They burst through the door. Life enters the room. Wonderful! They fill up my kitchen with laughter, talking, sun chips, and M&M’s. They are the reason I’m here. They keep me young, make me laugh, make me think, challenge and inspire me.
Children bring an awareness of the ever present responsibility I have to be flexible, available, authentic, to serve… and to love.
The smell of fresh baked cookies fills the kitchen. I keep the ingredients tucked away in a cupboard. Having them there says, “I’ve been waiting for you to come over! I’m so glad you’re here!”
The laughter calms and I hear them dialogue. I tune in. Each one sharing about how they met Jesus. What He has done. Why they are grateful. I am in the presence of greatness. Young people who are seeking after God. Who want to know Him. Who are in process. Learning. Growing. Laughing. Active in the battle!
Greatness! Because of an incredible God who has drawn them, called them, and is making them new. I am honored to have them sit at my table! I am humbled that God has brought them here.
[verse reference=”Matthew 18:20″]For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”[/verse]
Make no mistake! God is here! He is in the midst of the laughter, sharing, and warm chocolate-chocolate chip cookies. I am so thankful to have the privilege of knowing them, and of sharing with them what God has provided.
That’s why I’m here.
Gina Smith has served alongside her husband at a small Christian college right outside of Washington DC for almost 20 years, where she serves as the Dean of Women. Gina previously dedicated her days to serving her family, but now that her children are both college students she fully enjoys her calling to mentor to women and young women in person and on-line with her blog Keepin’ It Real! Gina has been a mom for 21 years and she and Brian have been married for 23 years.
I’m Gina Smith, wife of Brian and mom of Brianna and Caleb. My husband and children have been my greatest gifts! Even though I have entered a new season of life, my children do still need me and I am thrilled about that! I am now the dean of women at the Christian college where we have served for 20 years. Being a mom has been the most wonderful, terrifying, exciting, challenging, satisfying, exhausting, heart wrenching, and heart warming adventure and calling of my life. One for which I will never be fully qualified…but I am extremely grateful for the privilege of being a mom.