Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Ruth is on her way today to the Knoxville Tennessee area to spend a few days with two of her daughters and several of her grandchildren. Daughter Angielyn has a milestone birthday coming up and that's all the excuse Ruth needed. LOL. Ruth loves her family so much that she takes every opportunity to show it. Half of her luggage was gifts to give out while she is there, plus cash to buy more gifts after she gets there. Last week we drove to Savannah to see other grandkids and yes we took gifts there too.  The one granddaughter that we did not see on that trip, was mailed a big box of gifts the next day.  Ruth has more than one love language, but giving is right at the top. She always remembers to tithe off her income and never fails to add a little "love gift for Jesus" on top. She gives to our neighbors, the maintenance crew at our condos and even to the men working right now to repair our windows.  Usually when we go to church, she has her purse in one hand and a gift bag in the other to give to someone at church.  She does not forget me either! Every time she goes shopping, she brings me a "surprise". Often she is gone for several hours shopping only to return home with something she found for me and nothing else. All of the loose change that I leave laying around is quickly snatched up and taken to the "Jonathon Culp Jar". This is a special vase at the church where we collect special offerings to send to our Missionaries Adam & Julie Culp to help care for their special needs son. Ruth is fanatical about all of our coins going into that jar!

Don't misunderstand me, I love to give also! What I am sharing here about Ruth is no secret and it is something I am very happy with.  Giving is fun! The Bible says that "it is more blessed to give than to receive" Acts 20:35. Ruth and I know that the key to living the Blessed Life is to be a Blesser!

When I dropped Ruth off at the airport this morning for her trip to Tennessee, I could tell she was focused on getting there to be a blessing to her family. I love her for that!  God is Good!

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Left to Right: Norma Thomason, Ruth Thomason, Irene Thomason

On this Mother's Day 2020 I reflect back on the Mothers that I have been blessed to live with in my life time. One gave me birth, one bore my children, one takes care of me in my Senior years. All three great Mothers to me and others. Two are in Heaven (Norma & Irene) but all three brought Heaven to me. I cannot praise God enough for blessing my life so much.

These Mothers have a lot in common. First of course is me. Beyond that; they all believed in and trusted in Jesus Christ. They are Women of Faith, Love, and enduring Hope. They are all full of the Holy Spirit (with Tongues) and full of the Word of God.  Each of them wore out several Bibles and had prayer lives that shook Heaven and Earth. All three are true worshippers of God too!

 They loved their children with the primary goal of salvation for each one. They made time each day to lift up their children to the Lord, not in fear or worry, but in faith, believing in God's Covenant to save their household. They loved their husbands too! My Dad and I are blessed to have these ladies in our lives.

To have just one of these Moms would have been awesome, but I have all three! This is proof that God loves me! I know this and I give Him thanks for His love and blessing. I guess you noticed that I still claim them as present realities in my life even though Norma and Irene are in Heaven. It is because they are forever a part of me and who I am. They live on in their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Everyone should be so blessed!