Good Day. Worst Day. Best Days. – And a GIVEAWAY 37


absent present

Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8 (NLT)

I was planning for one of the greatest days of my life…not even knowing I was about to experience one of my worst.

One phone call could literally change your life forever. I experienced this fact firsthand.

It was a normal day at work. My son was in my office with me, finishing the last of his senior projects. His high school graduation was less than one week away. What an accomplishment for him, and even for me as his mom.

Suddenly this unexpected phone call came and overshadowed all of our excitement.

When I saw my sister’s number on my cell phone’s caller ID, I was ready for our normal daily chat. However, her words, this day, literally shook me to my core.

“Londa, Mama’s gone! She’s dead!” She sort of screamed those words to me, as she had not totally collected herself by the time she called me.

Shock hit me for just a few seconds before it truly registered. And then I lost it. If it were not for my size, you would have thought I was a toddler who lost a toy or some other prized possession. I fell to the floor and began kicking and wailing.

And while I was not a little kid, I had just learned that one of my greatest treasures would be no more…upon the earth.

I would never again be able to pick up the phone and call just to hello.

I would never again be able to call and ask how to cook this or that.

I would never again be able to hear her shy chuckle when she’s given a compliment.

I would never again be able to hear her singing and praying through her house.

I would never again be able to see her thumb through her Bible.

Before too long, I realized that Mama’s death was not at all about me and what I had lost, but rather what she stood to gain–eternal life.God had called my mother Home because her work here on earth was done. And though I would miss her tangible presence, she was now where she longed to be, celebrating a life of forever with Jesus.

It has now been seven years since Heaven welcomed Mama home. And there are still moments that thoughts of her cause my eyes to leak a little. Sometimes I just miss her, and other times I am overwhelmed by memories of precious moments that make my heart smile.

Now I imagine Mama hanging out with Jesus like she did when she was here with us. I wonder what He thinks of her getting up at 2 AM to clean, with all the lights on, singing and praising God at the top of her lungs. I wonder what He thinks of her setting up her little portable speaker and cordless mic to preach to whoever will listen. I wonder what He thinks of her cooking up her yummy goodness and inviting everyone over so she could feed them. I smile…And I just wonder…

After all these years, I was enlightened to discover that maybe just maybe Mama decided to take up dancing. I was introduced to this notion about a week ago. While flying across country for She Speaks Conference, I pulled out Susan B. Mead’s recently released book, Dance with Jesus: From Grief to Grace. As I read, I was filled with such hope and joy that melted my heart as I indulged in each story.Tears of joy flowed as I could recall every time God reminded me that Mama’s with Him, enjoying a great party! My good day that suddenly became the worst day has resulted in Mama’s best days…hanging out in Heaven.

DwJ

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Lord, May I remember that to lose a loved one is for Heaven to gain an angel. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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About Yolanda Perry

Yolanda is a devoted follower of Christ. As an author and speaker, she seeks out opportunities to spread the Gospel. Her personal mission is... To Communicate & Demonstrate Unshakable Faith! She is the proud mother of three and has one grandson, whom she adores. Her bonus family member is her spoiled rotten long haired chihuahau, Pennie.


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37 thoughts on “Good Day. Worst Day. Best Days. – And a GIVEAWAY

  • Abby Breuklander

    Hi Yolanda!! Thanks for sharing, I needed this as I’ve lost 2 very good friends in the last 2 years. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this book, I can’t wait to read it for myself!!

  • Michelle White

    Oh your post reminds me of my granny who passed away 8 years ago. How I miss her if it were not for her love of Jesus I really do not know what kind of person I would have turned out to be. Thank you for this post.

