19 June 2016



 Happy Father's Day Dad

You worked hard to keep us clothed and fed
You taught us the right way by the life you led.

You read your Bible and soaked up every word
You listened to the Pastor and believed what you heard.

You shaped me into what I am today,
Because of your willingness to fast and pray.

You truly were a man of God in doing what was right,
Your life was like a beacon shining out God's light.

I can still hear your voice singing slightly off key,
"You Are My Sunshine" to the other kids and me.

I still can hear your laughter as you would tell a joke
I still hold dear the poems that you wrote.

You were the greatest dad there could ever be,
And I am forever grateful that you were there for me.

©Teresa S. Mathews 06/15/2013

My dad was a wonderful man of God. When we were kids if any of us got sick, he would come and pray for us and before he could say amen, we were feeling 100% better. 

When he read his Bible he believed every word. Some of his favorite scriptures were found in the third chapter of Malachi starting with verse 8; Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."

Daddy loved to quote this scripture and then add his interpretation; "If you shovel it out, God will shovel it in and His shovel is a whole lot bigger than ours." It was very simple to him, if God said it, that was the end of the discussion.  What a mighty man of God, what a heritage our family has.
Thank you daddy for showing me by example how to live for the Lord. 
Happy Father's Day in Heaven. 

Baby Julian

Dad and his dog, Rusty
Dad, Mom and myself.
I was probably 9.

Father's Day 1988
Gotta love that grin. 

The Sharpe Family, Christmas 2006
Since this picture was taken there have been
four more great-grandchildren born.
Sadly my daddy passed away in April 1996,
so he only got to see his first great-grand child. 


  1. Teresa, what a lovely tribute to your father. If all Dads were like him the world would be a lot better place in which to live. How blessed you were to grow up in a family with such a Godly man as the head!

    1. DIANA I wish there were more men like my dad. I am hoping Daniel and Joshua will be a lot like him.

  2. Teresa, your poem and tribute to your father is beautiful!

  3. Your dad sounds like a special man, Teresa! I've enjoyed the stories about him that you have shared over the years. I imagine he and Carlton are enjoying being in God's presence and I'm sure the Lord told them both, "Well done, good and faithful servant." Hugs!

    1. CARRIE I believe you are right, they are having the time of their life.

  4. Happy Fathers Day to all the dads in the US!! Teresa, your dad was an amazing man, wow! If only all dads were like him... giving such wise counsel and putting into practice his faith... what a role model!! That was a beautiful and inspiring tribute and poem!

  5. Beautiful poem and tribute, Teresa - thank you for sharing, love the pics too!! Such a wonderful father you had - oh, that all children could be raised by godly parents!!


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