Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell
A letter to a great man. This man is truly one who has taught me what Colossians 3:16 & 17 looks like in action!
Just thinking of you...yeah, I know it's late...I just finished
working out, cleaning, made Tristin's lunch for tomorrow and have the
coffee ready for the morning...the days are slippin' as Tim's been home
for 2 days and doesn't have to leave until September 6th...we are very
happy for that!
Anyways, I wanted to let you know how blessed I
am to call you, "Dad"! It is amazing how in spite of me and my
challenges, you always believed in me...even in the midst of my
lies...hmmmmm...no wonder I'm a great storyteller...I had a craft to
tell stories, but I didn't hone it in correctly until much later in
life. I thank God for His mercy and forgiveness and for Him giving you
and mom the grace to love me through it all.
Dad, you must know that you spoke
life into me. I still remember all those times you would say how God would utilize me in great ways if I allowed Him to. Although you may not remember all those seemingly insignificant details, I do...and you must know you telling me those things have never left me...even while I was living for myself, your words would be there in the back of my mind reminding me of who I truly was!
I laugh to myself as I think of those times you sat down with me
and helped me spell...did you know 'til this day I can spell almost any
word?! LOL! Seriously! Or the time you bought me that awesome
typewriter with a brand new case...wow, you saw the potential in me even before I did!!! Although academically I struggled in school, I still
remember being in grade school and being the only one in my class who
knew how to spell the word, 'aisle'. Do you remember sitting down with me at the dining
table the week before, patiently going through my spelling words one by
one? It's hilarious the things that kids remember.
There are so many memories...so many incredible
things that you and mom did to foster the gifts and talents that are
within us. You all were intentional and desired the best for us...so much so that we know you all wanted us to have and live the greatest life of abundance both in Jesus and
in this physical life more than we could have ever desired for ourselves.
with all that said, this may not be a special occasion in which I
write, however I felt impressed to make sure that the VERY ONE that
believed in me needed to know how much he means to his daughter...you
are the best daddy. Thank you for allowing us girls and even mom to see a
glimpse of God in such a healthy, fun and loving way. Wow! Talk about a Kingdom mandate
that you took seriously...and I am so grateful to God for you dad...you
are His faithful servant...and my