"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven in to the lives of others."
This is such a stirring quote for me. It reminds me that regardless of our place in society, or our abilities, or work, we can have influence on the lives of other people.
I can often come to feel that my work at home, or my interactions with people as I go out and about, have no real value or eternal consequence.
I need to remember to not believe the lies of the enemy of my soul, and to look to the one who gives life to my soul. He's the one who will guide and direct me daily, give me encouraging words to say, help me point to Him.
I hope you all had a lovely day celebrating Mothers yesterday. I know that it can be a hard day for those who've lost mothers, or long for children but aren't able to have them. You are seen and loved. I hope you have a woman in your life who is like a mother to you, and that you have people in your life to mother.
Our nephew and niece in California, had their toddler dedicated yesterday at church. They've been caring for him since he was a few months old, and the adoption will be final soon. His story is God orchestrated, and I'm going to tell it here one day.
Also I'd encourage you to support and build into the lives of your friends children, too. Yes, they have mothers, but we all need support and our friends need to see us love their kids, too. One day we'll be gone, and our kids will need those women. The ones who loved their own mother as a friend and who loved and encouraged them for many years. I have several friends who love me, and they love my children well. Encouraging, supporting, building them up, praying for them. I'd encourage you to do the same.
We didn't take any photos yesterday, it was raining all day, and the lighting wasn't good, but I'll share a photo of a sweet arrangement of flowers that Nate and Kay brought me.
Have a great day, friends!