- What’s your role at Life Church? Oversee Life Kids Early Childhood
- Besides Life Church, what are you passionate about? Having a large enough family that we outgrow a standard mini van
- Share some things on your “bucket list.” To live on a house boat and travel the coast; to live in an RV and travel the United States.
- Who’s influencing you right now? Duggars… haha
- What’s your favorite meal? Anything gluten free… it’s boring living on an allergy restricted diet.
- What’s something we may not know about you? I used to be an extreme “coupon”er and my favorite past time is going to garage sales.
People sometimes ask me how I do it? How do I, a mother of 3 (and one on the way) work full time with young kids and not get burnt out?
My answer is simple. They inspire me!
Being around kids is one of the most humbling experiences I have in my own walk of faith. It challenges me and inspires me, and makes me want to become more like them.
Children have such simple faith. It’s not complicated by life’s let downs, or restrained by what the world calls “rational thinking”. Children believe in the impossible. They don’t need to be negotiated or convinced. They just believe.
The other day, in a mad scrabble to leave my house, I lost my keys. This is something that happens often. It’s usually a result of me cutting my time too close and trying to get a family of 5 out the door before we are late again. In most cases, the keys are actually found within the car; a result of my forgetfulness from the day before. But in this instance they weren’t. They were nowhere to be found and our already tardy schedule was only becoming later and later. Leaving my 12 month old on the floor in the play room as I frantically run up and down the stairs, my 4 year old looks up at me and say, “Mommy, why don’t we ask Jesus to help us find them?”
Of course… Why wouldn’t I do that? Why wouldn’t I have done that first? I find that in the business of the day, I can sometimes try to take situations into my own hands; trying to “correct them myself”. But, what I really need to do is stop and ask Jesus to guide me through.
That day, we did stop and pray. And, just moments later, I did find my keys. Through that experience, my daughter’s faith was strengthened… But, so was mine!!
It took the uncomplicated faith of my 4 year old to teach me a very important lesson… I don’t need to try to “fix” the things in my life. I just need to take the time to give them to Him and He is eager to help us through them.
So, my answer to the very common question:” Do you ever get burnt out from working with kids all the time?” is no! They are the ones that keep me from getting burnt out.
Luke 18:17 “Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in”
By Danielle Mladenov