The Gangs all here…

 

My son and his wife are back in Texas for a while…they left 1 year ago today, on their wedding day, to live in North Carolina for a while.  Only this trip they came back with their son…my grandbaby.  He is a sight to behold.  He is a happy baby and he is loved!  It is wonderful having them here.  So our house is full.   I love it! 🙂 The more the merrier!

 

                                                 

We had a fourth of July celebration at our house and invited some long time friends of ours over.  We have known them for about 5 years.  Both of our families have been through so much together and it was a blessing to be together for fellowship and rejoicing.  For me it was about coming through a storm and seeing my kids on the other side, happy and healthy.  And for my friends family it was wonderful to see her surrounded by her children who love her dearly.  We both are single mothers and trying to provide for our families.  Our friendship was born out of several things.  Need for emotional support during a time in our lives when it seemed like everything around us was falling apart.  And a huge love for our children.  Both of our sons are best friends.  They have stuck by each other through thick and thin. They both knew each other before God got a hold of their hearts.  Although they each took a different path they both are now married to beautiful women who love the Lord.  My friend and I have the hope of our children keeping Christ first in their hearts and lives.  Because we have tried, against all odds, to make our homes honor the Lord.  Which has not been easy. The enemy would see us and our children completely destroyed.  So he comes at us through our weakest area, the love of our children. 

                                         Just as in most families there were disagreements, misunderstandings and hurts, but the Lord has a purpose for those.  We each have walked in different shoes that have formed and shaped our point of view. And I believe God wants us to learn and teach each other what the unconditional love of Christ is all about.  I believe He meant for us to learn it within our families.  Sometimes our families are broken by divorce. And when that happens it makes it hard for us to trust others.  We are often wounded and torn by the ravages of betrayal, rejection and abandonment.  The hardest part about moving on in our lives is Christ’s healing.  Part of that healing begins with forgiveness.  It is Christ who taught us that we should not hold grudges against our brother and to forgive no matter what. Otherwise how can our Father in Heaven forgive us?  That is easier said than done when your heart is breaking from a hurtful word or action.  We all have been in a place of heartache and sorrow.   Some more deeper than others.  It is what we choose do with that pain and sorrow that will determine whether God will use it or not.  What He prefers to use in my life may not necessarily be used for the same lesson in another’s life but maybe perhaps He has something totally different in mind.

As I look at these pictures I think of where we started from and my heart is overwhelmed with gratefulness that He brought our families together for without them our lives would not have been as full. Only when we get to heaven will we see the beautiful thing He wove within each of our individuals lives because of knowing each other.

There is a saying that I use on my Guest book and I think it is appropriate here

Are you a reason, a season or a lifetime? 

  • there are those that God brings into your life for a specific reason and then they are gone
  • there are those that God brings into your life for a specific period of time, ie. a month, a year or a season of life and then they are gone
  • and then there are those whom God gives you for a lifetime. They are with you through all the journeys. The mountaintops, the plateaus and even the valleys.

Grace to you

Shell

3 thoughts on “The Gangs all here…

  1. J W says:

    I was greatly moved by the tribute you paid to family, and most of all, to Christ Jesus.  Our burdens we gladly carry, our aches and pains we endure, our humanity sometimes fails us, but our Savior never will.  Beautiful family…sweet  soul that touches your heart.  We shall overcome all trials and tribulations.  That is one promise than cannot be broken.  Peace, sweet peace to you and all you love.
     
    J.W.L.

  2. g says:

    Enjoy your week.
     
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    g.j.

  3. Carol L. says:

    Good friends are precious treasures indeed!
     
    Say, I just realized that I was in your neck of the woods on the way to Mississippi!  Houston was scary!  It looked to me like a humongous concrete jungle – at least that\’s what it looked like from the highway…perhaps you can shed a different light on the city?
     
    Love you Shell!
    Carol 🙂

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