Two Sundays ago, I was sitting on the floor of our good friends' living room when their child plopped down in my lap. She was content with her "squeezie pouch" of applesauce and starting to do a puzzle.
This is one of the best parts of having friends - their kids. I love playing with them and interacting with small children. They always seem to find the important things in life and share them with us, if we'll listen.
So she sat down and immediately turned her little head around.
Suddenly, I had applesauce breath all in my face and little eyes about one inch from my own. You know that closeness- only a child can be that close and not weird you out.
"Mrs. Courtney? Do you like squeezie pouches?"
"I sure do!"
"I'll go get one for you."
"No thank you! I'm full. I ate my supper."
"Okay. Well you can have some of mine."
After I finished refusing her squeezie pouch, she went happily back to her puzzle, playing with JD and her sister and I went happily back to talking with her parents.
That night, after I told JD the story, I thought about how sweet she really was in that moment. And how trusting she is.
She was sure that her parents had extra squeezie pouches and if I wanted one, she'd get one and they wouldn't mind her sharing. If I didn't want my own, she'd share hers no problem.
As I thought about that and we started preparing for our next sermon series about stewardship, I thought about that precious squeezie pouch.
Do I fully rely on God to supply my every need - including my need to give to others - as much as she relied on her parents? Do I trust that God will supply me with enough if I should share every small thing?
I'll tell you what. That squeezie pouch is challenging me every day to trust that God has blessed me with more than enough to give and share.
On September 21st, we sang:
"Jesus Son of God" by Chris Tomlin
"Nothing is Holding Me Back" by Bryan & Katie Torwalt
"Safe" by Phil Wickham
"Washed by the Water" by Needtobreathe
On September 28th, we sang:
"Come As You Are" by Crowder
"Forever Reign" by Kristian Stanfill
"My Lighthouse" by Rend Collective Experiment
and "I Am" by Crowder
On October 5th, we sang:
"Lord I Need You" by Chris Tomlin
"A Mighty Fortress" by Christy Nockels
"How Great Thou Art"
"We Are" by Kari Jobe
and "At the Cross (Love Ran Red)" by Chris Tomllin