Like Father Like Daughter

These two.

So similar in so many ways. Passionate, exuberant, wild, hilarious. They both wear their hearts on their sleeve, they both love life and live to get the most out of it. And on top of their personalities, Lenya looked the most like my husband.


About one month before Lenya suddenly went to heaven, she and my husband (on a daddy daughter date) had discussed how difficult it was to obey. She told him, “Daddy, I want to obey so bad, but it’s so hard sometimes!”

My husband explained how it was hard for him when he was young to obey, and it was still hard to sometimes obey God, but that it was possible because God helps us do what He wants us to do.

So they formed a little club. Because they both have the same initials L. A. L. They started the LLAAL club (Levi Aaron and Lenya Avery Lusko club) and they were both supposed to remind each other to obey even when it was really hard. They were in it together. How precious is this, right???  And now, they still are, Lenya’s just the one who has already finished the race and is now cheering him on from heaven to fight the good fight!


I love the special bond these two had. I love the special bond my husband has with each of his daughters.

And I love that this relationship he has with the Lenya lion hasn’t ended, it’s just on hold until that Day. And when that Day comes, we’ll have all of eternity in heaven to continue in these relationships that we have in Christ. Yearning. Longing. Waiting for that Day!

“…if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus… For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Consider yourself comforted if you know Jesus. And if you don’t, this is a great place to hear the truth, and to turn to Jesus, and to have the hope of heaven when you die, and the purpose of life now! So much love to you all!

And I love that regardless of what kind of earthly father we have, our perfect Father in heaven is making us more like Jesus until that Day.  It’s so comforting to know He is faithfully working on us, and He knows what He’s doing!

“…He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…”

Philippians 1:6


{on a daddy daughter date}

  • Cheri Beavers

    You are a blessing to our family. You don’t know us. My husband is a Pastor for Calvary here in Olympia. I have seen your husband speak at several different conferences. We have been praying for you, crying with you, and rejoicing with you the last many months. God is so faithful even in grief to show Himself.

  • Fallon Ashley

    I don’t know what to say to you that hasn’t already been said before. I am praying for you. You are always in my thoughts. Your journey, though a hard one, has blessed me so much. I hurt with you, but not nearly as much, I am sure. But at the same time I read your blogs like this and it just gives me so much hope. Without Fresh Life church, I don’t think that I would have continued my walk with God. I don’t think I would have wanted to keep trying. My life was in such a dark place. But I decided, once I came back from south bend, in, that I wanted to check out this church I had heard so much about. And I just want to thank you and your husband for doing what God wants and needs you to do. Praise God for your family. And I really cannot wait to meet Lenya some day. 🙂