Sunday Inspiration

Most of you know, I lost my Mom in 2009 to gastric cancer. I miss her terribly but I was telling my Dad that spring is especially hard.

Mom loved spring and she would have a million projects planned around the house for her and Dad to accomplish. She loved planting flowers and watching everything bloom around their yard.

I think I miss her this time of the year because of Easter and Mother’s day. Mother’s day is still hard for me.

I was looking at some of my books recently and I noticed I had a book on George Muller. I think I’ve quoted him several times on my blog, but I didn’t know I had a book about him.

Sunday Inspiration

Of course, it was Mom’s book. I know this because when I opened it up, there was a sticker on the inside cover. I had to smile, Mom is still reminding me to cultivate my relationship with Jesus.

Sunday Inspiration

I also smiled because of Mom having those stickers, she always had cute things like that, but I hadn’t seen these before.

I’m so thankful Mom is still reminding me to cultivate my relationship with Jesus. It’s the perfect message to begin Holy Week.

I heard this song this week, and I can’t get it out of my head so I thought I’d share it with you. In this crazy world we live in this is what matters, Just Give Me Jesus!

 

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Sunday Inspiration-Don’t Grow Weary

Over the last several weeks, I’ve been doing a Bible study called, Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. This week has probably been my favorite week.

Sunday Inspiration-Don't Grow Weary

We’ve been talking about how our actions reveal what we believe about God. Basically, talk is cheap. We can claim to believe in Christ but if we aren’t putting our belief into action, what are we really saying?

I couldn’t help but think about my Mom. She came to a crisis of belief in 2009. She was told she had terminal cancer. She knew her time on earth was almost over.

She had spent her whole life following Jesus and now in the midst of this news, what was she going to choose to believe?

Her words still ring loudly today. “I’ve spent my whole life teaching you (her children) how to live for Christ, and now I’m going to teach you how to die for Christ.” And she did!

Mom was a faithful servant. Even when she was told she had terminal cancer, she remained faithful. She died knowing that her reward was “heaven”.

I want to be found faithful too. I don’t want to grow weary. Trials are going to come. Heartache is a part of this life. But a reward awaits!!

I was reading some things I had written about Mom over the last five years and I found this poem. It reminds me so much of her. She often said “my cup runneth over”.

I never made a fortune, It’s probably too late now
Oh but I don’t worry about that much, Cause I’m happy anyhow
As I go along life’s journey, I’m reaping better than I sow
I’m drinking from my saucer,Cause my cup has overflowed
 
Haven’t got a lot of riches, Some times the goings rough
But I’ve got a friend in Jesus, And that makes me rich enough
I thank God for all his Blessings on me, And the mercy that he’s bestowed
I’m drinking from my saucer, Cause my cup has overflowed
 
Oh sure, I’ve been through some storm 
And yes, I’m sure there were times when my faith must have got a little thin
But you know what it seems like, One day all at once those dark clouds broke
And that old sun she started shining again. So Lord help me not to grumble
and complain about the tough roads I have towed 
I’m drinking from my saucer, Cause my cup has overflowed
 
And if I should go on living, If the way gets deep and rough
I won’t ask for other blessings, Because I’m already blessed enough
May I never be too busy, To help another bare his load
And I’ll keep drinking from my saucer Lord, Cause my cup has overflowed
Yes I’ll keep drinking from my saucer Lord, Cause my cup has overflowed

 

Let’s not grow weary! I’ve been listening to this song this week so I thought I’d share it with you.

 

Have a blessed Sunday!

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See You In A Little While

Since the beginning of the year, it seems I have attended funeral after funeral. My heart breaks for the families because I know the feeling of loss they are experiencing. The pain is almost more than you can bear.

Many of you know, I lost my Mom to cancer in 2009. Although I may not mention it as much, there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of her. Oh how I wish I could pick up the phone and call her and hear her sweet voice.

Mom continues to influence my life, not just in the memories I have of her but also by the words she wrote in her Bibles, books and her journals.

I recently found this in the front of one of her Bibles. “Lord, as I gaze intently into your Word, reveal the things in my life that need to be changed. Then grant me the grace to make those changes, so I can live more fully to your glory! Amen”

See You In A Little While
What a legacy Mom has left for her family. She pointed us to Christ while she was living but she continues to point us to Christ even in her death. What a blessing!

This is another song from Steven Curtis Chapman’s latest album. It’s entitled, See You In A Little While. He wrote this song after losing his grandmother and if you know their family story, three years ago, they also lost their daughter.

Mom, I”ll see you in a little while and I can’t wait!


