My Heavenly Father is Rich and So is My Earthly One

By: Toni Tucker

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My Stepdad in Las Vegas, where he lives.Granddad, The Honorable Deacon William Love!Almost 2 years old!My picture that was on the wall at CBS in ChicagoGraduation from High SchoolLook mommy I can kick my leg up?June 2009!Speaking Engagement late 80's or early 90'sJune 2009
My Stepdad in Las Vegas, where he lives.
My Stepdad in Las Vegas, where he lives.
Granddad, The Honorable Deacon William Love!
Granddad, The Honorable Deacon William Love!
Almost 2 years old!
Almost 2 years old!
My picture that was on the wall at CBS in Chicago
My picture that was on the wall at CBS in Chicago
Graduation from High School
Graduation from High School
Look mommy I can kick my leg up?
Look mommy I can kick my leg up?
June 2009!
June 2009!
Speaking Engagement late 80's or early 90's
Speaking Engagement late 80's or early 90's
June 2009
June 2009

And Ode to My Dad!

Who doesn't like money? There are those who take a vow of poverty, some Priests, Monks, nuns, others. The Bible says that, "Money answers all things." So, vow of poverty, I'm not taking it. Although my financial situation is not at all where I'd had hoped it to be at three years shy of 50. I can be thankful that the Lord has preserved me, keeps me young and spry, and pure. And that his promises to me to marry and have children have yet to be fulfilled and I eagerly await until his promises are brought into fruition for the right man to say "I Do" to.

I graduated from college, worked in my field as a Journalist, and I continue to do so by writing news articles from time to time online and for other publications. If you've read my hub "Ready to Soar!," you'd get a solid understanding of my background, my early days as a child growing up in the church and how I worked in my profession as a former Television Host/Producer for CBS-TV in Chicago, also as a Radio Host, and as a News Reporter for BET. God blessed my right off the bat! He has always blessed me. Even when I wasn't faithful in my tithing. Just think how much more I could have excelled financially if I had always been obedient to his word! I am going to start a new resolution from my heart and become a real tither and giver. I love and trust God, so what's the problem? Lack of faith, afraid that he want come through? Afraid that I'll get so behind on my responsibilities that I will be overwhelmed by bills? Why not give God my whole Heart? I'm going to be obedient to God!

My mother and father divorced when I was a very young child. My Mother then met and married my step-dad. This was a year or two after the Rev. Gilbert saga, read my ("When I Accepted Jesus" and "The Escape hubs"). My step-dad whom I affectionately call my dad outside of my grandfather has been a significant role model in my life. He was a hard worker, before he married my mother when I was eleven years old, he asked my older sister and I if we wanted to take on his last name, he adopted us. We decided to keep our biological fathers last name, besides, I liked the name Toni Tucker. Kinda has a ring to it doesn't it? Although Lord knows I'll be ecstatic to take on my husband's last name. When I finally get married, that is. My step-dad took my older sister and I into his life and into his heart, and instilled great values and a strong sense of character in us. Till this day, he always talks about "The Golden Rule" do unto others as you would have them do unto you and what "the good book says." He is a man of integrity!

My Heavenly father is rich, he owns the cattle on a thousand hills, he created the earth and the fullness thereof. The Psalmist really gives testimony to the Glory and Majesty of God! He made the Heavens, the Universe and all the other millions of daily discovered galaxies and beyond. God is awesome. Excellent, Handsome, beautify, glorious, smart, witty, savvy, marvelous, loving and just - terrific! He is rich too! He made the diamonds of the earth, the coal from which they are formed, the mines in which the are found, the rubies, emeralds, gold, the pearls, amethyst, and every other conceivable jewel there is to be found. The riches and the secret riches of God are exponential!

My earthly father, my step-dad, dad is a wealthy man as well. He is wealthy in wisdom, love, a listening ear, generous in providing direction, and security. Although he is rich in money, I have learned to not bogge him with my matters, but to work them out myself. That's what he instilled in me. But, it's good to know he's always there for support, if I need it. What's way more important to me are his rich words of wisdom, pearls of concern, and mostly love. And although I don't get to see him alot, I know I'm in his heart.

