“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24
There are those of us who feel stressed in our daily lives and struggle to balance family with work. We want to do all the right things for our families. It’s not that we don’t want to volunteer and serve others. It’s a matter of time and priorities. We don’t seem to have determined the amount we have of either very clearly in today’s culture.
I’d like to share an e-mail with you I received today. I’m bursting at the seams for this young family from our congregation. I feel both honored and blessed to know this family. They are very active in the congregation and are very familiar with sharing Highs & Lows, praying together and blessing one another. Their three year old son sings the Lord’s Prayer in the tub every night and loud and clear on Sunday mornings. Both David and Paula are parents who role model what they believe. I think you’ll agree how clear it is that family is a priority with these two when you read the e-mail below and take a peek from a youTube link at the remarks by Congressman Steve King on the floor of the House of Representatives about this mother who is making family and faith a priority in her life.
You will have to forgive me for this blatantly proud email, but I have to brag. Recently, Paula announced her resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives after 12 years of faithful and ridiculously tiring service. She will embark on a new adventure after the first of the year starting her own business with another colleague. More on that at a later time.
This week, on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, her current boss Cong. Steve King offered up an emotional tribute to Paula. Courtesy of YouTube, it is linked below for your viewing pleasure. Not many people get their name mentioned on the floor of the U.S. Congress, let alone have an entire speech dedicated to their service. This is pretty special.
Aidan and I have always known that we have a legend in our midst. We knew she was a great one long before anyone else, but it's nice to know that others recognize that too, especially in Western Iowa. When Paula does something, she does it with incredible passion, commitment and integrity. It's about time she receive the recognition she deserves and has worked so hard for.
That said, Aidan and I are thrilled that she will close that chapter in her life and begin a new, equally challenging , but hopefully more rewarding quest in her next act.
Love to you all...