Thursday, February 28, 2008

Doughnut Dancing

Every Saturday night after church, we go to the doughnut shop.

Jason's parents used to take their family to get doughnuts every Sunday after "night church", and we decided to continue the tradition in our family.

This past Saturday, as I opened the door to the doughnut shop, Max immediately ran to the counter. He pointed at the glass window that housed all the doughnuts, and exclaimed, "No-nuts!" "No-nuts!"

Then he began to dance.

He did a jig of sorts, followed by a slow sway, followed again by the jig. All over the shop. For everyone to see.

When we walk into that doughnut shop, Max knows that something wonderful is waiting for him there. He expects to sit in his highchair and indulge in the sweetness of a doughnut. And, not just any doughnut. A glazed one. With pink icing. AND sprinkles.

And so he danced.

I sat watching him. My heart was full of delight as I watched my child dancing for joy in excitement and anticipation. And, as he devoured his doughnut, my heart soared. I felt such deep joy in blessing my child.

God used this precious boy to teach me something that night. As I swing open the doors of any given circumstance, I have a heavenly Father who is waiting to shower me with blessings of the pink icing and sprinkle type. Not just ordinary blessings. But over-the-top, "you are My child and I love to see you smile" kinds of blessings.

Like Max, I want to dance unabashedly in anticipation. I want to trust that the God who loves and cares for me is waiting to bless my days. Not because of anything I have done.

But simply because I am His child.

"If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!"

Matthew 7:11


  1. Oh how I'd love to see the donut dance!

    Thanks for your post - I needed it. What's funny is that it's along the same lines as something I've been thinking about over the past 12 hours (and over a long night in Chicago!). I'm going to try to get that story up later today if I can muster the energy!

    Hope all is well with the boys today!

  2. perfect verse to go with that story. and what an encouraging and enlightened story it is. i always admire those who can take an [almost] every day occurence and relate it to how God works.

    and that's the donut i'd want, too. pink icing with sprinkles :]

  3. What a great analogy. Thank you for sharing that. I just love what the Lord teaches us through things that happen with our kids. I'm going to run into God's donut shop today because I need that....

  4. Do you have any idea how encouraging you are? I hope so! THANK YOU for this post. It was exactly what I needed to hear! (As so often your posts are!!)

  5. Thanks for sharing. I would have liked to see the no-nuts dance too! I'm sure you were grinning ear to ear. Gotta love their enthusiasm!

  6. Just like the FedEx truck, I will never see a donut the same again.

    Thanks Sarah!

  7. Love it, Sar!!

    Now my mouth is watering for one of those

  8. What a sweet, sweet (ha!) post.

    SO much goodness here.

    I LOVE that Max danced in the donut shop. I haven't ever met the little fella, but I could totally picture it, and have the smile to prove it!!

    What great thoughts about how God wants to love on us. Thanks for this today, Sarah!

  9. That was just beautiful!! I'm so glad you stopped over and said hi and I'm even more glad that I stopped over and read this!! It makes me think of that Martina McBride song...."I hope you dance!"

    Dancing with ya~

  10. love that picture of dancing in anticipation of our blessings - wonderful :o)

    i am with Max all the way - a donut with pink frosting and sprinkles as long as it is a cake donut not a raised donut :o)

    i can just see little Max getting excited for his treat- how cute!

  11. thanks for this! what a great post. it is way too easy to get caught up in drudgery and forget to dance. thanks for reminding us that God wants to shower us with extra special blessings.

  12. Hey,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    I think you need to video the donut dance- how cute.

  13. I love this post!! I can just see little Max dancing. So cute. And so true.

    And just for the record, donuts make me want to dance, too. Especially Krispy Kremes ;-)

  14. Gosh Sarah, this was lovely. I've seen you commenting all over the place, both of us visiting the same blogs. Tonight I linked over to see who you were. And you turned out to be wonderful! Be blessed - Jennifer

  15. What a beautiful reminder of our Heavenly Father's love! I love how He reveals himself to us in so many unexpected ways; especially through our little ones! Congratulations on the newest addition to your family!

  16. Precious! These are the memories that they will remember. The sprinkles make all the difference.....

    And, yes, our God is very, very good.