Feb 162016
 

britt blogToday’s post is a guest post by one of our Crossing Kids interns, Brittany Hughes.  Brittany works a few hours a week behind the scenes, and helps supervise Elementary classrooms on Sunday mornings.  You can also find her in the Preschool hallway during Seeds of Promise every Tuesday.  Brittany is known around The Crossing for her contagious smile, and her kind heart.  This past fall Brittany had the opportunity to attend The Orange Tour with some of our staff and interns, and has been eager to share her wisdom and learning ever since!

 

 

As an intern you commit to existing in this strange space of not just a volunteer but not quite staff. One of the advantages to this hybrid space is that I am able to have focused relationships with kids of varying ages. Many things change in the time between kindergarten and fifth grade. Style, the type of activities kids like to do (believe it or not “duck, duck, goose” doesn’t go as well with fourth grader as it does second graders). However, one thing I’m learning to be pretty consistent no matter a child’s age is that they all have a desire to be seen, heard, and valued. In short children want to know that they matter.

In the fall I had the opportunity to travel to Kansas City for the Orange Tour. Reggie Joiner, founder of Think Orange, said something during one of the large group sessions that has stuck with me:

Every kid is made in the image of God and our responsibility is to see Jesus not just their sin. We can’t possibly expect them to follow Jesus until we treat them like they are made in his image.

As cliché as it sounds so much of the way children interact with me on Sunday morning is dependent on the way in which I approach them. Do I present myself as someone who is inviting and ready to have great morning? Am I actively participating in Sunday morning activities (i.e. free play, engaging kids in conversation, singing and doing motions in large group, etc.)? Am I actively choosing to view kids in the image of God or am I missing the big picture? I am praying for you all as you continue to serve in your respective areas. It is my hope that we can see kids as the unique and wonderfully made people they are and that our response to that will be one that changes the tones of our classrooms.

Dec 012015
 

I’ve seen posts all day about how today is called “Giving Tuesday”. It’s a day set aside on the calendar after we’ve spent all weekend shopping on ourselves and loved ones to think of others and “give”. In some ways this struck me as a little backwards.

But I was already convicted on Monday as I read this devotional below with my two teenage boys. We’ve been reading this book every day as I drive them to school throughout 2015 and there have been so many times where I kept thinking of God’s word to me in it all day long. This one in particular lasted more than a day.

Below is what we read in One Year of Dinner Table Devotions by Nancie Guthrie. (Yes, we are using a dinner devotional for the drive time, but it’s short and sweet and perfect for the time we have. Plus my boys like it.)

Getting and Giving

This is the season our mailboxes are filled with stacks of mail-order catalogs. Through their colorful pictures and creative words, they seek to convince us that we don’t have enough stuff – that we need more, newer, better. They go beyond supplying our needs; they appeal to our greed – the desire to get and keep more than we really need.

We have a choice. We can give in to greed and keep collecting more stuff and spending more money on ourselves. Or we can break out of the cycle of believing the lie that more will satisfy us. How? By giving. The only way to do battle with the greed in our hearts is to give – to become outrageous givers. God can turn greedy, grasping, fearful hoarders into generous, honest, trustworthy givers.

To become givers, we have to decide not to listen to the voice inside us that asks, “If I let this go, who will take care of me? What will satisfy me?” We have to face our fear that God will not be able to take care of us, protect us, or at least make sure we maintain the lifestyle we think we need to make us happy. We tell ourselves the truth about God – that because he has been so generous in giving us Jesus, we can be confident that he will give us everything we need. We take him at his word that he can satisfy us and that he will bless us as we give to others. We test his promise that it is “more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

“Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give!” Proverbs 21:26

“Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” Luke 12;15

“You can be sure that no immoral, impure or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.” Ephesians 5:5

A few discussion starters:

What do you find yourself dreaming of getting? What do you find yourself dreaming of giving?

When have you experienced or observed someone else enjoying the happiness that comes from outrageous giving?

What does our green or generosity say about what we think of God?

So are you with me? Was your heart struck as mine was by how much I’ve been thinking about what to buy myself or my kids verses what can I give or who can I give to? The verses alone are enough to cut to the heart but then you add my answers to the questions and I’m done.

So what can we do to help our kids think more about giving than getting this Christmas?  One way you can fight this greed in your kids is to give them opportunities to give and learn about giving. Here are a few ideas but I’d love to hear any others you have.

Visit the tables in the foyer and help your kids pick out an organization and specific gift to give through Equipping the Saints.

Find a neighbor or friend who has a need and meet it.

Join us tomorrow night at our Family Christmas Celebration (December 2nd at 6:30 pm) we will be talking all about generosity as well as wrapping up a few gifts for others. We’ll also be sending you home with a Generosity Jar so your family can think more about how to “give” to others.

Ask your kids. I’m sure they have some ideas but just need help figuring out how to make it a reality.

For me personally, I just hear about a new book coming out soon called Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch. I plan to purchase, read and apply some of what I learn with my own kids. Click here for  a short write up about this book.

May God give us all a heart that wants to give more than we want to get. It is far more blessed to give than receive.

Jun 052015
 

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This post was written by Kristin Jeffries, our Crossing Kids Programming Director.

If you joined us for kids club, or if you’ve just been catching up on what we did from home, you probably have seen this phrase a lot. “Stan firm and take action.” After saying, singing, and leading motions to this verse all week I feel like I should now be going out to change the world; spreading the morals and teachings of Christ to a broken culture. Perhaps this is just a product of being part of the “activist millennial” age group, but hopefully that urge to “do” is a relatable feeling.

If we look at this verse in it’s wider context however, or even just as it applied to Daniel’s life, “taking action” may in fact seem fairly passive. Time and time again for Daniel taking action simply meant doing what is right. We saw that in the form of not eating certain foods, giving loving but firm advice when asked, or even just praying to God in his own home. Daniel is respectful to and has good relationships with others who hold different beliefs than he does. Sure, he will share his beliefs with them and his behavior may sometimes differ from the cultural norms of his peers, but from the stories we looked at this week he is far from the activist that the phrase “take action” might suggest.

So where does that leave us? I am by no means saying that we shouldn’t be actively spreading the gospel or standing up for our faith. (Matthew 28:19 would beg to differ.) I am saying we need to “take action” in our own relationship with God first. The more I ruminate on the lessons that were taught this last week, the more inspired I am to actively pursue a more intimate relationship with God and a greater knowledge of His word. In two of our stories taking action was praying to God regularly and earnestly. Knowing that no conversation is more important than communing with God daily. Prayer was often where Daniel and his friends got their strength, and the same should be true for us.

We should also aim to “stand firm.” Our only hope of doing this is to have a solid foundation to stand on! We can proclaim good morals all we want, but unless we are also reading God’s word and learning from it, we will find it extremely difficult to stand when our beliefs are put to the test. Psalm 119:10-11 (ESV) says:

10 With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.

These verses shows us the importance of knowing God’s word in order to live out our faith, as does our memory verse in whole. “The people who know their God, shall stand firm and take action.” Knowledge of God is the condition for standing firm and taking action.

My prayer for myself, and for any of you reading this as well, is that God would grant us the desire to know Him better. That He would use this past week to motivate us so that we might actively seek Him and firmly live out our faith in Him.

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Feb 202015
 

We welcomed our third child into our family five weeks ago and never has our home felt more full of life (and chaos)! With three little ones under four years old, my days are jam packed with nursing my baby, fixing lunch, giving baths, reading books, and generally keeping everyone safe, fed, clothed, and loved. With the quick pace of life, I crave a few minutes to just sit and relax. Understandable.

Yet, while I could be opening my Bible, sitting in the stillness of nap time to pray to my Heavenly Father, or even taking a nap myself, I have this terrible reflex to sit down, click on my phone, and see what’s on Instagram. Maybe this isn’t a terrible thing in and of itself because Instagram is really a wonderful way to stay connected with my friends and is sometimes my connection to the outside world on days where I am homebound with my little ones. I love sharing pictures of my life and seeing what everyone else is up to. Instagram is my social media of choice (though I love Pinterest too).

And, while Instagram and Pinterest are not necessarily bad things, it has been on my heart lately as something I should be wary of. In last Sunday’s sermon, Dave Cover preached on temptation from 1 Corinthians 10. As I listened to the sermon, I thought of my Instagram habit and became convicted by 1 Corinthians 10:12-14.

“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

While I think I am standing firm in my faith, reading my Bible, going to church, praying with my children, I am all the while tempted several times every single day to check in with social media. And as verse 12 says, this temptation can be common to mankind. I see so many of my friends struggling with this same “innocent” temptation.

Dave said, “Every temptation is a test in our faith of whether or not we will believe the promises of a faithful God are better and more satisfying and truer in our lives than the empty promises of our god copies, the empty promises of our sin.”

When I look at Instagram and Pinterest, I tend to disengage with the present reality. For example, many times when I sit down to nurse my precious 5-week-old son, I have my phone next to me and am scrolling rather than gazing at his face, praying for his faith, and enjoying this gift given to me from God.Sometimes, I am more interested in taking a picture of what my kids are doing so I can share it on Instagram rather than setting my phone down and just enjoying my kids. Social media tempts me to check out, disengage, compare myself to others, feel sorry for myself, puff myself up that I am doing better than other people, and a whole myriad of other sins that pull me away from a Faithful God.

So what is the answer? 1 Corinthians 10:13-14 says, “And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. Therefore my dear friends, flee from idolatry.” What is the way out? How do we flee? Does this mean we deactivate our Facebook and Twitter accounts? Trade in our smartphones and block social media sites on our computers?

Well, maybe. I have decided to deactivate my Facebook account for now and try to set limits for myself with other social media. Eschewing all social media is likely not the answer to fleeing this temptation. In many ways, I do believe social media can be used to glorify God. Consider: how can we share pictures, post articles, share pray requests, and proclaim God’s faithfulness using social media as a tool? Can we use it to encourage others with the hope of the Gospel instead of letting it use us and tempt us away from all God is for us in Christ?

Nikki Daniel wrote an excellent post that speaks to some of these issues at The Gospel Coalition called Facebook, Moms, and The Last Day. In it, she shares insight into the positives and negatives of social media, specifically in the lives of mothers. She shares an excellent quote from John Piper on this topic: “One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”

Social media is a great temptation for today’s Christians allowing us to set our sights on media instead of God Himself. Allow God to shine light on this in your own life and reveal ways you can glorify Him, even in the social media realm.

 

Dec 012014
 

I can think of many holiday seasons where the idea of baking cookies, watching snow fall, hanging lights, and listening to holiday music felt nothing but appropriate. I’ve also lived through holiday seasons and am currently experiencing one right now that doesn’t feel holly or jolly. The glitz and the glimmer at times feel like they are actively assaulting my soul, taunting me with triteness, reminding me of things I wish weren’t true of my life and circumstances. It’s true that grief doesn’t just surface in places like the doctor’s office or a cemetery. It can lay dormant waiting to pounce in the checkout isle of Target or during a seemingly benign conversation with a coworker. Christmas can trigger nostalgic joy and happy anticipation. It can also trigger a season of amplified loneliness and grief. It can remind us that our life doesn’t measure up to a Norman Rockwell Christmas card or even our own more realistic expectations.

My heart is heavy this holiday season. My days feel anything but merry and bright. I feel like decking my halls in sackcloth. Bearing the weight of deep sadness, disappointment, and fear my lips struggle to mouth the words of the songs my soul desperately needs on Sunday mornings. Sometimes it feels as though I expend more energy fighting tears than anything else right now.

In this season of giving thanks, I’m reminded that even in my pain there is much to be grateful for. Towards the top of my list is a season called Advent. Advent comes from a Latin word that means “coming.” It’s an opportunity to reflect on the humble birth of Christ and the anxious wait of His return in glory. It’s a reminder that we live in between the comings of Christ, the already, but the not yet. During this season, we are reminded that waiting, longing, and angst are very much a part of the Christian life. Just as God’s people and prophets groaned and ached for the Messiah hundreds of years ago, we too groan and ache for Christ to return and make everything sad come untrue.

