My Mother’s Abiding Joy
In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16:11, nkjv
As a teenager growing up, my room in our house was directly over Mother’s. At night I could see the lights from her room reflected on the trees outside my window. When I slipped downstairs hoping to talk to her a few minutes, I would find her shapely form bent beside her bed in prayer. It was useless to wait for her to rise because she would be there for hours on end, so I would trudge back up to my room. And no matter how early I awoke in the morning, I would see those lights from her window once again reflected on the trees outside. When I tumbled down the stairs, I would find her seated at her big, flat-top desk, earnestly studying one of the fourteen different translations of the Bible spread out around her. My mother chose to make abiding in Christ one of the priorities of her life.
Mother’s abiding is rooted in a love relationship with Jesus that is the secret of her life. As a result of her abiding, and the obedience that is integrated into it, the hallmark of Mother’s life is joy. Her face radiates it! Her eyes sparkle with it! And I’m left to wonder . . . what outward evidence of my inner relationship with Jesus do my children see?
My Heart’s Cry
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