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!

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Missing You, Daddy! February 5, 2013

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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!

 

Appreciation To A Great Dad June 15, 2012

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I’ve been thinking about Father’s Day coming up and how much I miss my dad. It makes me sad when I think of things we’ve missed doing together through the years. He’s been gone now for 11 years. But then I think how lucky I was to call him “Dad”. He was always there for me no matter what. He was a great father and was always loyal to his family. Education was important to him and he made it clear that he expected the best I could do. At the time it seemed like my best was never good enough, but looking back on it, I know he just wanted the best for me. He was a great role model and I think he would approve of the person I’ve become. I hope that I have been half as good a parent to my girls as he was to my siblings and I.

If your dad is still living, don’t forget to take the time this Father’s Day to let him know how much you appreciate and love him. If you aren’t on good terms with him, now would be a great time to bury the hatchet and make an effort to make amends. Happy Fathers’ Day!

 

Spend Time With the Ones You Love May 3, 2012

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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!

 

Comfort in The Bad Times March 4, 2012

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Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 NIV

With all the destruction and devestation of this past weekend, my prayers go out to those who lost loved ones or their homes. In times like this it’s easy to ask, “Why does God let things like this happen?” Sometimes, it takes a catastrophe to bring out the best in people. It’s hard for us to even come close to understanding God’s plan. The loss of the families that are suffering is real. I can’t begin to feel what they are feeling in their sadness. I do know that God will be there for them to help them through these tough times if they will ask for his comfort. Some tend to blame God, but that’s not the answer.

If you know someone who has suffered during the tornadoes in the midwest or any other time similar to this, don’t forget to give them your love, support, and encouragement. It’s important that we turn toward God, not away from him in our sorrow. No one loves us more than our Father. Pray to Him for comfort and you will receive it.

 

Filling the Void February 1, 2012

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There is an emptiness inside us all that must be filled in order to feel whole. Many try to fill that void with material things like cars, clothes, or expensive toys. Others may fill the empty feeling with lots of friends, drugs or even gangs. See, we all have a need to belong-to be loved by someone, anyone. If we don’t feel that love from our family, we’ll find it somewhere. If our basic needs of shelter, food and safety are met by a gang, that is mistaken as love. When one finally realizes none of those material things can make us feel better and we hit rock bottom, we may open our hearts to God. For many, it takes this extreme before they will open up to the possibility of a heavenly Father who loves everything about us. It’s hard to imagine that after all we’ve done wrong, God still loves us.

“God has put into each of our lives a void that cannot be filled by the world. We may leave God or put Him on hold, but He is always there, patiently waiting for us…to turn back to Him.” -Emilie Barnes

He is still there waiting for you to make that move toward Him. The gift is there for the taking. It’s free. All you have to do is accept it. How do you do that? Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, for it is through him we receive eternal life. Grow your faith by studying the word and find a good church to surround yourself with others who try to be like Jesus. Trust me. You will find that hole that you thought couldn’t be filled, will be overflowing with God’s love.

Stepping out in Faith,

Pam

 

Contemplating God’s Creation… January 17, 2012

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I was thinking about all that God has created. It’s pretty awesome when you think of the beauty and intricate design of so many things we find on this earth. And who knows what lies beyond that hasn’t been discovered yet. No matter how much scientists think they know, there are always answers out of their reach. How much God must have loved us to have created all this for us and then given us the freedom to choose Him or walk away. It must hurt terribly to have many turn their backs completely on him, but when we finally realize and come back, he’s willing to open his arms wide and celebrate our return to his fold.

I’ll leave you with this thought: “Can’t follow the stars? Follow the One who made them” – Anonymous

Yours in Faith,
Pam

 

 
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