Thursday, November 15, 2018

{ Wednesday's Word and THANK-full Thursday }


**the protective care of God as a spiritual power

My precious Aunt Delores passed away last Friday morning.  She was only 7 years older than me and was more like a big sister than an Aunt. My heart is broken and I'm on the verge of tears now as I recall the last few days. Probably the worst of it was going alone to tell Momma that she had lost her sister, one of the most difficult things I've ever done along with watching her grieve in her confusion and trying to comfort her the last few days.

I want to share some things that I'm still so very thank-full for that have transpired since I got this news last Friday morning.

Our daughter and son-in-love have taken a weekend getaway during October or November for the last several years and we are blessed to get to keep all four of our grandkiddos.  That was this past weekend and I was at their house when I received the phone call about my Aunt. If I hadn't had the kiddos all weekend to occupy my mind and my time, oh how much worse it would have been.

God had already worked it out!

I had made Mom an appointment to get a much-needed perm and haircut. I scheduled that for Tuesday because I had planned to attend an "oils of the Bible" class on Monday. Usually, Mom will keep putting things like that off, but she wasn't reluctant at all to go. The appointment got rescheduled for Monday because of a conflict so I told my sister-in-law I wouldn't be able to attend the class. Guess what?  The class got postponed until next Monday.

God had already worked it out!

My Aunt's funeral was scheduled for Tuesday so it was best that Mom went to the hairdresser on Monday so she wouldn't be so worn out by Tuesday night.

God had already worked it out!

Even during the most difficult of times, God is right there with us holding our hands, giving us the strength to do the hard things, pointing out things to us in His Word, granting us grace and helping us show that same grace to others, showering us with love and kindness in ways that only He can.

Some folks have referred to me as being too religious, from the "religious side of the family", thinking that I'm more spiritual than them or a "know it all".  Religion is so totally different than having a personal relationship with the Savior and I in no way think I'm better than anybody. In fact, if you really knew me, you'd discover so many flaws and insecurities, but oh, how I love Jesus.  I'm reminded of a favorite verse in Jeremiah, and would you believe it's not 29:11.....

Image result for scripture in Jeremiah about his word burning in my heart

I'm still in awe of His divine providence and how much He loves me.....
and you!


  1. I love your sweet spirit my friend.... & you are so right - "Religion" is so totally different than that personal relationship.
    I am so sorry for your loss... but isnt it incredible to see God's divine timing in things & how He works things together?
    There is a time destined for all of us & God knew when your Aunt's welcome home would be... praying for your hearts in the loss & remembering the joy that Heaven will hold with reunions!!!

  2. How beautiful to see how God already had everything worked out for your comfort as well as for your precious mother during these sad times. Our God is so full of compassion...He knows our hearts and what our spirit needs at all times. You are a wonderful person...and Christ-filled sister in the Lord...and if people don't understand that or appreciate it, that is their loss. Don't ever apologize for being a child of the King. We all have those "relatives" who don't understand us...and it is to their own shame. Just keep being the LIGHT of Christ wherever you go. That is what I try to remember as well. Sending (((hugs))) to you and your family today.

  3. So sorry Deb about your aunt. Love reading at how God had it all worked out! Isn't it amazing at how He goes before us and levels the mountains! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family sweet friend. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  4. Amen...amen... God bless you. My deepest condolences, Debbie.

  5. I'm so sorry to hear of your aunt's passing. I do remember how God worked out my move to TN and Mom's passing. He has things already planned.

  6. I just love when God speaks to us as He did to you this past week. Amen!!

  7. Sorry to hear of your's aunt's but blessed to hear how God was and is working out everything for his purpose and his glory. I really love the verse of scripture too. Sometimes the words of God and his goodness in our lives just spills out no matter what! I had a day like that today in conversation with a new to me contact in Kenya. To God be the glory for the things he has done for us. Hugs to you dear Debbie. xx


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