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A Legacy of Fathers, by Pamela Gautier

A Legacy of Fathers

Unless the Lord builds the house the work of the builders is wasted. Psalms 127:1 (NLT)

Have you ever had a vision to build? It started off as a thought or dream.  1 Corinthians 3:11 (NLT) says there is no other foundation that we have to build upon than-Jesus Christ. When I began to build upon the right foundation that’s when it all made sense.

It was by faith that Abraham was called to leave home, and go to another land that God would give him as an inheritance, Hebrews 11:8 (NLT).
What do we do when the unexpected happens in the middle of building? Abraham obeyed God’s vision and direction for his life. Genesis 13:14,15 – I am giving you this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants as a permanent possession.  Abraham had to live in this land by faith as a foreigner and a stranger. Abraham was building his hope on the promise of God for his future.

When we are in the process of building however, other difficulties can arise. While Abraham was waiting on God’s promises to be fulfilled, he found himself in a battle for his families lives. Lot, Abraham’s nephew and others had been kidnapped. Abraham was victorious in the fight. Genesis 14:20 says, Blessed be Abraham and God Most High, which has defeated your enemies for you. When God is building our house, He is in the midst of the challenges we face with our families. 

God promised Abraham in Genesis 15:1 that his reward would be great, but Abraham’s greatest desire was for a child. He wanted someone that would carry on his legacy after he’d passed on. In Genesis 15:5, the Lord told Abraham to count the stars if he could, that’s how many descendants he would have. 

Have you ever waited for something that seemed like it would never come?
We can get weary in the process. God will renew our strength when we wait on Him Isaiah 40:31.  If we understand that it is for His Glory, our faith will give us lasting endurance.  It doesn’t matter what comes. Matthew 7:25 says when the rains and winds came, the house did not fail because it was founded upon a rock.

Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was finally born. Abraham is known as the father of faith. He believed God even when the situation became impossible. It is interesting that Psalms 127:3-5 says don’t you see that children are God’s best gift, the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?  

Abraham allowed the Lord to build his house. When he surrendered to the Lord, he found the purpose for which he was created. God has given us all an eternal purpose. Today Abraham is still having children by faith, for all those who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Go and build your legacy, the foundation has already been laid. Let the Lord build YOUR house……

 

     

HeARTune Creations Poetry, LLC., is owned by Pamela Gauthier. Pamela is a writer and poet, who has been writing for over 20 years. She formally started her poetry as a business in October of 2013.

Her poetry has been at several boutiques and stores in the Baton Rouge area. Pamela is a native Baton Rougean, who has lived here all of her life. She is the wife of Ronnie Gauthier, and the mother of four: Mrs. Jamie Baham, Mrs. Jessica Chatman, Joshua and Joseph Gauthier. She is also the proud Grandmother of Five.

Pamela started her writing journey by writing poetry as a way to uplift the spirits of those in nursing homes and the like. This is still the goal today, to touch hearts and lives wherever encouragement is needed.

 

April 2018, Family Life

The Love of the Father – Earthly and Divine by Robert Maxie

The Love of the Father… Earthly and divine

Robert and Aminga Maxie

Robert and Aminga Maxie spend time with their children Kianna, Robert Jr., Olivia, Elijah, and Jon’Benet

By: Robert Maxie

It was in February of 2014 that I woke up from a dream with an urgent need to call my father. I grabbed my cell phone and dialed his number, and to my surprise he picked up the phone on the first ring. I tried making small talk but it was mostly silent. My father and I have never been close. Years of physical abuse, alcoholism, and domestic violence made it very hard for me to build any type of relationship with him. Finally, he asked me what I wanted and I replied “a better relationship.” I told him I loved him and just wanted his love as well. After I finished speaking, there was an awkward silence. Finally, he said, “I think our relationship is just fine.” His cold reply hurt, but I did what I felt God wanted me to do. So I had peace.

In May I received a voicemail from my mother asking me to call home as soon as possible. She stated that Dad awoke that morning unable to see and she was taking him to the doctor. We would later find out that he had brain cancer that was very aggressive. Within a month, he was in hospice. I flew home to see him knowing that this would be my last time. My father, who was always so huge in my eyes, looked frail and worn. The brain tumor had taken his sight completely and he was quickly losing normal functioning. My mom announced my presence, saying, “Your son is here.” At that moment, my father looked up as if he could see me and said, “I have no son.” My mother quickly stated that he didn’t know what he was saying … those were my father’s last words to me.

My father passed away on July 1, and on that day I was discharged from the Navy and started preparing to move back to Louisiana. Within a week, we were home, moving into a new house and preparing for my father’s funeral. Everything happened so fast there was no time to grieve and I don’t remember even crying — until one evening when my mom called and asked me how I was doing. I said I was fine and she replied, “You do know your father loved you?” Within seconds, I was on the floor crying and screaming, “No I don’t.”

I heard those words in my head every day — “I don’t have a son.” I felt like Esau standing at the bed of Isaac, saying, “Would you just bless me!” In my mind I know my father was sick and probably didn’t know what he was saying, but for the last four years the enemy has had a field day attacking my mind with thought after thought and with lie after lie. I was sinking deeper and deeper into a depression and no one knew I was suffering.

One day I just got tired of letting the enemy torment my mind, and instead of focusing on what my earthly father did or did not do, I would instead focus on my heavenly father and his unconditional love for me. He never denies me and he calls me son. For so long I felt like an orphan and I began reading and talking about the heart of God the father and what he says about me. I allowed Jesus into those father wounds so he could heal me. I needed God to remove the fear of rejection from my heart. The pain was killing me slowly and making me become bitter.

(Galatians 4:5-7) “To redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, Abba, Father. So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.”

He called me a son! He is my perfect father. I spent years looking for a father figure only to continually end up hurt and disappointed. But God has been there the whole time waiting for me to forgive and to let go of the pain of the past. It doesn’t matter the size of the wound … I learned that a person never finds healing until we forgive.

Today I choose to remember the best about my earthly father because I know that in his own way, he did love me and he did the best he could with what he had. But my identity comes from God and every day I feel his love and acceptance. So as I raise my three boys, I tell them every day how much I love them, but more importantly, I want them to know how much God loves them. I want them to know that I am human and I will make mistakes — but God will never leave them nor forsake them. He loves them unconditionally and that will never change.

(1 John 3:1) “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”