Friday, May 6, 2011

crumbs from the table

dear emily,

i would do many things differently, if i had the chance, but there is
one i would love to do over and over again.

when my children were 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11, i heard about a great
preacher who was to speak at the local Christian university.   as
i always wanted to expose the kids to inspiring men and women,
i purposed to take them.

unfortunately, as we slipped behind the 12 foot high doors of the
chapel, an usher whispered that the service was reserved for the
college students.  crushed, i  remembered the canaanite woman
who begged help for her daughter.

Jesus told her that he "was sent only to the lost sheep of israel. . .
it is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs."
(matthew 15: 24, 26)

her reply resounded in my ears, "yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat
the crumbs that fall from their master's table."  (mt. 15:27)  with
renewed courage, i heard myself say, "we won't take a seat from
any student but will just stand in the back."

the preacher was as anointed and full of God's power as any i
have ever heard.  as he closed his sermon, he looked to the back
of the auditorium and asked, "are those children back there?"  for
a moment i was afraid that we would be scolded, but instead, he
said, "bring them up here, so i may pray for them."

pretty sweet crumbs.

love,
lea

ps.  it was brought to me attention that i have already told this
story. . . sheesh.   oh well, chalk that up to old age. . . and get
used to it!

44 comments:

Rebecca said...

OK...this is an amazing post. Can I link to it? It's been quiet some time but I would LOVE to share this for my followers who may not know you.

I'm in tears. God ALWAYS makes a way, doesn't He?

xoRebecca

myletterstoemily said...

yes, He does! you're sweet to want to
link, and i look forward to meeting
some of your friends.

Dawn said...

A lovely story. I always list my children's ages beginning with the youngest, too, for some reason.

Crown of Beauty said...

Lea, how this post comes as a boost to my faith on this rainy summer morning here... thousands of miles away from where you live. Thank you for sharing it with us, praise God for your audacious faith.

Love
Lidj

Southern Lady said...

Love that, Lea! Hope you are doing well! Carla

High Heeled Life said...

Lovely post ... blessings xo HHL

Darcie said...

Very sweet indeed, and so thankful for scripture brought to your remembrance just when you needed it.

Felisol said...

A mother this courageous simply must be crowned with blessings.
I bet the preachers prayers for you and your children still are working.
That's one fact, which has been of great comfort to me; prayers don't expire on date.

Sonja said...

The heart of a mother! We become more than is our natural behaviour, we end up amazing ourselves! Isn't it true?? LOVE this story. :)

Farm Girl said...

I love that story. You are such a good Momma.

Sandy said...

Wonderful and encouraging, Lea.
This is one of my favorite stories
in the Word.
Happy Mother's Day,
Sandy

Lisa said...

Lea,
I love that like the woman in the Bible account , you would not be denied. Surely your children were meant to be there.

Lisa said...

Lea,
I love that like the woman in the Bible account , you would not be denied. Surely your children were meant to be there.

Cinnamon said...

That was beautiful! A good reminder for me to beg God for my children.

~Cinnamon

Blondie's Journal said...

BEAUTIFUL!

XO,
Jane

Sassy Granny ... said...

God bless that discerning preacher who knew to "let the children come".

Beautiful.

Jenn said...

Amazing post! Don't you just adore those sweet crumbs!

blessedmom's simple home said...

How wonderful! I'm sure your older ones still remember this too :-)
Have a wonderful Mother's Day!
Blessings,
Marcia

Rita said...

We always want the very best for our children, don't we? I'm thankful you got more than the crumbs! Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Joan Elizabeth said...

Lea, your were such a determined Mum your children a blessed, not just on that occasion but for their whole lives.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh Lea you were right..I love this story and reminds me of one of mine. My son was ushered to the front for someone to pray for him and I couldn't see him, so I boldly stood up on a chair..crying out to God, oh please I am sorry for standing in this chair, but I must see my son prayed for. After the service I was handed a note from a mother on how it blessed her to see a mother so eager to see God minister to her son...thanks for the reminder of God faithfulness to us Moms.

