Bitter Sweet

My dear freind, Shay, stepped in heaven yesterday morning. Escorted by the angels, Shay was led to King Jesus. All her tiredness, anxiety, and sickness left her once and for all.  As Jesus embraced her, she received her new name, her new body, her new home. Today she stands strong, full of joy and new life.  She’s reunited with loved ones.  In light of a greater revelation of God,  I can almost hear her calling to us still on earth — “Our God IS a God of miracles.  How great!  How perfect! How wonderful is He.”

I woke up sad this morning…not sad for Shay, but sad for life without her.  Sad for her kids who will no longer have their mother.  It’s truly bitter sweet.  When we reach for God’s perspective, we understand that “the death of saint is precious in the sight of the Lord” (Psalm 116:17).  No words can begin to describe how much better our lives will be when we take that wonderful step into eternity.  We are but foreigners on earth…our true home sweet home is heaven, in the presence of our God.

Have you lost a loved one and felt that “bitter sweet” pain in your heart?  How do we keep on living by faith when God answered our prayers for healing, by taking our loved one home to heaven?  How do we grieve and celebrate life simultaneously?

  • Remember the good.  Grief mingles with joy when we glance back to celebrate life.  It will help heal your soul by laughing & crying as you recall the good times shared with your loved one.
  • Live with eternity in your heart. (Eccl. 3:11).  Our lives on earth are but a moment in light of what’s to come.  Live to know Jesus more & more & more….
  • Highly value relationships every day.  Life can change on a dime.  Don’t wait until it’s too late to embrace those God has placed in your life.  Tell them you love them often.
  •  Keep living by faith.  Our God’s ways are higher than ours. While we may never understand why He heals some on earth and others with a new life in heaven, we keep trusting Him. We keep asking for miracles. We keep standing on the truth of Ephesians 3:20. “Our God will do above and beyond what we ask or think.”

So, today is bitter sweet. I already miss my sweet friend.  And, if you have a moment today, please pray with me for her son and daughter.

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15 thoughts on “Bitter Sweet

  1. So well said. Love this and saying prayers for Shay’s children. May all their wonderful memories comfort them always.

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  2. Aw hugs Cindy. Such faith. He is always good! This morning on Jon Courson he said how crazy it is that we pray for God to leave our loved ones here instead of bringing them home to be with Him in glory! It was comforting. It comforts me to know and truly believe His ways are higher, this is not a surprise to Him. He has plans for Stevie and Sean… good plans for their lives! We, as His church, are His hands and feet… are ready to love on them. God is glorified in the miracle of Shay’s fighting and strength, JOY in her Lord. Praying for each life that has been touched by her life.

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  3. Thank you Cindy. I really needed this. I had such hope for Shay, but thankful that she is no longer in pain. I saw so many butterflies yesterday. More than normal. I believe that was God’s way of letter me know Shay was on heaven.

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  4. Beautifully worded Cindy … obviously you were inspired from our great Living God. You message was full of joy, encouragement … but reality of sadness without her for those of us here. Thanks again. You’re so inspiring 😉

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  5. Excellent, Cindy! Our faith and trust lies in a loving heavenly Daddy that ALWAYS has our highest at the forefront of His every thought towards us. Shay would not want to exchange what she has this afternoon for the very temporal things she had on earth. Her babies have eternity with her and Jesus and the sting of death can not change that fact. Crying is part of the grieving process, but so is joy over a beautiful life lived and laughter at the happy times spent with her. Shay would want our joy and laughter to squelch our tears. Praying for this family during this difficult time.

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  6. Thank you Cindy, for God’s perspective. My mom passed way too young and when she did God gave me a vivid vision of her dancing before his throne. I trust that Shay is also dancing gloriously! My prayers and empathy are with her beloved family.

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  7. Thank you for sharing this encouraging word. My church family just lost a dear one on 7.20.17. It is bitter sweet. Yes we must continue to walk in faith. So sorry for your loss. Somhappy she is with Jesus. God bless you!

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  8. I feel that bittersweet emptiness too from time to time. My Best friend Jamie Hicks died last year on June 11th. Some days is depressing, but the finality of it is the one thing that keeps me going. I know my Creator watches over me, even when I feel I don’t deserve it. I know I’m not alone. I’m just so thankful he chose to be my best friend. I thank my God for that.

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