Brock Co Lee

Right now, our Grace is in the stage where anything green shall not enter her mouth.  It has gotten so bad that I’ve been looking up recipes that disguise vegetables.  I even dressed the kids as “VeggieTales” hoping that they would jump on the veggie band-wagon. Fail.

Last night our neighbor B was over.  I craftily used her example of eating all her veggies to inspire Grace to do the same…no good… I threatened no dessert…that didn’t work….  Then Thomas told Grace that if she ate her broccoli, it would make her grow….That kid downed her broccoli, asked for more, and threatened her Bubbs that he better eat his broccoli too.

After Grace was done, she wiped her mouth and said, “I’m taller now, daddy.”

Thomas looked at her then at me.  We shared a “parent” glance and smiled.  “Good job Grace!”  She hopped down from her chair and raced over to the junk drawer.  She reached inside grabbing for something and said, “We got to measure.”  She finally found what she was looking for:  a tape measure.  She measured her arms, legs, and entire person.  Then, we measured Bubby.  Grace was satisfied with the night’s events, and that was that.

The prospect of growth motivated her.  Who would have thunk?

Fast forward to last night.  The babes were in bed and my group of ladies were sipping hot tea and discussing Proverbs 11.  We chatted and debated. We cried and laughed.  I love this group of people.  They are never afraid to share exactly what they are thinking.  I LOVE that.  Anyways, the heart of Proverbs (we are discovering) is the blessings of embracing and loving wisdom.  The pursuit of wisdom.  The pursuit of growth. The pursuit of holiness.  The pursuit of God.   Some of the ladies shared their journey last night.  It was humbling to say the least.  We were all motivated to change because we want to grow.

I am thinking how gently and beautifully God calls us all.  EACH ONE OF US.  He calls us to lay down what we want for something better.  AHH!!!  What does that mean??? (I’m just voicing what we all think sometimes) …”deny yourself, pick up the cross and follow me.”  (Luke 9:23) This, friends is the challenge of a dynamic, growing, powerful, victorious relationship with God.    Most of the time we don’t trust Him because the unknown is scary, green, ugly, untouchable….

It is a gentle Father that says, “Come you who are thirsty, Come.  Follow my directions and learn from me.  It is actually easier, dear one.  Come and find what you are looking for.  Find rest.  Grow. Let me grow you into the person I know you can be.  I will never give up on you.”  (adapted from Matthew 11:28 and James 1:4)

True and lasting spiritual growth only happens when we are following Jesus Christ.  Grace would also like to advise everyone to eat their broccoli.

 

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2 Responses to “Brock Co Lee”
  1. Such a great post!!! Loved it!

  2. vgotts says:

    Great story Rachael and wonderful blog. So glad to hear the bible study is doing well and growing. Thankful for your obedience to God’s call and your love for these young ladies.

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