Friday, October 14, 2011

Family Beauty

  I’ve been blessed with an awesome mother-in-law.  You don’t hear that very often, do you?  She is a prayer warrior, praying continually.  I cherish this when our family is traveling….since Steve has problems going the speed limit.  I know she has prayed with me through many of the valleys I have experienced - miscarriages, my mom’s death, hard decisions. To know beyond a shadow of a doubt that someone is praying with you….fervently lifting you up in prayer when you feel so unable to pray for yourself is an enormous blessing that I can’t even put into words.  She’s also on her knees when our lives are going well; she is giving thanks and praise.

Her sister, Evelyn is equally amazing.  After a few minutes of being around her, she is sure to tell you her opinions about how you should be living your life.   She devotes herself to the study of God’s Word and is an avid reader of many Christian books.  She has given Steve many wonderful books that he treasures.  When she found out about Faith’s “real beauty” project, she was more than happy to be a part of it.  She wrote Faith a letter:

Dear Faith,
The qualities that make a woman beautiful are:
1.  Possession of a joyous servant’s heart.
2. Plays to an audience of one (the triune God).
3. Wisely industrious.
4. Lives by the Bible, prayer, and faith (devout).
5. Virtuous.
6. Generous to all, especially the poor.
7. An avid learner
8. Has a healthy sense of humor with grace

I guess I could sum it up by saying she has a Christlike character.  If number 4 is true, all the other qualities would be included.

Needless to say, I am eternally thankful for the wonderful women who have been placed in my life and in my children’s lives!

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