Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us that there is a season for everything. I’m glad our seasons include laughing and crying, embracing and refraining from embracing, mourning and dancing. He gives us seasons of joy that counter our seasons of difficulty.
Today, we’re going to focus on the season for laughing and the season for embracing as we share 3 videos that will melt your momma heart big time and leave you laughing, as well!
ENJOY! And let us know which is your favorite!
A Unique Connection
As a unique experiment, Pandora met with 6 moms, blindfolded their children and brought them in one at a time. What happens next will bring tears to your heart!
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Living on a Prayer or Livin’ for the Share? Maybe a little of both!
Because every mom has to get a family picture she can share! Let us know if this is anything like your attempts at the perfect, shareable family photo!
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What moms say! LOVE this fast and fun parody by Anita Renfroe! Tell us… how many of these things have you said in the last 24 hours?
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By the way, I wrote a Bible study on Ecclesiastes that really helps us focus on what matters most even in the midst of messy diapers, overflowing laundry baskets, piles of dishes, baseball practice, doctor appointments and colicky babies.
Understanding What Matters Most – a 6 Week Study through Ecclesiastes. Sit at Solomon’s feet and discover how to really live for eternity and make this life count for what matters most.
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“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come” (John 2:4 NLT).
Hurry. Hurry! Hurry!! Life is so often a big hurry!
After our children are born we can’t wait for them to sleep through the night. Then we are anxious for them to sit up. Then to crawl. Then to walk. It is so exciting to watch for the next milestone in their development, but often we look too far into the future. It is easy to push our children along too quickly without waiting for God’s timing.
When my first son, Luke, was a toddler, I got a call from the church children’s worker informing me that he had thrown a toy all the way across the large nursery room. I guess I should have been concerned that someone would get hurt, but all I could think was, “Wow, that kid has a great arm!”
Visions of future football games, cheering crowds, and college scholarships stampeded through my head like a herd of charging linebackers. I quickly needed to tackle my mind as I realized I had all but signed him up for private training – and he was only nine months old!
Don’t we all do this? We recognize God-given talents in our children and automatically we want to hurry to help them attain our dreams. It’s not wrong to encourage our children in a certain direction where they may be able to use their gifts and talents, but we must make sure we are following God’s leading and waiting for His timing.
Another mother – in the Bible – did this, too. From the time Mary conceived, she knew that her child was the Son of God. Wow! Can you imagine having a perfect and holy child? Fully believing in Who He was and what He could do, Mary must have been anxious for Jesus to reveal Himself to the world.
One day the time seemed right to her. Mary, Jesus, and His disciples were attending a wedding in Cana of Galilee. While they were celebrating the wine ran out. Mary came to her Son and told Him of their hosts’ pending faux pas. His answer was surprising. “Dear woman, that’s not our problem, . . . My time has not yet come.”
Jesus was gently reminding His mother that His life was timed by the purposes of God and not the purposes of the world. We know from the rest of the story that Jesus did, in fact, respond to the crisis and turned plain water into the most delicious wine. But it was clear that he was more intent on following His Father’s schedule than anyone else’s – even His loving mother’s.
My son, Luke, did have a very successful high school athletic career, but God provided for college in a different way. Instead of pursuing a sports-focused involvement, he became involved in serving international students and teaching them about Christ. I am so glad I didn’t push too hard for my plans, but rather let God lead in His timing.
In what areas are you hurrying your child along too quickly? Spend some time today asking God to show you where you need to wait for Him. Because in God’s plan there is no time for hurry!
Anxious to be independent? I couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel in high-school. Learning to drive meant I no longer had to wait on my parents to take me where I wanted to go. Always in a hurry, not willing to miss a single thing, having keys meant having control.
For most teens, middle school and high school is a time of hormone-crazed emotions mixed with future-impacting decisions. If we haven’t already, these years are a great time to begin helping our kids learn the importance of seeking God’s direction. Even if we ourselves are just learning to consult God with the choices we make, we can learn to take these new steps with our kids!
But, if we throw out quick answers such as ask “Just ask God,” we can leave our children feeling frustrated, fearful and filled with more questions than they had before! We need to do more than throw out pat answers; together, we can help teach our children how to hear from God.
Knowing my desire to be in control as well as becoming a new driver, my mom compared listening to God to driving a car. I listened up, and it helped me to learn to hear His voice.
