Today we went river rafting in innertubes with some of the college students in our Sunday school class. We were going to do the short trip, and at the last minute changed it to the long trip. It was difficult, but one of the best things we have done in a while. You boys love to be outdoors and to be in the water, well that just makes it even better. The weather was hot, but not too hot. Even though we went on the longer trip, you boys did really well, and made it all the way through. The college students had so much fun with yáll. You boys all get along very well with people who are older. It’s good to see you are not afraid of the water, or jumping off the cliffs. GEEZ you scared me a few times. You can be a little too much of a daredevil. Towards the end we were all exhausted. About 30 minutes before we were done, we were all so tired, your dad was pulling 3 of the innertubes. He didn’t mind though. I thought yall might fall asleep in the tubes before we could get back to the truck in time. You made it to the truck, but once we got to it, you immediately crashed.
Today all the boys went to a friend’s place to go fishing. You did not have a fishing pole, so daddy stopped to get you one. He got you a Zebco. It was a real cute fishing pole, made for a child. When you got home tonight, you ran in the house and asked me to come look at the fish you caught. I expected to see a little fish about as big as your hand. Not so. I was shocked. You caught a fish almost as big as you are! You are just a little boy and you caught this huge catfish. It’s at least 3/4 the size of your body from head to tail. The funniest part is, you are being very serious about this fish. Most little boys your age would probably catch it, be happy about it, and playful. Not you. Yes, you are happy about it. But you are also telling me about it in a very matter of fact way. We took you out to take a picture of it, and you have this little look on your face which says “yeah, this is my fish, and I caught it”. You have told me several times how you caught the fish yourself and only had “a little help”. I really don’t know how you were able to reel it in. I guess I need to ask your dad about that. I bet you will be a fisherman for life now.
1 Timothy 5:4
“Their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God very much.”
A great respect I have for my husband, Joe, is the way he cared for his mother, Nan, during her illness until she passed.
When Nan first became ill, Joe was running a courier service which flourished its first year. The business was doing well and growing at an amazing pace. We had become comfortable in the businesses we were running, and had settled into a nice lifestyle.
Months later, it became clear that Joe’s mother was having strokes and becoming increasingly unable to care for herself. She moved in with Joe’s sister (across the street), but there was no one who could care for her during the day.
Joe wanted the opportunity to care for her. We knew from experience God blesses you when you are obedient, and although we were concerned to be without that stream of income, we knew God would take care of us and reminded ourselves of how He had been blessing us.
During Nan’s illness, Joe would pick her up every morning, tend to her, and take her home in the evening. They would run errands together, watch TV, cook, play with the kids and who knows what else during the day. In Nan’s last weeks, she was unable to walk. Joe woudl go to get her and he would carry her in his arms across the street to our house. She could not eat, so he would make her strawberry milkshakes all day! He would dress and clean her. In the evening he would carry her home again.
The night Nan went home to the Lord, Joe said, “no regrets.” His heart was at peace and he knew he had done not only what he needed to do, but God had blessed him with the opportunity to serve his mother in a very real way.
Joe took care of his mother as the Lord wanted him to do, and gained more than the financial benefit could have ever given him. All the while God took care of our needs and blessed our other businesses.
When we trust God and do what pleases Him, he blesses us in amazing ways.