From The Journal: Invest In Your Family!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 8:00am

I’m cherishing that long text conversation with my son from college. He texted me earlier than usual this morning.

Didn’t need anything, didn’t ask for anything.

He just chatted with me about random things.

He asked deep questions about how I’m doing, and about my book and my future.

He told me about the teapot he bought yesterday, and about how much fun it is to brew tea like that… and about the amazing tea he’s brining home to us this weekend.

I love him so much… and Emily (my wife), Heaven (my daughter), Cole (Heaven’s fiancé), and Abby (Coree’s girlfriend).

Invest in your family, and someday… you’ll be rich… with the things that money can’t buy.

Happy day everyone!

Dream Big,

Chuck Balsamo

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9 thoughts on “From The Journal: Invest In Your Family!

  1. Family is the greatest gift from God after eternal life. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have mine. I just wish my sisters, bro, and parents lived a bit closer.


    • Mel, your family is amazing! The good news about being so far apart when you’re serving God like you guys are doing it, is that they are running their race and you are running yours… both SO PERFECTLY… and we will all spend eternity together celebrating the race for eternity! It’s such a blessing to have Christian family!! 🙂

  2. Amen! My husband and I were just cherishing our kids last night. They are growing so fast. We are trying our best to hold on to these moments and take the time to enjoy our children, even in the craziness. Blessings to you and your beautiful family! 🙂

  3. It’s funny…..I was just thinking yesterday about how I missed my Moms porkchops, especially now that I’m a Vegan! Something as simple as the memory of your Mom fixing a meal you loved as a kid can spark so much appreciation. Sometimes I look at my kids and think, “I really don’t deserve to be their Mom because I lack so much.” Then God’s booms in a says, “If I say you’re the apple of My eye, why is it you say you don’t deserve 2 living blessings? Where there is lack of something, I will give the increase. I will give you the capacity to love deeper, to grow with your kids and you will influence them for my glory!” Then I shut up and go play with my kids!

    I think about my Grandmother and how she is the last living Grandparent I have. I was blessed to have all 4 Grandparents until the age of 21 when both my paternal Grandma and Grandpa died 42 days apart from each other. Then my maternal Grandpa died in 2008. It hit me then that I still have a special Matriarchal covering from my Grandmother and I need to tap into what she has to offer more so now than ever before.

    I look at my brothers, my parents, my kinfolk and wish I could be closer to them all. I think about the rift between my family and my Mother-In-Law and feel a twinge of sadness. I know I can pray for my entire family. I can speak blessings over their lives and teach my kids how to keep in touch with people through prayer, cards, letters, etc… Family is a treasure that often requires us to dig deeper, to go farther and to sometimes put the map away and discover new territory, even if it does divert us from what we think we are looking for:)

    • So true this is Brandy… “Family is a treasure that often requires us to dig deeper, to go farther and to sometimes put the map away and discover new territory, even if it does divert us from what we think we are looking for.”

      Outstanding thoughts!! Thank you. 🙂

  4. I don’t have kids, but I did call my mom this afternoon (evening her time) and we had a nice long chat – over an hour. We talked about our weeks, things going on in our lives, friends and family. It was a nice conversation. I’m looking forward to summer vacation when I go back home to visit. I’ve got two months and one week before I am get there, and I imagine there will be lots more conversations for us between now and then!

    • Shelley, this is such a blessing for me to read. I lost my mom 6 years ago… still miss her every day. I’m praying for you and your mom… God bless your relationship! 🙂