It wasn’t until college, where I saw that God was more than just the words on a page. I saw Him working in my life. I believed in God, but at the time, I just thought that I had to bear and accept my cross. That entailed my dad who was an alcoholic, and my sadness. My freshman year at Olivet Nazarene University was the turning point. While away at school, my dad was arrested.
Exodus 20:12 says, “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you”. When I was younger my dad wasn’t around very much. He worked a lot. I remember as child, standing in front of the door asking why he was leaving, and if I could go with him. I remember him saying that he was going down town, and that I couldn’t go with him. As I got older, I learned what that meant. “Down town” was code for the bar. I wa...
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...diction. I learned true Eucharisteo, which means faith and thanksgiving precedes the miracle. My dad learned how to give up alcohol and how love and spend time with his family.
When looking back I can see where God was. He gave me the strength for those hugs, He helped me to say the “I love you’s”, He curbed my tongue from saying something hurtful, and he helped me to console my mom. At the time, I was oblivious and could not see past my negative thoughts and pain. I wish that alcohol wasn’t a vice in my family, but through all of that mess, we grew individually and as a family. I am thankful for the growth, and I would endure all of that suffering again, just to be closer to God and my father. God helped my unbelief, to love despite the circumstance, and to rise out of the darkness. I know fully well that everything I have endured and will endure will be worth it.
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