Chuck E. Jesus

 

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Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35

“Where’s Chuck E. Jesus?” asks one of the girls at my son’s three year-old party.  Her interpretation of a kid’s theme restaurant is a place where she might see Jesus. The motto for this celebratory place is, “Where a kid can be a kid.” Sure enough, it’s crammed with kids elbow to elbow. The lights, games, cotton candy, rides, pizza, sounds, tokens, tickets and prizes are a bit overwhelming to the average adult. It’s no wonder a newbie child at Chuck E. might associate Jesus.

Our everyday busyness is portrayed much like the land of Chuck E. Cheese. It’s jam packed with events, food, children’s activities, working motions to produce the sound of coins falling into a piggy bank, and the lights don’t turn out until we’re fully overwhelmed with a day’s worth of activities. Where does Jesus fit into the portrayal of Chuck E. Cheese? Jesus modeled it for us. He got up very early in the morning, while it was still dark and went off to a solitary place where he prayed.

You may go to Chuck E. Cheese one day. You’ll be thankful you modeled after Jesus and prayed yourself up for such an event. Jesus knows our busyness and what lies ahead. Have you encountered the land of Chuck E. and asked, “Where’s Chuck E. Jesus? He wants to be included in the first part of our day—early. Have you put Jesus first in your day?

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Motherhood: Humble Me with the Letter P

As soon as I read the Proverb and the prayer left my lips, I knew God was going to humble me. This was yesterday and today my two kids have puked four times so far. My three year-old woke up puking and I found him in his bed with more puke or should I say vomit? Either word is disgusting and remind me of the horrid smell that comes from digestion.

I changed my son to take the other two to school and I went to wake the baby. The entire hallway had the wretched smell, which I assumed came from the boys’ room. However, when I went to wake the baby, she was covered in her own puke, too. Oh, the humbling experience of cleaning up a child who has either pooped or puked. The two “P’s” humble me as a mother and continue to keep me humble.

As I changed their beds, washed their sheets and bathed them before 8 o’clock this morning, God reminded me of yesterday’s prayer: Keep me humble, O Lord. Yes, I am humbly bathing my nine month-old; picking the dried chicken bits out of her hair. I just happened to introduce soft chicken at dinner last night–big mistake.

Thank you Lord for the gift of motherhood and the humbling experiences I have to keep me on my knees praying for my children.

Parenting with Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments

Speaking of  prayer, I want to share a prayer guide. I was reminded of this resource during a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting yesterday. It’s topical and it has teachable moments to share with your children. In other words, you have a life application you can share with your child. This book is called Parenting with Scripture , a resource you can use from birth and up. Amazon sells it, but better yet, you can check out the inside at the website.

Praying for our children is the best gift we can ever give them. I’m praying for God to be my children’s Jehovah Rapha right now. We all have a prayer concern. We can give this intangible gift to our children.Won’t you join me?

Do you recommend any additional prayer resources?

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