I hold your hand and watch as the sun slowly fades
Far in the distance the Father is calling your name
And it’s time for you to go home
And everything in me wants to hold on
But I’m letting you go with this goodbye kiss and this promise

I’ll see you in a little while
I’ll see you in a little while
It won’t be too long now
We’ll see it on the other side
The wait was only the blink of an eye
So I’m not gonna say goodbye
‘Cause I’ll see you in a little while

And just one more thing before I let you go
Please tell my little girl I love her
Though I’m sure she already knows
And ask the Father to please tell the Son
That we’re ready and waiting for Him to come

I’ll see you in a little while
I’ll see you in a little while
It won’t be too long now
We’ll see it on the other side
The wait was only the blink of an eye
So I’m not gonna say goodbye
‘Cause I’ll see you in a little while

Maybe you’ll teach me all the songs they sing in heaven
Maybe you’ll show me how you can fly
And I’ll hear you laugh again
And we won’t remember when
We were not together and this time it’s forever

I’ll see you in a little while
I’ll see you in a little while
It won’t be too long now
We’ll see it on the other side
The wait was only the blink of an eye
So I’m not gonna say goodbye
‘Cause I’ll see you in a little while
I’m gonna see you in a little while

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Four Years Ago Today

Four years ago today, I woke up after a very difficult night. Mom had passed away around 1:30 in the morning. I did NOT want to get out of bed. I didn’t want to face the day. The pain was more than I could bear.

Three short months earlier we were in Charleston, South Carolina on vacation with Mom and Dad. Mom wasn’t feeling well and was being treated for a condition called atrial fibrillation.

This is a picture of Mom, Courtney and I eating out in Charleston. When I look back at these pictures now, I can tell Mom wasn’t feeling good. But we still had so much fun!

Mom at Charleston

September 22, 2009, Mom passed away from gastric cancer. Our family was devastated!

Here it is four years later, and I’m typing these words from Charleston, South Carolina. We’ve come back to one of our favorite places to get away and relax. I have such sweet memories here with Mom and Dad and I’m so thankful for that!

We’ll go to some of the same places we went four years ago and I know it will remind me of Mom. But in some ways it’s a good thing. I’ll celebrate her and the amazing woman she was.

Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her, the pain has lessened with time but I still miss her terribly. There are so many things I need and want to tell her. Mom always knew the right thing to say.

She encouraged and loved and prayed. No matter what our situation Mom always pointed us to Christ. She knew that He was always the answer.

I hope that I’m that kind of Mom, wife, and friend. I don’t have all the answers but I know the One who does and without Him I would be lost!

This is a song I’ve listened to a hundred times but it always makes me think of Mom because I feel we lost her way too soon.

I don’t know what your struggle is today. Are you lonely, heartbroken, suffering with illness? Whatever it is, Jesus is the answer.

I’ll leave you with Mom’s favorite verse, John 14:27 says, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Have a blessed day friends!

Why A Cell Phone Made Me Cry

Many of you who have read my blog for a while now, know that my Mom passed away from gastric cancer in 2009. It was one of the most difficult seasons of my life.

You might also know that I’ve recently been painting my dining room hutch. As I was painting, I decided to clean out the drawers. One of them is a “catch all” for things I’m not sure what to do with.

As I was cleaning the drawer out, I came across this cell phone. This was my Mom’s cell phone. This was the phone I saw her use all the time. I wasn’t prepared for the flood of emotions. I could hardly continue painting Friday night because the tears would not stop!

Why A Cell Phone Made Me Cry

It’s funny how one thing like a cell phone can catch me off guard and the pain of missing my Mom becomes almost unbearable.

What I’ve learned over the last several years is that I prepare myself for the expected things. I know I’m going to miss her on her birthday, at Thanksgiving, Christmas etc. So I prepare my heart. I pray more intensely and I get through them without falling apart.

But it’s those unexpected moments, like finding a cell phone that throw me for a loop. So what do I do?

I cry out to Jesus! I go to the one who can comfort me. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Father who gives tender love. All comfort comes from him. He comforts us in all our troubles.

No one understands my feelings of loss and sadness better than Jesus. I can go to Him and tell him everything and there I find grace, and mercy and peace.

This is an older song by Third Day, but is exactly what I needed to hear.

Have you lost someone you love? Do you have those moments that catch you off guard?

*****My picture was taken with my Samsung Galaxy Camera! It’s easy to take pictures with this camera.

**Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Style Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

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{Day 28} Beauty for the Heart: Finishing Is More Important Than Starting

Each Sunday in October, I’ve been sharing Beauty For the Heart and telling you things my Mom taught me before she died from gastric cancer in 2009. The first Sunday of October I shared about passing on our faith, then we realized that life is short and last Sunday, I shared with you how Mom taught me to look for the blessings.

Today I’ll end with this truth that Mom taught me ~~finishing is more important than starting.

Ecclesiastes 7:8 NLT says, “Finishing is better than starting.”


My Mom was always starting things. She was one of the most talented women I have ever known.

  • For a season she decorated wedding cakes out of our home.
  • She took and mastered calligraphy.
  • She was a writer for Home Life Magazine and our local newspaper.
  • She started a business called, Windows by Wanda, and made window treatments.

We often laughed at all the things my Mom started.

But the one thing my Mom started and finished was a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Mom chose to live her life following hard after Christ and she passed that down to me. Because of my Mom I have a relationship with Christ and now it’s time for me to take the baton of faith and share it with those that I come in contact with.

It’s not how we started the race but how will we finish this race?

I don’t want to drop the baton. I want to finish well!

So my question for you is this, when it’s all been said and done will you finish well?



Have a blessed Sunday!

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