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Reflections of a Mother's Heart

One Hundred One March 20, 2012

Filed under: Laughter and Lessons — Michelle Ferguson @ 7:54 pm

Yesterday we celebrated the 100 day milestone of filling Luke’s number chart up to 100.  I gave him $1 (representing 100 pennies) to spend at the Dollar Store.  He bought gum!

So this morning, his job was to add number “one hundred one” to his chart.  I asked, “How do you write one hundred one?”  He confidently said, “Like this.”  And he wrote:  “1001.”  I laughed hysterically, took a picture of it, then explained that one hundred one is written like this:  “101.”  I’m not quite sure he gets it yet, but he’ll work into it.  I really see why he wrote it the way he did…100…and then a 1!!  I thought a discussion on place value would be too advanced, so we’ll wait for another time!  Kids are so cute!!


Plans for the Future

Filed under: Laughter and Lessons — Michelle Ferguson @ 7:33 pm

So, the other day I asked Logan this question:  “Logan, where do you see yourself in ten years?”  That’s a loaded question for a 9 year old!  The whole time I’m trying to get an idea of his college plans.

He pretty quickly (too quickly) responded:  “Well, I’ll be 19 then (at which point, I sigh).”  He continued, “I see myself driving.  Driving a corvette!”  Oh my!

Then I asked Lindsay the same question.  She said, “I’ll be about to graduate from college in ten years (at which point, I double sigh), but I don’t know what college I want to go to yet.”  That’s my girl!

Of course, then I asked 5 year old Luke what his plans were for 10 years down the road.  I am sure he’s just thinking about what’s for lunch and about playing outside afterwards.  I reminded him that when he is fifteen, he will be an only child living at home with Mama and Daddy while big sister and brother are off at college.  He said, “I’ll live at home with Mama.”  May that not be what he says when he’s 30!

Our Bible verse this morning in our study of the book of James was chapter 4:14 which says, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”  We had a great discussion about making the most of our lives for the Lord while he has us here.  In the big picture of roughly 6,000 years of history (my young-earther belief), our lives are like a mist, here then gone.  I encouraged my children to use their time wisely, be thankful and enjoy every day, make an impact in this world for Christ, and to love all the people the Lord brings across their paths (even the difficult ones!).

None of us knows what the future holds, but it’s fun to talk and dream!  We must remember to make our plans as the Lord wills and leads.  He alone holds the future in His hands, and we can put our confidence in His plan for our lives!





The Right Message August 30, 2010

Filed under: Laughter and Lessons — Michelle Ferguson @ 6:29 pm

It was my mother’s birthday, and among the cards she received was a memorable one.  Memorable because it was not a birthday card at all, but a sympathy card!  Her friend, obviously in a hurry, must have grabbed the wrong card out of her “Cards For Every Occasion” box, signed it, and put it in the mail.  I mean, my mom was a year older, but to send sympathy wishes was over the edge!  But we did get a good laugh out of it!

We, too, can sometimes send the wrong message by the way we behave, speak, or treat others.  We convey a lot without even opening our mouths.  Body language (eye contact, yawning, posture) can tell someone if we are bored or truly interested in what he or she is saying.  By Jesus’ example, we should show respect, love, and kindness to everyone.  This shows that we really care for the person.  Each person is so precious in the eyes of the Lord, and we should treat people that way!  Even with all the people who constantly surrounded Jesus, He still took time to minister to the individual with compassion.

When complimenting someone, make sure your words come across that way.  Words have the power to build up or tear down.  You may be the only one who will encourage a certain person on any given day.  Make a concerted effort to send the right message!


Belly Mess July 13, 2010

Filed under: Laughter and Lessons — Michelle Ferguson @ 7:23 pm

My littlest son, Luke, had just had a bath.  He was clean and sweet smelling, and I knew it wouldn’t last long.  We were about to eat dinner, and pizza was on the menu!  Since all of his four pairs of pajamas were still drying in the laundry room, I encouraged him to eat without a shirt on because he’d probably get messy any way.  A belly mess is easier to clean up than a stained shirt!

During dinner, sure enough, he dropped pizza sauce right on his stomach.  I said, “See what would have happened if you’d had a shirt on?”  Luke replied, “Yeah, I wouldn’t have got sauce on my belly.”

My question reflected the fact that I did not want to deal with a stained shirt.  His answer reflected the fact that he’d rather get a shirt messy than his belly!  I rolled with laughter!  I guess there is ALWAYS a bright side to everything!


Matters Over Mind April 24, 2010

Filed under: Laughter and Lessons — Michelle Ferguson @ 6:28 pm

When I woke up this morning, my mind started racing with all things I needed to do.  “I still need to iron Lindsay’s dress for the wedding we are going to tonight.”  “Logan has his first baseball game of the season this morning.”  “Do I really want to take my morning walk?”  (Rain made that decision easy!)

Then it hit me.  “I don’t remember bringing in my groceries yesterday.”  Still in my pajamas, I fished my keys out of my purse, ran into the garage, opened my car’s trunk and discovered my three bags of groceries.  Among my purchases were a gallon of milk, a dozen eggs, and a pound of butter, all of which had been patiently sitting  in my trunk for a good sixteen hours!  It hurt me to have to pour a gallon of milk down the sink and throw a dozen beautiful brown eggs away, but that’s what happens when matters take over the mind!

I was in such a hurry yesterday afternoon to finish my task list, that once I pulled into the garage, I went straight into the house without giving another thought to the perishables in my trunk!  My mind was bombarded with things to do, and my focus was distracted by my matters.  Instead of having my mind over matters, it was matters over mind.  Has this ever happened to you?

I opened my Bible this morning and read Psalm 90:17 which says “And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands.”  How timely was that truth for me!  I’m so glad God covers my shortcomings and makes me beautiful to Him, despite myself.  It is comforting to know that He will establish the work of my hands, making it all meaningful for His glory!


Roller Skating Lessons February 9, 2010

Filed under: Laughter and Lessons — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:49 pm

Yesterday I took all three of my children roller skating.  It was a brave effort on my part to be the sole one responsible for three kids (and myself!) on moving wheels!

Lindsay and Logan had been to the skating rink before, but this was three-year-old Luke’s first experience.  He was very excited and talked about how he already knew how to roller skate.  His story changed mighty quickly when he had those skates laced up and stood upright!  It was only a moment before he landed on the floor with a puzzled look on his face.  He had to be thinking “this is not quite as easy as I thought.”

As Lindsay and Logan skated circles around us, Luke and I dared to hit the floor.  Luke danced around and became quite frustrated until it climaxed into a crying fit.  When he screamed his ear piercing dissatisfaction, I lifted him over the short wall and made him sit on the bench to calm down.  I skated around the rink a couple of times to cool down myself!  After Luke composed himself and saw everyone skating and some falling down, he decided he wanted to try again.  I skated behind him holding both of his hands, and we made it from one end of the carpet to the other end where he wanted to get off the skating floor.  He crawled back to the bench to wait for his confidence to grow again.  I skated around with Logan a couple of times and then sat with Luke.  Finally Luke  decided he was ready to go again, and this time he made it all the way around the rink holding my hands.  I was so proud of him!

This event made me think of myself in the experience of life.  I like to play it safe and sit on the bench.  Trying something new does not come easy to me…I guess that’s why God gave me my adventurous husband!  Sometimes, though, God calls us to step outside our comfort zone.  If we stay within the safety of the bench, we cannot experience God’s fullness for us.  He is the One who gives us the confidence, courage, and cover for what He wants us to do for Him.  Our faith will be stretched and our trust in Him will grow.  There is no better place to be than in the center of His will.

Just as Luke gained boldness on roller skates holding my hands, take that step out of your comfort zone, and God’s hand will meet yours.  Luke told me last night, “I want to do that again.”  Hopefully, that will be what we say when we step out for God!


