Thursday, September 4, 2014

Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane

Isaiah 61:3:  
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

I am from North Carolina originally and have been in Arizona for 15 years.  I love September in North Carolina.  It’s the time when the mornings become much cooler, and fall sets in.  

North Carolina is famous for oak trees.  In the fall, acorns are plentiful and have always had a special meaning for our family. 

When my dad and mom were dating, dad picked an acorn from the ground while they were walking and made a ring out of it with his pocket knife.   He put it on my mom and asked her to marry him. 

He gave her an engagement ring later, but the significance of that moment became part of our family heritage. 

Through the years, acorns appeared around our house in various forms.  Whether it was a handful of acorns, a special plaque or a card, acorns became the symbol of love for the Tunstall home.

For me as a child, that spoke of security.  I loved seeing little reminders of their beginning. 

To this day, acorns mean love to me, and Jerry and I have our fair share as well.  If you come to our home in the fall, you will see many of them sitting around.  

If all of us remembered our early years and beginning, our marriages may be better.  It’s so tempting to get caught up in the pressure of today and forget about why we are together in the first place.

Maybe you don’t have a specific symbol for your marriage, but each of us have special memories of those early days. 

Let me challenge you this week to take a little stroll down memory lane and talk about some of those fun times that drew you to each other.  Then tell your kids so they too will know your history.  It will bring smiles to their faces.  

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