Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Stories at Christmas

I have thought about writing a book as some of you have suggested. My husband has hinted at that several times, but I thought he was just interested in my writing because he knows me and loves me. I do enjoy sitting down for a few minutes each day to put my reflections into words. I’ve always liked watching and listening to people. I find the things I relate to best are the ordinary things in life. Somehow I take in all the details, think about it, and write it down. It must strike a familiar cord with readers because Katy and I saw someone today in the store that said, “I read about soup day on your blog and wanted to come and have some with you!” And we would love that, too.

Everyone has a story to tell. I hope many of you will have the time to sit around your Christmas tree this year and tell them. I’ve been just as moved by some of the stories and writings in the comments of this blog. There was one not too long ago written about another little girl named Katie, whose parents are overcomers, and their dependency on God and His goodness has to be evident to those around them. Those stories go on every day in every home, and that is one of the things that makes life so special. The times we’ve had to live by faith and not by sight we must remember to tell to our children and grandchildren. Our stories will give them a way of looking at life that will help them soar when it is their time to be more than conquerors. We can not know what the future holds in these uncertain days, but we can look at life through God’s eyes and help our children see with eyes of faith. What a privilege it is to tell them stories from His word. What a privilege it is to live our lives before them in such a way to show them that we believe those Ancient Words.

  1. Jess Lankford Says:

    Dawn -
    I have to say that I totally agree with Paul! You would write a WONDERFUL book!!! I have been so encouraged by you and your family and I know there are so many other young moms out there that need your little bits of wisdom sprinkled throughout their days as well…because your wisdom comes from God…walking with Him daily for years! It’s such an inspiration! You also have such a talented way phrasing things, it really lets others glimpse into your family…and the amazing thing is what you read is really the way it is! There is no show or front…which is SO rare!

    We love the Jesse tree. Last night we called Josh and put him on speaker phone so he could be with us for our devotional on the Prince of Peace. Tonight Lydia tryied to eat the town of Bethleham…Noah was not very happy with her! *GRIN* I’ve mentioned it to two other moms and they love the idea - so I think a craft night might be in order!!

    I’m so glad that things are normal for you guys right now! It’s such a blessing!

    We love ya’ll!

  2. Cynthia McMullen Says:

    Dawn, hey, just a quick note. I guess great minds think alike! About the time I was sending a comment about my mom wanting to call you, you called her! Obviously I didn’t know that — I hadn’t talked to her in a couple of days — but believe me, it meant a lot to her that you called. She also is looking forward big time to meeting the baby. :)

    I am so thrilled Katy got to sign the Freedom Tower beam, even if in absentia. I would’ve LOVED to do that myself. I’ve written about the Twin Towers a few times since 9/11, and I’m so happy they’re finally making progress toward filling that horrid hole in the ground.

    And how cool is it that you have a GOOD 9/11 to commemorate?! If I still had my column, I’d probably have written about that (with your permission, I mean).

    Even though you’re in Roanoke, my column covered a lot of territory. I’m sorry I can’t; it would’ve made a nice juxtaposition, as you point out.

    Glad to hear all’s still improving! Best regards to all.


  3. Marcie Long Says:

    Hi Katy and Dawn and family,
    I’m one of the people who read often but never post!! So I wanted to let you know we’re out here and have been praying for Katy and you all.
    We have some news in our family that I’m sure you’ll be happy to hear. We are adopting a baby girl from Guatemala. She was born on Sept. 14. We can’t wait to go and visit her on Jan. 25 for a week, and then bring her home whenever we get approval in Guatemala- hopefully in the Spring. You can see Karina’s pictures on our website
    Also, my sister Sharon and her husband Tom are coming to Roanoke next week, bringing their 4 new children whom they are in the process of adopting through the US Foster care system. We can’t wait to meet them- 3 boys and a girl, ages 5 to 9. Paul and Sarah are both married and Sarah is expecting a baby next summer.

    Take care and continue to enjoy your Christmas.
    We love you.
    Marcie and family

  4. Aleah Yunger Says:

    I haven’t commented lately, but I’ve been reading. It is such a blessing to hear the stories of joy that have come after such trials. It hurts to think how unappreciative we might be of the joys in our life if it weren’t for the trials we endure.

    I had a dear friend stop by my room the other day to drop off a Christmas gift for my roommate and I: Scripture tea! We are avid tea-drinkers down here and my friend (also Katie) said that she just had to buy us this tea when she saw it. Each bag has a scripture verse on the little tab :) how neat! Tonight, my verse was Proverbs 1:33 and I just had to share: “But all who listen to Me shall live in peace and safety, unafraid.” ~ Dawn and Katy, you are both a picture of that to me. You have listened to your Father and He has brought you peace, safety, and fearlessness.

    Hope you are having a blessed evening! You are continually in my thoughts… can’t wait to spend some girl time together over break :D

  5. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Hi Katy,
    Glad you’re doing so well!!! I think a book, or even a compliation of certain posts, would be great. You have such a great story to tell Katy!!
    Looking forward to some girl time with you. :-)
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  6. Julie Wensley Says:

    Dawn, You’ve been a great writer and teacher for so many years. My girls and I have talked about how you can take a very simple ordinary thought or situation and use it as an illustration of something wonderful! You see God’s beauty and workmanship in things most people overlook. I’ve always loved that about you. I often find myself being more thankful for ordinary things after I’ve spent time with you. The thing is, you are also very relational, so this blog seems to be the perfect outlet for you. You can actually have a conversation with people. The best of both worlds! Thank you for taking the time to share your heart and for alway pointing us to the Father.

    I love you.

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