Sunday, May 18, 2008
looking forward and backward
The potential in each of them is endless...and in this moment you can feel that even they know it.
I watched as the girls younger looked on and imagined what it would be like to stand there just like these girls. I watched as the really little girls watched and wondered what the big deal was but knew something was special about this mysterious thing that was going on. I saw some of the older girls dust off their tiara's and bring them out for this special occasion where they could stand and look back at what that moment meant to them when it was their turn.
Personally, I never earned my tiara...it wasn't my "thing" when I was a little girl. But it is fun to watch all of these girls. Especially since I've known them all of their lives.
There are moments in ministry when you get a glimpse at how many lives you have touched and tonight I had one of those moments. I turned to Joy who was sitting next to me and mentioned that I had seen these girls grow up and she asked me if I was going to cry...no, no crying for me. She said that she might cry thinking of her own little girl being in this place for this ceremony in less than 7 yrs...time does move fast at times. I wonder how many kids have actually passed through this ministry I've invested my self into so completely the last 8 yrs? probably close to a thousand if you count the kids who were only here for a little while...that is crazy. I know I am a blip in their lives, and in some ways they were that in mine.
I can't wait to see where these girls end up. All that potential. I pray that they will always know their worth and that they won't settle for less than God's best in their lives. (the boys too of course..but girls really get told they are worthless in this world..even here in america...I hope they learn to listen to God when it comes to their worth and not the other voices that will try to tell them otherwise...I could write 100 more blogs about this topic alone I think...I'll stop now)
So Much to Love
I love people. I love bright eyes. I love my sons, Judah & Lucas. I love laughing. I love my ringtone. I love love. I love Jesus. I love tattoos. I love milk. I love creative expression. I love smiles. I love Philippians. I love bridges. I love my house and haven. I love a rainy night. I love doing nothing. I love almonds and banana chips. I love music. I love cowboy hats. I love Anna Maria Island. I love (diet) dr.pepper. I love a good story. I love wildflowers. I love to fly. I love rod iron. I love babies. I love going to the movies. I love midnight. I love allegra. I love sunsets. I love long kisses. I love the color red. I love starshollow. I love community. I love doing life with friends. I love witty banter. I love jessilynn.com. I love my family. I love pretty things. I love cruisin' with my girls. I love remembering when. I love authentic individuals. I love hot tamales. I love when kids giggle. I love Lance. I love bonfires. I love finding people I thought I'd lost. I love yard sales. I love tacobell. I love seeing people do good. I love violins and steel guitar. I love driving to the airport. I love seeing people around me succeed at their dreams. I love being included. I love flipflops. I love blogging. I love long talks. I love dreaming.