5 Reasons I Love My Sister

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My sister (Jenny) and I had a turbulent relationship growing up. Since I am the much, much older sister (7 years), I thought it my duty to boss her and my right to be right. Since she was the youngest (of 3) she thought it her duty to boss back and her right to be right. Not a good combination – back then.

But now we have a good relationship. Few people can get me into a silly mood. Sista can. Sista is more than a sister; she is also a friend. Today is her  46th birthday. Part of my present to her is this blog post: 5 Reasons I Love My Sista.

1. Shows her love to me. Throughout the years Jenny has done this with frequency and creativity. Here are a few examples.

Defends me. On my 18th birthday my sista begged our mom to not put me out on the doorstep with my luggage. (I was an emotionally difficult senior and took it out on mom.) “Mom, at least let her finish high school,” was Jenny’s plea.  Must have worked. I got to stay until August when I then went to college.

Chocolate covered strawberries. Getting mail is cool. Getting chocolate covered strawberries in the mail is even cooler. She sent these during a hurting time in life.

Bouncy castle. Jenny and my family rented one of these for a 40 something birthday. I never realized how much work it takes to bounce in one of those things. I also never realized how fun it is! She helped make this happen.

Hot air balloon ride. Sista and family organized such a trip for my 50th birthday. Wow! Very memorable ride and day with Jenny and my two kiddos. To see pictures my sista took go here. 11 observations are here.

2. Engages with me. I love having conversations with Jenny. She is a great listener. She is also very thoughtful in her comments. She will give her opinions and reflections, and she’ll admit her uncertainties.  I feel heard, respected, and valued by Jenny.

3.  Intent on keeping priorities. Jenny’s priorities (like a lot of us) include God, family, work, ministry, friends and self. I admire that Jenny strives to keep first things first.

This means that she keeps God in the following areas . . .

  • family,
  • work,
  • ministry,
  • friends,
  • And herself.

At various times each of these areas will get concentrated focus and attention. There is not a first, second, third order. Sista’s intent is to follow God’s plan for these relationships which changes according to need and season. (We’ve never talked about this; This  is what I’ve observed.)

4.  Continuous learner & teacher. My sista is curious and open to new ideas. She is always reading from a variety of sources on a variety of topics. Jenny takes these new ideas and this new information and critically assesses their impact, veracity, and place in her life as a godly woman who interacts with her world.

As a natural teacher, sista shares her learning . She wants to help others see how this insight or information can make a difference in their life. Ever notice this in the posts she puts on Facebook? I have.

5.  She loves her husband. I could have also talked about how and why Jenny is a good friend. I could have also shared how and why I see Jenny as a great mom.

But I most admire how Jenny loves her husband and allows herself to be influenced and led by him. In today’s world where husbands are often scorned, ignored, and seen as the enemy to a wife’s self-expression, Jenny’s blatant respect, attention, and yes, even submission to and admiration for Mark are heart-warming, a great example, and godly.

Happy Birthday to my favorite sister. :-) May you continue to be blessed in all your relationships, endeavors, and growth. I am proud of you. I am lucky to be your sister.

Your Turn . . . Share why you love my sister, Jenny. And also share why you love your sister.

This is the 10th post in the “5 Reasons I Love . . .” Series.  Go here for the original post which explains how this idea came about.  The next post in this series is  5 Reasons I Love My Ex-Husband.

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  • 1. Sista!  |  . at .

    Thank you, Susan!!! You brought a tear to my eye.
    You bless me =)

    Oh, and thanks, for posting such a glam picture of me…at least I’m not eating in it. That was a fun day.

    • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

      I am glad you are blessed as you bless me in multiple ways.

      Yes, I thought this picture is an expressive one of your personality. And look it doesn’t show any wrinkles or grey hair. And it shows off E’s artwork.

  • 3. Debbie Lewis  |  . at .

    I love Jenny…..

    Because she lavishes love and praise on others in the simplest of way. It’s easy to feel loved with Jenny around 1) because she expresses it so clearly 2) the love of the Father SHINES through her.

    Because she laughs so freely. Her smile radiates warmth and her eyes sparkle with JOY!

    just a few….. So many wonderful words are circling around in my head that I’m beginning to get a bit dizzy. Happy Birthday Susan’s little sis!

    • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

      Debbie, Thanks so much for articulating a few reasons to love my sister. She certainly is a blessing.

  • 5. claudiawjohnson  |  . at .

    How sweet! What a great way to say Happy Birthday!

    • 6. susan2009  |  . at .

      I really do love, like and am proud of my little sister.

      Claudia, thanks again goes to you. I never would have thought of writing this series, if you hadn’t written about 5 reasons you love your home.

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