This day, November 23, will always be a day to go back and remember, a day packed with love! This is the day my precious daughter was married to her dear Tommy-boy. Thanks to that love, I now have the most beautiful grandchildren in the world. (Isn’t that what every grandmother thinks?)
My husband was so proud and happy to be walking his “baby” down the aisle. Hardly a year before we had a different kind of walk, when our steps were heavy on cemetery grounds. We buried our first-born. Now, with Carina’s wedding, we could look forward to new life. My husband had such a desire to be a grandfather. When that day came his health had started to decline, so he did not have much strength to enjoy his grandchildren before it was time for him to join his first-born in the land where joy never ends.
Now I am enjoying them for both of us!
I feel so blessed to have my daughter. We used to be such good friends, not that we’re not good friends now, but from that day twelve years ago someone else takes center stage. Now she has her hands full taking care of her family. I’m so proud of her. And her husband is a hard worker and takes good care of her and his children.
I hope the Lord gives me many more years to live, so that I can see my daughter’s children grow up and have children. I hope I’ll be strong enough to baby-sit their babies. That’s one of my dreams! That’s what I tell my BFF Brianna, that I want to baby-sit her babies. She’ll tell me, “If you’re not too old then.”
Dreams and hopes help us stay strong and alive. These are just my “little” personal dreams. The big dreams have to do with what keeps me busy when I’m not busy with my grandchildren. My dream is that the lessons and stories I publish weekly will reach around the world to touch many boys and girls for eternity. Those will be the happiest results of my life.
May my daughter and her family enjoy many years together, with God’s blessings. When I sow my time and talents into the soil of what is dear to God’s heart, I do it expecting a harvest of blessings for those who are dear to my heart. I pray that they will reap a harvest because of their grandmother’s passionate work to reach boys and girls with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s the heritage I want to leave them. But even if there wasn’t the least bit of “harvest,” the passion would be just as strong, because I’m doing it for Jesus.
Does this sound presumptuous to you? I hope not, because it’s a biblical principle. You can expect the same blessings in your life when you “sow” into the Kingdom of God. Read these Scriptures to boost your faith:
2 Corinthians 9:6-11
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.
1 Chronicles 4:10
Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.
Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
you surround them with your favor as with a shield.
1 Thessalonians 3:12
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.
When I talk about blessings I’m not thinking about money. The blessings I want for them are spiritual; that they grow into strong people of God. I pray that their love for God and others will increase and multiply. I pray that they will have tender hearts toward God.
I thank God for my daughter and her family. Twelve years ago my husband and I “gave her away.” I praise God for the “happy results,” and pray that I will be able to enjoy them for many years to come.
Happy Anniversary, Carina and Thom!
With the blessing that Aaron and his sons blessed the Israelites, I bless not only each of you, but also each of my faithful readers: