Karen and Roy Brohaugh celebrating 49 years of marriage — Declaring God’s Glory — with this Cross planted today
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Cyber Daily Devotion
Volume 18 Number 170
Today’s Author: Pastor Bill
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:13
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” NIV
Hello, my name is Roy Brohaugh from Hayward, Wisconsin and this is my Cross testimony of how Jesus Christ became the center of my life.
I grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. Number three of four boys. My mom was a nurse and my dad was a civil engineer. We went to church as a family. I regularly attended Sunday school, church and youth group. It felt good. I decided to be baptized as a teenager. I went to a Christian high school. I had a hunger for a relationship with God but I didn’t understand what it meant to be a believer.
Looking back, I lied, stole, probably broke all the Ten Commandments but nothing bad enough to get me into trouble — well, trouble with civil authorities anyway. I was a “good” person. But I came to realize I was indeed in “trouble”. I needed relief from my sins in order to have a relationship with God.
My freshman year in high school I joined the trumpet section of the band. Little did I know that the future love of my life was seated just down the row. Our school held an annual banquet for the students and by junior year I had an interest in going but felt no one would want to go with me. A friend suggested I ask a girl named Karen. I asked, she accepted. We dated through our senior year and I was drafted into the army. I spent one year in Vietnam. While I was gone Karen went to the University of Minnesota and to Sweden to work at her uncle’s restaurant. We corresponded the entire time. We were married shortly after I returned home. That was forty-nine years ago!
We have two children and five grandchildren.
Through the years, I graduated from the University of Minnesota and worked in several career fields. While that provided income, my passion has been to develop my Holy Spirit gift of teaching the Word. The gift of teaching started right after we were married when we were asked to work with the youth group. That led to mentoring and teaching a Sunday school class. Despite my human short comings both ministries continue today.
Prayer has been a very important part of our lives and ministry. We have seen jobs opened and jobs rejected, as the Lord led. We have seen the Lord’s hand in our lives and others as needs were met. Thank you, Jesus. To God be all the Glory!
One of my favorite Bible verses is John 21:17b “And he said to Him, ‘Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed My sheep'” NKJV
Hello, my name is Karen Brohaugh. I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota the second of three children. My dad was an accountant for a manufacturing company and my mom stayed home and watched over us.
I became a believer at church Bible camp when at age 9 I asked Jesus into my heart. As I grew older there were many opportunities to grow in my faith. Youth group, a Christian school, meeting friends for Bible studies and prayer. Additionally, through the years great church families and pastors have been significant in my life.
I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a nursing degree. Nursing took me into home health and hospice care and I worked in our community while raising our family. Over the years there have been ups and downs but God has been faithful.
The ministry of helps and prayer has been important in my life. I have been part of women’s groups for prayer, support and fellowship. Answered prayers have been an ongoing piece of what God has done. When someone was hurting we prayed. Jesus took care of the rest. When someone was in need we prayed and the Lord provided. Knowing that God loves me and cares about us and having access to His grace and power through the Holy Spirit has been crucial, as hard things have come our way. The Lord’s peace has made the difference.
My favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” NKJV
Planting this Cross today is a witness to our community that Jesus Christ died for our sins so that we can have a relationship with God and that His grace is sufficient.
For us this Cross represents the miracle of what Jesus did for you and me. Jesus paid the price of His life in exchange for my eternal life with Him. WOW!
We selected a spot just behind our house and overlooking the lake for the Cross planting. This spot makes it clear that Jesus Christ is Lord of our lives.
Prayer: Father thank you for the resurrection miracle of Jesus Christ that made all the difference for eternal life. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!