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1. The love of a mother
The giving of life to another is not the end, but the beginning of being a Mother. The living of life for another is not a chore, but the delight of being a Mother. The receiving of life from another is not the reason, but the reward of being a Mother. The giving, the living, the receiving of life is but the love of a Mother.
My mother is a treasure That I carry in my heart, Her memory is safely kept within. All the love she spent on me Is held in sweet reserve; Every kiss and every touch And every precious grin. I’ll miss the many things she was, The special things she did. Each one will be remembered gratefully. Though I will miss her through the years, I’m comforted to know she’s with her Lord. We’ll meet again and share eternity.Mama
Her heartbeat was my very first sound, Her kiss my first affection, Her loving arms brought security, Her instruction, clear direction. I owe the person I’ve become to her unselfish love. There’s comfort knowing she’s not gone. She lives with God above.
From the moment I was conceived, she prayer for me. When I was born, she welcomed me. Through my childhood years she trained me. With each success, she applauded me, In the midst of my failures, she believed in me. I have known her love, Benefited from her sacrifices, Receiver her forgiveness, How I will miss her!
Bring comfort to my heart I pray, I’ve lost a dear, dear friend. She understood and loved me, With a love that will not end. I’ll carry it within me, And give it all away. To each of my own children, As I live with them each day. And when my years have been fulfilled, My time on earth is gone, The love she richly gave to me Will still be living on .She Knew Me
My mother always knew the me That others didn’t know. The deeper part of me that Thought and felt. She knew where my belongings were, The ones I couldn’t find; My sock, my keys, my wallet, My favorite missing belt. She knew just what I loved to eat And when to make each dish. The way she knew remains a mystery. How did she sense my troubled times And help with every hurt? I truly had a mom who loved and Gave herself for me. I’m grateful for the precious years I’ve had and known her love. Her memory will live within my heart. But God has called her to His side To live forever more. I cannot hold her back. I know my mother must depart.
He never said, “I love you,” In words I can recall. He felt it not the manly thing to do. Yet, deep within my heart I know That his love was really there. His eyes, his touch, the things he did All told me that it’s true. And now it’s time to say, “Goodbye,” To Father and to friend. Sweet memories remain of him Ones that will not end.
God saw you getting tired And a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you And whispered, “Come to Me.” With tearful eyes we watched you, And saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, We could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.
God hath not promised Skies always blue, Flower-strewn pathways All our lives through; Sun without rain, Joy without sorrow, Peace without pain. But God hath promised Strength for the day Rest for the labor, Light for the way, Grace for the trials, Help from above, Unfailing sympathy, Undying love.
I am home in Heaven dear ones; Oh, so happy and bright! There is perfect joy and beauty In this everlasting light. All pain and grief is over, Every restless tossing passed; I am now at peace forever. Safely home in Heaven at last. There is work still waiting for you, So you must not idly stand, Do it now, while life remaineth. You shall rest in Jesus’ land. When that work is all completed, He will gently call you Home; Oh, the rapture of that meeting, Oh the joy to see you come!
God looked around the garden and found an empty space. He looked down upon the earth, and saw your tired face. He put His arms around you and lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful for He only takes the best. He knew that you were weary, And He knew you were in pain. He knew that you would never be well on earth again. He saw the roads were getting rough, And the hills were hard to climb. So He closed your weary eyelids, and whispered peace be thine.
You are not forgotten, loved one nor will you ever be, as long as life and memory last we will remember thee. We miss you now, our hearts are sore as time goes by we’ll miss you more. Your loving smile, your gentle face, no one can fill your vacant place.
I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus Trusting only Thee; Trusting Thee for full salvation, Great and free am trusting Thee to guide me Thou alone shalt lead, Every day and hour supplying All my need. I am trusting Thee for Power Thine can never fail; Words which Thou Thyself shalt Give me must prevail. I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus, Never let me fail; I am trusting Thee forever, and for all.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have Peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.NIV
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.NIV
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
And into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade-kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.NIV
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.NIV
But it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.NIV
That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.NIV
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rush do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.NIV
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be Done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses As we forgive those who Trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presences of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.NIV
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred…let me sow love. Where there is injury…pardon Where there is doubt…faith. Where there is despair…hope. Where there is darkness…light. Where there is sadness…joy. O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled…as to console. To be understood…as to understand. To be loved…as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonged to him, and the other to the LORD.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there were only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it, “LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most, you would leave me.”
The LORD replied, “My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then I carried you.” Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free.
I’m following the path God has laid you see.
I took his hand when I heard Him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that peace at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss.
Oh yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full. I savored much.
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee.
God wanted me now, He set me free.