Sunday, April 29, 2007

No Greater Joy

I was blessed this weekend to go to a church retreat and spend some quality time with my Mother and four of our children. It was so peaceful to be out in nature away from the hustle and bustle of regular life. It gave me joy to see Kimberley just being able to relax... it was fun to watch the excitement of the kids hunting and finding insects with their bug-catching equipment....especially when Marjorie and a friend found a wounded butterfly, gave it some TLC and were able to see it fly off on its own just as we were leaving camp....I enjoyed picking wildflowers with Emily and having a "party" with her stuffed animals...and it was special to see Nathaniel in the distance going on a hike with a dear friend. But what filled me the most were the questions and comments from the their hearts to mine, and now to yours:

Kimberley and Marjorie, on the way to camp,"Mom, thank you so much for teaching us about God."

Nathaniel, during a skit about going to heaven, "Mommy, am I a Christian?"

Kimberley, on the way home, "I am so happy because I have been doing the right things...I'm not afraid to die anymore...I used to be afraid, but I'm not anymore because I have the assurance of heaven."

Nathaniel, after we got home and were getting into bed, "Mommy, I just want to spend a little Bible time with you before we go to sleep."

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." 3 John:4

Lord, make me worthy of the calling to teach them your truth.

20 comments:

Sarah said...

That sounds like an awesome time.

How wonderful to spend that great time with them.

Karen said...

Awww, Ruth Ann, that is so great. Was it a retreat with the church Mom goes to? I can't wait to hear more about it! Praise God for wonderful blessing that touch our hearts! And thanks for sharing yours with us.

Aggie said...

How lovely that you got to share such a special time with your children.

Vickie said...

Sounds like you had an awesome time. Its wonderful to hear you so content and happy in life.

Chris said...

How come I was not invited?

mom said...

I have not read your blog lately. Idid this morning and my heart was thrilled at the comment the children made to you. I am so thankful you all were able to go with us. I enjoued the time with all of you.
You are doing so well at teaching your children about the Lord.
May God bless you in all things.

Chris said...

So what is going on your life lately? Maybe you could post more about how much you adore your husband?

Chris said...

Remember when you used to update this thing? Those were the days!

Chris said...

It is getting harder and harder to comment here....

Chris said...

Are you alive? Am I still married?

Chris said...

Testing, testing, testing...

Amy said...

Tag!
You have been tagged. Since you are fairly uninformed about blogging culture, you should know that failing to respond to a tag means that you will be on the uncool blogger list for 7 years.
SEVEN YEARS, Ruth Ann. You don't need that, so just go to my blog, get a feel for the rules, and do what you know you have to do.

Amy said...

Also:
This word verification thing is sooo last year on the cool blogger scale. You should think about taking it off.

Amy said...

And maybe you could post some pictures. Or an update. Or maybe just some helpful household tips.

Amy said...

Like that one about using a potato masher to break up ground beef in the frying pan. That's helpful.

Amy said...

Or, you could post about your thoughts on Obama. Where are you on the whole Muslim thing? Is he, or isn't he? Can you believe everything you get in forwarded e-mail?

Amy said...

Because I don't think you can. I really don't think people should believe much of what flows through the internet.

Amy said...

Unless it flows from me. Everything I have ever said is exactly aligned with what I believe to be true.
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That day.

Amy said...

One thing I know for certain:
Turn off the word verification thingy!
It has made spamming you just now a very painstaking process.
Boooo.

Amy said...

I happen to know that you are over the flu.
Time to post.