A precious gift from Jolene at our church
Mother's Day 2009 is one I probably won't forget... my first Mother's Day not having all of my kids with me... this side of Heaven. God was gracious today and it was actually better than I was anticipating. Of course there were tears shed... but He sustained me. There are so many women I have met through the Internet that have also lost children. My heart aches for them today, especially the moms that don't have any living children here with them. I feel for those moms who have maybe lost babies to miscarriage or stillbirth who arms are still empty. Those moms don't look like moms from the outside... but if we truly believe life begins at conception, which I do, then they are still mothers in every sense of the word. This year my eyes have been opened in a new way to the hurt that many feel on Mother's Day. What about those women who have tried for years to become a mother and still they wait. I have been praying for them all today.
We had a nice family day. We had to run some errands for Caleb's birthday tomorrow. He gets to be King For the Day, and pick all of the meals so I needed to pick up a few things. We had a nice lunch out, that was a treat. And my sweet hubby made dinner, another treat. We took a nice walk and watched a movie together, all in all it was a really nice day.
My sweet Northern friend Heather sent me the card above. Wow, it was so nice to have people mention Samuel today. Of course He was on my mind all day. But it was nice to know others remembered him. There was a beautiful verse on the inside of the card reminding me that in the future there will be a time when all the tears are wiped from our eyes. Praise God for that... I long for that day...Could it be today? Could He come back today? Wouldn't that be amazing?
A sweet lady from our church had a necklace made for me. You can't really see how beautiful it is in the picture above. I absolutely love it. It has Samuel's name and heaven going date on it. On the left there are 2 hearts to represent Greg and I and on the right side 4 hearts to represent Samuel's 4 siblings. I just love that it hangs close to my heart and includes our WHOLE family. Then there was a bible verse etched on the back and the last part of the verse on the front. It is beautiful and it meant so much to me to have her bless me with this precious gift on Mother's Day. This is the verse that is printed on the pendant...
For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
That is something that I continually need to remind myself of, God's great love for me. When you feel like you have had the rug pulled out from under you, you need the constant reminders of Who God is and His character. I don't think it is at all a matter of faith it is more like taking captive every thought and making it obedient to Christ.
She also had the reference to Habakkuk 3:17-19 engraved on the pendant. We had this verse at Samuel's Memorial service. I love it, it really depicts the heart of how I feel.
Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls. Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my Salvation. The Lord God is my strength. Habakkuk 3:17-19