Monday, September 1, 2014

Jumper Cables are AWESOME!!!!

SO my new favorite thing is getting used by God.  

Really I am embarrassed that this is a new thing.  I mean I should have been doing this for years.   Now I have never been used by God to do anything huge, like talk someone off a ledge, or rescue a desperate person.  (At least not that I'm aware of.)  However he did use me once recently to allow someone to jump their car engine off of my car's, and it was AMAZING!  TOTALLY ROCKING MY SOCKS, ORGASMIC AMAZING.  Who knew? Jumper cables?

I was basically driving down my street to pick up my four year old at pre-school.  I didn't have anything to do at home and so I left to get her a little earlier than I needed to.  For no reason.   THAT NEVER HAPPENS!!!

Half way down my block I see a nice looking woman in the middle of the street, looking desperate, and as I drive by, I see her mouth the words, "Can you help me?"  It took me a second to feel the tug, but I did.  So I stopped.  She then explained that her car battery needed a jump, and her phone was dead, and she couldn't get back into the house that she just finished cleaning to use the phone.  She really needed to get somewhere but was stranded.

She had the cables, and she knew how to do it, so all I needed was to pull my car next to hers.  That's it.  That was all God needed for me at that moment.  He didn't ask me to give this woman a ton of money or to feed her entire family.  She just needed another car with a working battery.  How easy is that?!?!?!

I did, and it worked, and she thanked me enthusiastically for helping her.  It was so easy, and I felt so good!!!  I mean really?  That was all it took?  That was all you needed for me at that moment?  WOW. GOD!!!  I should pay more attention!  You know?

Try it!!!!  Meanwhile I am screaming USE ME AGAIN GOD!  I LOVED IT!! (whew!  incredible.)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I am always stressing about my kids...

There are so many things that can go wrong...

So a while ago, before my Mom passed away, I asked her how did she do it.  How did she manage to raise four children and we all turned out decent.  (Not meaning to toot my own horn.)  I mean none of spent time in jail, or flunked out of school, or ended up with serious drug addictions, or really experienced any number of troubles that a lot of kids faced.  I really thought her response would be something along the lines of commenting on how blessed we were, referring really to just random luck or something.

Instead she looked right at me, and almost resentfully admitted, "ON MY KNEES!!!  THAT's HOW I DID IT!!!!"   At first I didn't realize what she meant.  But now as a Mom I am beginning to realize the real need to lift my children in prayer.  Offering them to GOD as HIS, and asking him to continually lead them towards him!  

So I better get busy, after all there are five of them to pray for!!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

I asked God to make me a runner and he has....

Okay I am crazy I know....

I am 37 years old, and had never run a mile in my entire life!!!  I just never had the motivation, or the strength, or the DESIRE.   But something happened in my marriage a year ago that made me really want to become a runner. Both for the health benefits, and just to be able say, "I RUN."  

SO i looked up the couch to 5K program and started working at it.  Then one day I just kept running. I ran around the block and made it to 1 mile!  Instead of stopping though I felt I could keep going.  It was awful! I was in so much pain, but I was PRAYING, to keep going!

Then it happened. I started imagining Mary, yes Mary, the mother of God, running with me! Not wearing her normal long thing. (Whatever that wrapped cloth outfit is called with the veil and everything.) But in work out clothes!  She looked good too!  And she and I ran another mile together.  IT was amazing.  I finished the second mile still feeling good, and just raised my arms right there in the middle of the street, and started praising God for the strength to run two consecutive miles.  

With God all things really are possible!!!  For real! Like no joke.

God Moments Number 1

So I have had so many of these moments, and I really need a place to log them all for my own sake.  So that I can remember that GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS!  At least that was what the last God Moment I had reminded me.  

I was sitting in Mass with my five children.  I have taken them often to mass by myself, and although not easy it is not usually that bad.  But this occasion was exceptionally challenging.  And it was mostly my fault.  

The baby was sleeping in her car seat at my feet for the first few minutes.  My four and six year old kept kicking their feet close to the cars seat and I was gradually flipping out that they were going to wake her.  First I gently reprimanded them not to do that. Then I slowly lost control.  Next squeezing their sweet little legs as tight as I could while sternly looking to warn them a second time that this was unacceptable.  The third time I had to tell them to stop, I tried to discretely duck behind the pew to give them my best hushed reprimand.  Finally I decided to move the sleeping baby's car seat out of reach of them, and guess what....   Yep. She woke up.  UGH!!!!!!! 

It all was down hill from there. I was trying to be a good example to my children by focusing on the Mass and keeping a prayerful posture.  However I was also nursing the now awake baby, coaxing the four year old to keep her dress down and not flash the entire pew her underwear, AND keep the 6 and 8 year old from either laughing out loud or fighting.  I finally lost it. I wanted to scream out loud, but instead I started quietly yelling at God in my head.

"YOUR THE ONE WHO GAVE ME THESE FIVE CHILDREN, AND YOU PROMISED YOU WOULD HELP ME, WHY ARE YOU NOT HELPING ME?!?!?!??!"  Within seconds of me praying this prayer of desperation, a woman two rows behind me comes forward and whispers to me, "Can I help you?"  

WOW! That was fast.  I hate accepting help from other people, but it was so clearly God answering my prayer, that I couldn't refuse.  She looked at my four year old, and invited her to sit with her the rest of the mass, to which she surprisingly agreed.  I was stunned.   

I asked for help and HE put it on one of my friends hearts to offer.  How else did I expect God to help me? Was he going to miraculously change my children right then? Of course not.  But he used my friend to help me, and not only did I feel amazing after that, I think she felt great too.