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On Fridays I post FFF to be intentional about recounting blessings of the previous week. Suzanne sponsors this exercise at Living to Tell the Story and invites you to participate too!

1. Mother’s Day – My daughters brought Mother’s Day brunch over before church. The weather was warm and sunny, so we enjoyed an el fresco meal while chatting and spending family time together .

2. Herb Garden – My herb garden is planted! I used my gift card from a favorite nursery to select about a dozen different herbs for my raised bed planter. My husband planted flowers in the railing boxes, and we need to get our vegetables in soon. The growing season is short but intense here with the long days of summer sunshine and I am grateful for the blessing of warm weather after a very long, cold winter.

3. Ministry friends – It ended up that the college guest speaker and his wife did not stay in our home this past week after all. My husband had a stomach bug right before they were due to arrive, so the college board did not want to take chances that I might get it and pass it on to our guests. We were able to host them for several meals during the week and were blessed by fellowship with these new friends.

4. Rest – God prescribed rest as part of His creative process. It has been a long and intense couple of months for us and we look forward to an upcoming restful week.

5. Loving husband – This has been a doozy of a year health wise for me. While the recent iron infusions seem to be nudging my stamina and energy forward, I still am fairly frail and unable to handle much social interaction or physical activity in a day. It has not helped that in my weakened condition I still am dealing with secondary conditions and even sometimes negative effects from the meds and treatments for these conditions. I am researching and deciding the best way to heal my immune system in light of my body’s particular reactions and requirements. Throughout this whole process my husband has been a kind and helpful support. I am so very blessed by his loving assistance as well as the help of my family and friends.

And a bonus blessing: Less than two months now before we see the these special kiddos!

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On Fridays we stop to recount some blessings of the past week thanks to Suzanne at Living to Tell the Story.

A few blessings of the week include:

1.  Safety through surgery….My daughter came through her surgery safely.  I am so grateful she is back home and recovering nicely.

2.  Godly Mothers…I have been speaking with several friends lately who have mothers or mothers-in-law who will not speak with them.  In reflecting on Mother’s Day I am thankful for the blessing of both a godly mother and a godly mother-in-law who chose to love us and eagerly participated in our lives.  They both understood that a new family unit had been formed when my husband and I married, and theirs was a ministry of prayer and influence as our family unit was planted, grew, and developed. They are both in heaven now and we miss them.

Janet Auhl, a Godly MotherMama T 001

3. Spring!…I am grateful for bits of new green growth, sunshine and spring temperatures.

4.  Short respite…Last week I enjoyed part of a day that was almost pain-free and I was able to get around part of that day without a cane!

5. More answers…This past week I have been able to identify and add to my list of foods to avoid, which I hope will help both my fibromyalgia and my arthritis.

Even in the most difficult times, remember to stop and count your blessings!

 

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Better Late than Never?

When Mama passed away in 2008 I was honored to give a eulogy at her memorial service. I rewrote that eulogy to post for Mother’s Day this May…..and somehow never published it on my blog.  Sigh.  Even though it’s later than I intended, I hope you’ll enjoy a glimpse into the life of a wonderful woman.

The Blessing of a Godly Mother-in-law

I was doubly-blessed to have a mother who loved and served God whole-heartedly as well as a mother-in-law who was equally as godly.  Since I recently wrote about my mother I’d like to honor my wonderful mother-in-law, Jean Talbert, this Mother’s Day.

A Lovely Lady

My mother-in-law was a lovely lady, refined and cultured with an interest in the arts and music.  She loved to play the piano and listen to classical music – interests passed down to her children and grandchildren.  Mom shared a house with Bud and me for a couple of years in the early 1980’s.  It could have been a sticky arrangement, but it wasn’t due to Mama’s wisdom and graciousness. “Mama”, as she liked us to call her, was extremely hospitable, and loved to cook for and entertain her friends and family.  She had particular delight in hosting the Lord’s servants, whether for a meal or overnight in her home.

