Christina Fox, Mom Enough, emphasis addedThe Israelites were told over and over in Scripture to look back at how God delivered them from slavery in Egypt. They were to remember his wonders at the Red Sea, his provisions in the desert, and how he brought them into the Promised Land. During yearly feasts, they celebrated what God had done for them and instructed their children in God’s faithfulness......We are also called to remember God’s grace in our lives. When worries creep in, when the cares of this life weigh us down, when everything seems out of control, we must remember all that God has done, and in continuing to do. We must recall our own story of deliverance from sin. We need to remember the lengths God went to — and continues to go to — in rescuing us from slavery through the shed blood of his Son at the cross. We need to remember where God decisively demonstrated his love (Romans 5:8). Because if he would sacrifice his own Son to save us, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things (Romans 8:32)?If he saved us from our greatest fear — eternal separation from him — how can he not carry us through all our fears of today? If Christ conquered death when he rose triumphantly from the grave, how can he not also resurrect our joy from the pit of worry and despair?
This passage touched my heart this week as I thought about Lily's and Claire's approaching birthday. This day has become a feast day in our family, a day when we remember the grace of our God, in our past and in our present.
This year we celebrated their eighth birthday according to family tradition: A trip to Temple Square, lunch at the Garden, and buying new scriptures--the boys all needed various replacements so they were the recipients. Nana Down, Nana and Bubba, and Grandma Tiede joined us for lunch. We also stopped to see Meet the Mormons with the kids. My mom brought us some beautiful flowers to remember the girls.
Having a little girl in our home has been such a blessing. I feel like Charlotte gives us a glimpse of what her sisters would have been like. We are so grateful to celebrate our family and the love of our Heavenly Father.