How God Provided: My Filing Cabinet

My Filing Cabinet

I am a pile-it…. not a pilot that steers an airplane, a PILE-IT that you know, someone who piles things here and there. Piles of papers, projects, art supplies, magazines, and you name it litter our home. When God provided my filing cabinet it was a great pleasure to me that He fulfilled a desire of my heart.

I don’t know if you’re a pile-it like I am, but it sure is hard for me to know what to do with papers and every type of paperwork. I feel guilty trashing a cute picture my children drew, or sermon notes that I took in church that spoke to my heart.

In college we began a filing system to file our church related items that would help us in ministry some day. In our apartment fire, my file system that I had extensively been working on went up in the flames too. In all the years following our fire I have just been piling papers in file folders in banker’s boxes. I had wanted a file cabinet but never did ever buy one when my gravy train came in.

It was one of those days where a lady in our church and her daughter volunteered to watch our girls so I could get some errands done. This duo of ladies have always gone out of their way to befriend the kids and care about their crazy allergy needs so they could have a snack when they were at their house. They have sought to be a blessing to us time and time again just because… not because they ever wanted anything in return.

When I arrived to pick up the girls she took me to her garage and showed me a little Easy Bake Oven and asked me if Tres, our oldest daughter, would like to have it to play with. Of course she would! Then, within a matter of seconds she offered me the filing cabinet as well as another storage cabinet. Why should I ever be surprised that God would surprise me and give me the desire of my heart? And when I had not been thinking of that desire in my heart for some time…

God’s provisions and miracles are always special. You never have to doubt His love when He rains down blessings from heaven through the generosity of others. It’s never any doubt that He provides when it is something that you have thought about but never really voiced to anyone else. God is so good like that, His Omniscience (all-knowing) is miraculous in itself.

My piles are smaller now, my homeschool and ministry files are neatly tucked away in the metal drawers of my file cabinet. It is actually so full now that if I have both drawers open then it falls forward straight to the floor. It’s nothing fancy in its old gray color but boy do I love to think about how good God was to give it to me that afternoon.

We have a propensity to expect all of God’s miracles to be climbing the hills of the impossible instead of being easy and simple. Every time I think I know how God will work things out for me because of how He has done it in the past, then He always changes it up and does something different. His ways are wonderfully mysterious, just to keep me mesmerized by His handiwork.

You probably can think of an object God has provided for you in the past that was just like God handed it to you personally because it was so obvious and simple. I hope you remember it with fondness as you cherish the love God gives you even through the simple delights of meeting a silent or forgotten desire.

Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Maybe you’d like to read some of my other stories about How God Provided: Washing Machines and Dryers, Clothes for Our Son, and Meat for Our Freezer.

Resurrection Activities 2013

We have been at work on some fun projects this week. We are taking time out of our schedule to focus on Christ’s death and resurrection. My husband and I have really been thinking about the focus put on Christmas, Christ’s birth being a month long shin dig and then Christ’s Resurrection is crammed into one day. We are renewing our focus and purposing to do more for Easter than we have in the past from now on because His death and resurrection are the icing on the cake for the Christian life.

Now, on to our projects!

The first project was to make a Palm Leaf out of green construction paper, a straw, and some tape. We waved them around after telling the story of Jesus and the people shouting “Hosanna!”

Palm Branch with Straw and Construction Paper

Palm Branch with Straw and Construction Paper

Play-doh Storytelling

Play-doh Storytelling

The second activity we did was I told the kids that if they wanted to play Play-doh they had to make what I made first before they had free play. I created Jesus riding on the donkey and put clothes underneath them as they walked by. I demonstrated how to make the donkey and the Jesus figure and then the other kids were able to see how to make them for themselves. As we molded then we talked about the story and my oldest son, Uno, mentioned that it was only a few days later that they yelled “Crucify Him!” This idea could easily be used as you teach a Sunday School lesson. I explain this here at my sister site.

Paid In Full Handprints

Paid In Full Handprints

The next project was a project I found on Pinterest that was uploaded by one of the users. We altered it a little bit. We made white handprints on black construction paper and waited a long while for them to dry completely. Then, as we were adding the red dot on the center we talked about how Jesus was nailed to the cross. My second son, Dos, said “Awwww” as he painted, and was sad. I told him that Jesus died for us because He loved us, and then it gave me the idea to make the center nail print into a heart.

