Generations of Faith

My mother’s rock solid unmovable faith is without a doubt one of the greatest blessings in my life. A blessing that wasn’t fully realized until I was a grown woman with my own family. Her faith is the kind that petitions the Lord to move mountains for her family…and He has. Hours upon hours of prayers to her Heavenly Father has made a huge impact on my life and the lives of my siblings. My mother refers to it as “The Jesus Factor” and it is a treasured gift.  Looking back on the difficult years of my childhood, I see a woman who was bold and brave. One who responded with kindness and love to the rebellious years of a teenage daughter with a big attitude and big mouth to go with it. I know…I shouldn’t talk about my sister like that.  Kidding.  I remember one tantrum in particular where I said such cruel things about this Jesus she loved. I basically told my mother that she was a fool for believing in Him and that if He would just show up (in the way I wanted with all of my infinite wisdom at the age of 18) then maybe I would believe as well.  You know that whole “If God was a loving God” stuff.  She gently and simply replied that she felt badly that I was hurting but it hurt her for me to say such terrible things about the Jesus that had saved her and that she loved.  She wouldn’t stand for it. Such grace. I tantrum less often these days however, I am continually met with that same grace. It has taught me that faith isn’t about religion but is a real relationship with Jesus.

My mother, now a grandmother, has the same commitment to prayer for her grandchildren. What a blessing. She also has served as a foster mother for more than 30 children and has also adopted a young boy.  This is an act of love and submission to God. Being a foster mother requires great sacrifice and it recently seemed that these sacrifices were beginning to take a heavy toll. My siblings and I were concerned.  When I asked my mother why she continued to open her home and heart to new foster children she quickly answered “Because God asked me to.”   End of story.

What we do and how we do it matters, especially when it is work done with our heart’s intention of serving The Lord.  Although the work can be difficult, it does not go unnoticed. I am so grateful for my mother’s example to my children.  My mother makes it her job to pour the love of Jesus into them. Her life’s commitment to children who need a loving space has been a positive influence of faith to so many, including her grandchildren.

The following song was written by her granddaughter Mary. It is a tribute about how a life lived for The Lord is an example of faith for the children and grandchildren in our lives.

 

Everybody says she’s a crazy woman

She says she’s just listening to God

Has 5 foster children

Many more will be comin

 

Listen to the Lord

Oh notice the signs he sends

Listen to the Lord

You know he will never end

 

He always knows what’s coming next

Even when you don’t

You have to put your faith in him

But even when you won’t

He’s always there for you

Yeah he’s always there for you

 

6 kids 12 grandchildren

A lot of little ones

She never knows what’s gonna happen

But she never runs

 

God gives her hope

He gives her inspiration

He shows her where she needs to go

And gives her salvation

 

Listen to the Lord

Oh notice the signs he sends

Listen to the lord

You know he will never end

 

He always knows what’s coming next

Even when you don’t

You have to put your faith in him

But even when you won’t

He’s always there for you

Yeah he’s always there for you

 

2 Timothy  1:5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until You

 

 

 

She didn’t know she was lost

Until you came and found her

 

She didn’t feel inspired

And then she heard you pray

 

She couldn’t internalize confidence

And then you built her up

 

She didn’t experience desire

Until you stood too close

 

She didn’t know how to trust

Until you told the truth

 

She couldn’t control her emotions

And then you reeled her in

 

She didn’t understand respect

Until she was in your presence

 

She didn’t feel safe

And then you displayed your strength

 

She never felt at home

Until she was in your arms

 

She didn’t know true love

Until you said the words

 

Until you…