I believe that there is only one true God, the great I AM, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I also believe with all of my heart that He is good, merciful and full of love and grace no matter our circumstances or the state and/or condition of the world.
My Dad is the person who introduced me to and role-modeled Jesus in my life.
Paul Elliot Ford grew up very poor in humble circumstances in rural Mississippi; he lived through World War II after seeing his best friend's head blown off; he gave his heart and life to the Lord and entered theological seminary in his early 20's when he had a vision that he was only going to live to the age of Jesus (33 yrs).
The focus of his life changed dramatically after that vision, and he lived his life with renewed passion and purpose, and a sense of humor that kept laughter alive and well in our home.
To this day, my Mom recounts the vision concerning the foretelling of my Dad's pending death as though it happened yesterday, because she was also a witness of the vision and she knew that they had been visited by the Holy Spirit not to scare them, but to prepare them for what was to come.
My parents' love and passion for one another and for God established a firm foundation of faith that has helped me weather the storms in my own life. My parents also made sure that I knew and understood that the Bible was the "light unto my path and the lamp unto my feet." We tested everything under the light of Christ, as set forth in the Bible, which I was told was not a book, but rather the "inerrant Word of God" - all about Jesus and the roadmap for abundant living and peace.
Throughout my life, my faith in the Lord has been tested and I have been confronted by counterfeit religiousity and philosophies. There have been well-meaning and not so well-meaning people who have tried to convince me that their spiritual path toward little gods and idols is the right path, and I have faced some personal persecution for my faith, especially for believing and testifying that Jesus is "the way, the truth and the life" in this world and in eternity.
To say this today is not politically correct or popular, but all I know about the God of the Bible has proven true in my life, and the more I know about Him, the more I KNOW. The more I know about Him and the deeper I go in my intimate relationship with Him, the more He (and His Word) confirms that I am His and He is mine. and "I'm not bragging - it's just the truth!"
What is true for you? In who or what do you put your confidence and trust? What lights your way?
As we approach the seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is my fervant prayer that God will give us all something to "brag" about with all humility and hearts full of gratitude and praise, as we "stand alone on the Word of God . . .
With Faith, Hope and Love,
Angie (a mom like you)