  • Leana

    This was wonderful to read…we all have experienced that tangible loss of someone, and that physical loss of their presence with us…that we won’t have those moments we can just pick up the phone & call them, or run over to their house…are sometimes what we linger in the longest in out grieving. I lost my best friend unexpectedly, about 3 + years ago….she was only 33 w/a daughter…and I STILL have moments I want to pick up that phone…

  • Jennifer@confessionsofapastorsfamily.com

    Yolanda! What a beautiful story, shared straight from the heart. I feel like I met your mom today! What a joy she must have been while she was on this earth, and what a joy your memories of her must be now. Thank you for reminding me to not take my own mom for granted. But instead, to intentionally and purposefully connect with her (and all my loved ones) every chance that I’m given. Many blessings to you!

  • Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet

    Oh dear sister, I want to reach through my computer and give you a hug! Losing a loved one is by far one of the hardest things we will ever go through in life. I am so glad that you were able to see your mama’s death as a wonderful new beginning for her up in heaven. Death isn’t pretty, but we have hope! And there’s no better thing than finally seeing our Savior face to face.

  • Jamicka Edwards

    I remember when this happened. Can’t believe this was 7 years ago. I need to see my Mama in person. I need to let her know how much I love her in person and that I have forgiven her in hopes we can rebuild a better relationship. I know to be like Jesus is to forgive all. I’ve done the forgiving and now it’s time she knows. Thank you for posting this. I know many personally are grieving loved ones and I will share so that they may be blessed by your story as well as get a copy of Dance with Jesus! Love & Blessings to you my friend.

  • Cheryl Smith

    Dear Yolanda, I was so touched and moved by your words about losing your Mama. God called my sweet Mom home a little over 3 years ago, and oh, how my heart aches when I miss her! He called my Daddy home to Heaven 15 years ago, and it just feels so strange and life is so different to not have parents. And there is something especially hard about losing that last parent…it is like your whole connection to your past is now gone. Not easy. I am so sorry for your deep loss and so thankful to know that your Mama is in Heaven with Jesus. I have no doubt that is where both of my dear parents are, as they both died with victory in their souls and a shining testimony. We have much to fight on for, my dear sister. Heaven is waiting, and our dear loved ones, too! I am SO thankful to have clicked on your post in the woman-to-woman link-up. So grateful to meet you today. God bless you and keep you always in His tender care and comfort you when you grieve.

  • Kristin Hill Taylor

    I’ve been hearing such good things about this book. As I was reading your words, I thought about how God uses it all – the good, the bad, and the ugly. He weaves our moments together for his glory. So grateful that’s true. Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

  • Brunette Johnson

    I am a grieving mom….I lost my son to addiction ….he loved the Lord and fought this battle ten plus years……it has only been six weeks, but honestly I wonder where do I begin to put it back in place my life…….I am a Christian and am thankful for my son’s salvation……but having hard time with the hurts n sting of this tragedy…..just pray that I can remain faithful to the God who saved me..

  • Meg Gemelli

    Yolanda,

    It’s amazing how isolated we can sometimes feel when we experience death, which is common to every single one of us. Without Jesus, there is no soothing balm and the healing He brings…like no other. Thank you for sharing your story and also awesome job supporting Susan!! Praying for you ladies today.

  • Stella Benson

    I enjoy reading your blogs. Awesome i cannot put in words how they have made my day on most occasion. I pray for God’s comtinous Blessings upon you

  • Miranda

    I still have my mom, and unfortunately our relationship has had it’s share of ups and downs, but I am going to call her today and let her know how much I love her. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Joanne Viola

    Yolanda, I cannot even imagine when that day comes in my life. Our lives are so rich because of our mamas, for sure. May God always bring you His comfort & joy as you remember your mom. Blessings!

  • Mary Dolan Flaherty

    Yolanda, I was there with you as you told your story. I cried because my mother is 83, and while she’s pretty healthy (we almost lost her a few months ago–she was having a heart attack and we thought it was anxiety!), she is nearing that age. Of course, any of us could be called home at any time. My mom lives with my sister, so I could certainly relate to your phone call. I can understand how years later you shed a quiet tear, but what a legacy she left! Blessings Yolanda! Found you over at Missional Women