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Thursday
Mar092017

Today is a special day!

Today is my mother's birthday (March 9).  Even though she's been gone for over 10 years, I still miss her...especially on her birthday!  All that she poured into me and my sister and all the other people God put within her reach and influence is a gift to be cherished and passed on. She introduced me to God the Creator; taught me about mustard seed size faith, good manners (that one almost killed her) and how to set a pretty table. Sitting at her feet, I learned organization, graciousness, selflessness, about the bond of marriage and family and the value of honoring parents.

She loved to laugh and cut up!  To the right is a picture of a picture I have of her in my bedroom.  It's with her with the clown Emmet Kelly.  She loved him because he made her laugh and meeting him and getting that hug made her day.  She loved her family, high heels, pretty pajamas, and Jesus. I watched her faith in a Faithful God be tested, stretched and strengthened. Oh, she wasn't perfect - in fact, she could be a stinker just like her mother! But she left a legacy of faith and of biblical womanhood. 

This picture was taken shortly before Jesus came for her.  It's not the most flattering picture of her and she wasn't at her best due to brain cancer but I love this picture because those were my last days with her and I cherish them.  She handled her final days with grace and in the end, my father commended her spirit to our Father God. 

I celebrate her today by remembering my moments with her and sharing them with you!

"Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:  Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.' Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."  Proverbs 31:28-31 (NIV)

Monday
Jul182016

The look of love

Recently, my sister and I spent a day taking a trip down memory lane. We decided to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of our mother being with Jesus by spending the day together.  As we looked through old pictures and papers, we laughed and cried and remembered times gone by.

This picture was taken when I was a junior or senior in high school.  Daddy had a business trip to San Francisco and momma and I got to tag along.  That's my mother in the middle and I am on the right - all decked out in my fall (hairpiece).  But, that's not the point of this blog post.  What is the point?  Look at my mother. Dear friends, that look is the look of love.  She was looking right into the camera held by my daddy (the love of her life). How priceless to have captured that moment.  What a gift.

But you know what?  That look of love was not just reserved for my daddy.  My sister and I sure saw it as did many others.  Yes, the love she felt for each one of us might have been a little different but that was her special look of love. She loved well. 

What a legacy.  You might be thinking, "But, I don't have that kind of legacy."  Please keep reading because I have a challenge for us all.

As my sister and I looked through old pictures, my heart soared when I saw this one. I felt hugged and encouraged.  But, I also felt challenged to make sure I am loving well and giving the look of love.  After Jesus comes for me, so much of what I think is important won't even matter.  What will matter is did I love well and did those I love see that special and beautiful look of love?  Did I  leave a legacy of faith and love?  Did you?

Psalm 139 tells us that God knits us together in our mother's womb.  Wow!  That means He picks the family we are born into.  And you know what else?  Each and every person in our lives is a gift from God. Oh Lord, help us to love well. In Jesus name, for His sake and in His power and strength, let's leave a legacy of faith, love and share with all that look of love.  Let's love well!

Okay, so maybe you weren't left a legacy of faith and love but if you have Jesus, you have all you need to leave a legacy of faith and love.  You can learn to love well because you have the Holy Spirit and God's Word!  If you don't have Jesus, let's talk.