What Goes In January 20, 2010

Filed under: Laughter and Lessons — Michelle Ferguson @ 12:02 am

Logan has a habit of putting objects into his mouth and chewing on them.  Now, I’m not talking about food!  During school today, I saw him chewing bits of his pencil eraser off and I stopped and asked him, “What is supposed to go into your mouth?”  (We have had MANY discussions of the like.)  Logan matter-of-factly replied, “Food and dessert.”  I had to laugh because I was expecting the answer of “food and drink.”  I guess he thinks dessert is pretty important!

Likewise, we need to be careful what goes into our children’s hearts!  As parents, it is our responsibility to protect our children.  No one else is going to do that for us!  Be tuned in to what shows your children watch on television, what music they listen to, what internet sites they visit, what magazines they peruse, and certainly know who their friends are!  All these venues serve to influence our children for the good or for the bad, and we need to be aware of these. We’ve all heard the phrase “What goes in is what comes out,”  and it’s so true.

God’s word declares in Psalm 101:2b-3 “I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.  I will set nothing wicked before my eyes.”  May that be the testimony of our homes!


Sometimes You’ve Gotta Be Specific December 30, 2009

Filed under: Laughter and Lessons — Michelle Ferguson @ 2:49 pm

As my daughter approaches the age of ten, I am learning that as she shows responsibility and maturity in certain areas, she is becoming capable of more freedom.

The big bowl in our pantry is full of Christmas candy right now.  The big bowl is where the children go to pick out their dessert when we have candy.  The other day Lindsay asked me if she could have some candy and how much.  I told her she could have as much as she feels comfortable having.  She looked at me kind of funny, expecting and wanting me to set a limit.  I replied, “You will know what is enough.”  After three chocolate mint kisses, she decided that was enough, and I was proud.  She is beginning to govern herself in this small area!

Now, my seven year old son, on the other hand, is not quite ready for this kind of freedom.  Yesterday Logan asked if he could have some m&m’s.  I told him he could, “but do not eat them all.”  He agreed.  Later I laughed out loud when I found his small bag of m&m’s back in the pantry with all but two m&m’s gone!  Although he did obey my instructions by not eating them all, I learned that sometimes you’ve gotta be specific!


Hiding Broccoli November 18, 2009

Filed under: Laughter and Lessons — Michelle Ferguson @ 2:19 am

Tonight, my three-year-old tried to hide his broccoli under his plate.  The catch is that it was a glass plate!  How often do we try to hide our sin from God, using a “glass plate” to carry out the cover up?  We think we are doing a good job of keeping it secret, but the whole time it is staring God in the face.

The Bible teaches that we cannot hide anything from God.  Hebrews 4:13 says, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”  I share this truth with my children often.  In their sin, which often shows up as disobedience, disrespect,  or a bad attitude, I want to continually point them to Jesus.  Teaching my children to confess their sin, ask for forgiveness, and turn from their sinful ways is how their relationship with the Lord and with others will grow and strengthen.

God sees us and everything we do like He’s looking through a glass plate.  His view is not obscured.  Let’s make sure we’re not hiding broccoli.


Free Heart Wash November 1, 2009

Filed under: Laughter and Lessons — Michelle Ferguson @ 6:49 pm

Yesterday on the way to Logan’s soccer game, we passed a car dealership where a car wash was taking place.  A couple of girls were holding a sign near the road advertising “Free Car Wash with Donation.”  I laughed and thought, “Now is that REALLY a FREE car wash, if you have to give a donation?”

I’m thankful that God’s forgiveness and salvation are free!  The Bible tells us that eternal life with Jesus is a gift, which means it’s free to us.  “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).  It is not earned or deserved, meaning no amount of good works on our part will get us a place in heaven because “it is by grace you are saved through faith…it is the gift of God, not of works” (Ephesians 2:8,9).

Even though this gift is free to us, Someone did have to pay a price, and that Someone was Jesus.  He came to earth to suffer and die in our place on the Cross.  If you are struggling to find peace, lasting joy, and the meaning of life,  understand that you cannot find these things in and of yourself.  Surrender to Christ.  Tell Him you’ve messed up and that you cannot save yourself no matter how “good” a person you think you are.  He loves you and willingly waits to forgive you.  He will come into your life, clean you up, and give you “life and give it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

Now that’s what I call a “Free Heart Wash.”  No donations needed!