In his book What Jesus Demands from the WorldJohn Piper writes,

When Jesus demands that we rejoice, he has not forgotten the kind of world we live in. It is filled with suffering…For Jesus the demand for joy is a way to live with suffering and to outlast suffering. Therefore, this joy is serious. It’s the kind you fight for by cutting off your hand (Matt. 5:30) and selling your possessions (Matt. 13:44) and carrying a cross with Jesus to Calvary (Matt. 10:38-39). It has scars. It sings happy songs with tears. It remembers the dark hours and knows that more are coming. The road to heaven is a hard road, but it is not joyless. 

Much of this quote reflects exactly what Advent means to me. Advent is about a deep, serious, abiding joy that doesn’t ignore the pain of life but doesn’t buckle underneath its weight either. It acknowledges the difficulty but continues to trust, hope, and rest in a faithful, loving God. Advent gives me permission to celebrate in the midst of all of my hurt this December. It reminds me that Christmas is at its core about a God who enters into our suffering and pain and keeps His promises. So I will light candles and hang lights and I will sing those happy songs with tears. Just like God’s people many years ago I will wait as they waited and I will long as they longed.

Come Lord Jesus, come redeem us, we will wait for You.

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Aug 092014
 

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If you are like me, it’s that time of year when you (as a parent) are both ready for the routine of school but also sad to see summer come to an end. I love having the extra time with my kids. Most of us have gotten the school supplies purchased (although I will admit that I haven’t yet) and have met the teacher or will this next week.

So what else can we do to get prepare for school to start? I ran across this Backpack Blessings idea by CTA (Christian Tools of Affirmation) and thought I would share it with you. It sounded to me like an easy and doable way to encourage my kids spiritually as they go back to school. I’m thinking about starting it even before the first day of classes.

Backpack Blessing

My prayer for my kids has always been that they would see math, science, reading, writing, art, etc as a way to learn about God. But I also want to continue to put God’s word in their minds and hearts so they cling to him everywhere they go and see that his word applies to all of life.

We prayed for you and your kids this past Thursday. May God use this next school year to grow your kids in faith as they learn about the world God created and how it works.

Feb 252014
 

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Growing up in a liturgical church setting, Lent was a somber time of contemplation.  Ashes crossed foreheads.  The hymn selection on the old pipe organ only included minor, dissonant sounding chords.  Black cloth draped the altar.  Items were given up.  I remember hearing many of my friends complaining about unsingable melodies and the number of services they attended during Holy Week.  While I kept my mouth shut about how I really felt, Good Friday, was actually one of my favorite days of the year.

For a long time, saying so made me feel a little bit guilty and morbid.  Sure I loved watching the sunrise through stained glass windows on Easter and hearing Lutheran voices belting out “He is risen indeed” with more emotion and joy than you’d hear the congregation use all year long.  But what I found equally, if not more, compelling was the quiet reverence and aching sorrow that echoed as each station of the cross was described.  The realness of my sin exposed.  The penalty willingly endured and paid for by Immanuel–God with us.  Even from a young age, I realized that Easter only came through Good Friday.  Both equally necessary for redemption to occur.

Lent in many ways has gotten a bad wrap.  The idea of giving something up for the 40+ days before Easter in some ways has become highly ritualistic and unattached from what the season really is about.  People abstain from certain foods or vices with a desire not to draw closer to God, but to lose weight, be a better person, or even as a way to earn forgiveness.  Others attempt to sacrifice because of a desire to win the approval of man or from a distorted view of obligation.  On the other extreme, Easter in many ways has become a holiday for consumers.  Jelly beans, eggs, and bunnies encourage us to bypass the crucifixion and instead focus on cultural icons tied more closely to sugar and spring than anything else.

The truth is, Lent is about the gospel.  It is…

…a time for us to slow down and focus on the work of Christ.

…a season to repent from sin and trust in His work on the cross. 

….a reminder that the empty tomb only comes through the cross.

…meant to help us prepare ourselves for the joy of the resurrection as we enter into the sorrow and pain that came first.

