Tuesday, April 12, 2016

savor the moments

If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”

This past several days my family has enjoyed time with my dad.  He is one incredible man.  It was 7 months ago that my mom walked in to heaven.  Those were difficult days, but I am very grateful that I go to spend many days with my brothers, my dad and my mom in the last couple months of her life.  I have and will continue to miss her so much.

Yesterday morning my dad, our friend Ann and I spent looking at old pictures of family.  Many of those flooded my mind and heart with memories of my mom.  You have to know that I choked back tears.  I try to describe them in various ways, yet one simple thought came to mind.  That was grateful.  No regret.  Yes, there is some pain, but there is more respect, love and sweet memories.

To see my dad smile, laugh and enjoy family makes my heart glad.  People are important.  Family must be treasured.

But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.

We also walked and talked through our church’s new campus.  I got to share once again the vision and joy God has given us for the serving and the future of our church.  There is much more to come.

You most likely know that I love to tell others what God has done and what God is leading us to do and how He is leading us to serve others.  We talked about what the past has been paved with and the lives that we have been able to touch.

As we stopped to conclude our tour and talk we prayed.  We have history.  The place where we were standing has lots of history of homes built and people who had a job to do building homes.  Now this place is being transformed so that it would be one of building people.  That is our calling and our direction.

Toward the end of our praying something hit me.  It was 3 years ago this week that the agreement to purchase our new campus was forged, and it began with the prayers and desire of the people I am honored to serve with.  Our God really is good.

I will stop there.  Two emotional moments.  Two grateful moments flooded with memories and life.  There is more to come!

But blessed are those who trust in the lord and have made the lord their hope and confidence.

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