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Monday, May 1, 2017

Even poop and make-up

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well...
All the days ordained for me 
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
Psalm 139: 13, 14, 16b

Tomorrow is a certain someone's last day of pretty school for this year.

And this coming weekend we will attend the college graduation of our oldest, the guinea pig of the family, you might say.

As a parent who is both still in the trenches yet has three children who have flown from the nest, I can say that my greatest joys are first of all seeing my children serve Christ and others and secondly, seeing them become the person God created them to be. They aren't living someone else's dream, they aren't pursuing careers because of a promise of financial gain or notoriety, they aren't following a path to be like someone else. Instead, each of them is using the gifts and talents that began to emerge years ago, were tested and developed and encouraged by people around them, and now are appearing in all their fullness. And that brings me great joy.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for men,
since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.
It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Colossians 3:23
Being interviewed before the festival

I have prayed that God's favor would rest on each of them so that others would see Him. And that prayer has been answered over and over again.

Last weekend we were at Highbridge Film Festival with Andrew. Serving as host for the second year in a row, having three films accepted into the festival, winning Best Documentary - these things are all wonderful but as I told Andrew after the weekend, more important than those accomplishments were the words of affirmation I heard over and over throughout the weekend from students, professors, and even some of the judges who had just met him and his work for the first time that weekend.
2017 Hosts, Levin Simonton and Andrew King
2017 Winners
With Kentucky Governor, Matt Bevin, who came 
to the festival and whose daughter took over
his phone to participate in the Roast the Host segment.

So to Andrew, and the rest of my children, whatever you do, do it all for the Lord. The blessings may not be financial, they may not bring fame or glory to you, but they will point others to Christ, and that brings me great joy. Even when wearing green make-up.

And yes, even films about horse poop.
The Big Stink, formerly and henceforth known as
Holy Crap
Andrew and his team brought Canjoe to the festival. 
There was a crowd wherever he went.

Governor Bevin

Asbury President Sandra Gray
Herb, from the Burger King commercials "back-in-the day",
one of the judges for this year's festival

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