As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Focusing the Lens

In A Garden to Keep by Jamie Langston Turner, one of the characters says,

“A mother focuses the lens through
which her children view life.”

Thank you, Mom, for focusing my lens. You have influenced my life in countless ways.
  • You shared with me your love for books, for words, for learning.
  • You showed me that an orderly, well-kept home was a worthy goal, that a lovely table was worth the effort, that traditions mattered to children—that homemaking was important.
  • You shared with me a love for God’s little furry creatures. (And some without fur, such as the spiders that you carefully escorted from our home on envelopes because you did not want to kill them.)
  • But I am most grateful that you focused the lens for me to see Jesus. You showed me an “unfeigned faith” (II Timothy 1:5)...and that has made the difference in my life.
I love you, Mom!

Mom and me, circa 1963

Me, Mom, and Linda--Mother's Day 2009


  1. Cheryl .... HOW beautiful! I love this tribute to your dear Mom. And it's such fun to see the old childhood photo. I'd like to see more. :-) And it's so true, that for a mother to show her child the beauty of Jesus is THE greatest gift.

  2. Thank you so much for today's post, Cheryl!
    It expresses what I wanted to thank my mom for but I never got the chance as she went home to Jesus on Chrismas Eve when I was 12.
    Happy Mother's Day to you!
    God bless,


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