Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Out of the Mouth of Babes...

I've really been struggling with the whole "work life balance" thing since starting my new position. Seems there is not enough time to learn everything I need/want to learn and still maintain margin for home-life. Last night was particularly difficult as I struggled to get home before 7:00. The kids were already done eating and getting ready for bed. I walk in and though I was excited to see them, had very little energy to go along with it. Then there is Nicole, who's been with them all day and has no energy left herself and is just looking for me to give her a bit of a break and perhaps some notion that she is still important to me.

So we proceeded to finish up bath time and continue with our Bible time. The kids love this time and if for some reason we are out late and try to cut it out, they often ask for Bible Time because they love it so much. So last night we were talking about how God protects us. We used Moses in the basket as the example of how God protected Moses. Each of us shared times when we've known God's protection for us. Then I asked the kids to pray and thank God for His protection.

Owen loves to pray. He often says the best prayers and I learn so much from listening to him. He talks to God as if God is His best friend (shouldn't we all); He keeps his prayers simple and to the point. So last night while he was praying he was thanking God for protecting him during a recent fall on his bike... and went on to ask, "help us remember that nothing is too hard if you help us."

I'm not sure where this came from other than by divine inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It didn't seem to fit with the prayer, but it was exactly what I needed to hear. Nothing is too hard. And God used my son to remind me of that. Not this job, not this life, not a bike spill, not any challenge. What an awesome reminder and refreshment to my soul.

"From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise"
Psalm 8:2

1 comment:

Sonia said...

Jim -It's Sonia! Long time no see. I had no idea you had a blog. I see it's been awhile, but I hope you get back to it. These are wonderful insights, and I was truly blessed by everything that I read.

Sending prayers that you, Nicole, and your family are enjoying this beautiful day that He created, that He continues to draw all of you close, and that He gives you a perfect peace that carries you through whatever storms lie ahead.

May God bless you always!