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Thank You For Your Prayers In Our Time of Grief


I want to thank everyone for their prayers for my nephew Karsten. He went Home to be with Jesus last night. His body has been freed from the pain and made whole again.

It is never an easy thing to struggle with an illness such as MS, but through out Karsten’s battle, he always tried to remain in good spirits, trusting in God to see him through. His courage and spirit touched the hearts of many people during his time here on earth, bringing hope and joy. It is that same hope and joy that will be cherished in the memories of his family in the days to come.

Please continue to keep his parents and sister in prayers, as I know their hearts are filled with a great sense of loss right now. It is never easy to loose someone you love so dearly. But I also know how our spirits can be lifted up in prayer, and that God will carry us through the pain. It will not be easy for them, I know. But God will give them strength and courage to go on, and bring peace and healing to their hearts, one day at a time.

Thank you all, and God bless. – Amber

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Asking for Prayers


To family, friends, fans and followers:

I am asking for your help. This is my nephew Karsten. He has been fighting a long battle with MS, including many severe seizures. He has been in the hospital for over 2 months now, and the doctors recently said he has exhausted all possible treatments for MS, and even a new chemotherapy. But nothing is working and Karsten continues to grow weaker. He is no longer able to talk, eat or swallow, he is completely blind now, he can no longer move, and he’s been intubated for breathing after a tracheotomy. He’s also been receiving dialysis due to weakened kidneys.

Karsten (1)

While this young man’s body may be weak and broken, he has a strong heart for God. His only request has been for prayers, and so I am sharing his request. Please lift him and his family up with your prayers and love, knowing that God is mighty and capable of all things. Thank you and God bless. – Amber

For more information on Multiple Sclerosis and how you can help, please visit the National MS Society.

Fully Living


Meet Nick Vujicic. Even though he was born with no arms or legs, he says, “God still uses me as His hands and feet”. I have never met a stronger or more courageous man, nor a more humble man. His wit and sense of humor combined with a willingness to give all the glory and credit to God for his accomplishments is such an inspiration to me. Nick may not have arms or legs, but I believe God has given him wings to reach out to other souls.

Please watch this video, and then prayerfully share it with others.  God bless – Amber

 

Flowers for Mom


Flowers for Mom

 

As Mother’s Day was approaching, I found myself dreading it. This would be the first one without Mom, and it was hard to face. Since her death a couple of months ago, grief has hit me in waves and unexpectedly at times. For the most part, I’ve tried to push the thoughts out of my mind in order to keep functioning, to continue doing the day to day things of life.

 

Yesterday, as I was helping my son with his school work, a thought came into my mind out of the blue. The realization came hard that I can’t call my mother anymore, that I won’t hear her say “I love you”, or her words of encouragement telling me to “keep trying” or “well done”, and that I’ll never have another chance to tell her how much I love her. Never again will I be able to give her flowers, something that always put a beautiful smile on her face.

 

I thought back to this past Valentines Day. I remembered the smile on Mom’s face when my son and I surprised her with flowers and candy. A few moments later, Dad also surprised her with flowers and candy. Her eyes twinkled like the stars with happiness as she proudly placed her flowers on display. I was reminded of how when I was a child, I used to pick dandelions and other wildflowers for her. She always smiled with pride as she placed them with care into a glass or vase, something like I do now when my son brings me flowers.

 

As the tears began to fill my eyes, my son looked at me for a moment. Very thoughtfully he said, “It’s ok to miss her. We always miss what we love when it’s not here anymore”. Then he placed his hand on my chest and said, “But what made her special to you will always be in here. That won’t ever be taken away because God put her there in your heart for you”.

                 

Then a new thought began to form in my mind. I was thinking about how even though I found comfort in knowing that Mom was no longer in any pain, and that I would see her again in heaven someday, there was still a lot of sadness and a sense of loss. That’s when it occurred to me, I have lost something! I have lost something that was very precious to me, and I miss it very much! I realized that when you lose something important to you, it takes time to adjust to not having it.

