Samantha’s Story | Florida

Growing up without a father is hard.. but when both of your parents are gone, it’s even harder. My father left my mother when I was 3 years old. At the time, I didn’t understand why he’d leave my mom… but as I got older, the story begun to unravel. I found out my dad left my mother for a women who had less than lasting intentions with him. I saw my father once more when I was 11, for he was completing his divorce with my mom.
 
Watching my mom struggle in ways a person shouldn’t, broke my heart. I was scared and hoped I wouldn’t do the same things she did… resorting to drugs and other worldly pleasures. I loved her, just not what she did.
 
Months after I turned eighteen, I got a call that my mother had been taken to jail for selling my sister in the black market. My younger sister would now never see life the same as she once did. Anger welled up in my heart. How could a mother do such things to a child she claimed to love… a structured family was completely foreign to me.
 
Through most of this my hateful feelings came short. I knew my true father in heaven had something greater for me and everything was going to work out. I now live with a lovely family whom took me from out of the shadows of my dark past and showed me the light of love. God led me to them. He did it all. All of the disasters formed the foundation of my life. I like the tell myself that if God loves his perfect plan, than so should I. All I have at risk is my salvation, and that can never be taken away.
 
-Samantha in Florida
 
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Jennifer’s Story | Florida

On August 15th, 1993, I woke up fatherless. My dad died of liver failure during the night. My 8 year-old self was relived. It was a horrible thought for a little girl, but a dead dad was better than a drunk one. Over the coming months, I lost my mom to depression. She retreated to sleep, to alcohol, to pot, to anything but the reality of her 3 young children.  
    
As the oldest, I took up the responsibilities no one else seemed to want. I made sure my siblings got ready, ate breakfast, and caught the bus, I cleaned up the house after school, filled out all of the school paperwork, helped with homework, and held them when they cried. Above all I had to keep it together, had to stay strong for them.     
 
One summer at a VBS, I accepted Christ as my savior, but it wasn’t until I was a teenager that I understood what God wanted to be in my life. I started attending a local church and started to learn about my Father. I didn’t have to do it all alone, to worry, to work, to sorrow alone. I could lay my burdens at His feet, and He could hold me when I cried. He became my wisdom, my provider, my protector, all of the things my earthly parents should have been but weren’t.      
 
My pastor became my example. Other men in my church made up the difference fixing my car or paying for me to go to church camp. And when it came time to make my own family, I chose a man just like my pastor. (Though I didn’t realize it at the time) And when my now husband asked me to marry him, I told him he had to ask my Father for permission.     
 
I am now a Pastor’s wife with 4 wonderful children of my own, great in-laws, and a loving church family. Did you know He setteth the solitary in families? But there are still scars, fears, a distance, a difficulty here and there. Healing may take a lifetime, but I can trust my Father will be with me through it all.
 
-Jennifer in Florida
 
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Austin’s Story | North Carolina

I don’t know my biological father, nor did my mother. What time I spent with my mother was spent moving from place to place. Yet, I still loved my mother more than any other person. Unfortunately she died when I was 11.
 
The following year my great grandmother that I would always stay with after school died. Then, the only father figure I had, my great grandfather died the year after.  My sadness grew into bitterness and anger. Many times I contemplated ending my life as life seemed to only get worse. Fortunately, I had a grandmother that’s always been there to help when life seemed hopeless. 
 
Many behind the scenes were praying for me, as I found out later. Through it all the Lord has kept me safe. Finally on September 26, 2008, I repented of my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. It was a Friday night around 9:00 PM. I was half way listening to a devotional and came across the verse in 2 Corinthians 5:17. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are past away; behold, all things are become new.” As I was reading I realized I was lost. I had been to church as a child and prayed for salvation, but there was never a change. I had only prayed for salvation as a child for fear of Hell, but there was no repentance. After I received salvation, I felt the burden of my anger and bitterness lifted. I became completely different from the anti-social ball of anger I was. 
 
I have been so glad to have a Father I can count on always being there for me, no matter what life throws my way. I’ve learn even though sin and the world always fight against us I can rely on God to direct and protect. Romans 8:31 “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
 
-Austin in North Carolina
 
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Sara’s Story | Florida

My name is Sara Valin and I helped develop God is my Dad as an intern and contributor.  Music is my passion, and every chance I have to sing, I take it. I not only enjoy singing, but I love art and design. My mother tells me that since I’m left-handed, it brings the artistic side out in me. I enjoy being active and I am almost always doing something.
 
My father was a verbally abusive alcoholic, and he was a threat to my mother and I. One day my father left, and my parents divorced when I was twelve. With my mom being a single parent, it was emotionally and financially difficult. Thankfully, we had help from the government, friends, and family. My mother remarried when I was fourteen, and divorced him a couple months ago, because the choices he was making hurt the two of us. Through it all though, God has been good, and continues to show his faithfulness. He provides for my mom and I in more ways than we could have ever imagined.
 
Over the years I have seen God provide for me not only financially but mentally and spiritually. I could have chosen to react to hard times with anger and depression or tried to ease the pain of it all with worldly pleasures, but God continually reminded me that he was enough. I learned over the past years that I am not here for my own enjoyment, but I was placed on earth to please God, my father.
 
