Sunday, August 15, 2010

When Plans Change

I had big plans to write about the horrific state of my vegetable garden.

And I was brewing up one heck of an analogy between the meaning of life and rotten peaches.

I thought I might whine a little about the weekend coming to an end before I was ready.

I had my plans, but some plans were meant to be changed.

My boy asked Jesus into his heart tonight.

I was not expecting it. I fumbled around for the pause button, knowing all the while that there wasn't one. I had always pictured Cory by my side when "this" happened. And I surely never imagined it coming on the heels of a bedtime battle.

My guy has made leaps and bounds, but he's still prone to anxiety. He worries about bad dreams and he hasn't said so, but I know he's nervous about school starting on Tuesday.

Now, come Tuesday, I'll be sending him off with his new watch, his gigantic backpack and Jesus in his pocket.

I never imagined it this way, but I couldn't possibly have imagined it better.



*All photos courtesy of CMB. Holla.

75 comments:

  1. I really have no words Shabby. No words. I wish I could have seen it. Oh how happy it makes me. My soul is rejoicing with you! I'm not sure, but I do think that Calvin will end up being Jesus' favorite. Fo' real.

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  2. Rejoicing with you and your family. What sweet news to share!

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  3. Congratulations! There is nothing sweeter than being there and guiding your child when he accepts Jesus.

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  4. "Jesus in his pocket"...a comfort to him AND you in the great big world of Kindergarten!

    Praising the Lord with you!

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  5. Yes! Tell Calvin how much we love him and how proud we are of him.
    Uncle Landon & Aunt Lori

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  6. That's wonderful Shannan! Praise God!

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  7. What a terrific praise and hallelujah! Bennett just asked Jesus into his heart a few weeks ago and like you, I wished I had a manual to make sure I was doing and saying the right things. Then I remembered that God knows exactly what our heart is feeling yet sometimes our lips can't say:) There is no better feeling than knowing your kids are His kids! I pray for a wonderful first week of Kindergarten for Calvin .. Bennett starts next Wednesday and boy am I nervous. More than him I'm sure - it's hard sending our babies off into the big world .. but we have a much bigger God!!!

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  8. How fantastic! Celebrating with you!! :)

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  9. hooray! such wonderful news and such a wonderful way to send him off into the world of the big K.

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  10. How AWESOME is that?? The angels are rejoicing tonight with us!! This is what life is all about. I remember when each of you made that awesome decision. It NEVER loses its thrill. Tell our buddy we love him and are so happy for him. As for Tuesday, its his teacher who should have sweaty palms!! Hope she has the chemistry books dusted off.

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  11. He should be all set now! Good luck to both of you on your newest journey!

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  12. Oh happy day! It is the best mommy moment ever isn't it?!? Welcome to the family Calvin!

    "...and Jesus in his pocket." Love it!

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  13. What a beautiful little prince you have; so happy that he's a child of the King!

    Jan

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  14. What a wonderful way to start the week, and to start a new life. And, what a wonderful memory the two of you will share of this night!

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  15. Well, praise the Lord!! It just doesn't get any better than that, does it? God's timing is so perfect. He doesn't have to go off to Kindergarten alone!

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  16. Oh my heart jumped for joy! I am doing the happy dance along with the angels! Yay! WooHOO!

    Elizabeth
    http://www.justfollowingjesus.com

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  17. You can see Jesus' love on his face and in his eyes!!

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  18. Sissaaay ~
    I can't believe our little guy is overflowing with the love of Jesus inside and out!

    What an amazing and life changing moment that you where able to be apart of. This (as mom says) is "The most important decision one can Ever make in life) and our little feller has made it!
    Praise Jesus!

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  19. What a breathtaking moment that must have been. Oh, and the pause button? It's with the manual. ;)

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  20. I'm crying.
    Horray! Best day ever!

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  21. Amen sista! Graet pics too!

    Praying for peace for little man.

    Hugs, The Lady of the House

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  22. and that last post? That was me. JoAnn. I was saying Horray best day ever, although I'm sure Alexis would agree. Some people have problems remembering to log out when they use my computer :)

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  23. "Let the little children come to me,"
    Matthew 19:14

    I can see Jesus hugging the both of you at that moment.

    Love,~G~

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  24. That is the most precious moment for you to experience with him, Shannan. Praise the Lord!
    You have a very special little guy, older than his years. I love him so much,(and Ruby and Silas,) and so does Jesus!!! It gives me goose bumps :)
    mej

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  25. This brought tears to my eyes! We praise you Jesus! Thanking the Lord for this gift today!

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  26. Praise God! What wonderful news! There is no greater comfort than having "Jesus in the pocket" of your babies, huh? I will pray for a smooth start to kindie. :)

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  27. Yeah!!!!!! I'm praying him and for every single little & big soul he comes across on his new adventure! What a lovely, lovely day!!!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  28. What a happy place to be in that moment! I hope he has a wonderful Tuesday at Kindergarten :)

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  29. Tell Calvin that Papa and Nana are rejoicing with him and that we are so proud of the young man God is molding him into! I can't wait to see him roaming the halls of school with his pretend "blackberry" taking notes and soaking up all the teacher has to teach him. Hope she is ready to learn alot also!

