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Oct 302013
 

Did you know that there is a list of the classroom clean up responsibilities posted inside the cabinet of each Crossing Kids room? After a busy Sunday morning, that probably sounds like the last thing you want to think about. But I’d bet that you already do most, if not all, of what is on the list each week as you serve.

If you serve during the 8:00 or 9:30 services, you won’t be able to clean up the entire classroom before the next group of volunteers arrives. We still ask that you wipe down the tables, tidy up unused toys, and organize the supplies left on the countertops so that the next hour’s team can have a fresh start in the room. If you serve during the 11:00 service, please help us take good care of our rooms by completing this list at the end of each Sunday morning. You can have the kids help, too!

Below is a copy of the list posted in your classroom. If you work during Seeds of Promise or Night Crossing, be sure to follow the same guidelines. We are thankful for everything you do to serve Crossing families and help us maintain clean and safe classrooms!

Classroom Clean Up Procedures

• Help kids put toys back in proper bins when finished playing.

• Make sure all toys are neatly put back on their shelves in proper bins.

• Stack the chairs in the corner by the windows.

• Put away all supplies (i.e. diapers, pens, etc.) in appropriate clean bins and place in the cabinets.

• Throw away all trash including open snack packages.

• Wipe down all counters, tables, chalkboards, and chairs (if needed) using Windex.

• Wash all toys that have been in children’s mouths using Clorox Anywhere Spray.

• Wash all plastic sippy cups and let air dry in the drying rack.

• Wipe the mirror in Infants, Crawlers, Walkers Room with Pledge.

• Put used socks, crib sheets, blankets in the laundry bag.

• Take classroom rosters on clipboard to Registration Desk.

• Circle any items needed on the supply list and leave on counter.

NOTE: Our cleaning company will clean floors and take out the trash. 

Oct 162013
 

Yesterday Christine reminded you of what your “win” is as a volunteer in Crossing Kids. One common theme for our classroom volunteers and team leaders is safety:

Classroom Volunteer Team: To build relationships with kids and families by consistently creating a safe, loving Christ-centered environment on Sunday mornings.

Classroom Team Leaders: To lead and shepherd a team of classroom volunteers while building relationships with kids and families. To create and maintain a safe, loving, Christ-centered environment on Sunday mornings. To serve as a liaison between Crossing Kids staff and volunteers.

Safety is probably always on your mind when you are in a Crossing Kids classroom. Walkers shouldn’t be climbing on tables, preschoolers shouldn’t be running out of the classroom door, and 3rd graders shouldn’t be playing dodge ball in the room during free play. Nevertheless, our goal is to prepare all Crossing Kids volunteers for the “what if” moments on Sunday mornings. We pray that they are few and far between, but we also pray that all volunteers feel prepared to handle any incident that may occur in a classroom.

Our Crossing Kids Volunteer Training Packet lists our Injury & Sickness Policy as follows:

If a child is injured or sick and needs assistance, please send one volunteer to the Registration Desk to notify parents and staff. Have one volunteer stay with the child.

For a medical emergency (loss of consciousness, extensive bleeding, etc.) first call 911 from the Registration Desk phone. Call from the building phone lines ensures that the operator can quickly identify The Crossing’s address. After calling 911, the Registration Team Leader will page our Medical Team, the parent of the injured child, and Crossing Kids staff.

In non-emergency situations, the Registration Team Leader or staff member present will page parents to come pick up a sick child.

If you’re like me, you like a step-by-step process for any situation, especially an emergency. Below is a simple breakdown of how to respond to injury or illness on Sunday morning.

Crossing Kids Injury/Illness Chain of Response:

  1. When an injury or illness occurs in Crossing Kids, immediately assess the situation for the care required.
  2. If the injury or illness is not an emergency, alert the other classroom volunteers and then take the child to the Registration Desk.  The Registration Team Leader or staff member on duty will page the parent of the child.
  3. If the injury or illness is an emergency (loss of consciousness, extensive bleeding, etc.), quickly alert the other classroom volunteers. Leave one volunteer with the child and send the other volunteer to the Registration Desk.
  4. The Registration Team Leader or staff member on duty will call 911 from the Registration Desk phone. While calling, they will also page the Medical team using the paging station at the desk.
  5. Once the 911 call has been placed and the Medical Team has been paged, the Registration Team Leader or staff on duty will page the parent of the child as well as any Crossing Kids staff not already at the desk.
  6. Once the injured or sick child has been cared for, the volunteer who initially assessed the situation will fill out the Crossing Kids Injury/Illness Report and turn it in to the Crossing Kids staff present.

