WOW! A true dream come true for me!
It’s funny I’m not at all a t.v. watcher! Anyone who really knows me or lives with me, knows I don’t really like t.v. but 2 families I like to watch (when I do sit down in front of the t.v.) is the Duggars and the Bates. They really are inspirational and I admire them for living out their faith in real life and on their show.
My family recently took a long road trip and we had the opportunity to see many people and go to many of different sights! One in particular was an afternoon visit with Kelly Bates and her family!
Let me first say…..It was truly an honor to be invited to their house and have the time to talk with them personally about many different things.
I’m sure just as I question while watching a show, you may wonder….do these people really act like this in “real life”? Or what would it be like to ask them questions face to face?
I’ve said many of times after watching the show….”Wow, I would love to sit down with her and just absorb what I can”, who would of known I would have been given that opportunity. God has a way of working details out and for us…..He did just that!
Let me say that this family IS the real deal. Watching them in action as they fixed a meal, cleaning up and helped each other doing various task was just a learning lesson for me. I took the moments to really absorb it all. Now let me add….no family is perfect or have it all together, but you know when you are talking with people who genuinely love the Lord and they are leading their children to do the same.
Kelly is just as sweet and inviting as you may have seen her on the t.v. I listened intently as she shared her heart and testimony and how God has walked her through where she is now. What I’ve gleaned from this is, we as Christian woman and mothers, if we truly trust God to lead in all areas of our life, God will use us and stretch us to where He wants us to be. God is looking for willing vessels to be clean and ready to show Himself through our lives.
I know I’m not the mother I used to be 16 years ago and that is the same with Kelly. When we allow God to mold and make us into His image than God gets the glory! We should always be open to growing closer to the Lord and allow God to stretch our faith as we become more obedient to Him.
I also learned that things just go smoother when you are relaxed and joyful! Kelly has a spirit about her that is very relaxed (though all that goes on around the house) but has such a joy in her heart when she talks and interacts with her family. That really does set the tone for any family of any size. These qualities don’t just happen over night. It takes time…..and a close walk with the Lord.
This afternoon was a highlight to my trip,( a memory I will cherish) and I don’t at all take it for granted that God allowed me and my family to spend the afternoon with such a loving, giving, and Christ-like family! It’s great to know that there are other families that God is using as they are living out their faith and being an example to SO MANY others.