A Letter to Dad…

Have you ever stopped to consider the significance of a LETTER…?

…few people ever have and it has cost them everything.

People have given their lives over a letter. Blood and tears have both been shed proving a letter’s worth. The power of a nation waging war against another has been brought to a complete halt by a simple letter. Letters have decreed both the life and death of countless individuals.

Why is the letter so important? Where did its significance arise from and why would one ever dare to give their life for its deliverance and authenticity?

I believe the answer to this mysterious question is profound and should NOT be taken lightly. The significance of the letter is not so much the letter itself, nor the words which are contained in it…… but the value of the letter lies with the author of the letter.

The greatest letter written of all times is the Letter which so many of us possess but so few read or have read. Countless thousands have given their lives for this Letter and many tortured being persecuted on behalf of the name of the One who wrote it. As one studies the Letter closely, they will quickly come to find it was not merely written to a mass of people located on some planet, but instead each Word was penned specifically for every individual who reads it.

The Letter is the Word of God and His Son is the One who has given His life to deliver it. All those who receive it can obtain eternal Life IN Christ Jesus. Each page unfolds more and more of the character of the One who wrote it and reveals the mystery of its message to mankind. Its Words possess the key to inheriting an eternal treasure which no man can take away…peace with God through a personal relationship in Jesus Christ.

So the next time you receive a letter, stop and think of the significance of THE LETTER…God’s Letter to you; His written Word!

 

A Letter to Dad

Steve,

            You are not my father, yet you are the very best father that I have ever known. You have been the protector –providing a roof over your children’s heads and clothes for physical protection. You have the ability to say “no” to protect them from emotional harm or unwise choices.

            You have been a provider for them… all their needs physically are met by your diligent, hard-working example. You provide a safe environment for your children to talk to you with a listening heart.

           You are the spiritual leader who not only leads our family in a time before the Lord but leads by example. Many mornings I have heard you on your knees in prayer before the Lord, memorizing His Word and often humming a tune from a hymn. You pray a blessing on your children. You humbly admit when you are wrong. You are a father that exemplifies Christ to them.

        Thank you,

                           Love Always Tammy

Dear Dad,

                You have showed us what a life redeemed by the blood of the Lamb looks like. Thank you for being a channel of God’s Truth and mercy to your far-from-perfect children.

              I Love You!

                              Tabitha

Dearest Dad, Happy Father’s Day!

               You mean so much to me and our family and so many others. You have challenged me to be the person that I was meant to be. You are my spiritual hero and role model…I admire you greatly because I have seen you sacrifice many things in order to fulfill God’s bidding. Your integrity and stand for principles and Godly living have inspired me and given me courage to stand for truth. Thank you Dad for your demonstration of true love…Happy Father’s Day, Dad!…I Love You!

                  ~ From Chad

Dear Dad Paine,

             Thank you for not just being the wonderful, loving, kind, generous and sweetest father-‘n-law, but thank you for raising the most amazing son in the whole world. We admire you more than words could ever express and there is nothing we enjoy more than spending time with you; you are inspiring! May God pour His richest blessings on you! We love you to the moon and back a billion times!

                                Love, Your Favorite daughter-‘n-law (for now) ;)

                                                                                                                ~ From Erin

         One thing that has always stood out to me about Dad is his sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. He always taught us that obedience is better than sacrifice; he lived this out even when it didn’t make sense. Thanks Dad for letting your actions speak louder than your words.

 

               ~ Thomas Hugh

Dear Dad,

                 Only God knows the eternal impact that you have personally made on my life. You are a man that seeks after God and it is evident not only in your words but also undeniably through your actions. Your commitment to serve our family and others is a proof to the life of Christ living in and through you. Your dedication to the Word and prayer testifies that your treasure truly is in Heaven.

               Thank you for allowing Jesus Christ to flow out of you and impact the lives of thousands around the world. May God richly bless you this year with HIS wisdom and understanding as you seek Him first in all you do!

                                                                                   Love Your Son,

                                                                                        Nate

                                Isa. 61:1-3

Dear Dad,

              I want to thank God for allowing me to have a Dad like you! Your devotion and love for the Lord is a constant inspiration to me! I pray the Lord will bless you, enlarging your effectiveness for Him. Also, that His hand would be with you always and that He would keep you from evil (1 Chron. 4:9-10). I love you Dad, Happy Father’s Day!

                           Love Always,

                                                Hannah

Dad,

          I love to sit back and watch you interact with others. No matter who they are, a complete stranger, family or friend, you are genuinely interested in their spiritual wellbeing. You truly have followed Christ command in letting the Light of Christ shine through you.

