Remembering Emanuel, My 2021 Blog Challenge

Some days I find myself thinking back to when I was younger and just getting started as being a husband and a father, and I wonder how in the world did my kids make it to adulthood? I remember making what seems like so many mistakes. Then again, standing on this side of the parenting road, looking ahead seems overwhelming to me. A close friend says he’s been told it’s much harder to parent adult children then when they were younger and you could force choices for them. I think this has some truth to it.

So… I’m going to take this year, 2021, and try to record the moments that I have been weak or have felt like the rug has been ripped out from under me, only to look back at the situation and see that it was faith in my God who snatched me up in midair and held me until I could stand again.

I’m calling this year’s challenge “Emmanuel.” This means God with us.

My hope is that those who may read this can realize that God is with us always, in the good and in the bad times. I hope to spur you on toward increasing faith in God. And that they may not repeat the mistakes I have made. We all go through challenges in life that we can’t control, but we can control how we respond in those times.

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
― Joshua J. Marine

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