“How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands. Their children will be successful everywhere; An entire generation of Godly people will be blessed. They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to take care of them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly. They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor.” Psalms 112:1-9 NLT
Legacy fills my mind…
A question that Courtney asks in her post sticks with me. “How will my children remember me?”
A dear family lost their husband and father in a tragic car accident ten years ago. I reflect on this man’s faith. It has left a Godly mark on his six children. His time with them was short, but left an eternal impact.
A friend told the story of how her dad read a Billy Graham book and was saved. This changed the course of her family.
“I will look on you with favour and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you. You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new. I will put my dwelling-place among you, and I will not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.” Leviticus 26:9-13 NIV
I am thankful for the story of restoration and redemption that God is writing in my family. I am getting to see first hand how he brings beauty from ashes. God is using two broken people to reflect His glory to the four children that he has entrusted us. When I start to feel overwhelmed by it all, I come to him again. He promises to be with me. And to finish the work he has started.
“So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” Hebrews 10:35&36 NLT
Thank you Father that you are the lifter of my head , that your yoke is easy. Help me to carry my burdens to you and to teach my kids to do the same. Thank you for your faithfulness, mercy, kindness and forgiveness. Amen.