 

My life is different now, a part of it has changed. It may be hard to accept it and adjust to the change, but change is a constant part of life. And my son is right, even though Mom’s body may be gone, she is still here with me, right here in my heart! Just as all those flowers from over the years have died and are gone, but the pictures of them are still in my memories and the joy they brought is still in my heart.

 

As I have stated in many of my previous posts, my faith and trust in Jesus is what gives me strength to carry on. And I am so thankful for everything He has done for me. Going through this grieving process is not easy, but I know He is helping me through it. He touches my heart on a daily basis through the comforting and encouraging words of others around me, like my son. He reminds me often of the beauty of His creations, when the rain is followed by sunshine and flowers. And His Word constantly lifts my spirit with the promises of His love for me. His Word also tells me to be helpful and encouraging to others. That is why I am writing this post.

 

I know that I am not the only one with a grieving heart. The world is full of hurting people. But it is my hope and prayer that my words may find their way to touch another heart that is hurting, to let you know that you are not alone. I want to tell you that there is hope, that even in the midst of pain, you can have peace and comforting. Jesus never promised that life would be easy, but He did promise that with Him, the burdens would be made bearable. A part of my heart may be hurting in missing my Mom, but Jesus gave me another part of my heart where there is joy in remembering the love we shared.

 

At first, I didn’t think I wanted to celebrate this Mother’s Day. I thought it would be too painful. But I have decided that even though I know there will be tears, I am going to celebrate it anyway. In memory of my Mom, and in honor of God’s gift of having known her love, I am buying flowers to give away. I am also giving away copies of my book, Faith, Hope & Miracles. And I will be spending the day with my youngest son, building more joyful memories to fill our hearts, and praising God for creating mothers.

 

I don’t know exactly what it’s like in heaven, but the bible says that “…with God, all things are possible” (Mark 10:27). So I’m asking God to give flowers to all the mothers who are in heaven, and that they know their love is remembered.

Happy Mother’s Day Mom! You are forever in my heart. – Amber

 

 

 

Cry Out to Jesus


Are you looking for peace and comforting? Or maybe you are running low on hope and you feel like there’s nowhere to go, no one to turn to for help.

Don’t give up! There IS an answer!

I’ve been going through some difficult times myself lately, and there are days when I just feel so tired and worn down from all the heartache. Sometimes I feel so weak and discouraged, and I don’t know how I’ll get through the next 5 minutes, let alone the next day, week, or month.

I don’t have all the answers for all of life’s problems and trials. But I know someone that does. His name is Jesus.

I can’t begin to count the number of times I would have just given up completely if I were left on my own. I know I am not in control, I just can’t do it alone! Thankfully, I don’t have to! I learned a while back that Jesus is ALWAYS here with me, giving me strength to go on, even when I don’t feel like it. He gives me courage to face each day, each trial, each burden. He brings comfort and peace to my heart and lifts my spirit when it is broken. And He carries me through when I am too weak to move forward.

I have learned that whatever life may bring, Jesus will see me through it.

For all that are hurting and broken, cry out to Jesus! He wants to help you, and He will.

My Mom is with Jesus


Dear Friends,

As some of you may know, I took some time off for a vacation to visit with my son and daughter-in-law in Texas, and then off to Virginia to spend some time with my parents. I arrived back home on Friday morning, then received news that my Mom passed away Saturday morning. I have returned to Virginia and do not know when I will be posting again.

I know my Mom is with Jesus now, no longer in pain or suffering, but free. It was said that she had been holding on, waiting to see Christian and I again. It had been almost 7 years since our last visit. She went peacefully in her sleep, and I am so very thankful that we got to spend time with her before she passed. I will always treasure our memories and the love we shared with her.

I allowed distance and cost to become obstacles preventing more frequent visits with those I love, and it is now a deep regret. Even though money was still an issue, God stirred my heart with a sense of urgency to come. Then He provided a way to make it happen, proving once again He is all knowing and a compassionate God. My Dad told me that our visit gave Mom peace and comforted her.

My heart is aching, but I know I must be strong now, for my family. I do not have any more words right now, except to say: never take the moments you have for granted because they will never come again, and never pass up the opportunities to say “I love you” because it may be your last chance.