                I Love You,

                                 Abby

Dad,

          I am so blessed to have a father that is so sensitive to the Holy Spirit. I have seen you obey the Lord even when it didn’t make sense and when it seemed like a big mistake to others. Though, the outcome of obeying the Lord’s promptings in your life has brought about incredible blessings that only could have come from following Christ. Your childlike trust in the Lord has been an example to me personally and many others. I am so grateful to have you as my Father.

                       I Love You,

                                     Brielle

Dear Dad,

            You have been a good example of Christ to me and others as well as a spiritual leader in the home. I am thankful for you!

                                                          Love Your Son,

                                                                                Josiah

Dear Dad,

           Thank you for showing me my weaknesses and being an example to me. 

                                Happy Father’s Day, Love Daniel

Dad,

          Thank you for being a spiritual help in my life. I Red heart  U very much.

                                                                                                                         Johnny

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

 

Cleaning Dad’s Car for Father’s Day…

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Father’s Day Celebrations…

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Happenings at the Paine’s Household…

As the season of summer approaches, responsibilities, tasks and opportunities continue to unfold for our family to both serve and fellowship in together. Our schedule for this year so far has been very full and includes many exciting activities to participate in! Whether it is working together on our property, enjoying the fellowship of church activities, working on school, learning medical skills 101, picking weeds in the garden, playing sports or having fun at an amusement park (lol), these special times provide priceless moments that our family can not only enjoy with one another, but also with others in the Body of Christ.

Here are some photos and videos of the Happenings at the Paine’s Household…

 

God’s Creation…

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Fellowship and Fun…

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Clearing the pipeline…

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Activities on the Home Grounds…

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“Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. 2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.”

~ Psalm 112:1-3 ~

Happy Birthday Mom, We Love You!

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”

~ Proverbs 31:28-31 ~

 

The value of a virtuous woman can never be measured, for her worth exceeds every treasure known to mankind. This untold worth is not wrapped up simply in the woman, but in the virtue. Her virtue is not hers but her Maker’s. This is why the virtuous woman’s worth is “far above rubies”!

“Mom, you have exemplified the virtue of Jesus Christ in and through your life. This eternal impact on our family, for God’s glory is immeasurable and surpasses human understanding. Because you have humbled yourself and taken the position of servant in our family, your Heavenly Father has exalted you in Christ Jesus at the right hand of God.

Your strength, courage, and faith are a living proof of your personal relationship with Jesus Christ which is eternal and something that no man can take from you. It takes first place in your life and is a testimony to our family of the highest success that a man can ever find. It is through your love and sacrificial giving that our family is still together and is pointed to eternal Life…Life in Christ!

We love you and pray God’s richest blessings upon you as you continue to reflect His image to the entire world!”

Love,

Dad, Tabitha, Chad, Erin, Thomas, Nate, Hannah, Abigail, Brielle, Josiah, Danny and John Michael

Memories…

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…that last forever!

 

 

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The Choo-Choo Lodge…

In the rolling hills of Georgia, tucked away underneath a canopy of green summer life resides a quiet place called the “Choo-Choo Lodge”. It is here where our family spent half a week together resting, being rejuvenated and fellowshipping with one another. The woods, wildlife and scenery made it all the more a blessing to our family.

Ping-Pong, pool, air hockey and other games we enjoyed playing together as a family along with swimming and relaxing in a hot tub! We were able to not only enjoy each other but also stop and realize how much God has truly blessed our family. We cannot even begin to take in to account all that God has done for us and how He has poured out His mercy and loving-kindness upon us… GREAT IS HIS FAITHFULNESS!

 

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Family Adventures in the Southern States…

“And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. ”

~ Mark 6:30-31 ~

Many times we as humans get caught up in the business of life and forget to take time for the important things. We run here and there from work, to school, to sports, to our friends house and even to church activities forgetting about the most important things. Many times” good” finds itself to be the enemy of the “best”….adding to the confusion of what is really MOST important.

The Lord blessed our family with a wonderful opportunity to get away from the business of life and to spend time alone together with the Lord and with each other. As I reflect back on this, I am humbled that we had such an opportunity. Many families are not able/have the opportunity to do so. During our time away, we drove through multiple states visiting beautiful places in Tennessee and Georgia.

It was not only a refreshing time to rest, relax and reflect, but also to spend time in prayer and refocusing on the ultimate meaning of life: Abiding IN Christ. This is where true joy, happiness and peace spring from, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This is what binds our family together and makes it possible for us to fellowship having one mind and one Spirit.

 

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