Burnt cheese pizza.

I am so blessed to be able to be a stay-at-home mother and wife.  My husband works very hard providing all that we need. We are so fortunate to never go without.  On payday I purchased 3 frozen pizzas with a coupon and the kids were sooooooo excited!  We do get treats like that every now and then, but because it is not an every day thing, they look forward to them tremendously. 

 As I placed the cheese pizza in the oven, I remembered that one of the children needed help with school. Then the little one had a diaper change and the load of laundry needed to be switched. Yes, I am sure you know where I am heading with this. The cheese on pizza burned because I forgot to turn on the timer on.  I thought, “Man, I can’t believe this!” So I did what every creative mother does. I covered the burnt cheese with shredded cheese! 🙂  My eldest and my youngest ate the pizza with gusto, while the middle one spoke saying, “Mom this cheese tastes burnt.”  Well I told her that it was and she decided not to eat it. 

There were no leftovers but she was a little disappointed.  The moral to my story will come I promise. 🙂  Putting shredded cheese over the top of burnt pizza does not change the fact that the cheese underneath is still burnt.  I thought I could hide it and they could just eat it. Even though it didn’t taste too burnt, it was still burnt. 

What things am I hiding under the “Shredded Cheese”? What earthly things am I trying to use to cover the unattractive things on my outer appearance to protect me from being seen by others? Am I wearing a mask?  What am I trying to hide from God? God loves us with all our imperfections and flaws and He cares deeply about the pain under the surface. 

In 1 Samuel God wanted Samuel to choose a King for Israel. So obviously all people want someone who is good looking and tall. Handsome and intelligent.  I Samuel 16:7 (NIV) But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance,but the Lord looks at the heart.” http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+16%3A7&version=NIV. God had other plans. He wanted the shepherd boy. We are are all worthwhile!  Today in society, appearance is so flaunted and worshipped that those with any flaw feel worthless.  That is not so!  We are created in God’s image and He loves us no matter what we look like. We are beautiful in His eyes.  So today know one thing. You are fearfully and wonderfully created as Psalm 139:14 reads. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm%20139:14&version=NIV.   We are to love Him fully and be devoted to Him, following His Word and doing the best that we can with His help! So don’t be afraid to let people see past the “burnt cheese”!


An ode to home-schooling small children.

 Whining, crying, yelling I hear,

I need you Lord right now to draw near.

Home-schooling with 3 under 10, oh gee,

Why in the world would you bring this to me?

 Training, instructing, loving and correcting.

Guiding, directing, hugging and protecting.

 These Jewels are entrusted into my care

Yet today as they yell, or they sit and they stare.

 I fight with rage, fury and wrath,

Yet You deliberately led me down this path.

 Silence is something I so dearly wish,

Just sitting and watching all of our fish.

 Instead to my ears screeching words I hear

“Why should I work?” the excuses appear.

“I don’t want to do math with you?”

I already know what is two plus two”.

 I hear your voice calling in my ear.

Where were you my dear?

 Before the kids woke up

I waited just for you to get up.

 To meet Me in that special place

To seek humbly my shining face.

 It is good to be close to My throne.

Ever seeking, ever searching,

Ever wanting my best.

Help me Lord to pass this great test.

 Loving, tending and pruning these flowers

So that they will be ready in that hour,

When they are called to be your women of power.

 Control the emotions as they roll all the more,

As I wage this spiritual heavenly war.

 Help me Lord and show me because,

I am struggling and I need to take this and pause.

 Forgive me Lord, for not meeting You.

Just as you instructed me to do

Tomorrow we all get to start over again.

Maybe, just maybe, I’ll get it right then.