You can try this beginning explanation with your child as well. Open the door for a great conversation on your next road trip or errand to the store by using the concepts behind driving. Start a discussion using a simple script:
Heading somewhere new, your eyes naturally dart back and forth as you approach an intersection. Looking for landmarks and street signs as clues you’re heading in the right direction, you proceed forward, all the while glancing up at the light for any changes.
If the light stays green, you keep going. Maybe you even speed up. A yellow light clues you in to cautiously head forward, yet you’re preparing to stop if the light turns red. If the streetlight does turn red, your foot applies pressure to the breaks, bringing your car to a complete stop.
These steps are a simple way to begin learning to hear from God.
Keeping your eyes and ears open; constantly look for God’s direction. If you’re experiencing His peace and your decision is consistent with His word, keep going! Uneasiness or lack of clarity might be God’s way of saying, “Slow down. Proceed with caution.” If the red light of your heart warns you to stop, you feel uneasy or lack peace; go no further. Wait until you sense the right way to go by searching for direction in God’s word, through the advice of a godly mentor or through an inner peace you recognize as the Holy Spirit.”
While this may seem completely feelings based, this simple illustration can be a beginning to teaching your child how to listen and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Albert Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
I don’t call that insanity.
I call it faith.
There’s a story in the gospel of Luke where Jesus is sitting in Simon Peter’s boat speaking to a crowd along a lakeshore. When he finishes preaching, he tells Simon to put the boat out into deep water and let the nets down for a catch.
“Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets’” (Luke 5:5).
Can’t you just picture Simon rolling his eyes? Oh, come ON, Jesus, we already spent the entire night on this useless boat and I’m telling you, the fish aren’t biting. Been there, done that, ain’t gonna happen.
Again and again, Simon and his fishing buddies had tossed out their smelly old net with no results. Eventually, they decided the fish had won this round, rowed back to shore—probably exhausted—and washed out their fishing gear. Time to go home and eat breakfast, right? So why does Simon drag his net back out anyway?
Because Jesus said so.
And look what happens.
“When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink” (Luke 5:6–7).
Wow! Jesus didn’t only give Simon what he hoped for—a net full of fish—but two boats filled with fish. So many fish, the darn boats couldn’t handle the load!
Peter could’ve chosen to tell Jesus no—there’s no point in rowing out again. But he didn’t. He trusted him even when the circumstances appeared fruitless. So Jesus rewarded Simon for his faith by giving him immeasurably more than he could ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
What are you asking God for right now?
Where in your life are you tossing out your net time after time with no results?
For my fellow moms who hauled their tired limbs out of bed every 90 minutes last night—and the night before, and the night before—to feed a hungry baby who still can’t smile. You’re just waiting for that first three-hour stretch of sleep, glorious sleep.
Or the mother who juggles the physical and emotional demands of caring for a special needs child. Day after day, you pour out your heart with little return.
Are you doing the hard work of repairing a hurting marriage?
Or praying—every—single—day—for your prodigal child? For miraculous healing? For two pink lines to appear on that stick, even though month after month of infertility tells you it’s not going to happen. This will never change.
That’s not insanity.
Because at any moment, God could decide—today is the day. I’m going to fill your nets so full, your boat won’t be big enough to carry all my blessings.
“For nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).
Do you want to know the most interesting part of this story? In the end, after Simon had caught the biggest haul of his life—a catch that probably could’ve earned him a month’s or even a year’s worth of wages—he chose to walk away from it all.
“Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.’ So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him” (Luke 5:10b–11).
In our family life, we think we’re waiting for the big haul of fish—for the baby to sleep through the night, for the wayward child to behave, for the illness to heal or the marriage to be restored. We imagine that’s the goal, the answer to so many hard-fought prayers.
But Jesus says, not so. He has something more important in mind.
A chance to follow him.
Maybe the purpose of your “insanity” is to draw you closer to your Savior. To discover how he fills your needs and knows everything you don’t know. Whatever your challenge is, even as you get up again tomorrow and face it all over again, will you trust him? Will you believe that one day he’s going to fill your net beyond capacity? Then maybe, just maybe, when that gift is in your hands, you’ll realize it’s nothing, really—compared to knowing the Giver.
Photos by the lovely and talented Carol Grandlienard