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November 13, 2013 Edition 

Help! I ran out of time to do everything I planned!

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Gena Suarez

Hey, Mama,  


I don't know about you, but this could be a common lament at my house: "Help I ran out of time to do everything I planned!" In my zoo (otherwise known as a family--grin), that's a common problem. I can make all kinds of plans, but real life all too often steps in and rearranges them. I have had to learn to give my plans to the Lord and trust that He will help me get done what's important.


But right now, Mama, I can see that your brow is furrowed again, and I think things are more difficult for you than just running out of time. I look at you and see the worry lines, and I want to reach out and smooth them away. I'm sorry about this season of life you are going through; I know it's just HARD right now. But God is working here; He is building character in all of us. Remember what God's word teaches about joy and how trials actually bring it about:

"Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." James 1:2-4 (NASB)

So the trial is difficult right now and it's sad. It's not even "just hard" or an unemotional challenge; it's actually grievous--the heart in the shoes kind of grief. But He knows. And He won't forget that you are leaning on HIM as you go through this. Refinement: that is you right now, Mama. You are enduring much, and your reward is that you will be complete, lacking in nothing! He wins! You win!

Others too throughout the centuries have faced terrible difficulties--far worse than this one actually; we're not alone. And this lifetime is a blink of an eye compared to our "real" life, the true adventure of eternity. Now THAT is real life. And it is coming for those who love and obey our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. (He said, "If you love Me, you will obey Me.")

So Mama, worry robs you of energy--energy you could spend on your hubby and kids tonight, OK? Shrug it off; you are "not available" for that right now. You are free, God has everything under control, and you are going to be just fine. Your Father is with you.

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength." --Corrie ten Boom

Walk, Mama.


~ gena

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Nine-year-old Frankie Goldsmith's view of the world around him was still blissfully shaded in innocent wonder when he and his parents boarded the RMS Titanic on April 10, 1912. They were leaving behind the harsh life of a poor, working class family in England for what they hoped would be better life in the USA.


Back home, all British children were entitled to a basic elementary education, but most working class children would leave school at a fairly early age to go to work, usually around twelve. At this magic moment in time, standing on the deck of the mighty Titanic,

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On the fourth night at sea, an iceberg stopped the clock. In two hours and forty minutes Titanic would be gone, but none of the passengers knew that. Precious moments passed before reality finally set in. When it did, it was already too late for most, especially those in third-class, like the Goldsmith family.


If only there was more time. If only there were more lifeboats. If only Captain Smith had heeded iceberg warnings. If only all of the If Onlys could put Titanic back together again, Frankie and his father would never have been separated, but they were. Standing at the railing watching his wife and dear son being lowered away in a lifeboat, he patted Frankie on the shoulder and said "So long Frankie. I'll see you later." Frankie, not knowing this was the end, had no reason to think otherwise, so he failed to tell his father how much he loved him and that he that he would honor him for the rest of his life. There would be plenty of time for that, later.


It could be said that one of the morals of the Titanic story is-- don't put off saying today what you can't say tomorrow.



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Let me tell you a little story. Once upon a time, long ago, I was in seminary. The class was taught by a smart guy who wore a suit and used Brylcreem on his hair. He, like so many other professors, used a well-worn syllabus that mapped out all the things he planned to teach us eager seminoids.


I remember the last class with Professor Brylcreem. He wrapped up his lecture and with a little flourish closed his syllabus with these words, "We didn't make it all the way through what I had planned, but that's ok."


I've thought of his words more than once and know what he said is somehow profound. Truth is, we make our plans, teach and do life, and rarely make it through all that we have planned . . . and that's ok ."


The real danger as I see it is feeling like WE MUST make it through our plan and then push through life and run over people to make sure we cover it all. If that pretty much sums up your approach--STOP IT!!


Take a chill, learn from Professor Brylcreem and enjoy your children, not your plan.


Be real,



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Diana Waring

Dear Friends,


Did you open this week's THM, praying that, at last, someone would tell you how to do it all? Is the magical formula here that will help you get it all done??


Well, yes and no. Or, maybe I should say, "No and Yes."


First the NO.


Children are not predictable, have you noticed? You have that wonderful schedule all set up (and you worked HARD on it, well done!!), and first thing you know, your kids are not cooperating with the program. They have questions, they are tired, they don't get it, they don't remember it, they want to go outside, read a book, visit friends, sleep, eat--ANYTHING but what you had scheduled.


And that is frustrating. I know, believe me, I know!


Even if they are cooperative with your schedule, children are NOT robots to be programmed. You cannot set them on the quick cycle, like you can do a washing machine or a dishwasher. Sometimes they are FAST, and sometimes they are S-L-O-W!!


And that is challenging. I know, believe me, I know!


Even if they are cooperative with your schedule and move at a reasonable pace, you live in the 21st century. That means, that everywhere you look, people are doing more, faster, better, non-stop, breathless, and more exhausted than ever before. So, as you try to keep up with the Jones' (probably on Facebook), you are quite likely trying to do more than can be done.


And that is impossible. I know, believe me, I know!


So, let's consider the YES.


Let me run a scenario for you. You planned to read aloud two chapters from Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Well done!! That is a great way to interest your kids in literature, in history, in family-life, in survival skills, you name it. Your kids will listen breathlessly, eyes glued on you, hanging on your every word. Perfect learning situation!!


You had planned twenty minutes for this literature exercise, and when it's over, you are supposed to move on to science. But, after the first sentence in Chapter One, one of your kids says, "Hey, Mom, where's Wisconsin?


So, recognizing that you probably won't keep their interest if you don't answer the questions, specifically where Wisconsin lies, you dutifully pull out a road atlas of America. Crowded around your lap, your kids start asking questions.


"Where's California? Where's Disneyland? Where does Grandma live? Where were you born? Where was I born?" And on, and on, it goes.


Determined to at least read ONE chapter out of the literature book, you, at last, set the road atlas down and pick up Little House again. You turn to the second page, and glancing up, you see your kids are listening with rapt attention. GREAT!


But then you read this sentence: "Muskrats and mink and otter live by the streams." One of your children says, "Hey, Mom, what does a muskrat look like??" And someone else says, "Yeah, and what do minks and otters look like?"


Your twenty minutes has come and gone, and you are hoping to salvage some aspect of the science curriculum before lunch, but with the eager and expectant looks on their faces, you just can't disappoint your kids. So, you dutifully pull out that Reader's Digest book on animals that you found at a garage sale, and turn to the index to find an entry on muskrats, minks, and otters.


Once they see the photo, though, they want to hear all about the animals. "What's it say, Mom?"


You end up spending two hours on what was supposed to take twenty minutes, and you feel like such a failure. If only you were "more regimented, more disciplined, better able to keep your kids on track."


Precious friend, I'm here to tell you that you just wildly SUCCEEDED!! Your kids learned geography, science, history, and literature--in bite-sized doses, just perfect for children. They learned that Mom listens, Mom can find answers, Mom loves to learn--a fabulous model for them! You invested the most precious commodities of all--time and love--in the most valuable people in the world.


You did it!! You used your time in the very best way imaginable.


And I am proud of you.


Here's the magic formula: You have time! You did not run out of it. It is a gift--a precious, treasured, incredibly valuable gift--that you can spend with your children.


Remember, stay relational.




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