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Happy Birthday, Mom!

IMG_6281Today is a very special day…it is my mom’s birthday!  I am overcome with emotion just thinking about the last 5 months leading up to this special day.  There were many days we did not know if mom would celebrate the young 74 she is! But, by the grace of our wonderful Lord and Savior…she is! So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MoM!!

Mom upside down is WoW…and this word definitely describes how we as a family have felt throughout mom’s journey.  We have been wowed by God’s grace. We have been wowed by the outpouring of love from so many.  We have been wowed by mom and her spirit to live and still live well!

In college I went to school with a very talented group of girls(to say the least)…Point of Grace.  They sing songs that have ministered to me in the past but this one below now has totally new meaning:  How You LIVE!

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HOW YOU LIVE…Point of Grace

Wake up to the sunlight with your windows open
Don’t hold in your anger or leave things unspoken
Wear your red dress, use your good dishes
Make a big mess and make lots of wishes

And have what you want, but want what you have
And don’t spend your life looking back

Turn up the music
Turn it up loud
Take a few chances and let it all out
‘Cause you won’t regret it
Looking back from where you have been
‘Cause it’s not who you knew
And it’s not what you did
It’s how you live

So go to the ballgames and go to the ballet
And go see your folks more than just on the holidays
Kiss all your children, dance with your wife
Tell your husband you love him every night

Don’t run from the truth ’cause you can’t get away, no
Face it and you’ll be okay

Turn up the music
Turn it up loud
Take a few chances and let it all out
‘Cause you won’t regret it
Looking back from where you have been
‘Cause it’s not who you knew
And it’s not what you did
It’s how you live

Oh, wherever you are and wherever you’ve been
Now is the time to begin
So give to the needy, and pray for the grieving
Even when you don’t think that you can
‘Cause all that you do is bound to come back to you
So think of your fellow man
And make peace with God, and make peace with yourself
‘Cause in the end, there’s nobody else

There is a time for everything. We are celebrating this time with mom! She is celebrating daily.  She was released from her surgeon last week.  Next week she will reenter the world of the independent after she passes her driving test with flying colors…she is now to fly in that cute little black VW Beetle at times! 🙂  Mom is enjoying playing golf with dad and her golfing buddies as well as walking once again with her Walkie Talkies!

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Ecclesiastes 3.1-14

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

As a family we are turning up the music the Lord has provided…Music of praise for Him and His hand on mom’s life the last five months.  We are celebrating her life and her touch on other’s lives today! Won’t you celebrate life today as well and don’t forget to TURN UP the music!

Happy, Happy Birthday to the most special mom in the world! I love you!

(I will post audio of song in another post…it is not cooperating this morning!)

 

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What FAITH can do…

Fifty-two days ago I left Arkansas and returned to Tennessee after being at home for seventy-one days caring for mom.   This week I am on Fall Break so Mike and I returned to visit for several days. It was the perfect time for us to come home and see what faith can do.

As the chorus of Kutless’  What Faith Can Do reads….

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do…

Dreams moved mountains…Hope never ended.  Miracles have happened…Silent prayers have been answered.  Broken hearts have been made brand new…that is was faith has done!

The phrase I have used and heard used most often this weekend in reference to mom is, “She’s a walking miracle.”  And, she is!  She is doing phenomenal.  She is playing golf.  She is doing all she did before with the exception of driving.  Soon, mom, very soon.  🙂

When we decided to come, I told mom there were two things I wanted to do this weekend during our visit.  One was to go to church with her and daddy.  This was something we were unable to do this summer.  She was not ready.  Mike and I got the privilege of attending this special place with both mom and dad.  We were surrounded by the many that prayed for mom and petitioned for mountains to be moved.  Those prayers were answered.  We were surrounded by those who loved on both mom and dad during the time of difficulty.

On this Sunday, Pastor Eric was finishing a series called Walking in the Word.  He referenced Mark 12.30-31 and 1 Corinthians 13 – the love chapter.  He discussed how if we want to love God we have to love with all our heart, soul, mind and strength as it is stated in scripture.

Mark 12.30-31

30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.” 

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues,they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Mom and dad are giving us an example of this kind of ‘no matter what’ love daily.  What an amazing example they both have been during these trying times.  God has provided and is still providing in their lives and ours.

The second thing I wanted to do with mom was take her to walk with her walking group, the Walkie Talkies.  The group walks up to five miles at a time and mom was an active member before the incident in June.  She has been eager to get back with this loving group.  Mom has been walking one to one and a half miles with this great group of ladies over the past couple of weeks.   They too surrounded mom with love and prayer throughout this summer.  It was a desire of mine to be with mom as she joined them once again for a daily walk.  Today we did that…and mom walked 2.2 miles…woo hoo!  Once again, she is a walking miracle.  What faith can do…

On the way to walk with the Walkie Talkies, God provided us with a phenomenal GOOD MORNING portrait.

..again from the lyrics of What Faith Can Do…

Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

Mom has shown us she did not give up! The sun is shining and she faced the clouds and found the silver lining.  It is hard to pray God’s will be done during times of difficulty.  We have learned as a family that the silver lining is much sweeter when we are on God’s page and not our own.  We have seen God’s hand every step of the way.

We have heard stories of how mom’s determination and faith have helped someone else.  We have heard that God welcomed one more life into His family thanks to mom’s story.  This is what life is all about…living the journey so others might come to know HIM just because you lived.  Mom is living! She is living a miracle…a Walking Miracle!

God has blessed our family.  We know the circumstances could be very different today, but they are not! We are so very thankful! We also know we have a great responsibility in sharing about our journey and WHAT FAITH CAN DO…

What Faith Can Do…Kutless

Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes
And make a new beginning

Anyone can feel the ache
You think it’s more than you can take
But you’re stronger
Stronger than you know

Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Impossible is not a word
It’s just a reason
For someone not to try

Everybody’s scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
It’ll be alright

Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

Overcome the odds
You don’t have a chance
(That’s what faith can do)
When the world says you can’t
It’ll tell you that you can

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
That’s what faith can do

Even if you fall sometimes
You will have the strength to rise

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