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Jesus Loves the Little Children…

Help me please, fellow Christian friends!

I need some advice regarding Emma with the following back story information:
We talk about God, sin, Heaven, Jesus, His death, His resurrection, and other related topics all the time. It’s a constant dialogue because she’s usually interested and brings up the conversation herself even.

A week ago she said she wanted to pray and ask to go to Heaven. It got dropped because when we started talking to her about it she switched the conversation to giraffes and crocodiles and I didn’t want to force anything.

Today she asked again to “ask to follow Jesus to Heaven,” and so I talked to her about it. She stayed focused and asked me to pray with her. I didn’t want to turn her down, so we prayed the simplest form of the prayer of salvation I could do. We talked about being a sinner, thanked Jesus for dying for us, and asked Him to fill her with faith to follow him the rest of her life.

What do I do?  I’ve been praying for her to accept Christ as soon as she can, so I want to believe He is answering that prayer. I want to keep guiding her of course. I know she will need it. I asked Daniel for help but I’m not sure he believes she’s legitimately “getting saved”. I don’t know what I think. I do know if I blow it off like it’s not the big deal that it is, then that will not encourage or strengthen her. So I’m paying attention to her and encouraging her along as she leads. Other than that, I’m just mystified that this is happening at 3 years old. Do I treat her like a Christian now? Do we pray through this again later, or even often as she grows in understanding? What do I do from here?

 

Verses I’m contemplating right now:

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.
(Matthew 19:14-15 ESV)

Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
(Luke 18:17 ESV)

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.
(2 Timothy 1:5 ESV)

 

Have any to add to the list?

 

I’m really just stuck on where to go from here and what “fruit” to look for, and what to do if I don’t see any growing after a while.

Both Daniel and I were “saved” at a young age but grew up thinking we were safe, somewhat falling into a pharisaical lifestyle, and really feel like God has saved and changed us in a greater fashion as young adults in this current phase of our lives.  I don’t intend to discredit her faith at all, but I don’t know what to do with it, how to nurture it, how to grow it, how to validate it.  I don’t want her to fall into the trap of thinking that she is fine and can coast on a prayer said at the age of three, but I also don’t want to make too light of a great situation if indeed she has accepted Jesus as her savior.

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She’s Got a Ticket to Ride…

It’s been a roller-coaster in all honesty.

What?  Oh, I promised to blog about how I feel about the new church plant we are taking part in.  I’ve been putting it off because I’ve been so conflicted (and hormonal, *pregnant) and never knew what to write.  The bad?  The good?  My selfishness?  I’ve chosen to condense it all down as best I can while including everything.

When we were deciding about the whole issue and whether or not we would go, we were both 50/50 in the beginning.  Then he slowly started gaining percentage in the “let’s go” side, and I remained about a 51%/ 49%  stay vs go ratio.  I wanted to go, and be a part of what God was calling my husband to, I just didn’t want to leave.

I love my church.  I love Jesus’ entire church the world over.  I love the church I just spent the last 20 years of my life growing up in.  I love all these people so much.  (Pause to cry.)

I love my pastor: the man who married us, the man who has always been one of my father-figures growing up, the man who showed me what a good husband would look like by treating Teana so well every time I saw them together, the man whose sermons explained the Bible to me and helped to deepen my love for God, the man whose voracious literary appetite made me want to read and write more often.

I certainly love my new pastors, most especially the one I’m married to.  How did I wind up married to a pastor??  Way beyond anything I ever expected, God.  Brilliant job!  I can remember a time when all I could get out of him was a vague promise to consider serving on the mission field… someday… and now he’s actively preparing for it and I am filled with love and pride when I see him stand up and speak .

I’ve broken down and cried several times both in sorrow over what I feel like I’m losing and in awe at what I see God doing.

I miss the conveniences of things in a large well established church, and I feel like a selfish loser for wanting something so seemingly trivial, but it’s HARD to not have a nursery.  It’s harder than working the nursery.  I know, because I’ve done both at this point.  I’m still praying that a wonderful God-filled person will step up to direct the nursery I left.

I love the closeness of the small group of people I’m in and I’m simultaneously scared of it.  I love that you all love me, and want me to grow in Christ.  I’m scared of the first conflict I have with any of you, because I know I tend to hold grudges and label people for life and I don’t want to be that person.  God save me from my sinful self.

To everyone at Heritage,

I love you all.  I love every single one of you.  I miss you.  You can totally call, facebook, text, or tweet anytime.  I would love to have lunch and play dates.  I miss all the kids, too!  I appreciate everything I’ve ever learned from all of you.  I am grateful for your lives and all the service you provide to others. Please continue God’s work in His church in the relationships you share at Heritage.  Love Him.  Praise Him.  Serve Him.

To the Hesses, and the Bradys,

Thank you for making efforts to stay in touch.  You guys are awesome and I love being at your homes and with your family.  I love your advice and prayers and am so thankful for you.

Teana, thank you for all of the hugs when I was on the verge of tears, whether you knew it or not.

To CRC,

Let’s go!!  I love you all and am truly excited about what God is doing with us.  Please let’s not lose sight of Him, all He has already done for and in us, and all He wants to do from now on.  Let’s love one another like we say we are going to.  Let’s be bold and loud as we sing to Him and courageous and generous as we love and serve those He loves.

