Without Daddy, My Father Is still with Me

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Today (3/23/23) would have been my dad’s 100th birthday.  In August, it will be 50 years since he passed.  Although I just turned 7 in July before he died in August 1973, he made an enormous impact on my life.I had some wonderful memories  that I cherish to this day.There is no wonder I have come to know the Lord as Father, with the great example Daddy set as a provider and protector.I know that I was young, and  sometimes a child’s perception of a parent can be biased, but I never learned anything to the contrary .  He was the same anywhere he was.  Integrity was one of his finest traits.  

I wasn’t taken to church by my parents to handle my education about Jesus either.  My siblings and I learned about what it meant to trust in the Lord through the daily examples my parents presented.  They were both walking testimonies of faith in Christ in trials, triumph and the mundane. 

Daddy loved the Lord, my Mom, his children, extended family and friends, dearly. It was such a blessing to be his baby.  One of my last memories of him was my birthday party.  After cake, the other kids and I went out to play and my parents were inside cleaning up everything.  It was outside that all of the girls ganged up on me and decided they needed to give me a birthday spanking.  I cried for them to stop, but they wouldn’t listen, instead they just laughed as the next one took her turn.  Well, my Daddy heard me and bolted out of the door, demanding they stop AND apologize. 

He called each mother, told them what happened and to collect their child at once! I spent the rest of the day being comforted by him.  Do NOT harm one of his children, lest you face the consequence.

Those kids did not want to come over any more.  The soft-spoken gentleman they knew as my dad, drew the line at mistreatment of his child. He heard my anguished cries, and rescued me. That was one of many times Daddy taught me to understand what Father God means. A little over a month later, Daddy got to meet the Father Face to face.

In conclusion, my Dad, as leader, not dictator, of our home, stood up for what he knew and taught us to be true about the Lord. He set an example of living out his faith regardless of what others believed or how they acted,  and determining that he and his house would serve the Lord.

Almighty and Sovereign God

Thank You for this day

Please forgive me of sins I’ve  made against You, others and myself

Thank You for godly men who lead their families

And direct them to you by the way they live

For those who do not have the example at home or availableP

Please let them acknowledge that they have a Heavenly Father

 Who loves then unconditionally, and sent His Son

So we can be in Heaven one day

Experiencing the great joy only You can bring

In Jesus  Name



About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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