Personal Note: I have a little catching up to do with my blogging. . . these past few weeks have been a whirlwind —- with finishing my first graduate class (I received an “A!” Praise God), wrapping up the first semester of my two writing classes, traveling to Philadelphia for the CCEF Conference, Speaking engagements, interceding and working through my son’s college transfer and Thanksgiving — life has been FULL. So, here we go! I’ll keep them short and sweet!

(We took this picture in Gloucester, MA., while visiting Grant. Then, Brooke added the text. Isn’t it a stunning reminder of God’s constant care over our lives?)

Ever since Brooke was a little girl, I have been praying Proverbs 11:28b over her life. It reads:

Proverbs 11:28 (NIV), “Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,
       but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.”

or in The Message, “A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump;
   a God-shaped life is a flourishing tree.”

From the moment we arrived at Family Weekend at Liberty University, I saw this verse in action. Brooke is indeed thriving like a green leaf (NIV), exhibiting a God-shaped life. God has planted her in Lynchburg, Virginia and she is indeed “a flourishing tree.” She greeted us moments after we arrived at the hotel. . . bright smile and big hug! As our resident family socialite, she didn’t disappoint. We had a full schedule. Dinner. Theatre Production. Dessert at Doc’s (biggest piece of Pumpkin Cheesecake ever!) – and that is only Friday! Saturday we took on Liberty Mountain, climbing to the top! What a beautiful view. My brother, Mike, met us in Lynchburg and added a great deal of laughter and fun to the weekend! (Especially when he and I were “lost on Liberty Mt!”) After a quick lunch, we were off to the football game, dinner (another “Lost in Lynchburg” experience), and then off to a late night hockey game (Uncle Mike and Rob opted out of this adventure). Sunday morning we visited Brooke’s church, Thomas Road Baptist Church, where their 400-member choir brought heaven to earth. As I sat and listened to Rev. Jonathan Falwell’s sermon, all I could do was cry. Yes, right there in the middle of a church service, I cried. Quietly. All I could think about was that little verse from Proverbs 11. Lord, you are so good. So faithful. So true to Your Word. If this scene were a movie, there would have been flashbacks to nightly prayers over Brooke. Heal her eczema. Heal her Alopecia. Heal her alleriges. Heal her Severe Sleep Apnea. Heal her Dyslexia. Night after night. Month after month. Year after year.

As we left Lynchburg, gratitude filled my heart. I said to Rob, “You know what. The world can say what they want about Jerry Falwell. The world was not always kind to Mr. Falwell. But, I know one thing. That man lived a godly life. He wasn’t perfect. NONE of us are. But, he created a safe environment for our daughter. A godly environment where she is thriving. For that, I am thankful.”

Moms and Dads, keep praying over your children. Pray that they will thrive like a green leaf. Pray that they will grow in the nurture and admonition of Jesus Christ. Night after night. Month after month. Year after year. God will be faithful.



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