This past Christmas Break was a busy blur, which made it hard to start back to work and school today.  But, through the busy blur, there was this really great moment, which was hands-down, my favorite part of the break.  I captured it in this picture:


It was when my twins were with me at our dining table for our “God Time”.

I had asked them to join me one day and to bring their Bible, their devotion book (ones they just got for Christmas), and a journal. I modeled what I do during my “God Time”, but let them know that I desire for it to be totally Spirit-led, so each time doesn’t always look the same, depending on where the Spirit leads me.

They did great listening, then launched into their quiet time with God.

The next day, they joined me again, (without my asking) but since that day, they’ve been on their own in their rooms, or someone in the house where they picked that particular day.

Yesterday, as I was walking by my son’s room, I saw his journal open on his bed, and just had to take a peek. I love this kid’s take on life, and his view on things frequently brings a smile.

(As an example, a friend had given me a beautiful warm poncho outfit for Christmas, which I wore to church this past Sunday. This same child leans over to me during church, and says, “Mom, I know it’s cold, but I just have to ask, why did you wear a blanket to church?” See what I mean…his outlook brings a smile!)

This was no exception. Check out his take-a-way from his God Time on January 1st:


“Let Jesus handle things the Jesus way.”

Have you ever seen such simple wisdom from an adolescent?! Perhaps you have; but I have to tell you, seeing this in a child’s handwriting made it all the more simple for me.

Too. Many. Times. I try to jump in and handle things the “Carly way”, when I need to just let Jesus handle things His way. For, as I’ve learned time and time again, His ways are not my ways, and His ways are infinitely better in the end, if I’ll just learn to trust Him and give things over to God from the start.

I say all the time that children are fresher from heaven, which is why they can see things in such a simple fashion.

Thank you, Lord, for this reminder through my child!

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9