Dealing with Family Series – Peggy
August 5, 2018
Dealing with family Series – Peggy
Our next guest blogger is, Peggy Shockey and here is her “story”.
It is an honor to be able to share some highlights of my on-going Journey of learning TRUTH from the Scriptures. One of 3 children, I was raised in what is referred to as a “christian” home. We faithfully went to church each week, attended Bible Camp some years and went to hear guest Bible teachers. Along the way, as I grew, I found that I had questions, that could not be satisfactorily answered by our pastors and Bible teacher friends. As I questioned some of our most basic “beliefs”, I was told NOT to question, or that it did not matter, or that “it is just what we do”, or you will not always understand some things, etc., etc. All of which left me quite frustrated. Fast forward to about 15 or so years ago and FATHER brought someone into my life who kindly and lovingly asked me “why do you keep sunday and why do you not keep the Biblical Sabbath?” WOW I thought I knew why…. but I did NOT. I only knew what I had been told by loving parents, grandparents, other family members, pastors, etc. As The Father is often prone to do…. at the same time HE brought someone into my sister’s and brother’s life. They were basically asked the same thing. My siblings and I talked back and forth and it was decided that I would check it out and get back to them. So, I dutifully went to my Strong’s Concordance and proceeded to look up the word “sabbath”. I wrote down every place that it was mentioned, then looked up every verse and read it…. IN CONTEXT. Long story short….. YHVH NEVER CHANGED IT! Sabbath has been / is / and
always will be on the 7th day of the week, the day that we call “saturday”. Finding out that the catholic church was basically responsible for making the change to sunday, I began to question EVERYTHING. At this point in my life, I had already been blessed to have gone to Israel twice. It felt like HOME. I have always been drawn to “jewish” things and had a deep love for Israel. Over 25 years ago I went to my first Passover Seder My hunger was growing…. but I didn’t know for what yet.
My sister and brother and myself continued to question and look into EVERYTHING we had been taught. We decided at this point to, at least for the most part…. put everything on the “back burner” until it could be proven in Scripture. What an awesome part of my Journey! At this time, I was sharing what I was learning with my daughter and her husband. Of course, I had raised her the same way I was raised. We went to “sunday” church and she went to “christian school” from K – 12 and then on to Bible College. My daughter did not see these things the same way I was seeing them. However, she and her husband were very respectful about what I was finding, especially since it was all verified right in the Bible! They came to
Our home and “observed” Passover for several years with us. My 2 grandchildren at the time (who were about 4 and 5 and are now in college) would dress up and play the parts of Pharaoh and Moses. They loved it! As the years passed, I sensed them pulling away from what I was learning and the direction I was going. I had stopped attending sunday church and was looking for a home fellowship or a congregation to attend. Father brought us in contact with a “Torah teacher” and we were able to learn a
Good bit from him. My husband at that time was not really on board with all of what I was finding but agreed to go along. About 8 years ago, he passed away. I was now free to really walk out in my home what I believed should be done. The FATHER then did an awesome thing in my life. He brought a wonderful man into my life, who was also seeking TRUTH. After Biblically courting each other for a year we were married, with a wonderful Hebrew wedding. My daughter refused to come to our wedding and did not allow any of my now 4 grandchildren to attend. Once she found out that my new husband was not
Going to sunday church, but was keeping the Sabbath, she pulled away even more. Without going into the details, suffice it to say that she was very angry. She set strong boundaries which kept me from seeing my grandchildren, for the most part, and any visit time with them was few and far between and very limited. Before coming into this WALK, she and I were close and I spent several days a week, helping out with the grandkids, taking them to school, sports practice, having them stay over at my
house. It was as if I had lost all of them. The grieving was very painful and it was a much too long process. I did not guard my heart! I let the pain in and it cost me dearly with health issues, that are just now finally getting turned around. It has been a painful and difficult time in my Journey, but one I would not trade for anything! It has driven me closer and closer to ABBA! It has deepened my Faith and my Trust in HIM. I have learned many, many hard lessons because of all of this. I realize more and more what Yeshua meant when He said in Matthew 12: 46 But while he was speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers came standing outside and desired to speak with him. 47 And a man said to him, “Behold, your mother and your brothers are standing outside and want to speak with you.” 48 But he answered and said to him who told him, “Who is my mother and who are my brothers?” 49 And he stretched his hands toward his disciples and said, “Behold my mother and behold my brothers!” 50 “For everyone who does the will of my Father who is in Heaven, the same is my brother and my sister and my mother.”
Is my daughter still my daughter? Yes, of course! Are my grandchildren still my grandchildren? Yes, of course! But this helps me to keep it all in perspective. They are each on their own journey through life. This is part of their journey. I love them more than ever before and pray for them and am here for them for if and when the time comes, they enter into HIS TRUTH.
In the meantime, I continue to study, learn, and walk out the Instructions set forth in the Scriptures the best I can, with the help of The Ruach haKodesh Keep looking UP, for our Redemption draws near! May we hear those words…. “well done, thou good and faithful servant!”
Joshua 1: 9 Haven’t I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid, neither be dismayed: for Yahweh
your God is with you wherever you go.”
Thank you for letting me share part of my Journey with you!
Blessings and Shalom
Thank you Ester for sharing!
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