Wednesday, 30 July 2014

There's Something about Mary

Dear Mary,
Happy Birthday!
I love you! And I love that I can say "I love you" and mean it! I know this is not something that every daughter-in-law can say to her mother-in-law, but in my case it's true! I'm so blessed to be a part of your family. And I'm so very thankful that I can call you friend! I enjoy spending time you. And I love your sense of humour! (Not everyone in your family gets it, but I do!) Oh, how you can make me laugh! You are a fire cracker! You keep on my toes! In fact, you keep us all on our toes! I love that about you! You have this way about you that makes me want to keep pressing forward. Like making the trek up to the Tea House. I don't think I would have made it by myself. I would have turned back when it started to get really hard (you know, after the first ten minutes!) But you just keep going, kinda like the energizer bunny, and you make me want to keep going, too. You make me feel like I "can do it". And that is just so great for me, because I don't always feel like I "can" do it. You make me want to try harder. And I'm so glad for that. If I hadn't pressed forward on the way up to the Tea House, I would have missed out on the breath-taking view. I would have missed out on the satisfaction of completing a difficult task. I would have missed out on the delicious sandwich and tea at the top! I'm guessing you don't realize how you encourage me. It's not so much anything you say, it's really just who you are. 
I was reading in the book of Romans. Chapter 15:1-7 reads,
                                                          The Example of Christ​
"We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." 
 Like with each of the letters I have written to my family members on their birthdays this year, I have been asking God to show me something special that I could bless, and encourage you with. When I   read this passage, the words endurance and encouragement sank deep into my heart for you.  Because it is who you are. I wanted to be able to bless you with encouraging words, (and I hope I have) and I find it truly amazing that the words He impressed to me for you, are ways that you have encouraged me! There is just something so special about you. You build me up, Mary. And you do it without even realizing it.
You are a beautiful woman, inside and out. 
I love who you are.
I love you.
Your best,
Daughter-in-law.