She called me “Nana”!

Back in 1994, I attended the wedding of our third, and youngest, son. It was on that day, I realized the meaning of the term “empty nest”. My heart ached over the fact that my children were grown and moving on to make their own lives. But, as always, God had a plan!

A few months later, I was praying and asking the Lord what he intended me to do with the rest of my life. I wept, waiting for the answer, and finally fell asleep. The Lord did answer my request by giving me a dream.

When I woke, I was crying again, but this time my tears were filled with joy. To say I was happy, would be an understatement. I found it impossible to just sit there. I had to tell someone! So, I drove to the local store, where my son was working. Now, I’m sure he must have thought I had lost my mind. Because, I ran up to him and almost shouted, “You’re going to have a baby girl!”

Don’t you love it when the Lord gives you something so precious, you simply can’t contain yourself from shouting out the news? Unfortunately, my son was not amused. He simply blushed, and said, “Ah, Mom, I’m working.” Of course, that didn’t stop me from telling him the story… “I had a dream. And I saw a beautiful baby girl. She was just a toddler, but she had a head full of curls. She was following me down a road, and calling me, Nana!”

Well today, I can tell you, the Lord kept his promise. My son did have a beautiful little girl. In fact, I was blessed with five precious grand-daughters, and three handsome grandsons. I am equally blessed each time they call me, “Nana”.

God has a plan for each life. And I can tell you, He keeps his promises. “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.(Psalms 37:4)

Be Blessed, Donna

Saying Good-bye

Today is a day of remembering, of thinking back to time of tragedy and heartache for our country. For those dear families who lost loved ones on 9/11, I can only say, “I grieve over your devastating loss”. We all pray God will continue to comfort and heal that painful wound of memory.

Most of us have a time in our lives when we suffer the grief of loss. But for those of us who believe, we look forward to that day when we will see our loved ones again, in that eternal place called “Heaven”.

Jesus understood that we who remain in this life would suffer the anxiety of separation. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). Until we all gather at His throne, I pray you will walk through this life with hope and peace.

May you be blessed, Donna

The Secret of Finding Peace

Have you ever thought of the people in this world who have never witnessed the gift of Love? There are children who have experienced rejection, abuse, even death. In some families, generations have lived from cradle to grave without knowing that most precious human experience, called love.

Now, I can’t help but conclude that this is the reason for so much strife in the world. If darkness is the absence of light, then we must accept the fact that the absence of love results in a life of anger, hatred, and violence. And for those of you who believe…God is watching. He longs to reach out to you, before it’s too late.

It may sound cliché…but there was a song written in the 60’s by a British singer/musician, John Lennon. The Beatles sang these words: “All you need is love.” Now, that may not seem the answer to your present problem, but we should not forget about another man named John. He wrote: “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

I hope the promise of his words bring you peace.
Be blessed, Donna

Stepping into Eternity

Yesterday we received news that one of our friends had passed on. Since I’m a nurse, I’ve often witnessed the transition of moving from this temporary life to the realm of eternity. While those of us who are left behind experience grief, I can testify to the joy that awaits on the other side.

Some years ago, my dear mother-in-law had been diagnosed with Cancer. When the time came for her to be transferred from the hospital setting, she was moved to a lovely Hospice facility. My husband visited her each morning. But I think we all knew she had little regret of leaving.

One day she looked across the room and started talking to her husband. Of course, no one could see him because he had already passed on a few years before her illness. When my husband asked who she was talking to, she explained she could see into another room. She named the people who were standing at the door. Besides her beloved husband, there were other family members waiting as her personal escort. The image she described gave us much peace. And it was on Easter morning when she finally stepped through that doorway and touched eternity.

For some of you who have questions about the “here after” I hope you understand…life does not end when we close our eyes and take our last breath. Jesus promised: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:3).

I pray this will give you peace. Be Blessed, Donna

Miracle of the Butterfly

A few days ago I was walking through the garden with my camera. Suddenly a yellow butterfly flew past my lens. Of course, I could not rest until I snapped a photo. I loved the contrast of color among the flowers. But afterwards, as I studied the image, I was reminded of the process God uses to create such beauty.

