Monday, May 14, 2012
The engineer and I have both been blessed with such a godly legacy! We could sit for hours listening to stories of our grandparents and great-grandparents. And all that listening results in the realization that not only are we blessed, but we really want to emulate that. To leave such a lasting impression of perseverance of doing good (Romans 2:7) that our great-grandchildren will hear the stories of us and also be encouraged to a better person. Our faith is deeply rooted in our family tree, as was Timothy’s (2 Timothy 1:5-7.) Paul encouraged Timothy to not stop there with just a saving faith, but to fan that small flicker into flames. Take saving faith and make it bigger. I love Casting Crowns song, “To know You is to want to know You more.” This is what Paul encouraged Timothy to do: to strive to know more of God, about God, who He is. This is where the rubber meets the road. Paul reminds Timothy (and  us) that, “God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline.” We are not to be content with just worshipping God on Sunday mornings, maybe opening our Bibles once during the week, listening to Christian music occasionally and knowing that we’ll make it into heaven. That would be timidity. Too lazy and selfish to really dig into the word, to get to know our Savior. No, we need to use the power available to us by the work of Christ on the cross, we need to love, really love others. God will give us the self-discipline to consistently seek to know Him more if we would ask. (John 14:14) God, may I never tire of seeking your word, of seeking you every morning to learn more about You and put it into action. May I persevere in doing good just as my grandparents and great-grandparents did. So that someday my great-grandchildren will say as I do, “I really want to be like her when I grow up!”
1.       Written word to and from people
2.       Joy of accomplishment
3.       Alka-Seltzer
4.       Grandma’s famous smiley faces
5.       Sticky notes
6.       Garden hose word-picture of grandma giving
7.       Potato heads
8.       Last minute hugs at the bus stop
9.       Night sounds: crickets, frogs
10.   Cool breeze
11.   Lynda Randall’s, “God on the Mountain”
12.   Little footprints on the wet floor
13.   Play necklaces adorning the patio furniture
14.   New rising sun peering through on a cloudy day

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