Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Walk His Way

(Mama, Daddy & me when I was 2 years old)

Psalm 37: 23

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He delighteth in his way."

I've been walking at the "Young at Heart" gym for a couple of months now. Every time I go...without exception....I think about all the miles my Daddy and Miss Trudy walked around that same red tile path around the gym. Of course they didn't start going until they were well into their 80's. Until then they stayed so busy they didn't have time to go and walk at a gym! :)

Last week as I walked I thought about how I was walking...literally... in my Daddy's footsteps. On the very same path he walked so many times. On days he didn't feel like walking. On days he sometimes had to sit down for a few minutes to rest and get his breath because of his asthma and heart condition. Oh, he was one determined person! When he set out to do something he stayed at it until his goal was accomplished. I would like to be able to walk in those determined footsteps of my Daddy.

My Daddy left all his kids a little bit of money....our inheritance so to speak. Not much at all by this world's standards but to me it made me feel like a millionaire because I knew how he must have done without a few things so that he could leave his seven children something. I used a bit of it a couple of weeks ago to buy myself an iPod so I can listen to music ...or even some of my nephew Jay's sermons....while I walk.

So as I was walking last week and thinking about my Daddy, what song do you think came on just about that time? It's called "Walk His Way" (words & music by Patty Hawkins). The chorus goes like this:

It's your walk with God, that will get you where you're going
It's your walk with Him, that will matter day by day
Let every step you take, be a step of faith
Let Him light your path, seek His face....Walk His Way!

My Daddy was a good man. I would love to follow in his steps. But my Heavenly Father is the best! It's Him and His footsteps that I must follow if I am to be a mature Christian. I'm not very graceful so I know there are going to be times when I stumble and fall in my Walk with God. How comforting to know that my Lord is holding my hand and will pick me back up and put me on the path again! That's what He says in Psalm 37: 24 "Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand."

So today if you're His child....Walk His Way! And if you're not His child, what a better time to be born into the family of God and be carried along in His strong arms?

Happy Journey!



Yolanda said...

Awesome Marilyn, to know that your Heavenly Father is the perfect and precise way to GO. To walk in His footsteps.

What a treasure your earthly father gave to you, the treasure of a loving daddy towards his daughter.

You are such a dear!!!

I heart YOU!

Dianna said...

Thank you, Marilyn, for sharing this special post with us today. I enjoyed it so much.

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

What a special piece!! I know that your Daddy was just as special as you.

As much as I wanted to make my earthly Daddy proud of me, I want even more to make my Heavenly Father proud of me. I want Him to be amazed by my faith and I know you do as well.

Walk on, my friend,


elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Is that not the most precious thing I've read in a while...

walking in daddy's steps! Yes, you are, my friend, and somehow I think he's looking down, well pleased at the legacy he's given to all of you.

I love my daddy. I'll be with him tomorrow to celebrate my 44th birthday. He's putting steaks on the grill because he knows it's my favorite. But more than steaks and cake, I'll enjoy my day because it will be spent with the man and woman who loved me first!


ThreeGirlyGirls said...

What a great post! I can't believe how much you look like your momma in that picture!! What a great picture!!

Keep walking :)

Beverly Wooley said...

Great post, Marilyn. Those of us who had wonderful daddies are so blessed. I'm thankful to have had a daddy who loved me so unconditionally that it helped me understand my Heavenly Father's love.

Make sure you meet my sweet mother-in-law, Edith Wooley when you walk at the senior center - she's there most days. She's a hoot! Very special lady. She knew your dad and Trudy, of course.

Liesa said...

What a wonderful post Marilyn. What a blessing to have a Godly earthly father and such a wonderful heavenly Father. I would probably have to shed a few tears in the gym. What a touching story. Keep walking with the Lord! Love you, Liesa