Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
"For a short time, I had your body in my body.
I carried your belly in my belly.
And now, though I have your heart in my heart , I feel your soul in my soul.
I will never have your hand in my hand.
I will miss your life in my life."
I do not know who wrote this, but I do believe there will be a day you will be hand in hand again, walking on the golden streets in our heavenly homes. God bless all those who have carried a child, and suffered their loss.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Our God is there through your hard, sad, and sometimes lonely days. Loss often leaves you with feelings like these. You wonder if the pit you feel in the bottom of your stomach, and the ache in your heart will ever go away. Maybe it will never completely leave you, but He is there. He is your refuge. He is your strength. Hold on to Him, and know you will make it through. He will not leave you.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
-Life Application Bible
Jesus "Pleaded in Prayer" for Simon in verse 32. I believe if you ask, our father will pray for you in your time of need. Amazing, and unbelievable, He prayed for Simon, and yes He will pray for you, His child, just as we pray for our children. He will pray , when you are weak, when you are broken, and yes when you are grieving. Remember today if you need prayer, you can go to Him, your Heavenly father, and ask for His prayer.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Life Application Bible
There have been days I wondered if He really hears my prayers, but the thing I have learned to be truth is, He hears but it is always in His time He answers, not mine. His time always seems (even though at the time I thought the answer needed to be immediate) to be right on. This verse says He bends down. I can just feel Him bending down putting His cheek against mine and whispering in my ear, I'm working on it.
I will pray as long as I have breath!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Life Application Study Bible
Precious, defined in the dictionary is described as: great value, very valuable, dear, beloved.
Related words: cherished, treasured, wanted.
Our death dated and signed by Him is carefully orchestrated by our God. We are so loved by our Heavenly Father. We are valuable, dear, cherished and wanted. When He calls us home it is from His great desire to have us in our heavenly home right beside Him, sharing eternity. We are wanted. He longs to be with all of us who love Him. My hope is that this brings you peace as you realize your loved ones are in the presence of great,treasured, love.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
"A time to be born; a time die;
A time to plant; a time to harvest;
A time to kill a time to heal;
A time to destroy; a time to rebuild;
A time to cry; a time to laugh;
A time to grieve; a time to dance;
A time for scattering stones; a time for gathering stones;
A time to hug; a time not to hug;
A time to find; a time to lose;
A time for keeping; a time for throwing away;
A time to tear; a time to repair;
A time to be quite; a time to speak up;
A time for loving; a time for hating;
A time for war; a time for peace."
This is the passage that came to me when we were designing the cover of "I'll see you in Heaven". God gave me a vision of the pocket watch you see on the cover and throughout the book. He revealed to me in a very clear way His desire for the watch to be the centerpiece on the cover, and a major theme in the book.
Verse 2- "There is a time to be born: a time to die."
This I believe.
The only one who can call your loved ones home is our God. He is the one orchestrating our coming in and our going out. If only for a moment we come and leave,we still have the ability to change the world. He uses every life, He brings us to love, He uses us to touch hearts, and sometimes breaking hearts as we pass through. But every one of us will change this world simply by His placing us in it. I am sorry for all of your losses, and all of your broken hearts. What I wanted to share in all of this, is that the God I serve will bring you healing if only you trust Him. I believe that for all of you there will be a day when you are once again in the arms of those who have gone to be with our Jesus.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
She shared with me it had been one year since the death of her 14 year old sister. She spoke of how difficult this time of the year was for her and her family. Her sister was killed crossing the street getting off a bus after a long day of Christmas shopping. She also shared that her sister had accepted Christ as her Savior not long before dying. She was not sure about all this salvation "stuff" as she explained to me. We talked for the entire hour. I returned the next week to leave some books. I know without a doubt this meeting was orchestrated by God. It is no mistake that just a couple of weeks before the time we would celebrate His birth, He would reach out to bring comfort and the hope of heaven to a grieving family.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
In His service and feeling very blessed,
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Grace and Blessings,
God's voice and strength lives inside of all believers and we are often called to step out in faith to do His will. Stepping out will not always be easy but can come with the great blessing of feeling His presence as we do His will.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Maybe I did miss oppurtunities on this trip, but our God is so good to let us have the opportunity to serve Him again and again. What an honor.
Friday, May 1, 2009
God Bless all,
Thursday, April 30, 2009
We got to our cabin and decided to go into town and get something to eat. I was sitting in a chair when I first noticed the blonde woman with angel pins on her jacket. As I looked over at her my heart began to beat faster and faster. It was at this time I realized she was the one the book was for. Fear came all over me in an instant. Satan is always actively working to stop the plans the Father has for his people. All I could think was "I want to be obedient Father. Please give me strength". Before I knew it, I was approaching her and telling her I liked the angel pins. This started a conversation where she shared with me her story; The story of how her, her husband, son, and grandson were on their way to a wedding when a drunk driver hit them head on, killing her son and her grandson. She held her grandson in her arms as he passed away.
