My Way or the Highway Donna Reiners


My dad grew up knowing nothing but fear, intimidation, lack and limitations. His mom had been married – wait for it – 9 times. When he was a boy, if he left with 3 bullets and a gun – he better bring back a rabbit for each bullet missing and of course….the gun. He could have been on that show Survivor! He joined the Army when he was like 14 or something???? Then, he was found out and kicked out a couple years later. Keep in mind, these were the days of Great Depression. If you don’t know what that is – then just know it was a time of fear, intimidation, lack and limitations. There was little food to be found. There was a lack of jobs. Folks were fearful of not having enough. Then, Dad joined the Navy at I think 16 but was not found out and remained serving 30 years.  His desire to work and eat and support a family found him in WWII, Korean War and some other unnamed wars in other countries nobody could talk about.  Why am I sharing about my dad? Because many of us grew up under the arms of parents from this era – the my way or the highway survivors.

As a kid, when we went to the commissary, it was for a whole bunch of food because it was all my parents knew….lack…They were survivors doing the best they could to live out life the only way they knew how…They are no different than us – we live out as best we can…learning from the mistakes of our parents and hoping we can learn a better way for our kids. YET….who our parents are is part of what makes us up…and in many ways…that’s not so bad is it??

If you look hard enough you can always find something negative. I’m convinced if we will look past what we think is so wrong or wretched about our past, we can find something good. Today, find something good in how you grew up – Be Jesus with your past and look PAST the bad ugly and look into the potential of who they could have been had they been loved properly. Now, look at how you could be if you will LOVE properly. God is good…be more than a survivor…thrive my friend….in LOVE and see if you don’t find out life is better than you thought as you become more than just survivors..

Until next time,



5 thoughts on “Survivors

    1. Thank you Patricia!! You are too kind. Yes, we miss seeing your smiling face as well as your daughter and husband. We appreciate you responding and missing us…its a great blessing to be remembered. We were at EC for many many years. We live in Katy and are moving across to the north side of Katy at 99/Morton Ranch area. New day for sure…new friends, new family, new church…basically new everything. Guess sometimes it does require just moving forward without looking backwards. Sad in many ways but I’ve worked out my heart and am grateful for the Lord’s protection, His love and His direction for our personal and ministry lives.

      We do miss you…and many…whom we no longer are in contact with..

      Take care dear one..happy to meet up for coffee or a snack if you ever are in the Katy area..

  1. Hi Donna….so good to read about your dad and the message to live as a survivor and Love properly. A challenge to us all. God Bless you my friend. Judy LaBrune

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