Glenda Mills

Hope That Doesn't Disappoint

#1 – Pass The Story Down

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<<Legacy

Tell your children about it in the years to come, and let your children tell their children. 
Pass the story down from generation to generation (Joel 1:3 NLT.)

Legacy, inheritance, heirloom—something or someone from the past that left a gift to influence other lives, both present and future. That would be my dad. This month marks the seventh anniversary of his homecoming in heaven. With each passing year, I am grateful for the legacy of faith he left our family.

Picture being held in loving arms by a man who rocked and sang songs to each of his seven children, fifteen grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren during his lifetime.

I was the second of five daughters…. the one who crawled behind the couch as a toddler when Santa Claus knocked at the door.

I’m also the one who was eager to climb into my father’s lap and listen to songs of faith he sang over me!

Throughout my life, I made choices based on fear or faith. When I gave into fear, I was once again the little girl…the child of fear… who crawled behind the couch.

When I chose faith, I was the daughter who ran into the arms of my loving heavenly Father…. leaning against His breast…. listening to His voice, as He sang over me—willing to walk by His side and obey His will.

Throughout the years of my dad’s life, I observed a quiet, confident faith, modeled through all the changing and sometimes challenging seasons of his life. His words still echo in my heart today—“Everything’s going to be all right”.  My Dad learned and lived this promise from God’s Word.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them….and He chose them to become like His son” (Romans 8: 28, 29).

I am still choosing faith over fear, and not just because my dad modeled that truth before me. I was given a gift of faith when I embraced God as my Heavenly Father, made possible through the gift of Jesus His Son.

“For God loved the world so much that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life “(John 3:16).

Our lives are often shaped by certain people God has placed in our lives—those who touch the deep places of our heart, and leave footprints of faith. What person or persons have modeled the life of faith before you—encouraging you to be secure in the arms of your loving Heavenly Father? I would love to hear from you! Please share in the comment section.

One last question before I go: Do you know God as your Heavenly Father?

If not click here How To Have Peace With God

I will be sharing more about legacy in the weeks to come. I hope you will join me. 

14 thoughts on “#1 – Pass The Story Down

  1. A beautiful way to begin my morning with this wonderful piece from your heart. I love the picture of this sweet Esther so engaged in the presence of her great-grandpaw-paw . . . we need to be this connected when listening to our Father . . . then, no fear, just faith! Love this, Glenda . . . thank you.

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    • Verna,
      I love the picture too…there’s so much love mirrored in the eyes of my dad and granddaughter. Like you, I want to see life through the eyes of faith, not fear. Only the love of God can transfer this to our hearts and lives. Thank you sweet friend for stopping by this morning and sharing. Love you!

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  2. Oh Glenda, this is beautiful. The person in my life teaching me to be secure in the Lord is Nan. She models faith constantly for me. Growing up in a legalistic background, I’ve learned so much from her. I’ve learned what it truely means to be truly free! Love you sweet friend!

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    • Jamie,
      Thank you so much for stopping by this morning with your sweet comments about Nan…I know she’s a wonderful friend, mentor, and model to you and so many others. Have a blessed day sweet friend. Love you.

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  3. Beautiful memories and posts. Just earlier this week, my cousin posted some old photos. My Nannie was in it and I commented how I recalled her saying her prayers out loud every night any time I slept over. I find myself using some of the same phrases of protection now that she always said then. Also, my sweet mother, her every day life spoke faith, faithfulness, and service. She pressed on through a debilitating illness with worship and grace. A great legacy!

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    • Jeanette,
      Having a godly grandmother and mother is a wonderful legacy and your life reflects the same faith and grace that were modeled before you. So grateful to know you Jeanette…thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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  4. Sweetie, your dad was a true blessing in Christ. Thanks for this memory!

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  5. This is a wonderful tribute Glenda. Thanks for sharing. Love you……

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  6. Again, love this, Glenda. I so appreciate the legacy my parents are passing on to me. Being adopted makes me even more grateful – I have no idea what kind of legacy I would have had if I’d not been brought up by such wonderful, God-fearing people.

    Blessings,
    Becky

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    • Becky,
      So glad you’re one of my twice-adopted sister friends…just like my daughter Becky…and so glad we met this side of heaven! By the way why don’t you come this way for a writers conference sometime. I could meet you there! I think you would find the publishers quite friendly on this side of US. There’s one in Febuary in beautiful Ashville, NC at Billy Grahams’ Cove..

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  7. Beautiful picture of our Father. Your words reminded me so much of my earthly daddy, a man who left a legacy of love. Thank you for the memories. 🙂

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    • Vonda,
      So glad you were blessed by a legacy of love from your father…and our Father! Don’t the memories grow more precious with each passing year? Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing, sweet friend.

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