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Father’s Day (tomorrow!)

This picture is a bit old, as that baby is now two, but both these men are precious fathers.

My father-in-law and my husband, both men who love their families.

I remember well, finding myself seated next to my boyfriend’s father.

We were attending my boyfriend’s graduation from highschool.

I was terrified and can’t say I enjoyed the ceremony much, I didn’t know what to say and I didn’t want to say something wrong.

If I’d known what I do now, it would have been an enjoyable time.

But relationships are built with time.

(Marrying his son definitely helped the building process!)

Thus our relationship as father-in-law and daughter-in-law grew.

There are similarities between my husband and his father.

There are vast differences as well.

Both men are well loved.

Both have been blessed with children and grandchildren.

Both men have such amazing abilities.

And I’m privileged to have these men in my life.

I pray often for my husband and his role as father and grandfather.

History proves a man of integrity, honor, and service can be used by God to make an incredible impact in their family, their jobs, and their community.

Godly men are precious.

Scripture is clear as to the enormous impact a godly man has.

It’s not surprising that the enemy is out to destroy them, for they are our defenders, our providers, our covering before God.

The Lord uses fathers and husbands in such incredible ways.

May we, those set around them, be diligent in building them up, supporting them in their walk with Christ, praying for them daily, because fathers are on the front lines.

Our fathers, husbands, and sons are not perfect, but we have a responsibility to stand in the gap on their behalf.

To diligently love, honor, respect, and encourage them.

Proverbs 28:12 KJV — When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for fathers. Thank You for placing men as the head of the family. Lord, please speak clearly to those husbands and fathers. Teach them how to love and encourage their own families in righteousness. Lord, guard them with Your Word, hone their hearts, that they might not be led astray or enticed by wickedness. Lord, please cut off anything which would be a stumbling block to them, that they might not fall into sin. Lord, please teach them to be full of integrity, to be honest, honorable, dedicated, diligent, and purposeful about their walk with You and their family. Lord, please help them to be aware of the time and season they are in, to understand the times, joining together with You to redeem it. Please help them to be focused on truth. Lord, please keep them from being entangled in the cares of this world, but rather that they are able to walk in trust with You, putting off fear and putting on faith. Lord Jesus, please protect our men from the lies of the enemy. Surround them as with a shield. Thank You so much for my husband, my father-in-law, and my sons, please bless them with Your Word and Your Holy Spirit. Thank You. Amen.

To my darling husband:

I praise God for you! Thank you for our 23 years of marriage. Thank you for continuing to learn how to father our children and grandchildren. I’m praying for you. Thank you for loving us. I love you.

Happy Father’s Day!

The last day before a new beginning

Packed up and ready to go.

Tomorrow, Anne will be moving in with Grandma.

It’s a wonderful blessing.

But not easy.

Anne is not only a huge help and support around the house, she’s a gentle, beautiful, friend.

I’ve valued our talks and although I’ll be keeping in touch, I know we will both miss our daily time.

It’s part of the blessing of having children who choose to follow the Lord as adults.

We are honored to enjoy good relationships, but we have to be willing to let go of our personal desires.

We have to be willing to love them wherever the Lord takes them.

Of course, our Anne isn’t planning on living with Grandma permanently.

Experience has taught me, once a young adult steps out on their walk with the Lord and it leads away from home, they may return, but it won’t be the same, nor should it be.

I once had a father, referring to his son leaving home to pursue God’s path say to me,

“It’s why we have them, these arrows in the hand, to shoot them out into the world to do God’s work.”

He’s completely right.

These little ones under our feet are in training.

To be nurtured and loved and taught, that they might walk with the Lord as adults, being used by Him to reach others.

It’s such a blessing and responsibility to be granted the task and as we send off this youngest daughter, I’m expectant.

I know God is with her and will do wonderful things in and through her.

In my heart will be joy as we “let fly” our arrow tomorrow.

Psalm 127:4 KJV — As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for each of our children. Thank You for these years of training, nurture, and love. Thank You that our girl is choosing to follow Your calling for her summer and I trust You to show her what You are calling her to after that. Thank You for Your faithfulness, love, and provision. Lord, as Anne spends time with Grandma, I ask that they will both be blessed by You. That they will be encouraged in Your ways and strengthen by Your Word. Lord, help them to meet each day with prayer and trust, knowing they can rest in You for all things. Please help them walk through the details of life with joy. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Senior Recital

In the past five years, I’ve learned a great deal about music.

