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Posted By Sharon

Ok so I'm breaking my own rule...I'm writing on the weekend.  Just couldn't help myself.

We went to an auction tonight....something we haven't done for a few weeks.  Honestly I didn't want to go. I'm still struggling with the loss of my nephew.  I just can't seem to wrap my head around it, let alone accept it.  Everytime I think of his parents, siblings, wife & children my heart breaks all over again and I say to myself, "It's just wrong." But no matter how many times I say it, we all know I can't change it. 

The auctioneer has known my brother & his family for a long time and he asked about how they were doing. Somehow, I found that comforting. I can't explain it but just knowing others were thinking about them made me feel better and I was glad we had gone.

So what happened at the auction? We saw 2 couples we have known for ages and truly enjoyed sharing hugs and competitive bidding.  The funny thing is that they each have booths in local antique malls plus sell on Ebay so there are times we want the same things.  Only once have we gotten into a bidding war but it is all done in fun!  As I've stated before when Terry & I start taking the 'store' thing too seriously, that will be when we quit.  So what did we buy?

1) 72 large, heavy weight envelopes for mailing books - $6

2) 4 Boxes of Glassware/Pottery - $2

3) Transistor Radio - $12.50

4) New Bike Rack for the RV - $3 (Yes, you read that right! We couldn't believe it!)
5) 3 C-Clamps (For Terry) - $3

6) Old Coffee Cans with Advertising - $3

We've yet to sort through everything but I'm sure we'll make a few dollars off the goodies, not to mention find things to give away or use. 

If you know someone who is going through a tough time, allow enough down time for them as they're walking through the valley but don't give up on them.  Although they may not be ready to 're-join' life, they need to be encouraged by others....letting them know they are not forgotten. I appreciate my husband for encouraging me to get out tonight because he knew I didn't want to see other people & pretend to be happy.  But you know what? For just a short while, my heart felt lighter and I know that's what my nephew would want. He was a fun loving guy and he always had a smile for me. I think I could at least do that much for him.  How blessed I am to have had him in my life.

Thanks for stopping by! Take time to worship the God of the Universe this weekend! He loves you so very much.



Posted By Sharon
A friend sent this to me (thanks  Ted) and I just had to share it with you! Someone with a lot of talent took time to make this and the results are phenomenal! Enjoy your weekend praising the God of Heaven! He is the Author and Creator of Everything! Be Thankful! ~Blessings~

Posted By Sharon

Christmas Eve brought sad news that no one could have ever expected.  This same kind of news was delivered to our family just a little over 2 short years ago. Another one of my wonderful nephews had passed on.

I can't begin to tell you the gut wrenching feeling of hearing this news. You want to scream that it's not true. There's been a mistake, it's unbelieveable.  Yet here we are preparing for a funeral. That's so wrong.

21/2 years ago my sweet nephew Kenny was running in a marathon. Young (40 years old), strong and full of life as he worked and trained for his big day.  A great dad and husband, nothing would stand in his way. But on that fateful day in April, when he crossed the finish line, he crossed the finish line of life into eternity.  Who would have guessed?  Who could have known? None of us. And so he left broken hearted parents, a wife, children, family and friends.

On Christmas Eve I received a call from my niece who had been crying. What's wrong? "It's Sonny....he passed away a little while ago." Again the feeling of disbelief.  How can that be true? He wasn't sick...nothing was wrong. And as the details unfolded we were told after his wife left for work, he sat down in his chair and quickly exited this life with a massive heart attack. He was only 47 years old. History repeats itself with broken hearted parents, a wife, children, family and friends.  Why?

I wish I could give an answer. Yes, we know the physical reasons but that's not comforting to the ones who will miss the hugs, the smiles or the 'I Love You's' that only he could give. The only comforting thing I can think of is the promise from God that we will all see each other again if we remain faithful.  I must admit my heart is broken again over the loss of another wonderful man that I was privileged to call nephew and hear him call me 'Aunt Sharon'. I've come to the conclusion the hurt will never go away just as losing my parents can be 'fresh' if I think about it for too long. But I guess that's ok because as long as we remember our loved ones that have gone before, they will not be forgotten.  So in a sense their lives meant something.  What better way could we honor them.

Please pray for those who have lost loved ones recently. I just noticed one of my FB friends lost her mom this week.  This post is probably a little bit 'all over the place' because of my emotional state. Please forgive me. Thanks for letting me be myself.


Posted By Sharon

So much has been said and reported concerning the travesty that happened at the elementary school in Connecticut that I have decided I will keep my comments brief.  I have not mentioned the name of the school because it would be just one more article Google would possibly pick-up in a search with one more person's opinion..something I believe is not needed nor beneficial for the families or our country at this time.  Therefore what I share will probably reach only those who follow this blog and that is ok for I feel I'm among friends.

Many have pointed to guns being the culprit & some have blamed his mom for having them.  Several have mentioned mental illness and our lack of recognizing and helping these individuals.  My intention is not to discredit either of these schools of thought but to redirect our thoughts and try very hard to not point fingers on who's fault it is. 

I admire the father of one of the children who perished (Again I will not use the name due to the search engines) who said God gave each of us a free will and the shooter decided to use his in this horrific way.  This young dad not only laid his heart on the line for the country but also extended comfort to the family of the young man who had taken his child's life.  I can't tell you what an impact that wonderful father had on my life. What a witness to the grace of God he exemplified.

Was God in this horrible act of free will? Absolutely not! Did He allow it? Could He have stopped it?  What about those precious children?  Who was watching out for them that day? Didn't God hear the prayers of His children for safety for these little ones?  Where was He?

I wish I had the answers for the above questions.  The only thing I know is His Spirit was there to empower the brave souls who stood to protect the children and to comfort the children.  He promises to be with us at all times and I believe those promises.  And although I despise the evil that continues to invade our world I know that I know that I know that God reigns. He loves, He cares, He hurts for this lost generation who has turned their minds over to evil things.  In the same way, I have no doubt that His heart breaks constantly over the ugly things that are inflicted on the little children daily. Read what Matthew 18:2-7 says:

"For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me. “But if you give them a hard time, bullying or taking advantage of their simple trust, you’ll soon wish you hadn’t. You’d be better off dropped in the middle of the lake with a millstone around your neck. Doom to the world for giving these God-believing children a hard time! Hard times are inevitable, but you don’t have to make it worse—and it’s doomsday to you if you do."

Continuing to pray for those who have lost their precious loved ones.



Posted By Sharon