Monday, August 31, 2009

What role do children play in our lives?

Yesterday my daughter Christy called me at work and told me that I probably wouldn't get off work in time to hear her sing at church. She had ask the song director to let her sing close to the end because she wanted to give me more time to get there. The singing started at 6:00 and I had to work until 6:30. Usually that means I will have to stay until 7:00 at least, to clean up my department. She said that she would understand if I couldn't make it. I cleaned and cleaned between customers and after we closed my boss told us all that we could go ahead and leave because the store looked good. I was so glad! It was 6:30 and the church was about 10 minutes away. We made it there and we had only missed 3 people sing. Christy hadn't sang yet. I could tell by the look on her face that she was happy to see us.

Her first song was "Ten Thousand Angels". I have it playing now. That is such a beautiful song to me. She sang it so pretty.

The next song was called "Mighty To Save". I have it on my playlist right after "Ten Thousand Angels". I had only heard this song a couple of times on Christian radio and it is a beautiful song. As Christy was singing it, she looked out into the pews and saw so many of her family members there and she broke down crying. I could tell that she was trying to hold it all in but I know Christy, once she gets started...there is no holding back. There was not a dry eye in the church after that. The preacher's wife got up and started singing with her and Christy kept singing even though she was still crying. The whole church starting singing as well. You could feel God's presence in that room! When I got up this morning and looked for my devotional book, I couldn't find it. I then remembered that I had left it at my desk at work. I had picked up another book on my night stand that I haven't even had a chance to read yet called...Ah, Woman! It says on the front cover...A study of personal accountability for the Christ-motivated woman. I had picked it up one time at one of my favorite thrift stores. Anyway, I decided to just open up the book and whatever page I came to that is what I was going to read for my devotion. The first sentence that I read was..."What role do children play in our lives?" How appropriate was that? I believe with all of my heart that God picked that page for me to read! One part of the passage said that it is easy to hold and cuddle our children when they are little and sit on our laps. But what about when they grow up? Even married children still need love and encouragement from their parents. This love is not connected to any deeds that our children might perform. This love is like the love that we have from God, a graceful love, given to a child simply because it is our child, not good or bad, just our child. This love lets your child know that you'll be there, loving him or her, no matter what. This love is free.
I myself am emotional today as I'm writting this post. I am so glad that I was able to get to the church on time to be there and hear her sing her heart out. God has been really showing me things the last couple of weeks that I am so thankful for. I know a lot of this may not be coming across clearly to you, not about God but about my life. He keeps showing me things, that I have been needing to see! God is good! He loves us all...


Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Lee Laurie--What a heartfelt post. Thank you for sharing.

Tanza said...

Good morning sweet girl,
What a beautiful post !! It made me tear up just reading your words .. Our children are such blessings, and yes, God is good my friend .. Keep seeking.. Have a happy, blessed day LL..
hugs ~tea~xo

Tara said...

This is a beautiful post Laurie. I'm so glad to hear yo made it in time to hear your daughter sing, but I bet she was more excited than you. No matter how old we get, we still want our parents with us for the special things. I love the Ten Thousand Angels song. I have that CD. It's an oldie, but goodie. I've never heard the other one, I'll have to take a listen before I go. I hope you have a wonderful week!

Unknown said...

What a lovely post Lee Laurie! ♥

Whatever Is Lovely said...

Good Morning Lee Laurie! What a Beautiful & Heartfelt post! Gorgeous photos of you & your daughter!!

I agree completely! Our children need to hear how much we love them & how precious & special they are to us & to God!

Our God is such an awesome God isn't he! Thanks for sharing such a sweet post with us!

I hope the rest of your week is just as beautiful!!

Big Hugs ~ Teresa

Lady Katherine said...

The picture are wonderful! I so glad you got to the church on time to hear your daughter sing. I looked around your blog some.

I so glad you let me know your from Mississippi. We Mississippi ladies and friends are meeting September 25,2009 at 1230pm at the Corner Bakery Cafe. Love for you to come. I am going to add you to our Mississippi Magnolia Southern Belles link list. Some of the ladies are emailing each other and those that live close to each other are riding together. Hope you can join us!

Lady Katherine said...

Please let me know if you can come and if you have sisters, friends that are coming with you.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Lee Laurie,
Oh your post just gives me goosebumps. I love the heartfelt way you share this wonderful post. So glad you made the singing on time to hear your beautiful daughter. God had everything in his control, didn't he?
I do believe he shows us his love through our children at different times. I have learned so much through my son.
I love your heart sweet friend.

Have a blessed day!
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Rebecca Nelson said...

First of all...your daughter looks like she could be YOUR SISTER!


What a beautiful POST! You so love your girl and I can tell you have a special bond.

I love to hear my girl sing...when she combines sign language with it (her major), I'm blown away. I think "Is this girl actually MINE????"

Then I remember...she isn't mine...she's His~

All good things come from the Lord.

Today you blessed me my friend. But then your writings always do~

Love, Rebecca