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What You Do Matters

I grew up in a mostly non-religious household as a young child, but my mom let me go to church with a friend from school, mostly because they had a bus that picked up kids and brought them to and from their homes to the church.

At first, it was just a way for me to get out of the house each Sunday but after a little while I started interacting with the other “bused” kids and even made a friendship here and there with the “church” kids.

I still remember the name of our bus route leaders, Mr. Gary, and Ms. Jan.

I hope he and his fiancé, who used to work with him on the bus route, find out one day how much of an influence they had in my life even though back then it was not noticeable at all.

I only spent maybe a year of my young life attending church there.

My mom got a scholarship that paid for one semester of their private school when I was in the 7th grade. So, for a short time I was taught about Jesus and our heavenly Father. I was not taught anything about the role of the Holy Spirit until much later in life.

Shortly after I left that church and school, I was placed in the foster care system.

Amazingly the things I learned about in that church and at their school stuck with me.

There was this one verse that stood out to me the most, it still has great impact each time I think about it or run across the verse today.

Psalm 68: 5-6 reads, “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.” (NIV)

I will never forget how reading those two verses moved me the first time I read the words.

I would sneak my Bible in bed with me at night and re-read those words over and over. I would look up and say to God, “Is this true? I do not have a father so does that mean You are my Father?”.

Although I did not hear God’s answer audibly, I did sense His answer was an affirmative one.

 I will not sit here and tell you how great my life was after I had “the talk” with my newly found Father, because trust me, ain’t nobody got time to repeat bad history LOL. But, I will tell you that had that friend not invited me to church, had Bro. Gary and his lovely fiancé not got up early every Sunday morning and showed up Wednesday nights to pick up a scrawny, pigeon-toed little girl from the hell she lived in every day to take her to church so she could hear about Jesus and read in the Bible about a God who wanted to be her daddy here on earth, I would probably not be here today writing this devotion.

You might think that what you are doing for God does not matter much, but I implore you to not stop.

There just might be one person out there, like me, who needs someone like you, to help them meet their heavenly Father too.

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Pamela Fair
Pamela Fair
Maya Angelou once said, "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." This statement resonates with me. My past experiences have made me a stronger person eager to use my story to inspire and help others see that regardless of who they are or where they have been, there is always hope and to know the ability to rise above circumstances lies within. Each day, I strive to walk in faith and hope surrounded by my family and friends' love and encouragement. I am blessed to have a life full of experiences, some good, some bad, and my ambition is to use those experiences to enrich those around me. I am a local business owner and church Executive Assistant in Highland, Arkansas. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and student. My passion is to help those in need who are ready and willing to do the necessary work it takes to help themselves. Assisting individuals who have experienced trauma, loss, stress, grief, and various life changes are the drive behind attending Southwestern Assemblies of God University to obtain my associate degree in Human Services. I plan to further my education in this field by getting my bachelor's degree in behavioral health. I hope to use my experiences and knowledge to encourage, strengthen, and facilitate assistance to those who are in need. I am also working alongside my husband in the community as an Automotive Collision Repair Facility owner. It has been a great privilege to assist my husband in pursuing his lifelong dream. We enjoy our work together, and it is an exciting experience for me to learn his field of expertise and engage with so many phenomenal people in our area. I am a fun-loving individual who thrives on living life and pursuing dreams! I am an avid chess player, a lover of all things feline, and a big fan of essential oils! At the age of 50, I decided to return to school to earn my GED. Since then, I have become a member of Phi Theta Kappa and a Notary Public. I have completed credentials for ministry, became a certified grant writer, trained in hospital chaplaincy, and certified in Christ-Centered leadership. Additionally, I am a member of the North American Christian Social Workers Association (NACSW), where I have been trained in "The Role of Christian Faith and Spirituality in the Grieving Process" and "Suicide Prevention for Christians in Social Work." I am an active member of the Spring River Chamber of Commerce and the Spring River Car Club. My faith is a huge part of my desire and passion for helping others. I strive to always be, as Christ, a light in this world and in the lives of others. In John 8:12, Jesus says, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life." I endeavor to help others see the light in the darkness.About Beautiful Feet:Romans 10:15 (NIV) And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" "For every circumstance and season of life, God has promises that offer direction, peace, perspective and wisdom. "Bible Promises for You" is a collection of promises taken from the New International Version of the Bible and is categorized by topic for easy reference." God led Jimmy and Pam Fair, in 2015, to partner with Highland Assembly of God, to GIVE Bible Promise Books, Devotionals, and Bibles to anyone who needs direction, peace, perspective, and wisdom. Contact Highland Assembly or Pam Fair for more information. 870-856-3886
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