"…And she smiles at the future." ~Proverbs 31:25

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Labor Day musings

It’s a thankful kind of day. (Does that sound a little like something Winnie-the-Pooh might say? Well, it’s true.)

Today I’ve been thinking about how much I appreciate my hard-working husband, who labors all year long to provide for our family.

Today I’ve been thankful that he’s held down a steady job throughout the 20+ years of our marriage, and that he’s always been willing to shoulder that responsibility so that his children can have a mom at home. Today I am proud of him for continually trying to do his job better. Today I’m appreciating the career choice he’s made, even though I know it wasn’t an easy one.

He finished college with a degree in mass communications, public relations, and advertising. I earned mine in psychology. Between the two of us, we knew we’d soon be “rollin’ in the dough.”  I think a minister is the last thing he ever thought he’d become, and I certainly had no plans to marry one. (In fact, I’ll admit I stated quite the opposite intention on a number of different occasions.)

But I love that he ended up opting for this career. He chose it, not because it would ever make him wealthy and certainly not because it would be easy. (There’s no 9-to-5 weekday schedule and leave-it-all-at-the-office-when-you’re-done in this emotionally-taxing job.)  He was just grateful for his hope of heaven and wanted to point others in that direction, and he chose his career path accordingly.

Today I’m also feeling thankful for all those who labor in God’s Kingdom, whether

missionaries struggling in the field,

elders diligently watching over the souls of their congregation,

preachers willing to proclaim the sometimes-unpopular truth from the pulpit,

deacons serving quietly behind the scenes,

Bible class teachers spending hours in preparation out of love and concern for their students,

parents striving intentionally to teach, build, and nurture their families instead of “just coasting,” or

Christian men and women who busily do what needs to be done to meet the needs of those around them.

You may be feeling under-appreciated or even unnoticed, but my encouragement to all of you is to keep up your hard work, bearing this great promise in mind:

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. (Gal. 6:9)

Have you thanked someone for their labor today? If not, why not add that to your list of Labor Day activities?

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My biggest reason to smile

Yesterday I awoke to a house that’s a wreck and a to-do list at least a mile long. And yet, I woke up smiling. It wasn’t a slight smile, either. It was one of those big, goofy, ear-to-ear grins that you feel silly wearing but can’t seem to take off. (Not that I wanted to.) I smiled that wide grin as I remembered how, the day before, my son had become my brother.

We didn’t know ahead of time that Connor was planning to be baptized into Christ that morning. But he nearly knocked me out of the way the minute the invitation song began, in his rush to make it to the front of the auditorium. My sweet, shy boy couldn’t wait to get up to the front where he would put on Christ in baptism, committing in front of hundreds of people to walk with Him for the rest of his days.

I smiled through my tears as his proud, happy grandfather took his public confession of faith. I cried…and smiled…as Connor’s earthly father immersed him in baptism so that his heavenly Father could save him by grace, through faith, washing away his sins. I smiled when the man who got up to make announcements afterward said, “I do believe that’s the fastest I’ve ever seen someone get from the pew into the water.” (I think I laughed out loud, actually.)

I smiled some more as I watched would-be huggers line up after the service to encourage this new, baby Christian. I thought of all the dear people around the world who have taught him, from the nursery class until now, in Bible classes and through their good examples. (I am so thankful for each of you…You know who you are!)  I smiled as I listened to his new brothers and sisters tell him they were proud and happy for him. And I smiled as HE smiled through it all.

My friend Dana told me afterward that her little boy, Parker, became concerned during the baptism. “Mom, you’re crying!” he said. “What’s wrong?”  “Yes,” she replied, “but I’m crying because I’m happy.” He paused as he looked around. “Oh…..Then Ms. Amy must be really, REALLY happy!”

Parker was right. And now, two days later, I still can’t stop smiling, because the words of 3 John 1:4 are so very true:

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”

My favorite shot

Thank you for sharing in our family’s joy. Thank you, Brandy, for thinking to pull out your cell phone and snap some pictures. And thanks to all of you who are praying for Connor in his new life.  Smile with me today!

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