January 31, 2014

How often do I pray for my parents?

My parents are extraordinary people.  Maybe not to most folks, but they are to me.  They have been married to each other for 32 years, have parented 6 children, and shepherded many others through my Dad's preaching ministry of 30+ years.  They have impacted my life in ways that are eternally significant, and minute.  

But recently I asked myself something that I wish I had considered a long time ago: how often do I pray for my parents? 

So, I would like to suggest that there are at least 5 main areas in which we can pray for our parents, as grateful children, and as fellow Christians.

1. That their love for Jesus Christ and His Word would increase daily as they walk in the Spirit

2. That their marriage would be strong, Christ-centered, filled with love and covered in grace

3. That my parents would have physical strength, staminia and good health for many years to come

4. That their witness to their families, congregation, friends and to the world would be strong and consistant

5. That their children would carry on the godly legacy they began, faithfully discharging it to the next generation

I need to pray for my parents more than I do now.  As I watch them age, physically, I am affected more by the impact and influence they have had on my life.  And I am so grateful. 

I love you Dad and Mom! 

January 22, 2014

Blog silence

As you can tell, blogging hasn't been one of my top priorities lately. 

What a busy and eventful holiday season we had!  We celebrated with both sides of our family, an unusual occurrance.  And since my sister and I were in charge of planning most of the events relating to our mom's side of the family's get together, we were swamped for the first part of December.

Christmas day was spent with my dad's family (some of it) in Dallas at my eldest brother's house.  I was getting over the flu (had it for 5 hours on Christmas eve) and feeling tired, but we the rest of the family had a lovely time, as I did after that day. It felt so good to be with Grandma, at her house, just like old times.

And of course, we had various church events filling our calendar the rest of December.  So we stayed busy all month long. 

New Year's day we went to Lake Murray with some friends from church, to hike and just enjoy the beauty of nature.  It was an unseasonably warm day - in the upper 60s and sunny, which made for a very pleasant day out-of-doors.  We hope to go back and camp at Lake Murray sometime this summer. 

New Year's eve and half of New Year's day, my eldest brother and our cousin and his girlfriend, came up to ring in the new year with fire works.  Since we live in the country, we are able to do fun things like that.  It was terrific watching the brilliant and colorful display, and just being together.  We drank sparkling cider and had oatmeal raisin cookies. 

Now that January is more than half way over, I am looking to the days ahead, and praying about what God would have me do with the rest of this year. 

Here's to a Happy and Joyful 2014, friends!!!!! 

“Come, let us return to the Lord;
    for he has torn us, that he may heal us;
    he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
After two days he will revive us;
    on the third day he will raise us up,
    that we may live before him. 
 Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord;
    his going out is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us as the showers,
    as the spring rains that water the earth.”
Hosea 6:1-3