…a reminder that we live in the “already, but not yet.” 

Lent lasts 40 days excluding Sundays, which makes it about 46 days altogether.  This season, we invite your family to participate in a weekly devotional designed to help prepare your family to celebrate the fullness of what Easter truly is.  Each week, you will participate in a brief scripture reading, discussion, and prayer time.  At the end, you will use candles to remember the darkness of sin and later, the living hope of Easter. Instead of lighting a candle like we might do during Advent, we will extinguish a candle each week as we contemplate the brokenness of sin and Jesus’ journey toward the cross.  During the last week, we will relight all 7 candles as a way to celebrate the promise both of the resurrection and what it ultimately points to—the day when Jesus returns to make all things new. You can pick up a copy of the devotional along with a set of seven tea lights while supplies last at the Crossing Kids registration area starting March 2.  You can also download the devotional here.

Since Lent may be a new season for you or a season desperately in need of redemption given your past experiences with it, we have provided a list of additional reading that might help you better understand its significance. Please know that we are praying for you as you help your family contemplate and prepare this season.

Feb 212014
 

God’s work is extraordinary.

Yet, God uses ordinary people to do his extraordinary work for His glory. This is a mystery. Consider ordinary Moses, whom God used to bring His people out of slavery and into the Promised Land. Consider ordinary Mary, whom God used to bring His one and only Son into our broken world to save us. Consider ordinary Paul, whom God used to proclaim the good news of Jesus and build the foundation of His church.

God’s extraordinary work continues today through the lives of the ordinary. Consider ordinary Don Richardson, whom God used to bring the light of Christ to the Sawi people of Indonesia. In 1962, Don and his wife, Carol, took their 7-month-old baby, Steve, to live among the Sawi and share the gospel with them. God used Don and his family to bring the Sawi out of darkness and today these people proclaim Christ as their Savior!

Fifty years have passed and Steve returned to visit the Sawi along with his father, Don, and his two brothers who also grew up in the village. Watch this amazing fifteen-minute video to see the Richardson men reunited with the Sawi. It is a story of God’s extraordinary work in the lives of ordinary people.

There are so many extraordinary “take-aways” from this story, but the thing that stood out to me most was the way God used one ordinary man and his family to reach the hearts of hundreds of people for His glory. I love that Don and Carol raised their three sons right in the middle of this mission for the Kingdom. Their kids were a part of what God was doing. These were ordinary parents raising ordinary children in Indonesia, yet believing in the extraordinary power of God to change lives.

This video is entitled Never the Same – and with good reason. Not only will the Sawi people never be the same after hearing the gospel, the Richardson family will never be the same after witnessing God’s extraordinary work and allowing them to be part of it.

Feb 072014
 

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For the past couple of months, I’ve been reading a meditation each day during my time with God from John Piper’s book, Taste and See: Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life. Containing 140 concise and dynamic meditations, Piper covers a wide variety of topics that make me think deeply and draw out my heart for our great God. It’s fantastic.

A few days ago, I read meditation #57, entitled, Jesus and the Children; Pondering Children as Pride Detectors. Have you ever thought of your children as pride detectors? What Piper had to say really blew me away.

“One thing to watch for when assessing a person’s spiritual fitness for ministry is how he or she relates to children. Put a child in a room and watch. This is what Jesus did to make a point. Children are the litmus paper to expose the presence of pride… Receiving  a child into your arms in the name of Jesus is a way to receive Jesus. And receiving Jesus is a way to receive God. Therefore how we deal with children is a signal of our fellowship with God. Something is really amiss in the soul that does not descend (or is it really ascend?) to love and hold a child.”

Do I receive children as a way to receive Jesus? I confess, in much of my everyday thinking with my two little ones, I think about how much the house needs cleaning, the little noses need wiping, the to-do list needs checking off. I love my children more than air, yet I still get bogged down in the “getting it done” mindset. Piper’s words gave me more food for thought in this area. By slowing down and pulling my kids into my lap in Jesus’ name, I am not only sharing God’s love with them, I am receiving it as well.

