Bethany's BlogWords of Encouragement

Don't you see that children are God's best gift? The fruit of the womb his generous legacy? Like a warrior's fistul of arrows are the children of a vigorous youth. Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children! Your enemies don't stand a chance against you; you'll sweep them right off your doorstep.

Psalms 127:3-5

We have been on family vacation this week with our five kids and their families, fifteen of us in total. We've had very full and active days of exploring the ocean beaches, new parks, seaside shops, and fun foods. We have played in the sand, taken long walks, hunted for shells, snapped lots of pictures, caught the sunsets, ventured out on high cliffs, and fallen asleep on the couch after an exhausting day of adventure. It's been so great to have everyone together, and to connect with our children and grandchildren.

God has done this great work in the minds and hearts of our children, and I am so grateful. They all love each other. They all love us. They all love Jesus. They love their children. They are all building a legacy for their children, just as we are. A legacy of love, honor, hope, and Jesus.  A legacy of loyalty to family.

Jesus loved his family. He took care of his mother.  Even on the very day that he was suffering so much on the cross, he was concerned for her welfare.  He wanted to verbally transfer her care over to his dear friend John. He put her needs before his own, and he listened to her. He was a kind and caring son.

We all have an opportunity to leave a legacy. I haven't always known or understood this, and I'm so thankful for the grace that God has extended to our family. He has blessed us with a large family, and while I may not have always seen them as the best gift, God did.  And he has generously protected them through that. 

How are you creating legacies with the gifts he has given you? Even if you do not have children of your own, how can you leave a legacy?  What are some of the ways God is calling you to walk in  love today?

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