Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sullivan Family Headlines

Wondering why I’ve been slacking off on blogging? Check out our headlines! It’s crazy around here!

Host Student Makes it Home for Summer

College big-timers Yaw and Ezekiel rolled back into Huxley, IA over the weekend! Poor guys have their work cut out for them because their every move is shadowed by some cute little munchkins!

Justice Sullivan Breaks Question Asking Record

Are there some dinosaurs still alive?
How are there black people in America who weren’t born in Africa?
How do I get into the army?
Can I have my birthday party at Chuckie Cheese?
Who mows that grass in the center of the streets (the median)?
The golf course is SO BIG. How do they see where the golf ball goes after they hit it?
What kind of cow do we get chocolate milk from?

JJ Sullivan, Age 4, Has World Figured Out

Me (in parking lot in Lawrence, KS, frustrated and driving in circles): “How do I get out of here?!?!?!”

JJ (without missing a beat): “The way you came in.”

And these words of wisdom coming from a guy who goes on deep sea diving adventures in the bathtub!! I’ll take it!!

Little Miss Purple Gets Even Purple-er

A ‘Girls Only’ Mother’s Day spent with Grandma Jane up in Minnesota creates the perfect conditions for a little purple purchasing paradise.

Couch Doubles As Trampoline

HINT HINT birthday gift idea HINT HINT

Gobble Gobble

The other morning I woke up to….

Not a dog barking.

Not a baby crying.

Not a rooster crowing.

But to….

TURKEY’S GOBBLING!!!! This gang of turkeys was wandering through our back yard with a few of their duck friends. Weird.

There’s A Baby in Da House!

Well, she’s a baby in comparison to my munchkins anyways! A few weeks ago we found ourselves chasing this sweet thang around a few days a week (and enjoying EVERY minute of it!). She is a part of helping a young man overcome his past, and to start on a new path. This relationship hasn't come easy to him. But the God we serve is a God of new beginnings in which all things are possible. I am so thankful to be able to watch God transform a life, one step forward at a time.

What God is Teaching Me Right Now

Walk with Me in holy trust, responding to My initiatives rather than trying to make things fit your plans. I died to set you free, and that includes freedom from compulsive planning. When your mind spins with a multitude of thoughts, you cannot hear My voice. A mind preoccupied with planning pays homage to the idol of control. Turn from this idolatry back to Me. Listen to Me and live abundantly!

Do not search for security in the world you inhabit. You tend to make mental checklists of things you need to do in order to gain control of your life. If only you could check everything off your list, you could relax and be at peace. But the more you work to accomplish that goal, the more things crop up on your list. The harder you try, the more frustrated you become.

There is a better way to find security in this life. Instead of scrutinizing your checklist, focus your attention on My presence with you. This continual contact with Me will keep you in My Peace. Moreover, I will help you sort out what is important and what is not, what needs to be done now and what does not. Fix your eyes not on what is seen (your circumstances), but on what is unseen (My Presence). ~Jesus Calling~

Compulsive planning. Trying to make things fit my plans. Idolatry of control. Scrutinizing my checklists.

I’m giving these things to you, Lord. Help me to mind the present, while leaving the future up to you. I surrender my grasping for control over my life. Take it. I trust You.

My New Motto

This is the blessed life – not anxious to see far in front, nor eager to choose the path, but quietly following behind the Shepherd, one step at a time. ~F.B. Meyer~


Angie P said...

If you ever need a break let me know! I am more than happy to help you out.

Lori said...

Great update. I struggle with the same control issues, as you well know :D. Sorry for passing the list burden down to you too. Ha. We are interested in changing our circumstances, all the while God is changing US!

kendra said...

1.) I think I still have the same questions as Justice.

2.) Your kids are stinkin adorable.

3.) That daily Jesus Calling hit home HARD to me. ooh baby. I have lists in my head, on my apps in my phone, on my workout/lifting notebook at the gym, on paper falling out of my car as I hop in and out, etc.

It's insane. God has His work cut out in helping me give Him that CONTROL. "Neat" to know someone else struggles with the same "ocd" list fiend that I have/am. Yuck. :)

You're great :)