Here I am with Melissa. She was so sweet to do an interview with me earlier in the year on her India mission trip. She, like Amanda, is beautiful inside and out. The humidity is starting to take effect on my hair!
Here is my new friend, Donna. We sat together at the event and said our verses to each other. It was a blessed time together, and I couldn't wait to come home and add her to my facebook friends.
It was great to see Beth Moore earlier in the year at Life Today, as well. She was so sweet to my girls which made me get all teary-eyed. And she didn't know it, but she was loving on a precious 9 year old cancer survivor ... our Katelyn.
My oldest, Karalee, says she is a "good talker" just like Beth! Beth is a huge role model for her. Thank you, Beth, for being so loving and approachable. I love your humor ... how you can make me laugh so hard and have me crying the next minute. You are my favorite Bible teacher.
Before we went to the Life Today taping, my husband and I were sitting at home and watching Beth teach on Life Today. A woman began to cry, and Brian looked at me and said, "You aren't going to cry, are you?" I said, "No." How silly. Why would I cry? Well, as we were in the audience ... the minute Beth walks out, tears well-up in my eyes. I almost laughed out loud thinking about the question my husband had asked me earlier. It's about love. It's just that Beth has been such a sweet teacher and God has used her so sweetly in my life ... but she's always on the screen ... never face to face. It made me think of Jesus. Don't you just know tears are going to well-up in our eyes when we see our sweet Savior face to face. He's been our teacher ... for He, Himself, has taught us.
Just before this Houston event, the girls were part of a Lifeway VBS taping at our church in Fort Worth. The new material is already out in the stores ... Saddle Ridge Ranch. The girls performed all the songs and will be on a tape other churches can purchase to help them learn the songs. The whole Lifeway team came and the precious man, Jeff Slaughter, who wrote the songs was there. Our Katelyn wanted a picture with him in the worst way. She normally could careless about taking pictures with anyone, but he was on the CD helping them learn the songs all those months. He's so precious. I love to see people who have become well-known in their Christian service be so approachable and loving. He didn't meet a stranger. If you walked by him, you were going to get hugged. He welcomed the love from fellow Christians. Beautiful. He sang a song, I Just Want To Be Like Jesus ... and he couldn't talk about it without crying.
The Lord has been so good allowing me to write for Woman's Missionary Union and my church newsletter. The mission stories have been such an eye opener for me. Our world is hurting so. Jesus is the answer to our every need.
Father, thank you that you choose to use this homemaker and mother, who feels so unqualified most of the time ... but like my dear friend once said ... "God doesn't call the qualified; He qualifies the ones He calls." Keep us humble, God ... our eyes fixed on you ... and may the most important thing in our hearts be making your name well-known. "Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts." Isaiah 26:8 ... one of my blessed scriptures this "Jesus Year."