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In Your Father’s House – There Is Unconditional Love!

-And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son [I no longer deserve to be recognized as a son of yours]! But the father said to his bond servants, Bring quickly the best robe (the festive robe of honor) and put it on him; and give him a ring for his hand and sandals for his feet bring out that [wheat-]fattened calf and kill it; and let us revel and feast and be happy and make merry, Because this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!

-Luke 15:21-23


Hey Neighbor,

I remember as  naive teenager, I couldn’t wait to break free from the nest…that was my parents’ house. I was the youngest of three and both my older siblings had already left home, had both gotten married and had begun to have children and homes of their own.

I thought I was also ready and prepared to manage my own life, but like many of us,  I had no clue how difficult it would be to make it on my own…and like many I found that without the financial support of my family, I could not make it. From time to time, I needed to be able to lean on mother and father… and many times I needed them to hold me up…and because they loved me, they did so, unconditionally…And I thank God for them!

Do you Remember the parable of the prodigal son? Luke 15:11-32

The Father in this story had two sons and his younger son decided that it was time for him to break free from the family nest, so he packed up his his things, took his inheritance, and left his father’s house.

Well, this naive young man found that he did not have much success without his father around to lean upon…and although his father had given him his portion of his inheritance, he found himself broke (financially) and broken (of heart)…literally sitting in a messy pigsty. Luke tells us he was sent to the pig pen by a stranger because he was homeless, he had no where to go…he had sinned and had recklessly spent his fortune and found himself so hungry…and so desperate that instead of feeding  the pigs, he would rather have eaten the pigs’ carob pods himself,  if it would have diminished the pangs of hunger.

Jesus is our story teller here…teaching us a parable…a lesson about morality…reminding us that when this boy finally came to himself…he remembered his father and the support available to him in his father’s house. He remembered that in his father’s house, even the servants were not of want and suffered no lack… yet here he was…a young man who had been accustomed to an especially extravagant lifestyle, was now living in a total state of desperation.

Jesus tells us that there had come a famine and this boy had fallen behind and was in a state of great want…He wanted to go home!!

He had found himself in need of many things…things that his father could provide for him…safety, food, shelter, clothing etc…But what he needed most of all was unconditional love, although he had made such a terrible mess of his life…

Well, if you know how the story ends, We learn that this prodigal son did receive the unconditional love of his father, who had welcomed his son back home with opened arms.

Are you ready to come home??

Have you yet come to reality, finding yourself sitting in the ‘mess-of-a-life’ that you have made? Have you fallen behind, dragging your feet in the guilt and condemnation of sin, because Satan has lied to you, telling you that you are not worthy of God’s love?

Well the truth is: You don’t have to wallow in that pigsty any longer. God has been watching and waiting for you to come to yourself and to get up and drag yourself on back home, where you can always lean on Him. He will hold you up and stabilize Your Life, because He Loves You!!

He is waiting and will receive you with His Unconditional Love…all you have to do is just Repent…turn away from the sin that has enslaved you for a time…and return to God Today!

Your Loving Father awaits You with His Arms Wide-Open!!

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Thanks For Stopping By…Until next time,

Remember….

God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam

 

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I WILL MISS YOU, MOTHER!!

Isaiah 61:10

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness.

Hey Neighbor,

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I lost my Beloved Mother, Tangee Sherree Horton on last Monday, February 27th. She past away quietly in her home with a smile on her face…accompanied by the Angels!!
When I last saw her in January, we had a lovely visit together. We had spoken on the phone several times since my brother had passed away in February of 2015, but she had a tendency to become reclusive at times, shutting herself away during times of trouble.
Anyway…we stood out in the brisk air….where we hugged and we cried. I told her I loved her and that I missed her. I told her that I didn’t want to be separated from her, nor did I want anyone to keep us separated anymore…and she agreed!

