Monday, March 28, 2011

Compassion International Works and a Prayer Request

Hey sweet friends! Just wanted to share a few things with you. On Friday, I received my FIRST letter from my Compassion International child, Monica! I was thrilled beyond words! She is just precious! I wanted to share it with you.

A few hours later, I was on my way downtown to a great Christian Women's Event, Extraordinary Women. I had been asked to volunteer at the Compassion table in hopes of sharing info with new sponsors.  It was simply wonderful!

These friends were so excited to find a child that they could bless through prayers and a small monthly donation. The donation is less than what it costs my family of four to eat out just once! We were able to share and listen to what God is doing through Compassion. It's an amazing outreach opportunity, y'all.

This darling gal, Amanda, was my co-worker. She was beautiful inside and out with a testimony that just melted my heart. While we were there with thousands of women (including Lysa TerKeurst, Chonda Pierce, Candace Cameron Bure--remember DJ from Full House? Yep, that's her! , Casting Crowns, Thelma Wells, and more!), were milling around, and I was receiving text messages from my sister. My sweet Mama had fallen a few hours earlier, and my sister took her to the ER to check for broken bones. While she was there, her blood pressure dropped, and she had difficulty breathing. The drs and nurses were wonderful. They did all that they could. But there was a Higher Calling for my Mama from Jesus. He was ready to take her to Heaven to live with Him. It happened quickly and perfectly--in His timing. She is no longer in pain. She will never ever have to have insulin to control her diabetes of almost 70 years. We will never have to worry about her cancer returning. She has been made whole again! Praise Him!!! She just spent the last week with my family, and we had a wonderful time. God is so good! His mercies are new each day, and His love is beyond our comprehension. We will miss that precious lady like everything! But we are at peace....His perfect peace. Thank you so much for your love and prayers! So many of you have sent beautiful emails and texts and facebook messages. We are overwhelmed at the outpouring of love. Thank you so much!

Sweet blessings,


Sonja said...

Oh Susan! I am so sad and so glad for your precious mother! I know your heart is hurting, but also so full of joy that she is whole and with the Saviour!

These are the times when heaven becomes so real to us. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I had just commented to Sassy who wrote about her mother, that life still has a mother shaped hole in it since my own mom went to heaven. But I celebrate her homegoing with you too. The crowd up there is growing!


Andrea said...

Storming the heavens for you. I always say, "never more than a thought away" about my sister who entered heaven in 1989 at the age of 17. Life on this earth is far too short, sometimes for my liking, but I am reminded time and time again: HE who loves us most knows best!

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

Many, many prayers for you my sweet friend! Never an easy time but what a blessing that your mom and dad are once again together.

btw - love your new cute cut. :)

Lysa TerKeurst said...

Precious Susan...

I am praying for you and your family right now. What a joyous day for your mom but sad for those left behind. I am so thankful you had last week with her.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus... how we long for you and need you so.

Leah @ Point Ministries said...


It is such a wonderful thing to know our parents are healed. Those were my first words the moment my daddy took his last breath of this earth's air. He was healed from the ravages of polio and cancer. NEVER to struggle again. Yes, we miss him, but oh the time he is having with Jesus!!

Bless you, my friend.

Leebird said...

You know I love you to pieces. Glad the prayer I posted touched your heart.

Praying you through...and here for you in any other way you need (from afar unfortunately), LeeBird

Carol said...

Hi Susan,
I saw the prayer that Lee wrote. I understand exactly where you are right now. I will pray for you and your family. Our mama's are with Jesus and rejoicing they are in perfect bodies and we'll see them again.
Much love,

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

Oh Susan! Your joy for your Mama's homecoming resonates here. So while I offer my deepest sympathy, I also rejoice with you. ...

Still, my words seem so, so small. I want to reach through this screen and give you a REAL and VERY BIG HUG -- not just a cyber one. I am so glad you had some last great days with your Mama, and that you are surrounded by a community of people who are lovin' on you.

Much love,

Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

Oh Susan, I am so sorry to hear about your Mama. I celebrate with you that she is in the arms of Jesus! Praise Him! I pray for you and your family as you remember her and celebrate her life. XOXO

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Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

I happened across this post because I have en alert set to send me blog posts about Compassion. Initially, I wanted to share in the joy of your first letter because Compassion letter-writing has become one of my passions.

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom, but it is encouraging to read your words. There is a sense of peace that is soothing and I pray that you get through these next days with peace and love.

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

You are in my prayers. I'm so glad you had just spent a wonderful week with your Mother and had such great, fresh memories of her. I'm glad she was a Christian and is now, as you said, at Home, at peace, and never again sick or in pain. My parents are there too and I'm sure they know your Mama already....for we will "know as we are known" in Heaven.

Even with all these good memories and assurances there will be sad days ahead. But we are promised that we sorrow not as those that have no hope. I pray God will comfort your heart and bless you in a very special way!

Love you my friend!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

You know my heart is with you, friend; I long to give you a hug and whisper a prayer over your tender frame. Please know that I'm doing it anyway, and I'll hug Amelia in your place.

I was going to call you while out walking this afternoon, but it began to pour, and it was all I could do to hold onto the umbrella!


Cindy said...

I'm sorry to read this tonight and hear about your momma. Yes, she is at peace and will never have pain again, just like my precious hubby, yet it is hard to be 'one' left behind! Praying for peace to flood your soul! said...
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SouthernSass said...

I am so, so sorry to hear about your mom. I have been so behind in catching up with blogs and I feel terrible. Please know that I am sending you a great big HUG! Please let me know if there is anything that I can do.

I would love to meet up with you and have lunch. Maybe we can plan it for early June?