    Love you little one!
    Nana

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  30. I'm bawling at work. Happy re-birth day sweet Calvin. Can't wait to see you grow up in Him.

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  31. What a way to start a Monday morning :) Thank you for sharing such wonderful news. And "Jesus in his pocket"... as I go back to school this week, I'm going to be reminded that I, too, have Jesus in my pocket. Angels are celebrating, and we are all, too!

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  32. That is so sweet and awesome and perfect timing. Love it.

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  33. That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith
    as you are being rooted and grounded in love. -Ephesians 3:17

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  34. Yay Shannan! All my boys accepted the Lord with their daddy by their side - what a treat for you!
    Welcome to the fam, Mr. Lee.

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  35. It's is something really to think that He calls out to those little ones. May this post speak to any who are in doubt.

    That they feel the touch of Him just like that and are drawn. May this be a special time for you all over there as you celebrate your little boys response. I so pray for my own children's hunger for the Lord in a deep and abiding way. So so joyous for you.

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  36. THis was just what I needed to read at 1am last night. "My boy asked Jesus into his heart tonight." I just felt like crying, happy tears of course! What a wonderful, joyful sentence, that comes with so much peace as well.

    I was up because I could not sleep after watching a heart wrenching movie (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - holocaust related). I would tell you to watch it as a movie-watcher, but not as a mama. I have never lost sleep over a movie - till last night. It was excellent and horrible all the same. Though it was fiction, the facts were all truth. I hate being reminded of the evils of the world... and then - i logged on and read your post...

    Thank you for sharing this lovely bit with us:-) I smiled and felt more peaceful in knowing that THIS is the ultimate answer to it all. Thank you Jesus for saving us:-) !!!

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  37. Yay Calvin!!! How amazing it is to witness the Spirit's work in the heart of our children. What a JOY!

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  38. Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called — his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. (Ephesians 1:15-19, NLT)

    And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ... (Ephesians 3:17-18, NIV)

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  39. What a great moment to share with your child, or with anyone for that matter!

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  40. Do you ever cease to be amazed at that little guy? He is something special. I'm happy he will go off tomorrow with Jesus in his pocket!

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  41. congrats to your lil sweet p! what a great way to start the school year!

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  42. my favorite fpfg post thus far. i can't wait to see how God will revolutionize civilization as we know it through your incredible guy.

    go calvin. go God.

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  43. What precious news!! So glad you shared with us.

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  44. Our God is a big awesome God! Love how He speaks to us all, young and old! Praise Jesus for Calvin!!

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  45. That made me teary ... What a great change of plans! :)

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  46. Oh my word! This is just too sweet and precious for words. Praise Jesus. I have a big smile on my face after reading this post!!
    Way to go Calvin!

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  47. Praise God! As I tell each of my children when this great event happens... there is a great celebration going on in heaven right now as your son's name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life!! I have one child left to do this and she is 3. It is a mother's greatest joy and biggest success when her children accept Jesus!

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  48. Praise God!! I am rejoicing with you now. :-)

    -FringeGirl

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  49. I am THRILLED for your family and my heart is singing with all the angels! Thank you, Jesus!

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  50. yay! more than happy for him and your family!

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  51. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  52. What a grownup beautiful child. I love "Jesus in his pocket."

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  53. please stop making me cry at work. please. i feel like my heart could just leap out of my body. what an amazing moment. i so love it!!

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  54. Oh, what wonderful news! Such a time of rejoicing! It's a wonderful feeling knowing your children have made the decision to ask Jesus into their hearts. Three of my 4 have, and it's sooo exciting!

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  55. There is nothing in this world better than this moment! Praise God!
    Heather

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  56. I've been following you blog for a while now, but I typically don't comment...I know...shame on me. :) This time I just HAD to! What a sweet moment with you and your little guy! I can't wait to have these moments with my girls!

    Blessings,
    Rachel

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  57. Jesus in your pocket trumps the kissing hand! I love it! Praise God and amen!!

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  58. Angels rejoicing in heaven and this mama is rejoicing for you on the prairies of Alberta. I am thrilled. Really thrilled! Love to you and your family!

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  59. Praise the Lord! I remember how wonderful it felt when my son, Ian, accepted Christ. He was the same age as Calvin.

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  60. What a wonderful day indeed!!!!

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  61. Oh, what a sweet post. This put a big ole smile across my face that will last all day!!

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  62. I am sitting here at the computer, drinking my coffee trying to wake up - and that just did it! Praise God for making himself known to us when we need it the most. Big hugs to you and your sweet boy today and his 1st day of school.

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  63. my heart is so happy but the lump in my throat has made it's way to my fingers and that's all I can say....

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  64. Oh FPF, I have tears of joy for Calvin. I'm just thrilled for you. He's the same age I was when Jesus moved into to my heart. It's so awesome to think that Calvin will know God's presence in his life for so long that he may have a hard time remembering life without Jesus. And that is a precious gift.

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  65. and all of heaven applauded and cheered when the news of brother Calvin was shared. Awesome!

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  66. <3 Sweet joy. This post gave me goosebumps. What a wonderful moment for a mommy. May we all go through our days with Jesus in our pocket. :)

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