Mommy Praise

2015-06-29 Starla twins

My sister, Starla just returned from a mission’s trip in Peru.  Before she left, I gave her a CD of Christian children’s songs in Spanish.  Seemingly out of the blue, she asked me to translate one of the Sunday school songs that we sing at the Children’s Church where we both serve.  We also often sing it at our small group of moms and kids, called “Baby Praise.”

Baby Praise songs get stuck in your head.  But I love it because they are designed to do just that, get stuck in the heads of the young children we teach each week, and reinforce the message that:

  1. God made me
  2. God loves me &
  3. Jesus wants to be my friend forever

So, I translated the song, “I can do all things” but the Spanish translation was difficult, yet not impossible, to sing with the melody.  You would need to be able to sing the words quickly and with her not being fluent in Spanish, I imagined it would be hard for her to sing that particular one with the kids there.  Over the years that we’ve served together as Sunday School teachers, and worked together babysitting and teaching kids, Starla and I have literally sung hundreds of songs.  I wondered why she chose that one to translate.  On her trip, I also wondered if she would even been able to use it.

Well, Starla’s trip to Peru coincided with my nephew, Asher’s 1st birthday and Grandma’s birthday as well.  Grandma was making her own six hour trip to visit him.  Amor and I wanted to join them all and celebrate together.  Due to financial constraints we weren’t sure we’d be able to pull it off, so I asked a mommy friend at Baby Praise that Thursday to pray that if it was God’s will for us to go, that He would make a way.  And that very afternoon, He did!

But on Friday, just as we were set to leave, baby Brooks spiked a fever.  He was already on his 3rd round of antibiotics for ear infections that just wouldn’t seem to heal.  I took him to the doctor for yet another round of meds and got the “okay” for him to travel.  We still weren’t sure we should go because his fever had been so high.  But by Saturday morning, it was down so we set off.

Unfortunately, right after we left, Brooks decided that he didn’t like taking medication.  (He had had no problems swallowing the liquids before we hit the road).  During our three day trip, his fever returned with a vengeance and I tried every trick in the book to get him to take his antibiotic and Tylenol!

We got the idea to take the kids swimming in the cool pool and it did help bring the fever down.  After a while, the babies got restless and so I left the big girls with Amor and took the twins back to the room with me and gave them a bath.  Alone in the room the stress of the trip started to grind on me.  It didn’t help that the twins were both crying and needing different things at the same moment.  Bella was fussing as I was trying to finish up the bath and Brooks was just crawling around the motel floor crying for me to hurry up and cuddle him.  That’s when the thought crossed my mind, “God, you really thought I could handle all this?”  The answer came in the form of song…

At that moment, the scriptural Baby Praise song came to my remembrance, “I can do all things, my God will help me, I can do all things, God will make me strong.” (Philippians 4:13).  I started singing it out loud as I finished up.  I sang it in English.  I sang it in Spanish.  I sang it until both babies were settled and cuddling.

Starla didn’t end up using the song in Peru.  But her having me translate it, put it in my heart and God brought it back to my mind at just the right time.

Starla with Bella dressed in Authentic Peruvian Garb!

Starla with Bella dressed in Authentic Peruvian Garb!

(Update on Brooks – had tubes put in his ears and infection has since cleared, praise God!)

Double Talk Quote:  “Hit the road?  OK!” – Mica reaches down and literally hits the road with her hand (smarty)

Term that has Lost its meaning:  traveling light

Bible Verse:  “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4:13 (Again)

Relatable Lyrics:  I Can Do All Things” (Amber Sky Records)  “I may be small, but God is so powerful”

Puedo hacer todas las cosas
Mi Dios me ayudará
Puedo hacer todas las cosas
Dios me hará fuerte

Ayudando a mi mamá
Obedeciendo a mi papá
Puedo hacer cualquier cosa
Compartiendo mis juguetes
Abrazando a mis amigos
Puedo hacer cualquier cosa
Diciendo la verdad
Diciendo ” Gracias”
Puedo hacer cualquier cosa

Tal vez soy pequeño
Pero Dios es tan poderoso

 

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Comments on: "Mommy Praise" (5)

  1. Tehehe God is so cool like that! He is just way too awesome and smart to work EVERYTHING out..
    I’m telling ya, He sure does like showing off in you!
    You are SuperBelle with God on your side!
    I’m so glad Brooksie is healed!
    Mica is too funny for her britches.
    Bella is too cute for her Peruvian britches.
    Love you Sissy!!

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  2. Testing

    Like

  3. love

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