The past few days have been so much fun. I feel like my cup is full and overflowing with joy. I spoke at a homeschool conference in St. Louis on Friday and Saturday, and on the way there Wednesday, and then again today, we stopped in Clinton IN to visit my son Daniel and his wife, Melissa. Daniel preached for the services today, and I was blessed to be there tonight for the sermon. He preached on three things that we should thank God for daily: His grace, His forgiveness, and His mercies. He pointed out that grace is not getting what I deserve, while mercy is getting something I don’t deserve. What a thrill it was for me to listen as my son shared what God had laid on his heart. A couple of times he teared up, as he talked about how amazing it is that we, who deserve nothing from a holy God, are offered his grace, forgiveness, and mercy. What a great reminder of how awesome our God is, and how much we have to be thankful for. Not only was I encouraged by the content of his message, but what a thrill it was for me to see how God is using my son and his wife to serve Him. It gives new meaning to the verse “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” (III John 1:4)
After the service we (my youngest son Mark, and daughter Anna who were with me) went to Dairy Queen and enjoyed a fun time of food and fun – just catching up on things with them, and enjoying being with them.
On top of that, my daughter and her husband, who live in Kansas, made a spontaneous decision to come over to St. Louis to spend some time with us Friday evening, and Saturday morning. It was a short visit, but I was thrilled to see them and my precious granddaughters! Here they are with me and my youngest son Mark:
Feeling blessed to have been able to spend time with some of my “kids” that I don’t get to see very often, while being reminded also of all that God has done for me!