MOTHER’S DAY

When this photo was taken in June, 1979, I remember how I felt.  I was on top of the world because I had graduated high school (which was an answer to prayer – trust me).  I was working my first job on campus at WSU and had so many big dreams.  Now, looking back at this photo, I don’t feel the same way.  The things that seemed so very important to me in 1979 no longer mean much.

Today I’m thankful for these memories.  I’m so thankful to have this photo and that the Kansas wind wasn’t making a mess of my hair.  LOL!  How precious little things become when we can no longer make new memories.  This picture reminds me of where I came from and what really matters in life.  This was a Sunday mornin’ in June…  and where were we headin’???  Surprise surprise…  we were headin’ for church.

I was raised a hard-nosed Southern Baptist – if the church doors were unlocked, we were there.  We had Sunday School, Church, dinner on the grounds, choir practice and Training Union.  My mama was in WMU (Women’s Missionary Union) and my daddy did a lot of carpentry around the church.  One time he made a whole set of little people furniture for the Primary classroom.  He didn’t talk much, but actions speak louder than words.

What do mothers do for us?  Well, when we’re very small – they do everything for us.  I was thankful for a few things my mom taught me – there were many things, of course, but some just come to mind quicker than others.

I am ever so grateful to my mother for showing me which utensil to use at a formal dinner – and the whole napkin in the lap thing.  Why?  As it happens, I was invited to a very fancy formal dinner given by the President of WSU.  There were courses…  so many courses.  I felt as though we were being timed as we ate – because guess what?  If we were not quite finished…  our plates were taken from us!  The purpose of a dinner like that is not to eat but to socialize.

When we’re learning things from mom, it’s a natural reaction to roll eyes or wonder why we will ever need to know certain rules of society.  I’ll tell you a secret…  moms know why they are showing you this stuff.  I wish now I had not rolled my eyes so much or had teenage attitude with my mom.

My mother was a beacon – a light.  She gave me everything I needed to do what I had to do in life.  God of course guided her to teach me, and she was obedient and was the mom she needed to be.  I’m so thankful.

I want to share a Scripture with you that means so much to me.

Mothers are teachers and examples for their children.  This Scripture reminds us that we are all to be a light.  Whether we are parents or brothers or sisters – or just friends…  we have influence on others wherever we go.

Let God’s light shine through you today.  Happy Mother’s Day – to mothers everywhere.  🙂

 

 

 

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BRING YOUR BIBLE TO SCHOOL DAY

TL 10-16 BRING YOUR BIBLE TO SCHOOL DAY

TAKE YOUR BIBLE TO SCHOOL

These days when kids take their Bible to school, it’s more than likely not the large family Bible with elaborate illustrations inside.  More than likely it is an app on their phone – and that’s okay!

Sit in any airport lounge and look around at the number of people who are hunched over, looking at a device.  The machines have already won – just in a way that the Terminator films didn’t imagine.  – James Cameron

When I was in school, mama kept our family Bible in the center of our coffee table. She wrote down the entire family tree, every important event (weddings, funerals, baptisms and every time I sneezed). As years went by and memories got fuzzy about details, we found ourselves opening the family Bible more and more to get accurate information. Now that my family has gone on to heaven, that Bible sets on my coffee table with my mama’s beautiful handwritten notes inside.

Well, times have changed. You know, it’s been a while since I was in school, but I remember when the Gideons came around to our classroom and gave each of us a pocket New Testament. So many things were just accepted back then as part of being in school. The Christian faith was respected and in many cases embraced in our little elementary school. We said a pledge to our country’s flag, then said a prayer in assembly every morning before going to our classroom. We learned from books instead of computers and thought just as much of art and music classes as we did of math and science classes.

My friend Karla was a Christian too. She was part of a congregation that did not believe in watching films of any kind – so she was given permission to go to the office or take her desk out in the hall when the rest of us watched educational films in the classroom. Some days I wished I could go with her instead of watching the film, to be honest.

I’m sure as technology  advanced it has left her congregation behind. I think about her often and wonder how she has faired in the world with just her faith and her sweet disposition to lean on. I wonder too if I’d be better off if I would lean more on my faith in God and less on technology. I don’t think complete ignorance is the answer, but I do think there is a simplicity in her world that is lacking in mine.

Today is BRING YOUR BIBLE TO SCHOOL DAY! Whether you come from a background that shuns technology or embraces it, you have the opportunity to carry God’s Word with you today. Our Bibles, whether electronic or an actual Book, are the road map we read as we travel through life. It’s where we gain wisdom and knowledge for the difficult days ahead. It’s not supposed to be a huge Book that sets on the coffee table and is only opened to find out what year something took place. It’s to be used and held close to you at all times. Don’t be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, but carry God’s Word to school with you today. You don’t have to wave it around and act all goofy, but it shouldn’t be something to hide from everyone either. ❤