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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Perservance


Each of my children have strengths and weakness, like all of us.  As their mom I can rattle off both on each of my offspring.  I think one of the greatest challenges for many of us moms, who are trying to train our children in righteousness, is the ditch we can fall into focusing on character that needs to be molded, instead of rejoicing in character shown.

This week our third born son, the one whom his Dad whistled the theme song, "My Three Sons" as his announcement to all he called from the hospital, turns 27.  Our third son earned his place in our family line up between two "I want the center stage" siblings.  He has quietly left the stage on more than one occasion to allow them the attention they both crave.  In so doing, he is our peacemaker.

He was our first violinist, here playing with Benjamin.

As he turns 27 this week I celebrate his character.  Character that has been molded by the Lord through perseverance.  While things have come a lot easier for his two older brothers, he has been the one who has continued to steadily move forward.  With each knock down, he has returned to his tall stature, which extends over his older brothers, to get himself back on course.

He will finish up his degree this summer.   He chose to obtain a degree debt-free.  This challenge meant he would forgo a new car, vacations and even returned home for extended stay, until he could find affordable rent.  Through out his journey he has continue to work full time or more, while attending school.  He would collect employee of the month and countless other work awards, while still pushing through with school.  He would walk the path at his own pace.


Many times I have questioned his college course, wondering if it might not be better for him to enter a career full time.  He would take off a semester, earn up money, and return to school.  He was determined.

As his other siblings married........and had children.....he continued on course.

When he was young my motto for him was, "slow and steady wins the race."  I was the mom who would yell from the bleachers, "run like your pants are on fire", while he slowly rounded the bases in baseball. He was never the child you could rush, but I also said, "you will never have heart problems from stress." He has always reminded calm.

My steady man has convicted his mother's heart more than once.  His silence can speak volumes, I never have heard him say a bad thing about anyone. He is never jealous, envious nor brags.  He humbly moves through life, while his siblings seem to be blazing trails blowing up dust, he is content.

So, today I look up to "My Mighty Tower", which is what his name means,  "I Love You and Happy Birthday".   Your perseverance has made you the man you are today, continue on your race.

12 Joining in with more words:

Debbie said...

Good morning! Yes, I love how different they all are, and what in their own ways they bring to our families. This son of yours sounds just wonderful! If only we could all be MORE like this. Slow and steady and debt and stress free...how much better can that get? And yet
God has made each of us unique, and we all have SUCH differences to offer. Happy birthday to this son of yours...may the Lord richly bless his efforts, and grant him MANY MANY MANY more years to come! Enjoy your week-end!

Vee said...

A wonderful tribute to a son of whom you can be justifiably proud. That lack of student loan debt is going to be wind in his sails I'm thinking.

podso said...

I have a son like this, You gave tribute to him so beautifully and so full of love and warmth as only a mom can do! I agree with Vee about the lack of debt! Good for him!

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

What a wonderful tribute, Janette. His debt-free choice and tenacity will certainly make his load lighter in the future. Good for him! The older I get, the more I am convicted that I can learn so much from my children. Happy Birthday to your precious #3! May the year ahead be filled with God's richest blessings.

Farm Girl said...

You should be very proud. He sounds like an incredible man. God has blessed you very, very much indeed. Thank you for sharing.

Lisa said...

What a wonderful accomplishment! I have found perseverance to often time be the very thing that determines victory or defeat. Your son has already learned lessons in his young life that others take years and years to learn. Bravo and Happy Birthday!

Sonja Goodson said...

What a precious tribute to this wonderful son, and how the heart of his mother 'gets' this child. He is blessed, and so are you. To recognize the character of your son in this personal and understanding way has to be such a great birthday gift for him!

Theresa said...

Oh that is so sweet! What a handsome and wise son you have. Happy Birthday to him :)

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

A beautiful tribute! This is every parent's dream. God bless you and your husband for laying the groundwork, and bless him for taking the right path.

Lea said...

What a lovely young man and so handsome!! Sounds like a fine young man as well! A lovely tribute!

Maryann said...

What a beautiful tribute to your son. Even though I only have two sons the differences are striking, the same can be said for my four grandchildren, all different and unique. I marvel at how the Lord makes each one special in their own way.

Sharon said...

What beautiful words to your son! Oh, how precious are the words of a mother to her son! I think the many things you told us about him do indeed reveal a man of great character, and quiet strength. It's wonderful to see how God places each of our children, with all their differences, into our particular family for His particular purposes. Your young man is precious.

Happiest Birthday to him. And congratulations, Janette, for allowing the Lord to use you in his life to shape him into a man to be admired.

GOD BLESS!

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