Dave and I will be joining Mary Jean Powers (www.getthewordout.cc), Dave and Tara Powers, and Joy McInnis in presenting an Intensive called Leaving a Legacy later this month. We are passionate about the importance of family and making sure we leave behind eternal things for our children and their children and the generations to come. In the end, we will all have left our mark. I know I want to have left more than just a recipe for green chile or Swiss Meatballs (which are pretty amazing, I must say). I REALLY want to know I have left landmarks that will point my descendants ever toward Jesus Christ. You’re leaving something…want to make it more purposeful? Here is your official invitation! Also see the get the Word Out! website: www.getthewordout.cc
Leaving a Legacy (for moms, dads, grandparents, guardians, mentors, aunts and uncles or anyone who has influence in the life of a child of any age… )
Date: March 27 – March 29Time: 7pm Friday through 5pm SundayLocation: Holiday Inn Express – Longmont, COCost: $285 per couple or 2 people per room$335 after the MARCH 13 DEADLINE– includes hotel, meals* & materials* Dinner Saturday is on your own
Every day, our families face challenges, which can lead to conflict and dissolution of relationships. We need God’s Word as the standard of Truth in our homes. As parents, grandparents and mentors, we must learn how to share the things the Lord has taught us with the next generation. This Intensive will provide you with a wide range of creative and thought-provoking expressions of your faith.
Registration and payment are available online at www.getthewordout.cc To register by phone, please call Mary Jean at 303.678.7286. If you prefer to pay by check or money order, please send to: Get the Word Out / PMB #321 / 1610 Pace Street Unit 900 / Longmont, CO 80501 . An offering for GWO will be taken at the conclusion of the intensive.
The teaching team was Mary Jean Powers (my co-mother-in-law-co-Nonnas-we-share-Hunter), Joy McGinnis of Seattle, our daughter Tredessa, Dave & Tara, our daughter and son-in-law and Dave and I.
It was wonderful and difficult. I exposed myself and got honest. Dave and I both told on ourselves, about the places we have failed in raising children who have come to know and seek after God for themselves.
I told them that:
It is never too late to become the family you might have been. Don’t give up. Get the Word into your home and family and serve God fearfully with all your might.
I am still learning to parent in this new season. I still have to apologize for things as the Holy Spirit reminds me – from both years ago and a few days ago.
Raising kids who’ll love the Lord? It’s gonna take at least Forty-Thousand Days of Purpose! Sorry, Rick Warren.
And-we have all have dirt under our fingernails. We’re sowing something into our children’s lives. We may as well be sowing the incorruptible seed of the Word of God to get the spiritual harvest that God’s Word promises in Gal. 6. Is your family at a crossroads or troubling time? Stand on the promises: read ’em, speak ’em, believe ’em, bury them deep in the soil of your heart in faith. Then? Eat the fruit! The harvest WILL come!
Dave taught on journaling as a way to leave your written legacy and not only taught about the blessing (learning to verbally speak blessing over your children), but prayed a bessing over the fathers and fatherless young men who were there.
I wondered aloud, at one point, if there was anyone who could possibly have messed up parenting more than I had.? Even though Mary Jean and Joy claimed they could have (and maybe we all had that potential), I am so grateful to be living to see the faithful hand of God in our lives, as a family. We’re still living it and tripping along the way sometimes, but I am so glad for the opportunity to encourage other families that God is faithful. He promises – and He will keep those promises! I was honored to get to pass that message along!
Blessed to be a blessing…Jeanie
NOTE TO SELF: Keep living the legacy. You have to live it before you can give it away.
pictured: the view just outside our cabin door – if you look very closely, you can see some snow on the rocks from a few days before…we had 70+degrees; my husband praying for our son-in-law Dave just before he (s-i-l) reciprocated.