As our daughter has been working toward her degree, I’ve been impressed.

There’s so much to music beyond knowing the notes and reading the music.

God has stretched and grown our daughter in amazing ways.

These have been very memorable years, especially since she’s gotten married and had two children during it all. (She’s expecting their third baby in December! Squeak!)

Tomorrow is her Senior Recital.

It’s the culmination of all her years of study jammed into one night’s performance.

She will be singing in different languages.

The program is varied to give us a feel for her range.

I’m thrilled that she will be playing both her guitar and her ukulele.

Her guitar was a Christmas gift we got her many years ago with the help and expertise of our brother-in-law, Jon.

The ukulele was a recent graduation gift from her grandmother.

The one she’s always played is an antique from my aunt and does not have the ability to be plugged into the sound system and thus cannot be used.

There’s a ton of last minute things to see to today.

I’m praying for God to be glorified in all this.

Because He is the One who gave her the gift and the calling.

I know He is the reason she is able to do it.

I recently ran across a note in my Bible.

This note was to remind me to pray this verse for my daughter.

I’m praying again for her and will be tomorrow.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your gifts. Thank You for all Your provision for our daughter and her family. Lord, thank You for this opportunity. Please, help her to continue to give all glory and praise to You. Lord, please help her to worship You in the beauty of holiness. Thank You so much for Your faithfulness. May Your name be glorified. Amen.

8th grade Promotion

I was surprised and blessed to be asked to share something at the ceremony.

The students who were promoting had been in my class years ago and I love them.

When I realized that I would not be able to attend my heart thanked God for being asked.

But God…

Another adult involved in the ceremony asked me if I’d like to write down what I wanted to share and she would stand in for me.

Talk about a blessing!

The following is what I wrote and she shared.

To begin I am deeply blessed to have the honor to send you not only my prayers, but also a word of encouragement as you take part in stepping into the road that leads to adulthood. Not many young people realize that the four years of high school are literally the last years of learning how to hone your skills, thoughts and habits, to introduce you into adulthood.

Many people use the four years of high school to live for themselves, to indoctrinate themselves into habits and activities that are not only harmful for them, but instill abuses and addictions into their future as adults.

It is my prayer for each of you that you do not follow the wide path of the world, but that instead you look to scripture and listen and most importantly apply God’s truth to the next four years of your life and continue that habit into adulthood.

With that being said I asked the Lord what verse would crystallize what His plan for each follower of Christ is, where we could find it simply and directly lined out. He led me to Micah 6:8.

Oftentimes, when a scripture is familiar we begin to disregard it’s important especially when we have grown up from childhood hearing it quoted and not really understanding how to apply it.

I know this was true with my own childhood. I didn’t understand the importance of many scriptures that I had been raised with and memorized, but as an adult the Lord began to open my understanding and to help me learn how to apply these things to my everyday. The truths, the blessings, the direction, and the very gifts of life have been granted to me through that and I’m so thankful to my parents, my teachers, and my Sunday school for having me memorize so much scripture.

With that being said, let’s look at Micah 6:8.

Micah 6:8 NKJV — He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?

Although these are simple words, the first thing it begins with is to show you what is good. Many things in this world try to tell you they are good, they are right, they are true, but we only find those things in God’s Word. Nowhere else is there true goodness without God. We must understand, that God is good and in Him we find goodness.

The Lord requires of us to do justly. That isn’t a sometimes thing and it’s not a when you want it. Simply and straightforwardly it tells us that we are to do right at all times.

Often people, become confused as to what is correct, right, and just. Scripture again is our guide and should always be the first place we look for answering questions.

To do justly is not an option with the believer. The follower of Christ should always look to do what is right in every circumstance, never compromising, never wavering, never being lukewarm.

Next we see that God wants us to love mercy. To truly understand that, we have to realize that it is because of His mercy that we have salvation. We can see throughout scripture times that God chooses to show His mercy to those who least deserved it. For if we all wanted to be honest, no one deserves God’s mercy. But He gives it and we need to as well. That means loving others the way God loves us, not holding bitterness or resentment. Leaving no room for offense, but choosing to love as God loves. If anyone has the right to be offended, it is our righteous God and He chooses not to. Instead He gives mercy, grace, and forgiveness.

