Hope - Grief's Best Music

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The other day I sat and looked attentively as my 4 year old son Joshua gazed at family photos on the living room wall.  He glimpsed at a portrait of his older brother Tre' and said, "Mommy I miss Tre', I wish he could come back".  My heart skipped a beat and then melted to the floor.  You see, our son Tre' was the same age as Joshua when he lost his battle with liver cancer a little over 2 years ago.  Joshua was only 2 years old when his big brother went to be with the Lord.  And let me tell you, Joshua will never forget him.  

Reflecting on those thoughts uttered from the mouth of a babe, if Tre' could come back would he?  I am sure he is having too good of a time to come back to us on Earth.  I know he will be waiting with other loved ones to receive us into heaven.  One thing is for sure, while we are still here, we must live our lives in such a way that we will be able to see him again.  

Having experienced the loss of my child, someone I helped give life to, I've come to the realization that people are the most important thing in life.  I am sure you have heard people say "There are no U-Hauls following behind hearses".  There is nothing in this world that you can take with you when you pass from this life except people, by showing them Jesus Christ.  My husband and I live our lives so that the light of Jesus shines through us.  So that some, if not all, can be saved.  They will be the ones we will see again in heaven.  

When I grieve my son, I read Romans 5:1-5 and rest in HOPE.  
"We have peace with God through his son Jesus Christ.  Through whom we have gained access by faith into His grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God!  The HOPE of knowing that one day we will see Tre' again."  

In the words of Henry Bohn, a 19th century British publisher, "HOPE is grief's best music" 

Much Luv,

Dry Bones Live (Spiritual ReBirth) - 2009 She Speaks Conference

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Wow is about all I can say about the She Speaks Conference!   The weeks and days leading up to the conference, I felt physically and spiritually depleted.  I was in a drought, a dry place.  I didn't feel worthy enough or qualified enough to even attend such an event.  I had lost hope for the ministry vision God had given me.  Me and Doubt were having a fabulous Pity Party.  I began to feel like Ezekiel down in the midst of the valley full of dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14).  But as I sat through each session God began to breath new life into my dream.  He added flesh and skin back to the ministry He gave me months before.  I give much props to the team at Proverbs 31 Ministries.   They did an awesome job putting it all together.  After leaving the conference on Saturday night, I felt as though I had hit the lottery.  A wealth of information, resources, and experts in the Christian world of writing and speaking were right at my finger tips.   God granted me access so that I can empower others.  Being around so many women that shared common ground, gave me the confidence to dust off my dream to write and share God's gift of HOPE. 

Much Luv,

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