Proverbs 13:22 A good man (person) leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children.

Last night as I slept, I dreamed about my first cousin Mike who recently passed away. As I watched him in my dream, I saw him standing in front of someone as he was ministering at a memorial service. When I looked down into the casket, I saw it was my cousin in the casket and he was speaking at his own memorial service. I remember thinking he looks just like himself and he seems so at peace. After I awoke, I wondered why I would dream such a dream, then as I was reading in the book of Psalm this morning verse 15 in chapter 51 jumped out at me. It read, “Oh Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.” The Lord immediately showed me within my heart that my cousin Mike, a minister for God for many years, had ministered his own memorial service by the life he lived each day for the Lord. He had left an awesome testimony; one where he walked after the Lord each day, loving others, and spreading the Gospel of Christ to the world.
God then impressed upon my heart that each of us should always be mindful that our greatest testimony is our daily walk of love for the Lord and for others. Sometimes I can get a little lazy and find myself becoming slack in that walk of love. Yet Jehovah God has a way of always reaching out and pulling me back where I need to be. What an awesome God we serve and what an awesome legacy we leave behind when we love the Lord and walk in His love toward others.

As you encounter others today be mindful of what each of them might be facing in their lives and show them the love and kindness that Christ would show them. For in so doing you will leave a legacy of love for Christ and a wonderful legacy to those you love when you leave this world.

Heavenly Father, open our hearts to receive You and to receive the love You have for others into our hearts. Let our words and actions to those around us be the love and actions You would show them. Let that love be so great it will become an inheritance to our children and our children’s children. In Jesus Precious Name! Amen

I Corinthians 13:13
And now abideth faith, hope, charity (love), these three; but the greatest of these is charity (love).

Cherish the gift of love for there is no greater gift every given!

Nine years ago, come this Christmas, my mom who was 89 years old at the time, gave each of us children and grandchildren a set of pillowcases she had embroidered by hand. At the time she was living with me because of some health issues she was having which made it hard for her to live alone. I remember her sitting in her recliner in her room many hours sewing the beautiful stitches into each of the sets she made that year. We are a large family, so this endeavor was not an easy task. Many times when I went in to talk with her she would be working on them. She would say to me, “I hope I live long enough to finish a set for everyone.”

After many long hours of stitching, she managed to get them all finished for Christmas that year. Needless to say everyone loved them. Those sets of pillowcases were the last physical gift she gave us. Yet, she gave us all so much more, she gave us the gift of her love she had stitched into each set; but more than that, the gift of love she stitched into each of our hearts.

Just after Christmas that year she fell and broke her arm. It was a bad break which required surgery for it to be repaired. A few hours after they completed her surgery she threw a clot which caused her to have a stroke. After weeks of being in the hospital and in therapy she finally came home to be with us again but she never fully recovered from the stroke. On July 22, 2012, almost 7 months later, she went home to be with the Lord.

As far as expensive gifts go, they are not worth a lot, but to those who knew and loved her those sets of pillowcases are worth more than money could ever buy because they were made with tired, old, worn hands that were filled with love for each of her children and grandchildren; a gift of love that is far richer than anything money could ever buy.

Her deep love for family came from her loving relationship with her Savior, Jesus Christ. One of my mom’s favorite chapters in the bible was John 14. In verses 2-3 it says, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so I would have told you. And If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” I know in my heart she now rests with my dad in that mansion Jesus went to prepare for her. One day when my life upon this earth is finished, I pray I too will join them there to rest in the eternal love of our Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ.

So, my friends, cherish the gift of love you receive each day from those around you and especially from our Heavenly Father above for there is no greater gift than the gift of love!
God Bless my friends! Jeanette

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