Lastly we are to walk humbly with our God. We know through scripture that it is because of pride that Satan fell. We know that it is because of pride that Eve chose to eat the forbidden fruit: she wanted to be like God. We know that throughout man’s history pride has caused people to harm others, to live selfishly, to spread abuse, pain, and injustice. And it is still wreaking havoc on the human race today. But the Bible also tells us that God resists the proud. Humility is truly something we have to work at putting on, because pride came with our sinful natures and we can hardly get away from it. Unless we are purposeful in keeping our hearts humble before God, pride will grow, hiding under a myriad of excuses.

We must realize that we are no better than any other human created, and we are far less than God Himself. Yet, He made each and every one of us in His image, in God’s likeness, and Jesus Christ died and rose again to save our souls. Those two things: being made in God’s image and being bought by the blood of Jesus Christ, makes us more valuable than we can ever imagine. Because of these things we can be humble, as well as thankful, to the Lord Almighty for His great gifts and His endless love.

It is through a truly humbled heart that we can actually find the answer to walking justly and loving mercy. It’s the final key to how we are to follow Christ daily. Surrendering our own wants and desires before Him and choosing to live for those He has placed around us every single day.

As you embark on the next 4 years, which begin right now, I pray that you will live for Jesus Christ and not for yourselves. I pray that you live for Jesus Christ and not for academics or achievements, whether it be in sports or intellectual things or even just enjoying the world that God created. Those things are good and He gave them to us, but they should never be what we live for. I pray that each of you today realizes the importance of the place in life that you are at and that you will choose to surrender each day forward into Jesus’s hands and serve Him as the bond servant that Paul spoke of in the scriptures. One who does not worry about his life, but only concern is in being an excellent servant of the Master. I love you and I thank you for this wonderful opportunity to speak into your lives. Again, I’m sorry I was unable to be there in person, but God knows what is best and I trust Him. I’m sending you each my love. God bless you.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Please bless these young people with wisdom and let their hearts be opened to Your Word. Lord, thank You for allowing me to have an opportunity to reach out to them. Thank You for the blessing of my friends. Lord, You have all things in Your hands and Your ways are perfect. I praise and thank You for all Your wonderous works. May You be glorified throughout the whole Earth. Amen.

A walk in the park

It was one of those blessings which God surprised us with.

Anne, now a graduate with her diploma, wanted to get her announcement pictures in a scenic area.

As we discussed this desire, we both felt a little concern.

“Mom, I don’t know any places around here.”

Of course I don’t either.

Anne loves flowers and we both thought a garden would be great, but we didn’t know if there were any in our area.

Our photographer has lived in the area for a while, so I texted her our concern.

She too was unsure where a garden could be found, but promised to look into it.

Anne’s internet search turned up an answer to the scenic views which was nearby.

I contacted our photographer and she knew the place, said it would fit the scenic part perfectly, but didn’t remember any flowers.

She encouraged us to go ahead of our scheduled shoot and explore.

Then it rained for two days.

Friday was a beautiful day, perfect for a walk in the park, but…I had a migraine.

It lasted until Monday.

With our lives focused on house guests, we forgot to go that evening.

The shoot was scheduled for Wednesday, so we had to go Tuesday.

Life got very full, and we left half an hour after we were supposed to, so lighting wasn’t the same.

Anne and I were a bit discouraged, but determined to look at the area.

We parked the truck and found there were several flowering trees.

There was even one which came down close to the ground and gave a lovely back drop.

I was snapping pictures on my phone to send to the photographer.

The road turned sharply to reveal a logged area, it held beautiful views.

The road rose dramatically and I found it difficult to make it up the hill.

However, time and persistence equalled success.

Upon reaching the top, we were delighted to find two trails gloriously decorated in trees and tall ferns.

The trail we choose had two natural arches and Anne loved it.

I began texting pictures to our photographer.

To my surprise, she asked me if I had seen the field with a barn in it.

After a little discussion with Anne and some texted questions to the photographer, we walked back to the truck.

There’s two places people park, so I figured we’d gone to the wrong one.

We drove just a bit down the road and started walking again.

Anne mentioned pictures of a bridge over water she’d seen on the internet.

“I’d love to take some pictures there, do you think we can find it?”

I told her I was hopeful.

This road was larger, there were more cars.

The hill wasn’t as steep as the last one, but I was wearing out quickly.

As we walked, still surrounded by trees and under growth, we kept looking for a break in the cover, expecting the barn and field.

Anne decided to jog farther down the winding road and look for the field.

She returned looking concerned, there was no signs of a break in the trees.

We were running out of time, the park would be closing soon.

We tried looking at the internet map again to discover where we were, but without success.

The location wasn’t working.

I texted our photographer, asking how far down the road we should go.

