Stepping Out in Faith

Sometimes you just have to have faith that God will help you when he gives you a nudge to do his will.

A Parent’s Prayer Answered July 30, 2013


What a joy to see my baby girl all grown up and getting ready to walk down the aisle to become one with the man of her dreams! Watching the two of them grow up over the past 6
years I’ve seen how good they are for each other. Knowing that they are so perfect for each other gives me peace. But even more imporatantly, I have seen how they have put God first in their relationship. It makes me so proud in this day and age to know how commited they are to making that pledge, because I know the God is going to bless this marriege more than we can even imagine!

Ever since she was little, I’ve been praying that God would bring a man into her life that would make a good Christian home for her and my grandchildren and this prayer has been answered in a big way! He’s great with children and as the worship director at our church at the age of 20, he’s taken on huge responsibility at such a young age and done a fabulous job! I have no doubt that he will be a loving and supportive husband and a gentle, but firm father.

My daughter has graduated from college and works with teenaged girls who suffer from eating disorders. She has such a caring and giving heart that I know the girls will benefit from the love of God that she shares with them. It’s been her dream to be able to show others how much God loves them. As a parent, it’s one of our goals to see our children succeed in the world and I know that they are definitely getting off to a great start!

 

Missing You, Daddy! February 5, 2013

Filed under: Faith,family,God,love,proud — webmasteryates @ 12:00 pm
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Twelve years ago my dad left this world. He was at peace with God and tired of the fight, comforted by the presence of his family until the very end. No matter that we knew the end was near, it still hurts; every day…

My dad was one of the greatest men I’ve ever known. Family was very important to him and I respected him very much. Not wanting to disappoint him, I always tried to do my best (well, most of the time) and treated others the way he and my mom had taught me. He was always there to cheer us kids on in all of our sports and school activities, including band concerts, Christmas programs, and made sure we had what we needed. We didn’t have a lot of luxuries, but we never missed them or felt slighted because we didn’t have the name brand clothes or newest toys.

We knew what it was to work. He expected us to do our part in caring for the animals on our small farm and other chores around the house. He enjoyed gazing at our small herd of angus cattle and got satisfaction from the small things in life. He helped coach my brother’s baseball team and with the dog training club in 4-H.  Taking horses to shows and helping with our cattle to get them ready for the 4-H fair were other things he found enjoyment in.

I have no regrets. Even though I lived 3 hours away with a family of my own, I called him every week and spent time with him as often as I could. He overcame the odds many times as the doctors called the family in saying that the end was near. He fought back and despite the odds, he returned home to live another year or so. He said the thought of his grandchildren was what gave him the strength to get well enough to come home. It’s never easy when you know someone is dying. What do you say? My advice is to spend time with them, let them know that you love them. Listen to what they have to say. They need to say what’s on their mind to feel that they have closure and to feel that they can go in peace.

My sister lives in California, and was traveling home to see him. The doctor said he would never survive until her arrival, but he did! Even though he hadn’t spoken for several days, he acknowledged her arrival and breathed his final breath two hours later. We sat there and remembered the good things about him for a long time. We laughed and we cried as we recalled his singing “You Are My Sunshine” and the time he scared us at Halloween by pretending to be the Headless Horseman. I have many memories stored in my heart and no one can take them from me. I miss you, Daddy. Thanks for the encouragement and the love and guidance you provided. Forever, you will live on in me and my brother and sister! I hope we’ve made you proud. I wish you could have been around longer for your grandchildren to have known you better. You would be so proud of all of them, I’m sure! I know that I will see you again, in God’s time, and I look forward to that sweet reunion!

 

I Am a Real Person! September 24, 2012

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My daughter, Ashley, was looking into blogging the other day. She remembered that I had started a blog and she had never looked at it before. When she checked it out, she said all of a sudden I was more than just her mom. I was a real person. I had to chuckle at her description of this new side of me that she’d never seen before.

I guess we do seem to do that. I can remember when my parents would give me advice, I would listen. But I didn’t plan on taking their advice seriously! I mean what did they know. They were just my parents! But a few short years later they seemed to have gained so much knowledge! I began to actually ask for their opinion and really consider what they had said. As teenagers, we tend to think we know it all. As we get into our twenties, all of a sudden we understand that there is so much more to learn! I certainly feel validated to know that my daughter sees me as a real person! I love you so much, Ashley!

 

It’s Time for VBS! June 5, 2012

Filed under: Bible,Children,Christian,Faith,God — webmasteryates @ 11:02 pm
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It’s that time of year that the adults in the church come together to create an amazing time for the children in the community! I remember VBS as a child. It is not nearly exciting as the VBS weeks I’ve been involved in as an adult. There are so many resources available now days to help plan around a central theme for the whole week. I remember just a few adults being involved, but now there are many adults and teenagers in the church that help to plan and carry out the whole week. I look forward to seeing the children singing the songs and laughing at the skits and running around during recreation time. I haven’t been involved for a few years in VBS, but I think this will be a fun summer to be a part of it again. How about you? Is it time for you to be a part of  VBS at your church? Round up the kids in your neighborhood and encourage them to have a great time learning about God and Jesus this summer!

 

Graduation Is a Time of Change May 22, 2012

Filed under: Children,Christian,Faith,Prayer — webmasteryates @ 10:55 pm
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This time of year always brings about changes for those students who graduate and are ready to take on a new chapter in their lives. I have two daughters graduating this year; one from college and one from high school. It’s such an exciting time for both of them. One ready to search for the career she has been studying for during the last 17 years, the other ready to embark on a new educational experience that will take her down an exciting path! I wish the best for each of them. I’ve spent the first part of their lives teaching them to love and trust in God and now I must do the same. I must trust that they will rely on God to lead them where he wants them to go. I am sure that he has great things in store for both of them and feel honored that my husband and I have been entrusted with the gift of raising them. It’s an awesome responsibility!

 

Pray For Your Children’s Future April 16, 2012

Filed under: Children,Christian,Faith,Prayer — webmasteryates @ 9:09 am
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From the time our children are born we wonder what their future will be like. What kind of student will they be, what will they choose for a career, who will they marry, what will their spouse be like, how about grandchildren…? And we pray about many of these things. The mysteries of the future go on and on. This Saturday night, my oldest daughter became engaged to her best friend. They have been together for several years now and he has become very special to us.  A man of God who is a leader in our church at the young age of 20, he has earned respect from many. I trust that God brought them together and has blessed their relationship. It makes me feel very happy to see that my daughter will be with a man who loves God, loves and respects her, and will be there for her always.

So, do I feel like she is taken care of and I don’t need to pray for her any more? Certainly not! My prayers will be to continue to keep God in their relationship. I still have another daughter that I will continue to pray these same kind of prayers for. I pray that when the time is right God will bring into her life a man with similar qualities. I will always be here for my children whatever their needs, but it sure is nice to know that God and a loving spouse will be there also! Keep praying for your children, Parents! God will answer in his time…

 

Trust Your Children in God’s Hands March 31, 2012

Filed under: Christian,Faith,harvest — webmasteryates @ 9:21 pm
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When our oldest daughter was getting ready for college, all of a sudden, she informed us she was changing her plans midway through her senior year in high school. All her life, she talked of going to art school. Now, she was feeling led to major in ministry.It was actually quite a shock to us because this was a total change in her plans. Her feeling was quite strong as to what school God was leading her toward and the way everything fell into place, it was obvious that she was right. Four years later, she is ready to graduate with a major in Biblical Studies and a minor in Ministry. She’s not really sure what she will do for a living, but we feel confident that God led her into this career choice, so he will provide for her in his time.

Now, it’s time to put our youngest daughter through college. Even though she was adamant that she would not go to the same university, it is once again obvious that God wants her there. So, after exploring several other schools, she has decided on the same place. Her calling is into a different career, but knowing that she is in a place where developing her faith is important, it will play a role in her future.

How will we pay for 2 children in a private university? I’m not sure, but so far we are doing okay. God seems to be providing a way for it to happen. If you have faith in him, he will make it happen if it’s his will.

 

 
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