My desire


I’ve been thinking about the message at church earlier this week. One of the points discussed was the difference between merely stepping across the line of faith and actually having a relationship with Christ. Another topic discussed was that if we have already entered into a relationship with Christ…do we desire to leave a legacy?

My mom left a legacy in my life. That is one of the reasons I am sitting here today and writing about leaving a legacy. My mom was instrumental in teaching me what it means to have a relationship with Christ. I watched her do life with Christ. I watched her praise Him in health and praise Him through sickness. I listened to her comfort me in the last few hours of her life…reassuring me that Christ was holding her in His arms and He would do the same for me too.

It took several years of venturing down wrong paths and making extremely bad choices before trusting Him and putting my faith and my life in His hands. It doesn’t happen overnight. There’s more to it than just crossing an imaginary line. It’s a life long journey. And a conscious decision to trust Him everyday.

I am so grateful for the legacy my mom left behind for me. I desire to leave a legacy for my son as well. I want him to see Christ in me. When I am gone I want him to hopefully recall that his mom lived her life in faith and not in fear. I want him to remember my eyes and the assurance they reflected and the confidence they shared with him. Assurance and confidence that no matter what this life holds, there is a promise and a hope he can cling to and trust in that far outweighs it all!

I want him to know…really know this love and to experience it fully!

“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” (Ephesians 3:18-19 NLT)

7 thoughts on “My desire

  1. Kelli

    If your son reads even one of your blogs, he will realize the God-sized legacy you are leaving. What a sweet tribute to your mom. I bet she was the greatest! I like this sentence, "I want him to remember my eyes and the assurance they reflected and the confidence they shared with him." Beautiful reflection of God's work through a life of someone close to you.

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  2. Allison

    I want to leave a Godly legacy for my boys also. I agree with Kelli that you are weaving a legacy for them that you can be proud of!

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  3. Lisa

    We are on the same page this morning. 🙂 I want my children and family to see Christ lived out in me. I don't want to just talk about Jesus, but truly live with Him, walking with Him. Great post!

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  4. Heidi

    I didn't have that living example in my life, so I feel very desperate to also leave a legacy in my children's lives… to break the cycle of the lost legacy that I came from. Great post!

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  5. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    I yearn for my children to have that perspective and love for Christ as well Eileen. What a wonderful legacy we have the opportunity to give them!

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  6. Fields of gold

    I see Christ in your words, thoughts and adoration for His Word through your blog. I bet your son sees so much more daily!

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  7. Kandi

    I love the example you are setting for your son, teaching him to live by faith and not fear, teaching him about the unconditional love of Christ. I never had that as a child, and I hope one day if I ever have children that I too will set an example for them, to leave a legacy.

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