Thanks for this amazing tribute to my wonderful mother who graciously survived/thrived the antics of 4 sons (and one perfect daughter,lol). Her children of faith are innumerable and only our reunion above will reveal the totality of my parents impact on the lives they lovely led into His Kingdom.
One of the most beautiful things about teaching is to communicate in a way that reaches the hearer and listener. You express your ideas, thoughts and feelings in a way that they come across inviting, welcoming and enjoyable.
Seriously though, I immediately think of conversations with mom when I was little... understanding why someone is hard to love is a big step toward loving them when they don't deserve it. She reminded me that no person is below God's ability to love and no one should be below mine either.
That's such a beautiful story. I'm so excited for you all in this new adventure. I've done this homeschool thing for a while now and still find that I need to be reminded about the importance. The things we learn go so far above the academic. I hope your weeks have been great so far.
Don't forget, no mom is an island :) I'm here if you need help or just want to talk.
It's so funny that I had a similar experience recently. Although I have no idea what the effect was, someone close to the situation texted me and said the truth I shared (bluntly) was right on. This is a good reminder for me because the fear of offending can be so close to the surface for me.
I love the way the Lord shows us things. This morning as I was pulling weeds from around my blueberry bushes I thought, "I don't know what you are but you have to go"! It struck me at that moment that there were some weeds in me. I didn't know what they were but they needed to go.
Uphill climbs, downhill climbs, they're both great for revealing things that don't belong. Love this.
If you hadn't been silly enough to be part of Images Creative Group I would have never meet you because you would have never ended up in Mathis Tx one year at Zephyr and you would have never talked to me or given me a cross necklace made of nails. you also wouldn't have impacted me in regards to a Bible study I would share so many years later. My friend Sheryl reminded me as well of the song Thank You by Ray Boltz and you gave to the Lord over the course of your life impacting so many others. my song recommendation for you to consider with all this would be When All Is Said and Done by Geoff Moore and the Distance because you're leaving a godly legacy in your wake. I can trace all the pain i went thru including the talk I had with you and all the heartbreak to God preparing me to meet my wife. I wouldn't know how to properly love her without going thru all that.
Seriously...your last sentence resonates the most to me. It's those small things like, a smile, a "good job babe" or "great idea hon'," praying for him in the morning before he rises, or maybe just a good back scratching are the little things that mean most to him. Un- ceremonial and faithful, done with a spirit submitted to God and him builds a strong foundation in our marriages.
I have so many thoughts that I can't seem to get them into one or two sentences. I'm excited for your new adventure though and I think it will be more rewarding than you can possibly imagine. And I also have a bunch of homeschool stuff if you want to rummage through and see if there's anything you'd like to borrow. And also, we should have coffee. Soon.
Thank you....I wish I could share this with every worship/ music minister.
What wonderful memories you bring back to me.
One of my favorite music of all time is the one recorded by you and your sisters. The harmony is beautiful. I played it until I wore it out.
Music doesn't have to be loud....I miss the sincere, reverent worship.
Perfect timing friend! Yesterday, I felt I needed "a box with a bottom". I needed not just assurance, but insurance, that all these words, all these forward movements, guarantee me and my family that we will be protected from harm and failure. But, then what would we need Faith for.
What I've been saying all along - it is time to get out of the boat! I am very positive you have chosen correctly. You know me - and I don't mean anything more than I'm proud of you while I pray with you.
I love this story. Although, I'm the one that drives the car with the dented bumper ;) That's only because Trav's car gets better gas mileage and he drives way more than I do. But I know that if he could get a vehicle without a dented bumper he'd do it in a heartbeat. Which I find sweet and a bit chivalrous :)
Mary, this is a great post. People are very good at candy coating life and passing it off as truth - which no one else can ever live up to. I appreciate your being real, in fact I felt more like maybe you wrote your blog while inside my mind. Anyhow this is a wonderful set of goals. So often God has so much for us we just fail to see it. Opening our eyes is the first step to walking in our God given purpose. Thank you for your willingness to share. It is nice to know we all have similar struggles. 2015 - it is going to be a year by which we measure all others - because it is going to be that awesome!
