Mommy

Late Mother’s Fight Against Cancer

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Hi brothers and sisters in Christ

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I am making a personal appeal for your help for my financial recovery. Why am I in financial distress? My Mom was diagnosed with esophagus cancer in December 2017.

As a family, we pulled together what immediate money we had available to start her radiation treatment plan. But that was the only treatment plan for her. The esophagus cancer was so advanced, the radiation only gave her more time. Time with her that a price cannot be placed on. 

During her radiation treatment, she suffered a heart attack. The hospital costs, radiation costs and the costs of looking after my mom quickly escalated and I had to apply for loans, credit cards, second bonds, just to find the money to give her the best possible chance of a comfortable life.  

As time passed, cancer gripped my Mom’s body. She slowly lost weight, battled to eat at all and she was on constant pain medication and bed rest.  

My mom sadly passed in April 2019. It is truly an emotional rollercoaster not just for my mom, but for me and my family too. Watching your mom slowly fade into nothing and eventually die from starvation is the single most difficult thing I have ever had to face.

2 years later, I am the sole income earner in a household of 4 people and I am near bankruptcy with the amount of debt I am in.

I humbly make an appeal to you all – the debt I made I believed was necessary for my Mom, and, given a second chance, I would do it all again.

God bless and thank you.

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Women, God’s Indispensable Gift

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A mother’s heart

A mother’s heart, a women’s, is best defined by her unselfish love, her generosity in everything she does and gives and being there to raise you with a Christian foundation. Thank you, Mom, for letting me feel God’s love radiate through you.

In a short space of time, my Mom and Mom-in-law have passed away. Losing your Mom is the most significant pain you will ever come to know. My wife and I know this all to well.

Celebrate Women

But today is not about that pain or that we’ve lost our mothers; today is about celebrating not only Mom’s, but all women, “God created women, because He couldn’t be everywhere”. Okay, that last sentence is completely inaccurate, God is everywhere, but it does describe the role a Mom, a woman, has in our lives.

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When God asked a young King Solomon whatever he wants God will give it to him, Solomon asked for wisdom:

5At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”, and “12I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.” (1 Kings 3:5,12).

Wisdom Infinite

There is no doubt King Solomon was the wisest man ever to live, there it written in the Bible, no more evidence is needed. Solomon wrote the book Proverbs, so we can undoubtedly know that the wisdom he dispenses is crucial and needed for Godly living. Proverbs has helped billions of people through out the world and millennia to live better lives. Further proof of Solomon’s wisdom is this: he ends Proverbs, the final chapter and verses, with a great testimonial tribute to women. That’s right; the last words of the book of Proverbs don’t extend praise to God or exalt manhood. They speak of the beautiful, indispensable role that women play in God’s creation. “31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” (Proverbs 31:31)

A real woman is described in this passage:

Proverbs 31:10-31

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

10 A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.

13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.

16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household

    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

God fearing women

A real woman is a God-fearing, dedicated, and independent woman. She bravely dives into leadership roles and takes on challenging positions with courage and confidence. Granted, it’s impossible for any woman to live up to the full description of the Proverbs 31 woman, but I believe, this passage is meant to inspire women to be the unique, persistent, fearless women God created you to be. Therefore, push past the boundaries our society sets, and those you set for yourselves, and embrace your God-given potential with God’s ever-present help (Psalm 46:1).

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Thank you Mrs B, Thanks Mom’s

Thank you to my wife, Lou-Hette for all you are, all you do, and mostly for being the confident, God-fearing, God loving, faithful woman and wife that you are.

My wife, Lou-Hette

I hope, I pray, you take the time to say thanks to your mother and the special women in your life, whether it’s your wife, your daughter, your grandmother in a special way. No she isn’t perfect, and no she doesn’t do everything right, but she is God’s gift to us men, so be thankful and grateful. She sacrifices for you and does what she can to prepare you, support you, love you, to be a loving, caring, strong person. Our world cannot make it without women. Thank you for all you do.

Thank you Mom M and Mom R for being all you could be.

Mom Rose and Mom Marinda
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