Category Archives: Parent Coaching

Help, Lord! I’m Going Crazy!

It’s funny how just an overload of tough things can cause you to feel over your head.

Water pipes burst.

 Baby with an ear infection.

Washer breaks down and a check bounces.

And at that moment….at that particular moment

you feel completely overwhelmed.

Too much. It’s all just too much.

At least that’s how it feels at that moment.

But can we trust out feelings?

Honestly, my feelings have proved to be wrong again and again and again.

The Lord says “Do not fear for I am with you.

Do not be dismayed for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you.

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Is. 41:10

Upheld by Him?

The Lord of all Creation.

King of Kings.

The Everlasting One.

He is the One Who promises to be with and help

those who call out to Him.

Every mishap, every overload is another opportunity

to come to Him in your need

and find Him faithful.

So when faced with a crisis

take a moment to breathe

and to lift your thoughts to Him.

Call out your need;

Cry out your petition;

Come to Him with those crazy feelings.

He will help you.

This is His promise and He cares for you.

 

 

 

 

The Power Of A Smile

It was an ordinary day.

Rise early. Jog a few miles. Breathing in the great outdoors.

Then home. Shower. Dress and out to door for a day of teaching.

But always.

Yes always. I stopped at the local 7 – 11 for a hot cup of coffee.

Something about that fresh cup of coffee just started my day off right.

So on this particular day I walked into the store.

And there he stood. Off to the corner of the store.

Close enough to watch people scurrying in and out.

But not in anyone’s way.

Yes, I saw him.

And went on my way grapping the styrofoam cup

and filling it with my favorite brew.

Then as I turned and walked towards the counter

I glanced at him again.

Baggy pants, shabby oversized shirt. Big floppy hat.

But honestly that’s not what

captured my attention that morning.

No, there he stood.

A simple man. With obviously little means.

But a big smile on his face.

It hit me. Truth.

I quickly paid for my coffee and turned to walk out of the store.

My eyes met his

and for a second-

a brief short second

we smiled at each other.

It was seemingly that simple.  But for days and weeks and now years later

I remember that encounter.

See I, the busy school teacher, on her way to school that day

was so focused on what I had to do that day – my responsibilities-

that I almost missed it.

I almost missed an opportunity.

And this man who is no longer with us

gave me a gift that morning.

A smile.

A smile that drew from me a smile of my own.

A smile that lasted well into that day and for days after.

A truth.

That it takes so little to smile.

But a smile is a gift you give another.

A smile draws us together in care.

No matter where you live —a smile is the same in every language.

A smile connects people and builds a bridge.

Yes, I’ll never forget that moment

when I saw him standing off to the side.

He gave me a gift that day. A gift that will last for a lifetime.

My heart was uplifted. My burdens lighter. My day changed.

And I was reminded of what is most important.

People. You and I. God. Love. Together.

A smile.

 

 

Proverbs 15:30 “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.”

It’s Your Turn Now

 

March Madness has brought lots of hooping and hollering at our home.

Yay UVA!

Holding our breath- cheering them on.

But it’s easy to watch the teams play. From the comfort of my home.

Sitting on the couch. Groaning at times.

But I knew it took a lot of skill and practice to bring them to that place.

Lots of skills.

It’s one thing to know that but another thing to shoot hoops yourself.

This morning my daughter and I went out and threw basketballs.

I won’t tell you how many years since I’ve tried to make a basket.

But let’s just say it’s been a few years.

It  took me back to high school gym class when I loved getting a basket.

 Get the basket in view and shoot it. Easy. Not at all.

Smile. Well today I started out tentative.

Stretching to make a basket.

Trying again and again.

Aware that what I’d been seeing on TV during the playoffs

Was much harder- much harder than it looked.

I was thrilled when I finally got a basket.

Overjoyed. Not by skill but I think just luck.

Back and forth we played

 getting better as time went by.

Oh, not real good but better.

A few went in and some didn’t make it.

Easier to watch than to play.

Its true, isn’t it?

It’s all too easy to critique from the couch- whether it’s basketball, or a speaker, or musician.

But when we step up and move in to actually do it ourselves

we are suddenly faced with the challenges.

Practice is important. Having a coach makes a huge difference.

I don’t know about you but I loved shooting hoops today.

I came away invigorated and alive and have already planned to go back.

But more than the fun of playing today

I came aware with a fresh sense of how much skill it takes to play

a whole game

with other players all around you

to get a rebound

to steal the ball

to keep focused.

And my admiration for the basketball players is high.

What about you?

Maybe it’s time to shoot a few hoops,

or try something you might not have done for a while

if ever.

Step out of your comfort zone and stretch.

You just might come away with a new appreciation for what others do too.

Let’s be doers – not critical spectators.

Working to understand and encourage.

 

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. James 1:22-25 Message