You should also have received a Crossing Kids Injury/Illness report in an email from Christine Simon last week. These new forms are available in each classroom at the Registration Desk and will help us better communicate with each other and parents when accidents happen.

As you continue to pray for Crossing Kids, always remember to pray for the safety of our children, families, and volunteers on Sunday mornings!

Oct 022013
 

Earlier this year I mentioned in a post that I had decided to take 2013 to read through the Bible in chronological order. My husband was in the middle of the same reading plan when I started so I was encouraged by what he was learning as he read.

Since January our family has experienced a lot of new, exciting, and overwhelming changes. Amidst the obvious blessings (expecting a new baby in November) and the more hidden blessings (my son can empty a kitchen drawer in under 30 seconds) it has been easy to feel overwhelmed in almost every area of my life. I have my days where I hit the ground running and other days where I feel like I’m still waiting for my morning coffee to kick in at 5:00 p.m. I shared with some friends last week that I have struggled to keep up with my Bible reading as a still (relatively) new mom. I have found myself getting discouraged by the lack of time I have in the word each day. And each day I don’t read is a day I’m behind in my reading plan. One of my friends emailed after our conversation with a link to a post on Desiring God called Seven Ways for Busy Moms to Get in the Word. It reminded me of two important things:

  1. The world calls us to be busy, but the Lord calls us to be still before Him.
  2. My time in the word is going to look different at different stages in my life.

I quickly emailed my friend and thanked her for the encouragement. Then I did the one thing I promised myself I wouldn’t do: I quit my Bible reading plan. Or rather, I decided that I did not have to finish it this year. Without meaning to, I had started to view reading my Bible as something to check off my to-do list.

I have a 16 month-old crawling on me and a 34 week-old crawling around inside of me. For this stage of life, my time in the word may look different each day. For now I am giving myself the grace to move a little slower as I read and to take time to meditate on what God has to teach me. It is by grace I have been saved, not by what I do:

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Ephesians 2:8,9

And I will remember that it is God’s word that will sustain me on the good days and the bad.

The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

Psalm 118:14

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Psalm 119:105

He gives power to the fait, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:29-31

As I finish out 2013 with one more child and a little less time to rest, I am looking to God to sustain me through his word, in whatever way I am able to take it in each day.

Aug 292013
 

If I were to total the hours that I spend on my iPhone each day, I know I would be embarrassed. Some days it seems like there isn’t much that I don’t do on my phone. I use my phone to keep in touch with family and friends. I use my phone for social networking. I use my phone to send photos and videos of my son to his grandparents. I use my phone to make my grocery list each week. The list could go on and on. While none of the things listed are bad, as sinful human beings, we have the ability to take good things and abuse them. This isn’t a new concept, and I know I’m not the only person to point this out. But in the last 14 months as a stay-at-home mom, I have become particularly aware and convicted about how I use my time and the technology I have to “connect” me to the outside world.

My husband often refers to Facebook as Mombook, and I don’t think he is wrong. On particularly lonely or boring or difficult days at home, it is easy to get sucked into social networking to feel “connected” to others, especially other stay-at-home moms. While keeping in touch with friends is a great thing, it can quickly turn to a bad thing when I begin comparing my life with my friends’ lives. The same can be said for the way I use Twitter and Instagram.

I have also noticed that the more time I spend on my phone or my computer, the more time my son wants to spend on my phone or my computer. If these toys are so fascinating for mommies then they must be fun for babies too! There is nothing that has convicted me more than seeing my son squeal with joy when he is able to snatch my phone away as I watch an Instagram video.

There is much to be said on the ways we use technology for good and the ways in which technology can be damaging. I’m not an expert and I certainly don’t have this all figured out. Right now I’m taking practical steps to keep from being sucked in during long days at home. I’ve deleted my Facebook app on my phone. I’m also trying to keep my phone in another room when my son is awake in hopes that we both aren’t distracted by texts, videos, and emails. Below are some resources that continue to help me think through these things. If this is something you also struggle with in come capacity, I hope you find them helpful. I’d also love to know, what do you do to avoid being sucked in?

