It was just another Summer morning with me trying to keep the kiddos entertained and lets face it keeping my sanity. This morning, we were going to try making slime. What I did not realize was what God was going to reveal to me through this activity. We used the recipe that used Contact Solution.
4oz Elmer’s Glue (we used the clear glue)
½ tbsp. of Baking Powder
1 tbsp Contact Solution
Any color Food Coloring
Mix together in a bowl and more contact solution can be used to make it less sticky and manageable.
Helpful Mom Tip: (store in a sealable sandwich bag and the slime can be played with later.)
This activity kept my kids entertained for a while. The more the kids played with the slime, the more God started to reveal to me how he is just like the contact solution used to make the slime/gak. Let’s face it motherhood gets sticky, motherhood gets messy but God’s word makes things less sticky and more manageable. God never says life will be easy but He does say he will never leave us or forsake us. He is always with us and this only happens when we continue to stay in “Contact” with Jesus and God’s word. The simplest of activities with your children can be turned into teachable lessons on God’s word and God’s goodness. So mom make some fun slime/gak moments with your children and remain in “Contact” with God’s word.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. John 15:4
A man who endures trials is blessed, because when he passes the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
When being out of flour leads to talking to your four-year-old about praying. We never know what God is going to use as an instrument for teaching about him. That is exactly what happened Friday. I had told Taylor that we would make some chocolate chip cookies that he and his sister could take to have at their MawMaw and DaDa’s house for the weekend. This mommy was doing good, I had the butter sitting out to get to room temp while I prepared the kids pancakes and sausage for breakfast. After breakfast I went to get the remaining ingredients for the cookies and that is when I realized that we had every ingredient except the flour. At that moment I knew that the trip to the store was a must and let’s face it……… all us Mommies know that a quick trip to the grocery store is never just a quick trip when kiddos are in tow.
I think we were out the door in record time, I think partly because it looked like it was going to start pouring rain at any moment. So we are loaded up in the car and to Walmart we head. On the way to this really quick trip to Walmart, if there is such a thing as a quick trip to Walmart…….anyways this mommy starts going over the expectations at Walmart. Listening Ears, we are only getting the few things on the list, we will not be walking out with any toys. Then this mommy starts talking God and asking please let the rain hold off till at least until we get home or let it rain while we are in the store but stop let it stop before we leave to get back in the car. Then all the sudden I hear Taylor in a sweet little voice saying “Jesus, please don’t let it rain!” My first thought was they do listen to me ha ha, but I knew in that moment this was the perfect opportunity to talk about how God always answers our prayers according to his will. That sometimes God’s answers are not always how we want them or think they should be answered but that his way is always perfect. We just have to simple ask God for his will to be done. God hears our prayers no matter how big or how small that they may be.
Well God heard our prayers and he answered them, the rain held off! He even answered this Mommy’s prayers and the Walmart trip went great. There were moments of asking for things which is fine but I am just thankful that the dreaded answer “No” did not trigger complete full blown tantrums……this time!!! The rain even held off on the way home from the store. On the way home we continued our discussion on prayers because Taylor says “Mom, look it didn’t rain!” Yes, Taylor God answered our prayers about the rain and God will always answer our prayers but it will not always be exactly how we want them to be answered. Sometimes God’s answer will make no sense to us and we will not understand why and that is okay. God’s way is always right, perfect and for his glory. We need to give God thanks in all circumstances.
