Sunday, January 25, 2015

Deep Thoughts Today

My Uncle passed away a few nights ago...It has of course made me sad.  He had been sick for a long while and we knew this time was coming.  I was close to my uncle when I was a child, when I lived in Up State New York.  When I moved to Georgia,  I only saw him when I would travel back up there.  I wrote him letters regularly and called him occasionally on holidays but looking back wish I had done more. 

I have thought a lot about life since his passing.  This happens to many of us when we suffer loss of a loved one.  It makes you put into perspective all things.  When our daughter passed away many years ago, I was deep in grief and could not wrap my mind around how fragile life could she be just gone?  After that day, It was branded in my heart, we never know how long people will be with us.  When someone dies, it reminds us that things are not what is important in life. 

When my mom passed away at 58 years they wheeled her empty body out of the hospital room...I thought to myself...she is gone and could take nothing with her.  She came into this world with nothing and left the hospital not even wearing her own clothing.  She had on a hospital gown. 

As I have gotten older, I have a hard time grasping how fast time is going by.  I have watched my grandparents generation slowly leave this world.  Over the past many years, I have seen many from my father and mothers generation go.  I have experienced childhood, teen years, young adult hood and are in the more mature years now.   Standing on top of the hill, you might say.  I have raised children from infants to adult hood.  We have suffered many happy, joyous, days but also many losses.

Pondering these losses has once again driven home in my heart, that the most important things in our lives are relationships.  I know it is nice to have nice things.  I know it is nice to enjoy having hobbies, going on trips and being entertained but these things are so fleeting and don't last for eternity.  People do.  Souls do.  Relationships do. 

I know this is an "out of the norm" post, that it might even make you feel down a bit.  I know we all know these things but right now this is all raw and real again in my mind.   So I just wanted to share my heart and thoughts.  Nothing, is more important than having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Nothing, is more important that serving God.  Nothing in this life, is more important than the people in it.  Nothing more precious, fragile, long lasting or worth nurturing, than a human soul.  To let them know you care, you love them, think of them and are praying for them.  Nothing is more important than reaching out to hurting people who need to be encouraged.  They are all around us every day.

If God puts someone on your heart as you read this today...  make that phone call, write that email, give that hug, tell someone how much you care.  It can never be done or said enough.

My friend is praying very hard for two special little boys in Bulgaria to find their forever homes.  God led her and her husband to adopt many times from this country, so Bulgaria and its people hold a special place in their heart.  She and her husband have an amazing calling from God.  A gift to love and raise special children for Him.  If you could please hop over to her blog and pray for these two boys to find their forever family.  Every child deserves a mom and dad.   It would make a difference forever in their lives.  Please feel free to share on any social media to bring attention to them.

May the God in heaven help us daily to reach out to others and hold nothing back.  May we be full of Gods love and compassion as we view others around us.  May He help us to have servants hearts and be Christ's hands and feet in all we do.

Mark 10:45  For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.





  1. Susan I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Uncle. (((HUG))) I know for me too the losses make Heaven that much closer- closer to when we'll never part again!! :o)
    Thank You for posting about Tanner and Tyler- I felt a huge wave of God's blessing over me as I read that! We do the best we can to help others and even if we don't "see" God's answer to our prayers, We know for sure that He has answered in the way that is best for all. Don't you just LOVE that! God is SO GOOD!!
    Sending you all LOVE, (((HUGS))) and prayers!! My Sweet Precious Friend and Sister in Christ!!

    1. Thank you Elizabeth. I appreciate you and your family so much. God is so good. It blesses my heart to see your family grow. God be with you all. Blessings!

  2. This is not an out of sorts post. It is real and I like it. I am sorry about the passing of your uncle too. I have found through people dying as you have that it causes on to do a lot of thinking. It seems to really wake you up to reality that we and others aren't going to be here much longer. I too have many of the same thoughts that you have due to people dying over the years. I think it's kind of healthy in a way. So many people go through their time of grieving and then forget about the reality that our time is so very short here. I too have come to the same place as you in that I want to spend my life showing others I care and love them - I think some of it has come about from people passing. Anyways, it seems we have a lot in common in this place in the same type of thoughts. I think it's a good place to be in a sense. I'm sorry you are going through the pains again with grieving though. Take care and we'll be praying for you tonight. We care about you!

  3. Thank you Hadassah. I appreciate the support and encouragement. God is so good. Life is truly but a vapor. So short and not even our own if we love the Lord and give our life to Him in whole as we should. We all get sidetracked so easily living in the country we live in. With all it has to offer in every way and gotten so easily comparatively to many other countries. I am grateful for where I am but have so far to go.