July 4th was an amazing weekend with Holly and family.  Dick and I were coming off a very hard week of having to put our sweet Airedale, Raider, to sleep.  He truly had been our baby for 9 years.  We bought him after our kids were grown and before God blessed us with our “fab 5” (a.k.a.: grandchildren).  Also, our son, daughter-in-love and 3 kids have been on sabbatical in Florida since the first of May and we dearly miss them.  Sweet Holly invited us down, fully knowing that Kennedy and Tucker would take care of our loneliness!  We went to the Round Rock Express game on the night of the 4th, ate yummy hot dogs, snow cones  and watched fireworks after the game.  Of course, all of Austin was there, every seat and grass area covered, and we honestly sat in our parking space for about 45 minutes without moving after the game.  Now our husbands , of course, were in another car…without the 2 and 5-year-old and I am assured it was only because they had sacrificed to go early and reserve our spot on the grass:):)  Anyway, back to the parking lot…trying to entertain the kids, I started making finger & hand shadows on the ceiling of the car.  Kennedy especially was quite entertained with the almost unrecognizable dog, bunny, giraffe, bird, etc.  It was a fun way to pass the time and the traffic did finally let up enough for us to make our way home.  Kennedy told us about four times how amazing the night was and could we please do it again tomorrow night:).  I didn’t think a lot about the shadows until Dick and I were driving back to Denton the next day.  As I was reflecting on the late night and my tiredness, I remembered Kennedy’s excitement and how she loved the  fireworks and shadows in the car.   My heart was struck by the fact that I want the shadow I portray to the world to line up with who I truly am inside.  The shadows on the ceiling might have looked somewhat like a dog or bunny, but my fingers in daylight certainly look nothing like that.  Am I really  a loving wife and Mom because Christ has created that in me, or is it because I want others to see a shadow of a Godly wife and Mom?  Do I serve fellow believers because the Holy Spirit has burdened me to, or because I know I should?  Is my shadow about Jesus or about me? I am so encouraged that God gives me experiences like this to draw me close to Him and to help me re-evaluate my relationship with Him.  He alone had the unchangeable shadow that is perfect and good and that I want to pattern my life after.  I want my shadow to look like Jesus, how about you?

” Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.” James 1:17

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Christy
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 21:08:25

    Beautiful, Gin. Thanks so much for starting this, gals! I love it so far!!!


  2. Tiffany Sumlin
    Jul 08, 2010 @ 15:57:02

    Soo glad you two are doing this!!


  3. Tiffany Sumlin
    Jul 08, 2010 @ 16:03:45

    This is great! Thank you both for doing this!


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