Leaving a Legacy

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About a week ago, my grandmother passed away. We had known it was coming, so it wasn’t a huge shock. And she was a godly woman, a prayer warrior, so we have the hope that she is with Jesus and we will see her again. My Grandma Audrey is the second of my grandparents to pass in the last nine months and the last of my grandparents to go and be with Jesus.

With all of the different emotions that surround the grieving process, I have found myself coming around again to the fact that each of our life decisions has an effect. Not just on us, but on the future generations. I look back and see how different decisions my grandparents made affected our family line, I can see it in my parents as well and now into my own life. I found myself really contemplating even the little decisions that I make in my everyday life. When I make a decision to dwell in self-pity or be negative or complain, what is the trajectory of my life and how will it affect my children and their children? And on the opposite side, when I choose to serve and to take much needed time in prayer and time spent with Father God, how will those decisions affect my children and grandchildren?

There are a great many promises in God’s Word concerning the generations. One such promise is found in Psalm 103:17-18, “But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, And his righteousness to children’s children. To those who keep His covenant, and who remember His precepts to do them.” And Psalm 102:28 says “The children of Thy servants will continue and their descendants will be established before Thee.” I am so thankful for promises such as these.

As women, God has entrusted us largely with the instruction of our children, so let me leave you with some questions to ponder.  How are the decisions that you make today leaving a legacy for the generations that come after you? And, what adjustments need to be made in our own lives so that the trajectory of our family points straight to Jesus?

Father God, I commit myself to you and position myself, once again, as your daughter. As I mother my children, may your love and life flow through me and let it trickle down through the generations. Help me to guide my children into their own personal experience with you so they are not being handed information, but an invitation to relationship. Empower us by your Holy Spirit and through your grace to share your truth and love with the generations that will follow behind us. Amen.

Jessica Nelsen

Jessica’s passion for revival and worship exude from her every waking moment.  God’s presence is around her as she loves on her two beautiful girls, whom she homeschools.  Together, Mark and Jessica, make their home in Montana where they recently planted a church in a rural community and also where Jessica teaches piano.  Jessica finds great joy in helping others to find freedom through a relationship with Christ.  While Jessica grew up in Minnesota, she graduated with a Biblical Studies major from Trinity Bible College and she is currently pursuing a degree in Natural Health.  Jeremiah 20:9 says, “But if I say, ‘I will not remember Him or speak anymore in His name,’ “then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I am weary of holding it in, and I cannot endure it.”  Jessica’s passion for the love of God starts fires of His glory wherever she goes.

Jessica’s passion for revival and worship exude from her every waking moment. God’s presence is around her as she loves on her two beautiful girls, whom she homeschools. Together, Mark and Jessica, make their home in Montana where they recently planted a church in a rural community and also where Jessica teaches piano. Jessica finds great joy in helping others to find freedom through a relationship with Christ. While Jessica grew up in Minnesota, she graduated with a Biblical Studies major from Trinity Bible College and she is currently pursuing a degree in Natural Health. Jeremiah 20:9 says, “But if I say, ‘I will not remember Him or speak anymore in His name,’ “then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I am weary of holding it in, and I cannot endure it.” Jessica’s passion for the love of God starts fires of His glory wherever she goes.

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