Sunday, February 10, 2008

IN LOVING MEMORY OF BARBARA

IN LOVING MEMORY OF BARBARA

Born in 1956    Died on February 7.2008

A precious friend and neighbor, Barbara, died suddenly on Thursday in the wee hours of the morning.  It's funny, I knew her for 17 years, lived across the street from her, we watched our children grow up together, cried together, laughed together, talked about the Lord together and yet, I can't remember right now, what her last name was or even her birthday.  Those things were not important, what was important was that she was the person that I could always count on and I was that person for her.

Barbara was a very sweet, humble and meek soul who had experienced more tragedy and heart break than most people can imagine.  Yet, in the midst of it all, she was always bright and happy and thankful and believed in God with all her heart. She was the kind of person who in the midst of her poverty and suffering, would bake you cookies when you were sad.  She would give you the shirt off of her back and last piece of bread, never ever letting you know about her own suffering and never complaining.

She was the strong tower for her husband and his encourager and Rae of sunshine.  They were one of those very rare couples who honored and loved each other and who's lives and relationship was built on the Lord.  She was a patient and long suffering mother to her children and she never gave up on them, no matter what.  She was an ever present encouragement to me and there for every tragedy that I've been through, with words of love and hope and encouragement.

The family is very poor because of such tremendous hardships that they suffered and so burying her will be by the grace of God.

The last time I saw her was the night before she died.  I answered the door and it was her, carrying one of my daughters cats, wanting curiously to know his name.  I invited her in but she said she was sick with a cold and did not want for me to catch it.  Always thinking of someone else before her own needs, up to the very last minute.

Animals loved her, birds flocked to her when she would step outside to water her yard.  Children loved her ...........  just a Rae of sunshine to everyone she met.  She loved to sit and watch my flower garden and inspired me to want to care for it, when my daughter left last year and I was so sad.

Simple, meek, humble, Godly woman, who will live on in my heart forever as my friend, my confidant, my encourager, my angel.

Today is her grand daughters 5th birthday.  Her daughter is making arrangements for her mother's funeral on a day that is suppose to be filled with happiness and joy and blessing.

I know that the angels welcomed her into heaven with open arms and rejoice in her presence.  For those of us who are left behind, the sadness lingers of such a tragic death and great loss in our every day lives.

The scripture says, There is no greater love than that a man lay down his life for a friend.  I will always think of Barbara when I think of that scripture because she was that person to everyone.

Praise God she is no long suffering physical pain from the arthritis and various ailments that she had.  We will always miss her and find comfort in knowing that one day, we will be together again.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

THERE IS HOPE

It's been quite a while since I've made an entry and so I am making time today to do so.  I know that even when I don't get very many comments, people see my page and need the very same hope that I live by, The Lord Jesus Christ.

It's not enough that the world knows the story of his birth, death and resurrection, God loves us so much that he has given us evidence that no man can deny.  Archeologist and scientific evidence that he was on this earth, just like his word tells us he was.  The truth is, he is still ever present in our lives today but it takes faith and with that faith comes the hope that is in him.  The only thing I need to know that there is always someone greater than me who loves me beyond measure and never leaves.

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

I looked up the word, " Hope", today because once again, I had to miss church and fellowship with other Christians and for me, that's very draining and wearisome.

The word of God has so much to say about hope.  I love how I can pick up the Bible and find the answers to anything I need.  Even in those times when all I can find is the truth that the Lord loves me and is with me, it's enough to keep moving forward.

We all have trials and troubles in our lives and each of us struggle to hold on and find hope and encouragement.  Sometimes, the enemy hits us so hard and with so much, we feel that we can't even see a way out.  The good news is that the Lord knows the way out and we can always count on him to carry us through anything.

We are saved by hope.  The Bible tells us in Romans 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth why doth he yet hope for? But we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusts in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.

I know what it feels like to live without hope because I spent a long time in that state of mind.  With circumstances and heart breaks that I could not understand, Satan robbed me of my faith and hope and life felt like a black hole.

Titus 1:1 I Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth, which is after godliness; In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.

All through the word of God, old Testament and new, God's rich promises of hope and love are ever present in the life of those who had their hope in the Lord. King David, King Solomon, Job, Mosses, Daniel, Ruth, Ester and Paul.  So many who went through the same kinds of things we do today and yet they persevered.

I know how life can come upon us and overwhelm us with great trails and struggles and sorrow.  I know that we can have days when we don't even want to get out of bed.  The problems are real and can consume us with hopelessness.  I experience it every single day but there is always hope in the Lord.  He understands our needs and cares and he is always here for us to turn too.

So many scriptures in the Bible to encourage us and lighten our load and remind us of who sits on the throne and reigns.  I pray that you pick up your Bibles and read some of the scripture I have shared with you today.  Just ten minutes with the Lord and his word and my heart is filled with hope again, even though nothing seems to be going right.  Be blessed, encouraged but mostly, be assured that the Lord loves even you.

There is always something to be thankful for, gifts from God we tend to over look.  Our hope is in him, I believe it's all in one's perspective as to whether or not he or she has anything to be thankful for.  Our out look on life............  "Is your glass half full or half empty"??

 

God bless.

 

 

Your Award

 

I received this award from my dear friend, Jeanette and wanted to pass it on. I am instructed to pass it on to others, not exceeding seven.

Jeanette, Sisters In Christ, Life and Faith in Canneyhead, no matter how you get to her, she's a strong friend in the Lord with evidence of his presence in her life and hope and love to all who reach out to her.  Your love lifts my heart.

Barbara Pinion, my sweet older friend who reminds me so much of my Aunt Harriet, I wonder if God was thinking of her, when he brought Barbara into my life.  I love you and appreciate your wisdom, patience and love for me but most of all, your love and faith in Christ.

Sugar Shack, my sweet sweet sugar girl who keeps me grounded and encourages my heart with her positive attitude with life and situations, no matter how hopeless they seem. You encourage my heart and make me want to reach deeper and deeper to be that person God wants me to be.

Angel Rose, my friend who reached out to me and never gave up, even when my heart was breaking and lost in a sea of fear and doubt.  Because of you, I chose to rediscover the Lord and who he is. What a precious gift.

Janie, you know who you are.  Always willing to listen and be encouraging and not forget me.  You have been such an encouragement to me.

Rjet, Susan, even in the midst of all you have been through, you always take time to write me and check on me and the love of God is genuine in your heart.  Thank you.

Last but not least, my son.  Even though his life is filled with pain and turmoil and confusion, his love and loyalty has stood the test of time and I love him so.  Please keep him in your prayers.

Like one tiny spark can start a fire, one act of kindness can spread and make a better world.  I hope you pass this on to other deserving people and remind someone that kindness does matter.