Music is one of my “things”.

You know, everyone has their “things” that they really love, things that make them feel alive, things that evoke passion and purpose.

Yes, music is definitely one of my “things”.

One day, I’d love to record an album. Not because I think my voice just needs to be heard, but because I’d love to help someone else through my music.

(that’s a topic for another time)

A few years ago, I wrote this song titled One Thing.

One Thing — A Song for the Hurting

The story behind this song is interesting.

Usually, when I write songs, I’m inspired during prayer or a church service, and they come to me very suddenly. It’s like BAM — you must write this now! 😆

It happened the same way for this song, but the background behind it is what’s interesting.

One year, during a conference our church hosts, I was singing during altar call. The message preached that night was “Trust God to Do What’s Right”.

We were singing Still I Will Trust You, and I happened to notice a young lady praying. She really caught my attention, for reasons I won’t get into. But I felt so burdened for her.

It seemed like she was struggling with something. Honestly… she reminded me of myself. The moment was strangely embedded into my memory.

Anyway, a couple of years later, this song came to me while I was thinking of her.

Listen to One Thing here. The lyrics are below.

Please note: I am no professional musician, nor do I have professional recording equipment, as evidenced by the link above. Hopefully you hear the message over my mess ups. ♥️


I don’t know your name
I don’t know your heart or your story
I don’t know where you’ve been
I don’t know where you are
Or even where you’re going

But I can tell that you’ve seen better days
And you may think your pain won’t go away

But this one thing I know to be true
Jesus, yes He’s calling you
Through the hurt and the tears
All your past and your fears
Could it be that all He’s telling you
Is that He’s faithful
He’s so faithful
I know that it’s true

You may feel like your world is falling apart
You may think that no light can shine in this dark
But I know that my God is always still there
If you’ll just call His name He will answer your prayer

Cause this one thing I know to be true
Jesus, yes He’s calling you
Through the hurt and the tears
All your past and your fears
Could it be that He could take it from you
Because He’s faithful
He’s so faithful
I know that it’s true
And you can know it too
Yes, He’s calling you


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Learning is a major part of anyone’s life, whether they are school-lovers like me, or play-lovers like my husband. 😄 At the job, at home, at play, at school… everywhere, there is something to learn.

You learn lessons all throughout life from a variety of sources. For the first few years of life, you learn most of your lessons from your parents, siblings, and other family members.

Once you hit about five or six years old, you still learn lessons at home, but you add on another dimensional of learning called formal education. 🥳 

Then, once you land your first job, you start yet another form of learning. And I could go on and on.

But, what about when you become a parent?

Goodness knows that parenthood is an entirely new level of learning. You may scour to internet for advice, devour parenting books like candy, ask tons of questions at the doctor’s office, or interrogate others that have conquered this mountain ahead of you.

I know. I’ve been there. Even better, I was there during lockdowns and stay-at-home orders due to the novel coronavirus that swept through the US during 2020.

Sure, there’s plenty of information to be read, heard, etc. out there. But when it comes right down to it, you and your spouse have a crazy journey ahead. Regardless of the “lessons” you learn from others, there will be plenty of lessons you will need to learn for yourself. 

What has amazed me the most over the past six months of my daughter’s precious, new life is how much she has taught me already.

>> insert plot twist <<

That’s right! My baby girl teaches me things all. the. time. 

I was considering that just yesterday, and I felt compelled to share it with you all. So, here are some things my daughter has taught me thus far.

 

 

7 Things My Daughter Has Taught Me

 

Ask for Help When Needed

Ouch! What a big lesson that I still seem to be learning after all this time of living.

Of course, little Annie doesn’t have the ability to verbally ask for help yet. However, she has her ways, and she knows how to request help when she needs it!

For example, she’s currently trying to figure out how to stand on her own. She uses anything she can to pull herself up. When she needs a little extra support, she reaches for my hand to steady herself.

 

Be Independent

Wait… didn’t you just say ask for help?

Right. When needed.

But it’s also important to learn a little independence. There’s nothing like seeing her face light up when she accomplishes something on her own. 

