Baby Mama part 1

As you probably have heard two new babies have joined our Tidewater/Richmond Cru staff family this summer. Oh the sweet bundles of joy!  Baby Persing arrived on May 14 & exactly one month later, on June 14, baby Lamb arrived.

Today Heather Persing shares about motherhood, love, & missing Chick-fil-a ;). {Next week we will hear from Steph Lamb}.

 1. What are your top 2 favorite things about being a mom?

I have really loved watching Dietrich grow and learn new things. It’s incredible how quickly he changes day to day! I’m so excited to see more of his personality come out as well.

It has been great for my sense of humor. I think it helps to be able to laugh things off–like being spit up on for the third time that day or hearing your little two month old let out a man-sized burp.

2. What has been a motherhood surprise?

I was pretty nervous about being a mom when I was pregnant. It’s such a huge calling and responsibility. I knew that I would love my baby when he came, but it has blown me away how much I really do love Dietrich. It kind of reminds me of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” when the Grinch’s heart grows three sizes. I think having Dietrich has grown my ability to love other people more deeply.

3. What has been difficult about being a momma?

It’s difficult (but good) to consider someone else above myself so much of the time. I don’t have the freedom to just take off and do something spontaneously–at least at his age right now. It takes a lot of planning to get out of the house (feeding Dietrich beforehand, working around his naps, etc.), and if you know me, planning isn’t always my strength. It has definitely revealed how selfish I can be with my time and energy.

One quick funny story about this was the first time we had to take Dietrich to a doctor’s appointment. Ramsey and I thought we would get him ready and go to Chick-fil-a for lunch beforehand. Dietrich ended up having a big diaper blowout right as we were going to leave. When I was changing him, he peed on me and the shirt I had just put him in. Needless to say, we didn’t end up eating out haha.

4. With the busyness of caring for a baby how have you still been able to stay connect with The Lord?

I just started a Bible study on James a couple of days ago that I found online []. I enjoy in-depth studies, and I think it has helped to have something more structured. I’ve realized that I just need to be okay with doing it in small chunks throughout the day sometimes instead of the sit-down-in-a-comfy-chair-to-read-and-journal-for-an-hour quiet time.

5. How can we be praying for you, Ramsey, and Dietrich? 🙂

We are taking Dietrich on his first road trip to see family in a few weeks. We’d love prayer that he wouldn’t catch anything while we’re away and that he would adjust well to traveling. 

You can also pray for us as the new school year approaches. It will definitely be an adjustment for me being a mom and also wanting to have an impact on campus. 

“What if?” {Laura}

How often do you wonder “what if?” What if you don’t pass a test? What if you say something that makes you sound silly? What if you were skinnier? What if you were dating that guy? What if you were studying something else in school?

I am guilty of doing this too. Sometimes it is motivated by envy of another person or frustration of the reality of my life. Other times I wonder “what if?” out of a fear to commit and miss out on something better. I used to think I would stop asking “what if” when I “grew up” and knew answers to the questions. Now I realize those questions just morph into other questions unless I ask the Lord to take my thoughts captive and help me. For example, I used ask, “what if I did ministry for a job instead of physical therapy?” Well, now I’m in ministry and on a hard day that “what if” question becomes “what if I was teaching instead of ministry?” I also used to wonder “what if I marry that guy?” Now I’m married and on days when I’m frustrated with Dan, I fight against wondering, “what if we weren’t married?”

I guess in all my babbling what I’m trying to say is there will ALWAYS be a “what if” and I think we miss what God has right in front of us when we’re daydreaming about something that is not real. I want to live in the moment. Rather than ask what if when I’m envious, I want to ask God to show me the beauty of where He has me. When things are difficult, instead of wondering if life would be easier in a different situation, I want to be a woman who perseveres and sees character and hope develop. And when fear of missing out on something better begins to creep into my mind, I want to trust in the Lord’s sovereignty to protect and guide me. For He has promised that I can’t flee from His presence and even in the outermost part of the sea, His hand with guide me and His right hand will comfort me.

We have such an awesome God. I may not always understand why I am where I am and doing what I am doing but I know I can trust God knows. He has showed Himself trustworthy over and over and over—especially when He fulfilled His promise to save me and give me eternal life. So I do not want to be a woman who wonders “what if” as if I could know better than God. I’d much rather be a woman who evaluates what is and asks the Lord to change what is if it is in His will. In the words of Justin Beiber, “But the grass ain’t always greener on the other side, It’s green where you water it”.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” 
Philippians 4:8-9