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Happy 82nd Birthday Dad – March 15 Devotional Thoughts

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On this day 82 years ago, my beloved Dad was born. It’s hard to believe he passed away at the age of 69, in September 2002, after a short battle with an aggressive strain of lymphoma. I miss him so much and there are still so many days I wish I could pick up the phone and talk to him, or drive to New Hampshire to visit him and feel his “bear hug” embrace.

 

I miss our family gatherings and group birthday celebrations, on a day somewhere on or near the dates of those in close proximity–like Dad’s, mine, and my middle daughter’s celebration (Dad’s birthday on 3/15, mine on 3/29, and my daughter’s on 4/3).

My Dad on his 50th Birthday, over 30 years ago.
My Dad on his 50th Birthday, over 30 years ago. [The special notation to ” Baby Andy” is from an album I put together for him on his 30th birthday!]

I wish Dad could have met Dave, because I know Dad would have welcomed him as a son. Love you and miss you, Dad, but I’m glad you’re no longer in pain, and that you’re strong and healthy again, enjoying the presence of the Lord you served your entire life- and with Mom at your side!

 

My Dad, my middle daughter Jen (birthday in April), and me.
My Dad, my middle daughter Jen (birthday in April), and me on one of our group birthday celebrations.

I especially think about this music video on days like today, and have already had my emotional moment, crying and listening to this song, If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.

 

 

Now onto today’s devotional shares – and remember to check out Daily Scripture Readings, if you would like to read some Psalms and Proverbs for the day.

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“Faith can be described in many ways, but a very simple way to look at faith–even to examine whether or not you are operating in it–is to say that ‘faith has an attitude.’

 

Hebrews 4 says that those who have believed God–those who have an attitude of faith–enter His rest and cease from the weariness and pain of human labors.

 

The attitude of faith does not worry, fret, or have anxiety concerning tomorrow, because faith understands that wherever it needs to go, even into the unknowns of the future, Jesus has already been there.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

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“Lord, thank You, too, for the Holy Spirit–the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and strength. I praise You that He is in me to enlighten me through Your Word, to flush away my anxieties and fears, my resentments and hostilities, my guilt and regrets, as water flushes away dirt and trash…to keep me filled with Himself and to flood my heart with Your love…to produce through me the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control….”

–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”

 

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“When we have an unpleasant past, people often misjudge our actions, and we find ourselves trying to convince others that we are acceptable. People don’t forget our past as easily as God does.

**Don’t dwell on what God has forgotten.**

Pray: Lord, thank You for Your forgiveness and cleansing my heart and soul from sin. I will give You my best. Amen.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

 

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-1-  This one gives whole new meaning to the concept of “watching your attitude.” An attitude of faith (not worrying, fretting, or stressing with anxiety) is definitely one we could all benefit from maintaining!

 

-2- I read this devotional every month, and every time, I have the same picture in my mind: washing away the “soul” dirt the same way we wash the dirt off our feet at an outdoor shower outside the restrooms at our favorite ocean beach park.

 

-3- This comes up often in various devotionals, so you know it’s a topic we must struggle with — letting go of the past and its hold on our lives, as well as wanting others to forget our mistakes of the past. Again, since God forgives and forgets our past when we’ve asked forgiveness–why is it so difficult for us to do likewise, to just receive that forgiveness and move forward?

 

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So what are YOUR thoughts? Have you ever thought about faith having an attitude? Do you agree that it’s a good attitude to have?

 

Have you ever pictured this concept of washing away the dirt from our souls as easily as we wash dirt from our bodies, or as we hose down our driveways to remove mud streams  left after a storm?

 

Do you wish you could let go of your past mistakes and erase the memory of them from your mind, as well as from the minds of others?

7 Comments

  1. Manu Kalia

    I’m sure he would be so proud of you now. Praying for your family
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    16 . Mar . 2015
  2. Barbara Bianchi

    Karen, What a beautiful tribute to your dad. (He was so young) These verses and devotions are all good and I will ponder them in my heart as I go to sleep tonight. “Faith understands that wherever it needs to go, even into the unknowns of the future, Jesus has already been there.” ?
    Have a blessed week.
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    16 . Mar . 2015
  3. Ashley

    Aww… I’m sorry you lost your dad when he was so young. Today is my Grandpa’s birthday, he would have been 91. He passed away a few months before my first daughter was born. He was my world and what I remember “home” to be. It never leaves us huh? But I guess that means they always stay with us in some way. I hope today was better for you xo

    16 . Mar . 2015
  4. Francene Stanley

    It’s wonderful to have such positive, loving memories of your father. Consider yourself one of the lucky ones.
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    17 . Mar . 2015
  5. Brittany

    I lost my grandpa to lymphoma when he was 72 (on my 19th birthday). I have a recording of one of his sermons & I love to listen to it to remember him. This is a wonderful tribute to your dad!
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    17 . Mar . 2015
  6. Maria Hass

    I’m sorry for your dad’s passing, even though he’s in the presence of the Lord. I’m sure it must feel difficult. But thank you for the devotionals and the verses to remind us all what to set our minds on!
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    17 . Mar . 2015
  7. Joy

    I like to think of polishing silver. Unpolished silver looks old, forgotten, maybe even like junk, but clean it up and it sparkles and shines like new!
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    17 . Mar . 2015

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