“Tradition is a guide and not a jailer” – William Somerset Maugham
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God: Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.” (Deuteronomy 28:1)
What are your most cherished family traditions each year?
What new tradition can you establish this year to bless those less fortunate?
Tradition! When I hear that word, I immediately think of the movie “Fiddler on the Roof.” On Saturday December 21, my wife and I went to the home of Bobby and Linda Broyles for their annual Christmas party, which has become a tradition. Each year, their home is one of the most beautifully decorated ones for Christmas in our area. To see photos from that, visit today’s Link of the Day.
Bobby and Linda have been good friends of ours for most of the 20 years my wife and I have lived in Culpeper. Our oldest daughters grew up together and were best of friends.
I admire Bobby and Linda and am glad to see them do well. While both of them just had high school educations, they have prospered because they applied the principles of the Word of God. They both worked hard, had good attitudes, and stayed with their respective employers for their entire careers. Despite ordinary incomes, they managed to save because they planned and lived within their means.
They have been good stewards with everything God has entrusted to them – their marriage, their children, their friends, their home, their cars – EVERYTHING. They are active in their church. They are extremely loyal and generous. When I think of Bobby and Linda, I think of the word “simplify.” Through their simple lifestyles, they have a ministry of paths – being Jesus to whoever God puts in their path.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Bobby and Linda Broyles and the great example they set. Thank You for blessing me to have such friends who manifest unity in their marriage and the love and peace of God. Bless their family and magnify their impact. Guide my family to be good stewards with everything You have entrusted to us. Bless my readers likewise. Thank You Jesus. Amen.
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Photos from the Broyle’s Christmas party
Blessings to establish meaningful traditions that lead to everlasting fruit!
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