|Photographed at Botanic Gardens|
in Washington, DC
Photo compliments of Sandra
Tribute to My Mother
My mother is with the Lord now – Hallelujah! She graduated from earth when I was a teenager.
I am the youngest of four children. Briefly, I will express some about my mother before Christ in her life. I am the product of an extramarital affair. My father, Bob, was married as was my mother.
But I was never illegitimate because before the foundation of the world, the Lord knew me. When the Lord was ready, He saved my mother and my father. They both are now with our Lord.
My brother called my mother a show stopper. He shared with me that, because of her presence and her outward beauty, when she would step in places, the “show” would stop – thus his name for her, “show stopper.”
I never recall any arrogance being demonstrated by my mother. That gives me even more appreciation for her character.
Before Christ, we all did things of which we are not proud. My mother is no exception. The focus of this piece is not about before Christ conduct. This tribute is primarily a celebration about the love from my mother, and for the life that she lived after she was drawn by GOD into salvation through Jesus Christ, the Son of the GOD of truth. I stress, though, that even before then, I was absolutely confident about love from my mother. I am sure that my siblings believe the same.
Several childhood memories about my mother are stand outs in my heart. She was in so many ways, love in action. For years she was a housewife. It was a solid pleasure to have the presence of my mother when I returned home from school. A flood of gratitude comes to mind for her choice to be home for her children. Words cannot adequately convey how meaningful it was to have her as a steady constant.
I recollect one day of snowfall when I was in class in elementary school. My mother entered the classroom and told the teacher that she had come to bring me some soup. I felt such warmth and joy from that loving gesture. Years later, when I think of that, tears have come to my eyes.
One evening, when I was a teenager, I didn't return home when I should have. I was with a teenage boyfriend. The next thing I knew, my mother came down the street, with determined purpose, to get her daughter! She humiliated me in front of my friends. The following day, I was teased about my mother coming out to get me. Today, the memory brings forth appreciation for how she loved and disciplined me. Another teenage episode involved me getting injured while on a group bus trip in New York City. The injury was NOT to the extent that I couldn't have rode back home on the bus. Mama chose to drive to New York from Washington, D.C. to bring me home. The memory of that is indeed precious!
Once when in elementary school, I mentioned something about the devil to my teacher. I cannot recall the context. What I do recall is that the teacher rebuked me. I told my mother. At this juncture in life, she had Christ as Lord. Mama came to the school and politely but firmly told my teacher not to discourage me about God issues (that was the gist of what she expressed).
I am thrilled to know that my mother had inner beauty which far outweighs any outward appearances. She was a woman who freely gave love. She generously shared JESUS, and sincerely loved the Lord.
I thank Almighty GOD for the mother that He gave me, and for the many other mothers who are precious jewels in the lives of their children.
Wednesday October 20, 2010
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Information about Sandra's Most Recent Job "In the System"
Sandra was a Customer Service Specialist where she received from D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, a “Customer Service Excellence Award.” Sandra was “released” from that job because she elected to report managerial malfeasance. They “killed” the messenger (Sandra) rather than deal with the managerial misconduct. A couple of years later, the subject manager was publicly exposed on cable TV by employees who reported to the D.C. Council about some of the very same things that Sandra had reported. Other incidents occurred to publicly expose the character of that manager.
Prior to her release from the subject job, the Lord told Sandra to go to the subject manager to seek forgiveness for anything that she may have done wrong relative to the manager. The Lord did not reveal to Sandra anything specific that she (Sandra) had done. He simply told her to go to seek forgiveness for anything that she may have done. The manager did not respond to Sandra’s request for forgiveness. The Lord assured Sandra that she was not responsible for how the manager responded. Sandra’s role was to seek forgiveness, which she did.
Initially, Sandra was hurt, angry and fearful about her job loss. She was even angry at the Lord for allowing it to occur – He knew that she was not justifiably dismissed from her job. She had worked there for more than five years and except for her first year there ("Satisfactory" performance evaluation), she received “Excellent” performance evaluations as well as numerous commendations from management, and from some citizens. Even the mayor gave her recognition for her work ethic. In spite of all that, Sandra was given a “form” letter that said, in essence, that her services were no longer needed.
It was months before Sandra could muster forgiveness for those who had dismissed her. Day by day, the Lord helped Sandra to heal. It was a long painful process but GOD is faithful. He restored her joy, peace and confidence. GOD taught Sandra how to be in love with Him. Before the job difficulty, Sandra loved the Lord but afterwards, she learned to be in love with Him. That happened because He healed her wounds and proved that He is a promise keeper. Yes, the process was deeply painful. Hallelujah that GOD kept Sandra in His awesome embrace.
Bonus in Pink
For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:
Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away:
And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.
And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shat take thy rest in safety.
Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid;…
Preface to Bonus in Pink
Some years ago, I was given a "pink slip bonus" - translation: I was out of a job. To say that it traumatized me is an understatement.
Today, though, what I can truly say is that it was one of the best things that happened to me because, through it all, our Lord repeatedly proved to me that He was/is at the helm. I cannot find adequate words to describe how hugely GOD proved Himself to me through the pain of that trauma. Tears of gratitude well in my eyes now as I write this because I remember how low I was, and now how high, in Him, I have become. In sum, our Lord made the pink slip a bonus for me. Only GOD can do such transformations. Glory to His awesome name.
Today Wednesday December 22, 2010, our Lord led me to write the piece below for others who have endured job losses. I used "I" and "me" in the piece below because it makes it more personal for those who personally relate.
Bonus in Pink:
GOD is our SOURCE, and PROVIDER. I am the recipient of a "pink slip bonus." Truly, it is a GOD-sent promotion. He needs me to move on to deeper levels and higher heights in Him. Blessed assurances are what our Lord provides so bountifully. He takes such great care of us, his sheep. How wondrous GOD is. He knew about my "pink slip bonus" before the words reached me. Indeed, He is our advance coverage. In so many ways, our Lord covers us under the shadow of His wings.
By faith, I am fully persuaded that GOD has specific and precise plans for me. My present place allows me a "season" to reflect, to re-evaluate, and to sit at the Master's feet to drink more of the living waters that He has so plentifully provided for me.
Yes, GOD knows that I have some pain and regret, but in Psalm 23:6 it says, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me..." My feet are on the ROCK, and healing is guaranteed by the Highest promise keeper. GOD'S Word assures in Isaiah 40:31, "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles;..."
My Lord beckoned, "Come away, My beloved. Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;"
I'm out - - pink no more - rather:
RED DRENCHED - in the precious blood of my beloved SAVIOR, JESUS, who certainly will make me free, content, secure, and full of His Spirit - prepared to advance His glorious kingdom.
And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
Below are other scriptures relative to this piece.
2 Samuel 23:3
Song of Solomon 2: 10, 11