Psalm 139:13-14 New International Version (NIV)
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
As we grow in life, we find the importance of one person in our lives. So many times we don't realize the depth of that person until they are gone. If we could just take a minute and give thanks to all who have shared life with us and continue to share life with us. The birth of you has brought change into lives. Your life is important and your matter far more than you might think. Your life was created by God to live it fully and with purpose.
On this day, I celebrate my daughter Tracy's birthday. I see a grown woman and still the little girl in her eyes. I have the privilege of sharing time with her and her family over this weekend. Their family owns a family lake house and I see how God made me a part of that. Not only me, but my family too. A family connected to another to created a bigger family.
My husband and granddaughters had stopped at a Deli on the way to the Lake House. A young man asked where we were going. My granddaughter Brookley said, "to our family lake house". The young man said you are so lucky, is it really on the water? Willow said, "yes on the water with a pool, hot tub and fishing. At that moment, I saw how God has connected our family to their family and we reap their hard work.
My daughter is a mental health worker for children and families. She has taken the time to go to school, get degrees and help others. There are people who count on her at work and home. She is a strong and confident young woman. I can still see her little and following me around. Time goes by so fast and I never want to miss a moment on creating new memories. I know that God has chosen me to be her mom and I count that such a privilege in life. I am so very proud of her. Happy Birthday Tracy!
As I continue to write and hear the birds outside, I am reminded of the birth of Jesus. The story that continues to change lives today and a purpose far greater than others might know. The Bible holds stories of lives changed by one man. A man who followed his father's plan and gives life today. A new life after sin and mistakes. Prayer changes things which changes you! God wants us to see ourselves in his image. The way he created us to be and following his plan.
Our mindsets matter ~ Romans 12:1-2 speaks of renewing our minds. We are to hold a standard of living for Jesus and letting our life shine. One life makes such a difference. I remember calling a friend (Darlene) voice mail at her job, at the end of her message she said, "remember you make a difference". That one statement holds true inside my head daily. Let it hold true for you too, because you do make a difference. You are important and Jesus wants you to live in freedom mind, soul and being.
Let me go back to Tracy for a moment. She not only makes a difference in my life, our families lives, but the people who works with at her job. Little kids who looked to her for encouragement and change. Adults who watch her leadership and speak kindly of her. A real friend to many and a step mom to three boys. A young woman who continue to shine through hard stuff in her in own life. Each of us have hard things in life we face. She knows who holds her heart, JESUS. A woman of prayer and so much more. I think I like most about her is how she always does the right thing.
I hope today's message inspires you to see what you do have in life. The ways God has connected you to others and you reap their hard work. I found myself a little sad the other day and today I see myself so lucky as most people say, but honestly blessed beyond words. God has brought me through much sadness and pain in my life. Maybe this lake house isn't mine, but it is nice I get to visit here. I see the importance of renewing my mind and living in peace of mind.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends. This is also Memorial Day and I want to give thanks to all the men and women who serve our country! This day is also full of memories for others that are not so happy. Their loved ones gone to heaven and so young. My dad served in World War II and went to heaven in his early 50's. I miss him but remember the stories of serving our country. A huge thank you to all who served and still serve our country.
You definitely are valued far more than you might know. My prayers continues!