I can honestly think of no better dad then my own, and I don’t just say that to say it. Without a shadow of a doubt, he would give his life for any one of us. His life is a daily sacrifice, as evidenced by the choices he makes. Dad continues to go strong utilizing every minute the Lord has given him.
He’s had to make hard decisions over the years. I am grateful beyond words for his courage to make this decisions. Just the other day, a mom was sharing with me the detrimental effects that a worldly avenue had on their son, and it saddened me greatly. Oh, how grateful I am for my parents’ wisdom in protecting my heart and the hearts of my brothers and sisters. Each one of my siblings would affirm what I am saying, and it’s not because I have been isolated and don’t know any better. No, I wasn’t isolated, only protected.
Dad wants God’s best for each of our lives. I have seen my daddy many times on his knees, crying out to the Lord for wisdom and guidance as he leads this family. For each of my brothers’ courtships, Dad has been there when they have needed his advice or counsel. If we are struggling in an area, he willingly sets aside whatever project he is working on to listen and encourage.
With the Moody books, he and Mom are my biggest support team. Dad has given my brothers the vision of purchasing their homes debt-free, and Nathan and Christopher are profoundly grateful for his guidance. The other brothers are working toward that goal now too. My sister-in-laws could also tell you how grateful they are for the leadership Dad gave to their husbands. Dad has felt strongly the Lord’s direction on ITonRamp.com, and we have been thrilled to see the positive feedback from those participating in the first course. Leading our family is very challenging, and I’m so grateful that my Dad is seeking to follow the Lord Jesus in all we do.
A little known fact: Dad is an incredible photographer. The one below depicts a man, watching, waiting and hoping he will receive some mail from the States. It can be very lonely when serving overseas. It was probably his one bright spot to his day.
Another little known fact is Dad used to run marathons. He also loved to fly, but he gave it all up to spend time with his family and focus on the priorities the Lord gave him. As he says now, one day, he will fly again.
So, yes, my dad is amazing and mirrors to me what a true soldier of the Lord Jesus is.
“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (2 Timothy 2:3-4).