II Timothy 1:12b: “Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.”

I’m working on Daddy’s book. He’s 84 years old, weak, and lives in a Mennonite nursing home in Virginia with my Mom who has advanced Alzheimer’s. They have rooms at separate ends of the hall but can be together in the common areas during the day.

Daddy’s book is entitled Homeward Bound. He has always dreamed of sharing his story: being born into a home where his father was an alcoholic during the Great Depression, placed in an orphanage and then foster homes, then becoming an evangelist for Jesus. He believes he is bound for his heavenly home.

As I read and edit his stories, I am occasionally overwhelmed at how God is faithful to us through adversity. Daddy didn’t know that Jesus loved him until after his Mama dropped him off at the Mennonite Children’s Home when he was 8 years old. He didn’t believe because he had not yet been taught to believe. His story begins here:

“Kansas City, Missouri | 1934. I was eight. My sister Naomi was six, and my brother Billie, was four. My father, Harry Norman Teague, was fighting a losing battle with the bottle. My mother, Maude Reeves Teague, was a waitress, and worked long hard hours to put bread on our table. Daddy was a skilled chef and had met Mama at the swanky County Club in the early 1920’s. But poverty now ruled our home and alcohol mocked Daddy’s existence. Mama loved Daddy. No one in our house knew the Savior.”


Paul faced adversity as he sat in prison and wrote letters to Timothy. He believed. He had learned, through many life lessons, that God guards and protects us daily. Regardless of how you may feel on this cold day, remember that God will guard you today. Trust Him. Believe.

With the holiday season upon us, the word alone stands out on Christmas cards and décor around our homes: BELIEVE.

Simple word. Live it. Daily.

Dear Jesus,
Thank you for giving me an earthly father who was taught to believe. Thank you for the privilege to believe in You. Help me to be a shining example to those who are in disbelief due to adversity. Take away the shame of the past and replace it with your promise to always protect me and guard me until I reach my heavenly home. Amen.

Carole Schumacher

Check out Day 11 of our 24 Days of Books - today's book recommendation is Servolution by Dino Rizzo. Read more about it and see all the other books recommended so far by clicking here!

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