Friday, November 25, 2016

Words of Faith: Bonita's story about family matters and a Savior

Faith in the Family
A Words of Faith story by Bonita Y. McCoy

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. For this reason, I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”
~2 Timothy 1:5-6 (NIV). 

It was 1975. I was ten years old, and my mother had passed away from cancer.

To say my world had been rocked would be an understatement.

My Aunt Jeanne, who had been one of my mom’s dearest friends, helped my dad by letting me stay with her. If my world had been rocked, his had been decimated.

My Aunt Jeanne a few years earlier had accepted the Lord as her Savior. She in turn, led my mother to the Lord during her illness. I didn’t know this then, but it is a comfort to me now.

While I was in her care those months, she taught me about God and my own need for a relationship with Him. She taught me to pray by praying with me at bed time and before school and at meals.

She taught me about his compassion when she would let me cry, even when I didn’t know myself why I was crying.

She taught me about worship by taking me to church, and she taught me about faithfulness by being there whenever I needed her.

Her faith in God was the comforting blanket that I needed during that time.

It is a blessing to have family members that are also members of the family of God. There are several in my family that fall into that category, and I am so grateful.

Like Timothy in our opening verse, it is my family’s faith in God that has directed me in my own relationship with Him and has strengthened me along my journey.

Because of my aunt’s strong faith, I knew I was in need. So, during that time with her, I accepted the Lord. I have been walking with Him ever since.

The family of faith is awesome, but to have family that walks with you in the faith, is a beautiful thing.

Remember, the faith that is in you can be shared with those you love, pass it on.

“One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.” ~Psalm 145:4 (ESV). 
Author bio:

Hello! I’m Bonita Y. McCoy. I hail from the Great State of Alabama where I live on a five-acre farm with three horses, two dogs, two cats, and one husband who I’ve had for over twenty-five years. I am a mother to three mostly grown sons and one beautiful daughter-in-law who joined us from Japan.

I love God, and I love to write. My blog is an expression of both these passions. Drop by and visit! Here's the address,


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