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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Awesome Mom Story.... 1 more day!!!

Bloggy Moms.... 1 more day to go!!! :)
Here's a great story from my good friend Jaime D!!! Enjoy & be encouraged!!

My boys are both home today (John Peter is sick)…and were playing, packing up their Lighting McQueen suitcases to go on an adventure. They were packing hurriedly, even shoving the just-folded clothes into their luggage which of course, drove me crazy. Fast forward through the mom-gets-angry part to the part where they arrive at their journey. I overhear one say, “Wow! We’re finally here…in Ethiopia, Africa!” My ears perk up. I listen while they pretend to talk to their sister, telling her “We are proud of you, Jane-Grace for waiting so patiently.” My tears start to flow, thinking of how impatient I feel, how sad and how angry I am that we failed court Monday, and that she is not coming home in May. They continue to play, handing her a Dunham pom-pom, books that John Peter wrote for school (where Tom & Jerry go to a haunted house and pray to God when they are scared. Yes I realize how funny this is.), and their favorite George and Martha book. I go into the laundry room to collect myself…ironic, mainly because the laundry room is so chaotic that it is the last place someone should go to clear their head. . I hear Christopher say, “I think I will sing her a lullaby.” (Read my last post.) Then he changes his mind saying, “oh. She doesn’t need one.” I come out from the laundry room and argue with him that she does, in fact, need a lullaby. I glance at the clock reading 12.45…realizing it is almost 9 pm in Addis and she is probably in bed. My heart is sad…Christopher again says, “Mom, she does NOT need a lullaby.” It strikes me not as him being obstinate (at it normally would from my son, so much like me), but instantly I think, “isn’t there a verse about God singing over us”? I found it in Zephaniah 3.17:

Do not fear;
Zion, let not your hands be weak.

17 The LORD your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
18 “ I will gather those who sorrow over the appointed assembly,
Who are among you,
To whom its reproach is a burden.
19 Behold, at that time
I will deal with all who afflict you;
I will save the lame,
And gather those who were driven out;
I will appoint them for praise and fame
In every land where they were put to shame.
20 At that time I will bring you back,
Even at the time I gather you;
For I will give you fame and praise
Among all the peoples of the earth,
When I return your captives before your eyes,”
Says the LORD.

Sometimes being a mom isn’t what you teach your children. It isn’t what you say. It is allowing the powerful word of God to speak to you…sometimes thru your children. Being a Mom is learning to have faith like a child. Faith to pack a suitcase before the tickets have been booked. Faith to grab a pom-pom to cheer for the victory before the whistle blows. Faith to know when to sing, and faith to know when the song has already been sung. Sometimes Mary sang a song…and sometimes she shut her mouth and pondered these things in her heart.

Jaime's Blog


  1. Wow. I am in tears. What a beautiful story. I hope that as we draw nearer (after we get a referral) I will be able to see God through my children and draw strength from them like this woman did. She will be in my prayers.

  2. I needed that today when I can't put either of my kids down, when Micah is sick again, and when I have gotten maybe 4 hours of sleep a night for 5 days. If I stop my mind and just listen, I can hear Jesus singing over me as he did the days we failed court, the days I ached for the baby who is finally asleep on my bed, the days when I was so tired in a different way.
    You got it, Jaime! He's always singing over you and sweet Burtu... always.

  3. what a beautiful perspective and story!

    thank you so much for your encouragement! love those verses and it is exactly what i need to hear! God is so amazing in you!


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