Try as I might, life keeps barreling forward. From small stresses to big fears, each day’s moments bring things I frankly do not want to face. I just want to bury my head in a pillow, my children and husband sweetly draped around me, and smile and live on my days until it is time for me to go to Heaven too. But alas, it just does not happen like that. Even worse, I find myself getting bothered again by those little stresses and big fears and I just refuse to let them take hold. There is no going backwards, only boldly forward.
Reminders help me remember to be strong. To remember to allow the peace in. To remember that what is good in this life is worth fighting for. So, I have inundated my home, life, and personage with little reminders of Gideon’s life. More than that, little reminders of what God taught me through his life. Through his loss too. Reminders that prompt me to take a deep breath, clear my mind, and remember most things aren’t important enough to get upset over. And nothing is worth stealing any joy I can find in my days.
I am often touched by a hug or kind word from you. Especially now. When I think the world keeps turning and everyone has moved on, your stories remind me that you are still learning right alongside of me. Many of you have shared that Gideon’s peace has touched your lives. Others have shared a renewal in faith you have experienced through seeing our journey through this tragedy. Still others have seen modern day miracles. This got me thinking, maybe you would like a reminder too?
I am doing a give away of two precious mementos that have been created and prayed over. One I mentioned in a previous post. My precious family created these and they have been given away in drolls (we had to order more and family up north I promise yours are coming!). They are Gideon Blue wrist bands that write “GIDEON STRONG My peace I give you.” I shower, swim, and sweat in mine!
Another is a precious work of art my Mom created. It is called “Shades of Peace.” She cried and prayed with every stroke of her brush, and we would like to bless one of your homes with it. The star in the upper corner is a button we used on Gideon’s Memory table at his service, surrounded by a little dash of yellow it is there to remind us of the hope of heaven. That while in this life we embrace God’s peace to get us through the sorrowful and the scary…we are also emboldened by knowing that hope is still to come. All tears will be wiped away and we will be whole again.
Would you bless me with a reminder too? I am working on a book for our family to have in our home. One that tracks the journey we have been on and attempts to encapsulate all that God has accomplished. If you would, leave a comment below. Maybe something God has taught you? Maybe a example of a Gideon Blue in your life? Maybe a memory or story that really touched you? Anything your heart desires. I will include them ALL in our memory book.
I will enter all the names/emails of people who leave comments into a drawing and I will send the winner two Gideon Blue bracelets and the Shades of Peace art work. My prayer is that we will both be equally blessed. I will contact the winner next Tuesday and post it in next week’s writing.