Do You Fear Pharoah (Exodus 1:15-2:10)

Dave Cover’s sermon from this past Sunday, August 25 touched on some of this. I’d encourage you to watch or listen here. In it he gives some great questions to ask when viewing media:

What is this making me fear most?

What is this making me want to want?

What is this making me feel toward Christians?

How does the gospel of Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration confirm or challenge this message?

I Forgot My Phone

This video has made its way around the internet this week, but it makes a strong point and is worth watching again.

The “Hotness” and False Perceptions of Facebook

“You are not your Facebook page, and you don’t need to be.” A reminder that what we see on Facebook is not always (or ever) reality.

How’s Your Time Trending?

An insightful post from the Girltalk blog begins with a convicting John Piper quote, “One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove that prayerlessness is not from lack of time.”

Did Apple Go Too Far?

Crossing Pastor, Nathan Tiemeyer, analyzes a recent Apple commercial on The Crossing’s blog, Every Square Inch.

Jul 182013
 

My son turned one in June and started walking last week. Since then I feel like I spend most of my day saying, “No touch” and “Don’t put that in your mouth.” This stage of discipline is about setting up boundaries to teach my son what is safe and what is not. He has to learn that a dog bone is just for the dog and that food on the floor is different than food on his plate. I spend much of my day correcting my son’s actions, but I know that, even at 13 months old, there is sin in his heart just as there is sin in mine. The ugliness of sin in all of us is discouraging, especially when you see it in your own heart and the heart of your child. I have been reading the prayers from Praying the Bible for Your Children since before my son was born, and now I try to read and pray one each morning. I often find myself praying these prayers for my son, my husband, my friends, and myself. They are simple but powerful reminders that God is in control of all things and that his hand is in our lives, even when we don’t see it.

Rather than get overwhelmed and discouraged I am trying to pray for my son’s heart as he learns, grows, and continues to face temptation. I am also continually praying for my heart as I fight these same battles in different areas of my life. The prayer below is one that I return to almost weekly. I use it to pray for myself as I fight temptation, and I pray that my son will grow to fight temptation in his life, too.

Escaping Temptation

Heavenly Father,

My child is facing temptation. He is up against forces stronger than he is—and he doesn’t even know it! His desires pull him away from You. The world, with all its enticements, sucks him down. And Satan roars like a lion (1 John 2:16; 1 Pet. 5:8)—but my child doesn’t hear!

            Oh Father, save him! Don’t let evil wound or trap him. Make a way of escape today, as You’ve promised (Ps. 18:35, 1 Cor. 10:13). Lead my child away from temptations (Matt. 6:13); let him see those “opportunities” for what they really are—dead ends (James 1:15).

            By your power, block evil people from influencing his desires and his actions (Psalm 140:1).

            Turn his eyes away from worthless things; renew his commitments to Your truth (Ps. 119:37). Bring Your Word, hidden in his memory, into his thoughts; use it to keep him from sin (Ps. 119:11).

            Thank you that You are a faithful Savior who rescues Your own (2 Pet. 2:9). All attractions but You fade away (Ps. 102:12). Show my child today that the person who follows You has the best life (1 John 2:17)!

Amen

(Praying the Bible for Your Children, page 179)

 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

1 Corinthians 10:13

Apr 102013
 

I haven’t been a mom for very long. Not even for a year, actually. But 10 months has given me plenty of time to experience Mom Guilt. Perhaps you’ve heard of this phenomenon. No matter how much you do in a day, there is almost always something to feel guilty about. If my child is clothed, fed, and well loved, then I probably feel a bit guilty that I’m in sweatpants at 6:00 p.m. and just ordered pizza because I forgot to get groceries. If I’ve managed to workout, shower, AND put on make up, then I probably feel a bit guilty that my husband watched our son for a couple of hours so I could have a break. I could go on but you get the idea.

There is something in our culture telling moms that we can do it all. All you have to do is open the latest issue of Real Simple, visit Facebook, or open Pinterest and you’ll understand why. We are bombarded with recipes, projects, ideas, and philosophies every day that tell us that we can, and should, accomplish all of these.

