|My beautiful family|
And I see you. I watch your precious faces as you live out the lives God has given you. There is so much happening just now. You are buying new homes, raising children, marrying, reaching out to others, going to school, growing up. There is so much going on.
I knew when I had seven children, that life would be busy, exciting, full, for me and for all of you...because life is like that.
So you bought the houses, and there are repairs to be made. There are walls to paint and windows to fix, plumbing to update and rooves to shingle. There are missing eavestroughs and old doors, yards to cut and sheds to repair.
There are children to tend to. Noses to wipe, meals to make, lives to shape and mold and fret over...love to bestow at all times, when they stamp their feet and when they smile up at you with their glorious shiny eyes and strawberry red lips. There are tired pregnant days to go through and morning sickness.
There are jobs to train for and work at. There are clients to loose and gain. There are long hard hours in hot weather. There are new plans to make and new experiences to try. There are new neighbors to meet and old ones to leave.
There are new churches and comfortable old churches and new and old friends. There are lives to plan and decisions to make and choices...lots of choices.
There are bikes to ride and places to go and stretching and changing to do.
There is life with all its ups and downs and turns and corners, sorrows and joys.
And it is busy...so busy.
In the midst of it all, we have an anchor. A strong solid friend who loves us at all times. In Deuteronomy 31:6 God says, "Be strong and courageous. Do not fear for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave or forsake you." Psalm 136:1 tells us, "Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His steadfast love endures forever."
I know, because I have been there, that sometimes the busyness consumes you. Though you love God and long to serve Him, life gets in the way. You say a quick prayer in the morning as you run down the hall to start your day, either soothing a child, trying to get to an appointment on time, or trying to catch up where you left off the day before. You read the Word, but you don't really have time to let it sink in. You hurry to solve your own problems because you just can't wait on God.
I lost so many battles, struggled with so many tears, came up empty so often when I didn't rely on Him.
If I can give you a bit of my wisdom I've learned from my own life, I want to urge you (In the words of A.W. Tozer) to follow HARD after God. Long for Him, weave Him in and out of every corner of your lives. Let Him be the breath that sustains you, the first place you turn, the focal point of every minute of every hour of every day. Dance with Him when the days are glorious and you can't contain your joy. Cry with Him when sorrow overwhelms you. Share Him with everyone you meet, Let your lives speak His name before you even share the words. Let Him love you and comfort you and carry you.
I am so proud of all of you and who you are becoming. Your love for God is evident in all your lives.
As you pass through this journey of your own, know that I am praying for you daily. God has blessed me greatly with such special children and children-in-law, and grandchildren.