Have you ever considered the heritage that was passed down to you through your family? How many times have you thanked God for your Parents? Grandparents? Siblings?
It is so easy to take our family and loved ones for granted, and just this past week as we were attending my Grandpas funeral I was again reminded of the very rich heritage I have been blessed with, and how I need to be more thankful for it!
This picture was taken almost three years ago at our wedding!
Grandpa was in good health until about 2 weeks before he passed away! He was 95 years old when he died. He lived a full life. Rest in Peace Grandpa! You are missed.
You might say, ‘but I didn’t have a good home life,’ or ‘I was overworked and under appreciated’ or ‘my parents had nothing worth passing on to me.’
Just consider for one moment tho, your mother carried you for 9 months and then gave birth to you! That in itself is a miracle. Thank her for that.
Its not a matter if you had a perfect home, or a dysfunctional one, what you went through as you were growing up still helped shape you into the person you are today! Our home was far from perfect growing up, and I don’t want my kids to grow up in the atmosphere I did, but I am choosing to be thankful for that because God has used it to help me have goals for our family.
I realized this past weekend that I haven’t been thankful enough for the rich heritage I have been blessed with and so I want to list a few things here that I believe have helped shape me into the person I am today:
- My mothers prayers
- Growing up in a home where we were taught about God at a young age. (it was far from a perfect home but in looking back, I just want to remember the good times)
- Being taught good work ethics (there are blessings in growing up Amish 🙂 They have work ethics that are rarely seen in the world today)
- Learning how to bake, cook, clean, and do laundry, plant a garden, can and freeze food. (Cleaning is still a dreaded job but at least I know how to do it)
- Being taught to be respectful of other people and other peoples property
There are soo many more and I’m sure once this is posted I will think of more 🙂
Having learned these things, and seeing how useful they are to me now, has really made me want to teach alot of the same things to my kids. The actual culture may be different but the principal remains the same. I know the world is changing fast and with all the social media etc we are having a harder time teaching these principles to our kids. But I know that with God all things are possible. And I will not give up and be discouraged, instead I will press on, knowing that,