I am thankful today for my husband, Bobby. We were married the summer I graduated from high school and left the following month for bible college. I seriously would not encourage anyone to do that but thank the Lord we survived! We will celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary in July.
Even though the ministry can be a tough and challenging profession, Bobby has taught me numerous lessons over the years as we have co-pastored. He is a wonderful father and my very best friend. He is a true example of putting God first in everything he does. His life truly represents God in all ways.
My dad passed away at the age of 49 with lung cancer. I was seven months pregnant with our first child. My children never had the opportunity to meet their grandfather. I am thankful today that my dad accepted the Lord on his death bed and that one day we will be reunited.
My grandfather was a Pentecostal Holiness pastor and passed away from complications associated with cancer. I am thankful today for his heritage. His influence in my life inspired me at a very young age to seek Christ. I can remember the summer's that I would spend with my grandparents in the mountains of West Virginia. My grandfather would take me to church and encourage me to play my accordion. I have no idea what happened to that incredible musical instrument, no idea how to play or a desire to try! Anyhow...... he was a great man of God and made a huge difference in my life.
My father-in-law was another great man of God who influenced my life tremendously. He passed away a number of years ago. Although he battled sickness most of his life I am thankful for the incredible Godly legacy he left behind. He was a great model for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
And most of all I am thankful today for my Heavenly Father who consistently puts up with me! Sometimes I react like the children of Israel whining and complaining about everything. He continually loves me and encourages me daily. I love Him so much and am so thankful that He is such a tolerant Father.
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