Today is a special blog post for a host of reasons. Number one, it’s my birthday! And number two, today is a chance to honor women in my life who have shaped me as a mom, a leader, and a friend who’s left a lasting legacy. This is also a chance to continue to say how very Blessed I am.
Thanks to the Legacy Campaign at Proverbs 31 Ministries, today is a day to honor the incredible legacy of others who have gone before me. Today’s post is a continuation as we participate in an Online Bible Study of Stressed-Less Living by Tracie Miles.
Like my mom, who also shares a birthday today. She taught me to pray with God as a young child, and talk with Him like my best friend. She also taught me to value kindness and compassion. And to accept people as they are, no matter their race or ethnicity, or social standing in the community. I have taught my girls the importance of these values as well. I should add that unfortunately, we are not on the best of terms right now. But growing up, that was definitely not the case, and she taught me to love and love well, and for that, I am grateful.
Today, I can also honor my dear friend Sarah Batley, who was so instrumental in my college years in helping me grow in my faith and as a leader. Sarah helped me learn how to lead my first bible study, more than 20 years ago through Campus Crusade for Christ. Sarah also shares a May birthday, so I donated in her honor as well!
Lastly, today I honor my mother-in-law. She passed away five years ago, and we miss her soo much. She was ridiculously caring and generous to everyone she interacted with. And an unbelievably loyal friend. She lived in Florida for the last 10 years of her life, but much of her life was in Champaign, Ill. For her funeral, friends around the globe were a part of it. But what touched me the most was the packed minivan of her friends — not even her family members — but her fellow “55 & better” friends who drove straight through the night from Illinois to be there for her funeral. Oh, to leave such a legacy …
Love. Lead. Legacied. (Is that even a word??) I’m so very grateful for the special role each of these women have played in my life and to have a chance to donate on behalf of their legacy.
I will leave you with one of my favorite songs, in Nichole Nordeman’s Legacy:
Who has played such a role in your life? What did she do to bring a lasting impact?