Scared of a Christmas Tree

Posting a Christmas video has now become a tradition in the Smith family.

Two years ago I posted a video of us putting up our Christmas tree, last year I posted a video of some crazy Christmas lights down the street and this year I’m posting a video of Colbie.

The video of Colbie might not be what you expect, though. It’s of her crying. So, you’re probably thinking, “What kind of parents post a video of their kid crying?” But, it’s a video of her crying when she saw our Christmas tree, so it’s ok. Yep, she cried when she saw a Christmas tree. The thing that brings most children joy, brings Colbie fright.

You see, this all happened when Colbie took a long nap. So, Jasmine and I saw this as a perfect time to put up the Christmas tree. And when she woke up and saw this big tree taking over the living room, this was her reaction… [Read more…]

God Did it Before

a : assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something
b : one in which confidence is placed

How many times have you heard, “God did it before and He can do it again”?

I know that I’ve heard it over and over and over again, but it took forever for it to click in my head. That is until I began to try and understand relationships more. It’s more than not being able to see or touch God in the physical sense, or see exactly what He’s up to or not being able to control Him no matter how hard I try.

You see, it all has to do with trust that creates a deeper relationship. All of that advice you’ve heard for relationships with friends still applies with God. With trust, you’re willing to give a little more of yourself over. And the deeper a relationship goes, the more that trust builds. It allows for vulnerability and honesty. You see, even if God knows everything, he still wants to talk to us about things that are going on. He wants our time. We need that time.

It actually seems that prayers end up more like reminders to God on what He’s already promised. And that’s ok. Because He wants a relationship even more than we can fathom.

So, what does all of that mean for us? [Read more…]