He Has No Need for Them

>> Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My husband, John’s, wallet and money from his pants pocket now lay on the kitchen counter where he placed them several weeks ago. His special sunglasses that made him feel so cool as he drove his red Cadillac are close by.

He has no need for them.

Our garage was designed to hold two motorcycles, his car and mine. The motorcycles are no more and the car now sits on a car lot…for sale. Even the handicap placard that allowed him to park closer to buildings has joined the unused symbols of a busy life. 

He has no need for them.

The double towel holder that was installed when we built this house now holds a lonely towel. I will never need two. And he is far too weak to take a shower, so his towel has been washed, dried and folded.

He has no need for it.

His clothes and shoes are just as he left them the last time he wore clothes.

He has no need for them.

John is going on a journey without me. Sometimes his eyes see right through me. Occasionally his comments are not directed to me. Yesterday I heard him talking and hurried to the bedroom.

“What did you say?”

“I wasn’t talking to you.”

Should I have asked with whom he was conversing? An angel perhaps.



Even though I can’t go on this journey with him, we both know Someone who can. We’ve placed our trust in Him.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me;….” Psalm 23:4 (NASB)



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Sorry for Your Loss

>> Saturday, January 24, 2015

My husband and I are members of a large church, which explains why we didn’t know Lisa.  But we soon learned this young wife and mom of three young children had stage four breast cancer and not doing well. Even though we did not know her, our hearts were broken for this young woman and her family.  If you follow my blogs then you know my husband has renal cell carcinoma and lung cancer, with a terminal diagnosis. So we are familiar with cancer situations. For some reason God had us praying harder for Lisa than we did for my husband. We shed many tears for their family.

God chose to take Lisa home a few months ago. Our hearts were broken for her family. But knowing she is with Jesus and out of constant pain, the grieving was not without hope.

Lisa has a twin brother Lynn who, until recently, was one of our pastors. He transitioned to become a family counselor, so we had not seen him for a while.

In December I made a decision to start the Ideal Protein diet, which requires a weekly visit with a counselor who measures your weight and inches lost (or gained) and body mass, etc. At the end of your session, you pick up your “food” for the next week.

As I was leaving my counselor, I noticed a somewhat familiar face. I know this person I thought, but I can’t place him. Then it dawned on me… it was Lynn, Lisa’s twin brother. It was the first time I had seen him since her death. He was a mere shadow of his former heavy self. I gave him a big hug and said, “So sorry for your loss”.

The look on the counselor’s face was priceless.  Lynn had lost 71 pounds and was slim and trim. Why would I be sorry for that? Of course I was referring to the loss of his sister, but the counselor didn’t know about her.

When I realized how that came out, I knew God had given me laughter among the pain I still feel for her family.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven…..a time to weep and a time to laugh…..” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 (NIV)



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It's a Choice

>> Friday, October 17, 2014

It took a seven-mile walk, but I finally made my decision. Stopping at a pay phone (that certainly dates it) I called my boyfriend and made a statement.

“I’ve decided to love you.”

He didn’t think that was very romantic.

Due to my history, I needed to make a very solid choice before I ventured into a serious relationship. Our marriage is now over 34 years old and better than ever.

It was a choice.

Now he has cancer. I have another decision to make. Do I worry and fret? Or do I trust in the God I say I believe in? No one else can trust for me. So I look toward heaven and make a statement.

“I’ve decided to trust You”.

I look back over the years and see He has brought me through so many painful experiences … always by my side. Why should I doubt now?

It’s a choice.



“And again, “I will put my trust in him.” Hebrews 2:13 (NIV)



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Obsolete

>> Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Forty-five years ago astronauts stepped on the moon for the first time. As the United States celebrated such a momentous occasion, the drink used for toasting was an orange liquid made from a powder called Tang. It, too, had gone to the moon. Its powdered form was easy for transporting in the space shuttle. Everyone was aware of Tang.

Who talks about Tang today?

Sunday evening a team from our church headed to Honduras on a mission trip. Not so very many years ago we would not have known of their safe arrival for hours or even days. Yet fifteen minutes after they landed in Honduras, I knew they had arrived safely through the magic of Facebook.

How many of us write actual letters anymore?

A question in today’s paper caught my attention. “How long would you last without a mobile phone?” In response to a survey, 47% said they wouldn’t last a day. I remember the day – as a child – when we finally got a phone. It was a big deal. Yet today more than two in five American adults live in a house without a landline. We haven’t had one for years.

When will landlines in a home be obsolete?

Our world is changing daily. Items of great importance today will soon no longer matter. As more and more things become obsolete, I’m so grateful I have a timeless God who will still be with me tomorrow and the rest of my days.

He will never become obsolete.

“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 (NLT)



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