Tuesday, November 18, 2014

MY FRIEND LILLIAN…..


The SUO challenge blog subject this week is MARKERS.  I colored these posies with the cherry cobbler blendabilities.  Those new markers are the BOMB.  I have always loved to color - it's my thing, but these markers make it so much easier!!  Okay, this week I chose this stamp in honor of a dear friend of mine who is probably living out her last days.  She is old enough to be my  mom, but yet we had such a bond of friendship over the years that she felt at times more like a peer.  She has been motherly to me, a sister in Christ, a spiritual mentor, an encourager, just a lifelong friend from my New York days.  So now she is at AIM's retirement center in Florida and this past week they thought she would be seeing her saviour face to face.  The last report is that she had stabilized, and maybe she will be with us longer after all.  If I think over my spiritual walk, I think no one else has had as much influence on me in my life then Lillian.  She helped me over so many hurdles in life.  She is one of those people that just helps you understand Jesus in a whole new way.  She has not had an easy life, and whenever I face trials it goes thru my mind, maybe this will make me more like Lillian in her faith walk.  She never let disappointment separate her from Jesus.  I think over the years that is what I have done a little.  Life is full of disappointments and Lillian has turned all of her disappointments into a reason to praise her God.  It's a genuine likeness of Christ that seems to ooze out of her every pore…..she is so real, so down to earth, so much an example of the beauty within that is born of the refiners fire.  It's been years since I lived close enough to Lillian to have her as a companion as I did for many years in NY, but I still hear from her every now and again and if I saw her tomorrow I know we could pick up right where we last left off, it's that kind of a friendship.  As I contemplated her going to be with Jesus, I have to say I don't know anyone who would be as ready to walk into the arms of Jesus as Lillian would be.  She is so in tune with God, I can just picture her stepping from earth to heaven's gates, and it being a natural transition for her.  Absence from her body will be instant presence with the Lord, she is already present with the Lord, in HIS kingdom on earth.  Tears will flow from people she has influenced on this earth….I know I shed a few this weekend just thinking of losing her here on earth….but I know that when she does go from this world into the next, whether it be sooner or later,  I think the voice of God will be almost audible to HIS believers as he takes her hand, and says, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant!  Until next time, Karen

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A BIG OLD THANK YOU!!

The SUO challenge blog theme this week is a theme of THANKS or THANKFULNESS. As humans, we don't naturally foster a heart of thankfulness, do we?  Or am I the only one who finds it much easier to complain than to remember all I have to be thankful for?  First of all, Thank you Lord for family, for a loving husband and for four children and their wonderful spouses who all make me so proud when I see the adults they have grown into - but really Lord, thanks for THAT too, because without you, where would they be?  Where would we all be?  Thank you for GRANDCHILDREN, oh yes…the biggest thank you EVER for GRANDCHILDREN. Thank you for my mom and my stepmom who live close enough to share our lives with us.   Thank you for JOBS, and our HOME, and a huge one, our HEALTH.   How much do we take our HEALTH for granted??  Thank you for extended family (my sister Tammy!!)  and for friends who are like family, thank you for the gift of your salvation…. thank you for dying on a cross for my SINS.  If we REALLY wrapped our heads around BEING THANKFUL….all day long, every day, even thankful for trials and testing…..our lives would be so much happier.  I'm gonna try to go a full day without complaining about anything or anyone.  Tomorrow.  I'm gonna do it.  I'm gonna try really hard to be thankful all day - every day…I have so much to be thankful for!!  That's all, that's it, I'm just gonna try to be a person who is thankful….that's all, that's it!!  Until next time….Karen