Chapter 11 Building Your Family with Spiritual Principles
GodŐs Providence in our lives was such a blessing for us to meet and come together in New Orleans. We were the perfect husband and wife to form our marriage. Not only did we find mutual desire to pursue our Christian Faith together, but our bonding cemented the beginnings of our family.
Canal Street Presbyterian Church was the center of our life of faith, and we found solid relationships among the Christian friends there. We identified mutual goals in raising the children we planned for our family in the Christian beliefs that we had established. The Rev. Mr. Robert A. Pitman was our pastor who was a significant spiritual relationship for Suzanne and me. Shortly after he involved us in working with the high school age students, a new Associate Pastor was called to work alongside what we were doing, the Rev. Mr. William J. Brown.
We lived in New Orleans from our 1962 meeting and marriage until the Spring of 1982. Our familyŐs three children were born January 26, 1965, Taylor Marcus, August 4, 1966, Tiffany Lenn, and January 26, 1969, Todd Wittman. It was a blessing that my father administered infant baptism to all three of our children.
We saw to the regular reading aloud of Biblical passages regularly to our children, and insured their regularly presence on Sundays at church. Suzanne and I pursued our own regular reading of Scriptures to keep GodŐs Word fresh in our minds.
We always have valued having close ties with a local church, a Body of Christ. We have made it a central focus for our family as a place from which we received what all our family members needed in terms of fellowship, teaching, preaching, prayers for healing and the hearing of prophecy through the leadership of our pastors.
We have generated activities in the communities in which we lived, but did so in the context of representing our Christian orientation. This was done in community organizations, political organizations in in my interest of historical and genealogical organizations.
We have practiced and sought to teach our children the Biblical standard of giving a tithe (10% of our income) to our church, and that we should be free to give over-and-above to other causes to which we feel God directed our attention and to which our hearts were drawn.