Note from Erin: My friend Courtney is sharing her heart with you today. I have talked about Courtney before, but here’s a little bit of background. She is the super talented creator behind Lil Light o’ Mine ABC scripture cards, which are just one of my absolute favorite things for kids and families. She also writes a beautiful blog for moms and I encourage all of you to check in with her daily because she has some real wisdom to share. She has a heart for the Lord and for raising families in the word.
So, in my house. It’s a battle of some strong wills. We have three girls with serious personality and a gracious dad who just holds us altogether somehow.
Some days, it’s Larson’s world and we’re all living in it.
Some days, it’s Ella’s world and we’re living in it.
(Not sure where these poses are coming from – that’s another post.)
Some days, it is DEFINITELY mom’s world and you better live in it or else…
Very few days, it’s poor daddy’s world… like Father’s Day and his birthday.
And, the sooner everyone figures out the game plan or whose will is stronger on that day – the smoother we are operating. It is funny to me that I am writing this for public viewing and admitting it.
In my head and my heart, I know that the easiest way would be to surrender control and the reigns to God. I have these same battles with Him. I believe I’m more capable of the timeline and the plan and the tiny details of our lives. Then, something will happen that lets me know LOUD & CLEAR that nope, in fact, it’s God world and we are living in it.
A huge storm, a death, my plan destroyed, an unexpected blessing, a better plan exposed and it stops my breath for a minute. It shows me over and over again that TRUSTING in something bigger than myself is the only way to go. Why would I ever want to miss what God has planned for those that love Him?
I can see this truth pan out as I try to parent these little wild women. I know what’s best for them. And, there are days they just need to trust me and I will lead them. There are days I am just being headstrong and I just need to let them choose.
Recently, I believed they were going to be the world’s most elite dancers in America because I LOVED dancing and I didn’t get to be a Rockette. That’s great parenting, right? I was ready to sign them up for Fall dance lessons.
So, naturally they want to be gymnasts.
So, who wins this life-threatening decision for a 5-year-old and 3-year-old this Fall? They do.
I want the recitals, the studio, the costumes and the moments. Those little boogers want to be Gabby and Aly and flip and twirl and swing and jump. They are passionate and begging. So, we marched up to that gym and signed them up for their one activity for Fall. Gymnastics!
This won’t be the last time we wrestle through their will, my will and His will. This time, the stakes weren’t very high. Sometimes, the stakes will be very high.
It’s “Strong Willed City” at our house!
What about yours?
(Related link: Helpful sermon I’ve heard on the will of God [personal will vs moral will] by Andy Stanley and Jeff Henderson with North Point Ministries. http://www.northpoint.org/messages/game-plan)