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Feb 08 2013

Five Things My Mom Taught Me

Happy Friday…I’ve been thinking about my mom a lot this week. I think that’s partly because I spoke at Moody Founders Week—she always used to loved to come and hear me there.

We also just passed her third birthday in heaven, which was January 31—I’m sure she had an awesome day.

Also because our first grandson Carter was born on my mom’s birthday, January 31. And this week we welcomed our fifth grandson, Graham Lucas MacDonald, to Luke and Kristen’s family and to our MacDonald family.

Picture of the baby, picture of my mom—all that got me thinking. And then a friend emailed me a little poem my mom used to repeat to us frequently, when we would get our feelings hurt or would come home from school feeling like we had been unfairly treated.

I’ve asked the Lord to take from me
My super-sensitivity
That robs the soul of joy and peace
And causes fellowship to cease…

I’ve used that in sermons many times through the years. Here’s a video clip of one way I’ve used it.

super-sensitivity2

Teaching it and living it are two different things. Thankfully, the Lord has allowed me to continue to do the first, and has assisted me greatly in my progress on the second.

I hope you have a great weekend serving the Lord and that you preach God’s Word in the power of the Holy Spirit, from a heart full of gratitude for all of His faithfulness to us.

James