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  1. Cindy Trout says:

    We just lost our mama in November so mother’s Day will be very hard this year. I also lost my only child. Our mom was precious. My oldest sister and I were able to bring her to Christ And that is a blessing her last words to me was I am going to be with Jesus! She had a big smile on her face when she said it and those were her last words and she passed away hours later. Our mother had a hard life but all she wanted in her last year’s was for her children to know Jesus! The gospel was preached at her funeral because that is what she wanted! My oldest sister and I are praying that her children and more family members come forward for Jesus! give me as her so much. I live 700 miles from her and I would call her two and three times a day. I miss those call so much! I am honored that God gave us our mom. her name was Grace!

    1. Cindy, thank you for your note. I’m so sorry about the loss of your mama last November. I’m sure that makes it hard to face Mother’s Day this year. My mom is in heaven now, too, but I know we are both praising God for how well they loved us. I’m joining you now if prayer that many more of your family members will come to faith in Christ.

  2. Tracy Arntzen says:

    Oh Carol, reading this my eyes sting as my tears form. Such a beautiful legacy and I am jumping for joy at the sight of this picture. Yes, you have had much sorrow, yet you have allowed God to use you in mights ways. It’s a blessing to watch from afar and a testimony for many. I can honestly say my mama lessons have been more what “not to do,” yet I am being used as Gods vessel. She did teach me to have a good work ethic. Bless you and thank you for sharing this personal moment

    1. Thank you, Tracy. I especially appreciate your honesty about the lessons from your mom being more about what “not to do,”–but God has helped you focus on the fact that she taught you how to have a good work ethic. Your note was a blessing to me today. Thanks so much for your encouragement.

  3. Kathy Rust says:

    my mama was the most fiercely independent person I have ever known and she unknowingly passed that on to her 2 sons and myself. She was married and divorced twice, raised 3 kids on her own, 2 boys and a girl, I learned many things, the 2 that stick out the most was how to be independent whether you want to be or not due to circumstances and I learned that she was the most patient person in the whole wide world, cuz she had to raised me, a tomboy. She was a nurse, a mother, grandmother and taught us how to believe in Jesus. I miss her so much. I look forward to seeing her in Heaven one day.

    1. Kathy, thank you for sharing your life lessons from your mom–how to be independent and patient. It sounds like she was a remarkable survivor of some tough times. I loved reading that she led you to Jesus. I, too, look forward to seeing my mom in heaven.

  4. Oh Carol, I remember this holy time as though it were yesterday. Tears running down my cheeks as the realization of your parents blessings are living long and strong in your lives. Thank you for painting such beautiful word pictures for us to emulate in our own families.

    1. Donna, you are a remarkable encourager. Thank you for this beautiful note and for the lovely birthday card from you and Doug. Gene and I appreciate both of you so much! Keep living for things that will outlast your lives.

  5. Sharon Underwood says:

    What a beautiful idea! No long, cleverly phrased messages. Just genuine loved stated in pure simplicity.
    Thank you for sharing & I hope to do this at our next family gathering especially since our family is scattered all over the country!

    1. Sharon–you are so right! When these messages were written, they were simple–but simply profound, with a specific verse chosen for each of my siblings and for me, and for each of the grandchildren. I’m so thrilled that you may plan to do this at one of your next family reunions.

  6. Shirley Mozena says:

    Thank you. A beautiful legacy your parents left you. It gives me an idea for my own children and grands. Bless you!

    1. Thanks, Shirley. My parents were in ministry and had very of this world’s earthly things to pass on–but what they gave us was invaluable–a legacy of faith! Enjoy using this idea with your own children and grands.

  7. Elizabeth Fedato says:

    Enjoyed this so much. My Mom was a wonderful humble loving lady, if I can be like her for the Lord. I took care of her for 11 years, she almost made 102. I hope I am that to My children and grandchildren. I also have great grandchildren. My sadness is they are not being taught about God. Going to order the book! Have been following Carol for some years now. God bless. Philippians 4:6-8

    1. Dear Elizabeth, I feel the pain in your note about your grand children and your great grandchildren not being taught about God. I’m praying that God will give you effective ideas about how to share His truth with them. By the way, one of my mother’s favorite scripture passages was the one you wrote in the comments–Philippians 4:6-8. Those verses are powerful!

  8. Kimalea Arrighi says:

    Dearest Carol,

    This post was incredibly touching to me. It created a sense of legacy, not only for you and your family, but for mine as well. How glorious to pass this mantle to others to call blessings out upon their family members from generation to generation. The prophet Moses was all about remembering the goodness of God. Thank you for reminding me to remember. Truly beautiful. Thank you.

    Kimalea Arrighi

    1. Kimalea, thank you for your uplifting note. I think of you and your precious twins–and I know you are building a legacy of love, faith, and joy into their lives. How blessed they are to have you as their mama!

  9. Stacey McClendon says:

    For 50 years my mom went to church without my father. She picked out his clothes & ironed them & laid them on the bed. Most Sundays, not all the time, she would say, your clothes are laid out on the bed, we would love for you to join us. Sometimes she wouldn’t say a word but just put them there, and he saw them. My mom never missed a Sunday, she’s one of the most faithful women I know. She reads Gods word every single night before bed. One day, my dad showed up at church & mom said I’m glad to see you here. (Mom goes for Sunday School & dad joins for worship & preaching.) Dad has attended faithfully for the last 7 years.

    1. Thank you, Stacey. What a testimomy of patience and ongoing trust in God was demonstrated by your mom! Thank you for sharing this story.