Friday, August 24, 2012

Sharing HOPE

Why this blog? As a bereaved Christian Mom, I have a strong belief in Jesus. Society tends to label anyone who freely speaks of their love of Jesus... as a "Jesus Freak"--and so be it! "I" know that it was not of my own strength to have survived a mother's worst nightmare! Jesus called His disciples His "friends." He calls US His friends, too. And friends stick up for friends! I cannot tell "my story" without constantly including Jesus, who was "the" most influential force in lifting me up off of the ground when I was down for the count. I was getting "knocked out"...until I weakly held onto His outstretched hand and He lifted me to my feet. Taking me from horizontal to vertical...what He does for the deceased, AND even for those of us who've stopped living while yet still alive...

You bereaved mothers know of what I speak! We've all experienced that drop to our knees collapse...just like we had all of our air just sucked right out of us-- when we've learned of our child's death. The horizontal to vertical...those two points make the fitting is that?! My belief in my children being taken to Paradise was and continues to be paramount in my survival. 

My desire for this site is that it be a site of HOPE and a place of sharing God's many and myriad miracles, wonders and signs given to us in this life. A place where a bereaved Mom can go and come back feeling refreshed and not drained.

 I don't know the exact ins and outs about gravity...but I sure feel (and see!) it's effects. There is "head knowledge." And there is "heart knowledge." Faith is of the latter variety. Spiritual things are spiritually discerned. Jesus tells us "A student is not above his teacher" (Mt. 10:24). Also, He said to them, "Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old." (Mt. 13:52). 

It is with the hope of fellow Christian moms bringing out of their own storeroom their "treasures" of faith, whether rusty with age or brand spankin' new...and sharing them with others who BELIEVE...that is what this site is intended to be all about. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Our Life-Saver

     Bereavement is often depicted as "a journey"--the journey no Mom ever wants a ticket for. This plane ride is definitely a "long haul" one! Please read "About Me" to know my "entry point" on my journey (the tragic, instant deaths of my entire family--husband, daughter, son). 
     Jesus has been my life-saver when I've felt adrift at sea. He's reeled me in because He's been my tether line. What's amazing to me is that His tether line has an unlimited amount of length and matter how far away I drifted. 

     When I was newly bereaved, I looked at the length of the journey ahead-- and felt as if I could never walk for that length of time! I was wrong...because I underestimated God's infinite ability to assist...He definitely has "Advanced Life-Saving Training!" Being the author of "The Book", He well knew how to save my flailing body from the treacherous waves of grief that swept over me. How did He do that? By infusing His Strength into my Spirit, primarily through the helpful people He brought into my life. Here's a couple of examples:
     1) I needed emergency surgery immediately after the wreck... and it was almost Christmas. An excellent orthopedic surgeon... JUST HAPPENED to still be available at the hospital, as he hadn't left for his vacation yet. 
     2) I needed a place to help care for my broken body when I was discharged from the hospital after the wreck and there was kind, elderly Beatrice (a complete stranger)... who JUST HAPPENED to take "boarders" into the modest home that she and her mini poodle Bebe shared. (btw, I love dogs...and cats!).

     I'm sure all of us Christian Moms can look back and see wonderful examples of how He was there for us...and we don't pass those off as just mere "coincidences" as so many do. We recognize that the One who loves us, ACTS in our life, in loving ways. Oh, we do have that hurdle about "Well why didn't God STOP my child from dying?" After much pondering on that biggie, my answer is "I cannot know in this life, but God's got " alot of 'splainin' to do" (remember "I Love Lucy?") in the next life!

     As Christian Moms...we know that we are traveling "Home!" We HAVE a destination point. And...arriving at our destination point means being met "at the gate" by our loved ones! We have SO MUCH to look forward to!!!

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