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Parenting Lessons From Barf and Butterflies

By January 11, 2017parenting

The diaper years, the insane years, the constantly smelling like throw up years are certainly a beautiful mess. These years are beautiful and gross, amazing and tiring, and seemingly unending. Once you go through the insane years, you never come out the same. It’s like a caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a butterfly. Wings change the outcome, so does barf.

3 Lessons From a Butterfly and 1 From Barf

1. Beauty Changes When You Hibernate

Trust me, if you go to sleep for a couple of weeks, your whole world is going to change. Seriously, what if you did take a couple of weeks to reflect on your purpose and mission in life? You would experience a renewed sense of purpose and direction. Being intentional is contagious. When you are intentional about rest in the midst of your crazy life, you will experience peace in the storms of life. Hold on to this promise from Psalm 29:11, “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.”

2. Crawling Butterflies

Can you imagine a butterfly crawling around like it was still a caterpillar? What if you saw that? Wouldn’t you think there was something wrong with the butterfly’s wings? I wonder how often we forget that we have been transformed by the power of Christ at work in us. His power gives us strength to handle wiping snot at 2 am, and a blown out diaper five minutes later. We have to choose joy or we become like the butterfly that crawls around and refuses to fly. Remember these powerful words, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Joy in the middle of the storm is contagious.

3. There are Always Critics

There are always going to be caterpillars and “butterfly walkers” reminding you of the old life. They will tell you how great it was to crawl around. They will share with you stories of the good old days and invite you back to your old life. No matter what you do or how radically you change, they will criticize you for trying to be above them. You have to stay focused. You are not better than them, you simply choose to live the life you were designed to live. A life in which you fly. A life in which you experience the wonder, grace and power of God in your life daily.

4. Vomit: The Ejecting of Matter from the Mouth

That moment when you see your child’s body rejecting the food—run! I have seen children hit innocent bystanders from 30 feet away. Just remember, if they can see you, they can reach you with projectile vomit. It’s an amazing gift that God has given them. Vomit is the body rejecting whatever was recently deemed worthy of going in. It’s your bodies way of saying, “This food sucks!”

What if we rejected words, thoughts or ideas that aren’t of or from God? Read that question again. I wonder what junk we are putting into our minds that we should reject, but we don’t because we have become complacent? Paul tells us to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Are you taking every thought, or any thought captive and making them obedient to Jesus’ way, His plans and His purpose for your life?

I urge you today to think through areas where your mind has forgotten:

the cost of God giving His Son
the grace to save you
the love to pursue you daily
the hope, the perseverance, the power that God gives to us freely.

By God’s grace may you be transformed to live as He intended you to live.

(c) Can Stock Photo / blamb

Danny Ray is a Christian Magician Sharing God’s Transforming Message Through Captivating Illusions.

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