Living a Life Worthy of the Lord

Courtney who lives in San Diego.

Caryn who lives in Detroit.

It’s amazing how God’s word speaks to our hearts. This week in BSF we are studying the call of Abram and even though I have studied this passage many times before I was inspired and impressed by it in a new way in regards to reflecting on my daughters, Courtney and Caryn.

This week God gave me more peace and understanding in regards to where the girls have traveled and where they currently are living. Both have responded to the call of God in faith. They have been doing exactly what we brought them up to do, “to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and mind.”

Their “call” was not easy; I watched them let go of all but the necessities that would fit into their cars. They left the familiarities of Austin leaving behind friends and family. I miss them dropping by to say “hi”, caring for them when they are sick and all the other motherly duties I once had. Leaving home wasn’t easy for them but they were being obedient to what God had put in their hearts.

“However, whenever God gives a command, He gives, (and expects us to receive) an inward special strengthening grace. He gives us the desire, the will, and the power to renounce in obedience, as well as to receive His promises in obedience (Philippians 2:13) BSF notes.

Like Abram’s family at first, it seems foolish that “my” girls would desire to leave the comforts of home (Austin, friends, and us) and neither knew exactly what they would be doing. This freaked me out just a little as I like to have all my ducks in a row. Where would they live, what would they do, etc. Initially God had not given me the vision that they each received allowing them to respond in obedience. They have faith that when God calls, He will provide. They were not focused on what they were leaving as stepping in faith and depending on His promises is much more rewarding. I think my daughter’s would agree with this BSF quote.

“ For those who fully respond to Him, God has joy, love, and fulfillment that far exceed our expectations when we first follow where He leads in complete obedience, at any cost.”

What a joy it is to see them live a life of obedience.

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Happy 24th Birthday Caryn

Today I thank God for my precious, beautiful daughter Caryn, who is now twenty-four.

Where was I when I turned 24? Spiritually your dad and I had just accepted Christ four month prior to me turning 24.  Your dad and I would have been celebrating two years of marriage and I had no desire to have children yet as God had a lot of cleaning up to do in my life ;-) We were living in an apartment in Arlington, VA off Columbia Pike Rd and in the process of buying our first home in Clifton, VA. Dad was working at Trident and I was employed at TRW.

This is you just a few hours old. There is nothing like meeting and holding your child for the first time especially your first child.

This is you at your first birthday party. When it came time to blow out your candle you grabbed a handful of cake. Your look says, “I didn’t do it.”

You are 4 and smiling big back then

Still 4 but a month later. Remember why you have such short hair? You decided during nap time to cut your hair, clothes in the closet, the curtains and bedding. This happened the day before Mother’s Day.

You and your sweet friends celebrating your birthday this weekend. As a mom I am so thankful Caryn has a community that loves her well and I am so happy they threw her a surprise birthday celebration as she is such a giver.

My tall and beautiful daughter.

The artistic side of Caryn the photographer. Not only does she love to smile but she enjoys making others smile :-)

Caryn. the red head? Why not, both grandmothers have red hair. Yes, she pulls it off with confidence and beauty.

 

Caryn, may you alway have…

Love in your life and be known as one who loves others well. Thanks for teaching me what love looks like. 1Corinthians 13

Peace that comes from within for your life belongs to Him.  Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.  

Faith to encourage and inspire you; to comfort and heal your hurts. Faith to follow Him, where He leads you with complete trust and obedience. Colossians 1:23 continue in your faith, be established and firm, not moved from your hope in the gospel.

Laughter to bring you happiness and joy.

Beauty to fill your eyes with all that He has created and that you see through the “lens” of your camera.

Confidence to do all the things that you desire.

Perseverance to follow your calling in life keeping your eyes on Jesus. 2 Thessalonians 3:5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

Friendships that are lasting and true. May you have friends that build you up and make you a better you.

Memories that you can reflect on and smile about. Memories that warm your heart and bring you comfort.  Memories of being our daughter and times we have shared together.  Memories of God’s goodness and abundant blessings in your life, knowing you have been cherished and loved by many especially your dad and I.  We are so proud of you. Wishing your 24th year to be full of love and joy.