A Pebble in My Pocket - 2
Start children off on the way they should go
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
18 September 2011
It’s my birthday today. Today I turned 51. I have so much in life to be thankful for, but it’s the birthday messages I receive from my two sons—Ryan in Cape Town and Kyle, currently in Italy—that fill my heart with pride and my being with the greatest sense of achievement.
Dear Mom, Happy birthday. Thank you for always being so awesome. Hope your day is full of fun and joy and you have a great year ahead. Wish I could be there to share this special day with you. Lots of love, Ryan.
My Blackberry sounds the familiar ‘incoming G-Mail’ alert. I smile as I read the email from Kyle, laden with exclamation marks as if needing to shout his message from the other side of the world.
Hey Mommy!!! Happy Birthday!!! Missing you tons from this side!! Wish I could come give you a big birthday hug!!! I hope you and Dad have an amazing day! Thanks for always being the most amazing mom I could have ever asked for. Your passion and faith inspire me. Thank you for raising us well; it’s the greatest gift we could ever have asked for—a mother who’s always loving, always forgiving and always shined Jesus to us. Thank you for planting the seed of faith in me so that I can now go and give it to others. I love you so much! Have an incredible day! Love Kyle.
I remember well the day that Kyle came to me, wanting to give his little four-year-old heart to Jesus. I think about the prayers I’ve raised to heaven over the years that God would bring my boys into an intimate, passionate relationship with Him.
Other petitions were for their future wives—whoever they might be—that they would love my sons deeply for who they are…and Jesus even more.
As Ryan makes plans to marry his fiancée, Amy, this time next year—a lovely young lady who’s crazy in love with my oldest son—Kyle’s plans for missions have developed from six months’ missionary training earlier this year, to starting The Re-birth Movement with their first outreach—one-month living by faith in Europe.
God has answered my prayers. He is so faithful!
This story is about a journey into missions, and God’s faithful provision and guidance for five committed young men.