I am busy doing a great thing!

I am in the middle of a busy week. Like a really big week. The kind of week that if you aren’t organized with food, childcare and clean clothes, your kids will be starving, naked and alone and you won’t know which direction you’re supposed to be headed!

We don’t live like this all the time, but there are some moments in life that are more like “sprints”. We run hard and fast for a short amount of time, then the whole family gasps wildly at the finish line to catch our breath.

It’s in these times that my anxiety can get the best of me. I can get overwhelmed and question whether we should be doing what we are doing. Did we pack our schedule too full? Will the kids forgive us for this kind of push? Will they grow up to hate being “pastor’s kids”? 

But like I said, we don’t live like this all the time and when we do, we have heard from God on it. Clearly.

There is a story in the Bible of a leader who had to rally his people to work together to rebuild the wall that surrounded their city.

Without this wall they were completely open to attack and they could have all been killed.

For fifty two days, they lived one of those “sprint” moments, where it was all hands on deck to get this massive job done.

There was great opposition, and their enemies made fun of them saying they could never complete the task that was too big for their insignificant numbers.

But guess what? The Lord of Heaven’s Armies HIMSELF helped them to get the job done miraculously, giving them the strength, courage and favour they needed!

There is an incredible verse in the midst of this story of Nehemiah that speaks to my heart during “sprint” times like these.

Nehemiah’s enemies were plotting to harm him and stop the rebuilding of the wall.

This was his audacious statement:

“I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?” (Nehemiah 6:3)

There are so many things that try to pull me to come down to a level of discouragement and negativity when I am in the middle of a great work!

But why should the Lord’s great work he has commissioned me to do, be put on hold because of the enemies tactic to distract me from?

May the lies of the enemy be silenced and the tactics that aim to pull us off course be seen for what they are – schemes to disrupt the great work God has for you – and may you BOLDLY be an example to those around you in not giving up soon what the Lord has called you to do!

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This sign sits in our kitchen and reminds us to be radical for the Lord!

Love, Marriage & Water Slides

For the last five years I’ve said no to almost anything fun or adventurous and let Andrew make the memories with the kids old enough to participate.

Yesterday Grandma and Grandpa agreed to take baby, so I was free to join Andrew, Caleb and Amayah at the water slides.

Up until this summer I’ve either been pregnant or had a newborn.

At first I hated sitting things out, but as time went on, I became comfortable just sitting on the sidelines.

Yesterday I had to consciously decide to really “dive” in and experience water sliding with my kids.Centre2

It was so fun! I loved riding down with them and seeing our brave they were. I felt connected to them and loved in a new way.

But the big test for me was when my husband pushed me to go down some of the bigger slides with him while his siblings watched our kids.

I was scared. What felt like decades ago I went down slides like this and did crazy things, but recently? No way.

My heart was pumping.

Thankfully, I had pre decided to take advantage of any chance I had to be with Andrew, so I went with him.

Standing at the top of the first slide, I felt myself starting to panic. Wasn’t there a baby that needed to breastfeed or something!?waterslide

I jumped on that tube and flew down the slide.

WHAT A RUSH!

After the first one, I was hooked. We were laughing and running back up that hill!

After just fifteen minutes together, I felt more in love than ever.

Halfway up for slide number three, I was soaked head to toe with make up running down my face.

“Wow, you’re cute.” He said, in almost a rediscovering way.

Shared fun has a way of reminding us of who we are, away from screaming kids, bills and big decisions.

We work together a lot. I might be biased, but I think we make an incredible team, whether it’s as parents, pastors, renovators, or whatever other things we’ve tackled together.

But there isn’t always a ton of fun.

Today, I am basking in the afterglow of those few trips down the water slide with Andrew, and scheming as to when our next fun date is going to be.

Sometimes your relationship needs a marriage book or a long conversation. And other times, you just need a water slide.

May we as mothers always be willing to throw off that hat and be the fun woman that we once were, or actually, still are, just under a couple of layers.

Here’s to more laughs, years of adventure and many scary water slides!