A Rich Heritage

 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!

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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:

  1. My mothers prayers
  2. 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)
  3. Being taught good work ethics (there are blessings in growing up Amish 🙂 They have work ethics that are rarely seen in the world today)
  4. 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)
  5. 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,

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6 thoughts on “A Rich Heritage

  1. I really appreciate your view on your heritage, Leah. As my own children grow older, I’m so thankful that they don’t have to grow up the way I did, but there are values I learned that I want them to learn, and we are working on it. Mine are at the age now where they ask for ‘stories of when you were a little girl’, and it forces me to dig up some of the good that I buried along with the bad.
    May your day be blessed for sharing!

  2. Thanks for sharing,Leah! I didn’t have the perfect home life, either, but I’m still thankful for the many good things I was taught. I often think of the saying how God takes our ashes and creates beauty. I believe that. But I have to be willing to give Him the ashes. Yes, I have a rich goodly heritage!

    • Love that thought Esther! Thanks for sharing! Sometimes I think I wouldn’t have any beauty if it wasn’t for all my ashes but so thankful that God makes something beautiful with them!

  3. “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.”

    I completely agree and love that. Giving birth to my son has put a whole new perspective on my relationship and appreciation for my parents… and it’s put a whole new perspective on life in general. 🙂

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