Remembering Our Mom In Her Encouragement

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My last photo with Mom just a few days before her departure to Heaven

With the ongoing struggles Elaine continues to endure, I fondly remember our mom tonight. Mom and I talked most everyday, and she humbly displayed Godly wisdom and hope. How many times I have wanted to pick up the phone, since her departure nearly eight months ago, and hear her ‘take’ on ongoing life events.

Today in my Bible, I ran across a list of Scriptures that she had felt led to share with me just weeks before her unexpected death. The Scriptures she shared held both promise and hope. She knew I needed hope. One Scripture that she shared:  Romans 15:13 – “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Another Scripture on her shared list:  Romans 5:5 – “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

Mom hoped for the best and saw the best in people–a lesson I, her son, am still learning. Her upbeat personality and words of encouragement resounded far and wide. I so appreciated the spiritual heritage she left me.

Hope must abound in one to truly pass it on to others. What a tribute to be remembered as an encourager as was Mom.  May the LORD equip me to follow in my mom’s footsteps and be an encourager regardless of life’s circumstances.

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About Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering

Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering shares the true story about a sudden family tragedy. As author of the book to be published in the summer of 2014, the true account tells of my sister being rear ended by a drunk driver. She barely survives the high speed crash being left to live as a quadriplegic. Written from a brother's perspective, the manuscript shares the heartfelt story of ongoing physical and emotional pain experienced by both victim and family. Only through God's grace can a family survive such a tragedy!
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