Sealed Tomb Lacing Activity

Sealed Tomb Lacing Activity

Finally I created a sort of diorama of the tomb of Jesus that is a teaching illustration for my 2 and 3’s Sunday School class that I am helping in. It illustrates how Jesus was sealed in the tomb and I created a pocket on the inside so that you can switch the body of Jesus with an angel and a folded up napkin. I like to create new ways for children to understand and see with their eyes the Bible stories come to life in an interesting way.

I hope to add more of our activities in the coming days when I find my charger for my camera and can plug it in to take more photos… I think I left it at the church! Go figure! I hope you are able to fill your days with Christ-centered and Bible-filled activities, because without Christ’s victory over death and the grave, we could not have the gift of love and eternal life.

Making My Sick Kids Feel Special Part 2

This sick bug is sticking around and finally claimed the baby. It’s running it’s course but as the others start to feel a little better they need a few more things to do before we get back to homeschooling.

Here are some more ideas for you of things we have done this week.

1. Write them a Get Well card. I took a huge piece of paper and wrote “Get Well Everybody” in bright colors and put swirls and confetti and smiley face stickers on it and taped it up on the front closet door in the living room so they could see it. My oldest kept commenting that he really liked it. He loves to write his own cards when Papa (what they call my husband) or I are sick. His best card said, “GIT WELL SOON,” and it reminded me of “Git ‘er done!” and brought a smile to my face because that’s exactly what I want to do with sickness, git ‘er done with!

2. Sing a song and tell some jokes. You be the song leader and let them pick out a few songs they like to sing and open up and let ‘er fly! Do the hand motions, get silly, get those little bellies rolling with laughter (be careful to slow down if they get to coughing), and build up their immunity with happiness. We did a few hundred verses of The Wheels on the Bus and various Bible songs and it took another 10-15 minutes of our time away from the TV.

Let them tell their favorite jokes and you tell some great children’s jokes too and keep their mind off of the downside of being confined to a room. We have a Bible Knock-Knock joke book and you can even look up jokes online or get joke books from the library. I just hope you don’t have to endure lame knock-knock jokes by the amateurs for days on end like we do sometimes, ha ha.

3. Jammie Drill! Jammie Drills are something I learned off the internet where you get the kids dressed for bed in their pajamas and make them think they’re going to bed, then 5-10 minutes later you sound an alarm and yell “JAMMIE DRILL! Get in the car now!” They grab their shoes and load up in the car and take them on an adventure, such as, pick up french fries from the drive through or play at the park in the dark.

So here’s the twist because the kids are sick they are already in their jammies all day long and you can call the drill when you would like. Open up your windows, if you’re in a safe neighborhood, and let the house air out for a while you take them to pick up a little snack or go look at the ducks in the duck pond or run a check to the bank. We drove to the local health food store and picked up more supplements, my husband going in, and me sitting in the car with the kids for a few minutes. He bought them mixed berry dark chocolate which they devoured on the drive home.

4. Ask Questions. We receive Highlights in the mail and one section in the magazine they ask all sorts of questions. I have written some of these questions down on little slips of paper and added some of my own and placed them in a jar. We pull them out every once in a while and all make thoughtful answers.Some of the questions are science oriented or silly, “What would you do first if you wanted to plant a garden?” or “Name 4 things you can brush.”

I learned today that my sons’ favorite vegetables are not what I thought they were…olives and carrots! Am I a bad mom for not knowing? No! They are changing and I need to learn more about them as we go along. The older our children get the more they learn and the less I know about them simply because I am not making all the decisions for them like I did when they were toddlers. P.S. Are olives actually a vegetable? I am thinking they’re a fruit…

It’s a busy world but illness can disguise itself as a blessing. As I wrote this entire post our sick infant wriggled around in my lap in her mopey sort of way just wanting to be close instead of on the floor. Stay close to your kids by making them feel special. You are the Mama God gave to them, help them know His love so that one day their hearts will accept Him as their Saviour and in time they can turn around and be great parents themselves.