I reached in my purse and pulled out the book and told her "God told me to give this to you". We both started to cry. She loved the book, and was so moved by it. She ordered a few to have available for personal use for those she encounters on her journey as a speaker for MADD in schools in her area.
I saw for the first time that day how God was going to call me into obedience again and again to reach out to those He loves so dearly using the book.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
May the Lord bless and protect you; may the Lord's face radiate with joy because of you; may he be gracious to you; show you his favor; and give you his peace.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
My friend was 7 months pregnant and her husband had just lost his life tragically. This little book has has been added to her daughter's keepsakes of her father that she will never have the opportunity to know and love. My friend and her family are Christians and your book was really very special to them.
I have given it to several people already that have lost a loved one.
One of my friend's son died at 29 last year of cancer. I mailed the book to her and put her son's picture in it. After she received it she called me crying and telling me how special this book was for her and her husband.
Another dear friend of mine who just lost her husband-could not get over how special this little book is. Having the picture of her husband put in the "picture frame" in the back ot the book was so appreciated by her.
There is not another book out there I am aware of that comes from the view of the deceased side.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
“I’ll See You in Heaven” provides a vivid picture of the sights and sounds of heaven while bringing comfort to those in the midst of grief. Appealing to both men and women, it provides a page to insert a photo of a lost loved one, space to record memories, and is available in a personal, compact size. This book captures the essence of the hope that is found in understanding the perfection of Heaven.
*Encourages those who have suffered a loss
*Reassures us of the promise of heaven through Biblical truth with scripture throughout the book
*Reminds us of the blessings enjoyed by those who have gone to be with Jesus
*Serves as a personal and thoughtful gift for grieving hearts
*Includes a page to insert a photo of the loved on
Knowing a loved one is healed and whole in the presence of Jesus eases the suffering of those left behind. You will find strength and inspiration as you hear the voice of your loved one saying, “I’ll See You in Heaven”.
In 2001 Fran Lance visited to speak prophesy over the women in a bible study I was involved in at my church. I was surprised when she took my hands and said "you write". I quickly said “no, I am not a writer”. She simply replied "do you write something? Do you journal, anything?” Fran told me that when she touched my hands she clearly saw writing. She said that God had something for me to write and that He would give me the ideas, and guide me from there. Fran ended it by saying she had no idea when any of this would all happen.
I went home that day with my little white tape recording of what she said, and laughed as I told my family "I am going to write someday". I had no desire to write and I was sure I had no gifts in this area, but there was still a part of me that knew without a doubt that if God wanted me to write, I would, and this made me excited.
One and a half years later, I awoke one morning with a dream of a book, which is now, "I'll See You in Heaven". I actually saw written pages of the book. I saw scripture that was to be in the book, and I saw some of the artwork. I even saw at the end of the book a place to put the picture of the loved one that had passed away with the phrase, "I'll See You in Heaven".
I told my husband Daryl and he told me to write it down. I did and tucked it away in a drawer. For the next two years when I would open the drawer, I prayed over my notes, telling the Lord if He wanted it to be a book He was going to have to make it happen.
My prayers continued, and in 2006 my sister called to tell me that at her college, my niece Jaime had been prophesied over that she was going to be a writer. Soon after, Jaime and I met over a cup of coffee and she told me she loved the idea behind the book and wanted to be a part of it. Jaime took home what God had given me and she began to see what God gave her as she wrote more of what was to be in the book. We met again to pray over the manuscript so that God would reveal His final words for the book.
God started showing us our path and met our every need. First, a professor and published writer from Jaime's college asked if she could see what we had. We met with her and she affirmed us, saying simply, "write this". Next, we needed a publisher. The professor gave us the name of a company and days later we submitted a manuscript. Our graphic artist, Jessica, is a friend of Jaime’s and attends my church. Our photographer was Jessica’s sister. When we needed a cover and had only days to complete it, I was awoken by an image the Lord gave me of a pocket watch. I spent the next day photographing my husband's pocket watch which now sits beautifully on the cover. The scripture Ecclesiastes 3:2, "A time to be born; a time to die", was part of this vision, and is the idea behind the watch. For the artwork, I had mentioned that I felt sepia would be the style in a meeting with Jaime and Jessica. Jaime said she was thinking the same thing, and Jessica even showed up with samples of sepia pieces she had! This was the kind of confirmation we continually encountered as we walked the journey together.
"I'll See You in Heaven" was released in September of 2007, and is a beautiful book that ministers to those in the midst of grief. It is written from the perspective of a loved one that has passed. The book portrays a tangible and biblical glimpse into Heaven. It is meant to bring the hope of reuniting with loved ones to those who have suffered loss. It all started with prophesy, became a vision, and is now a book that is already being divinely used by God.