Many of you may have heard that a week ago today, I lost my little sister to cancer. She was a stalwart fighter, never giving up on treatments, or her faith that God could heal her.
She leaves behind two wonderful children, Robbie & Daisy, and an amazing husband Robert.
We were able to spend the week in Florida with our family, but today, back in my office, I really am feeling the sting and the emptiness in my heart.
Jenny was a true woman of faith. She lived and breathed every aspect of what she believed. God’s word was her focus, and her owners manual. That way of living, while facing one of the most aggressive types of cancer, was a illustration of Christ’s love to everyone she came in contact with. You could clearly see this, just based on the roughly 400 folks that packed the church for her memorial service.
Jenny was a school teacher, so she was always teaching her big brother something. Every time I saw her, She was educating me. Even today, in her passing, she left me with some things to live by.
Never let bad situations dictate your faith
This was a key way of thinking that my sister lived out. Even though she knew that things were bad, she was always quick to give God the glory for everything. She never let the fact that she had cancer, divert her faith. In fact, I’m pretty sure it made her stronger. That is something I will carry with me forever.
Love the people around you. Unconditionally.
My little sister taught me more about love, than anyone I know. She was the kind of person that loved everyone. Even when she was feeling terrible, and having a bad day, she wanted the people she cared about to know they were loved. During her last week of life, while sitting in the hospital, she called me, to make sure I knew what was going on, and knew that she loved me. To me, that, is unconditional love.
The most important decision you can make, is just saying yes.
While planning what I was going to share at Jenny’s memorial service, I asked myself a question. “If Jenny was here right now, what would she want me to share with these folks?” The answer was crystal clear. ‘The most important decision you can make in your life, is to have a personal relationship with Jesus.” Throughout her adult life, Jenny was a vessel that God used to show his love to people in Kissimmee. Right up until the time she passed away, Jenny was studying God’s word, and leading a women’s bible study, so she could invest in the other ladies in her church. She not only wanted the love of Christ for herself, but for everyone around her as well.
That includes you.
That’s right, you! In her life, Jenny walked a pathway for others to follow to find the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.
Rev 3:20 NLT
Jesus came to die, so that we could live. That was his life mission, to sacrifice himself for sinners like us. His offer of lifesaving grace is free of charge, All you have to do is say yes! Jenny knew this, and that is why she was able to face the trials of living with cancer head on. Because she had the saving grace of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit to help her through the hard times.
A common misconception is that “God will never give us more than we can handle.” Actually, that’s not even in the scriptures. Life will get hard, and even unbearable. That’s why we need a savior to carry us through the difficult times in life.
We cannot do it without him.
So what about you? Perhaps today is the day that you make the decision that will change your life. Don’t wait another day.
Got questions? I would love to talk to you about what he has done for me.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
John 14:6 NLT
I miss my little sister more than I could have imagined. But I am so happy for her. Because she has earned her reward. No more suffering, or pain.
I’m glad that when it’s my turn, I’ll be able to see her again. That’s what I live for. The great hope for all mankind.
What about you?
Maybe Jenny’s life has impacted you? I want to hear about that. Send me a message on the contact page.