We allow our daughter to play softball….ON SUNDAYS.

Wow, seems like there is a little controversy on this subject.  It is so touchy that we have probably offended some and lost friends.  Whether you agree with our parenting choices or not, God gave us 2 amazing kids to raise, and we are doing the best we know how.  I don’t feel the need to justify our choices, instead I’m going to give God the glory for our healthy, amazing, loving children. What works for us, may not work for everyone. Our story….

 Jeff and I have been so blessed.  We, as husband and wife, decided when Jill was 8 that we would allow her to play in a travel softball league.  We maintained that God remained first, we kept our church missing to a minimum, we try to visit other churches, and we did it as a family; we pray together, travel together, live life together!  The experiences are so amazing and wonderful that I can’t even begin to explain how close we have become as a family.  God has given Jill, and the other players on her team, this talent. Let me repeat, GOD has given Jill, and the other players on her team, this talent.  Jill plays softball for the love of the game, and we are quick to give God all of the glory. 

At the ballpark, we get the opportunity to reached the unreached. As much as we like to believe that everyone we come into contact with is just like us, they are not.  Everyone you know is not a christian.  They don’t all love Jesus. Our girls do a small worship service on most Sunday mornings before the games begin. They pray together, sing together, and hear the word of God together.  We have a church service, although we aren’t at “church.” It is an amazing sight. I know that we are planting a seed into some nonbelievers, whether it be a parent or player on our team or a passer by! 

 I do not, however, feel that this is replacing our church family and our need for corporate worship. We are very aware of the time we allow our children to miss church and keep it to a minimum. We love our church!  We love our people!  Hebrews 10:25 says “Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Praising corporately is amazing, I love being in God’s house to give Him glory and praise.  I feel that God has given us a platform and we are jumping on it! I have often said that I have no conviction about this! I don’t know whether that’s because we get to minister to so many during these times or because God has so much other stuff He is working on me about right now, that this seems insignificant! 

Wherever we are, we praise Jesus, give Him all the glory, and share Him. He is not to be hidden deep inside you.  God is to be shared with everyone you know, whether it is at the ballpark, grocery store, work….anywhere. 

 It. Is. Real.

Be Quiet……

In the craziness of life, I pray, but sometimes feel like I can’t hear what God is telling me. The bible says in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me and I will answer you and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” So what am I doing wrong?

I know God hears all prayers! It is biblical, after all (Psalm 34:15)! Throughout the day, I pray about random things: health, safety, kids, life problems, marriages, loved ones, lost people, muffin tops, human trafficking victims….. You get the point! It’s a little random. Don’t judge! I feel like I am doing things right. I am doing what God wants, right?

Well……in true perfect God way, one day he told me to “Be Quiet” He probably wanted to tell me to shut my big mouth, but He didn’t! (He is so much sweeter than me!) I knew I had heard him correctly, because I was spewing thank you’s and requests so fast that my brain could barely keep up. God really just told me to “Be Quiet.” And I knew exactly what He was talking about. God doesn’t hint around.

My prayers had become rhythmic, insincere talks with God. I realize that I have been talking but failing to listen. God wants us to slow down and listen to Him. He does hear me, but He doesn’t want this to be a one-sided relationship. He wants me to hear Him. Romans 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

It may not be pretty, but it’s real….

I did it…..

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Hi, I am Jessica, the matriarch of The Crazy Caldwell’s! My life anthem is Christ lover, Jeff’s other, Jill and Japheth’s mother! All of that sounds so sweet, but the honest truth is I really stink at all 3 at times! Amazingly enough, I am still loved! Β I know that in the midst of the funky chaos of life, we all deal with the same issues as Christian moms, dads, kids, and friends! Β The past 18 months have shone many lights that I never thought I would see in my life, from loss, divorce, mental disability, exhaustion, selfishness, to sooo many others! I want you to know that God loves you right where you are in the middle of the crazy! He is even there with you; He was and still is with me! Psalm 139:10 “Even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me.” #amazing

Now, it’s the beginning of the year, and I am going to be awesome in EVERY way! I’m going to rock every Pinterest idea for the kids’ school parties while not sweating with perfect hair and make-up; I will also be a size 4 by February 14…Happy Valentine’s Day, Hot Stuff! Dinner at my house will be 5 star every night and served on grandma’s china! Did I mention that my house will always be spotless, no sign of messy kiddos running around! Β Soooo, maybe some of this a little FALSE! Well, maybe all of it!

My goal this year has nothing to do with any of that. That will be gone one day, and what will I have left? I would love to hear from the Father that I have been a good wife and mother that put Him first! My goal is to be a woman after God’s own heart! God has a plan for me, and I hope you will enjoy my journey of obedience. Β I may never know exactly what He has planned for me, but I’m going to be obedient throughout the journey! Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose!

Christ lover, Jeff's other, Jill and Japheth's mother, #blessed