You Are Enough

Back from a several-day trip to Fayetteville, to move The Divine Miss M back to school. We are beat.
It was a great summer, but she’s back in Fay, and moved in to the house where she’s renting a room for the year. It’s in a quiet neighborhood, pretty near campus. But, it was a busy few days. There was furniture to assemble, and a U-Haul truck to unload.
But, strangely, no pictures. No pictures of the house or room (intentionally), but also no pictures of the three of us, or even of a good Mount Sequoyah Center sunset. (Unintentional)
Odd. For me, I mean…to take a trip like that and take so few pics.
In fact, the only pics I managed to snap are kinda mysterious. First, some baskets at the nursery (Westwood) we visted earlier today, to get her some houseplants. They were huge (the size of an average car tire) and I just couldn’t believe how gorgeous they were. See?

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Then, my fortune cookie from eating Thai food last night. Nice to know fortune is on the side of what I planned to do anyway.

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And finally, a picture of something that hangs on the wall in The Divine Miss M’s room. It’s a changeable message board, but it’s had this message on it since last year at school, and all through the summer.
The way she tells it, a lot of young women were coming in her room last school year to use her digital scale to weigh themselves. Some, perhaps a bit excessively watching their weight. It started to worry her.
So, The Divine Miss M posted this sign just above the scale…

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“You are enough…”
Isn’t that awesome?
And you are too, you know. Enough, that is.
All of you. Whatever you’re worried about in your life right now.
“You are enough…”
If you think about it, it’s a pretty great message from God to us, and a pretty good reminder for us all.
So, more pride, than tears, today when we said goodbye. And, as I said, *strangely* few pictures except these few strays.
Have I mentioned lately how proud I am of my daughter?
And how much in awe I often am of her?
That sign is a good example of why.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. For seventeen years, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. Eric is an avid blogger and published author. Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy.

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