I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord…yes, the many good things he has done…according to his compassion and many kindnesses. Isaiah 63:7 (NIV)
The weekend before last I had the privilege to present a workshop at the Northwest Ministry Conference in Redmond, Washington. This was not only a great opportunity to present my passion for care ministries, but also for Ron and me to enjoy a fun little getaway to Western Washington, a place I especially enjoy visiting in the early spring.
We spent the first evening as guests in the home of my nephew, Tony, his wife, Erin, and their adorable little daughter, Charlie.
Several years ago while I was having my early-morning devotional time, I asked the Lord how I could best pray for Tony, who at that time, was a handsome, successful, bachelor businessman. The strong impression I felt was to pray for a wife of noble character for my nephew. (Many of you recognize this is the description of the wife, mother, entrepreneur and all-around amazing lady portrayed in Proverbs 31.)
Every time I’m around Tony—who’s still handsome and successful—and Erin, I realize my prayer was answered!
As Ron and I drove from their home in Snoqualmie to Redmond for the conference the next morning, I thought about the brief time we’d spent with this young family. The wordsmith in me tried to capture one descriptor, and the word emerging right away was Kindness. The essence of kindness was evident in the way husband and wife discussed their journey of faith; interacted with us, their house guests; spoke to one another; and the way in which they’re parenting their little girl.
Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Luke 18:16 (NIV)
She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
Proverbs 31:26 (KJV)<\p>
Point your kids in the right direction—
when they’re old they won’t be lost. Proverbs 22:6 (MSG)
In concluding today’s Listening on the Journey… post I’d like to dedicate these few words I’ve written to
the generational gift of family,
Praying blessings on you and your family…