Happy June, and Happy Father’s Day!



This month we pay a special tribute to fathers. Like many of you, I have always felt mine the best in the world. Growing up, our dad seemed stronger and smarter than anyone. He could construct, repair, or unravel anything. As Kay and I grew older, the nature of our breaks and spills changed, but dad’s steady perspective on the things that matter has remained constant.

We also understand just how blessed we were to have been raised in a household where the most frequent sounds were laughter, music and prayer. We see our parent’s long, healthy lives as a precious, fragile gift from God. We dare not take them for granted.

My prayer is that each of you will spend time with your fathers, or spend the day recalling wonderful memories of them. Sadly, not everyone’s memories of an earthly father will be good, but we ALL have our constant, adoptive Father whose love and care are beyond good. For you, I pray that He will use others to make Sunday especially meaningful this year.

We love you!


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Okay, because I know that you always like to know the ‘rest of the story’, here it is.
The song, I WISH YOU ENOUGH, comes from Proverbs 30, where Agur asked two things of the Lord:
“Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown You and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”

When my nephew was about to graduate from college, I knew that life would change dramatically for him; he would cross thresholds he would never revisit. I wanted to write something for him that would be memorable. Surprisingly, the song fits a number of life events. When he married two years ago, he asked me to sing it for his wedding. Here is the lyric:

For every beginning, something is ending
Everything changes but change
Funny how life is forever amending
The plans that we all pre-arrange
So laugh when you can, cry when you must
And I pray you’ll always live deep
Always remember sometimes you must
Drink from the bitter to savor the sweet

I wish you love, I wish you joy,
I pray that happiness camps outside your door
I hope you win, I hope you lose,
I hope you realize that both are good for you
May you never have too little or too much,
I wish you enough….

So savor the journey, live every moment,
Hold fast to all you believe
You will discover a strength in your weakness
In ways you could never conceive
Godspeed, my friend, peace and goodwill
I fondly bid you adieu
Always remember, as long as I live
I will be somewhere praying for you

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One Response to Happy June, and Happy Father’s Day!

  1. Cheryl says:

    Hi, Janet! I am finally having time to catch up on your blog posts. It wouldn’t allow me to leave a comment on your previous post called, “A Season of Suddenly”. I just wanted to tell you how much I needed to hear that right now. We are at the crossroads in a certain are of our lives, and we are seeking God’s will with all our hearts. Sometimes, it is so hard to wait on Him, when it appears that nothing is happening. I needed this confirmation that He IS at work in our lives, and He will bring this to fruition in His time and way. I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate you and your writing and ministry. Feel free to stop by and visit me at my blog anytime…www.cherylsmithministries.blogspot.com. God bless you, and, by the way, congratulations on your accomplishments in education! That was cute how your husband had the camera rolling and picked up the part about you making the chancellor’s list!! So happy for you!!

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