30 Days of Giving Thanks: Day 6

Today, I am giving thanks for my godly heritage.

30 Days of Giving ThanksMy Mom and Dad both served the Lord with their whole hearts when I was growing up. Christ was the center of their marriage. They were such an example to me as I go through my own joys and trials of marriage. I am thankful to be able to look back at all they endured together.

My Daddy is no longer with us, and I miss him more each day. However, there are so many things I learned from him through the years that I will never, ever forget. Daddy loved people. He’d befriend any stranger on the street. He was never quick to anger and so, so patient with me – something I’m still working on daily in my own life. His smile instantly lit up any room – no matter how dark or bleak. But, the thing I miss most is his singing. Growing up, it would embarrass me so badly when he would sing at the top of his lungs with my friends in the car. Now, I’d give anything to have that happen just one more time. The last song I ever remember him singing in public was O Holy Night. To this day, I’ve never found anyone that can sing the song like he could.

When Daddy got sick, he never, ever blamed God, got angry, or questioned why. He fought with all the strength he had, and when he knew it was time to let go, he made sure to tell my brother and I to follow God’s will for our lives and obey our mom.

Mom handled Daddy’s illness with strength of a thousand men. She stayed by his side and supported Daddy in every decision regarding his cancer. She loved him so much, and I know that it crushed her to let him go. But, again, she never blamed God. Never got angry. Never questioned why.

I am so thankful the parents God put in my life. I have learned so much from them. They were the examples I want to be to my children.

My godly heritage also includes several other people that I may or may not be related to. Over the years, my parents worked hard to support us, so my brother and I spent a lot of time in the care of other families. It’s those families that I want to thank today as well:

  • Aunt Wendy – my brother and I probably drove her and her husband crazy. They had 3 children of their own, but Aunt Wendy would never turn us away. She showed us unconditional love, an open door, and a listening ear. I always wanted to be just like her when I grew up. I still do.
  • Elaine Stephens – we spent a lot of time with Bob & Elaine. Elaine taught me how to keep house and how to love your children. She taught me patience, kindness, and how to make the best chocolate chip cookies ever. {Though I remember eating more of the dough than the cookies!} She’s the reason I wanted to badly to be a mom. She was {and still is} such an example of a good Christian mother. Even though we live far apart, I still think about her and pray for her every day.
  • Joan White – another example of a godly wife and mother that I looked up to. Mrs. White didn’t put up with much, but she never reacted out of anger. She taught me the importance of knowing how to take care of your husband, your children, your household, and your finances. I wish I still lived near her, because I could definitely use some cooking and sewing lessons right about now.

My list could go on and on, but I should stop there. I am so blessed to have so many people in my life that I can look up to. Godly examples of people that put Christ first and others second. I can never use the excuse that “I wasn’t raised that way” – because it couldn’t be further from the truth.

What are you thankful for today?

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Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.

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