I've have never asked any man for money. Even when I was in my early twenties and engaged twice, I never asked my ex fiancees for anything. They didn't have much to offer either. But I am sure they are doing fine and hopefully after all these years at a better place financially. I am so glad that I have learned to pay my bills, as best I can. Work hard, and become an independent woman who has never relied on a man for finances even when I desperately needed the funds! I call my dad every once in awhile and wish him well. I pray that his eyes are opened to the eyes of Jesus, and for his continued good health and mental and spiritual stability. He is a one of a kind! The last of the Mohawk-ins as they say. I just thank God for my Heavenly father and the earthly father that he has given me to love. I can go to my Heavenly Father and ask him boldly for anything according to his word and he will grant it, I can also call my dad if I need to, and he will grant it if it's within reason. I do go to my Heavenly Father, but, I want my stepfather to know that I love him for him and not his money. He knows me and understands my reasoning and heart. Only a Father could!

My grandmother (Miz Love) used to honor my grandfather all the time at my former home church in Chicago. Every-time she spoke, or preached, she would began with thanking God first, praising Jesus for the opportunity to be able to inspire, and then she'd say, "and I give recognition to my husband, "The Honorable Deacon William Love!" That she did for decades. Everybody appreciated her reverence towards her husband and it always got a good welcoming laugh, her recognition of my grandfather never grew old. It was so endearing and loving. And, yes, my grandparents last name was Love! And indeed they showed it outwardly and privately. What a loving, Godly couple, man and wife they were. Married for nearly 67 years too. And it is with pleasure that I can at least honor my earthly father!

Love your dads people, yes, I know you love our Heavenly dad, but if you still have a father, grandfather, or guardian, or whomever God has placed in your lives as a covering. Call him and tell him how much you love him and thank God for him. It will make his day, and make you feel rich inside.

Just some love towards my 'dad' from his little girl. I love you dad!

Toni

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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you for a very powerful and moving hub. Thank you for sharing . Gods blessing to you and yours thnrough ou the holiday. creativeone59


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

A delightful tribute Heavensgate, to your loved ones. It testifies to the value of family and the role they play in our lives. We must not be stingy with regularly showing our appreciation and love.

Blessings,


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Heavensgates 6 years ago Author

Thank you creativeone59 and RevLady! You two are such a blessing to the body of Christ and what an encouragement as well. I pray that both your respective families experience a super-blessed Christmas and a Prosperious New Year! Love


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matt6v33 6 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

well young lady, u once again, have shown, and shared that awsome God given talent you clearly possess. Love your heart! Will u marry me? Keep sharing, so others may learn from you, and like me, appreicate u.

respectfully yours,

Jim


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Heavensgates 6 years ago Author

Thank you matt6v33! You made me smile and chuckle!!! You're not married are you?


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Karen Russell 6 years ago

AS USUALLY, A VERY DELIGHTFUL READ, I ENJOYED IT IMMENSELY!...R.K./LP


poetlorraine 6 years ago

enjoyed this hub very nice


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Thank you for sharing this beautiful hub. I is a great reminder for me to value my earthly father. I am very thankful to God about my earthly father. He is a very responsible man and very loving to his family though he is not that rich. Have a great day.


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Heavensgates 6 years ago Author

Thank you Karen Russell, for your response. It is good to share good memories too! God Bless you and Merry Christmas!!!


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Heavensgates 6 years ago Author

Hi poetlorraine,

thanks for the comment. And you be encouraged!


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Heavensgates 6 years ago Author

Hi cristina327! You are such an encouragement to me. And you are a great and insightful writer/hubber as well. Have a great Holiday.


peacenhim 6 years ago

Lovely!! It is so good to read about healthy father/daughter relationships when there are so many unhealthy ones forming tabloids for all to read. Thanks again for this heartwarming Hub!! Yes, we should all be reminded to say "I LOVE YOU" especially to those who've been there for us when others haven't. To Hold us up, and carry us, when we aren't able to carry ourselves. This is a blessing. Thank you for this reminder!!