 

Try New (and Hard!) Things

One of the rewards of gaining independence is feeling the gratification of accomplishment. As a brand new human, everything we take for granted is also brand new to these tiny humans! Things probably look so big, scary and difficult to their eyes. 

Yet they have a drive deep down inside of them to learn all of these new, “hard” things. It’s honestly so inspiring to watch as Annie tries something new, fails, and tries again… over and over… until she gets it! 

If a little baby can, so can I.

 

 

Smile at Everyone, Even Strangers

Wow.

It’s easy to just take care of business, go through the motions, and get things done throughout our day. We can see 10, 20, even 50 or more people in a single day, and possibly not even make eye contact with them. 

But once a baby learns to smile, you know what they want to do?

Smile.

It’s so neat to watch Annie’s face light up with recognition at friends and family. Sometimes it’s even more amazing to watch her light up at a total stranger. And you know how that makes them feel?

Amazing.

(By the way, people can tell if you’re really smiling, even with a mask on. Give it a shot. 😉)

 

Have Fun

…with anything! 

Annie  loves to play and have fun. We’ve got plenty of “fancy” toys made just for babies, but you know what? She doesn’t even need all of those to have a great time.

One of her favorite things to do right now is play peek-a-boo with the mirror, or find something I hid under a bowl or pillow. Having fun with her is so simple and so rewarding.

 

 

Enjoy the Little Things

(This might be one of my favorite things my daughter has taught me.)

It doesn’t take a whole lot to get my baby girl to smile.

One of her favorite things is to walk outside and feel the spring breeze and sunshine on her face. She gets the biggest grin when we step outdoors. I can’t help but smile with her. 

As a matter of fact, I actually love being outdoors even more now that she’s around. She’s showing me how.

 

Never Give Up

It doesn’t matter how many times Annie falls down after trying to stand up. Guess what? She’s going to grab onto something and try one more time until she masters it. Even when that fall brings tears, you can count on it that she will try again.

What an awesome reminder to never, ever give up.

 

 

Those are just a handful of the things my daughter has taught me. What about you? Have you learned any great lessons from unexpected places? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18‬ ‭(NIV‬‬)

I find it interesting that Merriam Webster’s first definition of thankful is “conscious of benefit received.”

It’s easy to associate thankfulness with good things.

“Thank you for the compliment.”
“Thank you for serving my food.”
“Thank you for the gift.”
“Thank you for holding the door open.”

But, what about the not-so-good?

“Thank you for holding up traffic.”
“Thank you for this extra workload.”
“Thank you for leaving your dirty clothes everywhere.”
“Thank you for this storm.”

That sounds crazy, right? Unless someone is being passive aggressive and spewing sarcasm (which, I’ve learned, typically does more harm than good), it’s unlikely that those sentiments would come from a person’s mouth.

However, as it always does, God’s Word challenges us to go beyond the instinctive.

“…give thanks in all circumstances…”

Some people jump to the defense and say things like, “I can’t be thankful for sickness! I can’t be thankful for this pain and grief!”

I’d have to agree.

That’s why it’s important to note the small preposition used in this admonition from 1 Thessalonians. We aren’t to be thankful for all circumstances, but rather we are to thankful in all circumstances.

It really boils down to perspective. 

Will I dwell on the pain of my situation, or will I focus on the personal growth that could happen as a result?

Will I drown in grief, or will I embrace fond memories?

So while I may not always be thankful for my circumstances, I choose to be grateful in the midst of my circumstances.

  • Jesus loves me, and He has never failed me.
  • I have breath in my body.
  • There is hope beyond this life.
  • I have a loving family.
  • Beauty can be found in the smallest things, like the autumn air and the faithful sunrise.
  • I have a home, plenty of clothes, and a variety of food.
  • …and on, and on, and on.

Yes, there is so much to be thankful for, despite circumstances.

Talk about defying expectations. 🙂 Ah, a good topic for another day…

May you be filled with gratitude, no matter how different this holiday season may be.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!