I had something happen on Wednesday that felt like God's way of saying to us: 'Know your worth to your families, SUMites.'
Know your worth to your families.
It was nice to get this, it felt like a real encouragement from God for our community. So here's what happened:
I've been recently choosing to sit and read the Bible in the morning at my dining table in the middle of the family clatter, while they're all getting ready for work and school.
The morning routine looks something like this: Bryce potters in the kitchen, Miles - age 17 -- sits at a breakfast bench on his phone while his Dad makes his breakfast, and I sit at the dining table reading my Bible.
There's the radio on, it's noisy, and I get interrupted.... But I've decided to do this as it must be a STRONG thing for a mum to sit reading her Bible in the middle of her family. She soaks in God's words, absorbs those words, and surely light emanates out from that. What's more, I want Miles to see it.
Now that he's a teenager it's one of the remaining things I can do.
There I was, reading the book of Proverbs. And I had just read this verse here:
Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers,
But a prudent wife is from the Lord.
I stopped at that, and reflected as I have done before with that passage. "A prudent spouse is worth rubies," I thought. And JUST as I thought that Bryce came out of the kitchen and over to me where I was sitting, stood over me, and smiled nicely:
"Why do you do it?"
"I love it!" I said, beaming quite naturally. Not self-conscious this time. "It's like health to me. I love looking at all the linkages between things in the Bible."
"Even in the Old Testament?" he said, scanning the page and seeing it was Proverbs.
"Oh look, you've got markings on it too... You write things on it?"
At this point he was bending down and peering over my shoulder at my Bible.
"Yeah... I do!"
Then he went back to the kitchen.
And I was left thinking 'How cool was that, just as I was reflecting on the fact a prudent spouse is from the Lord, my husband comes over and notices.'
Be encouraged SUMites. I just felt that was a little God moment to show that we are a gift from the Lord, an inheritance to our families, and what we're doing is worth more all the riches the world could give, really; it's worth more than rubies.
Love to you all,