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.

The Best is Yet to Come!

Happy New Year! I love this time of year. New beginnings. New doors of opportunities. New vision. I am convinced to my core that God wants you (and I) to have,not just a better year, but the BEST year of our lives thus far. How do I know this? Well, God has been whispering this in my ear for the last 2 weeks. And, He confirms this promise in HIs word too…

Forget the past — it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. SEE, I have already begun it! Do you not see it? Isaiah 43:18-19

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him. I Corinthians 2:9

I’d like to encourage you to skip the resolutions and try RESOLVE in 2017! Resolve is a definite determination of where you want to go and what you want to do. Resolve is like digging your heels in. Come hell or high water, I resolve to….

To help you get started, here’s few of my suggestions:

  • I resolve to look forward, not backward.
  • I resolve to start strong AND finish strong.
  • I resolve to passionately love my husband, kids, grandkids, church.
  • I resolve to live healed — no regret; no shame; no unforgiveness.
  • I resolve to dream bigger!
  • I resolve to live by faith & take greater risks with God.

So, once again, Happy New Year! Put your seatbelt on. It’s going to be quite a ride.

Why Blog?

Okay, here I go.  I’m finally obeying God and starting a blog.  I’ve dragged my heels on this thing long enough.  Truth is — I actually have a lot to share.  Not so much about me; but about the God I so love and follow every step of every day.  Along my journey (56 years thus far), I have come to know Jesus as a REAL friend.  When I choose Him and His ways, life is a grand adventure.  

And so, I’m going to start sharing to whoever wants to join along.  I’ll keep it real and truthful; so please try not to judge me.  I’ll admit right up front — I am deeply flawed.  I’m guessing that many of you will be able to relate, and hopefully be encouraged by my stories.  

Sing to the LORD; praise His name. Each day proclaim the good news that He saves. Publish His glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things He does. Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods. Psalm 96:2-4