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“ ...a key discipline for him is seeking and listening to the Lord as it relates to family matters. ” in the children’s lives; in their music, the TV shows they watch and so on. Through a close relationship, parents have ‘entrance’ to truly discuss and influence their children’s decisions, Trudy counsels. Pastor Tucker added that a key discipline for him is seeking and listening to the Lord as it relates to family matters. “I know for me, being the head of the house, anytime I act like ‘I’ve got this’ I am always in trouble, so I always have to consult Him (God), pray, find out what His word says about the situation I am dealing with or the family and He leads and I follow Him and then everybody walks with me.” He recalled discussions he’s had with fellow Pastors who were themselves children of Pastors. He asked them how they would raise their kids differently. He recounted those Pastors sharing that: “My parents sheltered me from the world so much, the moment I became free to leave the house I ran into it (the world), I wanted to find out what I was missing. So what they have done is they have had to walk with their children through the things of the world and so what I get from that is that they will watch TV with them, listen to what they are listening to and talk about it.” The doting parents were also excited to share how God has blessed their lives with miraculous provision and healing. They fondly told Family and Faith Magazine how God delivered on a promise to their firstborn, Chyna. “When my oldest girl, Chyna was 2 years old, her mother pointed her finger at her and said ‘you are a getting a full scholarship at one of the best colleges in America and I’m going to pray and I’m going to ask God to bless you’ and she spoke it over her life and she kept on doing that and many nights she would lay hands on her and pray. Many times Chyna would ‘act up’ as a teenager and she (Trudy) would speak it over her life and call it (into being) and say you are what God says and God says you are going to specifically get a full scholarship and we saw it come to pass.” Chyna is now in second year at a university in the United States on a full scholarship. She was one of only 400 teenagers in the USA who was chosen for the scholarship. “ ...God has blessed their lives with miraculous provision and healing. ” Losing a Child and Remaining in Faith You would never be able to tell by just looking at the joyous Tucker household, but just 4 years ago, they lost their second child, Zoe to a major illness. Accepting that the experience must have been excruciating and knowing that they still are charging forward into God’s plan for their lives, Family and Faith Magazine wanted to simply find out what Pastor Junior and Trudy left the situation knowing. With tears streaming down and her voice quivering, Trudy points to “A tangible experience of God’s grace. There are days when you just don’t want to wake up or any regular person would probably be in depression or just can’t go any further. But then you know that there is something carrying you, literally just carrying you; you can’t explain it, cause when you should familyandfaithmagazine.com 11