P3: Psalms, Proverbs, and Prophets
My sweet mom has been on a journey of discovering her family tree. It started as a specific question, but has grown into a beautiful discovery of those that came before her. Preachers, Orphans, leaders and hard workers. People who overcame adversity and shared love. It’s been fun to see how knowing more about her family past has given her clarity on her present.
I have been on my own little journey as well, and have been working on memorizing Scripture. I am focusing particularly ones that reflect God’s character. Psalm 145 is my current chapter in process. And it talks about legacy as well.
“Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness. Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.” Psalm 145:3,4
The reason I felt that I needed to focus my thoughts on God’s character and all the great things He has done is that there are those moments – those silent dark times – when life is rough. When things feel big and I feel small.
When it is easy to feel swept up and carried by circumstances. It is in those moments that I need to remember who my God is. What He has done. What He has promised. And if it is tucked into my memory, even when I am lying in the dark on my pillow, I will remember…
“The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation. All of your works will thank you, Lord…
The Lord always keeps his promises; he is gracious in all he does. The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them their food as they need it.
When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in everything he does; he is filled with kindness. The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.
He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them. The Lord protects all those who love him, but he destroys the wicked.” Psalm 145
This is the legacy I want to leave. Not about me so much, but about Who has guided me, protected me, healed me.
I am challenged to proclaim it – to my children, to this generation – our God is great, He does mighty things, and He is there for His children – with everything they need for life.
One day, when I am gone, I pray that the generation that follows will say “Look what God did! He is amazing! If He did it then, He surely will do it now”
Carla Jones is a wife, mother and creative entrepreneur. She and her family lived for 9 years in South Africa where they owned a business that provided skills development to the underemployed. These days, she spends her time repurposing salvaged items and hopes one day to tie this into a small outreach to others. Since returning to the U.S., she has been involved in building relationships and enjoys being a part of local Bible studies and Women’s Community.
Did you know that Carla has her own blog? It is a journal of her experiences and perceptions from when she lived in South Africa. You can find it at: https://babblingalong.wordpress.com