Proverbs 22:6 New King James Version (NKJV)Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.
On Mother's Day this year, two of my granddaughters wanted to be baptized at church. It was discussed and everybody say yes. Their mom, grandma (Nana) and great grandma (Nana) was there to see this happen. Along with their dad, step mom, step dad, grandpa's, aunts and of course me. The girls said this, "our whole family is here". The service started and as I looked around at the family, I began to tear up. God has brought this family a long way and two little girls who love Jesus so much. It was important to them and that made it important to us! I will truly thank God the rest of my life for this special day, pictures and smiles of seeing God at work in their lives.
IF IT'S IMPORTANT TO YOU ~
I shared two events. One of my self as a kid and disappointments. One as an adult watching my granddaughters get baptized. Life presents us with choices and each choice is important. Coming up marks the first birthday of my daughter's child (Averie). When a baby starts to crawl, you can see the determination on their face to get to their destination. Then big smile happens and how can you not pick them up. The joy of seeing a baby grow, learn and develop is part of what's important to me. I count it an honor and privilege to have grandchildren. I didn't have that grandparent figure in my life and I didn't really know how to be one. I decided to be the one I always wanted in life. One who would pay with me, take me places and just go out for ice cream. I've become a good grandparents and I clearly see the importance of these statement:
"Grammie watch this"
"Grammie will you color with me"
"Grammie can we go get ice cream"
And the list goes on with just wanting my attention. I've learned as a mom that kids grow up way too fast. Leaving that empty space of life, but yet new beginnings happen. You never stop helping your child. I can see how adult kids still need my help and advice.
How is it when a friend calls on you? Do you go that extra mile of seeing what's important to them? How about this, your invited to a party but you need to do something else. One of my best friends of life came out of an invitation to a first birthday party. I only knew this person from church. She invited me and my husband to her son's first birthday. We decided to go and a friendship developed over time. I told her that I never got a first birthday invite from someone I really didn't know. Yet, I felt it was important to you and I should go. God knew what was ahead and this goes right along side of what's important to you story.
God wants you know that what's important to you, is important to him! New beginnings happens and live changes. We suddenly are faced with decisions and what to do. I value time and I value the life of others. I know we can't go to all things we are invited too, but I know that a first birthday party is important to the family. God connects us in life for a bigger reason. Community is so important and sharing real life. I value your time and you reading this blog.
Maybe people don't see what's important to you, but God does. Keep pressing forward and guard your heart. Your heart is the well spring of life and we can get crushed by words or actions of others. We can also grow into a better person and allow God to keep connecting our lives to great people. Nothing is too big for God and remember that. You are important and designed to be you!
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends. Live in the freedom of a new day and joys of what is around you. Go ahead and purpose this a great day!