It’s hard to believe our baby girl Alyssa is almost 1.
It’s hard to believe we’ve been in Arkansas for nearly a year.
It’s hard to believe my son is married and has a baby on the way.
It’s hard to believe God blessed us by growing our ministries in Arkansas. John’s a children pastor once again. I started a Teen MOPS support group in this new place.
With each of these areas there’s been a learning curve.
I’ve learned how to be an “older” mom. I’ve learned to take naps with my baby. I’m much more relaxed as a mom. I’m more fun, too.
I’ve learned how to live in the South. I’ve learned to smile more and hug more. I’ve learned to love Chick-fil-A. I’ve learned to enjoy mild winters.
I’ve learned to transition into being a parent of a married son. I let his wife tell him when he needs to get up or be nice 🙂 I’ve learned to choose my words wisely.
I’ve learned to enjoy my daughter-in-law and grow our relationship by spending time together. Soon I’ll get to learn what being a grandma is like, and I’m excited!
I’ve learned to continue to support my husband’s passion. I’ve learned to praise his ideas and be a sounding board as he tries to figure out how to meet the needs of children in inner city Little Rock.
I’ve learned how to mentor Teen Moms of a different race and social background. I’ve learned how to connect with leaders who talk with a twang.
In the next year there will be more learning curves, and that’s okay. Just because things are different doesn’t mean they’re bad … just the opposite. Every challenge in the last year has made me a better, more capable person. I’ve also turned to God time and time again.
You see, a learner needs a teacher. Life, transitions, and people unlike myself teach … but the greatest teacher of all is God. He is the one I can turn to any time day or night. He knows the answers. He supplies the strength. He brings the insight, the peace, and the promise of good things to come.
What do you need to learn today? There is a good God who can help you with that.