I thought I would share today a piece of my life with you in the form of a letter…
How grateful I am for you today; I give thanks to my God for friends who encourage me to walk in the faith like you do.
I am very happy this day because in Mexico, we celebrate Mother’s Day today, yes, we celebrate it every May 10th. My children woke me up with kisses and hugs, with cards and words that filled my eyes with tears. I am grateful also because my mom is coming today to have a nice lunch with us. My little one, who longs to grow to be a chef, will be cooking for us some cannelloni, filled with ricotta cheese and spinach. We are looking forward to that!
My oldest son will have this morning a presentation of his senior thesis on his online school. Have I told you how much we have been blessed by this online school? Yes, I am sure I have told you that before; having godly teachers influencing our children is a wonderful gift, one that we don’t take for granted. I pray our son will do a great job; he has been preparing himself for this all year round. My prayer is that God may help him to grow into a man who uses his words wisely and to bring glory to God.
This week is also our daughter’s 16th birthday! I am so proud of her; being the mom of such a precious young lady is my joy. She loves her family, is very patient with her sister and loves photography; in fact Daddy bought her a new camera for her birthday which she is already using. You can see this beautiful picture she took on Sunday to celebrate motherhood.
|Annie Pliego Photograhy|
As you may recall I joined a wonderful project in January entitled Partner 2 Remember in which we devoted ourselves to memorize the epistle of Paul to the Philippians. I tried to keep you posted on my advanced, but while I was working behind the scenes in the Doctrines in the Kitchen series, I did not write about this project. Well, let me tell you with great joy that I did memorize Philippians! I could not believe it did happen! Oh my dear friend, I must tell you how many times I thought I would not accomplish it, but God who is rich in mercy had mercy on me and helped me to persevere. He even put friends on my way to pray for me like Mrs. Hankins, who proved to be a faithful friend. Now I can taste the fruits of a hard labor and Oh, how sweet they are! I am still reviewing my memory project, so you will see me carrying my little Moleskine at all times with me! I encourage you, as I have done in the past, to start doing this; to start working hard to fill your heart and mind with the Word of God, our only sure hope in a world that hates Him.
Well, this week I just started to memorize a new book of the Bible, the epistle of James, along with some friends; this time we are doing it in Spanish. But, if you want, you could join us too. We will take 17 weeks for this project; which means that we will only have to memorize approximately one new verse daily. I am so excited!
Last week, I had the opportunity to go on a trip with my husband and one of my daughters, so as you can imagine; I have many papers to grade, books to read and groceries to buy! And you want to know something? Next week I will be traveling again! and…yes, after a week back home, we all we’ll travel to our family vacation to meet friends we love dearly. I share all this with you, because, as you can imagine, I don’t know how often I’ll be posting during May on my blog. Remember, that you can follow my journey in pictures on my photography journal. You’ll know, however, that I will be around, doing what God has set before me to do!
You asked me what I have been reading lately: Let me tell you, I read The Greener Grass Conspiracy by Stephen Altrogge, a book I highly recommend; and did I ever told you that I worked on a review? You can read it here, if you are interested. I am almost finished with another excellent book by Tim Challies, The Next Story. A must read I would dare to say; a book that all Christians who use technology must read, yes, even we, moms and grandmothers who blog or love to read blogs. And of course, I am enjoying a great conversation hosted by my dear friend Elizabeth; several of my wonderful friends are meeting over at her blog once a week to discuss a book that you probably won’t pick at the library; it is a book that teaches about the doctrine of suffering. The book is entitled, A Place for Weakness by M. Horton. And we already discussed chapter one.
My dear friend, I long to see you face to face and share a good cup of coffee with you soon, yes, on the same table and seeing your eyes and listening to your laugh.
Meanwhile, keep me in your prayers as I keep you in my prayers too,
Your friend always,
P.S. I forgot to mention that I bought a new pair of walking shoes, some special shoes that promise to help me walk and exercise effectively and more …We’ll see how they do that! 😉
>Becky, I loved this letter, what a beautiful way of letting us in on what's going on in your life.Blessings to you
>What a wonderful letter, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, I had a tear in my eye looking at the beautiful photo which Annie took of you and Isabella, and I too long to see your eyes and listen to your laugh on the same table :)I am mightily challenged over your memorising the whole book of Philippians. I tried memorising chapter 1 of Ephesians once and came a bit unstuck….you are inspiring me to give it another go 🙂 God bless you!Diana x
>What a beautiful letter.I think I might join you in memorizing James – in english though!
>Becky!you get the award for keeping your friends abreast of what's going on in your life! It makes me feel loved, it really does.I'm missing you online, but I know you're right where God wants you to be for now:) Gracias, mi amiga preciosa,-E
>Persis, thank you! I will try to post as much as possible; I like to stay in touch! ;)Ruth and Elizabeth, thank you, sisters! I love each one of you and I am truly grateful for your friendship. You are constantly in my prayers…
>Ruth, I don't think I could have said it better myself!Becky, I too enjoyed your sweet letter. I am so glad that God was able to use me to encourage you with your Scripture memory! Your blogs have been such an encouragement to me. I picked up a journal last night after reading some of the posts on your Spanish blog. What a treasure trove! Thanks so much for the way that you share your life in this sphere!I pray that you have a wonderfully blessed Mother's Day with your family! May you be abundantly aware of evidences of His grace and steadfast love as your day unfolds!I too look forward to the day that we can sit across the table from one another! Meanwhile, I'll kneel before the throne in prayer beside you. :)Warmly,Elizabeth
>Dear friend Becky,Your letter is beautiful and filled with many treasures! I benefit greatly from your sharing the following, "I encourage you, as I have done in the past, to start doing this; to start working hard to fill your heart and mind with the Word of God, our only sure hope in a world that hates Him." It is the most important thing I can do in my day as I strive to put God first and foremost in all I do, before picking up that camera as I shared with you yesterday or catching up in the Kitchen where so many dear friends have shared or joining in the conversation that our dear Elizabeth has begun just this week. Thank you for the reminder and the encouragement. Thank you too for sharing your joy which I know comes from the Lord and being Christ centered in all you do! I am so glad to be introduced to your daughter's photography. I love the Mother's Day photo! She captured so much love and joy!I must be off to work and the responsibilities of the day but wanted to share with you that I received much benefit from your letter! Thank you for welcoming me to read along with your other friends. I am grateful to our dear lovely Diana for introducing us. It has been a great pleasure getting to know you. I look forward to following along with your photography journal as you travel in the weeks to come!Blessings and grace,Ruthie
>May the Lord bless your vacation with your family. I will miss your posts, but you are in my prayers.Love,Persis