Welcome to another blessed Faith Blog Hop. This month we are focusing on the theme of Fear and we pray you find hope in the midst of any fear you may be experiencing. Join us as we showcase the talent the Lord has given us through projects that reflect what we know about God. The hop begins over at www.mypapertreehouse.blogspot.com, so if you just happened to find this blog, make sure to go on over there first. I'm the last stop on this wonderful hop so, if you came from (_________) blog, you are in the right place! Know that we are praying for you!
I know that you have read the write-up for the blog hop, so I'll jump right into what I'd like to share with you. I pray that I will communicate fully what I am feeling as this is EXTREMELY difficult for me right now. I've seen a lot of death over the years especially during the month of October which by the way is my birth month. This year ALONE, five beautiful people have died and it's just been plain ROUGH!
On this past week, a young lady, aged 39 years old, ended her battle with breast cancer. Now, some would say that cancer is a HUGE fear. We even have cancer insurance policies to cover expenses associated with cancer. We are tested regularly to make sure cancer is not present. We change our diets, stop smoking, and even (shhh!!!) exercise. Now, those things are good, don't get me wrong HOWEVER outside of Christ, they are NOTHING. We are NOTHING!!! Doing these things cannot and will not save you.
Those who knew this young lady and the family had the privilege of seeing her live out her last days for Jesus ALL THE WAY TO THE END. She never showed the pain that she felt inside. She always had a smile on her face. The most moving and touching piece of this story is the LOVE that her younger sister showed for her. They were able to stare death in the face and say, I'm not giving up. When God says I'm done, THEN I'm done.
Now, my fear since a little girl has been death. I was tormented by thoughts of dying and being eternally separated from Christ forever. My father, used to tell me, satan is not going to bother those who he has. It has taken me QUITE some time to understand what he was trying to tell me. Even longer has the time been to the point of resting in the assurance of salvation. Seeing this young lady battle like a true WARRIOR has helped me focus my attention on Christ and what was done for me all those years ago.
This is my tribute to this young lady who stared my fear in the face and spoke the Word. I have included pictures from the the sisters' Facebook pages (with their permission) as well as words they have posted. This is going to be compiled into a book for the family so that they can remember the days when they walked through the valley of the shadow of death. For they feared no evil for HE was with them. Rest our dear sister for your work is done. Enjoy the Father and know that because of your life, many will come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. What a legacy!!!
Here is a song from one of my favorite artists, Mr. Daryl Coley. I pray that it will bless your very soul.
Thanks for stopping by.
Love in Christ,