Laugh In The Rain

As many of you know, our daughter Amelia has had her fair share of ups and downs. She has made progress in her retaining food, but still tends to spit up a lot of her food. She also deals with eczema, and cradle cap. No fun for this little girl.

One might think that Amelia would be discouraged and irritable based on her circumstances. But she has been the complete opposite! She smiles at everyone and almost anything. Even her doctors have both commented on her smile despite all the issues she has been going through.

I saw this full circle the other day when I was transporting both of our girls into the car. Amelia was in her car seat in my arm, while I strapped her sister Bella into her car seat inside the vehicle. Then suddenly, a great down pouring of rain started. I hurried quickly to finish strapping Bella in and then picked up Amelia from her car seat on the ground. Then, I heard it. Amelia’s reaction to the rain. You would think cold rain would make a baby upset. Not Amelia. Giggles and laughter came from her as each rain drop fell on her. I quickly moved her into the car and the laughter continued for the next few seconds.

As we took off in the car, I thought of how Amelia responded. We’ve all had rainy days, some of us in different magnitudes than others. Some of us have literally dealt with issues beyond our control or understanding. But we must remember that our Joy is not based on our circumstances, it is based on what the Lord has done for us through Jesus Christ the Son. So, the next time, you are facing a storm in your life, I hope you’ll remember to look to the Lord. I hope you’ll remember to not allow life’s circumstances to rob you of what God has given you. And, I hope you’ll remember to react like Amelia, that no matter your circumstances or storm, there’s always a reason to Laugh in the Rain! #LaughInTheRain #Joy

James 1:2-4 (CSB) Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.

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Brandon Baumgarten

Brandon Baumgarten grew up in the small town of Oilton, Oklahoma and was elected to serve the Oklahoma FFA Association as State Secretary, State President, and as a National Officer Candidate representing nearly 25,000 students on the local, state, and national levels from 2011-2013. Afterwards, Brandon launched his speaking career and authored the highly sought after leadership book, Caught Up & Called Out, hoping to help others see the impact they can make on this world. He is a professional speaker, speaking at over 100 different events each year, and a graduate from Oklahoma State University in Agricultural Leadership, and was even named a top 10 student. He is a Zig Ziglar Legacy & Youth Certified Presenter and his message is always to engage, encourage, and empower you to do something big in your life! No matter if you are a student, teacher, parent, or business executive, Brandon's presentations are certain to make you laugh, think, and realize your impact is about to begin!

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