Monday, September 22, 2014

Meet My Pal Nicole!

Monday, September 22, 2014

She is a strong, encouraging woman of faith with a blog that can be found here.

Nicole emailed me this fantastic post and asked me to share it! Thank you Nicole for sharing your thoughts with us!

My little guy started 4K this week.  He’s been so excited about school for so many years and it was finally his turn to go.  He loved every minute of the first day and couldn’t wait to go back for more the next day.  On his second day I had to work in the afternoon and the kids would need to be at the babysitter’s until family could pick them up.  I had Tater ride the bus from school to the sitter’s house.  Unbeknownst to him I watched him get on the bus from the school parking lot and then drove to the sitter’s and watched him get off safely.  (I did have to blow my cover at this point since he left his backpack on the bus!)  I gave him a squeeze and he stayed with our sitter for the very first time.  They had only met briefly about 10 days beforehand but he was excited to play!  After I got to work a few hours later I was sent this picture of Nathan zonked out on our sitter’s lap:

Photo: One reason I love babysitting! Cuddled up and fast asleep within seconds, he had FUN at school today!

Tater’s peace and tranquility got me thinking.  Trust.  Look at the amount of trust that he was able to place in our brand new babysitter.  He had met and spoken with her for a total of five minutes before the day he hopped on a bus and went to her house for the afternoon.  Yet he still was able to lay down on her lap and snuggle in for a nice nap without any hesitation.

I went through my day and counted multiple times that I have to put my trust in someone or something else.  The alarm clock, the other drivers on the road, my coworkers, my husband, my kids, my family, friends and often complete strangers.  Think about a trip to the grocery store.  You get in your car and trust that all of the drivers around you will follow the rules of the road, stopping when they need to and staying in their own lanes.  Without trust in them you wouldn’t be able to get to the store.  Driving is a constant trust in complete strangers.

How is it that we can so easily put our trust in someone, even someone we don’t even know?  If we’re able to trust so many people throughout the course of the day, are we putting our trust in God too?  Often God is the hardest for us to trust.  His paths for our life often don’t line up with our ideas and this is when it’s most important to trust.  Jeremiah 29:11 says “”For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.””

He has created a plan for you, a plan that is good and a plan that will help further His Kingdom.  Although it may be hard to understand, we do need to follow.  I have found in the darkest of times, when I feel that I have been given the wrong path and it’s hardest to trust in Him, I come out of the darkness into a light beyond anything I could have expected.  The blessings abound on the other side of the struggle.  The only way to get through is to trust in Him.  

Dear God, please allow us to give our hearts to you.  To give you our complete trust, knowing that the path you have set for us is one that is good and true to your kingdom.  Help us to follow you with an open heart to accept any challenges that might face us, knowing that there are blessings on the other side.  With our praises, Amen!

I hope that you will be able to put your full trust in God just as you’re able to do with so many others during the course of a day.  Let him be your snuggle spot when you get tired!

That is such a truth there. The best thing we can do when we are weary and heavy laden is to go to our Father and rest there! Thank you for a great reminder here, Nicole!

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