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Resume Update

We will not hide these truths from our children;

    we will tell the next generation

about the glorious deeds of the Lord,

    about his power and his mighty wonders.

Psalm 78:4 (NLT)

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A chapter closed this week and I pulled out my resume to update it. As I scrolled down the page listing activities, accomplishments, and positions, memories flooded my mind.

I received Christ as my Savior when I was nine years old and had a camp counselor that encouraged me to be and do all that God would have for me. I always wanted to make a difference and chose to participate in areas where that would be possible. The needs of my children, community, church, and nation called out for my help. And I answered with a YES.  My mother used to say, “A thing worth doing is worth doing well,” and I endeavored to follow her advice.

Yes, my resume has some impressive entries but the final line is the most important and says it all — Married to Mark Blumberg. Two children and five granddaughters.

So why do I update my resume? Maybe, one day one of those grandgirlies will find it interesting to read and discover that Nana had a life of purpose and position. But what I want them to remember most, is that Nana loved God, leaned on Him in difficult times, always believed in hope, and loved them with all her heart.

A resume is only a snapshot of fading achievements, but a legacy of love will last for generations.

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Random Musings

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:14-15 (NIV)

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I finished a devotional this morning by Chuck Swindoll, one of my favorite Bible teachers. A small book about the women of the Bible, it concluded with a lesson about Eunice and Lois, the mother and grandmother of Timothy. Any time I read something about being a mother or grandmother, my ears perk up, looking for any kind of hints that will serve me in those roles.

After sharing what Timothy had learned from the women in his life, he challenged the reader with, “Consider what you hope your life teaches.”

As I thought and prayed about it, I starting jotting down words and phrases in my journal as answers to this question. Most of them are the  result of doing it the wrong way but what good is growing older if we don’t learn something?

In no special order:

Never give up.

The end is not the end. Get up and keep going.

Life is not fair.

Take that second chance.

Perfection is not required, in fact, it is not desireable.

Grace is better than justice.

Forgive easily.

Never waste pain. Learn from it.

Be passionate about something.

Waiting is the hardest work of life.

Observe beauty around you. 

Don’t rush through life, enjoy the moment.

Cherish your friends.

Cling to your integrity.

Show compassion to the elderly.

People are more important than things.

Prayer is the lifeline to hope.

Always be learning.

God is bigger than your circumstances. He will never leave you.

Stay on God’s path. He has a plan for me.

The glass is half-full.

Choose joy. 

Grab on to hope.

We hear a lot about legacy in the news these days. What kind of legacy are you leaving to those you love? It doesn’t just happen but God gives grace and shows you how to love and live.

May your day be filled with good things and awash with God’s love.

 

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Legacy

Just make sure you stay alert. Keep close watch over yourselves. Don’t forget anything of what you’ve seen. Don’t let your heart wander off. Stay vigilant as long as you live. Teach what you’ve seen and heard to your children and grandchildren.

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As a little girl, I often sat in the front rows in the huge auditorium of The Church of the Open Door on a Thursday evening listening to Dr. J. Vernon McGee teach the latest segment of his Thru The Bible series. It was not uncommon for him to have a large blackboard situated where he would diagram, define words, or make a special point.

As a result, the themes and subject matter of this semester’s Book of Revelation Bible study are familiar rather than foreign. I certainly am not an expert but it does not scare or frighten me as it does some of my friends. And now as an adult, I’m excited to learn about this important and timely book.

This past weekend, we had the privilege of having Stuart and Jill Briscoe speak at our church’s Mission Conference. These are names I have known since I was young girl. It’s hard to forget the great preacher with the British accent. As an adult, I remember listening to Jill speak at women’s conferences, challenging me as I returned home to seek God in my daily living. I took a brief opportunity to speak to her this week and mentioned my heritage and remembering hearing Stuart all those years ago.

As I returned to my seat, the legacy left to me by my believing parents, the opportunity to hear Godly men and women, the teaching of the importance of the Word of God in my life swept over me with waves of gratitude.

There were times in my life when I resented the legalism that curtailed some of my teenage activities. But, to this day, I know all the verses of most hymns by heart, can recite dozens of Bible verses, and appreciate the habit of church membership—lessons learned that have endured.

As I look forward for my children and grandgirlies, I’m grateful that God has kept them close to Him. My heart’s desire is that they will continue to follow Jesus and remember the Nana that loved and prayed for them, had a passion for right and freedom, encouraged them to be all that God wanted them to be, and believed in HOPE to the end.

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