Sunday Encouragement-Time Is Precious

Every-minute-countsThe beginning of August brings a flood of memories to my mind. It’s my birthday month so I have wonderful memories of fun birthdays.

But August is also when my Mom found out she had terminal cancer. To be exact, two days after my 43rd birthday, Mom was told she had gastric cancer.

That birthday is forever etched in my mind because it was my last birthday spent with my Mom.

Mom and Dad gave me a birthday card with money but Mom also gave me a cookbook called, Easy Chocolate. I have it in my kitchen cabinet with the birthday card where she had written a sweet note.

I still have a hard time looking at it, but each year on my birthday I get it out. It’s one of the last gifts Mom gave me and I treasure it.

I’m sharing all this with you because each year at this time I’m reminded of James 4;14, “You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away”

Scriptures tells us that this life is a vapor. In the blink of an eye, it can be over.

John Piper says it this way, “Time is precious, We are fragile, Life is Short. Eternity is Long.”

Let’s love Jesus with all our heart, with our soul and with all our might. Let’s forgive those we need to forgive, cherish our true friends and love our family.

Let’s make every minute we have here on earth count!

I’m sharing a song by Kristene DiMarco. It. is. simply. amazing. She begins with the hymn, Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him, How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er. I remember my Mom singing that hymn as I was growing up.

So whatever we face, through the laughter and the pain, my prayer is we remember, Eyes on You Lord!

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  1. Thank you for the sweet reminder, Cyndi. My mother too passed away from cancer (30 years ago) I am very aware of the preciousness of life as I am now the age that she was when she died. (54) Both my parents are now with Jesus. My hubby is preaching through the 10 commandments and today is the 5th, so we have been especially aware of ways that we can honor my in-laws and love them well
    in this stage of their lives. God Bless you Cyndi.

  2. August is my birthday month also. So sorry about your mom though. It’s always hard to lose a parent especially to cancer. I lost my father when he was 46 to brain cancer, he would have been 71 this year. The one thing I hate is that he is missing out on his grandchildren.

  3. Lost my Mom four years ago yesterday. She was my best friend – miss her everyday. Life is fragile.
    Thanks for your post.

  4. My dad passed away on my 34 birthday so I understand how birthdays can bring back memories. For me it’s been many years now but it often makes me think ofall that has changed in those years and how he would have enjoyed the grandchildren & great grandchildren he didn’t get to meet.
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful song.

  5. Thank you for sharing. I am gearing up for another battle with cancer myself. This is about my 11th year of LIVING with cancer. It’s hard to believe there is still no cure with as many people it effects.

  6. Thinking of you especially today. Praying you have peace and love on those precious memories of your mom. God bless you sweet lady 😉

  7. Mother-in-law died on my mom’s 70th birthday while I was in the ER with my dad. Some memories never go way but they are reminders that time is precious and life continues.

  8. My Dad died 13 years ago in October. He and my Mom did not make their 50th. am really struck how your tribute to your Mom holds true for myself and remembering my Dad.

  9. Today is my daughter’s 21st birthday. Amazingly, she was hit by a car three days after my mom passed away from cancer in Feb 2009. (My mom had just been diagnosed three days before she died.) I really relied on the Lord that week! After my daughter was hit she was taken to the ER. Other than bruising, she wasn’t hurt in any way! She kept saying, Why aren’t I dead?” I said that God has special plans for you. She is still struggling to find her purpose in life but I am so incredibly grateful to be celebrating her today!

  10. Cindi, Thank you for sharing. I know this month will have its emotional moments. My mom went to be with the Lord when I was 21 (27 years ago). She passed away 9 weeks after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was diagnosed Mother’s Day weekend. My sister went to be with the Lord a week after my 40th birthday. The beauty is that whenever I worship, I know we are all doing something together! I will be thinking about you and praying for you. Happy birthday also!

  11. My mother was diagnosed with cancer on my birthday and passed exactly 9 months later. I completely understand your pain 🙁

  12. One of my best friends received her cancer diagnosis on her own birthday, and I was the only person she told, because we were having a big party and she “didn’t want to make everybody sad after they planned such a nice party. ” To her very last day, she was always thinking more about those who loved her than her own condition – a great example for us!

  13. May 6, 2013 we found out my Dad’s cancer was everywhere throughout his body. He died 2 months later. The day we buried my father, we found out my mother had lung cancer. I am writing this from her hospital room watching her fight for her life. Even though my world is upside down and my heart aches with pain, i know that this life is temporary. I know that God is sovereign. I also know that my Jesus is walking with me through this storm. Life is messy, but my Jesus has been faithful every heartbreaking step.

  14. I have some hard days ahead with some family members, can you tell me how you personally & practically have kept your eyes on the Lord moment by moment through your hard times and pain? I want to do this – I am a believer but still struggle in this area. Thank you so much Cyndi 🙂

    1. Jenny, I, too, am a believer who struggles with family difficulties. Christmastime and summertime gatherings are awkward. 1) forgive them. 2) ask for forgiveness 3) “what can I do to fix this?” Now– just keep breathing. Know that you have done all you can. You are loved by GOD. He never runs out on you. Breathe.

  15. Praying for you, Cyndi! My Mom passed away 18 yrs ago. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of her. I miss her so much.

    Thank you so much for sharing.. You are a blessing : )

  16. Cyndi I am so sorry about your precious mom. There is such peace knowing that you will see her again someday though. What a gift she was(: I lost my precious 33 year old cousin this summer. We were raised as siblings, so he was really my brother . My family is just so broken. Thank you for this song and the reminder to keep my eyes on Christ. Susan

  17. Cyndi, I’m so sorry that you lost your mom. I know that pain will never go away. I am so glad you will see her again, with a new, cancer free body 🙂

    16 yrs ago, I lost my MIL , a few months later my BIL took his life (suffered with depression)and shortly after that, my Dad died. It was a rough yr. and I miss them all.

    Thank you for the song and your sweet words.
    Enjoy your birthday just as your mother would have wanted and enjoy that sweet b-day card from your mama…God Bless You!