Our boys have grown into men. They can’t stay home all their lives. But my mama’s heart wants them to. We love them and so enjoy being with them!
They both have plans for leaving home in the next few months. And not just to a local apartment. One across the country. One to college across the state. As they plan, they realize “this is the last time I will do….”
This group hug with Papa above was for Papa’s birthday. Tears for all of us. Things just won’t be the same. We will miss having them here to celebrate.
We enjoy the fun we have together, the heart to heart talks, the encouragement, laughter, joking, tears, prayers, study of God’s Word….
How do you capture it all and hold it in your heart?
How do we say goodbye and yet celebrate for them the next stage of the journey that God is placing before them?
We have made SO. Many. Mistakes. And we are seeing God redeeming their lives, leading them, working in them, convicting them, drawing them, providing for them, and so much more. We are so grateful to our Great GOD for His marvelous work. And we trust Him to continue the work He started.
Phil 1:6 :And I am sure of this, that He Who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
God’s word and promises give me so much hope! Not just that this life will be easy. It is not. It will not be. But that we will share in Him… and see Him one day– face to face! Such hope! No matter what we face we can hold on to that hope. And we have friends (you know who you are) who have trials beyond imagination and yet they hold onto the hope of Christ! Praise God for that. (And we are praying for you)
“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith– that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:7-14