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.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Heritage From the Lord

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord. 
The fruit of the womb is a reward. 
Psalm 127:3

On Sunday, the "baby" of our family, Rebekah Hope, became a teenager.

And on Sunday morning, my heart was full, absolutely full. Full of love. Full of rejoicing. Full of gratitude. Full of praise.  

Tears spilled as I greeted the birthday girl on her first morning of being thirteen.

Tears spilled as I stood at the stove and stirred caramel sauce for the ice cream sundaes she'd requested. 

Tears spilled as my girl sat at the piano and played "Hallelujah, What a Savior," and though I had been singing it along with her all week, I could hardly voice the glorious words. 

But I was also thinking about God's plan for Rebekah, "a future and a hope." I was thinking of what a blessing she is to us, and how God has made her a unique person with gifts that she is using for Him. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10)

Later, tears spilled again as brothers and sisters in Christ sang along as Bekah accompanied, and we all lifted a song of praise to our Redeemer. ♫ "...ruined sinners to reclaim. Hallelujah, what a Savior!" 

We returned home, ready to celebrate Bekah's birthday. It was a milestone. 

It was an Ebenezer. 

 "Thus far, the Lord has helped us." 


  1. Happy Birthday, Rebekah! I share your name (just not the spelling) and your HOPE! Jesus IS a wonderful Savior! Hallelujah.

  2. Happy Birthday to your dear Bekah! She is both blessed and a blessing in your family and in the family of God.

  3. So touching...God bless all of you!!
    I was just thinking on that verse this morning!!
    Thank you...for your prayers too.

  4. What a wonderful birthday post this was to read!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your sweet girl. How she blesses you is soo apparent. God no doubt has special plans for her. Hope her birthday was wonderful, and may the Lord bless her with many, many, MANY more!

  5. Bekah is a beautiful young lady and I loved reading this and her birth story. Everything looks so pretty. Your blog has such a calming quiet beauty to it!

  6. Happy birthday to your new teenager. Sounds like a lovely young lady - and sweet family who loves her and appreciates God's gifts to us.

  7. What wonderful collages! It is wonderful to see the answer to prayers right there. And, yes, though the way gets a bit choppy from time to time, thus far The Lord has helped. It is amazing to consider that He can do no less.

    Happy Birthday week to Bekah!

  8. God is good. I'm singing along with you all "Hallelujah, What a Savior!"
    Happy birthday to your teenager!

  9. Happy Birthday, Bekah!
    Blessings are everywhere I look in this post and pictures.

  10. Happy Birthday, Sweet Rebekah! You are a sweet mom Cheryl. My heart is also filled with love and gratitude as I read the post. So touching. May God bless your family more and more. My best wishes to Rebekah once again :) and A Happy Easter to you all.

  11. Happy Birthday to Rebekah Hope. I clicked back and read the other post about her coming into the world. Such a blessing and gift from God.

  12. What a precious post...and Happy Birthday, sweet Rebekah! The party decorations are so pretty too! I know you are one proud mama :)

  13. Awe, happy birthday! Looks like a delightfully springy celebration.

  14. Happy Birthday to your Rebekah!
    This post just made me smile. Ok, it brought a tear to my eye as well.
    My Esther turned 13 in March - what a blessing, what a gift, to be raising such lovely young ladies!
    My Rebekah, our youngest, will be celebrating her 13th one of these days too, and when the time comes I'll be remember this birthday party you've shared with us.
    Love and Joy always spills out from your posts, Cheryl. I love visiting here.

  15. I enjoyed reading the whole story, what a testimony of the Lord's faithfulness. Happy Birthday to your precious Rebekah Hope.

  16. What a dear and precious jewel you gave to celebrate a birthday with. I know your heart overflows! :)

  17. Happy birthday to your sweet young gal!


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