This picture was taken of Taylor and I about three years ago. I love this picture because I love Taylor. I am so blessed that I actually enjoy being with my daughter. I like her company and I have fun when we are together. I know so many people that cannot say those things about their children and it breaks my heart to hear them saying the opposite of what I just said. I understand that God "gave" her to me and blessed me by allowing me to be her mother. This blog is about the love I have today in my heart for my sweet Taylorbug and how thankful I am to my Lord for giving her to me to take care of for Him!
Sunday, November 25, 2012
This is my Grannie Minnie. Only months ago she found herself in a rest home rehabilitation unit after a terrible fall in her home. I remember going to see her and her being so depressed. I feared that she had given up. I prayed with her and tried to encourage her but I knew she had to believe before her healing could come. Friends of ours all gathered one night in her room and had a Holy Spirit prayer time and from that moment on, she was different. This year she hosted the family at her home and cooked all the family's favorites. At 85 years old, she is going strong and a living testimony of the power of prayer. This Thanksgiving was even more special because we all saw what God had done in her life!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
My daughter and I had a great conversation the other day about Mary and how having baby Jesus was not actually part of her plan. Taylor had not thought about that. We then talked about how even though the circumstances were not the best and it was very hard, Mary was "chosen" by God to be the earthly mother of Jesus Christ, which was way cool! Let's remember that Mary wasn't just a character, she was a living breathing person like you and I. But what makes her remarkable to me is that she answered the call to "care" for Jesus. She was a caregiver! Amen!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
I love this picture because it shows what an awesome God I serve! This lovely lady pictured with me is Mrs. Tame' Lambert, who is the IPHC Women's Ministries Director. God allowed me to meet her and then use her to invite me to speak at the first ever IPHC Women's Ministries' national conference "The Diamond Experience." I am just praising the Lord today for using people, like Tame', to move our ministry for caregivers where He wants it to be. I pray I can have this same chance for other beginning ministries one day!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
I really miss this magical place today. This is definitely my escape place. When I am here, I don't worry about all the stresses that life can bring. I don't worry about Brian's health or what tomorrow holds. I only think about joy and happiness and being with the ones I hold dear. All caregivers should have a place where they can leave all their worries behind. This happens to be mine and today, I wish I were there!
Sunday, November 4, 2012
As I look at this picture of me and my dear friend, Susan, I am reminded what her friendship to me looks like. It was fun times teaching together, fun times as our families grew together and we became best friends, but then hard times came, too. It reminds me of the night Brian was diagnosed and she sat with me and hugged me. It reminds me of the days, weeks, and years that she has remained my supporter and constant shoulder to cry on. It also reminds me how God has used this woman to touch my life and my heart so many times. She is now my biggest fan when it comes to the ministry God has called me to do for Him. She believes in Him and His plan for me! That is what a true friend of God looks like!
Friday, November 2, 2012
Today ends my 40 day fast and I have to say this has been an amazing experience. It was hard. I cannot lie. When you fast something you love and depend upon each day for comfort or joy it is not easy to do without it. There were days when I wondered if it really mattered or if God really even cared that I was fasting in order to hear from Him. You know me, I am always honest. But then I would realize I could do it with His help and strength and that hearing from God himself would be more than worth all the fasting I had done. Today is the last day and I have mixed emotions. I have yet to see the answer to my prayer in the physical but God has already given me an answer in the spiritual so I can rest in that until it comes in this realm. I pray God sees my heart for Him and how much I do really love Him. I have grown closer to Him and that was really what mattered the most all along.