Saturday, September 26, 2015

A Birthday and a Home Dedication

This week Mom celebrated her 85th year of life.  Whether 5 or 85, balloons, cards, phone calls, gifts, birthday cake, and singing helped make for a festive occasion.  Amazingly, the longer she lives, Mom remains pleased and delighted with little remembrances.  I am so grateful for the things Mom has taught and modeled through the years.  Even now, her contentment and appreciation of life are a blessing.  On the wall in Mom’s room are framed high school graduation pictures of all ten grandchildren.  Every night she prays for each one of them by name.  I do remind her to not to forget to pray for their parents, too, since thankfully she does not have our graduation pictures on the wall.  Her love and influence now includes nine great-grandchildren.  What a wonderful heritage for our family to be blessed with a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who loves the Lord.

 On Sunday, we will worship with Chad’s family at First Baptist Church of Gatesville.  Part of the service will be Home Dedication where parents make the commitment to teach and model for their children what it means to love, follow, and obey the Lord.  Our youngest granddaughter, Sawyer, will be part of this occasion.  It’s also a time for the church family and extended family to come alongside the parents to commit to pray and offer their support and encouragement during the years ahead.  What a special week to be able to celebrate and honor the oldest and youngest members of our family.

She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
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.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Proverbs 31:25-31

Start children off on the way they should go,
    and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Proverbs 22:6

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