Thursday, June 24, 2010

Father's Day...

Yes I know that Father's day was this past sunday... however I was so busy I didn't have time to stop in and blog... so I am playing catch-up today.

For those of you who don't know me personally, my father passed away when I was 9 years old. I don't think I really understood what that meant as a child. As I grew up it began to hurt more, not less. As I saw other girls with their fathers.... saw movies about wedding day's..... and just knowing a part of me was missing....


Fortunately I had a great Heavenly Father who I was able to cling too..... and God provided so many wonderful men on earth for me to look to as a Father Figure...

One that really sticks out is Bill Vogt. My band instructor from middle school through the 9th grade when I moved. I remember I didn't think much of myself... and I was just learning the trumpet. We had a test one day and I was moved to first chair. As I was leaving that day someone walked in.. i can't remember who and as I was on my way out he told them "there is my star trumpet player"... I remember feeling so proud.... and it helped jump start my self-esteem... He saw potential in me and made me feel soooo good about myself that he claimed a special place in my heart! Later in life after I had moved, I could count on him to be in the room at contest to hear me play my solos. It always made me feel a boost of confidence as I saw him sitting in the room. His daughter Chrissy and I became friends as adults... then best friends.... and their entire family holds a special place in my heart. Thank you bill for always being there... with a smile... a hug... a word of encouragment... it meant more to me than you'll ever know!

I also was blessed with many music ministers and pastors that stepped in and let me ask dating advice.... advice on life.... to name a few.... Ken Parker.... who took me under his wing as a young adult and was always there for me and I knew his door was always open for me.... Mike Wright who after a horrible car accident with my mother... came to the hospital to be with me and my family as my mom was in intensive care.... he was a very strong influence in my life as well..... Ky Bishop as my youth pastor.... what a great man of God he is and he impacted my life as well...

I was blessed with men my mother knew.... men at church.... another one that really sticks out.. his name was Curt Meyers. He had two kids that were in youth group with me at a church I attended. I remember specifically on one mission trip, we were at a water park.... and he spent the whole day with me.... i'm sure it was hard on his kids, but I was so thankful that he did that. I took to him as a father figure in my life.... he was always there for me.... I learned not too long ago that he passed away.... and my stomach sank.... and I felt the tears come to my eyes and sting.... and i haven't even seen him in 10+ years.... what an incredible man of God... and what a difference he made in my life! He was always there to give me a hug... ask me how I was doing... I knew that he really cared about me... and that was so important for me at that time in my life....

As an adult I have an incredible father-in-law in my life that helps with that role.

I know there are men I'm forgetting.... I mean God has provided so many men in times of my life where I desperately needed that earthly father figure.... and as I continue to think and remember them... I will try to add them onto this post... as I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting at this moment...

Since being married... and having kids of my own... Father's day takes on new meaning.... I now focus on my husband too..... the father of our kids. He is such an amazing Father and man..... God has really blessed me and our kids to have such a great father....



Father's day means so many different things to me..... but most of all I am thankful for my Heavenly Father.... and how as my father he provided so many father figures in my life just when I needed them... since my earthly father was with him.... He never failed me in knowing what I needed and making sure there was a Godly man to fill that in my life.


I hope you all had a very blessed Father's Day!!!! Don't forget to thank the men in your life if they have had an impact on you.... and to all the Godly men out there who take people under your wing.... God bless you!!!!

2 comments:

  1. awww... i'm sorry girl.... it was a good cry though right?

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