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Celebrating the Life of My Father: What’s Your Legacy?

The word for May (albeit late) is LEGACY.  We all have a legacy.  If you’re like me, your daily life is more about what needs to get done right now and less about legacy.  But life circumstances have a way of putting things in perspective when they otherwise get out of whack.  Busy women especially need to push the pause button, forget the everyday stress and minutia, and ask — what’s my legacy?

For me, my legacy is deeply tied to my parents.  They remind me of who I am, where I came from, and what’s really important.  This week, I’m celebrating my father’s life and mourning his loss.  You can read his obituary here.  I’ve had the privilege of recording the lessons he taught me through a series of blog posts over the years.   I’m honored to share his legacy over and over again.

How An Old-Fashioned Father Father Raised Five Loyal Daughters

Thanks For Fighting Dad.

 This Father’s Day, Don’t Stop Praying For Your Man

Lessons Learned From My Father’s Illness (Part 1)

Lessons Learned From My Father’s Illness (Part 2)

The Word For April:  Less.

Will We Be 18 In Heaven? 

Our Aging Parents Can Still Teach Us (80th Birthday)

 

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How are you recording (and living out) your own legacy?

This Father’s Day, Don’t Stop Praying For Your Man!

 In most families, the mother –not the father —  is the spiritual driver.  Sorry guys, but the research supports me.  Studies identify women as the “spiritually stronger” sex – not just in church attendance, but in spiritual leadership within the family. 

I’m not saying this is the way it’s supposed to be.  It’s just the way it is.  And such was the case in my own family growing up.

My mom got us out of bed and dragged us to church on Sunday morning.

My dad stayed home, smoked cigarettes and read the paper.  (It was the 70’s after all.)

I can still remember peeling off  the Surgeon General’s warnings from the bright green pack of Kool cigarettes.  I would leave the warning in conspicuous places – like by my father’s “Archie Bunker” chair – in hopes that he would see the light while the rest of us prayed for him on Sunday mornings.   My prayers went something like this.

Dear God, Help Dad to stop smoking.  Save his soul too.  I really like being his “Squirt” and I want him to be in heaven with us.

Yet week after week, he would sit in his chair, read his paper, and dismiss – and even mock – my mother’s faith.

But my mother never gave up.  

Sometimes, the tension was so thick in our house that you could cut it with a butcher knife.    Other times, we looked – and acted – like the happiest nuclear family on the block.  And we truly were.  It’s just that my mom was in love with Jesus, and sometimes I wished that He wouldn’t come between my parents – and that she wouldn’t act like such a Jesus Freak.  It really made Dad mad. 

But she kept praying.

God first answered her prayers about cigarettes.  My dad stopped smoking over 30 years ago.  And while He won his battle with nicotine, he fought another battle with cancer.

That’s when God first got his attention.

But some men (like some of us!) are very stubborn.  You know the type.  It was through another awful disease that God really got his attention.   But God didn’t stop there.  He took my father from the wheelchair to the walker.  From the walker to the cane.  From the cane to his feet. 

Today, at age 82, my father publically proclaims his faith in Jesus Christ.  You can hear his story and witness his baptism here. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=mR1QZH_-WAM 

But the greatest aspect of his story isn’t his physical healing.  It’s the spiritual transformation of a man.  A praying wife.  And a relentless God.  

To those of you who don’t think that miracles happen today, think again. 

To those of you who have stopped praying for your husband, don’t ever stop.  God never gives up.   

Isn’t Father’s Day a great day to keep the faith?

[This blog was originally posted on November 18, 2012 – shortly after my father’s baptism.]

Are You Stuck In The Desert?

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Some of us are ready for a new beginning.  We’re working too much, playing too little, and carrying too much stress.  We’re in a rut and we’re not quite sure what to do next.

I’ve been talking about new beginnings since I started studying Joshua this month.  And I’m really impressed by Joshua for a couple of reasons.  First and foremost, he didn’t get stuck in the desert.

Some of us are stuck in the desert.   So we can learn a few things from Joshua.   Continue reading →

Why Doesn’t He Help?

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Do men intentionally sabotage “woman’s work” so they don’t have to help with the kids?

It’s a question that deserves some discussion. Continue reading →

Why I Put Up With the Tooth Fairy and Other Nonsense

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I don’t really hate the tooth fairy.  Let’s just say she has a way of overcomplicating my life when I’m particularly exhausted.  Here’s the short list of what I find most annoying every time she visits.  Continue reading →