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So, the other day I did something.

I'm sort of proud of it, sort of embarrassed by it, sort of humoured by it.

I taped my kids mitts to their jackets when they went out to play in the snow. 

239780_winter_fun_series_3Now, I'm not talking about a little bit of tape to make sure the mitts didn't get lost or to label them.  I'm talking about wrapping packing tape at least 7 times around the top of the mitt and around the sleeve of the jacket, in order to ensure that the mitts stayed on.  See, my kids have a bad habit of taking off their mitts when they're in the snow.  They take the mitts off to eat the snow, to feel the snow, to do I don't know what!  The problem is that their hands get really cold.  The previous time we took them outside to play (minus the packing tape), Curtis and I must have seriously put their mitts back on at least 12 times each child!  That is a total of 24, okay, make that 48 (since each of the kids is wearing 2 mitts) times, trying to get a damp, sticky little hand back into damp little mitts.  My kids didn't think the tape was weird, but I'm sure the neighbours did.  I was so impressed at how well it worked!  The mitts stayed on the hands, the jacket and the mitts stayed together with no “snowy gaps” and when we went back inside, their hands were still warm! (That was the amazing part). 

Too bad it doesn't seem as easy for us to hold everything together in our lives!   Life has been overwhelming for me, especially this past year, and I'm sure you can all relate to times in your lives where you feel like you are falling apart.  Lately I don't know whether to read books on parenting young children, surviving childhood cancer, pregnancy, finances, toddler sleep issues, toddler discipline, how to not let your toddler drive you crazy, managing stress, marriage enrichment, parenting a child with special needs, or a darn good fictional novel for an escape!  There are days when I feel like I can't hold it together, and it seems like there are many people around me that I care about, whose lives are also coming unglued. 

How can we find comfort and a sense of stability amidst the chaos?  St. Paul tells us about how God, especially in His Son, Jesus, holds us together:  “He is before all things and in Him, all things HOLD TOGETHER.” (Colossians 1:15-17) 

I read a talk by a Christian speaker, Louie Giglio, who was reflecting on that scripture, and who said that it is like God is saying,  “No matter how dark the night, how long the road, I will literally hold you together, and carry you through any circumstances.... I am intimately acquainted with every detail in your life”.  What I take from that scripture is that God can work in our hearts, despite all the terrible circumstances in this world, despite all of the struggles we may endure, despite the pain in our lives, and in spite of my sense that things are falling apart.  God can hold me together, He can get me through, and He has put people in my life who will be there to help tape me up when  I need it!

I would like to close with a short prayer...

“Lord, help us to open our hearts to you, and to know that you can hold us together.  Send your Holy Spirit to fill us and to help us to pray and ask for your help when we feel like things are falling apart.  Help us to know that you can work in our hearts, and that you love us, despite the pain and challenges in our lives.  Help us to see that you are faithful and will give us strength.  We ask this through your Son Jesus.  Amen.”


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    Pat Clarke March 25, 2011

    Great blog Julie Anne! First off you are the Martha Stewart of winter clothing solutions for kids! ;) Your blog reminded me of the scripture that says, "we walk by faith and not by sight." When I look at my life and the circumstances that some of our friends are experiencing (like you and Curtis) I wonder "where is God in all this?" What I 'see' frustrates me to no end. Yet I am called to have faith and trust in the One and Only True God Who is Love. This requires me to have sight beyond sight! Thank God we have a Saviour who is truly holding all this together! Great blog! Pat

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    Tanya Clarke March 26, 2011

    Julie Anne, your insight and faith amid the circumstances in your life, both positive and difficult is truly inspiring! Thank you for allowing our God to work through you in such a profound way. Like Pat, I too wonder where God is in the lives of His faithful, but you assure me that He is indeed present and journeying lovingly beside us all. You are a gift!!

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