Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Sad Goodbye

This summer I intended to start blogging regularly again.  This summer I intended to do many projects around my house and projects with my kids.  This summer I intended to have some super fun days with my kids doing summer activities and having a blast.  So far, my summer has not went as planned.  We finished our school year May 9 and then the next week I had a vendor event with my Paparazzi business.  The week after that was filled with appointments and camping.  Camping was a lot of fun this year.  Then we got home and I got the phone call from my Aunt that my Grandma was in the hospital.  Grandma was hospitalized for a severe infection from a different infection that the doctors were trying to treat.  After that her health started to deteriorate very quickly.  One infection led to another and then the infections caused strokes.  She had her days where it appeared that her health was improving, but ultimately my Mammaw was called home to be with her LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ.  She is gone from this earth, but I know I will see her again in Heaven where she is completely healed and whole again.  She is with my Pappaw and all her loved ones that have passed before her.  At my Pappaw's funeral I couldn't get up and say the things I wanted to say, but at my Mammaw's I knew I had to speak.  Not only did I feel like she would have wanted me to, but God kept laying it on my heart to speak.  I was able to share the things I love about my Mammaw, the funny memories from my childhood with her, but most importantly I shared the thing that she wanted would have wanted me to share the most.  You see, you didn't know my Mammaw without her telling you about Jesus.  It didn't matter if you met just once or you were lifelong friends, she always made sure that she told you about Jesus and how you could get to Heaven.  So at my Mammaw's funeral I shared about how she taught me to love sweet tea, how she taught me to strongly dislike black licorice (okay maybe that was because I got in trouble about it one time, but it was still because of her), playing turn or burn when we got in trouble, how she lead me to the Lord when I was just a little girl, and how others could accept Jesus too because I couldn't think of a more fitting thing to do in her honor.  While I miss my Mammaw something fierce, I rejoice because I know she is complete, whole, healed, and with Jesus and my Papaw.  I know she is watching over me and my family every day.  My heart hurts when my phone rings and it isn't my Mammaw on the other end, but I know one day I will see her again because she is in Heaven.  Do you know for sure you are going to Heaven?  Do you believe in Jesus Christ and that he died on the cross for our sin, was buried, and rose again 3 days later?  You can have your sins forgiven and have Jesus Christ as your personal Savior if you believe that you are a sinner, Christ died for you and rose again 3 days later, and He is the Son of God who will return to claim His people.  Jesus loves you and wants to make you part of His family today.