One Thing I Know


God is faithful.

I chose to follow Jesus at a Billy Graham crusade when I was nine years old. I grew up in church, but that was the first time I felt God speaking to me. Drawing me to him. I devoured the book of John in the bus on the way home which gave me a glimpse of how much Jesus loved me.

I’d like to say that my life was perfectly great after that, but that would be a lie. Family situations, my own rebellion, and outside events led me into many, many messed up situations.

But God is faithful.

Always there, even when I though he was mad at me. (See last week’s post) As I tried to be good enough for him. (He didn’t ever say that I needed to be.) When I rebelled and did my own thing even when I had his still, small voice tugging at me to go a different way. Through every heartache, broken place, trial, and daily life, he has walked beside me or called to me when I ran ahead or off somewhere.

Nearly every morning lately I’ve been listening to a collection of songs by Phil Wickham. This one makes me cry every single time. Why?

Because God is faithful. Jesus loves me.

And I just wanted to share that he’s there for you too.

It’s Always Been You

Phil Wickham

You saw me first
You let me in when I was at my worst
The moment when I heard You say my name
It’s the first time in so long I’m not afraid
I’m not afraid

You are the voice that calms the storm inside me
Castle walls that stand around me
All this time, my guardian was You
You are the light that shines in every tunnel
There in the past, You’ll be there tomorrow
All my life, Your love was breaking through

It’s always been You
It’s always been You

My northern star
Your love will be the compass of my heart
Oh, I just wanna be right where You are
Right where You are

You are the voice that calms the storm inside me
Castle walls that stand around me
All this time, my guardian was You
You are the light that shines in every tunnel
There in the past, You’ll be there tomorrow
All my life, Your love was breaking through

It’s always been You
And it’s always been You
It’s always been You
It’s always been You

Who stood with me in the fire?
It was You, it was always You
Who pulled me out of the water?
It was You, it was always You
And who carried me on their shoulders?
It was You, I know it’s You, You

You are the voice that calms the storm inside me
Castle walls that stand around me
All this time, my guardian was You
You are the light that shines in every tunnel
There in the past, You’ll be there tomorrow
All my life, Your love was breaking through

It’s always been You
And it’s always been You
It’s always been You
It’s always been You
It’s always been You

Motherhood: Leaving a Legacy


DSC_0093Mom’s often get a bad rap.

We’re the household chore police, the unwelcome nutritionists and the homework dictators. But no one but a mom truly knows the extent of our behind the scenes sacrifice. (Kudos to you dads who get it!)

Most days (and often into the night), Moms:

  • Plan and cook meals and pack lunches
  • Clean the house, car, yard and numerous indescribable kid and pet messes in between
  • Shop for everything including the last minute I-need-this-for-school-tomorrow items
  • Pay bills and/or balance the accounts
  • Educate their children in the way of money, relationships, household tasks, cooking, etc.
  • Run errands – cleaners, bank, post office, drop off, pick up, and miscellaneous others
  • Do laundry and ironing (hanging up damp clothes after a few minutes toss in the dryer eliminates ironing 99% of the time. Your welcome.)
  • Schedule everyone’s extra-curricular activities and maintain a family calendar
  • Attend school functions, awards, games and events – often running them!
  • Take care of sick children and bandage their wounds – including cleaning up vomit
  • Nurse infants
  • Train children to eat, sleep, use a potty, tie their shoes, pick up toys and learn their ABC’s
  • Listen to their children’s stories
  • Tie shoes – multiple times per day
  • Dry tears
  • Give hugs
  • Make special treats
  • Put gas in the car
  • Cheer at sporting events and dance/music recitals
  • Encourage creativity and clean the floors and walls again afterwards
  • Fill out forms
  • Take kids to appointments – doctors, dentists, etc.
  • Plan and execute birthday, graduation, team and misc. parties

AND…

Many moms do all this while also working part-time or full time outside the home or running a home business.

Unbelievable.

But I believe the most important and valuable thing we do for our children is share the love of Jesus. Showing them they are special to God and us, and teaching them the way God thinks – his directions for how to live a joyous, abundant life of loving and serving him and others – surpasses all.

We moms aren’t perfect.

Many of us came from messy backgrounds and might still be a mess, but no matter how much we don’t get right, if we instill a love for God and demonstrate an intimate relationship with Jesus, we leave our kids with the most important legacy.

I’m so grateful for my mother teaching me that Jesus loves me. It was her taking me to a Billy Graham crusade that offered me the chance to accept that love for my own. She took us to church, and showed us a life of worship, prayer and faith. Regardless of anything else she did, good or bad, that love of the Lord outshines all the rest.

And years later, the most satisfying thing to my soul is when I see my kids living out that love of God in their lives.

Moms, be encouraged today.

God sees all you do.

He knows your heart.

Leave a legacy for your kids of loving him.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Anything I’ve left off the list? Add yours to the comments below.

Check out this site for some mom encouragement: http://yourvibrantfamily.com/