Yesterday I went to a dear friend's memorial. It isn't the first in the last few months. Actually it was the third one of my dear friends who went to be with the Lord. These three women I have known for many years. I have laughed until I cried, cried until I laughed, walked along side long enough to see the realness of their lives and loved them as my own family. We prayed through births, marriages, children's decisions, deaths of parents and too many birthdays to count. We have shared our faith and what the Lord is doing in our lives countless times. In all of this they have taught me many, many lessons through their lives.
Caroline was the prayer warrior. She loved the Lord's word, the Bible, and loved talking to Jesus. She also loved singing hymns. It comforted her in the last few days of her life to hear those old hymns. Her concern was that she finish well for the Lord. She wanted to stay faithful to the end. Gentle and faithful woman of God.
"Let's keep praying for each other" ....Caroline Lippert
Daisy was the second to leave. Now there was what my mom used to call, a house "afire". Translation, "house of fire". A strong women of God! She wouldn't have backed down if the devil himself had stood before her. She knew her place in the Kingdom. The Lord just had to tell her once and she believed it. She stood because God told her so. Not caring to hear what man had to say but listening intently on what the Lord was saying. Prophet some would say. Transformed into his likeness was her desire.
"We are being transformed into his likeness and Christians act as though they don't know what is happening" .....Daisy Ross
Marty was the last to leave. She was a combination of strength and gentleness. A great love for her family and her Savior gave her courage beyond her own. Traveling outside her comfort zone into other lands and culture, loving people and extending hospitality to all who came across her path. Seeing others come and grow in Christ was the desire of her heart.
"The Lord wants you to trust Him" and "I am resting in Jesus arms while He fights this battle for me" ......Marty Jarrett
Trust, faith, courage, strength, believing God's word, gentleness, witnessing. I have been taught well. Lessons of their lives will not be wasted on me. I have treasured them in my heart and have applied these great gifts the Lord gave me to my own life.
Thank you, Lord, that you have provided pieces of your heart in the lives of these women. You have taught me more about you in the testimony of their lives. I pray, Lord, that when you whisper my name, I will leave lessons behind to other women who I have opened my heart to as well. Thank you for their lives, their willingness to love unconditionally, and be faithful to the end. And Lord, would you just mend this heart that has been tattered by grief and events in the last few months. Use it for your glory and my good.
Caroline, Daisy, Marty, I love y'all and I'll see you later. Now save some of that chocolate for me! No peeking at my mansion either!
II Timothy 4:7-8
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.