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Bragging….It Can Be Your Blessing

My oldest son, Joey, is going to be 16 in about a month. I can’t believe it. I tell you it was just yesterday that I held him in my arms and sung him to sleep. All the while thanking God for my huge miracle. You see, I had already had two miscarriages. So my head kept telling me that I might not ever have a child. But my heart; my heart said keep trying. Things were very touch and go throughout my pregnancy with him. I became hypertensive and was on the verge of becoming diabetic. Being put on bed rest was not the easiest of things to do. I was newly married, just moved into a new state and city, and was not allowed to do anything.

Joe was absolutely great throughout it all. He worked as a manager of a department store at that time. He would get up every morning and make sure that I had the paper to read, tv remote next to me, and coffee and juice on the side table; all of this without waking me. He would also call me every afternoon to check on me. Then after a long day, he would come home and fix something for dinner, do the laundry, clean the apartment and help me shower. He even shaved my legs. Yes girls, I married superman.

Joey came into our lives six weeks early. I had to have an emergency c-section at 11:26 p.m. After waking up in recovery they wheeled me in to see him. They had him hooked up to a lot of different machines checking his status for heart rate, breathing and so forth. Wires were everywhere. But with all of that he was without a doubt the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I was so overwhelmed, I starting crying uncontrollably and they had to take me out so that I would not disturb the other babies in the NIC ward. He had to spend three weeks in the hospital. And was unable to come home until he could not only feed from a bottle but that his lungs were strong enough. He did however have to come home with a apnea monitor, which lets you know if the baby stops breathing. He had to have the monitor for the first year of his live. He has been thriving ever since. He is a fighter.

He will be a junior in high school this year. And I know that my time with him is growing shorter. I don’t think that I will ever be able to thank him enough. For you see he made my dream come true. To be a mom. He was the beginning of it all. Throughout the years he has made me laugh and cry. I have learned through him and about him. He is not only a devoted son but also brother. His heart is filled with the love of the Lord. I am beyond proud to call him my son. (In my humble opinion) Anyone who knows him should feel blessed. For he will be your friend forever. I don’t always agree with some of his ideas or actions. But I know it is him becoming a young man. I may have my days that I take for granted and he has his also. But I also know that our bond is strong. I asked him just last night: “When your grown and have moved out, will you call me?” He replied: “Of course, you’re my mommy.” And that was all that needed to be said.

The above was written a year ago. The day of Joey moving out is fast approaching.  He will (As some of you know) will be attending ORU this fall. But I know, that he knows, that he can call on me anytime he needs me and I will be there for him.  Just like our Heavenly Father is there for us whenever we need Him. I also know, that he knows, that I will take hold of every moment to brag as much as I can about him.  Just like our Heavenly Father does with us.    This that I wrote back in Sept. has been revised a little but the two post have so much interlinking.

Mr. and Mrs. So and so were able to get the house, My kid made the honor roll, Mary volunteers at the community center, Paul helped someone whose car broke down on the side of the road, My neighbor comes and cuts my grass, That couple is engaged, They’re expecting their first baby.

Throughout the Bible we can hear God brag on His children.  Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.  1 Kings 3:10 The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.  Job 2:3 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause.”  Daniel 6: 22 My God sent His angel and shut the lions mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”  Matthew 3:17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

How many times a day do you brag on someone?  I know that there can be days where it is hard to see the good in people.  Their attitude is bad for some reason, or maybe it is yours that is bad.  But generally, on any given day, with everyone you see, you can find something that they say all the time, or do all the time, that is helpful or good to others.  Helpful  and good enough to brag to others.  The thing is, it doesn’t have to be something grand or super special, although those are nice to hear.  No, it can be a small thing like someone saving a seat for someone, or opening a door.

Here is a question for you.  When you brag on a person, don’t you feel happy?  You’re not the one doing the good deed, but you do get to reap a reward when you spread the word around about it.  Yes, we must be careful and not allow false pride to slip in when we are speaking about loved ones like our children.  But when you see a person do anything because it’s the right thing to do or because they feel called to do it, there is a genuine reason to brag about them.  And you do get to be blessed within your spirit when doing so.

Here is another question for you.  Do you think God brags about you? He did with Job. He did with Jesus. He does with every individual that is listed in the Bible.  He had placed them there so that when you read about them you can learn more about Him.  When He looks at you, are you giving Him reasons to say , “Look at my child, I am pleased with them.”  Or maybe you think that God only did that in Biblical days.  Really!?!  Lets look at that a little.  When a child does something good in the eyes around him, we tell all who will listen.  Then what do we do?  We reward them for doing the right thing.  Well then, are you not receiving rewards of blessings when you do something good in the eyes of God?  When we give good sacrifices it brings a sweet aroma to God.  It pleases Him.  The angels watch us with amazement.  For God has told them of us and about us.  He does not group you .  For He listens to every prayer individually, and answers them accordingly.  Why then would He not brag on you and reward you the same?  Listen, when God is pleased with you, your name may not be placed in the Bible but it does go throughout all the heavens for all to hear.  And those whose hear His voice get pleased and blessed by it as well.

I have a habit that I want to keep forever.  As much as I love to brag on my kids, what I love even more is the chances I get to brag on God.  Whenever I can.  I get filled when I get to tell others what he has done in my life.  How he has changed me for the better.  The wonderful gifts that He has felt gracious enough to give me.  Bragging can be a wonderful thing, when you brag on the right people, for the right reasons.  So test yourself and see just how many rewards you gather when you brag.


4 Responses

  1. This is a great perspective and advice. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I enjoyed reading this. I recently became a father and had my first proud dad moment this past weekend! I can’t stop bragging about my daughter. Great thought to want to make “Our Father” brag about us! Great word! Thanks for posting!

  3. Congratulations on becoming a father!!! What a thrilling blessing you have been given. Thank you for stopping by. I hope to see you again soon! 🙂

  4. Thanks. It has been a great journey so far and I know I have a long road ahead! I will be back indeed so no need to worry!


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