I thought I'd check in to say THANKS for your words of encouragement, and of course, to thank you for your prayers! It was extremely hard to say "goodbye" to my grandma. We lived RIGHT BESIDE them RIGHT UP UNTIL the time we got married and started lives of our own. We were LITERALLY RAISED in my grandma's yard.
I cannot begin to say what a TREMENDOUS influence she was.. I'm SO VERY THANKFUL that we were able to watch how she lived her life, day in and day out. I'm THANKFUL that she was so BOLD in her love for CHRIST.
The first feelings that I felt when I learned that my Mam-Maw had fallen ill, were of grief, but also of REGRET! We live only about 10-15 minutes away from where she spent the last few years of her life. Over the past 5 years of MY life I allowed TIME to become an excuse not to visit like I should've. There was no reason I couldn't have visited weekly.. many times I'd let it go much longer between visits. I guess I'm saying this to encourage YOU to take the time to spend with your loved ones. Time CAN be made no matter HOW busy we are. It'll either be spent in what little it costs us while they're still here... or it'll be spent grieving and with guilt when it's too late. (You'd THINK I'd have grasped this after having lost a child?)
I know my friend Randy would get on me for being so hard on myself.. I suppose I'm sharing this with you today in hopes that I might keep you from being in the place that I am now.
As a child of GOD'S, I do have the BLESSED ASSURANCE that we WILL see her again! I'm also comforted knowing that she's up there "lovin on" my sweet Brent. Yes, I can only imagine the hugs and kisses they've exchanged... I can't help but smile as I think of him telling her ALL about things he's learned since he got there.
I hope to check back soon to share some neat (and humorous) family stories. Today, I just wanted to remind you to stop and listen as your little ones are talking to you. (If you have them) I wanted to remind you to give your undivided attention to your spouse (again, if you have one). I also wanted to encourage you to make CERTAIN that you're not letting precious time slip away from you and those who need you.
Take care, my friends...
I love you all!
Saturday, August 16, 2008