Today was one of those days that as a mom you are crying on the inside because your toddler is teething and nothing; I mean nothing is going to console her. She wants you to hold her, no wait a minute she wants to be put down, she wants something to drink…….oh not in that cup……..yes that cup…………wait this is milk not juice. I need to nap……………wait no I want to get out and play, oh the life of a teething toddler! Oh but let’s add in 3 1/2 year old that is loving testing the boundaries and pushing the limits to see what he can get away with. Yes, it was one of those days! Mommy just wanted to escape for a few minutes. A teething toddler meant she took an earlier nap than she normally does. Since she was napping earlier, I decided to have her brother go down a little earlier than normal, since A. he woke up earlier than normal and B. this mommy wanted at least a few quiet minutes to herself. Okay, let’s be honest a few minutes to clean the house. No such luck within 30 minutes of Taylor going down for nap Emersyn woke up. Fixed her lunch and then we were going to play. Apparently, she thought we were going to play outside because she brought me my flip-flops and said “Outside”. She was a little disappointed when she realized we were not going outside and really upset when I blocked of the hallway to keep her from being able to her brother’s room. Yes, she loves to go in his room and wake him up, ah, she just loves to go in his room and climb in his bed. Well she could not make her way to his room, but she managed to wake him up with her screaming. Yes, screaming…..not crying because there was no tears, not even the first little tear. So here, it is 12:15 and on a normal day both of them are napping or about to fall asleep and not one but both of them were wide-awake. I knew in that moment it was going to be a long long afternoon! Later that afternoon when my husband got home, I told him I need just five minutes to myself; I just need to be able to hear myself think. Something all moms can relate too. Into our bedroom I went, closing the door behind me. I went sat in the rocking chair in our bedroom. The Oh so comfortable cushioned oversized rocking chair that I had rocked both my babies in. I grabbed my 3 Minute Devotions for Women book. I decided at that moment, I was going to just close my eyes and pick a random page to read. Well I was thinking I was randomly picking but deep down I knew that it was God’s way of picking the one that I need in that moment. God never fails us and he didn’t fail me in that moment, he knew exactly what I needed to hear.
With joy, you will draw neat water from the wells of salvation. (Isaiah 12:3 NIV) The prayer at the end of the devotion said “Lord, thank you for saving me. Thank you for being the living water, my continual source of peace, comfort, strength and joy. Cause me to remember that my life is hidden in Yours. Amen
He knew that is just what I need to hear in that moment of being overwhelmed and needing a break. We can always count on the word of God to fill us in the moments we feel empty. Therefore, moms when you feel overwhelmed, stressed, or tired turn to the word of God. He is the only one that can fill you up on what you are missing. His word is what gives me strength and it will give you strength as well. Leaning on the word of God is what gets me through my day.
The morning began like any other morning, well any other morning since the time change. I read my morning devotional books before the kiddos woke up. Yes, since we have moved an hour forward, I wake up before the kids. I am praying that it stays that way, my day always seems to be better when I start the day in his word. After my morning reading, I opened up my Pinterest App on my phone and there was a recipe for Crumbly Coffee Cake Muffins and they looked absolutely delicious! Then the book If You Give A Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff,popped into my head and I had an idea for a fun breakfast for Taylor and Emersyn. Okay it wasn’t just a fun idea for the kids, it gave me an excuse to make those oh so delicious looking Muffins. What happened next I was not expecting! I went to start getting the ingredients out of the pantry. Someone (Me) had put the container of sugar on the shelf backwards which made it difficult to get down off the top shelf!
They always say there is no reason to cry over spilled milk……..well what about spilled sugar on carpet (Yes, I said Carpet!). Instead of being angry and upset, I was laughing…..maybe laughing to keep from crying. I truly believe that if my morning had not started out with reading my daily devotional books and spending time in God’s word, I would have allowed the events to consume me and put me in a bad mood which would have set the tone to have one of those Mommy days that you do not want to just start over, but want to forget all together. Whether we like it or not we are the ones that ultimately set the tone for the day with our children.
I knew the sound of the vacuum cleaner would more than likely wake Taylor up and it did. He came down the hallway with those big brown eyes still have asleep saying “Mama, No Vacuum!” I told him well Mommy had to vacuum because she spilled the sugar all over the carpet. “Mama You Don’t want to do that, that’s bad” Well insert the reason God had these events happen. I was able to take my huge mess of sugar everywhere and turn it into a teaching tool for Taylor. I explained to him that we all make messes sometimes and that is okay. That he would make messes and mistakes but no matter what I would still love him. We talked about when we make mistakes, the mistakes are meant as learning experiences and lessons. We learn to get up and try again or we learn not to do it again. We talked about how God knows that we are going to make mistakes and create messes but that no matter what we do he will always be there for us. Wow who would have thought all of that would come from my spilling the sugar all over the carpet, I sure didn’t. We never know what events God will use as teaching tools for our children and learning experiences for parents, mine just happened to be sugar all over the floor. My lesson learned in this……..Put the sugar on the shelf correctly.
Well the morning went on and we did have those delicious muffins because thankfully I did not spill all of the sugar, just enough to make a mess and learning experience. The muffins were a hit with Taylor and Emersyn and so was the book If You Give A Moose A Muffin! by Laura Numeroff.