As many of you probably remember, the first stage the creature’s metamorphosis begins with an egg. That’s no surprise, since all life begins with an egg of some size, even humans. But this egg doesn’t hatch open and release a winged creation,able to soar into the atmosphere. God reminded me the same is true for those creatures created in His image. His children grow in stages, but each phase is important.

The caterpiller is the feeding, growing stage of life. How sad that the lovely butterfly must start out as an “earth-bound” creature, creeping and crawling through our world. But learning and growing is never easy for any of us.

At some point the caterpillar must go into a type of hybernation. For some species of moths, this stage last two years. Just imagine being hidden away from the world, in as state of dormancy. Perhaps, some of you also understand what it’s like to seem invisible, but don’t lose hope. God’s process is at work, and when the time is right, you will fly free from the coccoon of obsurity and into the light.

Try not to lose hope during His process. God is working on a thing of beauty. So as we walk through birth,growth,and feeding on His Word, we should allow the Holy Spirit to do His work. Remember, there is fruit we should expect to see, and one of those is called patience.

Be blessed, Donna

We said, “I Do”.

I’ll never forget the first time I saw him. I was only 14 years old, and still in Jr. High School. But the moment I looked up at the dashing 18 year-old cowboy, he took my breath away.

Of course, some may say it was only a reaction to my female hormones. But there was something special about that moment of attraction. And after 48 years of marriage,the birth of three sons, and eight grandchildren…I believe God had a plan for us to walk through life together.

Yesterday, I received a message concerning our eldest granddaughter. My son says she and her special young man are making plans for the future. My first response was based on concern for the struggle they will face: emotional conflict, financial pressure, etc. But as I sit here, after 48 years of marriage, I must say… “follow your heart and trust God”.

The man I love was never perfect, but then, neither am I. He was handsome, charming, and brave, but certainly not a character you’d read about in a romance novel. When our personalities clashed, and the pressures of life threatened to tear us apart, I must confess, there were times we could barely stand to be in the same room together. But God never gave up on us, and thankfully, HE kept us together.

I could go on, and on,as I revile in my romantic memories. But what’s more important, is my prayer for the younger generation, especially our eight grandchildren. May you all trust God to give you the perfect partner. If you listen to your heart, it may be God telling you, “Don’t be afraid.I have a plan.”

Be Blessed, Donna

Fruit of the Vine

God often speaks to me through nature, especially when I’m working in my garden. Today I looked at my grape vine. I noticed there was much less fruit than we’ve had in the past. And as I followed the vine, I discovered the problem.

Some years ago, my son had planted an oak tree in the yard. The tree was quite small when it was planted, and it had a slow start, due to years of drought. But now it’s a beautiful, mature oak tree; spreading it’s limbs and reaching to the sky.

Unfortunately, the limbs have stretched toward the grape arbor and is now blocking all the sun. So, when I traced the vine, I found it had attached itself the the oak tree and was no longer bearing fruit. So, I began the arduous task of pruning the vine. And that’s when God began to show me the necessity of cutting back the unruly branches. As I continued my work, he compared my efforts with something we often see in the church. “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Matthew 7:19)

The oak tree resembles large churches. Everyone marvels at it’s growth and they flock to hide under it’s branches. But there are other churches planted in the garden. They were not meant to sore to the sky and cover the landscape. They have a special purpose in God’s plan. If the smaller branches remain focused on their purpose they will bear much fruit, and it is a sweet offering to the Lord.

Sometimes the smaller vines become envious of the large tree. It seems to capture all the sun. So, parts of the vine begin to move toward the tree, and often attach to it’s branches. As they strive to become part of the something bigger and grander, they become hidden from view. Eventually, they become part of something which was never in God’s plan. They lose their ability to bear fruit.

So, if you’re sitting in the garden wondering why others seem more successful, be patient. God has not forgotten, and in time, you will bear much fruit. We can all be part of something much sweeter in God’s sight.

Be Blessed, Donna