She warmed my heart when she called me beautiful…I told her it was because when I see my reflection…I see You!! We ate lunch together and shared photos. She got a chance to hear her granddaughter sing (phone video) and she was wowed by Alexandria’s voice.
As she listened to Allie’s song, She looked up from the video, smiling and she said, There’s nothing like family!!
My mother was a very solemn, private woman…she was never around many people, other than the family that she loved so much, but for many years she was saddened and troubled by the loss of her most precious loved ones.
She had missed and mourned her Madear
She mourned her Dad, Thel
She mourned her Beloved Grandmother, Lollie C.
She mourned her darling husband and our dad, Hubert
She mourned her brother, Brantley.
And finally, She was left to mourn her only Son, Hubert the III, but today we praise God because there are no more tears for her to shed. She’s not in this box…She’s Free!!
Free of the Trouble’s of this ol’ World!!

And Our Father God has received her into heaven…where Jesus Has clothed her with the reward of salvation and robed her in His righteousness.
And for that I cry…Hallelujah!!

Thanks So Much for Stopping By!!

‘Till Next Time, Remember…

God Loves You And So Do I!!

-Tam

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I Will Miss You Big-Brother, Tony!!

image-O unhappy and pitiable and wretched man that I am! Who will release and deliver me from [the shackles of] this body of death- (Romans 7:24)

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Hey Neighbor!!

As I was about to start my class last night, I received a call from My Aunt JoAnn… calling from California to let me know that my brother, Tony had passed away.  I’ve shared My story about My Relationship with my brother previously, on the CareBibleStudy blog.  The Message I shared was called, ‘Christmas Gift Ideas – Give Forgiveness!!’…You can type the word ‘Forgiveness’ in the search bar…if  You would like to read more about Our Family’s History.

So…He and I had finally repaired the breach in Our relationship, after He had awakened me on Dec 6, 2014…with a 5:30 in the morning text to say that He was My Big-Brother and He loved Me!!  He had called me by My Nickname, Nookie…and It made me realize how much I missed being his little sister.

So of Course I was shocked to hear the words, ‘He’s Dead’..because he was only 45 years old. Although he went peacefully…he was taken away…all too soon by that ‘Silent Killer,’ High Blood Pressure.

Every since we were kids, he had problems with his blood pressure.  I remember when We were kids…my mother would ask the nurse at the clinic to retake his blood pressure…assuming that Tony was just a little nervous!!  He was always very diligent about controlling his weight…He was a ‘work-out junkie’…always coming up with a new exercise routine in our basement. I remember how he would ride his bike around and around in the basement…when it was too cold to ride outside.

It was actually, Tony who taught me about working out and taking care of our bodies.  He would show me which exercises to do to target certain muscles. Although He was not a great basketball player, he shot hoops regularly, just to burn calories.  He was the ‘king of sweat.’

But over the years, he wasn’t able to control to his blood pressure anymore…by controlling his weight, alone.   So he started on the blood pressure pill…but he only took them sporadically.

He began putting on the pounds…and developed other health ailments…Tony was sick!!

And so…I wonder if he knew the extent of his condition and if he knew that his time left with Us was short. Did he know that the Lord was calling him home??

I’ll never know…but I am just grateful to God that He caused Tony to reach out to me on that early morning…December 6, 2014…to share the Gift of Forgiveness w/Me!!  We Forgave One Another…and We Began to love on one another.

I am going to miss Our early A.M. texts…where He (another Bible Fanatic, like my dad) encouraged me to keep reading my bible…and where he often asked me to convey His Love To Our Mother…and where he encouraged Me to keep believing that the Lord was going to heal the brokenness in Our Family because…as Tony said, ‘Jesus Is Lord!’

I’m Gonna Miss My Beloved, Big-Brother, Hubert F. Horton, III…But Now He is at Home with Jesus…And I Know that Like the Apostle, Paul…He Is Pleased!!

-Yes] we have confident and hopeful courage and are pleased rather to be away from home out of the body and be at home with the Lord (2Corinthians 5:8)

Please Be in Prayer For the Horton Family!!

Thanks For Stopping By, Neighbor!!

God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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