Praise the Lord! Granny is now dancing on streets of gold!

“And the twelve gates of the city were twelve pearls; each single gate was made from one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.” Revelation 21:21

There is some debate on whether or not there will be “literal” streets of gold in Heaven. That fact aside, my 92 yr.. old mother-in-law passed from this earth at 3:10 am this morning.

It just never ceases to amaze me at how God works. Granny has been in my care for the past two years. This week she was at the Hospice house for a 5 day break. Every 30 days (approx.) we would send her for “respite”. She was supposed to come home this afternoon. Instead, she went to her heavenly home at 3:10 this morning.

God knew that Granny and I both did not want her to die here in our home. She didn’t want me to have that final memory. Isn’t that neat how God spared me that sad memory and how Granny got her wish?

For the past 2 months, my husband & I have been praying, fasting and working diligently to try and save the possible loss of a major client he’s had for 21 years. Our income would be negatively affected in a drastic way if we lost the account. We received word just 2 weeks ago that we would not be enrolling them this week as planned and that they have chosen to go somewhere else for their benefits this year. Since we’ve recieved that information we have been shuffling our schedules and figuring out ways we would still be able to take care of Granny and do more outside (income producing) work. Isn’t it amazing how God just freed up our schedules so that we could do what we need to take care of the needs of our household?

The jury is still out on exactly what that will be for either of us, but we will seek God for direction and not do anything impulsive or make any major decisions on the direction we should go during this time of heavy heartedness.

I had planned to go to our church’s monthly bible study today at Noon, called Women of Worth. I will still be going to draw from the strength of my sisters in Christ.

My husband and I have laughed and cried this morning. We are joyous, yet overwhelmed. Granny’s in a much better place and suffering no more. We believe that, with all our heart.

I will close with this story: Her oldest son passed away last March. He was my husband’s only brother.
See my post from March 27th entitled “A Good Man”. We did not share his passing with Granny. Her mental state and health was (in our’s and Hospice opinion) too precarious. When she would get upset with my hubby for something he had done or information he had withheld from her she would always call him a “dirty bugger”. This morning when she crossed over she was greeted at the gate not only by her husband, but by her oldest son. My husband heard her say, “you dirty bugger, why didn’t you tell me he was here?”

RIP Bertha Mae Stevens – you will be sorely missed.


16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. KathyZT
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 17:30:29

    God Bless the Stevens Family. May Granny rest in peace.


  2. Anonymous
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 17:38:48

    God is so good and faithful. I am so sorry for your loss, but i know that God has perfect plans for you guys. He is always on time amen! Granny is dancing right now I am sure of it. Hugs to you both and prayers for comfort, joy and strength for your whole family.


  3. Bonnie
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 05:44:22

    Prayers going out for your family. Bless you for the tender loving care that you gave so willingly to Granny.


  4. The Underground Writer
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 22:13:31

    I am so sorry for your loss of Granny – but what a testimony of love you showed her in these past 2 years.


  5. Diana Black
    Sep 09, 2013 @ 00:39:38

    Linda, You have put a big smile on my face and tears in my eyes. “You dirty bugger.” Lol! Two beautiful angels are with The Lord. Sis Stevens & Sis Bell.
    1 Chronicles 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. Linda, this is my petition to God for you and Jerry. Love you both!!


    • bittygirl51
      Sep 10, 2013 @ 02:58:55

      Thanks Diana. Yes, and Pastor had to share that comment at Granny’s service today. I hated to miss Sis. Bell’s viewing tonight, but I was just wore out by the time we got home.


  6. Diane Fiore
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 00:32:09

    Linda, I’ll always remember Granny. Thanks for sharing her’s and your stories with us. Blessings to you all who give so much to others.


  7. JayNine
    Sep 12, 2013 @ 16:06:40

    Hello There Mrs.Linda. I have just found you as a new follower to my blog. I dont know how you found me but, I do know we have ‘One Big Guy’ very much in common 😉 –Thank you for this share. It is not easy to find words to describe a time that a loved one passes but, you have done it with class, humor, and grace. I appreciate honest posts. Sending you supportive condolences (no matter how much of your story I dont know) We can rejoice for your Granny’s welcoming into the Kingdom. May your hearts be at peace.
    I am an Independent parent of two children, who is not able to work since my last was born. I can testify to the incredible works of God in our own lifes experiences that ‘work’ or ‘no work’, regardless of finances, HE has us very well taken care of. According to His Word (the bible that is), these are secondary and we are “not to worry about such needs, as they will be provided” (Matthew). Our prayers are with you all during this unsure times; may you take comfort in divine providence. Blessings, Jeanine


  8. oneintercessor
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 03:14:46

    God bless you all during your time of loss.


  9. Lana
    Sep 22, 2013 @ 06:13:20

    So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and bless you at this difficult time.


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