Monthly Archives: May 2017

Landing the Helicopter.

Do you know what a “helicopter mom” is?  I hadn’t heard the word until I went to hear a friend speak to a group of moms at a Mom2Mom meeting.  A helicopter mom or dad is defined as a parent who goes ahead of their child and tries to remove all obstacles so that the child will not have to face adversity in life.

For example, a helicopter parent may manipulate the choosing of the tee ball team so that their child can be with their friends versus just taking a chance for their child to be on whatever team is randomly selected and hate the whole season.

A helicopter parent may become “chummy” with the popular girl’s mother so that their daughter will be invited to the birthday party rather than being left out and having hurt feelings.

This concept goes for both moms and dads, grandparents and just people in general who want things to go their way.  This concept can actually carry through a lifetime.  There is a fine line between “doing” for your kids to be a loving parent and trying to remove all obstacles so that they don’t have to ever suffer.

I didn’t know I had been a helicopter mom until that talk a few years ago and my kids are 27 and 23!  I always thought I was doing what was best for them to try to help them from suffering from things I thought I could control.

But what if God removed all of those obstacles for us and we never had to suffer or never had to shed a tear.  We may think that would be great!  But would we ever depend on Him and get to know Him as our Savior if we never had to go through trials and suffering?

In Mark 2:17, Jesus said it’s not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick.  If we never suffered or had a need, we would never turn to Jesus and we would think everything was in our own doing.  We need to stop “helicoptering” everything around us – for our kids, for ourselves and for others.  We need to trust God to work things out in HIs plan.

As I woke this morning to the rain, I tried to lay real still so that Roger wouldn’t wake and hear it raining because he had plans to get back in the fields today and plant.  Eventually he’s going to wake up and see that it rained!

Maybe there is a reason for the rain.  (Although I’m not quite sure about ALL of the rain we’ve had lately. 🙂 )  But if we truly believe Romans 8:28 that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, then we have to take the bad with the good and quit helicoptering all situations.  It’s time to land the copter and give up the controls to the real Pilot.

Time To Call In The Professionals!

I’m so thankful for professionals.

I don’t have the patience for certain things like, let’s say, carpet cleaning.  That’s why I’m so thankful for professional carpet cleaners.

I don’t have the patience nor the know-how for cooking for large amounts of people.  That’s why I’m so thankful for professional caterers.

I love taking pictures but I certainly don’t have an eye for the creativity of backdrops and people-placement.  That’s why I’m so thankful for professional photographers.

Anything we don’t have time or patience for we can most certainly find someone who has the professional touch to make it happen and make it happen with perfection.

We don’t hesitate to call in the professionals when we need help with things we can’t handle.  So why do we try to handle things ourselves that God could do perfectly?  It’s so much easier to have a professional handle these things rather than us making a mess out of it.

Sometimes we don’t hire a professional because we don’t have the money to do it.  However, in calling on THE Professional One, it doesn’t cost us any money…just our life and 100% trust.

Don’t try to handle IT (whatever IT is any longer) by yourself.  Call in the Professional – the One who knows all, can do all and does it in His perfect timing.

 

Grab A Hairbrush And An Extension Cord!

I sing in the car every morning on the way to work.  I sing at home while cleaning.  I sing when outside mowing.  I just love to sing.  And I gotta admit, when I am singing with Tim and Faith, Carrie Underwood or Lauren Daigle I sound pretty doggone good.  The louder the radio, the better I sound!  I know if any one of them heard me, they would want to sign me up immediately to go on tour with them……or at least be their back up singer!

Singing makes me happy.  Singing makes me smile!  I have always loved to sing and I’m not that good at it but I pretend that I am.  When I was little, my parents bought me a Donnie & Marie record player that had a microphone!  I really could have been the 8th Osmond…..just sayin’.  And when I put Olivia Newton John’s big ole vinyl album on Mom’s gigantic stereo turn table and grabbed the extension cord taped to a hairbrush, there was no stopping me!  I was headed for a record deal!

Of course I’m just kidding and Nashville hasn’t called yet but I do love to sing.  My daughter, Morgan is the same way.  Now we use the Bluetooth® device and put music on and dance around the kitchen, singing at the top of our lungs!  Making memories!

I hope you can start your weekend out with a song and that you can find reason to dance all weekend long!  Roll down the windows; turn up the tunes and grab a hairbrush.  Today is the day to feel joy and relaxation!!   Go ahead … belt it out!

Imperfect Perfection.

I love Natalie Grant.  Her music is awesome and as some of you know, God called me to bring her to little Greensburg, Indiana last year and it absolutely changed my life.  Not because I got to meet her and talk to her and see how genuine she is but because God orchestrated every step of the way and made me realize how much I needed Him and had to trust Him in so many ways during the whole process.  And that HE MADE IT HAPPEN!!

While at her afternoon appearance at a local church, she sang a song I was not familiar with but my daughter loved.  I meant to look up the song but forgot until God brought it to me yesterday.  I have attached the song with the lyrics.  God wants us just as we are.  NO ONE is perfect.  Perfection in this life is impossible.  So we just need to give in, fall on our knees and ask the Perfect One to help us live closer to Him so that in the end we can be made perfect with Him.

I hope your imperfect self has a perfect day leaning on the Perfect One.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7D-ONj8PO8

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