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Smiling toward heaven and eternity

Jordan River Mama’s about to cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land … Heaven with all the Glory of the Lord

About a year ago, I took a six-week course to become a volunteer in the No One Dies Alone program. If patients have no one to be with them while they are actively dying, volunteers who have received the training and are available sit with the patient, pray with the patient, read to the patient, talk with the patient if the patient is able, and hold the patient’s hand if wanted.

I have a folder in my car ready at a moment’s notice with guidelines and instructions, the book Urgent Whispers, tips, Scripture, and paper and pen. I’ve also prepared a playlist of iTunes hymns and praise music just for the time I might need it.

Little did I know that God was preparing me to sit with Mama as she prepared to look into the face of Jesus.

I’ve read Urgent Whispers; I’ve held her hand; I’ve whispered Scriptures describing heaven to her; I’ve kissed her, I’ve rubbed her head, and I’ve played the hymns and praise music for her.

I had planned to minister to the dying. I had planned to minister to Mama.

Yet, I did not anticipate the blessings I would receive from her as she lifted one foot high toward heaven with her tiptoes on earth.

Sitting with Mama caused me to reflect upon her legacy. Her family is her life. While I wasn’t always there for her, she was always there for me.

Mama and Daddy taught me the value of their commitment to each other … until death did they part … 53 years after they wed.

Always a lady, she taught me the power of image and reputation. She did not instruct me. She showed me through her life. Even in assisted living, she has been known for the lady that she is.

God is central to her purpose. Her family recognizes it; her friends see it, and the staff in her assisted living facility understand it.

Streams of health care providers have been through her doors to kiss her, tell her they love her, and tell her “Goodbye.”

Mama lived her talk: “Patience, Pluck, and Perseverance.”

Patience in waiting upon the Lord to take her home.

Pluck in choosing a path of relationship building.

Perseverance in stepping out in strength and dignity even in pain.

 Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future. Proverbs 31:25

Mama, you have blessed many beyond measure, and you are smiling at a future filled with the Glory of the Lord and rewards unimagined. Enjoy eternity. I’ll join you in God’s timing.

My prayer:

Father, thank You for the hope that you have given the world, and thank You that Mama has walked this world with strength and dignity. Thank You that she is smiling at the future. May we all walk this world with strength and dignity as we smile at the future.

 

Waiting to enter the joy of the Lord

White Rose

For You are the God of my salvation. For You I wait all the day. Psalm 25:5

Mama is waiting on the Lord.

She’s waiting for Jesus to say “Come.”

Come to heaven.

Come to the joy of the Lord.

Come and be healed.

Come, I’ll wipe your tears away.

Come and see My glory.

Come.

Mama has served the Lord for almost a century; she has taken what Jesus gave her and multiplied it into a fragrant garden. She is still bestowing lavendar grace, lily-white goodness,  rose-petal joy, and bird-of-paradise Good News to her family, her neighbors, her friends, and her caregivers.

Her smile exudes God’s grace and love.

When the waiting is complete, Mama will behold Jesus’ face and say:

“Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.” Matthew 25:21

Jesus will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant, You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”

I look forward to seeing what Mama has in store for her when she enters that joy.

My prayer:

Thank You Lord for the privilege of knowing Mama intimately. I entrust her to You. Show her Your glory, and escort her to the dwelling place that You have prepared especially for her.

40 days towards Greater

Greater

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. John 14:12

Greater Devotional challenges the reader to believe John 14:12 and to act upon this promise of Jesus. Steven Furtick asks the reader to dream of greater works but to start with the small things, the foundational things that build toward the greater.

This devotional takes the reader from “The Muck of Mediocrity” to “Great Calling, Great Cost” in 40 days. Each day has a Scripture reading, a reflection, and a prayer focus. Unique to this devotional, each day includes a pithy tweet, like “God has to bruise you before He can use you” or “Every step you take is a victory. A chance for celebration.”

This book came to me at a time of bruising. I was able to recognize the small steps that had been taken and the greater impact that they had together. Through reflection, I celebrated the small steps.

The call to be greater is the call to walk with God Himself.

I highly recommend this book for those who are ready to grasp the promise of Jesus to do greater works.

Steven Furtick urges us to

Dream big.

 

Start small.

 

Ignite God’s vision for your life, starting today.

Won’t you take the challenge?

Read Chapter One

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review.

Mama is walking a jewel-studded path toward heaven

Jewels 2

Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads. … the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” Revelation 4

Daddy died 14 years ago. All this time, my Mama wondered why God kept her on earth. God had a reason for her to be here instead of with Daddy … God wasn’t done with her.

Indeed, He had great plans for her … in the small things.

Mama’s gift is friend-making. Her friends consist of life-long friends, friends at her assisted living residence, friends at her doctor’s office, friends with her Bible study group, friends with family members.

She spreads laughter, smiles, and serves as a directional towards Jesus.

A bed, hospice health care providers, assisted living staff, and family is her world right now. And yet, she keeps on giving. Her smiles are sweeter. Her “Thank You” is more meaningful, more frequent. Her “Love You” is more appreciated. Her demeanor is more peaceful now.

And it is noticed.

Mama is a jewelry person. Sparkles, gold, and pearls adorn her ears, wrists, and neck. She blesses people with small jewels of kindness and love. Her jeweled blessings have amassed a King’s treasure.

In the last seven days, I have witnessed true love as people come to her room to tell her that they love her and that God is with her. Through tears, they tell her a cherished memory.

From the foundations of the world, God created works for my Mama to do. Great works, built on the small acts of kindness, perhaps unspoken of until now.

Mama, I remember so many small things about you that still bless me. I have a treasure-house of jewels from you. Perhaps these jewels will stud the golden crowns you have in heaven.

I look forward to seeing you cast your crowns at the feet of Jesus.

I love you, Mama.

Enjoy your jewel-studded path as you walk hand-in-hand with Jesus into eternity.

My prayer

Father, help us to remember that You have built Your kingdom on the small things through Your Spirit. Pour out the Holy Spirit upon us and polish the small jewels in our paths.

What are the small jewels in your life?

Such A Time As This

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Let God, Let God, Live it Out. Faith in action. The Lord bless you richly

Originally posted on Revelations In Writing:

I love the story of Esther. This morning, as my daily reading had me go through chapters three through eight, the ah-ha that grabbed my attention was found in the footnotes that accompany verses 4:17-5:1. God was in control, yet Mordecai and Esther had to act. We cannot understand how both can be true at the same time, and yet they are. God chooses to work through those willing to act for Him. We should pray as if all depended on God and act as if all depended on us… (NIV footnotes)

Esther knew what she needed to do, yet had the wisdom to seek prayerful covering prior to her appearance before the king. She and all of the Jews who were willing to join her in fasting and praying, did so with all of their hearts for three days prior to her act of faith. For Esther to…

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