“Devotions From Dad”
It is August 2nd, 2010, 12:30 AM, got up to go to the bathroom, and now I can’t get back to sleep. I have tossed and turned until I think my dear hubby was ready to shove me out of the bed. At 1:00 I finally got up and moved into our spare bedroom to sleep. 1:30 comes and goes, and still sleep eludes me. I have a lot on my mind tonight; projects I would like to do, painting that is going to be started on Tuesday, the difficult week I have ahead at work, and finally – thoughts of my Dad who passed away one year ago this month on the 19th. He was exactly 91 ½ years old to the day. It’s hard to believe that it has been almost a year already. The last 4 years of his life he slowly slipped away from us as we had “That Long Goodbye” - with the final 6 months being the most difficult. As we celebrated his 91st birthday he made a comment that it would probably be the last birthday he ever celebrated. That night he fell, and thus began his final – DIFFICULT days here on earth. Up until that night Mom had cared for Dad, but at that point it was no longer possible. Within several days he was moved into a nursing facility where he would spend those final months.
Now I have to be honest here, the book is something I have treasured, and have proudly displayed it on a table in the living room, but that’s pretty much it. I didn’t want to “disturb” the pretty ribbon, so I kept it tied up – without really looking into it or seeing what treasures might lay within. Until tonight that is. Tonight, as I sat in the living room my eyes fell upon that book, and it really made me miss Dad. I honestly held the book to my heart and thought about how I missed talking to Dad and learning from him. That is when I decided to slip off that little black ribbon and look inside. That is when my eyes fell upon the Table of Contents for MY book. And what was it about? Prayer! As I turned to the first message in my book, this was the title: Teach Us To Pray. (This gives you an idea of what all Dad's notes look like.)
As I have been visiting other “bloggers”, I have noticed that MANY of girls talk about their love for the Lord… and talk about their Christian faith. I thought, “What better way of sharing Dad’s words of wisdom than to put his messages on my Blog?” Now I understand that not everyone will be interested in this, and to tell you the truth, I have never been so bold as to share my faith in this way, but I truly feel led by the Lord to do this. So, I am going to entitle each posting that is related to this topic as “Devotions From Dad”. If you’re not interested, then please feel free to skip over this post – it certainly is not going to hurt my feelings, but I DO hope you will return to check out my other blog entries. If it IS of interest to you, then I encourage you to return whenever a new post appears. I am going to type up each post exactly as Dad has it in the book. It is in outline form, so obviously he expounded on each point, but I can already tell you, that the little tidbits he has for each point will touch you and help you to grow in your faith… especially in your prayer life as the first series reveals.
Depending on how things go, I might borrow some of the other books to post as well. I'll see how it goes because I know it will take a lot of time and effort to do this, so I'm also not sure how often I will post. Perhaps there is not anyone out there who cares to even read these postings. All I know, is that it is now 3:45 AM – I still haven’t slept, I have a long day ahead of me, but yet I felt led by the Lord to get this down on paper while it was fresh in my mind. I did not feel that it could wait until the morning when it would be so easy to just “forget about the whole thing” and never get this idea into fruition. I started out this posting saying “The BEST DIY project EVER” because what could possibly be more important than getting our own LIVES in order?
So, I encourage you to put down that paint can, wait on the sewing project, and let those “thrifty finds” wait just a few minutes longer, and take a journey along with me, and see if “Devotions From Dad” might be able to help you in your walk with the Lord. I look forward to the days ahead when I can share some of Dad’s insights with you. I’m tired now, and think I can finally lay my head down and sleep. I hope to see you all often. I would love it if you would leave me a comment to let me know what you think.
If you find any of the sermon outlines of interest to you and would like to share it with others, that is fine. All we ask is that you honor Dad by giving credit where credit is due. Please make sure to include his name, Rev. Kenneth G Farnsworth somewhere within the notes. Better yet, please pass on my link to these postings!