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Mother-in-law’s faith-filled life leaves a legacy: ‘Our parents made sure our foundation of faith and family was ingrained in us, and I am so very thankful for that’ (column from Harrah, Okla.).

HARRAH, Okla. — Bobby and Patricia Dillard raised their daughter, Tamie, on a strong foundation of Christian faith.

I am blessed beyond measure that they did.

My future wife — the mother of our three children — grew up in the Harrah Church of Christ on the eastern outskirts of the Oklahoma City metro area.

“Mama loved us kids,” said Tamie, the middle child between Tod and Lance. “She told us and showed us and worked hard for us. But the best way she loved us was by loving Jesus. She took us to church, this wonderful little church right here.

“She taught Sunday school. She and Daddy drove a JOY bus. They picked us up late at night after youth events. They sent me to a Christian university when I wanted to go. Our parents made sure our foundation of faith and family was ingrained in us, and I am so very thankful for that.”

So am I.

Christian university enrollments mostly up: Student head counts reach all-time highs at Lipscomb and Oklahoma Christian, while Harding welcomes record number of undergrads. Page 1.

This post highlights my stories in the November 2013 print edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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