Tools for your Journey

  • A library card. If you haven’t got one, get one and if you have one, then use it. Go to the library and borrow ‘Little Women by Louisa May Alcott’ (and this is why), or something else if you prefer.
  • Set and use a book budget. Books are important and everyone should set time away to read on a daily basis. More about ‘Budgets’ in January and more about ‘Learning and Education’ in March.

Day 2 Jesus Honoured his parents and so can you.

mum-and-dadThe first time i told my mother that i loved her, i was 35-years-old. It was just after my marriage had ended and i really needed her, but i couldn’t tell her i did and so i never did. I told her quickly, at the end of a telephone call and response was ‘is there something wrong?’ Everything was wrong, but i said no.

However it hoped the doorway just a teeny-weeny-bit, but it was enough for us to begin telling each other that we loved each other at the end of every meeting and at the end of every telephone call and we still do it.

In 2014 my mother got sick, real sick! She had septicemia caused by a liver infection and if the doctors had told me she was dying, i would have believed them. As she slowly recovered in hospital we had time for open and honest discussion, which healed many wounds. The doctors told her that she had survived because she had taken care of herself -She was 84-years-old and had survived a disease that would have ended the life of many people that were much younger than her.

In 2015 she got pneumonia and as she recovered she was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and slight heart failure, caused by the heart having to overwork, because her lungs didn’t work as well as they should, the relevant treatment helped to stabilise things. Recently my sister took our mother to the doctor’s where she was diagnosed with a chest infection and threatened with hospitalisation if she didn’t begin to improve quickly. I don’t live close to my parents anymore, but my sister does and i am grateful to my sister for her constant care of our parents.

There are some mother’s that do not live up to our expectations and if they were honest with themselves, they probably don’t feel they lived up to their own expectations either. No matter how we feel about our parents, we can still honour them as our parents, it cost us nothing for to be kind.

 “46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.

51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.”

John 9:6–7

To Do List

  1. Look up the word ‘Honour.’ What does this word mean to you?
  2. How can you ‘honour’ your parents?
  3. Write down 3 things you are grateful to your Heavenly Father for. 
  4. If your parents weren’t all that you wanted them to be, forgive them and let go off judgement too. I know that for some people this will be really hard, allow God to help bring peace to the things of the past that you cannot change and accept them as they were. 
  5. Tell your parents that you love them. They are no longer living – tell them anyway.
  6. Try some of these ideas –