Happy Father’s Day

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 – “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”(NIV)

Every day I am thankful to God for giving me the daddy He did.

He was the strongest man I ever knew.

He loved more deeply than anyone else I’ve ever known.Daddy062

He taught my brother and me to be people of integrity.

He showed me how to love God.

Love my family.

Love my friends.

And, love myself.

When he died, I thought I would, too.

His death left a hole in my heart.

It made me angry with God.

I tried to run.

But there was nowhere to run.

Except into the arms of

the One who was and is and is to come.

1305785931_l-1He embraced me.

He welcomed me.

He enveloped me.

He truly became my Abba.

I still miss my daddy.

I know I always will.

But, I also know I have a Father who is always with me.

And, a daddy I will see again in heaven one day.

So, on Father’s Day, I will honor the daddy I lost, rejoice in the Father I serve and love the man who is the father of my two sons.

I’m thankful for the legacy my daddy left and for the one my husband is creating.DSC01093

He has taught our son to be a man and a father.

I’m grateful.

I’m thankful.

I am blessed.

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So, Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in my life and to all the dads everywhere. May you know the love of your earthly family and feel the love of your heavenly Father today and every day.

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Loving My Mom

It’s been five years now since mom went to be with God. I still miss her everyday, and I still talk to her on a regular basis. I visit the beach as often as I can, and when I am there I search for her favorite shell as a sign that she is with me. I know she is watching. I know she is smiling. And, I know, that she is whole and loving me and my family still because I see that love every time I hold me grandson, walk with my husband or share a laugh with my sons. I grateful God gave me time with her and grateful she knew how much she was loved.

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“Honor your father and mother…” Exodus 20:12

P1000521            My mom passed away in May of 2010 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

The struggle had been painful and difficult for her and I know that she is now in Heaven where there is no more pain and she is no longer struggling to control her movements, she’s no longer falling, and she is at peace. I wish I could say the same for myself.

Remember the story about pursuing my passion; I did take that job as a teacher and it made all the difference in the world to my son. He finished school and his anger issues, while not completely gone, are controllable.

And, he has become the man I knew he could be. I did what I needed to do to take care of him and to be sure that he was okay. But in so doing…

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Being Content

It hit me over the weekend.

As I sat a baseball game with my hubby. 11407285_842408325840074_8629597503444942428_n

I am content.

I mean it.

Deep down in my soul.

Finally.

Fifty-six, claiming Philippians 4:11-13 for years.

Now. I am there.

I’ve searched for decades.

Tried new houses.

New jobs.

New friends.

New churches.

Nothing helped.

IMG_1712At least not until I stopped trying.

And I know why.

It’s God.

That’s it.

Just. God.

 

He filled the empty spaces. He calmed my wandering heart. He placed me in the palm of His hand and refused to let go.1305785931_l-1

I can say now with confidence “ Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:11-13

My life verses.

Now true.

Who knew!

Contentment.

Good at any age.

Thank you Father.

For never letting go.

 

 

My God Love Story

Still just as true today as when I first wrote it. I am so thankful that God loves me even when I am not lovable or deserving.

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“Until God’s love is enough, nothing else will be.” A Confident Heart (pg 55)
My earliest memories revolve around church. I loved the smell of the hymnals, the plush carpet on the floor and the big cross that hung on the wall over the baptistery. The echo of my voice when I would run into the sanctuary early on a Sunday morning always made me feel small, but powerful, and quickly brought me to reverence for the God I was there to worship. I can remember even as a very young girl sitting on the pew with our entire family – grandparents, parents, brother, aunts, uncles and assorted other family. We would crowd in and listen to the sermon of our pastor. Somehow, I always wound up between my mom and my grandmother, which was okay with me, because mom always had a pen and paper and Mabel (my grandmother)…

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