It is finally the end of the school semester!!
But it would have been better if it came last week.
You see, this week, we got a new sound board installed at church and I started decorating for Christmas on the stage. Both of those are pretty time-consuming, even though they are fun! But it's kind of stressful sometimes.
So after Sunday services, Monday work and exams, on Tuesday, I was losing my mind a little. Not to mention that JD was traveling and unable to help me. I had way too much to do and no way to get it done. So finally, I drew on my final resort.
I texted Mom and Dad for help.
You see- I'm married now. And when you get married, you're not ever allowed to ask your parents for help *in my silly head*. But with JD traveling, I didn't have another option.
I was embarrassed to
1. Ask for help
2. Ask it from my parents.
But of course, they said yes and arrived as soon as they could to help me.
As Mom and I fluffed trees, I told her about a few things that I just couldn't get done that week with my crazy schedule. She turned around and said, "Next time, please call. I'll be happy to help you out!"
Honestly, I kind of thought that when I said my vows, they included, "And now you only call JD for help-never your parents, never ever ever ever again."
I don't know where I got that from, but why did I ever think that just because I'm married, my parents wouldn't still help me cover the stage in fake glitter snow?
Two days later, I'm finishing up the stage and mom and dad are helping again. After a long run, Jim and Kari Ann walk in and start helping! It's 7:30pm on a Thursday night and they are newlyweds. But here they are, helping me run extension cables to strands of Christmas lights. It flat-out amazed me. (and got me home before 9pm. Thanks guys!)
Fast forward a few more days:
We're celebrating our NewSong volunteers and afterward, Dan was talking to JD about his travel plans for this week. JD was telling him that he'll be out of town for a while and I'll be taking exams during that time period. Dan turned around and said, "Hey - please don't hesitate to call if you need anything while JD is gone. We'll help!"
I don't know if you're much like me (stubborn, hard-headed and proud), but I forget that people genuinely will help me when I ask. They will give. Just as I would help them if they asked. That's what community is for! And as JD once told me,
"Court- when you don't let me help, you're robbing me of the joy of bearing your burdens. You rob me of the joy of serving. You also rob me of your good mood." (the last part was in jest, but it's true sometimes!)
So this week, don't be too proud. It's Christmas season, which means a lot of extra work for people. We've all got lights to hang, presents to wrap and a house to decorate. So ask for help if you're overwhelmed. I promise that your family would rather help you wrap a few presents than have you miss out on watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with them.
Ask for help.
On November 16th, we sang:
"You Never Let Go" by Matt Redman
"Steady My Heart" by Kari Jobe
"Beautiful Things" by Gungor
and "Christ is Risen" by Matt Maher
On November 24th, we sang:
"You Are My Vision" by Rend Collective
"Jesus Son of God" by Chris Tomlin
"Your Great Name" by Natalie Grant
"Have Your Way" by Eddie Kirkland (many of you asked me about this one!)
and "Thank You God for Saving Me" by Chris Tomlin and Phil Wickham
On November 30th, we sang:
"10,000 Reasons" by Matt Redman
"Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing"
"Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy)" by Chris Tomlin
"Restore to Me" by Candi Pearson-Shelton
and "Have Your Way" by Eddie Kirkland