Rest in peace Mom, rejoice in the presence of Jesus, and we will see you again someday. You are forever in my heart! Thank you God, for giving me the privilege of being her daughter!

 


Do You Really Believe in that Jesus Stuff?

A while back when driving home from church one Sunday, I overheard a conversation going on in the backseat of our van. It was between my son Christian and a couple of his friends that had been occasionally attending church with us. Their discussion had started off with statements about what had been studied that particular day in Sunday school class and I wasn’t really paying attention to what was being said at first.

For some unknown reason, my ears suddenly tuned in to their conversation just as one of the boys asked my son, “Do you really believe in that Jesus stuff?” As I heard the words coming out of Christian’s mouth, I felt the tears beginning to well up in my eyes. He answered, “Of course I do, I’ve seen Him. I sat on His lap when I died and went to heaven”.

For a moment I thought I might have to pull over as the tears began to flow. Christian seemed to take it all in stride, as if it was nothing out of the ordinary. But his friends were rather quiet for a few seconds. Then one of the boys asked, “Well what was it like, being in heaven”? Christian replied, “You know, it was the most beautiful place and there was lots of angels singing, and it was really bright. And it just felt so peaceful and good there. I didn’t want to ever leave”.

Again there was a brief silence, and then their conversation changed to the plans of activities for the afternoon. Once again I was reminded of how Christian’s perception of the world is so very different than mine. Not so long ago it was almost unperceivable to Christian that there are people in the world that do not believe in Jesus. For a while after his accident, he didn’t understand why people were so shocked when he told them that he had died and gone to heaven. To him, it seemed so acceptable and natural, because he had never had any doubt in his faith. His belief in the realness of Jesus was just as sure as knowing that day follows night, and he just couldn’t figure out why everyone else didn’t know that too.

Recently, after beginning to see and hear more about so many people that do not believe in Jesus, Christian seemed to be in a somber mood one evening. He asked me, “Mom, do you believe Jesus is real”? I was a little surprised by the question, but I answered, “Yes, I know He’s real”. He replied, “But you’ve never seen Him, so how do you know He’s real”? I said, “Because I can feel Him in my heart”. He thought about that for a moment and then asked, “Why can’t everyone feel Him in their heart and believe in Him”?

I thought back to the time before I believed and I asked myself the question, “Why didn’t I believe in Him then”? I knew about Him then, but I didn’t know Him in the personal way I do now. I remembered the painful and empty hole in my heart, a hole that had been there for almost as long as I could remember. How that hole had grown larger and more painful over the years, until it was consuming me. Even though I had read a lot of things in the bible and I knew about Jesus and what He did, I had never chosen on purpose to believe in Him. I had never invited Him into my heart. Then I remembered the night I did choose Him, and how that hole inside of me was filled with a love that I can’t explain. I can say that it is a joy like I’ve never known before, and I never want to lose it! It would be like losing the blood flowing through my veins and I would die without it.

I tried to answer Christian’s question, but it was not something that I could fully explain. I told him that a person has to choose to believe that Jesus is real and they have to open their heart to let His Spirit in. He won’t force His way in, He gives us the freedom to choose.

The question of why anyone would not choose to believe came up, and that question was easy enough to answer, but harder to explain. The answer is in the sinful nature of the heart of man. Because of that sinful nature, the heart and mind become confused and overwhelmed. The truth that can set us free (believing in Jesus) becomes hidden behind a wall of doubt and chaos. Satan keeps us in the darkness by deceiving us, trying to keep our minds focused on anything but the truth.

Why do you misunderstand what I say? It is because you are unable to hear what I am saying. [You cannot bear to listen to My message; your ears are shut to My teaching.] You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me [do not trust Me, do not rely on Me, or adhere to Me].” John 8:43-45 AMP

As I was explaining this to Christian, I noticed the tears beginning to form in his eyes. He said, “I just wish everyone could see Jesus like I did and they would know He is real. Then they would love Him and want Him in their hearts too”. I told him that is why we tell others about Jesus’ love for us and the gift He has given us, and how He wants to give that same gift to them. We show His Spirit in us by the way we live our own life. But we cannot make anyone believe, that is a choice they must make for themselves.

