Today was another great day with Jessica. I’m almost at the point where I can make the whole vase all by myself! I finally got the hang of wrapping all my fingers around the play-doh and squeezing it at the bottom so I can get the right height for the vase. This picture shows me doing it just right. However, Jessica took the picture just in time! Shortly after she took the picture, I had trouble getting all my fingers to wrap around the play-doh! My brain is used to doing the external internal rotation movement with the play-doh containers, but not the actual play-doh. When we took the containers away. it was like my brain said, “What’s going on?” The reason it looks so good in the picture is that I had just practiced doing it with the containers, so it was still fresh in my mind. The muscles were warmed up. However, things still happen in steps. With cerebral palsy, when my muscles are used to doing something a certain way, change takes time. in the same way, as Christians, we don’t always understand the changes the Lord is making in our lives. We just need to trust Him. He’ll reveal His plan in His perfect time. Lord, help me to trust you even when I don’t understand what you’re doing in my life and remember your will is perfect. Amen. Proverbs 3: 5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Activity/Discussion 5th or 6th Sunday School or Awana. This is also a good lesson about patience. If you have a child in the class with a physical disability, have them try the exercise I did. It’s also a good lesson for the other kids on how to help one another if someone is better at getting the height than someone else. Remind them how the Lord is patient with us as we grow in our walk with Him, and how we should be patient with one another.
Activity/ Discussion for Awana or 5th and 6th grade Sunday School. Skip a week of play with play-doh and do something else. Then go back to it next Sunday and see what happens. See if the kids remember the steps for what they made with the play-doh. Talk to them about the Importance of practice and how it applies to the Christian faith. When it comes to finishing the race well, It’s always important to stay in training Reading God’s word. Meeting with other strong Christians is what helps us get through hard times.
On Tuesday, Jessica and I worked on making a vase again. We skipped last week because I was working on another article for my Blog and it showed. Jessica had to remind me of the steps before making the vase like rolling the play-doh into a ball after I flatten it. Once I got going, I did well. However, I’m still trying to work on making the opening for the vase. I had a hard time turning my hands inward and outward and wrapping my fingers around the play-doh especially with my left hand. This is necessary to get the right height for the vase. The reason I’m holding the containers of play-doh is to practice opening and closing with my hands and wrapping all my fingers around the containers so I can practice making the bottom of the vase. Just like it’s important for me to constantly practice so my muscles remember how to do things, It’s important for us as Christians to continuously have fellowship with each other to practice our Christianity and make sure we are still following God’s narrow pathway. When we miss too much fellowship with our brothers and sisters in the Lord, our minds begin to become captivated by the world and we start to sound like them. Being around like-minded people helps remind us of us of His promises and goodness in our lives. Hebrews 10: 24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Lord, help me to remember how important it is to meet with other Christ-Followers on a regular basis. Thank you for the people who are in my life who help me grow in my walk with you. Amen.