Recently, my church hosted a women’s retreat to refresh and enrich the lives of the moms, daughters and sisters. That time together seared the value of Christian legacy into my heart and into my spirit.
I was blessed to have my cousin, Karen Mills Robinson, as keynote speaker. She was AMAZING!
It was such a blessing to see her once again and to hear her minister in real life. She’s so anointed.
The richest blessing, though, was a sort of “realization” I had while spending some one-on-one time. It was something I don’t think much about – our Christian legacy.
See, Karen and I come from a long legacy of ministry. Before we were even born- before our parents were born that legacy was forming.
Little do many know, my great-grandmother was a pastor and evangelists.
It’s no doubt that Christian legacy continued because Karen and I are the offspring of pastors, an evangelist and faithful church members.
To be clear, Karen is the offspring – me, I was just influenced by not only her dad, but also my grandparents.
Neither of us have lived perfect lives ourselves, but we have always had an awareness of our spiritual heritage.
The evening I was to introduce Karen to the women at the retreat, my spirit was so full. I was so grateful to be serving the Lord as part of the legacy my grandparents and great-grandparents cultivated.
As I gazed over at Karen, I thought of Rev. Solomon Mills and Sister Ethel Mills (grandparents).
I thought of the prayers of Karen’s late father, Rev. Charles Mills – my FAVORITE uncle. He sowed into my life so intentionally. It was his sermon that lead me to make a decision for Christ. Not long after, he blessed me with my first “real” Bible. I was 17 years old.
My cup runneth over.
In childish exuberance, I asked my Heavenly Father, if at all possible, if He would allow Grandpa, Grandma and uncle Charlie to see their babies ministering in Christian service.
I am just so excited about what God is doing and has done in our lives.
As I serve as a senior pastor’s wife, I thank Him for the prayers of those gone on and the valuable lessons they taught us. I know it’s on their “spiritual” shoulders I stand.
May we diligently sow into their lives faith, power and the knowledge of the Most High God.
Then, as we are in our Savior’s care, they can be continuing the legacy of serving Jesus Christ themselves.