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.

Daily Prompt: All About Me February 13, 2013


Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you. This is my response to yesterday’s prompt:

When I first started blogging, it was in response to our church’s need for someone to take over the website. I contemplated this for several weeks before offering to rise to this challenge. I had never run a website before and I had a lot to learn, but nobody else was coming forward to take the job.

After much prayerful consideration, I felt that I was being called by God to “Step Out in Faith”. I knew that God would provide the skills I needed to complete the task at hand. The blog was a result of my feeling of God’s tug to have faith in him. I felt that this was something I needed to share with others to challenge them to step out in faith also.

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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. ┬áTaking 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!

 

Overcoming Obstacles With God January 29, 2013

Filed under: Faith,God,health — webmasteryates @ 1:22 pm
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Six months ago, I was diagnosed with diabetes. I was feeling horrible with classic diabetic symptoms; extreme thirst, urinating a lot, exhaustion, and when my vision got really blurry, I knew it was time to find out what was going on. My doctor’s office worked me in the very next day and a simple blood glucose test showed a very elevated result. One look at the nurse’s face and I knew it wasn’t good. I was put on insulin to bring my number down quickly and I signed up and attended diabetes education class and met individually with a nutritionist and a diabetes educator.They were very helpful and I learned a lot that helped me deal with the day to day glucose tests and insulin shots as well as what foods to eat and not eat.

It was 4 months later before I found out I had type 1 diabetes, not type 2. My treatment changed again and I had more changes to make in my daily life. Insulin shots before meals were added to my arsenal of ammunition against this disease that has my body fighting against itself. Adjusting my meds several times still has my numbers totally out of whack. Strangely enough, I have never blamed God for this struggle as it’s not his fault. I do, however, praise him for giving me the strength I need to deal with this debilitating disease. My diabetic care team has been a huge help!

My most recent visit to the endocrinologist was another variation to my treatment. Now, I will be learning how to use an insulin pump. That is the next step in my quest for a somewhat normal existence. Hopefully, once I learn to use it, I’ll be able to get things under control. Without God in my life, I’m sure that I would have felt totally overwhelmed through all of this. Knowing that he’s always there for me has helped me to look at this as an opportunity to learn about the disease and to help others who are dealing with it as well. Teaching students in my health classes about it and showing them how to eat healthier are goals that I have now that I am learning more about it. God will help me to do this. I’m stepping out in faith…

 

Spend Time With the Ones You Love May 3, 2012

Filed under: Faith — webmasteryates @ 10:42 am
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It’s easy to take for granted the people we love the most. They’re always there for us. We don’t mean to take them for granted, but life gets in the way. None of us know how much time we have left! We get so busy with meetings, and chores and things that we know should be done, that sometimes we just don’t have time to visit. Don’t make that mistake. You can’t make up for lost time. No matter if you spend 24 hours a day with them, you can’t make up for what has been lost! None of us want to think about the finality of death, but if we know the Father and have accepted Jesus Christ as our saviour, we can have faith that we will see them in heaven in God’s time. So, love while you can so that you’ll have no regrets!

 

Giving control to God January 28, 2012

Filed under: Christian,Uncategorized — webmasteryates @ 10:00 pm
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For most of my life I have been one who needs to be in control. But sometimes, I haven’t made the best decisions. Oh, I’ve tried to do the right thing. Tried to treat others as I would like to be treated. I’ve tried to do my best to be the best wife, the best mother, the best friend, the best teacher. But, I have fallen short of all that I could be when I haven’t been willing to let God take control of my life. I think I was afraid to let go because I was afraid that God’s plan for my life would not be my plan. It has taken me a long time to realize that God’s plan is perfect. Mine is not. I still struggle with the need to feel in control, but I’m working on letting God take the reigns. I have given control to him and asked him to use me as an instrument to reach others. I may not always understand why he leads me in a certain direction. But, I continue to try to┬átrust that his will is best and let him take control.

Stepping out in faith,

Pam

 

 
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