Sunday, June 17, 2012

Bread for the Journey / Father's Day



Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Today we are celebrating Father's Day in North America. 
 I am very blessed to have a father that gives his love to me generously and unselfishly, and doubly blessed to have a husband that always given of himself in every way he knows how for our children.
 For that I can never be thankful enough. 
By no means are these men perfect and with out their flaws, I too as a parent have many flaws and have disappointed and hurt the people that I love unintentionally.  I know many of you have had hurtful experiences with their earthly father, however we have a heavenly father that is perfect, and His way is perfect even if we are unable to see it right now.

I look at this picture of our youngest daughter holding tightly to her father's hand, going on a hike in the mountains. The path is unfamiliar to her, she is uncertain of what lies around the bend...Are there going to bears?  Is the hike going to become more difficult with rough terrain along the way?  Can she do it?  She would have never ventured on that hike alone, but was fully confident that with her father beside her she could do it and her fears subsided.

Is life not like that for us? 
We are uncertain of what lies around the bend on our path of life?  
God has set a path before us.  
A path of life all though uncertain, we can walk in hope, freedom and with purpose.  
We do not know what lies around the corner or what kind of rough terrain we will encounter.  We need to be able to trust. 
 I encourage you to take the hand of your heavenly Father, hold tight, and take a step of faith on the uncharted path that is set before you.  
No matter what comes, 
with God by your side, you are never alone.

You make known to me the path of life; 
    you will fill me with joy in your presence, 
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Psalm 16:11

11 comments:

  1. I have not posted a comment before. Thank you, I needed to read that today. I have a difficult journey to walk over the next few months and to be reminded that God is there is so helpful.

    I am keeping a Journal of Bible verse, poems and other helpful, funny etc quotes during this time. I will write these verses in it.

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    1. I's comforting to document your journey. There will be times when you will want to search out those poems and verses and glean from them over and over. May you be blessed in a special way today, and know that others of us have walked the route...clinging on to God's power.

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  2. Hang on tight, especially to those who have gone before us like our fathers, who can be seen and known of men of goodness, respect and integrity. We need father's who can hand this down to their children...
    We truly do not know which way the journey leads and we can hang on to our heavenly Father just the same.
    Happy Father's Day to all of you.

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  3. Dear Masked Sparrow
    I am so sorry that you have a difficult path ahead of you. May you experience God's arms of love and comfort around you as you take His hand and journey along with Him....may you find that hope, freedom and purpose through it all.

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  4. shirley reimer bertheletteJune 17, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Thanks Charlotte for posting this --my sister is also going threw a really bad time,,and you are right we don't know our journey in life,, so I hope she hangs on tight in her faith,,because she will need it.. and so will I ,,the sole sure feels heavy ,when things go wrong,,, but I won;t gave up .and will stand by her side,,, lots of love

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    1. Shirley, I will also hold you and your sister in my prayers as you journey together on this path...my you feel encouraged, and hopeful.

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    2. shirley reimer bertheletteJune 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      Thanks Char,,,for keeping us in your prayers,,will help alot I know,,well, Char,,I do feel encouraged,and hopeful..maybe its all that praying,thing going on,,,hugs,going your way..<3

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  5. Another fantastic message--you always manage to set a person's mind at ease!!Keep them coming--they are a great help in our unknown world. Thank you.

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  6. Thank you for this. Today is a painful day, and your words have helped me.

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  7. I was sitting in church today and listening to our Pastor deliver a wonderful message about families. Families can often hurt each other so much and mine is no different. As a matter of fact it is quite an anxiety ridden family. I really needed to read what you wrote today about trusting God. Placing my hand in his and not be fearful to move forward. Thank you for sharing this, I have booked marked it to read time and time again when I need encouragement. I have done that to many of your Sunday Bread already.
    Kate

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  8. Thank you Charlotte - such a great analogy for those of us who have wonderful earthly fathers. And for those who don't - Christ truly is a Father to the fatherless - guiding and protecting us as no earthly father can do.

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