Thursday, 13 November 2008

Life Stories!

Recently I have observed several 'life stories' on various blogs. I would share mine but it really is non-eventful. I was raised in a Christian home with a wonderful family - I never saw my mother or father drink alcohol or smoke - they were great parents. I have never drank a beer, only tasted wine on occasion, the most alcohol I have had has been in cough syrup! We have had our family crisis' and have worked through them. Soooo, papa's life story would be boring.

However, it has been exciting. I have been married to mama longer than most of you have lived, except Tam is catching up quickly (birthday tomorrow - 11/14)! Mama and I have been married 43 years.

Some of you have been through serious crisis' and some are still going through crisis'. As I read your stories, see your lives unfolding, I take them very personally, so does mama. A significant portion of our time in prayer, every evening, is for you - our blogging family. We see this as a ministry - a very personal one. Some of you have visited our home, we have visited yours, we have hugged, wept and prayed together. We have emailed and talked on the phone.

I just wanted you to know that mama and papa care. When we pray for our children, our son and our daughter each evening and throughout the day, we also think of you, by name and whisper that name to Jesus.

If you have burdens and prayer requests, pass them on to mama and I. We care about you.

Sorry, can't give you money, that goes to Amos for hay!

25 comments:

Roxanne Kristina said...

Papa,

I feel your prayers. You and Mama are litterally God sends.

Bless you real good,
Roxx

PS: Sorry it's been quiet on blogging front - running around like crazy mama these days. So much going on, but I pray for you and thank God for you daily.

Indian Lake Papa said...

Roxx - you are in our prayers. Be careful w/ "Busy" - that can be destructive! See ya soon! :o)

Roxanne Kristina said...

Thanks Papa for the good advice. You are so so so right (as usual!!! :0). Part of my slow down to speed up in other areas is pause in blogging. I miss it, but have to build in "tea time with Him" to stay sane!!! Your encouragement is reminder that is most important. I have not forgotten about my latest assignment either... looking forward to getting to that as well. I LOVE YOU AND MAMA!!! Roxx

RazorFamilyFarms.com said...

You are so sweet!

Blessings and thanks!
Lacy

darla said...

Every testimony is beautiful, and I thank GOD that everyone did not have to take the road i had to take to get to HIM. I have no regrets today...I am here now, and now is awesome! Thank you for your prayers, and just know I am praying for you and mama too.

(shhhhh I am older than you have been married)

ricbooth said...

I often wonder what it would be like if everyone had a testimony like yours Papa. I think that would be a pretty cool world.

Indian Lake Papa said...

Lacy - we really care about our extended family. We all need prayer but some are really experiencing tough times.

Darla - and here I thought you were Brandy's younger sister! Your secret is my secret! We are hush about your age.

Ric - oh my! I need work young man - just ask mama!! I can talk a pretty good game though! lol

Robin said...

Your prayers are greatly appreciated! I have a special unspoken request that I'd love for you to pray about.

Pray also for the new life that will be joining us in 23 days give or take a week or two... We are excited!

Robin said...

Ric - the world would be a much calmer place if everyone had a testimony like Papa - just about heaven on earth.

But I'm thankful for the hard times I've experienced because they have taught me a lot and given me compassion for others. Unfortunately I still have so much to learn and far to go...

DEb said...

God has richly blessed the blogging community w/mama and papa!!!! I feel the love!!!!

Indian Lake Papa said...

Robin - you were one of the firsts in the family! Love you and pray for you and Jimmie Jr.

Deb - thanks, and as if you didn't know, mama is the better half of this family!

CrossView said...

There are many wounded souls who need to know they are not alone. God uses the extreme stories from The Body to reach them...

And there are those who don't have the extreme stories. But they know something is missing. God can use the tamer lives to reach out to them.

He will lovingly use each and every one and match them up with someone who needs only what you have to offer.

Isn't He amazing?

Tam said...

dang. and i was gonna ask for 5 bucks!

this family in Oregon feels your prayers, mama and papa. we truly do!

i would ask that you would continue to pray that we will, as a family, be sensitive to the Lords leading - and that we would be willing... to be willing.

i love you!

Indian Lake Papa said...

Tam - happy birthday today! Get a Dutch Bros. on papa today - pay you later! WE pray for you and your family each day!

Crossview - we love you! As much as we harass each other its nice to know we belong to the same family and pray for each other. Whispering a Prayer right now.

Robin said...

Papa - the pregnant brain almost got me when I read your comment - I was like Jimmie Jr. who??? then it hit me :)

Tam - Happy Birthday! I hope your day and year are terrific!

Indian Lake Papa said...

Robin - 3 weeks to go! Praying every day - glad you finally figured it out! LOL

Robin said...

Just a little slow..., but I'm with you :) Actually I would have considered your suggestion except for my dear friend Lynetta named one of her twins James and it might get confusing with two babies same age same name (they'd even have the same initals) at the same church.

So keep the J name suggestions coming for a boy... We have a girl name already... I like to look at the meanings of the name too. I will (some time) send you an email about how we came to agreement on the girl name my husband chose. I was dead set against it, but changed my mind. I think that is part of the reason that I feel convinced that its a girl. Pop me an email sometime to remind me to tell you...

Thanks again for all your prayers! So very appreciated!

Much love,
Robin

Rachel said...

Thank you for praying. That means so much to me to know that there are two Godly people out there praying over my life.

Indian Lake Papa said...

Hi Robin - use Jimmie - not james! LOL - J name eh? How about Jeffrey? Joseph? I am not partial to John.

Indian Lake Papa said...

Rachel - mama an papa make praying for our blog family a real part of our prayer life.

b4d6uy said...

I know that I am blessed just knowing that you guys might occasionally be praying for me.

Back at you, Papa!

Indian Lake Papa said...

Bad - prayer is something I do - and need. We are all family.

gritandglory.com said...

your life story is powerful, papa. we get "tricked" into thinking that our testimony lacks luster if it doesn't involve some big sins or horrible circumstances. the fact that God saved you from those things makes your life story an incredible testimony of His hand on you!

Indian Lake Papa said...

grit - Jesus is powerful - He has had His hand on my life for many, many years!

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