Well, well, well....where the HECK have I been?
It has been December since I've done a post, and that is ridiculous - but sometimes, life is also ridiculous!
I have had a bit of a season - 3 months actually - of some battles with health stuff. Like many of us, "stuff" comes and goes out of our lives. Let me tell you, it felt like a lifetime of challenge. So...how about our kids?
It IS a lifetime of challenge! So...once you think about others that REALLY deal with a lifetime of "stuff"...your stuff doesn't seem so bad, ya know?
The thing that encouraged me the most was this:
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact your are doing."
1 Thessalonians 5:11
I have some major bad"butt" (as my son would say) prayer warriors in my life, and encouragers that could make anyone on their worst day think they were amazing. We all have people in our lives that do that for us. Sometimes you may not see it, especially while you are in the middle of your "stuff", but those people are there. What is our job? To encourage right back. Build others up. Be there.
That goes for our kids as well. As my son gets ever closer to the no man's land of college experience for most Asperger students in our state, I tend to get hyper focused on what the challenges are, rather than the strides forward. Today was a good example of that. We acquired a rescue lab after Christmas...a hulk actually...enormous creature...also a gift from God that adores our son. Well, that lab got his first tick today. After painstakingly plying our furry hulk with treats, all the while trying to work the tick out of a sensitive fold inside his ear, I gave up and made a vet appt. to take him in after an errand I had to run, with instructions that when I got back...have the hulk ready to go, etc. About 30 minutes later my husband called and said our son had called him to tell him he had removed the tick and put it in a plastic bag for further examination. I about blew a fuse, thinking the tick was half in his ear and half out, our son was now exposed to who knows what disease, the other half of tick was in our carpet, etc. etc. My husband reminded me what an accomplishment this was for our cautious kid to take the initiative and take care of his animal independently. I listened, ignored the words and headed for home. When I got there, our kiddo calmly said he used the tick remover tool we had, didn't need treats, removed the tick with the tool, put it in a ziplock and all was well. I looked at a confident young man in front of me amazed at my lack of trust in him and then encouraged and built him up in a big way. This was one of those gateway moments we always need to be on guard for, and when they appear....jump on them and build our kids up and encourage like there is no tomorrow. Those moments help our kids, and us, remember there is a plan for each of us, and we just need to be there and encourage them to find out what it is!
(Along those lines....LeadLearnLive has a facebook page now....please like and share, as we are continuing to move forward with the college effort!!)
Encourage one another!!!