When she responded with driving to the extra parking lot, I knew something was wrong.

Where we were had a tiny space people used for parking, but there was certainly no other parking lot connected to this one.

We walked back to the entrance and I sent her a picture of the gate and bulletin board which held lots of instructions.

Her response was immediate.

We were not in the park we were supposed to be, we’d found an area of State lands.

“Well, no wonder we can’t find the barn!”

Anne and I packed up and drove home.

We knew our schedule for the next day wouldn’t allow time for us to explore.

“We will just have to trust the Lord.”

That evening we packed up into the car, had a bouquet of flowers, two pairs of shoes, a hat, and cardigan.

We drove farther down the road than the night before.

I got a little turned around at the entrance, I’d forgotten to read the directions first.

We met up with the photographer shortly afterwards.

Just around a softly sloping turn in the road we walked up to the field with a barn in it.

And there were wild daisies!

Anne got to take pictures surrounded by flowers.

As I stood out of the way, I praised God.

This was the perfect spot and exactly what Anne wanted.

After many pictures in the field we returned to the parking lot, and then decided to take a different path.

It led to the bridge and water.

My heart over flowed.

Anne had surrendered all her desires for this to the Lord and we were both blessed by how God arranged it all.

He gave us this moment and it will be a precious memory.

Because we both know pictures for a Graduation Announcement are not really important in the scheme of life.

But we can and are praising Him.

For He is amazing and worthy of all our praise, in the smallest and the largest of things.

Psalm 104:33 KJV — I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your faithfulness. Lord, when we walk with You in all things, our lives are full. Lord, Your love, compassion, and patience are incredible. Your truth is life. You sustain us throughout. Thank You for all Your wonderous works. How great and awesome You are! Please, let our lives bring glory to Your name. Thank You! Amen.

Embracing change

Because change is good, it’s healthy.

The older I get, the more I find myself learning this truth.

As a young woman change was terrifying.

I lived in fear of bad things happening and did all I could to ward off danger.

But after living through years of loss, I learned change is healthy.

He used those years to teach me about the frailty and blessing of life.

Not to waste my time trying to avoid whatever may come (because many things are completely out of our control), but instead to invest in the day I have.

Which is why I can walk through our current changes and smile, even though my heart aches.

Our son-in-law and daughter and the grandbabies moved almost three hours away last weekend.

Our youngest daughter will move in a few weeks.

Our home will hold just three people, something we’ve not had in over twenty years.

Yes, my heart is missing them.

Yes, it’s a time of grieving a loss.

No, I’m not unhappy.

Because God is doing this and I’m so thankful for His guidance in each of their lives.

I’m practicing praise.

Praising Him for all He has given us.

Worshipping Him, so thankful He is directing their lives.

Honoring Him, because these people, who began as babies in our arms, never belonged to us, they have always been His.

I’m expectant, because although I don’t know what the future holds, I know Who is holding us.

May our lives, wherever we are, bring glory to His name.

Psalm 86:12 KJV — I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for change. Thank You for using life’s changes to shine into my heart and mind those things I would not have willingly learned otherwise. Lord, thank You for the patchwork of experiences which have brought me to this place. Thank You that You are using life to hone our hearts and help us learn dependence upon You. Lord, I rest in the knowledge that You have each of these dear people in Your hands and I thank You for all You are doing in their lives. Please continue to grow them in their walk with You. Please continue to provide for their needs and guide them in each day. Thank You for these dear people we love so much. Thank You for using them to teach me about You and Your love. I praise Your holy name, Jesus. Amen.

A chapter closed

and another began, last Friday.

Because our youngest daughter graduated from high school.

Praise the Lord!

He has been so faithful to her and she has grown in so many ways.

Honestly, I don’t know where to start counting His blessings.

It is why there’s a cross on her tassel instead of a year.

Anne put it there because,

“God is the One who brought me through this, and it’s my way of thanking and remembering His goodness to me.”

I just smiled and nodded.

For Anne to complete her GED has been a long and difficult journey.

Anne has always found book learning challenging.

Reading was especially difficult.

I kept looking for patterns, something which would guide me as to what she was grappling with.

God brought us some solutions during her 5th grade year.

She was experiencing health issues and our doctor sent us to a specialist.

“Migraines, she having migraine headaches.”

The doctor spoke so matter-a-fact about it, but I couldn’t wrap my mind around it.

“Isn’t she too young for that?!”

He calmly explained it was unusual, but not impossible.