Mary, this is beautiful and inspiring! I so appreciate your honesty and vulnerability. What a great way to look at the coming year! I too hope to chase after these things. Thank you for putting into words your thoughts and motivations for us to learn and grow.
I still have you on my prayer list! You know that God is faithful friend and He will see you through each moment, each tear. Remember He will do exceedingly, abundantly what we can ever think or imagine...hold strong to His promises. Love you BIG!
I have seen God moving so clearly in retrospect and I'm so often completely blown away. There are things that I could have never seen on my own that He saw so clearly. Things, issues, stuff...that I could never have known how to resolve on my own but He knew. I can't count how many times I've done something out of obedience, not understanding why it had to be that way, only to see very clearly why on the other side. His wisdom is incomparable, His grace so deep, His strategy for our lives is brilliant. I've been fortunate enough to be able to see His movement from the other side and it's completely amazing.
I love the line - "Meekness is a father who forgoes money for time with his child". Our kids grow up so fast. I used to hate when mom's would tell me that when the kids were babies because I wanted them to grow up "faster" because I was tired of taking care of 4 babies. But now time is fleeting and every moment is precious. As we soaked in every line, every wrinkle when they were babies, we now soak up every long leg, every touchdown and every accomplishment because we realize what seemed like forever was only for a moment.
Melanie, you are something special. I love reading what you write too, because it reminds me that there are lovely hearts striving to love and serve beyond expectation. You are chasing after God from what I can see and it's beautiful.
Thank you for sharing this. I'm not married, I'm not even dating anyone just yet, but everything you write about marriage, family, and just being the wise, grown up you are is helpful to me! I think I would list you as one of my mentors even though we never meet in real life.
God bless you for trusting Him and for sharing the testimony of your walk with Him!
I love this Mary, its such a joy to read your words and know what a spirit led wife you are to my eldest son. I am so proud and blessed by you both! God has been speaking to me about marriage, and what a God-honoring union it is, and a great force against wickedness in our world! I am so thankful.
Love...love...love this! Being married to an Entrepeneur can be one of the most rewarding and one of the hardest because of the seasons that are always changing. This encourages me and reminds me to continue to see my place that God has me with Jose and His business.
Thank for this great reminder on what our goal should be as mothers. My daughter, Kaytra, was in Israel with Brett. She is one of the 3 young people who planted a tree in his honor a few days ago in Israel. We found out about his death just a few days before Kaytra returned to Israel, and just watching how Bryce and his family responded gave me peace that has remained during her trip. There is so much unrest after the deaths of the three Israeli youths, but my heart remains at peace. My husband shot his arrow, true and straight, and it goes wherever our Savior sends it. He makes no mistakes, and will be glorified!
Oh Sandy, that's absolutely heart breaking. I'm so sorry. Something my cousin's husband said has just blessed me so much. I'm not quoting him, but he communicated something like this...we know even in this, because this is part of "all", that God is working things for our good. Even in the midst of the most awful tragedy, we can be confident that the story is not over, and our sorrow is not our final chapter.
So very sorry to learn of your family's loss. Your words,as always, were beautiful! Sadly, my husband's cousin lost her 15 year old daughter to suicide earlier this year. A much different situation with no comfort for the parents. Thankful for the peace extended to your family by the sureness of this young man's heart!
I'm praying and calling my children to be straight arrows like Psalm 127:5 describes, so they will not be children that cause shame, like Proverbs 10:5 describes. :) In His grace! Merlin (and Robin and Regina) and Brett are great examples of Psalm 127! All glory to God.
Even though I was never blessed to have children...this is my heart cry for my nieces and nephews. All 65 of them....so much a part of me.
Thanks for always sharing your heart and soul. It's much needed food for the soul.