I’m pleased to share with you today that a family that has been a part of our church community has been called to Nakuru, Kenya to love their international neighbors and provide care for orphans. This is so exciting! They are going to uproot their entire lives to go serve others in need and nothing gets my blood pumping more.
Their website launched this morning, and you can read all about where they are going and why they are doing this. Check it out and think about giving whatever support you can offer, be it financially, spiritually or with words of encouragement! It’s not every day an American family chooses to leave behind a whole heap of worldly comforts to give all of themselves to people who are desperate for new life. They are going to need all of the love they can get! Click on the picture and it will take you over to their brand new site.
Today is a very special day, for it is my one and only little Abram’s very first birthday!
I am sad to say that he is no longer technically Abe the Babe, but Abe the Toddler.
This past year has been incredible. Abram was a surprise pregnancy that wasn’t taken all that well, and boy did I fight it til the very end up until the moment he was born. But that moment changed my life (ugh, now I’m starting to gross myself out a little with all of this mush) and my life certainly has not been the same!
Having a child has taught me things I don’t think I would have learned without one. The biggest lesson would have to be the realization of how naturally selfish I was and can still be at any given moment. It definitely taught me that I am a lot stronger than I give myself credit for. It’s like babies windmill kick you into adulthood, no matter how “adult” we may think we already are. And from what I hear, I’ve got plenty more lessons to learn.
But putting the lessons aside, it’s just been a blast. This kid is hilarious, and there is not a day that goes by that I’m not bent over with laughter from some form of entertainment Abram is providing me. And he’s only 1! I cannot imagine what he will come up with in the years to come.
My favorite part about being a mom is having the opportunity to help create a man. Abram may only be 12 months old right now, but one day he will be A MAN. That’s insane to think about. I want him to be the kind of man that intentionally loves the people around him. The kind of man that serves others, and that actually uses his gifts to worship in whatever form that may be. I mean, not gonna lie: hope that’s music. But it could be sports, writing, photography, organization, etc. I just want him to love God with all that he is and all that he has. You don’t meet those people everyday. Daniel and I have quite the responsibility on our hands. Thank God for grace and forgiveness, cause I know screw ups (and many of them) lie ahead.
Well now I’m just gonna cry. Happy Birthday Abram Isaiah Webb!
I have many things to do this week, and I can either choose to conquer it or let it conquer me.
My default for a week like this is to take on too much of the outer circle and put it in the inner circle. Have I talked about the two circles before?
See, there are two circles. There’s a small circle and a large circle, the first being inside of the second. The small circle consists of what I am responsible for and what I can control. The outer circle is made up of everything else; the concerns and outcomes of the world in which I exist.
Simple enough, right?
Sure. when the sea is calm and there isn’t much to do. But when life starts to pick up and the train starts gaining speed, all of a sudden the circles become blurry. Things that I am not responsible for or are out of my control suddenly seem like they are mine to take on. At first it is quite a temptation to say yes to these grander things, because they make us feel big. Powerful. In charge. Accomplished.
But then this week knocks on my door and doesn’t even give me a chance to open it before it blasts right on through.
So I am going to declare this right here and now: I will not let this week have victory over me. I will do the best that I can with what I have, because God lets me get up in the morning. Everything else is out of my hands. If I disappoint someone, IT IS OK. My worth does not lie in anyone’s opinions. If my house gets dirty, IT IS OK. The house will get cleaned eventually. I will love my husband, my son, my neighbor and anyone else who is put in my path. All results are out of my control.
Are you like me? You might need to say this to yourself every minute of each day this week, and do that if you have to. Write it on a piece of paper and stick it on your steering wheel or bathroom mirror. And remember to breath.
Don’t spend your week being anxious. That’s an order.
(But I won’t be disappointed if you screw up and get stressed, so pull your panties outa your butt).