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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Leaving a Successful Legacy

How do you define success?

~By achieving that next promotion or bonus at work...or better yet, breaking the "glass ceiling"?

~Having the best house, car, clothes, etc?

~Keeping the perfect house. Everything is in its place, cleaned and polished at all times?

~Is it through your children…they are the best on the team, make straight As, are involved in multiple activities, strive for perfection in all they do?

Or it is something else???

Two weeks ago, my in-laws celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary!! It was a wonderful weekend, full of tears, memories, surprises and more love than you can imagine! I watched as two hearts, joined together over 50 years ago (if you include the years of high school romance), renewed their commitment to one another and to God…a God they both love and serve, a God that has guided their marriage, a God who is more than a religion, but an individual personal relationship of which they both share. It is this relationship and steadfast commitment to their Lord and to each other that has allowed them to walk hand-in-hand through good times and bad; through trials, laughter, tears, and triumphs; through blessings and loss. It is this example, this legacy, that they have given to their two sons, whom they raised and taught to love the Lord with all their hearts. These sons have in turn both married women who love the Lord, who seek His will, who strive to live a life of integrity, who desire to rear Godly children.

50th anniversary
Mom and Dad Sorge at their surprise vow renewal. Happy 50th Anniversary!!
This past weekend, their oldest grandson continued this living legacy when he got married. He married a women who is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. Her love and heart for God is first followed by the love she has for her new husband and our family. Eric was raised in a home that loves God and seeks to serve Him in and through all things! Now he begins a new life as the leader of his own home and eventually his children. There is no doubt that it will be a home guided by the Hand of God, just like his parents, his uncle's family and his grandparents.

husband and wife
Mr & Mrs Eric Sorge
walking back the asile
The happy couple!

Felicia washing Eric feet
Felicia washing Eric's feet
Eric washing Felicia feet
Eric washing Felicia's feet
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"You may kiss the bride!"

Two hearts… two sons… two daughter-in-laws…six grandchildren…One God!! 
         All love the Lord with all their heart, soul and mind!!

So how do you define success?
For me, it’s being able to look at my children and see hearts that love the Lord, minds that seek His wisdom, and souls that long to serve Him. In the end, that is all that will truly matter.
“Train up a child in the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” ~Proverbs 22:6
Now, it's your turn. How do you define success? We'd love to hear your thoughts. You can comment below or join the discussion on our Facebook page.
Be A Blessing,


Crystal said... [Reply to comment]

Awesome! It's a hard thing to sum up in a succinct comment, but I guess if I had to pick one thing to sum up all my feelings on the subject, I would say that success for me would be living out God's purpose for my life and becoming the woman that He desires for me to be, whatever that might look like, and including everything He calls from me along the way. Blessings to you!

Theresa @ Heavenly Glimpses said... [Reply to comment]

I agree. Success to me is the leaving the legacy of a godly heritage!

Christie H. said... [Reply to comment]

I found you through Women Living Well and I'm your newest follower! What a beautiful reminder of Godly success; the success we should strive for!! I look forward to connecting with you!


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