Our web site is all about sharing our journey in Christ; our successes, failures, detours, and our “give God the glory and all of the credit” moments! I would like to share one of these. These are much more fun to share than my failures, which by the way I have a stack of stories waiting to post. But a “give God the glory story” gets moved right up to the front!! So here goes. My husband recently went out of town (very rare for us, he’s a homebody) on a trip to Pittsburg …on a plane (unheard of for us because he’s never flown!) So we had lots of prayers for safety and for excellent piloting skills! The fact that his trip was a little over 24 hours made no difference to us; he was gone for the night.
My daughter then began to make plans for a “girl’s night.” I just kind of smiled and nodded at all of her suggestions- and she had many! She started making plans a couple of days before
my husband left. She is very persistent and relentless at times, which I’m sure will serve her well one day. Right now, it is just annoying; I’ll just be honest.
Our “girl’s night” finally arrived, and please be advised, I had really made no commitment to anything. The big night was on a Wednesday and the Country Music Awards were on at 8:00.
I must mention here I am teaching summer school at Central Carolina and had been at school for about 4 hours and my class wasn’t over till 8:30. It was also a stormy, rainy night. I called when I was on the way home, very tired and ready to put my feet up. My extremely empathetic daughter answered the phone and wanted me to pick up a special pizza box with pizza, breadsticks, and cinnamon sticks at a great price! I politely informed her that I was already late for our show and that would make me even later. She offered to catch me up on everything, no problem. Thinking quickly on my feet, I came back with, “Well you will have to call it in for us,” (this would normally be a deal breaker!) She excitedly agreed, yeah!! (We do not live where pizza can be delivered to our house. so we have offered to meet the pizza driver at a halfway location: but this is apparently frowned upon in the pizza business).I sent up a prayer for patience and strength! I drove to the pizza place and waited on our order. It was very crowded so I waited some more. Finally, I got the incredibly priced pizza box and swam to the car; did I mention it was raining? On the way home, I talked to the Lord again and asked Him to please keep my mouth closed and my attitude grateful.
When I arrived home, luckily the Country Music Awards show was not over and my very appreciative daughter (yeah!) was waiting with plates and drinks ready. I did manage not to grumble and we watched the show and ate our pizza and fixings with great gusto. Somewhere in the middle of our celebration, my daughter said “This is exactly what I’d dreamed of.”
Perfection! This is something as moms of teenagers we don’t hear very often. But, God gets all of the credit. I did remember to talk to Him first and ask for guidance; finally I’m not asking for forgiveness again! Something as simple as girl’s pizza night could have been ruined with my bad attitude and tendency to say “not tonight.” Instead, we enjoyed great food, good music and a priceless memory. We even had leftovers for the next day, turns out it really was a great deal! So enjoy the little moments and any time spent with our children is well worth a trip in the rain! Each day is a gift.
"Every good and perfect gift is from above…” (James 1:17 )
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