We all leave footprints in the sand as we go through life. Little do we realize how much people are watching us. Have you ever tried to step in the same steps your father or mother stepped in? I did…I would follow my daddy and try to step into his footprints. My little legs wouldn’t reach far enough, so I simply ended up just following him. As I’ve grown older, I’ve realized there have been some who may have followed in my footsteps. I have tried to walk in the footprints of my Lord, but I must admit, I’ve failed many times. My heart’s desire is that I walk in a manner that my two daughters and the rest of my family can follow.


My footsteps have become slower and less defined over the years. At times, I even drag my feet. My steps have led me through many trials, but I’ve always come out on the other side victorious. Why? I had Jesus walking with me. Not only Jesus, but my family…Hoyle, Lori, Julie, and George. My grandchildren and sons-in-law have always been there for me, as well…Mark, Brian, Sr., Leah, Brian, Jr., Andrew, and Seth. Along with my family, I have had one true, God-given friend walking with me…Ruth Winn, but she is no longer with me. Ruth went home to be with the Lord several years ago, but the prayers she prayed for me are still being answered today. While suffering from ovarian cancer, she would call just to check on me…NOW THAT’S A TRUE FRIEND. It was almost like she could sense when I was having a bad day. Our friendship started about 71 years ago when we were just babies. I can truthfully say, she was always there for me, anytime I needed her. She never forgot my birthday; even when she was so sick, she always sent me a card. Since her death, her husband, David Winn, still sends me a card on my birthday. There will never be another Ruth in my life…she was a gift. If we live our lives and have one true friend, we are blessed. I learned so much from her…her bold witness, her strong convictions, and her love for Christ. She inspired me to be a better person and to walk in the steps of the Savior.


Ruth Janet Williams Winn (August 28, 1946 – October 29, 2013)

We never know how our lives and our footprints affect those around us, so I will press on trying to walk in the steps of the Savior…just like Ruth did. The old hymn by Eliza E Hewitt resonates in my heart as I walk through this life. Even though this song was published in the late 1800s, it still speaks to my heart today.

Trying to walk in the steps of the Savior,
Trying to follow our Savior and King;
Shaping our lives by His blessed example,
Happy, how happy, the songs that we bring.

Pressing more closely to Him Who is leading,
When we are tempted to turn from the way;
Trusting the arm that is strong to defend us,
Happy, how happy, our praises each day.

Walking in footsteps of gentle forbearance,
Footsteps of faithfulness, mercy, and love,
Looking to Him for the grace freely promised,
Happy, how happy, our journey above.

Trying to walk in the steps of the Savior,
Upward, still upward, we follow our Guide;
When we shall see Him, “the King in His beauty,”
Happy, how happy, our place at His side.

How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior,
Stepping in the light, stepping in the light,
How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior,
Led in paths of light.


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