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We have a new key ring around here, if you know what I mean...... • • “Yes, I truly have reason to bless the Lord for abundant supplies; His treasury has been wide open to me, His riches have constantly outweighed my necessities. He has multiplied His mercies above all my desires.” -Susannah Spurgeon
“I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.“ -Psalm 69:29-33 That last verse holds more weight for me than it ever has. But, more than that, as I read this passage this morning, I realized how appropriate and applicable it is for the current landscape of our national state of emergency and the worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus. So many words have been spilled on this topic and I don’t presume to add any additional wisdom to those of medical professionals, trusted church leaders, or those with greater insight than I into what is going on. I don’t know any of that. What I do know is that which I am compelled (and commanded) to say. So here I stand (sit), joining my voice with thousands of others by proclaiming what we pray and believe is more pleasing to the Lord than a sacrifice of ox or bulls, and that is this: God has not left the throne. He has not and will not ever abdicate. He faithfully remains in sovereign control over every molecule in this universe. Therefore, we have every reason to praise our God with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. We should let our hearts revive by commanding them to bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103) because He hears the needy (spoiler: that’s us all the time, not just in a global crisis). He does not despise his people who are prisoners—whether imprisoned in a jail cell or in isolation or by physical ailments wracking their body. He does not despise His own people. Period. End of story. Christ’s blood is too precious for God to waste by despising those purchased and covered by it. Therefore: “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” -Psalm 69:34 No caveats. No conditions. He is worthy.

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Talks of Heaven and Napping with my Grandmother


Snuggles with my grandmother in 1989.

On Sunday I took a nap with my grandmother and we had a heart-to-heart. I haven’t taken a nap with her for years and years… since I was a little girl who didn’t recognize the importance of such moments.

With cancer wreaking havoc on her 78 year old body, I’m trying to memorize every moment with her. I’m just afraid she doesn’t have a really long time left on this earth (but, then again, how do we know any of us do?).

The reality of her shortening time with me hit home real hard Sunday when I went upstairs to grab a new book and ended up laying beside her in bed. I know it will be one of my most treasured memories with her.

We talked of heaven and how exciting it will be.
Of seeing Jesus’ face.
Of eating without thinking of calories.
Of uncorrupted taste buds.
Of the glory of God.

“Yes,” she said with a tear-filled voice, “There are much worse things than death.”

“For a believer,” I added.

“Yes,” she nodded, as a tear slid across the bridge of her nose. “I was actually talking about me.”

My tears came then.

I’m so thankful for Grandmama Jean and for the opportunity, though painful for both of us, to see her finish well. To watch her praise God though cancer is tightening its grip on her is a testimony to God’s work in her life and just how far He has brought her.

I wish my sister could be here in Colorado with us. She has always been Grandmama’s pride and joy and I know she aches to spend quality time with her before she reaches her heavenly home. I’m praying she gets to do just that before all we’re left with are memories.

But oh what great memories they will be.

Yesterday morning: spending time with God and my grandmother. Such a precious time.

Yesterday morning: spending time with God and my grandmother. Such a precious time.


11 comments on “Talks of Heaven and Napping with my Grandmother

  1. camilliamadden says:

    I wish I was there too. I miss her so much. I havent wanted to intrude on her rest, or healing, not knowing what is right or would be hurting her is a hard place. I love her so much. She is my pride and joy of a grandmother. I hate time. I hate sin. I hate cancer. Im so thankful for Christ and our hope that surpasses all of them.

  2. Tammi Burgess says:

    Great article Sophie! After losing my dad suddenly 2 year ago to cancer, it opened my eyes to how precious time is with family and friends………Time is the best gift you can give anyone! Enjoy each day with her that God gives you all. Praying for you all! love you!

    1. You’re so right… life is definitely a vapor. Thanks for your sweet comment. Love you!

  3. Juliana Reed says:

    Hope your having a good time on your vacation! I miss you already!! ❤

    1. I miss you too, little baby! Can’t wait for next week to see you!

  4. Hannah Hamilton says:

    so sweet. lord, preserve us like grandmama jean!

    1. Exactly my prayer, Hannah! Miss you!

  5. Katie says:

    “We talked of heaven and how exciting it will be.
    Of seeing Jesus’ face.
    Of eating without thinking of calories.
    Of uncorrupted taste buds.” I am so happy to have found your blog today. Praying for you as you grieve and cherish. This topic is near and dear to my hearts. She will soon feast extravagantly on and with Jesus.

    1. Katie, thank you so much for taking the time to comment. That last sentence made me cry all over again–what a glorious thought. The feast we were all made for will soon be hers.

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