Thankful for endurance and the ability to overcome

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

I've overcome some tough times.  I learned a lesson about how that happens and endurance and standing together when I was a child.  Where?  from my church family.  When I was 13 on a morning before I went to school there was a ring of the phone.  You know the old fashioned loud ring of a land line.  I remember not wanting to go to school because I was so sad to learn that my church had been burned by arson.  Three churches in our town were set fire, the First Baptist Church had the worst damage and the sanctuary and fellowship hall were a total loss.  The "annex" that had the offices survived and is still in use today as a youth space. 

Yesterday my church turned 200 years old.  And that lesson I learned as a child was that a church isn't a building.  That led me to know that a house isn't a home. It was the early 80s before we were back in a sanctuary on this same site. For a few years I attended church in my old grammar school auditorium.  On a cool spring morning we "my church family" walked down the street from that school house to our new building.  But in those years of coming together with my church family in a school house I came to know that "church" is fellowship and worship in any place where people come together to worship God.  I have kept that in my heart for many years.  

I have attended church here for more than half a century.... 25% of it's life.  I have taught children on Sunday mornings for 26 of those years.  I am so thankful for both my faith and my church. God is good and has blessed my life greatly.

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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Tammy I have always believed in perseverance and endurance, in High School I ran Track and Cross Country to give you an idea... life throws many challenges in our way either we deal with it and move on or we fall down...Endre

Nov 19, 2018 10:27 PM #1
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Oh wow, Tammy... my eyes just about fell out of my head reading about the church fires in your town. I'm so happy that you find such comfort in your life from your faith and church. Thos who don't have faith probably have a hard time understanding what it means to you and how it helps you to endure and persevere in your life.

Nov 20, 2018 04:44 AM #2
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Good morning Tammy.  I'm glad that you and the local community continues to support your church.

Nov 20, 2018 05:42 AM #3
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Hi Tammy- I love your strong faith!  For anyone who has this, it's like you have a special weapon that you carry with you. 

Nov 20, 2018 04:14 PM #4
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Hi Tammy Lankford, so sad to even think someone would set fire on any building. I agree with Kathy Streib, faith and trusting God give special weapon which we all need on a daily basis.

Nov 20, 2018 04:50 PM #5
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Hi Tammy

That is quite a story about the chucrh fires. But what an important lesson to learn that it's just a building, but it's the people and what it means that makes such a difference.

Jeff

Nov 20, 2018 08:53 PM #6
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Comfort and support from an extended family is sooo valuable in improving a quality of life.

Nov 24, 2018 08:36 AM #7
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Tammy Lankford,
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Endre Barath, Jr. I have often said I've dusted myself off a LOT and moved forward.  Stopping isn't an option

Nina Hollander it was a very trying time in my community

Nov 24, 2018 12:16 PM #8
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Gabe Sanders it's a two way street because my church supports our community where there is need as well.

Kathy Streib it certainly has protected me from a lot over the years.

Nov 24, 2018 12:17 PM #9
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Beth Atalay true enough, but a church... Thankfully we are still strong as a church, they rocked us, but we were not broken.

Jeff Dowler, CRS it's a lesson that in a round about way I give to the children I teach.  That's it's the people that you fellowship with and worship with that influence you.  On our "anniversary" we had a guest preacher who was someone I was in youth group with at church as a teen.  He stood up there and said "God didn't get me to church, girls did, but God got in me while I was here"

Nov 24, 2018 12:21 PM #10
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson that it does.  That church has provided me with comfort many times as have my "extended family" in my circle of friends.

Nov 24, 2018 12:22 PM #11
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Tammy indeed I am confident you dusted  yourself off a few times, the good news is it made you stronger and look at where you are today, those early events built your foundation, Endre

Nov 24, 2018 12:23 PM #12
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Oh my gosh, the fires - that's terrible, Tammy! You know the silver-lining part of me feels like you got so much out of those fires - a sense of community even when you're not surrounded by four walls. There's nothing more special than family and our church families rank right up there too. 

Lastly, how lucky are those children to have you for their Sunday School teacher?!

Happy Sunday!

Nov 25, 2018 07:59 AM #13
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Church is the church family and kudos to you, Tammy for being a SS teacher that long and continuing to be a part of the family.

Nov 29, 2018 07:17 PM #14
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