He gave me some things to try and foods to avoid.

We made the changes and she improved.

About the same time I was able to find an eye doctor who found out why Anne would pass an exam, but was struggling to read anything in the afternoon.

She has an unusual eye fatigue problem, her dad, my husband does as well.

When the eye doctor caught it, she ordered glasses right away and explained that Anne’s eyes couldn’t hold a focus after 15-20 minutes.

I remember thinking, “No wonder she’s struggling in school!”

In middle school I’d taken her and two siblings to a tutor who specialized in helping those with learning disabilities.

After doing lessons twice a week for over a year, I received some training from her to work with the kids myself.

My husband’s job had changed and we couldn’t afford the lessons any longer.

Then we took the big step.

I went to the school district and asked to have Anne and her sister tested for learning disabilities.

My husband and I had done that for our son years before, so it wasn’t an unknown.

I can’t say enough good things about the people we worked with in the school.

They were God’s blessing to our family and I love them.

Anne and Bell began taking one class a day in the SPED room after both being classified as having learning disabilities.

When we moved here, I was nervous.

Being a homeschooling family is one thing, but having your students on IEPs and still homeschooling is another completely.

God was so patient with me and my fears.

That summer held so many changes.

Before our move here, Anne’s health went seriously down hill.

Our doctor had me make a food journal and we started noticing a pattern.

Anne is hypoglycemic and if she doesn’t eat protein every four hours she has all kinds of trouble.

So, with our move came a new schedule which included Anne eating protein often.

When school began we contacted them and began the meetings.

(If you don’t know the process with an IEP, just trust me, there’s meetings.)

I explained to the head Special Education teacher we had just moved from a tiny rural place (like 800 people total) to where we were now (sitting in a highschool with 1,000 students) and how we were willing to do whatever was required.

Anne had to begin attending class, twice to three times a week depending on the schedule.

It was not a little frightening.

After the first week I mentioned Anne’s trouble in dealing with the mob of students as she was trying to make her way to class.

The teacher changed her schedule so she’d be coming and going while regular classes were in session.

We were so surprised and thankful, Anne actually began enjoying her class.

After about a month of this, Anne had finished all the required testing and we had another meeting.

“We can not provide services for her, because she no longer has a learning disability.”

I cried.

I couldn’t find the words to express my joy at the improvements she had made.

Anne no longer had to attend the high school, we simply continued her education at home and praised God for this unexpected blessing.

After all her struggles, it was very understandable that she felt a good deal of concern about her ability to pass the GED.

She studied and took practice tests as well as online classes.

She stuck to it and a week ago she passed her final test.

We are excitedly awaiting her diploma.

God has answered our prayers and provided for her in incredible ways.

We are enjoying this month with our graduate.

She’s going to be leaving us for the summer.

God put it on her heart to live with my mom and care for her while Mom under goes two surgeries, first on her right foot and then the left.

We will miss Anne so much, but are so glad she’s doing this.

My heart can not contain the joy I have when I see my children walk with Jesus.

Paul’s words speak clearly for me:

Philippians 1:3 KJV — I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your faithfulness. You are incredible and I praise Your holy name. Lord, thank You for each of our children and how You are guiding them. Lord this journey of our daughter’s has been difficult, but it’s made the end so much sweeter. Thank You for blessing her in these things. Thank You for teaching her about trusting in You. Lord, whatever the next chapter holds, we will praise You. May her life bring glory to Your name. Amen.

$10

This was my Christmas present from Jase.

He and I saw it at the Goodwill.

We’d run into town one morning, because his last pair of pants had a hole.

We are praising God for his growth, he’s actually been changing sizes pretty regularly!

However, it means we have moments where he’s out of clothes.

I’d taken him to a department store first, only to discover they don’t carry children/youth sizes.

We chatted about what to do as we headed to the car.

We agreed to try Goodwill next.

Not only did the Lord bless us with two pairs of pants for him, he bought me this little end table.

When we’ve had time, we’ve been working on it.

He does the sanding and I do the painting.

My husband already promised to do the top coat since I can’t handle that.

Today, we hope to get it finished.

Then, it will go up for sale in our booth.

Jase and I are excited to see the end product and hopefully it will go from someone’s very warn, no longer wanted furniture, to a useful and attractive piece.

Because it’s actually not in bad shape at all.

It was made well of good material (solid oak) and it has a lot more years of service left in it.

Infact, it feels like an opportunity to turn this $10 table into something someone will use and enjoy.

Most of all it reminds me of Jesus.

