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Real Value

This morning my oldest, Rachael, decided to make Abi a birthday present. She sat at the craft drawer for a while brainstorming. She gathered her supplies plus a few extras just in case. She sat at the table for a half hour compiling her gifts while Abi sat bright-eyed saying, “I love presents.” Rachael carefully spelled out her words in vibrant first grade markered fashion. And pieces fell all over the place as she fabricated a “birthday girl” button and board game out of craft scraps. Abi say quietly, viewing the final product. 

I immediately got a little nervous that materialism might creep in and crush Rachael’s heart through Abi’s disappointment or unrealistic expectations. But instead this little voice of amazement arose as Rachael pinned on her shirt the fabricated button with a colorful paper clip. “This is a GREAT present,” she partially whispered in her excitement. 

I love their little hearts. It was a sweet moment of affirmation and love to see on both of their faces. Such light in their eyes. Such delight in something so simple.  

– Thankful, grateful and beyond blessed by our Lord.


Have you ever thought that the all-sufficient Savior has promised those who walk in blind faith more than our minds can ever comprehend? That the only True Savior renews our minds, even when we feel most useless toward His Kingdom work? The Lord of all dares to touch our hearts, even as we stumble to find obedience. Oh how this soul wishes we Christians would embrace His Truth! And that the world would be different because of obedient hearts. Lord, change me. Lord, change us. All for Your glory. ---------- I am a Jesus-follower, a Homemaker, a Wife of the best man EVER, a Mom of 4 wonderful girls, a missionary in Africa, a Friend, an Encourager, a Seeker of integrity who is unsatisfied with a mediocre walk in Christ, and Blessed beyond any words that I could ever express. Thanks for being interested in my little slice of the world.

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