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Heavensgates 6 years ago Author

Thank you peacenhim for your response, and I continue to look for your hubs, you are a blessing!


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Heavensgates 6 years ago Author

Thank you chesapeake, and God bless you.


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ProHubbing 6 years ago from USA

Awesome. Just joined your followers. Keep it up. Great stuff.


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Heavensgates 6 years ago Author

Thanks ProHubbing! Have a wonderful Christmas and talk to you in the New Year.


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Heavensgates 6 years ago Author

That's a high heel! I thought a five inch boot was walking tall. LOL! Thank you for the response. 6inchboot.


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

What an uplifting hub! How wonderful for you to be able to share the truths of your Heavenly Father, and your earthly father too. When I read the title of this hub, I just knew what you meant - and I was right! Keep the words coming, they are truth and enjoyment.

And, by the way - you just keep waiting for that RIGHT man. You sure 'nuf don't want to mix up with a wrong one! :-)


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Heavensgates 6 years ago Author

Thank you frogyfish for the post and for your words of encouragement! You are so right, and I can't do anything but 'wait' God's hand in control of my life when it

comes to matters of men. He has an angel keeping watch over me.

It's also kinda funny that you are called frogyfish, haha. Like kissing the frog for my Prince to appear. You're probaly a woman though, but the romantiscism rings out loud.


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Jisblessed 6 years ago

Very nice, creative, and heartwarming. May God continue to bless you in your giftings.


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Heavensgates 6 years ago Author

Jisblessed, thank you for your kind words. God is good.


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brotheryochanan 6 years ago from BC, canada

well yknow, the OT purported prosperity and well, hmmmm the NT seems to promote the opposite to riches. Mathew 5 and 6 both support giving and not being covetous about money, things, clothing even. Mark 6 talks about not sounding a trumpet about your alms (tithing). The church today should never mention money, its a given and a fact that it will be there, as god feeds the sparrows etc. Money has no place in the end time church doctrine. About blessing you when u didn't tithe; I'm sure hes gonna give you a spanking for planting that seed in weak christians.


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Heavensgates 6 years ago Author

Thanks for the comment brothery. I get spanked often, but, that's just a statement of my disobedience to obedience (on tithing) its a statement to encourage others to tithe. Paraphrasing Malachi, "I will rebuke the devour, and, I'll pour you out a blessing that you won't have room to receive."


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djbraman 6 years ago

I enjoyed the article, it touched home concerning issues of my own life.


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Heavensgates 6 years ago Author

Thanks djbraman for your comment. It is great to have a Heavenly Father who made the world and the universe who loves us so incredibly much! And it is too a blessing to have an earthly father, stepdad, who loves me as well!


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brotheryochanan 6 years ago from BC, canada

I don't need or want you to pour out a blessing all i need to have god meet my needs via my sincere faith in him, a prayerful life of communication, holiness and dedication and HE will take care of me, not you or your wonderful use of gods powers. If i get blessed at all it is because he is gracious to give it and perhaps, somewhat, i've earned it by being faithful, again, not because you are so blessed or that you are in charge of heavens vaults. You can pray that god make me a better christian or god teach me his ways or 1000 other things like that, but to pray that you will bless me is unscriptural, you pray amiss.


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Heavensgates 6 years ago Author

Thanks for your post brotheryochanan.


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Segun Tewogbola 6 years ago

It is good to appreciate ourselves while we are alive.


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Heavensgates 6 years ago Author

Yes! Segun, it is good!!!


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

What a nice hub dedicated to your family both here on earth and in Heaven.

Brother Dave.


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Heavensgates 6 years ago Author

Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a nice comment Dave! Happy Fathers Day to you!!!

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