“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
For the past nine weeks we have examined different eras; everything from welcoming a newborn to saying farewells to a patriarch. Both ages teach us amazing lessons on how to transform our hearts to trust God more.
This week’s verse was one of my mother’s favorites. Hard to believe ten days ago she quietly stepped into Heaven. Even with watching her rapid decline with dementia we are still numb with the realization she no longer lives among us. My heart already aches for her unconditional love and great wisdom. No one prayed for me as much as she did; always asking the Lord to protect me from harm and to bless me with His goodness.
Patches of brown sod top her grave—unlike the lush green grass of the grave next to hers. For beside her lies my daughter, Kellie, whom God called home a little over two years ago. On the right is the one who held me inside her womb and to the left…the one I once held.
I stood alone at their gravesites yesterday trying to imagine what they must be doing without me. My longing for Heaven now intensifies as I know their bodies lay asleep but their souls are wide awake. Both women have had a part in the transformation of my heart by teaching me what God’s true love really is and how powerful relationships can be. Both women left me the greatest legacy…HOPE! Because… they left me with no question as to whether I would ever see them again.
Generations will come and go until Jesus returns. Trusting God, while we wait, will require our all or we will never walk the path He planned for us before we were born.
Why transform? Because giving your heart away will be the best gift you ever gave to yourself and others.
“How much do you really trust Him? Are you more paralyzed by trying to figure everything out? God says, “Trust me”. We must believe there is purpose in everything He does, because His love runs much deeper than ours.”
Next week we will begin the series on transformation called “Is It Necessary?”
Wow! Your tender words of love flow from this post to my heart. Thank you for being real and open with us. I was out of town last week so I was unable to attend the funeral, but you were in my prayers. May the Lord continue to shower His peace upon you each day as you move forward in ministry. Love you dear friend!
"Giving you heart away [to the Lord] will be the best gift you ever gave yourself and others.." I've NEVER thought of that. By giving my heart and life away to Him, I'm honoring HIM and in return, I receive all of the things I've wanted and needed….through Him!
Great words today, MIL. It's truly amazing how God uses people (YOU!) to speak to me. I love you!
Your post reminds me of that concept that is always so difficult to understand- that is that we must "die" in order to "live". This holds true in the literal since such as with our loved ones dying on earth in order to live with Christ in heaven, but also while we are here on earth we can experience the "dying of self" in order to "live in Christian love and selflessness" as we endeavor to be more like the one who created us. This is truly a transformation.
Keep up these great postings. Love you Cuz.