Today's Monday Mom Memo is really a "Honey Memo".
Honey was my great-grandmother who lived to be 105!
She was the definition of a family matriarch.
Why do we refer to her as "Honey"?
Because when my grandfather was a little boy and called out to her from bed for a glass of water, his father, Honey's husband, came to him and told him that it was more likely for him to get what he was asking for if he called to his mother sweetly.
And she was Honey from then on.
Honey loved Jesus and her family fiercely.
She was a light and encouragement to all who knew her.
She was also my Momma's most beloved friend on this earth.
A lot of who my Mom is was shaped and nurtured by Honey.
That's been made obvious to me in many ways, but when my Mom sent me this letter written by Honey, it struck me in a new way.
It's a letter from Honey to her daughter Mary Anne and it reminded me so much of the weekly emails I get from my own sweet Momma.
Times have changed, but heartfelt advice from doting mother to growing daughter has not.
Where would we all be without our mothers, pushing us forward, urging us to be our best selves, pointing us to Christ, and dealing with us gently when we mess up?
I am so proud to belong to women like my Mom and Honey and I pray that I can continue their legacy as the Lord uses me in the lives of other women.
Don't miss this part: There is one lesson I have almost learned and this is the lesson I am praying that you will learn much sooner that I did, and that is "FAITH IN GOD". Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God." Perhaps the hardest thing for mortals to do is "Be Still". There is immense power in stillness. Instead of restless strugglings, if we could only "sit down" INWARDLY before the Lord and let the Divine forces of His Spirit work out in silence the ends to which we aspire. We may not ever see or feel the operations of this silent force, but I am assured it is always working mightily, and will work for you, if only you can get your spirit sill enough to be carried along by the currents of its power.
How right she is.
Being still is such a challenge for me.
I'm a goer and a doer.
I'm not one for silence.
Typically music, or books, or sermons, are always on in the background.
Which begs me to ask the question: How can I hear His voice amidst all the other noise?
Even the good noise!
The holiday season presents the perfect time to choose quiet stillness.
There is so much to reflect upon, to be grateful for, and to prepare for as we wait to see Christ born to Earth all over again.
I'm going to try to take Honey's sage advice to heart and intentionally create space for stillness until 2017 (and beyond!).
Will you join me?