Some of you may have noticed that the blog updates have tapered off some and the truth is we’re living what we ‘preach’… and some days it is hard.
Shifting gears from a ‘grown-up’ household to one with 3 young children is taking almost all of my waking moments. I am NOT complaining and I am so VERY thankful for this beautiful mission God has brought to us, at the same time it is exhausting (just being real). I do think over the next couple of months we will settle in even more and maybe blogging can move higher on the priority list, but for right now our family is working double time to win the hearts of these precious ones.
When you care for children who are not yours, and if you get them after certain habits and worldview are instilled in them it makes discipleship even more complicated; then throw in the uncertainty of where they will be in the months to come and interactions with their ‘previous life’, it becomes a very messy and confusing situation…for all of us.
BUT! This is what we are called to, all of us! Life is messy!!! There is no ideal family situation. There is no ideal church, community or job situation; if you are living with or near people there are going to be issues… YOU WILL BE SLIMED!
If you plan on being a witness for Christ and impacting this culture for the sake of Christ’s kingdom, then YOU WILL be in messy situations; your hands will get dirty and from time to time your heart will be broken. If you don’t like hard work, if you don’t like to sweat physically or spiritually, then just sit in your comfy pew and consider the powerful words of Keith Green, “…how can you be so well fed and be so spiritually dead?”
God has called us to good works.
We are not saved BY our good works but FOR good works.
For some of you it may not be meeting the needs of children but rather serving in some other way. The needy are all around us we just have to be willing. I dare say there are more needy adults than there are children!
Yesterday, after the chores and schoolwork were done the children and I made slime.
THE SLIME RECIPE
- 1 1/2 Cup of Warm water, divided
- 1 Teaspoon of Borax
- 1 Bottle (4 oz.) Glue
- Food Coloring
1/2 Cup of Warm Water and 1 Teaspoon of Borax until the Borax is dissolved.
In a separate bowl mix:
1 Cup of Warm Water, Food Coloring, and 4oz. of glue until glue is dissolved.
Add the borax mixture to the glue mixture, mix together and it will turn to slime fairly quickly.
Store it in ziplock bags and it will last a couple of weeks.
DO NOT LET THE CHILDREN PUT IT IN THEIR MOUTHS!
The rule at our house is to keep it at the table…
somehow it has managed to get EVERYWHERE…I do mean EVERYwhere!
It’s highly unlikely that I will make this again, but it was fun for the moment (for them anyway).
It is all the process of winning their hearts,
sometimes we have to do things we don’t like to prove our love.
You can not disciple if you do not have the heart.
If there is less blogging going on,
you’ll know it is because God has slimed our lives with good work to do!