Family time is the best time

Hi, Everyone!

This past Friday night was a sweet time of fellowship with my Kristen.  She and I were asked to speak at a women’s retreat at the Missions Inn in Howey-in-the-Hills.  Why was this fun, you might ask?  Well, first of all, to spend 3 hours one-on-one in the car with my busy daughter was amazing. I believe in quantity time!  It’s the only way to really get caught up and hear each others’ hearts.  I’m so grateful for that time together.

And then hearing my daughter talk about the importance of community, friendship and moving past brokenness was really inspiring.  Proverbs 22:6 says,

I have to say that Kristen was an easy child who had no problem believing in Jesus as both her Savior and Lord.  But to tangibly hear her maturity through an actual talk in front of her peers was better than home-made ice cream.  She made me so proud…hopefully in a Godly prideful kind of way!

God always shows up, and it’s fun to see His little surprises for us in the simplest ways.  For example, Kristen and I didn’t realize that we had used the same Bible verses to bring home an important point: no matter what our circumstances, God still wants us to rejoice and be joyful in Him.  She recited the verses from memory…I read them, but the impact of God’s word remains powerful:

“Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls–Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”
(Habukkuk 3:17, 18)

I need that reminder every day.  Even when things are bad, YET I will praise Him.  Even when there’s no food, YET I will praise Him.  Ok, let me get personal, even when my mom asks me what’s for dinner…15 times…YET I will praise Him.  Even when my grandson won’t come swim with me because I won’t take him to Target, YET I will praise Him.  Even when my husband’s snoring shatters my inner core, YET I will praise Him.  Even when my prayers don’t get answered like I wanted…YET I will praise Him.  Even when, even when, even when…add yours.

Have a great day in the Lord remembering to YET praise Him.  Why?  Because He is sovereign, trustworthy, and mostly just because He is.

Blessings,

Barbara

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