Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A brother who sticks closer than a friend...

"there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24b

Sometimes when I don't know what to pray in situations I pray that God will show up BIG.  And then I remember that God shows up BIG always but we miss it sometimes because what we see as BIG sometimes comes in what our earthly eyes sees as small packages.  The picture above is Simms holding Townsend when she was just a little thing.  And he has always been a pretty good big brother.  A typical big brother but a pretty good one.  He messes with her and picks on her, but nobody else better mess with her because he is going to protect her at all costs.  And he's a typical in the middle child and he's ALL boy.  He's 14 and likes any sport, dirt bikes, fishing, and any animal. (He has a way with them.)  Simms, in stature has always been small for his age.  But he makes up for it in heart and spirit.  His favorite t-shirt boasts "SMALL BUT MIGHTY"

God has used him just like his shirt says.  He has been mighty through all this.  He has stuck close to Malone and been his helper in situations that no one else might understand.  When the basketball team was in the Elite Eight in Montgomery, Simms got his own ride so he could be there for Malone if he was needed.  He knew Malone doesn't do so well handling money right now so if Malone wants to go eat with friends, Simms goes too to be the money handler so it won't be awkward.  It's the little things but I can see that he is thinking about his brother in ways that he never has before.  In a way it's a role reversal.  Looking at the picture, I don't know why I'm surprised.

God continues to provide for us in BIG ways!!!


  1. brothers (and sisters) are awesome :)

  2. Great kid. He is that way b/c he has a great mom to guide him. I hope my boys will be that way for each other.

  3. What a great kid! But that's what happens when you have such a great Mom :)

  4. I just want you to know that your "extended" family at Auburn United Methodist Church is praying for you through all of this. May our Prince of Peace bring you peace in this and all things...

    With the Love of Christ,
    Julie Hare

  5. This brought tears to my eyes, ok, that is not true-I cried. Our boys are so lucky to have their brothers!