childhood until death knocks at our door.  I want my children to know that not succeeding at something is not failure; it is a chance to learn.  It is only failure when you become defeated and give up.

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I finally convinced my little Ewok to give it another chance.  And after a few more misses she connected.  It went behind her and she had to fish it out of the bush.  But to see her proud little face when she finally hit the ball when pitching to herself; lets me know that pushing her to not accept defeat was the right move.

 Failure is all in how we look at it, our confidence is built by our attitude towards the struggles we may face.

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