I had a brand new revalation today! I realized that I LOVE BEING THE MOM OF TEENAGERS! I think it was so different from my fantasy world of Barney and Little Bear, that it has taken me awhile to get used to. It is much harder than I ever thought it would be, but I think it is much more rewarding than I ever thought it would be also. I've said many times that it was easier when they were little, because if you had to discipline them, they got out of 'time out' and told you how sorry they were and how much they loved you! As teenagers, you discipline them and they stomp up the stairs, mumbling under their breath, "I don't want to be around you anyway!" That part has been hard for me, because I generally LIKE my kids. But...now I'm finally seeing the rewards! The rewards of toddlers is when they finally poop in the potty! YEA! Rewarding for me in that I don't have to change many more diapers, but I'm seeing there is so much more! With teenagers, the rewards aren't quite so immediate and may not seem quite so big at the moment. The rewards like Jared telling me last night that he has felt God giving him wisdom. He's been asked questions that he says he would never know the answer to, but then God just gives him understanding of what the person is saying and then having a response that helps the person. Maci telling me that God has revealed some really amazing things to her lately (sorry, they're private). Molly, even at 13, being open to pray about some pretty deep things.
I'm also seeing that I love the people my children have become. They are so fun to be around. They carry on great conversations. Not that I didn't love the days of the "mote comotrol" (remote control), but these conversations are really great.
I realized several years ago after my brain lesion, that I was the one blessed to be their mother. I realized that God didn't NEED me to raise them, He granted me the GIFT of raising them. He could have let anyone teach them "Jesus Loves Me" or put band aids on their skinned knees, but he blessed me to get to do all of that! Now I am being blessed in new ways, and I'm loving being the mom of teenagers!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Hey, it's almost time for the Youth Evangelism Conference. The dates are February 29-March 1. For those of you who haven't been a part of it, let me catch you up. YEC is a student conference that Kent puts together every year in Nashville. Youth groups from all over TN will be attending. We usually have around 13,000-14,000 teenagers. We have great speakers and bands. It is always a lot of fun. We need VOLUNTEERS! Many of you have helped before, but for those of you who haven't, we need people selling t-shirts, working the green room, selling band products, directing students on where to go, etc... etc... The TBC provides a hotel room for you, as well as a t-shirt to wear for the event. All meals will be provided. We need people to be at the Nashville Convention Center by 2:00-2:30. The event is over around 4:00 on Saturday. Please let us know if you might be able to work! We need everyone to be college age or older. Please leave a comment or email me, (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can help and I will get back with you with more information! Feel free to let us know if you have friends who might want to volunteer also. WE NEED YOU! Thanks, Shawnah
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Bill Tanner passed away at around 4:30 this morning. Bill had a long battle with cancer and things were starting to look up. This came as a surprise to the family, but not to God. Bill is with His Savior now. Please pray for his wife Kellye, sons Cole and Kyle(Jared's best friend), and daughter Whitney.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
I took Molly with us to Conclave because I really thought she was getting better. Her fever had come way down, and with medicine it was normal. She started feeling bad again tonight and her fever was 103.2. I feel bad for taking her. I should have stayed home. I hope I didn't get anyone else sick. How long does the flu usually last? Poor Molly.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
We are at Conclave. It is a youth ministers/workers conference that Kent, along with 5 other states, puts on in Chattanooga. Yesterday, Richard Ross spoke. Erwin McManus spoke also, but what Richard said, made me really think. He talked about how that when we speak of Jesus, it is of his life on earth or his return. WE rarely speak of NOW!! Now is so important. He is at the right hand of God. He is mighty and majestic. He said, "Why would a teenager who's life is crap(!) want to ask Jesus to come into his life! But...when we realize that Jesus is on His throne and wanting us to join HIM!! HE is doing great things and wants us to join Him where HE is! That is cool! Jesus is doing mighty things for His Kingdom and loves us so much that he wants us to be a part of what He is doing! I'm in! I know all of this, but why is it we focus on Jesus coming and helping ME! Jesus is everything to ME! Jesus has helped ME so much! Jesus has done so much for ME! YES, He is all that, but so much more! We get to help HIM! HE doesn't NEED us ! He loves us so much that He wants us in on what He's doing! YEA! Did I mention, I'm in!