This week we read Chapter 9 in our study of Lisa Harper’s A Perfect Mess. (Click Here for more info about the study).
Today I had one of those horrified mommy moments. I stood in the parking lot realizing that my two year old was not right beside me at the same time a large black truck drove by. I had a brief moment of panic. I always try to park by the large parking lot dividers so that I have a place to set my infant down safely while I help Davi out of her car seat. Davi has a tendency to try and run off while I am unloading the car, so I try to get everything in order, and get her out of the car last. I don’t remember what I had to reach back inside the car to get, I just remember Davi not being there and hearing the truck roll by. My moment of panic was brief, and I could hear Davi on the other side of a white car. I left the infant sitting on the divider with the cold wind blowing so that I could run and grab Davi. The parking lot full of rushing parents right before school starts is not the best place to decide to run off. I grabbed Davi, retrieved the infant and bags that I dropped, and we checked into our class without another indecent. Another mom caught me after I dropped off Davi and said she saw look of horror on my face and knew what happened. She said “I wouldn’t move my car or pull forward until I saw you with her. I was afraid she had run in front of me.”
In Chapter 9 Lisa asks us to recall a recent circumstance where we feel overwhelming gratitude toward God. This is one of those instances. Today I keep replaying what happened in my mind. How different things could have turned out. It is unbearable to consider those scenarios. So I am filled with thankfulness that God was watching out for my baby girl.
We are full swing in the Christmas season. The time of year where we have the opportunity to consider what all we are thankful for and appreciate God’s many blessings. However, the holidays seem to be hijacked by consumerism and we forget the every day blessings that God gives us. I encourage you to take the time and consider what you are thankful for. Lisa asks us at the end of the Chapter to list the top 5 things we are thankful for (not including people). This one is hard for me because I am so thankful for the people God has placed in my life. But, here goes my top 5.
- A home without a mortgage. We definitely changed our lifestyle for this to be possible, but it is an amazing feeling.
- Indoor plumbing and electricity. Yes, this is basics, but can you imaging going potty outside in the cold winter? I am so thankful I have these luxuries!
- My husband’s job that allows me to be at home with the kids.
- God’s word in written form. I can’t imagine having to go somewhere just to read God’s word. Now, not only do I have an awesome study bible, but I can pull up numerous translations on my phone! The YouVersion bible app is awesome!
- Good car to drive my kids around in. My Explorer rocks. No, I’m not paid to endorse Ford. I am just glad I have a good car that can fit my kids and my nephews when needed.
Just for a cherry on top, I am thankful for the recommendations given to me today to help keep Davi from running off. I promptly ordered some hand magnets off of amazon, and a child leash. We are going to survive the terrible twos!
List the 5 things you are most thankful for in the comment section below.