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Monday, December 17, 2007

Graduation Blessings

(This is reason number 2, explaining the added business of my holiday season. See the previous post about Katherine's move into her first home with her husband)
This handsome, ( long haired- says mom), young man, is my precious son, Ben. He stands on the campus of Asbury Theological Seminary, in Wilmore, Kentucky- where he has spent the last several years working diligently to obtain his Masters of Divinity degree. On this cold gloomy day, HE GRADUATED- bringing bright sunshine to an otherwise cloudy damp day. Proud is a word that I spoke often that day, but it is really an inadequate description because it goes deeper than that. It is a spiritual, as well as an emotional feeling... one that has overwhelmed me ever since the first day that Ben told me God had called him into the ministry. My heart actually- physically-" leaped for JOY" that day and the glowing warmth that it created returns each time I think that God chose me to raise one of His servants, one of His vessels, one of His disciples, one of His ministers! It is truly an humbling experience and one of my life's biggest BLESSINGS! I am proud of you Preacher Ben and look so forward to the great things that God will do in your life. HE will be with you every step of the way and so will I!


Blogger Morning Glory said...

Congratulations to your son!

4:57 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

Dear Nancy,
I can feel your heartfelt pride in every word of this post!
Congratulations to Ben!

5:05 PM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

What a great accomplishment just before Christmas! This is the hiker, right?

Wow! You have been very busy!

8:30 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

You have had an abundance of blessings mixed in with the sadness this past few months. The Lord is good. Congratulations to Ben and to you, his proud mama!

9:38 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Morning Glory- Ben reads my blog so I say thank you for him. Thanks for stopping by.

Sue- You are so right about the "heartfelt pride"... God is good!

Tom- He has worked very hard and yes, he is the hiker. He hiked the Appalachin Trail between college graduation and seminary, thus a December graduation.

Yes, I have been busy and with all of this going on... I think I will be ready for Christmas.

Dawn- It has been a roller coaster of emotions. Emily's parents are Ben's godparents and it has been very hard for them to celebrate with us. They are still in so much pain. Please continue to pray for them.

I hope you are still loving Hawaii... what a dream vacation. I am enjoying reading all about it.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Thanks for everything mom! I love you!

11:08 PM  
Blogger gail@more than a song said...

Yay for Ben! That is something to be very proud of!
I've often wondered how I was more busy now that my 4 are not at home than when they were little! Things like this and the house are reasons why I think. And the fact that mine don't live close.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Flip Flop Floozie said...

How sweet of Ben to reply!! He is a handsome young man and will do great in the ministry!!
As a mom i can understand how you must feel to have this great responsibility!! I always prayed for one of mine to do something like this but it was not to be.
have a great day..Sandy

10:12 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

How exciting! That's quite an achievement :-)

2:12 PM  
Blogger Hilary said...

Daily Blessings indeed. I LOVE reading your blog for many reasons Nancy. One reason or blessing is to see your strength in the Lord and the way this “strength” guides you in your “Daily Blessings”...your daughters wedding and the joy and happiness this brought you, your niece who had twins, and now this, your son Ben graduating from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Wonderful news about Ben.
Thank you for sharing your sorrow, joys and daily blessings with {ME}, with us!
Happy Holidays*

2:37 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Ben- I'm glad you read by blog and I really get excited when you comment. You are one special guy and I love being your MOM! Now about that hair cut!!!!!!!!

Gail- Thanks for stopping by. I do think my age limits me too. Oh, to have the energy of a 25 year old.

Sandy- It is so neat to have Ben keep up with my blog. It is probably a good idea so that he can keep up with what I say about him.

Jen- Glad you stopped by!

Hilary- You made my day with your kind comments. It is encoragement for me to know that others are blessed as well. I always tell you to enjoy every minute with your children... and I do so because I know how fast time flys. They are small for such a short time but your influence on them at this age is HUGE- it will stay with them for a lifetime! Thanks again for your kind words- I do have so much to be thankful for and you are a blessing to me!

11:51 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I can just imagine how proud you are, dear Nancy!

5:50 PM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

I'm going to be away from internet access until after Christmas day, but I wanted to stop by and wish you and yours a Merry Christmas

P.S. Please pray for my mother. She has been battling breast cancer that has spread and got a bad report this week. She's trying to be upbeat, etc. and not dwell on it over the holidays. We'll be with her for New Years.

6:38 AM  
Blogger Julie said...


I also just wanted to stop by and wish you a Merry Christmas before time gets ahead of me (as usual). It is always so enjoyable to read about your many blessings and your wonderful family. Hope your holidays are filled with many more blessings!

7:39 AM  
Blogger Cris said...

That is wonderful!!! Congratulations Ben!!!

11:15 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Tammy,Cris,and Julie - Thanks for stopping by. I love keeping up with you and your kids. Enjoy every precious minute with them because as I have said before- they grow up so fast. Merry Christmas to each of you- my friends and your special families.

Tom- Please enjoy the time with your Mom and the rest of your family during Christmas. I will keep your Mom in my prayers as she faces this daily battle with cancer. I am sure your blog, as well as your being there for her- will be encouragement and support.
Merry Christmas to you my friend and to your entire family.

11:37 AM  
Blogger leslie said...

Nancy, congratulations to you and your son on his graduation into a most blessed profession. I pray that you will have an extraordinary Christmas thanking God for all the many blessings he has given you. I'd appreciate your prayers for my daughter (see my blog) as we need them so much. Have a very Merry Christmas!

2:29 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Leslie- sorry to hear about Jacklyn's illness. You are both in my prayers.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks for stopping by yesterday - I have posted a short update this morning on Kristen's situation.

I noted in the news that one of the young women who was shot in Colorado Springs at New Life Church was a twin. I thought of you and your god daughter's family immediately. So sad!

10:55 AM  
Blogger Teeny Tiny cabin said...

What a precious gift!--To see your son used by God to preach and teach His Word!
Congratulations to your son-I know it is hard work to labor in the Word-but it is the best heart work there is! To God be the glory!
Blessings to You! Claudia O

11:22 PM  

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