Luke 2:19 “but Mary kept all these things in her heart…”

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In my Bible study this morning, as I was reading through the story of Jesus’ birth in Luke, chapter 2, I was struck by verse 19:

“…but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.” ~Luke 2:19b NLT

And then again by verse 51:

“And his mother stored all these things in her heart.” ~Luke 2:51b NLT

My role as a mother has changed as my children have grown into adulthood; however, my concerns and love for them has only deepened through the years…if that’s even possible.

I’ve always prayed for and over my children; for their health, well-being and happiness, for them to grow up strong and confident, for them to be righteous, honest, people of integrity, contributing members of society, for them to realize God’s purpose for their lives, for them to lean on their faith in times of difficulty or trouble¬†and to be grateful in the good times, for them to know that I love them unconditionally and so much more.

So much I have stored and pondered in my heart. So much I will continue to store and ponder in my heart.

So much like Mary.

God has instructed us to pray; I believe this “storing and pondering” is prayer. I love that prayer is my touchstone and conversation with God. And one of the most important jobs I have as a mother.

I’m thankful that while my children are grown and discovering all that life has in store for them, I can continue to pray over them…even though it’s no longer at their bedside each night. It’s my gift as their mother.

YOLO!

Jan

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With much gratitude for my parents…

Because without them there would be no ME!

Happy Birthday to ME today!! I’m so grateful for this day and for each and every one yet to come.

Honestly, I used to struggle with my own birthdays. They just didn’t feel special…they didn’t feel “bad”…I just didn’t see the point in celebrating them. I didn’t like the attention. I guess I felt I didn’t deserve it. Hmm…something to ponder there.

Once I had children myself, my focus shifted towards my parents. You see…my children’s birthdays are very special to me…afterall…those specific days changed my life FOREVER! I spend the entire week up to their birthday reminiscing about the events leading up to their BIRTH day. I like to think my parents have their own fond memories about MY birth day…

On my 50th birthday, I was a little blue. I’ll admit it. My very insightful and wise aunt reminded me that any day I wake up on the “right” side of the dirt is a GREAT day! And as usual…she is exactly right. It was selfish for me to think about my birthday in any way but as a celebration of this gift I’ve been given called LIFE!

Thank you, Mom and Dad for this gift you’ve given me. I love you more than you’ll ever know! I hope I honor you by passing the unconditional love you give me to my own children. And I hope they pass it to their children…for generations yet to come! May God bless you both richly!!

This is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.  ~Psalm 118:24

Peace, blessings and

YOLO!
Jan

PS…we DO have some celebrating scheduled this year!! I deserve it!!

Victorious Secret Retreat 2011

I’m late…I’m late…I’m late for a very important date!

I MISSED getting my daily blog posted for January 20th by less than an hour!

I am in Gatlinburg, TN for the 2011 Victorious Secret Retreat; this is a spiritual retreat for the women of Highland Park Church. There are about 40 women here – we are occupying two beautiful and MASSIVE cabins. The retreat started this evening and I enjoyed spending the time I “reserved” for blogging during our “free time” by instead, visiting with and getting to know 2 new friends! It’s a big part of WHY I came on the retreat. Success already! Who doesn’t love new friends?

It’s late here now…I’m past my deadline AND my bedtime. I’ll check in again tomorrow….stay tuned…I’ve got pictures to post soon!

YOLO!

Jan

Hosea 6:1-3 Oh that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know Him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn