Tribute to a Father-in-Law Raymond J Hitch Sr.

30My father in law was 72 years old, and had lived a full life. Today, my Heart is Sad…for it feels the loss of this wonderful “Spirit” who touched my life in so many ways. He lived his Joy and Bliss…like a Hummingbird, guiding from strength and Love. There is so much more I could say about my father in law. Instead, I simply want to thank him for always making me feel like a part of the family. I want to thank him for having raised such a kind, considerate, gentle human being. If a man’s children are in any way a measure of himself and his own accomplishments, then my father in law must have left this earth content.

A wonderful man with a loving, warm heart.  Known for his outgoing personality and sense of humor, He never knew a stranger and always had room at his table for you.  When he would enter a room everyone would know it…believe me, everyone knew it!  Everyone loved Him, he was as genuine as the day is long. The fact he left behind a place that cannot be filled will be the highest tribute to the uniqueness of his soul.

His greatest joy in life was his family and he will always be remembered for his unconditional love. He especially treasured his time with his grandchildren, who provided him with warmth and laughter in his later years. He will always be remembered for his kindness and compassion to countless people. Conversations were one of his primary sources of entertainment.

This special man will be dearly missed and will always be remembered for his humorous, outgoing personality and his loving devotion to family, friends. Raymond was especially proud of his grandchildren, as he watched them grow up and play sports in school and though he might have never been on the stands, they could always count on him in his truck watching with binoculars. As Katie puts it best “He was my biggest fan”  His legacy of love, sense of humor and laughter is carried in the hearts and lives of all who knew and loved him. He gave freely of himself and his time, loved without condition and welcomed all into his heart and home.

Knowing Raymond has been an honor and a blessing for me over the years.  In the days ahead without him I will miss our truck talks and exchanging “I love You”, but I will always remember his strength, his love, and smile.  May God hold you in the palm of His hand….You will always be loved and greatly missed.  Matthew 7:16 puts it best You shall know them by their fruits.  Raymond was a man whom produced many fruits.

Love

Stacey Hitch

 

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My Dad is the Love and Light of the Lord Jesus Christ

Dad, you have always been there for me. You have never judged me, you have never said: “I told you so.”  You have always supported me in everything I have ever done. Dad, you have always had faith in me, even when I have lost my own faith in myself. Dad you taught me, how to face these problems and challenges with a positive attitude and a strong will and most of all you taught me to pray and read my Bible always and not to lean on my own understanding but allow God to direct my path.

I have watched and witnessed my dad’s character over a lifetime and the thing I see most of all in my dad is the love and light of the Lord Jesus Christ. My dad is strongly devoted to God, fiercely dedicated to his family, plentiful in love and compassion, generous in heart and soul, notorious for his kindness, tender hearted towards his grandchildren, a model husband and father, patient, loving, self-controlled, respectful, slow to anger, always smiling and funny, hard working, forgiving, and humble: that is my father.  Every ounce of credit for those traits belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ alone for the grace and love He’s bestowed upon my dad by His redeeming blood. If the Lord Jesus is the brilliant and majestic sun, then my dad is the moon – reflecting the Lord’s glory.  There is not a day that goes by that I do not pray for this man who has taught me to be strong and persevere. I respect my dad through his ability to endure, to face trials and defeats without giving up. My dad is a Godly man who has an unshakeable faith.

He loves people – all ages, sizes, backgrounds – it doesn’t matter to him if you are rich, poor, smell bad, or look good.  He has a heart for people. He gladly shares his faith in God in gentle ways and is constantly showing God’s love to people whenever he can.  His modesty will deny his greatness, but all that know him, know that he is a man who pursues God’s heart.  I’m thankful for my dad; my dad changed his family legacy. I am thankful to my dad for showing my husband and I the path to a Godly life and for cultivating in us a desire to know our Heavenly Father.

It’s wonderful having the assurance that our Heavenly Father truly loves us. He gives us a stability and peace that no other relationship can provide. And every day, I’m so grateful for having a dad who reminds me of my Heavenly Father’s love for me.  I could not have been given a more perfect man for a father, and I thank the Precious Lord above forever and ever for giving him to me.  Happy Father’s Day Dad!!!

What Makes a Dad

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so,

He called it … Dad

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God Wants Peace in Your Life

Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Peace with God is only found at the foot of the cross whereas peace within is achieved through obedience to the word of God. Once you have accepted Christ and have found peace with the Lord, the next step is to learn to walk in the peace that is a fruit of righteous living.

Living a life of peace is a choice. Nothing can rob you of your peace–you freely relinquish it when you allow your circumstances to cloud your vision and cause you undue concern. God wants peace to be the fabric of your being and to encompass every aspect of your life. He wants you to learn to trust His heart even when you cannot trace His steps.

True peace is a calm assurance coupled with a quiet joy that God has your life under control and that He is continuously yet mysteriously working to accomplish His purpose. God knows your unfulfilled desires, your broken dreams, your disappointments, and your defeats. He can bring about peace in your life in the midst of these challenges and He longs to do that for you today.

Simply pray for God to grant you the perspective you need on your circumstances and ask for His help to maintain your reliance on Him and dependence on His power despite the difficulty you are facing. Studying His word and allowing it to transform you will enable you to find that peace He longs to give you.

Psalm 31:15 (NKJV) My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from those who persecute me.

Your life is under God’s watchful care so you can rest under the shadow of His wings. He wants to fill your life with even greater peace–so that it may overflow into the lives of others. You are His vessel sent into the world to be a channel of His love and grace. Keep your life plugged into the true Power Source, for it is only there that you will discover the refreshing and revitalizing peace that awaits those who rest in His presence.

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Upsy Daisy….Up you Go!

I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my foes rejoice over me. 2 O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. 3 O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Psalm 30:1-3 NKJV

I’m sure you are familiar with the expression “upsy daisy”. It’s the phrase we use when we want to give encouragement to our children when they are learning to walk or when they’ve had a fall. It means “up you go”. When my own kids were little and learning to walk, I’d let them hold on to my fingers and I’d lead them along and as they’d start to fall, I’d help them and say, “upsy daisy”.

I think that God does the same with us. We go walking along in our Christian life and hit some bumps in the sidewalk or maybe we even fall into a big hole and God helps us up and says, “upsy daisy”. He brushes us off and tells us everything is going to be okay.

It’s not fun when we are down and we find and our lives turned upside down. It’s sometimes hard to see everything in the right perspective when we aren’t standing upright. But we have a God who cares about us and is there when we get down and He helps us up. There are some great examples in the bible of some people who had some “upsy daisy” moments.
Maybe you feel like your life has been turned over on its head and you are feeling the pressure of an “upsy daisy” moment. Just hold on. God knows you are down. He’s not far from you. I know it’s hard to be thankful for those “upsy daisy” moments in our lives but don’t you just love the fact that it is God that does the “upsy” part. It is Him that lifts us up. It may be through several circumstances that work together but God has His hand working in all of it.

There’s been many a moment that I’ve wondered why I’d been brought so low but those are the moments that I’ve seen God the closest and had to rely on His encouragement the most. If I just look around for Him and listen to His voice I know He’s there even when I’m down and I know I can get through anything when I have Him with me. God has that way of giving us His presence and saying, “upsy daisy”. It’s all going to be okay. You’ll get back on your feet again. Up you go!

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A Wonderful Woman In Christ…My Mom :)

There’s too much to say, and words fall short to say what’s in my heart for the amazing woman who brought me into the world, taught me all of the right things, listened, loved, and guided me any time I ever need it.  Mom is humble; she doesn’t brag about her own accomplishments. She is also patient, which is a quality that can be traced back to my childhood.  As a foolish child, I tested her patience in various ways.

The life she has lived before my family and me has displayed what an authentic “Godly woman” looks like. She loves others so selflessly by giving her time and abilities to those around her.  The lessons she has taught me over the years through displaying forgiveness, commitment and grace are more than I can count. I am forever grateful and proud for the Godly character she continues to radiate.

The words humble, loving and giving describe who my mom is in a nutshell. She is strong and persistent, because her life has been built on the “rock” of Christ. When the trials of life have challenged her faith, she stands firm by staying deeply in God’s word.

She is fun.  She can laugh at herself and laugh with others. She is my friend.  She is beautiful, clever, gentle and kind. My mother, a wonderful woman in Christ, her greatest lesson she taught us a kids — Live Your Life For Jesus.

I learned a lot from watching and just being around Mom. Her attitude about things and the way she handled herself in different situations. Mom has been a great role model for others and to my daughter. Mom is a special person in so many ways. The way she lives her life is a good example to follow.  She was, and still is, a mighty prayer warrior for her family. If I ever needed her to pray for me about any situation, she would and she always seemed to reach right up to heaven for me as she prayed.  She is a very special lady who deserves the very best in life. She is a great listener and wonderful friend. There is nothing she wouldn’t do for her children and grandchildren.  She has taught me that Jesus is the only way to true happiness in this life. She has also taught me that family is the most important thing and when no one else will stand up for you, your family will. She is my rock and I love her with all my heart.

Mom, I want to say thank you for being the best mother in the world and loving me with all your heart. I love you! Happy Mother’s Day

Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

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What Has God Done For Me? My Grandmother

In moments of frustration, people will often make the comment, “What has God done for me?” There is the suggestion that God has done nothing for them. That God merely resides in Heaven, unwilling to come to those who call upon Him.

Without God, I am a rushing river without water. Without God, I am a bright ray of sunshine without the sun. Without God, I am a book without words. Without God, I am a daughter without a father. Without God, I am a student without a teacher. Without God, I am a cloud without a sky. Without God, I am a path without direction. Without God, I am nothing.

What has God done for me? My grandmother, she was a Christian woman and wrote in her journal daily.  She never said the words, “What has God done for me?” my grandmother example of a true Christian; her love and faith in God was unwavering.  My grandmother knew that without God, without Him, she was nothing. With God, she was something; she was a child of the King, who had received the promise of eternal life.

My grandmother’s undying faith in God saw her to the end of her journey and the beginning of an eternity without pain, without tears, and an eternity with a loving God.

What has God done for me? When I begin to ponder what God has done for me, I consider the example of my grandmother. Why did my grandmother have give such glory to God? Love! As great as my grandmother’s love for God, God’s love for her was greater. While faith may be the substance of things hoped for love is most certainly the spark that causes faith to burn brightly. My grandmother’s love for God gave her the unfaltering faith that God would be faithful to her and that His love would be sufficient for all things. Faith that God’s perfect will is always fulfilled, whatever the struggle. Faith that God’s love will never falter whatever the struggle. Faith that God will never leave our side, whatever the size of the opponent. Faith that God is all-powerful, whatever the strength of the opponent. Faith in the love of God for us, whatever befalls us. With God in our lives, faith is undying. Without Him, faith dies. 

What has God done for me? God has loved me and, like my grandmother, it is enough.

Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV) (By Faith We Understand) 11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

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