Wednesday, June 12, 2013
There are just so many reasons why I love God and why my joy is complete in him. He was with me even when I didn’t know him and even when I didn’t acknowledge him. In my opinion, my life was similar to that of Cornelius. Until the Lord directed Peter to go and see Cornelius, he (Cornelius) had no idea that all his good works were in vain. He loved God and he did what he could to help others, but he did not know about Jesus. Once Peter arrived and gave him the good news, his life and the life of his family began to prosper in ways unimaginable. (Acts chapter 10)
I cannot tell you how difficult my “struggles” were since my parents’ divorce and I cannot pinpoint the “moment” when I realized that my stepdad was not my birth father. I can only tell you that once I discovered in my heart that my “father” was out there somewhere, I began to hope. And somehow, in that hope, I felt that I had a brother. But a small part of me always had this notion that when I came to meet my Fuller family, people would continuously hug me and say, “You look just like your dad. He was a good man.”
How awesome is my God that after 43 years of quiet longings, my dad was alive, well and living in Ohio? Not only that, my little brother (5 years younger) was also an hour away from our father. I met my birth father in 2003 and my life has been one amazing journey ever since. It’s all GOD’s amazing grace!!!!
That is exactly why Jeremiah 29:11-14 is one of my all-time favorite scripture verses. God had a hope and a future set aside specifically for me that I never knew, dreamt or imagined. He was and is always behind the scenes preparing things for his children and all that he asks is that we acknowledge and submit to him. He ask that we love him and place him first in our lives, that we would trust that his will is so much better for us than anything we could do in our own strength and that we would willingly desire to spend eternity with him.
Lord, I wholeheartedly accept your invitation to be my first love and to spend eternity in your Kingdom. And by the way, “Happy early Father’s Day to you, My Lord and My Savior.”
With that being said, I am headed to Ohio to spend some quality time with my dad. I must say that although God is my first love…my son and my dad is tied for #2. Max was and will always be my #3.
This is my brother Farron. He won't admit it, but he is SO jealous of me. Lol
Farron, My sister Kendra, My dad and Me :-)