I came across this blog post by Stephen Altrogge a few months ago and it spoke to the internal struggle I was facing every day. The title is blunt, “Dear Moms, Jesus Wants You to Chill Out”. I laughed when I saw it, but I knew it was true before I even read it. I encourage you to read his post because Altrogge says it better than I can explain or summarize. He points out that the Internet has given moms quite a few reasons to “freak out” about being failures. The only real, Biblical job description we have as moms is to love God, love our husbands (unless you’re a single mom, of course), and love our kids. The way we do these three things is going to look different for each and every person.

I was thankful for this reminder when I read Altrogge’s post, and I’m still thankful for it today. But the truth is that I fail at my Biblical job description everyday. I will never love God enough, my husband perfectly, or my child correctly. But that’s okay because Christ does all those things for me. I am free to fail in both my daily to-do list and my imperfect, selfishly tainted love for God and my family. My daily identity for success in whatever I’m supposed to be doing is Jesus Christ. So yes, I do need to reign in the mom guilt in which I tend to wallow. And yes, I do need to chill out. But ultimately, I need to be resting more in the grace of Christ.

Mar 132013
 

This year I decided to read through the Bible in chronological order. It is something I always wanted to do, and even though it is a challenge, I am enjoying the new perspective it gives me. The one thing I didn’t think about with my Bible reading plan is Easter. As I think about preparing my heart and my home to remember the death of Christ and celebrate his resurrection, I am reading about the Israelite’s Exodus from Egypt and their wandering in the desert. Maybe I should, but I don’t naturally make the connection between that at the cross. Then I remembered The Jesus Storybook Bible.  What I love about this book is that it points to Christ at the end of every story. The Bible points us to Christ over and over again, but sometimes making the connection isn’t a simple process. The Jesus Storybook Bible is a great reminder that everything in life points to Christ. So as I plow through the details of the tabernacle construction in Exodus, or the laws for cleanliness in Leviticus, I know that what I’m reading isn’t just a (sometimes boring) history lesson.

This morning as I finished the book of Numbers I decided to crack open my son’s copy of The Jesus Storybook Bible and re-read some of what I’ve been reading so far this year. I settled on “Ten Ways to be Perfect”. It re-tells the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments from Exodus 16-17 and 19-40. It ends with Moses presenting the Ten Commandments to the Israelites and what, I think, is a perfect illustration of my heart:

“God promises to always look after you,” Moses said. “Will you love him and keep these rules?”

“We can do it! Yes! We promise!”

But they were wrong. They couldn’t do it. No matter how hard they tried, they could never keep God’s Rules all the time. God knew they couldn’t. And he wanted them to know it, too. Only one Person could keep all the rules. And many years later God would send him—to stand in their place and be perfect for them. Because the rules couldn’t save them. Only God could save them.

                                                                        The Jesus Storybook Bible 106,107

The Israelites followed God through the desert in hopes of one day reaching the Promise Land. And, one day, they did. They believed that one day a King would come to save them. And, one day, He did. And because of these things I know that I am forgiven and that one day I will live forever in heaven with Christ. Heaven is our Promise Land and our forever home. So this Easter as I continue to read about the Israelites I am excited for my renewed perspective on their journey and a new way to remember Christ’s death and resurrection.

Feb 272013
 

On June 8, 2012 at 3:30 a.m. my husband and I welcomed our first child, David Henry, into the world. We were overwhelmed with joy. His birth didn’t go as planned, but he was healthy and we were thrilled to meet him. You only have to be a parent for an hour or two to realize that nothing really goes as planned. In fact, I can safely say that almost nothing went as planned for the rest of 2012. And I’ll bet that nothing in 2013 will go as planned either. I make schedules. I make plans. But somehow God gave me a baby who doesn’t fit seamlessly into my iCal. Sweet Henry pays no attention to my plans. I remember rocking (and rocking and rocking) Henry to sleep in the wee hours of the morning during the first few months. I was exhausted and clueless. I was experiencing what every parent told me I would experience, but it still seemed so unexpected. I would cry (literally) out to God, “Please! Let Henry sleep. Let me sleep. Let him stop crying, even for 10 minutes. I will take 10 minutes. Please!” And God answered my prayers with continued cries from my newborn and weeks of sleepless nights. At the time it didn’t seem like an answer at all. It seemed so hard and so long. But I kept praying, not necessarily because of my great faith, but because, in those first few months, it seemed like it was all I could do.

