I remember the night my dad left. I felt horrible. My
mother and two older sisters and I were so upset.
The happy family that we thought would last forever disintegrated
that night. We felt so
alone, confused and rejected by our dad who we thought loved us so much. See, our dad was a great dad when we were growing up.
He was an accountant, a mechanic and do-it-yourself handyman.
My dad took us to the library, watched our music concerts at
school, and played with us in the backyard.
When we went on family vacations my dad was the designated driver
and tour guide. Home videos
that he took in the past are cherished memories for us today.
Every Saturday evening, our family went bowling because our
parents were a part of a bowling league.
My dad was a really good bowler.
Our childhood was filled with wonderful memories.
Thatís why it was so hard to believe my dad could actually walk
out on us. That was when I
was fourteen. I was in
junior high. I was so
embarrassed and ashamed, I didnít want to tell my friends.
It was a hard time for my mom and sisters, we had to pick up all
the broken dreams and move on without Dad.
We were torn up on the inside, it hurt so much; our hearts were
broken. We cried so much, hoping Dad would come home and change his
mind so that we could be one happy family again.
Problems arose from this one event.
We felt betrayed by my fatherís side of the family, so we felt
we had lost family. Friends
that we trusted were not there to support or help us.
Banks and creditors had no mercy that we had just enough money to
eat and not enough to pay the huge debt my father left my mother.
It seemed like there was nothing to really live for.
It seemed that we had lost everything.
It was a miracle that we survived!
It actually started within a few weeks of my dad leaving.
My mom got a phone call from a woman that offered to help and
pray for us. She comforted my mom with the promises of Jesus.
She said that Jesus sees our hurt and sadness and that He can
heal our broken hearts, all we have to do is believe that He loves us
and trust Him to bring us through. I knew about God, but I didnít know that I
could have a relationship with Him. The key ingredient in any
relationship is communication. The
easiest way is to communicate is to talk.
Praying is just talking to God and sharing our hearts and lives
with Him. As I began to open my heart to God, He began to heal my heart
from all its wounds and loneliness.
He gave me a sense of love and security and that He would take
care of me and provide for our familyís needs.
Godís love carried me through a lot of hard times and I
didnít lose hope that I could still have a happy life.
The most important thing that He told me was that He loved me and
would be my Heavenly Father, that He would be there for me whenever I
Today I still feel His love and
care. I got through junior
high, high school, and even college.
God really provided our family with all the things we needed.
We almost lost our house at one point, but God came to the
rescue. God always supplied
what we needed when we needed it. Iíve
come to trust Jesus more and more with every thing in my life because He
has never failed me. Sometimes
we donít understand why bad things happen to us, but God makes a way
for us to survive and overcome. Iím
living today because Jesus gave me hope of a better life.
just want to let you know that you are loved.
I donít know all that has happened in your life, but you are
special and very important Ė especially to God.
You can have the hope of having a bright and happy future.
Believe in God and know that He believes in you.
He loves you. He
will always be there for you even when you feel alone.
God is the Best Friend anyone can have.
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