August 24 was my last post, titled, When change hits you like a ton of bricks. I was sad, overwhelmed, and anxious about change! I decided I could cry, have a pity party, and worry or I could give God the pile of bricks and trust Him. I was expecting to feel the peace of Christ and knew deep down that everything would be ok. (only after a lot of prayer on my part and dear friends) But, I was so surprised how quickly it came and how Jesus revealed piece by piece that He had these bricks under control. I have eagerly wanted to write this update for sometime to shout Praise to Our King! To proclaim His Word is true and once again His steadfast love never ceases.
An update on Brick #1…..Jaden starting school
Jaden is absolutely loving school! My favorite part of the day is picking him up. As soon as our eyes meet in the school yard, we light up. He smiles big and runs to me bubbling over with excitement and information about his day. It just melts my heart. His teacher is a blessing and I think God hand-picked her for our family. Jaden told my friend a few weeks ago about his teacher. He said, “My teacher is a Christian too. You know my mom prayed about that.” Something I will cherish and hopefully never forget the importance of praying for my children. So far I have been impressed with the school and Royse City ISD. I feel they have great communication with the parents. Last week Jaden and I got to enjoy math game night hosted by the teachers. My mom was so sweet to watch Jacey so I could spend this time with just Jaden. What a blessing! Tomorrow night, I will get to attend the first PTO meeting. One thing I am most excited about and thankful for is that I can be involved in Jaden’s school. I am the home room mom and get to volunteer every Wednesday afternoon in his classroom. My mom started the PTO at my elementary school and was always there doing something. This was one of my favorite childhood memories so I am glad I can do this with Jaden.
An update on Brick #2…….Jacey going to weekday school
Jacey started weekday school at our church two weeks ago. I managed to make it through leaving her and parent orientation without too many tears. She cried the first two days for a couple of minutes when I dropped her off, but by week 2 she was good and waved bye. If I have to leave Jacey somewhere I am so thankful that it can be at my church, that I love! One of the great things is that she is already familiar with the building and she knows all the teachers from Sundays and Wednesdays. This was a HUGE blessing to both of us. She has two teachers, who we love, and also feel like God hand-picked for us. I was so concerned that Jacey might be a burden for them since she isn’t walking much and is behind in some areas compared to her classmates. The teachers love her and happily encourage her development. They listen to my concerns as an overprotective mom and even understand from their unique personal experiences. God blew me away with that one! In addition, Jacey’s physical therapist and speech therapist were thrilled that she was attending school two days a week. They said that was one of the best things I could do to boost her development. That helped a lot with the guilt and anxiety I had. Her teachers have been working with kids her age for over 10 years, so that was a plus for this mama too. The adorable crafts she brings home and the cute pictures they post throughout the day are a wonderful added bonus!
Brick #3….My part-time job
The day Jacey started weekday school at First Baptist Rockwall was also my first day at the office. After a few hours of cleaning and a couple of bottles of Lysol wipes I was ready to take on the new challenge of Dallas Office Products. People have been asking what I do. Right now I am just really doing anything that helps my husband and that has brought me joy. It feels good knowing I took something off his overloaded plate and that he appreciates me! I’m currently working on getting new customers while also answering the phones, assisting customers, occasionally making deliveries, and running errands for the boss! I’m learning the computer system and was able to place my first order by myself last week. Still a lot to learn though. Check us out at dallasop.com.
While adjusting to all the above changes we are working through weekly speech and physical therapy with Jacey. It is challenging many days, mostly because Jacey doesn’t feel comfortable with the therapists yet and she doesn’t like performing on command. 🙂 But, we do see improvement each week. Some days I find fear and worry creeping in when it comes to Jacey’s development, but most of the time the Spirit brings a calm to my heart and a scripture to my mind. I know God has a reason and place for this brick too. I can’t wait for Jacey to be old enough to share her testimony with the world, something I already started praying about. She will be going to Scottish Rite soon to rule out any physical problem being the reason why she chooses not to walk.
I also have some new and fun bricks thrown in the mix….. A new Bible study orchestrated by God, being part of the Women’s Ministry planning team, and exciting things happening with the NICU ministry. More info coming soon!
To close my brick analogy, I thought about the mortar that holds the bricks together. So what is going to hold all our bricks in life together? Nothing or no one, but Christ. He is the only one who doesn’t change. He is the only one who is forever. He is the only one with true steadfast love. Does it mean, we will always want our bricks or like where they are placed? No, but it means, despite all of that, we can cling to Him, find refuge, and have hope. Next post, Lord willing….When We Don’t Get an Immediate Response
Thanks for helping me stay accountable. Let’s strive to make Christ the builder of our life and the mortar that holds it all together!
Verse of the Day: Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against the house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. Luke 6:47-48 ESV