Ok, so there’s my emotional catch-up rant.  Most likely to be added to as the weeks/months go by.  ❤

In all honesty,

CMGibson

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ABC, Easy as 123…

First week of Preschool in the Gibson Home
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A few months ago I felt deliriously inspired to begin homeschool preparations.  I studiously developed a plan of action for teaching Bug along with my own curriculum which I dreamed would one day be published.  Haha.

After about two weeks of that, the sense of it not being anywhere near my projected date of Aug 6 for the first day of school weighing heavily upon me, I, the procrastinator, set it aside for later.  Later showed up around Friday, Aug 3 to be defeated by a pool party on Saturday and church as usual on Sunday.

However, the pressure created by procrastination has historically been my greatest motivator for some seriously A+ work.  The first week of pre-K was no exception.  Like it or not, I will probably always be queen of the last minute.

We had a blast!!!
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I structured it to be an hour each day on Monday Wednesday and Friday.  I decided the theme would be God is holy, because I wanted a good foundation of His character from which to spring forth.  How do you explain “holy” to a two year old?  I don’t know.  It actually had me contemplating God’s holiness a lot for several weeks, which was wonderful.  🙂  I came to the conclusion that it was a really difficult concept to grasp, but I was going to teach it to her as being uniquely and completely pure.  There is only one God.  He is sufficient for Himself on His own.  He is perfect and pure.  That fit nicely into one concept each day.  How would you explain it to your child?

I have made Mondays math days, Wednesdays language days, and Fridays science days.  That way, I don’t leave anything out.  Because we all know I could just as easily do three days of language.  Other days are available for field trips and fun visits.  I’m trying to do a memory verse each day, to highlight that this stuff comes from the Bible and not Mommy’s brain alone.   How is your homeschool structured?

 

Week One:  Theme- God is Holy

Day One:  Academic Focus- Mathematics / Aspect of Holiness- Unique

Memory Verse for day one:

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.”

(Deuteronomy 6:4 ESV)

I hope you get the idea.  There’s only one God.  He is the only one who is holy.  So we combined that and learned about the number one.  She memorized the verse and was able to say it alone by Wednesday.  We did get into a momentary debate where she was trying to say that God was two years old like she is.  She says that about everyone.  Love her heart.

Activities involved:

  • Open up the school box and learn what scissors and glue are and how they work.
  • Pre-writing practice.  Stay within the outline of the number one and the letters O, N, and E.
  • Cut them out and paste them to pink paper.  Use it as memory verse poster.
  • You only have one ______!  (Nose.  Mommy.  Daddy.  God.  Mouth.  Etc…)
  • There is only one you!

ImageDay Two: Academic Focus- Language / Aspect of Holiness- Wholeness, Completeness.

Verse:

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
(Revelation 22:13 ESV)

Perfect line up for ABCs in my opinion.  Though I did struggle with whether to teach the verse to her as “Alpha and Omega” or “A and Z.”  I wasn’t sure which one would confuse her less.  Jury is still out.  Any opinions from people who actually know what they are doing?  She did well with another verse and had it down by Friday.  Though, she likes the Deuteronomy verse more.

Activities:

  • Recite ABCs
  • What’s the first letter of the ABCs?
  • What’s the last letter of the ABCs?
  • God says He is the A!
  • God says He is the Z!
  • Discuss concept of “whole” / “complete”  *
  • Pre-writing practice with outlines of A and Z.
  • Practice signing A and Z.
  • Make poster with her work (scissors/ glue) and use to learn verse.

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Day Three: Academic Focus- Science / Aspect of Holiness- Purity.

Verse:

“This God—his way is perfect;”

(Psalm 18:30 ESV)

Preschool didn’t happen until after Daddy came home on Friday, because there was a fiasco of gigantic proportions during would be school time, as we tried to meet him at the library to take him to lunch. However, I guess that counts as a field trip to the library.

So, Daddy helped!

He explained the concept of purity to her as meaning that something is completely clean. We learned the verse, but not as enthusiastically as the others. I wonder if that’s going to be a Friday thing. I hope not. Maybe it was just that we were running late into the day. Then, we did a mini-experiment. Clear glass with clean water= pure. One drop of food coloring=not anymore. I hope you get the idea. It has further implications for later, when she is capable of understanding that just one sin spreads through your life and “taints” you. We are all tainted. God is the only one who is holy. I praise Him for that, and for His loving mercy in saving my soul.

More Pictures! That’s what you really wanted, right?

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With Kids that Can Scream…

After three nights’ plus applicable nap-times’ worth of:

  • screaming like the offspring of a bobcat and a Tasmanian devil
  • banging head on door
  • kicking door
  • breaking door open
  • throwing herself on the ground at our feet
  • jumping and purposely falling out of bed to make a loud noise when she hits the ground
  • begging for “hugs” and “kisses”
  • and once again screaming like the offspring of a bobcat and Tasmanian devil

 Does anyone have any advice on how to handle this insane reaction to having to sleep without a pacifier?  This lasts for hours until she falls asleep from sheer exhaustion.  Her brother is sleep deprived and so are we.  We’ve tried everything we can think of.  She’s giving herself bruises and even busted her lip.  I can’t not intervene when she’s being dangerous, but I also can’t give in to being manipulated either.  Help, please.  

 

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