Oh my dirt bike oldest son comes to your state to race dirt bikes...so he is kicking up your mud!

myletterstoemily said...

jeanette, we are kindred mothers!

Vee said...

Sweet crumbs indeed. I am certain that you are still seeing the results of those prayers and will forever. Thank you for this story.

Charlotte said...

Wow, what an inspiring post. I'm glad you shared it andI read it today.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Susan B said...

Wow, what a fabulous post. Beautiful words that made me cry. What a wonderful blessing for you and your children. Thank you for sharing, dear Lea.

Have a lovely Mother's Day! :)

Beansieleigh said...

Loved your post today, Lea, and just want to wish you a very Happy Mother's Day too! ~tina

Leslie said...

What a blessing to find this site. I have learned so much about you and have recalled many wonderful memories. I am so proud of you, dear Lea, beautiful little filly who has raised her head, jumped the fence and is running freely with her words.
Leslie in Rockport

Debbie said...

Oh I loved this! What a blessing that had to be for you to have this happen! I LOVE it!

Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Vivek said...

Hi Lea,

A very inspirational Instance , its so wonderful to come over your space and learn something new every-time ..
Its all up-to us how we mold things looking hard toward our-side.

Nice one :)

Happy Mothers day :)

P.S : How you been doing..? didn't heard from u from a long time.
Hope you are having a great time ..with family ..

Take care
keep smiling.

Rosie said...

Oh my dear...I LOVE this story. I remember it, because it touched my heart so deeply, and reminded me of His unfathomable love.
Have a wonderful Mothers Day with all those beautiful baby birds...xoxo...R

myletterstoemily said...

rosie! i'm embarrassed, because i didn't
remember having written this already.

time to turn in my computer.

Rosie said...

Oh My DEAR Lea,
I am SO sorry :(
I did not mean to embarrass. I truly did wiped tears away, all over again, but that is what you do to me my friend...I adore YOU and your gift with words. This is only one of many fabulous stories you have to tell...SO TELL IT!...and I will sit back and ENJOY each and EVERY time you do :) Rosie

Tamara said...

Posted before or not, it is still a wonderful, wonderful story and I enjoyed it very much.

Tamara said...

Previous post or not, it is a wonderful example of how God can work in our lives.

I enjoyed this post very much.

Hugz,
Tamara

Jen said...

I love this post! It just goes to show how important children are to God. He knows when to touch us the most.

Single and Sane said...

I don't remember reading about this story before, so I'm glad you wrote about it again! It's beautiful.

Margaret

myletterstoemily said...

thank you, margaret. that makes me feel
better.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

sooooo funny! I knew you'd told this story before but thought you were telling it again...on purpose. It's a great story and bless that man of God for doing as Jesus said, "bring the children to me".

KarenHarveyCox said...

Wow, I love this story. Truly He was a man of God that He knew Jesus loves the little children. You are such a lady to have stayed and was an example for your beautiful children.

I don't care how many times you might share a story, certainly the Lord doesn't mind how many times we read His scriptures. I only know that I get something more each time I read the Bible. Truly I am inspired every time I visit your beautiful blog.

Karen

Leslie said...

Lea, what joy to find you rearing that pretty little filly head of yours and frolicking in the pasture of blog. Have spent two entire afternoons catching up with you and your family. Lots of memories, lots of love. Thank you for sharing. Think Hans knows that "you're still lovin' it!"
L

Champagne Macarons said...

Another beautiful post. Thank you for sharing!
Wishing you a most lovely week! xoxo,B

Debbi said...

Oh, dear Lea! Why do I know this story, when I know I haven't heard it from you? Did I ever hear you interviewed on Chrisitan radio? You're a good and Godly woman. :)
~Debbi

Liz said...

It's just as sweet a story the second time!

Heart n Soul said...

Hey Emily .... love your blog so please link up - the heart of the project is to champion us all on for the rise up moment .... sharing the everyday events and highlighting the significance of them is what its all about .... you can link up in the directory and on Fridays post. Would love you to link this post .... its lovely. So nice to meet you :)