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Let me tell you about my blessings….

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1 Corinthians 13:13

English Standard Version (ESV)

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

How often do we wake first thing in the morning and immediately have a thought of one of the many blessings God has given us in our lives?  If you are like me, one of the very first things you think of in the morning is “I need coffee!” and you rush to the kitchen to start the process of making that pot.  After all, first things first!  A day that doesn’t begin with a good cup of coffee and  breakfast is not a good day at all!   Right??   Well after my experience on Wednesday morning when I awoke, I cannot necessarily say that I need coffee is always my first thought, not should it be for that matter!

When I woke up on Wednesday, my first thought was how blessed I am to have the wonderful family God has provided me with!  I had a deep  sense of love and feelings of well -being!  Don’t get me wrong–I always know I am blessed to be a Mom, Grandma, sister, friend.  God has been very good to me by putting all sorts of wonderful people in my life.  This particular day, though, I just felt particularly blessed and filled with joy and that wonderful sense that all was well with my world.

What was so different about Wednesday from other days?  I can’t be exactly sure; however, over the past  few days I have had the pleasure of being able to have longer than normal conversations with my children, Dave and Debbie, and one of my granddaughters.  I have spent a lot of time with my daughter-in-law Terry and even got to have a conversation with my son-in-law Stephen.  I don’t often have that opportunity because he and Deb do not live nearby.    My other granddaughter is really busy with school and work. etc. but since she is a blogger, I have the pleasure of reading her many gems of wisdom that she writes as well as the occasional visit.   She has taught her old Grandma many wonderful things, as do the others.  All of those things together seemed to bring them even closer to my thoughts and my heart so it is not a mystery I guess that my first thought of the day was of all of them.

The Lord has truly blessed me.  My children have grown up to be marvelously wonderful adults, filled with love and caring for others and they each have brought their wonderful spouses into our family and two beautiful granddaughters to whom they have passed on those same wonderful values of being very loving and caring adults!   Every one of them is fun to be with and they make me smile a lot!  I am so proud to be Mom and Grandma to all of them.  Thank you Lord for your abundance of blessings, not only at this Christmas season but each and every day of my life.

Dave, Terry, Marianne, Debbie, Stephen and Annmarie–I love you all and wish you the merriest of Christmases and a year filled with all the blessings of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.   Merry Christmas!

 

Mother’s Day Reflections

redroseLove is patient; love is kind. Love is not jealous; is not proud; is not conceited; does not act foolishly; is not selfish; is not easily provoked to anger; keeps no record of wrongs; takes no pleasure in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. ~I Corinthians 13:4-7

This is my favorite verse in the Bible about Love. It is used in so many different contexts in our lives, one of the very important ones describing the unending, unconditional love mothers have for their children.

As a Mom and Grandmother celebrating this lovely day in honor of us, I take time to think about the role my Mom and my Grandmother played in my life as I grew up and through much of my adult life before the Lord took them home. They both taught me about love—the unconditonal love for my children and my grandchildren. They taught me to have patience with the children and grandchildren God blessed me with; to teach them to be the best they can be –not comparing them with each other, but as I told my children  “Be the best YOU that you can be, not the best copy of anyone else.  YOU are special”.  My Mom and Grandmother taught me how to be kind to others; to always look for the good in every person we meet along our journey through life.    So many things they taught me that I try to carry with me through my life and I hope I have done a good job of passing their legacy on to my children and to my grandchildren; that part of who they are today as all of them are now grown, perhaps is in some small way, is from my love for them and the love passed down from their grandmother and great-grandmother.

To all of us who no longer have our Moms with us to celebrate this special day with, we still honor them, they are still very much alive in our hearts and they are watching over us still from heaven.  Their legacy of love lives on through each of us as we pass it on to the next generation,

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Moms here with us and Happy Mothers Day to our Moms who are with the Lord now.  You are never forgotten.