One of the greatest things in my life has been family. First came the one I was born in where I was the only girl out of seven. Yes, can you imagine! Lets just say that I got teased and tickled a lot! To be fair though, I do remember standing in front of the TV just to bug THE BROTHERS. Isn't that what little sis's do? I was too small to do anything else! I have to say, I got a little spoiled being the only girl and not just by Mom and Dad and others but also by the brothers. They would ask me to ride along when they went somewhere, and then they would buy me candy and soda pop. I remember thinking how fun that was.
Well Mom was sure glad to get another female in the house. She was a sweetheart and a very busy mom. She was always cooking large amounts of food, doing laundry, cleaning house and gardening. She would talk to me as she worked and teach me things. After the brothers started leaving home she had more time to do fun things with me.
Dad was the backbone of the family. He really worked hard for us. He had a belly laugh that was funny and contagious. I loved his sense of humor. After his stroke in his mid 80's, he lost that laugh. It was hard to accept but at least we still had him and could talk with him even though his personality changed and he became very subdued.
I have to brag on the brothers a bit. When Mom and Dad started failing they all pitched in and took turns doing whatever was needed. We did not argue or fuss we just all did what we had to do that year. This was one very long year of physically exhausting, mentally challenging and emotionally draining days; then they were both gone.
Mom and Dad had a strong faith and daily instilled in us the importance of God and family. Mom's rule was the golden rule found in Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. It was sure evident in the way that last year played out by the way we all got along. What a legacy they left us without us even realizing it at the time. What I learned from my first family, really did set the stage and became a guideline for the way I cared for my second family.
My husband and I raised 4 wonderful children. Two boys and two girls. They are all grown now and they have blessed us with 7 marvelous grandchildren. What a gift. As I type, I am thinking, " I am now in my mother's shoes!" My how time seems to fly by at 90 miles an hour. There are moments I remember really well and others that are just blurs in the review mirror. It's been a wonderful journey. God has been so good.
Family has been so important to me. It is my earthly treasure from God. It is something I am thankful for every single day. It grounds me and helps me feel loved and accepted in this crazy world. Think of it this way. If you were in a disastrous situation what would you think to save first? What would be your first priority? Your family or your things? That will surely tell you what's really important in your life.
It is important to take the time to let our families know how important they are to us. We even need to show them by taking the time to do things with them. Our time is the most precious gift we can give our family and friends. Above all the gifts in the world, time is the one I love to get the most. When a family member or friend want to come see me, or go do something with me, it shows me how much they really care. Now that is a precious gift that cannot be bought.
When I was thinking about November being the month of Thanksgiving, family was the first thing I though of. It would be wonderful if everyone had a family but I know that's not the case. We must know that God is our family and that He will bring us into a HUGE family when we go to be with Him. I am convinced that if we believe and pray He will guide our way into a family situation we can become a part of.
My church is my third family for sure. My share group ladies have become my sisters. In fact we call ourselves, S.U.E.S. Share Group ( Spiritually Uplifted Enthusiastic Sisters). Sue was one of our members that actually started our group. She passed away from cancer in March of this year. I talk about her in my April Blog, Emotions. She is a sister I miss everyday. I still have a voice mail from her on my phone that I cannot delete. She was family to me.
Here are two Bible verses that I found for family.
Psalms 127:3 Children are an inheritance from the Lord. They are a reward from Him.
Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
So whether you were rewarded children or not, you have a family in the family of God and we welcome you with open arms. During this month of thankfulness, let us be grateful for relatives, friends and our Father in heaven for they all make up our family. We were not made to be alone, because our creator gave us the ability to love.
Your sister in Christ,
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Author of How To Clean Up Your Stinking Thinking One Day At A Time www.sallystierhoff.com
Who is Sally? I have been very happily married for 31 years and we have four grown children and 7 grandchildren.