Recently, I was having coffee with my sweet friend and mentor, Charlene Stamper. Charlene and Ed are in their retirement years and have been extremely intentional in how they use their extra time. If you spend much time in the Atlanta area, you will undoubtedly run into young couples, here and there, who have been impacted by Charlene and Ed’s choice to be time investors.
From a place of deep humility, Charlene will share with me some of the incredible things she sees God doing in these precious young lives. I love to hear about that and can’t help but ponder the exponential benefit to future generations.
In my brief coffee encounters with Charlene, there is always a rich takeaway. Although she doesn’t necessarily mean to, she invariably says something that God uses to penetrate my heart and propel me to make a change of behavior or thinking.
Lucky for you, I’m about to drop an awesome Charlene-ism on you!
“When our children know the Lord, and walk with Him, anything else is bonus – icing on the cake.”
For me, in this season of having three college kids, this lifted a weight off of my shoulders that I didn’t even realize I was lugging around.
Here are a few questions that tend to nag at my heart:
- Are my kids in the right schools?
- Have they chosen the right majors?
- Are they making wise choices?
- Are they careful about friends?
- What if they marry the wrong people?
- Will they be able to get good jobs and opportunities?
- Are they taking their vitamins???
While these are certainly valid questions for a mother to ponder and pray over, they are not ones over which to obsess. God loves our children far more than we do. He created their inmost beings. He knit them together in their mother’s wombs. Their frames were not hidden from Him when they were made in the secret place. Every day ordained for them was written in His book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139).
Yeah. I think I can rest in that.
Thank you, Charlene!
(And, thank you @candipshelton for the awesome cupcake pic!)