When God made the world it was good.

Well made, of good materials.

Then sin entered, by the choice of mankind, and the human race has become scared and ugly and often times feels unwanted, unloved, warn out…

but Jesus!

He’s work cleans and refurbishes our broken weary soul.

He’s carpenter hands know exactly what each heart requires to be restored.

And He’s never “finished” caring for each one.

We are never put up for sale.

God bought us with His Son’s blood on the cross and we are His cherished possession.

In fact, He’s continually working on the heart, polishing and removing the stains of sin, death, hurt.

Sometimes it’s rough, like sandpaper over our soul, but it’s always good.

His ways are perfect and He knows what is required to bring our hearts into a beautifully restored creation He intended from the beginning.

I’m so thankful to Him.

Thankful He paid such a high price for me.

Thankful He is working on my heart.

Thankful for all the seasons, including the rough ones.

Thankful for His gracious and enduring love and patience.

It’s wonderful.

He’s the one who is patiently hopeful.

He’s patiently restoring my heart and He has confident expectation that His work will be completed.

Praise God!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for all You have done and are doing in my life and in the lives of others. Lord Jesus, each day is a new gift, full of opportunities to love You and love others. Lord, please forgive me for allowing circumstances to cause me grief and fear. Thank You for reminding me that each day is worth living, just because You live! I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Happy Boxing Day!

It’s a holiday in the UK and always follows Christmas.

As my friend once said, “You know, it’s for boxing up your things”.

What a great idea!

After all it takes a great deal of effort to get everything out, I love the idea of setting aside a day to put everything away and make things tidy.

We certainly will be doing some of that today.

But more than cleaning and reorganizing, I’m going to be thanking God.

Our youngest girl turned 18 yesterday.

She’s a beautiful young woman and I’m so glad to have her in my life.

I praise God for the friendship we have and the beautiful way she has blossomed.

Yesterday, as we all enjoyed opening gifts and making gingerbread houses and eating loads of goodies, I just felt so blessed.

God has been so good.

His way is perfect.

His plans are best.

When we moved here, Anne had to leave her job, her friends, and most of her family.

It was tough for her.

But He has given her so much here.

She helps me around the house, cooking and cleaning.

She helps watch the grandbabies and she sometimes stays with Sis to do chores there.

I’ve watched her walk in the Lord grow.

She’s been learning how to do things she never would have if we’d not moved.

As we cleaned up and chatted last evening, my heart was so full.

God gave us such gifts in each one of our children and I am so grateful.

Although, letting go is difficult, I like watching to see what God is doing.

I know I can rest in His will for our family, every single one of them.

He made them and He loves them even more than I do.

Praise God!

As we “box up” today, I’m going to treasure the beautiful memories while prayerfully waiting for all the Lord has in store.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for our beautiful daughter. Lord, thank You for our family. I praise You for all Your blessings. Please continue to walk with each one of us and guide our hearts and minds. Lord, You alone are worthy of all praise, honor, and glory. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

A gift of gratitude

It was later in the afternoon.

I had required a rest after lunch, so Jase and I had resumed home school afterwards.

I wasn’t feeling amazingly well, so I was a bit slow on the uptake of what was happening.

Jase had just been reading aloud to me from his book when he stopped.

I looked up to see why, since he doesn’t like me to “look over his shoulder” while reading.

His face was serious and his eyes held something which I couldn’t place at first.

Then his voice:

“Mom, thank you for all your time helping me and teaching me things. Not just school work, but all the things you teach me.”

-pause, blink-

He’s serious.

Nothing about his face or tone was sarcasm.

“I just realized I don’t think I’ve ever said, ‘Thank you’ before.”

I couldn’t speak.

I just gave him a big hug.

He was a little put off by the silent tears on my cheeks.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to make you cry.”

“No, buddy. It’s a good cry.”

And thus I received the nicest gift of gratitude I’ve ever gotten near Thanksgiving.

It’s one I will cherish a long time.

And it made me think.

If this is how my son can touch my heart how does my gratitude touch the heart of God?

I’m sure it’s beyond my understanding.

Especially since His love is so much greater than mine.

1 Chronicles 16:8 KJV — Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for this precious gift from our son. Thank You for giving us our son. Lord Jesus, thank You for loving us so much more than we can possibly understand. Lord, thank You for walking with us in all things. Truly, You are worthy of all honor, gratitude, and praise. May our hearts never tire of looking upon Your mighty works and worshipping Your holy name. I love You! Amen.