I Was Gifted with a Puppet Theater

Yesterday, after coming home from the grocery store, Madi and her Daddy had a surprise for me.

A puppet show theater.

Fashioned from an old shoe box.

And our own little puppets. Fashioned from notebook paper, shoebox scraps and crayons.

I don’t usually get extremely ideological over arts and crafts but I was impressed with Madi’s determination to create something even though she didn’t have the most sophisticated tools around. She had the basic essentials needed in order to put together what she had in mind.

And to her that was enough.

She didn’t need a degree in puppet theater construction.

She didn’t need to be an expert artist.

She just needed a little imagination. And patience. (And a really helpful, and might I add cute, daddy to help her cut the box).

That was it.

I go back to thinking about how I need to be an expert in this or that in order to help people, when the exact opposite is the truth.

I don’t need a seminary degree in order to tell others about Jesus. I just need to tell them what He has done for me.

I don’t need to be Jillian Michaels in order to help people live healthier lives. I just need to share my own story and struggles.

I don’t need pinterest to be a creative mommy or put on the best birthday party anyone has ever seen, complete with all the bells and whistles that craft stores can offer. I just need to be a present and loving momma, willing to use her heart and a little imagination to bring a smile to her baby’s face.

I don’t believe in the whole name it claim it theology that is out there, but I do think sometimes we limit what we are able to do because we think we need to be a certain way in order to achieve results.

Jesus did not pick the most intelligent, wealthiest, classiest men to be His Disciples.

He chose Twelve Ordinary Men.

And that encourages my soul deeply.

What about you? Do you feel you need to have it all together? Or have you truly shed this myth and are ready to step out?



2 thoughts on “I Was Gifted with a Puppet Theater

  1. Nicole says:

    Hi Tiff I’ve gotta tell you… You inspire me! I ended up on your blog after being glued to entry after entry of 100 Days of Real Food. It’s been years since I’ve read someone’s blog and even longer since I blogged consistently. Your love and passion for Jesus, family, and life are so refreshing. Thanks for being a bold witness for Christ and inspiring new mommies like me! ^_^

    btw Madi is so creative! What a cute gift!

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