I am so very thankful for Christian’s faith, and his desire to see all souls be saved. He has inspired my own faith and touched many hearts in more ways than he will ever know. I pray that fire in his heart never goes out, that the truth of Jesus continues to spread, and that hearts will be opened to receive Him. May God bless us with His Holy Spirit, creating in us a desire for revival and a passion for sharing Him with everyone around us. Amen.

Here is this week’s #TBSU List. I hope you’ll take some time to check out their sites. If you see something you like, please share. Have a great weekend, and God bless!

http://mustardseedbudget.wordpress.com/

http://caddoveil.com/

http://morningstoryanddilbert.wordpress.com/

http://preachercarter.wordpress.com/

http://mychristiancoffeeshop.wordpress.com/

http://jelillie.wordpress.com/

http://greenlightlady.wordpress.com/

http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/

http://community321.com/

http://breadforthebride.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

 

Let His Light Shine


Sorry I’m late with the post today. It’s been a very busy week and I’ve let myself get behind on a few things.

First, an update on my son, Daniel. He ended up having a second open heart surgery on Tuesday due to some bleeding, but things went well and he is recovering now. I got to talk to him on the phone briefly, and though he was tired, he sounded good. I praise God and thank Him with all of my heart! I know He is there, watching over my boy, even when I can’t be. And I want to thank you all again for your loving prayers!

I am reminded often of how loved and blessed I am by all the kind and generous people God puts in my life. There are many that I may never meet in person here on earth, but I believe we will know each other someday in heaven.

I’d like to share a story that was posted on a new friend’s blog at Morning Story and Dilbert.

The Wise Woman’s Stone

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.

“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”

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This story is the perfect example of what it means to let His Light shine in us, and through us. I know there have been too many times in my own life when I’ve ignored the opportunities my Lord has given me to reach out to others and show His Spirit in me. I don’t want to waste anymore time going through the motions, playing the part of a Christian. I want it to be real, in every area of my life and with my whole heart. When people look at me, I want them to see Jesus.

Lord, I pray that Your Spirit leads me where You want me to go, that Your love is always in my heart, Your truth always on my lips, and that my eyes will see others as You see them. Amen.

Kenny has a lot of inspiring stories over at his blog, full of truth and wisdom. So check out his site at http://morningstoryanddilbert.wordpress.com/

And last but not least, here is the #TBSU List for this week:

http://community321.com/

http://www.christianbook.com/

http://breadforthebride.wordpress.com/

http://sharpword.wordpress.com/

http://ghettoscorner.wordpress.com/

http://learningtobeblog.wordpress.com/

You know the drill, check ’em out and if you see something you like, please share! Have an awesome weekend, and God bless! – Amber

Thank You For Your Prayers!


I just wanted to give a quick update, and a VERY BIG THANK YOU for all your prayers!

I just received word, my son is out of surgery and in ICU. He is doing well!!!

He was born with Aortic Stenosis, a defective heart valve. They have waited for years for technology to improve in replacing these valves. He now has a mechanical valve which should last a lifetime, and without further surgeries.

I am a very thankful mother this morning! God blessed me with three beautiful sons. My oldest went Home and walks with Jesus. My youngest went Home for a visit, but was returned to us. Now my second son has a new heart. And I pray it will always be filled with a love for Jesus!

With all my heart, I thank you all so much for your prayers! I know God hears, and answers. He has surrounded with caring and kind hearts that have lifted me up and encouraged me with hope! He gives me courage to face the storms, and strength to go through them. Thank You Jesus! – Amber

A Prayer Request


I have a prayer request this morning.

I’ve seen and felt the power of prayer, I know that God hears and answers. So I’m asking for as many as would join me, to pray for my son Daniel. He’s not the type that would ask on his own, so I’m asking for him. He’s having heart surgery in a few days. I’m praying for his soul first, and then his heart.

I thank you all in advance for joining me in this. If you could pass it along to others, I would appreciate it greatly.

God bless, Amber

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