Life and Legacy – Lesson 2

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Lesson 2…CHOOSE YOUR SPOUSE WISELY

Ever since I’ve been a little girl, I dreamed of that fairly tale romance.  That Price Charming, sweep you off your feet, Knight and Shining Armor man that would whisk me away to happily ever after.  Ok, so I’m not Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella or even Snow White, but by golly I’m the daughter of a King and I believe in fairy tales.  I married a realist though who likes to remind me that I can’t always live in fairytale land.  But that’s what’s so great about us…when I’m living in never, never land, he pulls me back to reality.  He’s my ying to my yang.  And I like to think that when he drifts off to another world, I’m able to bring him back to this one as well.  See, there’s no such thing as the perfect mate, no such thing as the perfect marriage, but how we see our relationship can make all the difference.  For as long as I can remember I prayed for God to send me the right husband.  I believe God heard those prayers and God sent ME the right one.  He might not be right for everyone.  But he’s right for me.  We are a team.  We respect one another, we fight fair, we love unconditionally, we forgive and we hold ourselves accountable to God.  What does that last part mean?  It means when times get hard, on days that he’s not my knight in shining armor and I’m not his princess, that we remember our vows to one another and to God.  We remember that we don’t give up, not because of how much we love each other, but because of how much we love God.  Kids, I encourage you to choose a spouse who puts God above you.  The Bible gives us many wonderful passages about our roles as husbands and wives.  Maybe that will be a lesson down the road.  But for now, remember this verse from 2 Corinthians 6:14 – “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”  A spouse that loves, serves and fears the Lord will be the right one for you.  They won’t give up when the going gets tough.  When looks fade and romance dies, they will show you that true love prevails.  I’ve been blessed to stand beside a man that loves and respects me (and that in turn I love, honor and respect), that believes romance is important and doesn’t give up.  And that’s why I still believe in fairytales.

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A Walk in the Park

It’s no exaggeration when I say it was COLD when we took these photos.  And by cold, I mean like 20 degrees cold with a wind chill of negative something.  But man, did we have a good time.  These two (and I know they look like twins, but they were actually born 361 days apart) never complained.  In fact, we laughed as we ran, jumped, held hands and tried to stick our frozen hands in our pockets every chance we got.  I guess that’s the price you pay sometimes for having a January birthday.  But along those same lines, as I sit here and gaze out my window as big flakes of snow continue to poor down from that white sky, I also think, not everyone can say they get snow for their birthday.  Happy Birthday little loves.

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Life and Legacy – Lesson 1

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This world can be uglier than we need it to be, if we allow it to be.  That’s the thought that popped into my head as I drove home this evening. As we enter into a new year and I look back at my failed attempt to post my “Weekly Scripture and Picture” EVERY week, I realized I needed to set a more attainable goal for myself this year. Although this blog is certainly a place to post my work, I needed it to also be a place I could center my thoughts on the creator of this world. For some time now, I’ve wanted to leave some thoughts on life lessons for my kids, so this year my goal will be a monthly post on “Life and Legacy”. Each month, I want to leave my kids some wisdom on how to grow up in this sometimes cruel world by focusing their thoughts on Jesus.
So here we go….lesson 1… YOU BELONG TO GOD.
I DO NOT BELONG TO THIS WORLD. After two episodes of Stanger Things, a calming thought came over me, “I do not belong to this world.”  (ok if you’ve seen Stranger Things, the mere word “calming” seems like an oxymoron to that show, as it is anything but a calming show). I am an…alien. Yep, it’s true. I am visiting this world for a short time and then I’ll be leaving to go to my forever home. God put me here. Why, I’m still not exactly sure, but I know I am to serve Him. Why?  Because I belong to Him. How do I know this to be true?  Because the Bible tells me so.  John 15:19 tell us, “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”  Many years ago when I gave my heart to Jesus, I insured a permanent residency in His kingdom, and so I no longer belong to This world. I belong to His world. That feels good to me. I’ve learned on stressful days, that none of that really matters in the end. One day this world won’t be here. It will mean nothing to me, so the trivial little things that tend to want to stress me out, really don’t matter in the big picture. This world is only as ugly as I allow it to be. And I like pretty things.
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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas dear friends!

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Luke 2: 10-14

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