The Day I Never Want to Forget

Today is the day I never want to forget. It started with howling winds and pouring rain. I was warm and snuggly when my newly eight year old bounced on my bed.

Shelton’s been planning this day for weeks. Church then breakfast at the Waffle House, lunch of rice and beans, followed by dinner of steak and orange potatoes. The activities planned included hiking the LU, walking the dog, watching Hallmark Christmas movies, making cupcakes for her class and reading her new books.

If you’ve followed me long at all you know we recently moved across the country where we had no family and few friends. I knew it was exactly where we were supposed to be. We jumped out in faith leaving the familiar for adventures in the East. New school, work, church, swim team, and way of life. We could not have transitioned any better. God has blessed us beyond measure. Shelton has blossomed into exactly who she is supposed to be. Her class has ten girls and nine boys. There are four second grade classes. Everything is bigger than she has ever experienced. Her swim team has as many swimmers as her last elementary school. Not once has Shelton backed down from anything. She moves to the beat of her heart and that’s exactly what I always want to remember. After we arrived within a few weeks, Shelton asked to be “bapatized” In fact for her eight birthday she asked for a big girl Bible and to be baptized.

We got ready for church with the addition of rain coats and boots. We arrived at church early to make sure we knew where to go. We knew our regular pastor would be out but Shelton said “ it doesn’t matter who baptizes me it just matters that I get baptized”. With faith like a child we followed our sweet eight year old. We all talked about our faith journey and how God guided our lives.

Scott as the spiritual leader of our family went first. Then Shelton. Then me. A celebration together. We are on this journey together following God’s will for our lives. While we do not know what the future holds we do know Who does.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

💗,

Julie

ps: the cupcakes she lovingly frosted for her class tomorrow.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Mollie Rushing says:

    What a beautiful day it must have been. You are raising an amazing young woman.

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    1. Thank you Mollie! It was so special 💗

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  2. A Beautiful Day indeed!

    Look at how blessed you are.

    I pray this over your family that all these blessings will overtake you in this New Year

    All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you pay attention to the voice of the Lord your God.“You will be blessed in the city, and you will be blessed in the field.“The offspring of your body and the produce of your ground and the offspring of your animals, the offspring of your herd and the young of your flock will be blessed.“Your basket and your kneading bowl will be blessed.“You will be blessed when you come in and you will be blessed when you go out.“The Lord will cause the enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they will come out against you one way, but flee before you seven ways.The Lord will command the blessing upon you in your storehouses and in all that you undertake, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.The Lord will establish you as a people holy [and set apart] to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk [that is, live your life each and every day] in His ways.So all the peoples of the earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will be afraid of you.The Lord will give you great prosperity, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your livestock and the produce of your ground, in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.The Lord will open for you His good treasure house, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow. – Deuteronomy 28:2-12

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