Jesus said, “Whoever receives one child like this in my name, receives Me; and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent Me.” (Mark 9:37).

Piper concludes this meditation with ten ways Jesus related to children for us to consider. He encourages us to “let them stir in you the longings of Christ.”

1. Jesus was a child.  (Isaiah 9:6)

2. Jesus took children in his arms and blessed them. (Mark 10:14-16)

3. Jesus healed a child of a foreign woman. (Matthew 15:28)

4. Jesus cast a demon out of a child. (Matthew 17:18)

5. Jesus raised a child from the dead. (Mark 5:41-42)

6. Jesus used a child’s loaves and fish to feed five thousand people. (John 6:9-10)

7. Jesus said you should become like a child. (Matthew 18:3-4)

8. When Jesus came, children cried “Hosanna!” to the Son of David. (Matthew 21:15)

9. Jesus predicted the terrible days when fathers would give their children up to death. (Mark 13:12)

10. Jesus said that if you receive a child in his name, you receive him and the one who sent him. (Mark 9:37)

Our work with children is spiritual work. Feeding them, holding them, singing to them, praying with them, teaching them, washing them, loving them – this is one beautiful and remarkable way we receive and commune with our gracious and sovereign God. I pray as we interact with our children at home and in the rooms of Crossing Kids, we will be keenly aware that we are not only sharing Christ’s love, but receiving it as well.

Jan 242014
 

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Last week, Scott and I made a trip with our kids to Door County, Wisconsin to be with his 93-year-old grandmother, Jessie, before she passed away. When we heard her health was declining, we were anxious to see her face, hold her hand, and tell her loved her one more time. So, we loaded up our little ones and drove 13 ½ hours north to be with Jessie.

When I walked in her little room at the nursing home, it was warm and quiet and still. I sat next to Jessie’s bed, held her hand, and looked into to her weathered face. She was resting, her eyes closed, her breathing heavy, her hands still soft. Scott and I sang hymns she loved (In Christ Alone, On Jordan’s Stormy Banks) and read scripture to her she had underlined in her Bible. We prayed over her and before I left I told her if I didn’t see her again in the week, I would see her on The Other Side – in Heaven with our Great God. That was the last time I saw her on this earth and have great hope and assurance that we will all see Jessie again when we are worshipping Jesus in eternity.

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMugJessie, her husband, Fred, with 3 of their 6 children. My mother-in-law, Bev, is center.

Jessie loved the Lord. She trusted Him, dedicated her life to serving Him, and left a legacy of faith with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Since that last time sitting by her bedside, I continue to think about what her legacy of faith means. She has gone to be with the Lord, but has planted seeds of faith in her daughter, Bev (my mother-in-law), who then planted seeds of faith in her son, Scott (my husband), who is now planting seeds in the hearts of our children, Eleanor and Freddy. The heritage of faith has a ripple effect I am certain we will never know the extent of.

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMugJessie holding my husband, Scott, in 1976. 

So when I think of Jessie, I don’t just remember that she was a great lady or that she used her gifts to serve others – I think her greatest legacy is loving God and helping her children know Jesus so they could pass on their faith to future generations. I am certain Scott is the man of faith he is today in part because of his grandma’s heart for God and the way she shared that with her family. It’s beautiful that the most important part of Jessie was her belief and devotion to Jesus. What a legacy.

imageJessie and I sharing a moment on the day I married her grandson.

As I’ve been thinking about Jessie’s life, Deuteronomy 6:5-9 comes to mind:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMugJessie holding my daughter, Eleanor, in January 2012. 

This was Jessie. She loved God wholeheartedly and shared that with her children and all who knew her. This was the way she left a legacy of hope and truth. She broadcasted the glory of God before herself. And that is what I will remember her for.

In this way, leaving a legacy of faith is simple: Love God and proclaim Him with your life. Your children and your grandchildren and your great-grandchildren will remember. And greater than them remembering you, they will look at your life and remember the greatness of God.

I rejoice when I hear my daughter, Eleanor say, “Great Grandma Roberts isn’t sick anymore. She’s with Jesus.” Jessie, we celebrate that you are home.