 Mama as a Nurse

Mom’s training as an RN showed up frequently.  Every bump, scrape, and bruise was a hematoma, abrasion, or contusion while a hint of indigestion was always dyspepsia.  When she began spouting medical terms we lovingly called her “Hematoma mama.” In order to become a nursing instructor at a Christian college Mom had to return to upgrade her education while in her mid-fifties.  She was an intelligent woman with a keen mind and was grateful for the opportunity of teaching nursing from a Christian perspective.

 Mama Was Never Boring!

Years ago when Bud was on a study tour in Israel, Mom drove with me to my parents’ home in Ohio.  While taking her daily walk she “made friends” with some neighborhood ducks.  The next day she took along a few slices of bread for her waddling buddies.  A local photographer driving by was enchanted by this delightful woman peeking out from behind a tree to feed the ducks.  Mom’s whimsical pose made the front page of our local newspaper!

Granny Loved Her Grandchildren

Mama dearly loved being Granny to her grandchildren.  She had a marvelous sense of humor and a deep throaty laugh.  We could occasionally wheedle her into barking and clapping like a seal which delighted and amazed her grandchildren.  Granny often told the grandkids stories about her own childhood.  She described how she and her sisters used to have burping contests then promptly taught her enthusiastic audience how to burp loudly too! An avid reader, Mom appreciated quality writing and had a particular fondness for missionary biographies. Dubbed by the grandchildren as the “Book Granny,” Mama used special occasions to buy brightly illustrated, charming books that our kids loved reading over and over.

 A Godly Example

But more than anything else Mom loved the Lord and spoke of Him and to Him throughout her day. Her well-marked Bible and detailed prayer lists were indications of a vital and personal walk with Lord.  She was a prayer warrior, particularly for her children and their families. We felt the loss of those prayers when Alzheimer’s prevented her from interceding for us. Proverbs 31:28 reminds us, “Her children rise up and call her blessed.”  We were very blessed to have Mama as mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. Mom Talbert blessed her family by her intelligence, humor, love, and godliness.  Mama, we miss you and look forward to being reunited with you in heaven someday.  Thank you for the godly example you left us.

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Mother’s thin hand lay weakly in mine as she drifted in and out of consciousness.  Very soon now her earthly end would usher her into the presence of her beloved Saviour.  What a blessing her life had been to me these past forty plus years!

The week prior to her home going was a time of joyous fellowship for mom and me.  The ravages of both cancer and treatments had left her unable to perform even the simplest task and her damaged body required unnatural amounts of sleep.  During her waking moments Mom recounted her salvation experience and reminisced with me as I recalled kneeling with her one sunny fall afternoon while she lead me to Christ.  As she slept in a hospital bed in my childhood living room, I reflected on her faithfulness in her daily fellowship with God and her concern for the souls of others.

To the very end her weakened voice was full of praises to the Lord for all His kindness and goodness. Until no longer physically able to leave the house, mother made it her main priority to be in the Lord’s house and with God’s people.  In her last days, God’s people came to her.  Former Sunday School, VBS and Bible Club students lined up to thank mom for her influence in their lives.  My heart thrilled as I heard over and over from others how she had encouraged the discouraged, lead sinners to the Lord, supported missionaries, prayed for the lost and ill, wept with the bereaved, and rejoiced with others at God’s blessing in the midst of their trials.

In her final hours Mother’s testimony of joy in the midst of intense suffering remained strong.  Neighbors, business associates, church family and friends phoned or stopped by to say goodbye to her.  Mom was careful to thank each caller or visitor for his concern, then asked how they were doing.  Learning of a special burden or need she would earnestly comment, “Let’s pray about that,” and she immediately would launch into prayer.

My mom, Janet Auhl, finished her earthly course on June 7, 2003, unwavering in her faith to the end.  I praise God for such a godly mother.  I miss you, Mom.  Happy Mother’s Day!

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