When we act bigger than we really are

Oh bless’er. She was born wanting to be a toddler and now that she’s in second grade she wants to be a preteen.

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Oh she still plays with her dolls, dresses up her big bear and plays “pretend” but sometimes she steps into responsibility that doesn’t belong to her. Like at the Super Bowl party we just had at our house. She and several other little girls were all playing upstairs and apparently the toddler among them had a “stinky” diaper. So while the adults were downstairs cheering the SeaHawks on Sophie took it upon herself to change her first poopy diaper ever. When my friend went upstairs to check on her toddler she came down laughing and gave us the lowdown…

Sophie was in the bathroom dry heaving in the sink while the older sister of the toddler was puking in the toilet. My friend asked Sophie what was the matter and she said, “Nothing.” When she asked her a second time she confessed proudly she had just changed the toddler’s diaper but then started gagging after it was all done.

Insert deep belly laughter from all the Moms. We decided it would be a story the girls would one day laugh about hysterically. Sophie one-upping her friend saying, “I kept mine in but yours came out! Na-na-na-boo-boo.”

My friend had to “finish the job” if you know what I mean. But she stepped in and finished the job and all was well.

I laugh, but I do it too.

I try to do things that don’t belong in my realm of responsibility. Sometimes I try to help God out by taking the bold initiative to do things He didn’t ask of me. I move forward in utter independence when I need to wait on Him to do the things I can’t really do. My forgetfulness and sometimes it’s my unwillingness to ask for His help leaves me gagging over the mess I get myself in. So yeah, second grade or 40 something years old – it’s still a battle to fight.

But the amazing thing about my God is this: He’s always there to rescue me and love me just the same. This thought makes me more apt to pause before delving into self-initiated territory. It makes me want to seek Him and His plans for me – not my own.

And for the record…..I love the fact that my girl is independent and will try to figure things out for herself. This quality is a good one and even better when framed with the truth that she can do all things through Christ who gives her strength.

Linking with Holley, Jennifer and Kristin today.




  1. Stopping by from Coffee for Your Heart. I have a preteen going on 20.:)

  2. This is my first visit to your blog via Jennifer’s link up. I love the verse in your header, “Shall we accept good from God and not trouble” I am learning to accept some of the ‘trouble’ that was brought into my life at a young age. I am newly sharing my journey of healing at incrementalhealing.wordpress.com I’d love it if you’d stop by and share your thoughts.
    I love the story about your little girl, how precious! I agree this will make a good story, especially as she prepares to have her own children one day!

  3. Visiting from Kristin’s today. Things haven’t changed much over the years – my grandma always told me I was going to wish my life away!!! That was 56 years ago! Now, I’d like to slow things down a bit.

  4. What a cute story, and such a good lesson to take away. It’s very true that sometimes we forget to ask for our Maker’s help or guidance when we march forward, and sometimes we should just step aside and leave it to someone else. But look at her bragging rights now 🙂 .
    Thank you for the smile this morning.

  5. That’s me! Jumping in to fix things that are outside my realm of responsibility. Thank you for the reminder and the lesson (I’ll think of your gagging girlie next time I find myself with my mouth open, ready to offer up solutions, suggestions and ‘fixes’.

  6. I. Totally. Get. This. “Sometimes I try to help God out by taking the bold initiative to do things He didn’t ask of me. I move forward in utter independence when I need to wait on Him to do the things I can’t really do.” —> Yep, me too. And I’m raising two independent kids. Talk about looking into a mirror. Love this post and love that you link up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

  7. Yea, we’re linky neighbors again at 3 Word Wed. Thanks for the chuckle and the zing between the eyes. Oh these kids–too funny.

  8. Love this post, it really made me laugh, and love the name of your blog! Thanks for sharing!

  9. That is hilarious! And a little too true for me. Why do we feel the need to do God’s job for Him?

    • Yeah, as if the God of the Universe can’t do it without us. Sigh. I hate it when I overestimate my abilities and underestimate His total control and ability.

  10. That’s a funny visual. I have one of those kind of daughters too. She’s 27 going on 20 now.