Sunday, June 24, 2012

A Pattern of Legacy

In many of the circles I find myself, I often hear the importance of leaving a legacy.  A sweet friend, Sherry Lee, recently said, "The legacy you leave is the life you lead."

How so very true.

Recently, at our little lemonade stand, one of the girls' customers was a local man.  I didn't immediately recognize him.  But after taking a few glasses of lemonade, he asked me if the man who had once lived here had died.

Well, yes, that would be my father.

(Some of you may remember, my dad passed away about a month before we traveled to China for Jonathan and Josiah.  We have moved to his little farm and are now in his house.)

When I told the man that he was my daddy, he stuck his hand out to shake mine and began to tell me how wonderful daddy was and how much he had thought of him.  He explained what an impact he had on his life and how much he had always respected my father.

In his words:  "If there were more men like your father, this world would be a much, much better place."

What a blessing to hear those words and also for my daughters to hear them, too.

Actually, this is not the first time this sort of thing has happened.  On many, many occasions, people around here have told me and/or my husband the same type of thing.  Dozens of people have made a point to tell how much they appreciated his prayers or his concern for missions.  Several who knew him before he became a Believer, have said the same words--what a drastic difference in his life before he came to know Christ compared to after he knew the Lord.

Now don't get me wrong, Daddy was not perfect.  He had his struggles just like everyone else.  But what I often had referred to as "Daddy is mellowing out" was really Daddy being sanctified.  The Christian will always persevere bc God is faithful to continue the work He began.

Truly, my father left a legacy.  But it was really the Lord leaving His mark through one of his children.

I want to leave a legacy to my family.  I pray I will persevere til my dying breath serving and ministering to my husband and children and to my husband's parents and maybe even to my grandchildren one day. 

I also pray that my legacy will extend beyond my family, like my daddy's does.  I pray that I will, like the Proverbs 31 woman, reach out to others with wisdom and kindness. 

Like Paul said, "Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us" (Philippians 3:17).

We are to keep our eyes on those who walk according to the example of Paul (who imitated Christ).  Should we no less strive to be one who also can be watched?

Will one day someone reach out to shake your daughter's or son's hand bc of the legacy you left behind?

I know one thing.  My daughters were reminded of more than lemonade and marketing skills that day.  Long after the change has been counted and the cups put away, they will remember that their paw paw prayed for people and encouraged them in this weary life, and more important than all of this, he pointed them to Christ.

What better legacy is there?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lemonade Stand Day

My kids have often asked to have a lemonade stand.  We haven't lived in a subdivision in over 9 years, so this never seemed very practical to me.  It was even brought up when we were fundraising for Jonathan and Josiah's adoption.

And, I have to admit, I am not what you would call a "yes" mama.  If it doesn't look like it makes much sense or seems too practical, there is a strong possibility that mama will say no.

Sometimes I don't like that about myself.

So yesterday, when dear friends were visiting and the girls wanted to set up a lemonade stand, I reluctantly said yes. 

I mean, I knew Wendy and I would buy a glass, but who would stop in rural Alabama on a county road where most cars are whizzing by at 50 + mph?  This ain't no subdivision, girls.  ;)

Well, they had fun setting it up, preparing for the customers, and waving at all the passersby.

They decided the little brothers made great advertisement.

I think the little brothers decided the big sisters made great lemonade.

The big sisters were thrilled to make $6.30.  (They actually had customers stop!)

And I think it made for a great day.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Josiah's New Memories

Today Mary Grace decided it was a good day to play in the water hose. 

So she rounded up the 7, 5, 4, and almost 3 year olds, and they had a blast!

At one point, Josiah came running up on the deck to tell me,

"I remember when you sprayed the water, and we ran down the slide!  It was yellow!"

He was remembering the slip and slide we had last summer.

(It's easy to tell this pic is from last year bc Josiah still had his ponytail, and Micah still had his pappy.  :)

It is hard to believe that he (and Jonathan) have been home
long enough to have summer memories from last year!

So, so thankful to have them home.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Children's Day

June 1st is celebrated as Children's Day in China. 

We are so thankful for the 9 children the Lord has given us! 

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb is a reward."
Psalm 127:3