OK. This time, we are NOT in the hot tub! Who has time for that?!
Just last week, I received another comment on a story I submitted to Moms of Faith way back on December 15, 2010. The story was called “School Runs and Baby Jesus”. One of my favorites,… by the way. But, this story found this “Hott Mama” in some really “Hott Water”!
I was criticized last year for being “irreverent” and “presumptuous”. And, really, that’s alright! A reader felt that it was unlikely for God to speak to me in my car. I am not offended, don’t get me wrong. As a busy mom, maybe that’s the best place for Him to catch me. LOL! Out of nowhere, the story was found to be “inappropriate” in a random email just last week. I don’t even know why it was sent to me. So, please allow me to publicly apologize both to this reader and anyone else that may feel this way. I really feel terrible to upset anyone. After rereading this story again, you know what? I think it is interesting that it re-surfaces at this particular moment.
Some of you are more than likely experiencing the end of the school year “slowly” approaching. (I can hear you cheering… and some are sobbing!) For the Hott family, this school year signifies several momentous occasions; some of which may be similar in your households. For one, we witnessed the graduation of our oldest daughter from college where she received both MBA and BS degrees simultaneously. Plus, the calendar is exploding with end of the year field trips, gymnastic classes, state exams, piano recitals, to church picnics. Finally, we just got home from our youngest, Levi’s, Kindergarten Program. It was called “Old MacDonald’s Farm”. Cute, right!
Don’t you just absolutely LOVE the end of the school year presentations? And if I do say so myself, our shy little Levi delivered his lines with the utmost clarity and confidence. Dan and I were so proud, we could have popped! I guess that goes along with the 500 other parents, grandparents, aunt, uncles, and strangers wearing plaid in the cafeteria as well though, doesn’t it?
But as I remember the day we sent Levi to school on his first day when he was starting his new accelerated reading and math program with the first graders, once again, I found myself remembering how scared he was to embark on a new journey. As I reflect on “School Runs and Baby Jesus”, the pain I felt as a mommy when I forced him out the door that day with tears in his eyes will always be fresh in my brain. Compared to his confidence and composure tonight, I just want to praise God and thank Him for answering my prayer! Wow! God is so amazing, isn’t He?!
If you remember, I asked God to be with my “baby” Levi; to sit with him in both first grade and kindergarten; to shadow him in the halls and classroom; to hold his hand when he is scared; and to comfort Levi when he misses the comforts of home. So, as I watched him on stage tonight, guess what? There HE was.
Our Heavenly God. Right there at Widmeyer Elementary. God! On stage with 75 kindergarten students, right next to Levi!
Thank you, God. Thank you for answering my prayer. This mommy is comforted to know that You are right there with Levi. Always! I am SO.PROUD.OF.MY.BABY!
And I heard God whisper,… “So am I.”
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. – Philippians 4:6
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I just think you are awesome! :) Thank you for being a part of Moms of Faith. :)
Angie Hott says
Thanks Faith Mom! You just made my day! That means so much to me, really, it does! I am so grateful for the opportunity to share my family God Stories with you! I love, love, LOVE, being a part of Moms of Faith!
I read the post School run and Baby Jesus, loved it. I really didn’t see anything irreverent. I could identify with the post in so many ways. Thank you and keep on keeping it real.
Angie Hott says
Thanks Tammi! You know, for a time I felt terrible to be considered irreverent because I thought that since this reader didn’t like the story that somehow I was upsetting God with the story. That bothered me… a lot. Maybe they were more traditional than I. Then, soon after the story posted, our Pastor preached about having a conversation with God; just like he was sitting in the chair next to you, when we pray. This made God seem so real and easier to connect with Him. I guess, for those struggling with prayer, it makes God seem reachable not just to me but all those other regular moms out there who manage to catch a conversation with God on the way back from school. Do you know what I mean?
Thank you for reading! love, a
I just read “School Runs and Baby Jesus” and thought it was great. God meets us where we’re at, be it the car or the church. And he values our honesty as much as (maybe even more than) our piety! Thanks for a great story.