So here I am, eight months into motherhood. Henry sleeps more and cries less, and I will never take that for granted! But last week I had one of those situations where you go to change a diaper and it turns into a bath for the baby and a change of clothes for you. I’ll spare you the details, but I will say that it changed the course of my afternoon and kept me from doing a few things I had hoped to do. I was disappointed and exhausted. I texted a close friend and mentor to let her know why I wouldn’t be coming over and her response was, “I have been there. When you find yourself praying through those situations instead of cursing, you’ll know you have arrived. And for the record, I’m not there yet either.” That text got me thinking about how I respond to all situations in my life, in parenting, in my marriage, in my relationships with others, and in my relationship with God. Am I praying through the hard things like I prayed through those sleepless nights? Am I praying through a disagreement with my husband? Am I praying through my finances? I want my heart to be praying through all things as Paul prays for spiritual strength for the Ephesians:

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Chris Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

                                                                                    Ephesians 3:14-21

I am not praying through every situation in my life as I should, but I want to cling to God’s promises and take advantage of the privilege of prayer. I want the glory to go to Christ, regardless of the outcome. I am making this my daily prayer for myself, for my husband, and for my son. Just because I am sleeping or just because I have a happy baby does not diminish my need for constant prayer. I am thankful for a God to invites us to come to him with all things, now I must pray for a heart that does.

Jun 032012
 

Little Ones

Monthly Topic:  “G” is for Glorious’

Big Idea: Heaven is Glorious, just like God is!

Memory Verse: “It is written, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has known, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

Bible Story Focus: What is heaven like? | John 14:1-3, Revelation 21:3-4, Revelation 21:18-19

Lesson summary: In this lesson, kids will have a chance to learn about a wonderful

place God is preparing for His believers called heaven. They will

learn what heaven will be like and how we get there.

Monthly Songs: 

Like His Love by Crossing Music

Unimaginable by Crossing Music

 

Preschool

Monthly Topic:  “G” is for Glorious

Big Idea: God has prepared a forever home in heaven for those who trust in

Him, and it is Glorious, just like He is.

Memory Verse: “It is written, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has known, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

Bible Story Focus: God has prepared a forever home, called heave, for those who trust in him | John 14:1-3, Revelation 21:3-4, Revelation 21:18-29

Dinner Table Discussion

Discuss the following questions as a family during dinner this week. They’re meant

to prompt further conversation about what was experienced on Sunday morning.

I Wonder Questions:

I wonder…what is heaven?

Heaven is a glorious place that God is preparing for everyone who loves him.

I wonder…who is preparing heaven for us?

God is preparing heaven for us.

I wonder…what will heaven be like?

No one knows exactly what heaven will be like but God tells us in His word that it will

be glorious. There will be no tears and the streets will be made of gold.

You can talk more as a family about what heaven might be like.

Monthly Songs: 

Like His Love by Crossing Music

Unimaginable by Crossing Music

Check out this week’s Story Street video blog here!

 

Kindergarten – 4th Grade

Echoes of Eden: Week 1

JUNE MEMORY VERSE

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also given men a sense of what he’s been doing down through the ages. But they can’t completely figure out what he’s done from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

OVERVIEW

In this unit, children will examine the way The Gospel helps us to make sense of all of life—including art. Together we will enjoy high quality children’s literature, search for places where the beauty of the Gospel intersects and points to the greatest story of all, and discover how to engage with our culture in winsome ways.

OBJECTIVES

Children will learn:

*       That all great art contains an echo of Eden—memories of a good creation, the tragedy of our current condition, and a longing for redemption and restoration.

*       How to use quality literature to notice Gospel themes, find common ground with others, and discuss these truths in winsome ways.

*       To enjoy literature, engage in culture, and understand what it means to be created in the image of a creative God.

*       To learn how to “hunt and gather truth” in a variety of contexts.

*       The Gospel is not just for saving souls, but reaching and redeeming all of creation.

JUNE 3

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodsen

Book Summary: Two little girls strike up a friendship even though they live on opposite sides of a fence. Though they are divided in many ways, they get around the rules by sitting on top of the fence together. The end of the book points us to the hope of Christ knocking down all fences and restoring our broken world.