My goal is to attend a Christian university, perhaps Liberty, where I will major in business and minor in music. I want to continue in my love for music and vocals and plan on joining an elite singing group while in college. I desire to benefit, impact, and inspire others in whatever I do.
 
-Sara in Florida
 
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Will’s Story | North Carolina

My father was a very busy man pursuing his own career.  He was so pursuant that I hardly ever saw him.  He did it all in the name of providing for his family.  I do not know what it’s like to have a father to take me to sporting events or camping trips.  I do not know what it’s like to have a father there for me when I was going through school events.  He was too busy for me.
 
God became my Father on July 22, 1983 when I asked the Lord to be my Savior…….. He promised to be the Father of the fatherless.  From that time He led me to be part of some wonderful congregations.  Also, He gave me innumerable senior saints who became my parents while I was needing him the most…..
 
I have learned to have daily interaction to God as my Father and it has made such a tremendous difference…….  God my Father is never too busy to be there for me………..
 
-Will in North Carolina
 
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Becca’s Story | Tennessee

My name is Becca. I’m 12 years old and I’m from Tennessee. Last summer my parents got divorced. A week later while my father was drunk he made the remark that I was dead to him. My life over this past year has been no picnic. I accepted Christ when I was 10, but I’m not gonna lie . This past year I have questioned my faith a few times. Then I heard a verse at church. It was Hebrews 11:1. What that verse is explaining to me is that we have to have faith in something other then what the eye of man can see. God is getting me through this and will continue to. To anyone reading this who is scared, lonely, or questioning God; He loves you so much and I do too. I have been where you are at and know what it feels like to have no support in your life. Please push through this. I’m only 12, but even I can see, with God anything is possible. Thanks for reading!
 
-Becca in Tennessee
 
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Nicki’s Story | Florida

When I was a baby, I was adopted into a Christian family. I grew up, knowing the stories of the Bible and knowing of God. I believed He existed and that He was God but I never realized that I wasn’t saved.
 
When I was 13, I became depressed. It started with the doubts of my salvation. Then fear came and with it followed a whole bunch of emotions and confusion that I started to think that God had left me. I really struggled with feeling unwanted and unloved by God and even at times by my loved ones. I even turned it onto them at times. I hated myself because of it. I was this depressed, moody, self-centered person that only cared for herself and too foolish to open her eyes to see the truth right in front of her. I pushed everyone away and I would push God away, even when I felt Him tugging at my heart.
 
That truth was that I wasn’t saved and that I was the one to leave God. On July 22, 2014, I realized that God did love me and that there was a way that I can live in heaven with Him one day. I got saved that day and I’ve been a brand new person since.
 
I’m happier than I’ve ever been and I have this peace and love that never goes away. I can never describe it and that’s how I know it’s from God. I never doubted my salvation ever again. I know I’m saved.
 
I still struggle with many things of course. Sin is very tempting and hard times are difficult but with God, I’ve got the strength to get through it. No one can ever take this away from me and it has been the best thing to ever happen to me.
 
-Nicki in Florida
 
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Kurtis’s Story | California

 
While growing up my biological dad was a great man, I really adore him but we never had a steady relationship. I loved him because he was my father and he was a awesome dad you can think of. At the age of 14 years old, I loss my dad due to alcohol abuse and stress. I could not believe that day (January 29, 2008) I really lost my dad. I was hurt, I was devastated, also I was broken.
 
Now when I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior in the year of 2009, God began to show me things. I’m glad that God stepped in as my father and took me in and he is like a father figure to me. He provides for me, he wipes away my tears, he comforts me, he teaches me and also he loves me. Til this day , God is still the best father and now I’m 23 years old and living the life of freedom and God is willing to help me with anything. I’m blessed and happy that I made a choice to have God in my life.
 
-Kurtis in California
 
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Tonya’s Story | Kentucky

God has been my dad my entire life. My father died of a heart attack in 1990 and my mom died of cervical cancer in 1989.  My Lord has been my everything, my mother and father, my protector, my healer, my confidant and so much more.  I know He is with me always! Knowing that God is always with me helped me understand that I was the daughter of the Almighty. Although, my father was gone from this earth, I had the Lord as my father to guide me through and He is greater than any humanly father.  I encourage anyone experiencing loss of their father, to look toward our Lord and Savior for that void.  He will come through for you, guide you, comfort you, love you, and protect you as your father did, times thousands.
 
-Tonya in Kentucky
 
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Princess’s Story | Florida

I was in my house waiting for my mom to get home from jail and suddenly some strange people come into my house and take me and my two brothers away both of my brothers are together but I am alone.  As the strange man puts me into the vehicle I’m crying and wondering what’s going on I cry so much until I tire of it and fall asleep.  When I wake up I’m in this strange house without my brothers with strange people I don’t recognize while I’m sitting on the couch a girl comes in to greet me with such love and gentleness she made me feel very comfortable.  The next few years of my life were very hard as God took me away from everything I knew everything I loved and put me into a family I have no relation with but through that time I have become to love and cherish the family I have the new one and the old I have come to rely on God as my true Father to help me carry my burdens to help me fight my emotional battles to be there when I feel alone God is the very best Dad to have he gave me an extra family that I can’t do without he may take us on difficult journeys but in the end of your journey you will find joy.
 
-Princess in Florida
 
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