Below is a blog post from June 2013 I wanted to share with you as a tribute to my mother, Earnestine, who celebrated her third anniversary in Heaven today. It is a bittersweet day because I remember how sudden it seemed that one minute she was with me and the next minute gone. While I miss her so much, I am not sad, but thankful.
I have grieved the loss of a child (ironically on Thanksgiving Day 1998), the loss of my daddy and brother within six weeks of each other, and my mother less than two years later. So, I am no stranger to the searing pain that grief brings with the loss of someone you love dearly. Through it all I have remained thankful to a God that has carried me on days I didn't think I could walk, held me when I didn't think I could stand, and filled me with hope when I was empty. I've walked through darkness and I know I will do it again someday. For to have the capacity to love, also means you will grieve.
When I have someone like my mother Earnie, who was the best example of everything I could hope to be in a wife, mother and friend, I am thankful for each day I have to love as fully as I can. Mother was a faithful servant of the Lord. She welcome each new day in prayer, meditation and reading the Bible. Everyday, she would recite the same devotional. I know it would make her happy if you shared it today with someone you love. Do me a favor, please share this post as it could arrive in someone's inbox just at the exact moment they need it.
Best Day of my Life
Today, when I awoke, I suddenly realized that this is the best day of my life, ever! There were times when I wondered if I would make it to today; but I did! And because I did I’m going to celebrate!
Today, I’m going to celebrate what an unbelievable life I have had so far; the accomplishments, the many blessings, and, yes, even the hardships because they have served to make me stronger. I will go through this day with my head held high, and a happy heart. I will marvel at God’s seemingly simple gifts: The morning dew, the sun, the clouds, the trees, the flowers, the birds.
Today, none of these miraculous creations will escape my notice.
Today, I will share my excitement for life with other people. I will make someone smile. I’ll go out of my way to perform an unexpected act of kindness for someone I don’t even know.
Today, I’ll give a sincere compliment to someone who seems down. I’ll tell a child how special he or she is. I’ll tell someone I love just how deeply I care for them and how much they mean to me.
Today is the day I quit worrying about what I don’t have and start being grateful for all the wonderful things God has already given me. I’ll remember that to worry is just a waste of time because my faith in God and His Divine Plan ensures everything will be just fine.
And tonight, before I go to bed, I’ll go outside and raise my eyes to the heavens. I will stand in awe at the beauty of the stars and the moon, and I will praise God for these magnificent treasures. As the day ends and I lay my head down on my pillow, I will thank the Almighty for the best day of my life. And I will sleep the sleep of a contented child, excited with expectation because I know tomorrow is going to be the best day of my life ever!