Friday, November 5, 2010

A Loss And A Blessing

Has your life ever hit the pause button? Mine has a few times, like when my husband had a heart attack a few years ago. Well this past week my pause button got hit again. Last Thursday morning, just after midnight, my dear, sweet grandma passed into the arms of Jesus. It was a day of great rejoicing in heaven, as a dear saint entered into her reward.

As one she left behind, I will miss her greatly. Her whole family will miss her. The church and community she was a part of,  to whom she gave so generously to, will miss her. But she did her part here on earth. She was tired and hurting. She was 93, almost 94 and it was time to go home.

Upon returning home, I found The 30 Day Giving Challenge had started Nov. 1st.


30-Day Giving Challenge


I participated in a giving challenge last year and was unbelievably blessed by it.  This time I want to dedicate this giving challenge to my loving and generous grandma.  I will try to post something daily, not to bring praise to myself, but to document this journey of giving and blessing.  Any praise should be turned toward God.  All that I have is his.  I do not give to receive, but God pours out his blessing anyway. 

I just found the giving challenge today. But the past several days I've been washing, sorting and bagging clothes to give to a very needy family with 8 children. I had planned to have a garage sale this summer, but it didn't happen...now I know why. This family needs what I have. It is such a blessing to be able to truly help someone who needs it.  I have 5 bags in the back of the van, ready to deliver.

Already God has blessed.  He blesses us in many ways daily, but this one met a specific need we have right now.  My husband has been laid off for two weeks (he will go back next week), and we were between a paycheck and unemployment.  When I went to transfer money from our meager savings to checking, I found that a weeks pay had been deposited.  Ken did not realize he had another paycheck coming.  Some may say, well, it was coming whether you gave or not.  Maybe so, but I know God provided just what we needed, when we needed it.

Some who read this blog are Christians, others may not be.  I will not thump you over the head with the Bible.  But I would be remiss if I didn't invite you to find out who Jesus is.  If you are a Christian, or decide to become one,  I will personally introduce you to my grandma when we meet in heaven.  I can't wait to see her beaming smile and hear her soft, southern Indiana drawl again.

If you too, wish to take up the 30 giving challenge, click on the button above.  Try it and watch God at work.

12 comments:

  1. Kisses and nice weekend dear!
    I'm sorry for your loss, I believe that your grandmother is now with the angels in heaven.

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  2. I am so sorry for your loss Deborah. I too, am so close to my grandmother. If you ever want to talk, I am here. :) Hugs

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  3. So sorry for your loss! She looks like a precious lady!

    I'll carry you and your family today in my heart!

    I believe giving in all ways has great dividends, whether we see,feel or taste them they do not ever go unnoticed. Thank you for your sweet words about blessings. So true!

    ~Kolein

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  4. Oh, Deborah. I'm so sorry for your pain.

    But how wonderful to know that you will see your grandmother again...and that she's just 'passed on ahead' for a while.

    I wish I was there with you, my lovely friend, to give you a cuddle and wipe away your tears.

    Sarahxx

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  5. So sorry for your loss. Your grandmother sounded like a very sweet woman. Nice to have those memories of her.

    I will keep you and your family in my prayers. His eye is on the sparrow.

    Thanks for sharing your heart.

    Take care, Deborah

    ~Michelle

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  6. Your grandmother sounds like a wonderful lady and I'm sure she will be missed by everyone. How wonderful that you had her in your life all of these years and that she was a part of your children's lives too. That is a true blessing. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Jane

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  7. Oh Deborah, I am so very sorry for your loss, but I understand that it is a blessing as well. She is another angel in heaven for you and your family. :) I am sure that she is singing the rejoices of Heaven and continuing up there where she left off here.
    I had wondered where you had gone to and was about to send you an email soon. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and I would be very happy to meet her someday! :)
    Hugs to you my sweet friend....

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  8. I'm so sorry to hear of your grandma passing. I know we are supposed to be happy for them because they are going to heaven but it is so hard on those still here. Celebrate her life.

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  9. Prayers to you and your family!

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  10. Such a touching and beautiful post. It is always so sad to lose a loved one, but we do have t rejoice that they are with the Lord. I will look into the giving challenge. I didn't know about it. God Bless you and your family, he always provides. Hugs, Marty

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  11. So sorry about the passing of your dear Grandmother. What peace in a time of sorrow to know you will meet again!

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  12. Oh, I am so sorry to hear about your grandma! But you are right~ you WILL see her again one day in heaven! I loved this post, and am very touched by it. I am saying a little prayer for you right now...

    Also, I wanted to quickly thank you for leaving such a sweet comment about the kitchen chalkboard. I hope you have a wonderful day. :)

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