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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

Dad's Approval

I miss my dad so much especially on Sundays because he would be sitting right beside me at church and then going on the boat! One Sunday I noticed Mom had tears in her eyes and I said, "are you ok?" She smiled through her tears and said, "I was just thinking how Charles would love this church!" Mom said she could see him "carrying on" (southern for having fun and being silly) with Pastor Barry and Pastor Tim. It is comforting to me to know that Dad would approve and be proud of how I obeyed God’s nudge. I guess we never outgrow wanting our father's approval.

Leaving "my" church was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I know so many people going through the same thing right now. The biggest battle was that my mom was not coming. God said to me, "Are you choosing your mother over me?" I had to pick God. Little did I know, it almost seems silly now, that God would bring Mom over - on her own nudge! I believe God was testing me - would I stay comfortable or would I trust Him? 1 Thessalonians 2: 4, "But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts."

I know my earthly father would be proud of us for obeying God’s call but what is most important is that we please our Heavenly Father. Matthew 6: 33, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." I feel He has "added" so many blessings to my life and helped me grow by leaps and bounds. Everyone who I have talked to feels the same way - God blesses us for being obedient.

"Bold steps of obedience towards God's will give massive harvests!"


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