Goodbyes are hard, but they’re necessary.

Yet, another lesson from my daughter, Micah: Last week her school community was shaken by the sickness of a child. We didn’t know the details, but in the mornings on the way to school we would pray for him. But, sadly, he died on Wednesday. We don’t know what happened.
When I picked Micah up from school her brown eyes were bigger than usual and her posture let me know something was wrong. I asked her how her day was and she sighed and said, “It was ok.”
Like a routine, I said, “Ok? Why was it just ok?” She told me what happened, as she kept staring at the letter that her principals sent home to the families of the school children affected. Micah talked about the memories from the previous year and how some of her friends cried at the news. I asked her if she cried, too. She said, pretty simply, no. I was a little shocked. “Why? Weren’t you sad, too?” She said, “It makes me sad. But, it just happens. People have to die.” I had just told my sisters earlier that day in a completely different conversation that goodbyes are hard but, they’re necessary. And here my 10 year old was living it out for us to see!
At 10 she understands God’s promises in a deeper, far better way than I do in my 30s; that when the inevitable sadness strikes, we can be confident of these truths:
1. Not to worry, the Lord is near to the broken-hearted. ~Psalm 34:18
2. God really is a God of comfort. ~Matthew 5:4
3. Even though it hurts, God is in control and knows better than we ever could. ~Proverbs 3:5-6


You ARE Good Enough

Here’s my lesson for the day. “You ARE good enough.” I remember one of my students who came into the classroom after the school year had already begun. She was, I guess what you’d classify as a “less popular” girl. She was quiet and reserved and didn’t seem to really fit in. Anyway, I had these novels that we were reading. Although, I had enough for each student to have their own, half of them were newer while the other half were worn and ripped. So, I gave the “they’re all the same speech,” and hoped everyone would be cooperative. But, I noticed when another student passed them out one day, she gave her friends and the “more popular” kids the newer books. Of course this new girl received an older one. I felt bad. I knew she probably felt bad, too. But, she just came up to my desk and said, “may I use some tape to fix this?” And started taping up her book. There’s so many lessons to be learned in that.

You can make the decision each day to decide to be defeated…OR that you are good enough. What does God say about you? Because He would never say that you aren’t good enough for Him or His best.

Zephaniah 3:17 – “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”