Tag : family
Tag : family
Thanksgiving in Colorado! Who could ask for more? While my Simm family came together to love on our Mom on the first holiday without Dad, it was clear that we each had our parts to do.
There was not one moment of angst or arguing as we each used our unique character, talents, and place in the family to love on one another and spoil Mom, as best as possible. Unfortunately, we were down one brother and sister-in-love, but they were with us in spirit and with texts, calls, and sharing of pictures. Still with the remaining ten of us, we had an amazing and blessed Thanksgiving weekend to remember.
For me, my part was as the extroverted, encouraging, daughter-in-law. I loved talking the grandkids, ages 18-26, and the siblings into games. We laughed and bonded over Mexican Dominoes, Jenga, and a couple of those “ask question” card games. You see, my Simm family is full of smart, kind, and gentle people who are disproportionately shy-introverts; so my part is very important during these family gatherings.
Mom has always been the hostess, but this time my beloved sister-in-law took up the role and made sure we were all fed and hydrated, with amazing assistance from my husband and brother-in-law.
My husband and brother-in-law were the hunter-gathers, as usual. Going from store to store finding all the makings for several amazing feast and yummy desserts. The kids, who haven’t spent time together in years, spent a lot of time talking and getting to know each other as young adults. It was beautiful to hear how alike they were, but it was especially wonderful to hear how unique they are. We have an aspiring entrepreneur, a caring nurse, an animated psychologist, a driven lawyer, and the youngest is undeclared and proud of it! Each one of these beloved grandchildren made their grandmother smile and laugh out loud for days.
Together, it was mission accomplished. Each of us brought who God made us to be with love and joy that we lavished on each other, which resulted in comfort, laughter, and a dash of sadness to their grandmother. We all felt the missing piece of Dad, knowing he would have loved to have us all there, which made our Thanksgiving in Colorado a blessing. Each of us shared our own uniqueness and we accepted, respected, and loved each other as we are.
As we all struggle with the world we are in right now, it’s important to remember that we have each been created perfectly for our parts.
“So that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:25-27).
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).
And remember each and every one of us have been “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalms 139:14).
Your part IS important. YOU ARE IMPORTANT. YOU ARE TREASURED. YOU ARE LOVED!
What a roller coaster life has been for my family and me, heck for the world! It seems like this Thanksgiving will probably be unusually more difficult. Families still keeping distant or gathering with trepidation will bring more emotions into an already heavy season.
That’s why it’s especially important to speak with grace to each person. The Bible says in Colossians 4:6: “Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” Each one of us are working through uncertainty, difficult changes with home, work, and school life, all the while dealing with the ever changing and turbulent “outside world.”
So it is now that we need to show the grace of the Lord to others. “This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20).
With raw emotions so easy to rage, we are called to slow down. Let our actions speak of love, grace, and thanksgiving. I have noticed that during this chaotic time my faith has been deepened and my relationships strengthened.
I have leaned heavily into my Savior with the full knowledge of my future. I am secure in His love and provision. I am warmed by His love and understanding. I am blessed with all the opportunities He has given me to love on others, to dig deeper into HIS word, and have been given time to slow down and listen. You, too, have the opportunity to extend respect, listen and show love, and speak with grace to one another.
As the weeks move quickly towards Thanksgiving Day, may we all prepare more than our travel plans, our homes, or food—may we prepare our hearts with grace.
Join us for POP Chat November 18th as Dr. Lynnette Simm will be teaching on “Gratitude is the Antidote.”
Flautist Katherine Legg will be providing our worship music. It will be a powerful hour of worship, teaching and discussion. Click on the link to sign up! ttps://share.hsforms.com/15bHBupdrTBugXxD9Y8Q_MQ3jo4z
Yesterday, at Pearls of Promise Ministries we were talking about our hearts. What it means to have a pure and clean heart, and what it means to pour out your heart. So much of my time recently as been spent examining my heart.
This time of isolation has really allowed me to reflect on my relationships. I have journaled and blogged about my relationship with God, my husband, my girls, my parents and with my siblings. I have had the chance to love on my niece and my nephew-in-law from afar, as they welcomed into the family the first child of the next generation. And, I have spent countless hours of blessed, quality time via phone calls and zoom calls with my friends. I have loved every minute!
Pouring out your heart starts with love, and communication is the key foundation to every relationship so I have been in extrovert heaven. I must admit I have missed hugs and there are some family and friends whom I just can’t squeeze in person—yes, you Baby Russell!
Thankfully, this time allowed me to pour my heart out to the Lord daily and sometimes well into the night. I have cried out to Him for myself, my family, friends, our country and our leaders, for our neighbors in all the countries around the world. What a time to pour out of hearts. Psalm 62:8 says, “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts for Him, for God is our refuge.”
In Him, I have found my refuge, my strength during this time and I am blessed to have deepened many of my relationships. There are so many of you who are struggling. Jobs lost or overworked, moving, families separated, death of loved ones, and even celebrations, births, or graduations diminished or put on hold because of this time. Yet there has been so much love too.
When we get through it all, I pray that we pour out our hearts even more. I pray that marriages become strengthened, family bonds grow stronger, and the things we truly care about stay our number one priorities. Our Faith. Our Families and One Another. These are the places where YOU need to continue pouring your heart out.