This morning I got to take care of my little 2-year-old nephew, Reese. We affectionately call him ‘Buddy’. He is the sweetest little guy…the smitten image of my Maxwell at that age. It’s so fun to hang out with him. The only problem is that when my sister leaves…he misses his mama instantly and seeing him cry breaks my heart.

I have figured out that snuggling him and watching one of his favorite shows is a sure fire way to bring quick comfort along with his blankie. If you have never watched Bluey, you should. Seriously hilarious! I have actually laughed so hard I cried watching one of them.

So this morning’s episode was about Bluey being frustrated that she couldn’t ride her bike. She refused help from her dad, gave up and sat beside him on a park bench. There she watched her sister, Bingo, struggle with the drinking fountain, her friend, Bentley, with the monkey bars, and her cousin, Muffin, with her backpack. In each instance Bluey wanted to help, but her dad stopped her. Each of Bluey’s friends also gave up but tried once more and succeeded to which everyone celebrated. The episode concluded with Bluey getting back on her bike.

As a parent it is so hard to watch our kids struggle. But it is so necessary so that they learn. My parents were quite good at allowing us to learn from our mistakes and struggles which has in turn helped me as a parent wait to step in even when it’s hard. It got me wondering….I can only imagine how God feels as we flounder in frustration. He in his infinite wisdom knows what is best…if we would only trust.

Before the episode was over Reese was out. Isn’t he sweet!? He and Bluey were a gift to me today…a reminder to keep going, keep trying and not to give up. God isn’t finished with me yet. He is faithful to finish what He started.

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:4-6

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