I have to tell y’all! No matter what the media tries to portray. No matter how much hate, and divisiveness the current administration and his cronies spew. Here’s what I know…God is STILL good, and He’s STILL working!!!
I haven’t written an update on Tucker in a while, for several different reasons that I choose not to express. But y’all, I can’t not brag on God and His goodness! Tucker’s life is a true testiment to the fact that prayer works! If you don’t believe it, look at Tucker’s life!
I was reading in Psalm 13 this morning, and it said, ” How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand? Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle in my eyes, or I will die! Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying ‘We have defeated him!’ Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall. But I trust in Your unfailing love, I will rejoice because You have rescued me, I will sing to the Lord because He is good to me.”
This reminded me so much of Tucker’s life! I can tell you, he had several enemies! And I’m not just referring to the ones who bashed in his head! They meant to destroy him, BUT GOD has restored him! Others tried keeping him down, BUT GOD reached down and pulled him up! God has restored the sparkle to Tucker’s eyes! Y’all look at this!
While visiting our son Tucker, in rehab this past weekend, one of the guys asked me when I thought it would a good time for him to start dating. Naturally, I took a deep breath, ready to fill Jesse, this [not so] young man, with some godly wisdom. I was politely interrupted by the one, and only, Tucker Hawkins. Y’all, I can’t tell y’all how good it made me feel, and how much my faith grew, as I sat and listened to the words coming out of his mouth.
He told Jesse that while he was in rehab, and was home for the weekend, he should visit with his family. He told him that, should he have a friend of any kind, they should be willing to sit at his house with his family, and if they weren’t, he didn’t need them! He talked to him about the many reasons people shouldn’t have sex outside marriage, because of all the troubles that come along with that particular sin, because he’d witnessed the backlash firsthand. As I believe all of us, who chose not to do things God’s way, will attest. And dare I say, these words not only apply to those in drug treatment, they apply to anyone who’s dating. True wisdom only comes from God and His Word! And when it’s true wisdom people are speaking, others notice! Here’s what’s cool to me. When Tucker spoke, Jesse listened! Why? Because what Tucker said was from the Lord! He’s become a respected man!
How about when he told me that he was eating healthy because if something you’re eating or drinking causes your brother to stumble, don’t eat it? He wants to be the best he can be, to inspire others! And boy does he ever! I hear him encouraging the other guys there a lot! And he’s inspiring me to make healthier choices as well!
He’s now the supervisor of first shift, on his job, and his counselor has profusely bragged on what a good leader Tucker is becoming.He’s becoming the man, the leader, the encourager that I always knew he was meant to be!
Y’all, God is so good! And He’s moving in the life of our son! And why is that? Because Tucker is seeking Him! Don’t get me wrong! God has been there for Tucker all along! He was just waiting on him to be willing!
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