Last weekend Lucy spoke in church. It was her first time and true to Lucy form, she did NOT want any help preparing. She did tell me about some things she was thinking about how she feels God’s love in her life (that was her topic) and I helped her remember a couple ideas but that’s it, door was closed and she told me “I’ve got this, mom.” I figured that was pretty awesome but I have to admit, Dave and I were a little wide-eyed looking at each other before church when she spilled out what she planned on saying because I’ll just say it was a tad bit discombobulated. But oh how proud I was of that girl as she stood up on that stand, confident and articulate as ever, relating a couple great stories and ending with such a beautiful testimony of Christ.
Oh that girl sure is a spitfire but it’s sure going to get her places in life. But her love of God and understanding of His love of her, unconditionally, will get her even more places.
There is SO much going on with Claire and volleyball. Boy this girl is eat, walk, talk, sleeping volleyball these days. And we are all LOVING it (except for the part that means she’s gone all the time!). She’s so fun to watch not only here:
But also on the bench. I’ll try to get some good pictures, but she is like a brilliant light just jumping up and down cheering that team on. She got cut when she tried out for cheerleader in junior high, but maybe this kind of cheerleading is a better fit for her anyway. Ha!
These are highlights. And I feel like I should remind readers that right alongside these things that are gleaming and good there are of course, deep worries and concerns. We all have them, big or little, some are life-encompassing and some come and go. Some I can share freely here, and some I cannot. So I love to think about the power of kindness. Because we all need it to get through.
I took a screenshot of this post ages ago and think about often, it is a beautiful thought…
(***post-edit note, just found out the custom in this original post…not sure where it started and how far it’s come to get to this point… isn’t actually factually verified and the picture isn’t actually depicting what it says it is. Darn it, not sure why people do that but I’m still leaving it here because I do so love the thought of how kindness can change us. How awesome if we did this in our families whether it’s true or not?)
I taught my primary class last week about forgiveness. I told them the story based around my screenshot (which I now realize isn’t really factual, but the power of kindness is!). We talked about what can be done if someone does something wrong and related it to real life. We can shun someone who wrongs us or who is mean to us, or we can build them and tell them what we love about them. The later option is what makes us all stronger. That’s the one we should strive to choose.
Because really, isn’t that what life is all about? Learning from the mistakes we make? Oh, we make so many! But those mistakes, even the big ones, have the power to make us stronger. Have the power to connect us more fully to God in our humility. And I think that’s such a beautiful thing to remember.