Key Concept: Jesus will restore our broken world.

Lesson Verse: Ephesians 2:14-15a “For He himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands.”

 

5th Grade

Grapple Question: Will God Make Me a “Jesus Freak”?

Kids Learn: Conforming to the Image of Christ

Dig Into the Bible: Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 11:1; 1 Peter 2:1-3

Preteens just want to fit in, so the thought of being set apart as a “Jesus freak” is scary! Being like Jesus doesn’t make your child a freak, but it does make him or her different. God can give your child courage to be proud of those differences. Tell your child about a time you took a stand for something you felt strongly about—maybe a co-worker asked why you pray before lunch, or you debated your view of God with a relative. Knowing that you made it through that tough time—even when it made you different from others—will help your child stay firmly rooted next time his or her faith is tested.

May 222012
 

I thrive in organization. I love systems, spreadsheets, and my iCal. There is nothing sweeter to me than falling asleep in a clean house in a bed with clean sheets. But if you are like me (or live with someone like me) you probably know that order and cleanliness can go to your head pretty quickly. It starts with a clean house and an empty inbox, and suddenly it seems like anything is possible. I don’t need help from anyone! I’ve got this under control! And sometimes, God reminds you that none of this is true.

In the past two weeks, God has reminded me through very specific circumstances that I am in no way in control of my life. I’m currently 37 weeks pregnant and trying to finish up my job of 3 years and get my house ready for a baby. Two Mondays ago my husband, David, fell during a game of ultimate frisbee and tore his ACL. We’ve scheduled surgery for late July, but I’ll let you imagine what it looks like to have an 8-month pregnant woman assisting a man on crutches. (He would want you to know that he is no longer on crutches and that he didn’t need that much help.)

Three days after the ACL tear we rearranged our house (including the living room, guest room, and baby room) into the recording studio The Crossing Music has been using for the past year and a half to record all songs. David and the team spent 3 days recording this year’s Kids Club song. I left town for recording to avoid the chaos and to be able to make noise.

Two hours after recording ended and one hour after I arrived home we had house guests arrive for the weekend. So David limped around the house to move recording gear out of the way while I waddled around to get clean sheets on the bed and clean the kitchen. When the guests arrived on Saturday night, the week was over. I breathed a sigh of relief at being able to juggle it all. Cared for an injured husband, got the house turned into a studio and back again, made it to and from St. Louis in 24 hours, and got the house ready for guests. Everything was under control!

And then the mice came. The MICE. Seven days after the ACL tear, 24 hours after the house was a recording studio, 23 hours after I got home from a trip, and about 22 hours into having house guests I discovered that we had mice in the living room. But they didn’t stop there. They lived in the kitchen. The lived in the laundry room. They occasionally visited our bedroom. And that was it. That was my breaking point. For almost a week I had held it together (or so I thought) with my super-organizational powers. And in one evening, it all crumbled.

I spent the next few days defeated and deep-cleaning. I worried about David’s knee surgery. I worried about going into labor with a husband on crutches. I worried about re-claiming my home after a rodent invasion. I cried and whined. I lamented the busyness and chaos of my life. It was so unfair! But praise God for his grace and mercy through scripture and relationships. He brought wise friends and family members into my life to remind me that things seem out of my control because they are and always have been. He also brought the Psalms to soften and encourage my stubborn, hardened heart. When I was unrepentant of my pride and still not asking for His strength, God reminded me of his care for me. He also reminded me that I never was in control.

Psalm 31:1-5

In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.
Turn your ear to me,
come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
a strong fortress to save me.
Since you are my rock and my fortress,
for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Free me from the trap that is set for me,
for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commit my spirit;
redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth.

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see the works of the Lord,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the shields with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalm 62:1,2

My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

My last few weeks have evidences of God’s grace throughout. He has given us a safe, healthy pregnancy. He brought amazing doctors to order tests quickly and get us a diagnosis on David’s knee. He brought worship team staff and volunteers over to set up and tear down the house for recording. He brought a sweet friend over to clean all the places my pregnant self cannot reach. He brought 3 of our favorite house guests who helped us relax after a long week and even put together furniture for the baby room! And as of today, He has gotten rid of the mice. Praise God for his mercy for the prideful. My prayer is that as we welcome our little boy next month, I can continue to lean into God as my firm foundation.