Thursday, February 18, 2010

Rich Heritage...

Heritage:- Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition






Monday night we celebrated my dad's 76th birthday. Is it sometimes hard for you to think of your parents as "old people"? It is for me. I will turn 50 this year. I do not think of myself as old on any given day. So I guess by not thinking of my own Senior years creeping towards me, I also avoid thinking of my parents as elderly.

As the birthdays come and go, I briefly realize that time is flying. I wonder that my life has been blessed and covered with a heritage that is an awesome gift for me to ponder.

My parents raised me to live the Golden Rule. To put others first. To be considerate and mannerly...to be kind. To have respect for life, for others, for property, for self... a moral uprightness, so to speak.

But the greatest heritage they passed down was what they were taught by their parents. Belief in the God of the Bible. Our Heavenly Father. The gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ by His death and resurrection. And this is the greatest knowledge I can pass on to my children. As they take this faith, and walk in it, I know the day will come where it is not just "the faith they were taught", but will become their own "personal intimate faith." Walking in the truth - Acknowledging God's presence with them.

I am grateful to my mom and dad for the heritage they passed on. As my own leave the nest, I pray the blessed heritage continues. Generations before me spent a lifetime working to keep this going. I pray I have honored their lives by keeping the flame alive. I pray we have honored God by pressing it into our children with His hand of grace helping us. A lifetime of walking and talking with God. It is a heritage of the highest blessings. It is a journey. May my kids experience it and be blessed.

9 comments:

Janean said...

sweet post and very true! you were blessed.

happy birthday to 76 year young dad!!!

Theresa said...

Oh Julie, what a sweet Daddy you have! Your parents have obviously led by example and you are a sweet, kind and loving soul. I am so blessed to have you as my friend! Have a blessed day and enjoy each breath!

Dianna said...

What a special post, Julie. I'm grateful to the Lord for your heritage and that your children have been exposed to living a life for Jesus before them...not just from you and your husband's example, but also from your parents. I know that you, as parents who desire to see their children follow in the faith, pray for them continually. There is no greater gift we can give our children than the time we spend with the Lord on their behalf.

Your parents do NOT look elderly. I would never have guessed that your dad is 76!

Hope you have a wonderful day today!

Julie Harward said...

Your dad does not look that age, very handsome man. Such wonderful parents are such a blessing...they have taught you well and you listened..that is a blessing too. Come say hi :D

Dianna said...

I like the new look!

billypandnikkysmom said...

Hi Julie, my name is Lynda....I am a friend of Cindy SImmons, our son's were at Parris Island together ~ India Company ~ OOH-RAH!!!!! I stop by every now and then to read, so I hope you dont' mind but I am now "following" you. You have so many beautiful words of encouragement :), have a great night & God Bless!

Jayme, The Coop Keeper said...

Julie, as soon as I saw your photos, I thought of my own mom and dad, they looked so much like yours! Oh my, time is flying isn't it? It's scary to me. You are SO blessed to have your parents. SO BLESSED!

Cindy Lou said...

I have not been able to find you but now I know where you are... :) !!! Oh enjoy every moment you have with your parents...I miss mine so much!! Love all your pictures!! Blessings from Georgia!!

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

This is a great post. My blog's theme deals with this same content...plant some roots and leave a legacy. Both my grandmothers did this for me and I only hope that I pass it on.
Cindy at Lakewood