Well, she didn't say it today. But, she said it last week and I am really trying to listen. Kelly Chapman, founder of Royal Purpose Ministries, Princess Prep School & Warrior Prince Academy spoke at the graduation ceremony this week. I was the music teacher for the school all week at the camp at First Presbyterian Church. Today the children performed and they were amazing! Seriously, they did a great job. Kelly said it was the best she had seen...and I don't think she was just trying to be nice! We had so much fun and the girls and boys learned everything so quickly. They were great.
One of the things that Kelly talked about in the graduation ceremony last week was embracing the chaos. I think that should be my mantra for a while, "Embrace the chaos!" Embrace the moment when my 2 year old is saying "I don't want milk....I do want milk" and I say "here you go" and he responds with "I DON'T WANT MILK!.....I DO WANT MILK" Okay, I'll embrace that moment!
And, embrace the moment when we arrive to the pool and we're just about to get in and I have to put my four year old in time out and he screams at me in front of lots of strangers. I say to myself "I am not embarrassed. I will be strong. I will be strong. I will be strong." He screams again. I repeat "I am strong." Again, he screams and tells me he doesn't like me. Okay, that hurt. "Mommy knows you don't mean that. Now, finish your timeout." And, in four minutes, it is finally over. We all happily get in the pool to hear the whistle blow and the lifeguards yell "break, adult swim." And, now we're getting out of the pool. I'll embrace this moment!
And, embrace the moment when all three of my children are playing happily together on the floor. And there is peace for a moment. Next thing I know, someone is crying, someone is running and someone is chasing. Embrace this moment!
And on another thought, take a moment to pause, and say a prayer. Pray for the child who can't walk or run around the house. Pray for the child who is malnourished and has no milk to want or not want. And pray for the child who has no water to swim in or drink. When I have these "moments of chaos" and I pray for things that are outside of these moments, God really speaks to me.
So, embrace the chaos! I know I will. I promise, I will!