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Subject: RE: My heart Goes Out to You
 
   
Dear Patti,
Thank you for your kinds words, they mean so much. Like you said you are just now starting on the terrible journey. There is nothing really to say to you because I've been there and nothing anyone says is the right thing other than I'm so sorry. Unlike most I know who have told you I can only imagine what your going through or I know how you feel. Well most don't have a clue but I truely do know how you feel. Your email came on the 2 year aniversary of my angel leaving me and it did give me comfort. Christopher was killed in a car accident and I went this morning to the site where the fire department put up a cross and layed a circle of yellow roses around it. I also went to the fire department and left one single yellow rose. I'm sure they think I'm nuts but that's just what I felt at the time. But then when I got back home and went into the kitchen to fix yet another cup of coffee and the lights went off, I turned and said Ok Christopher I know your here with me now. and they came right back on just like that. I know it sounds stupid but to me it was like he sent me a sign today when i got back home. I remarkable have held it together all day today, its like some one turned a page or something. anyway I just wanted to speak to you and anytime you need to talk just write me I'm always on the puter. I know I can't make you feel better NOTHING can, but I will be here to listen to you. I too keep up web sites which is below and it does help me too. that's why i'm on the puter so much looking at it changing it well you know what I mean.
Hugs (((()))))
Patsy Wise
Okolona, Ms

Letters from Heaven
   
Patti,
What an awesome poem.  It is so hard to try to live without those we love here on earth, yet that is the very thing we do have hope in, that one day we will be reunited with them forever.  Always know that it is okay to cry.  God loves for us to come and let him catch our every tear.  Not one goes unnoticed and He is there to comfort us all along the way.  When there is great love, there is great grief.  I love you and I know that God will continue to walk with you every day. 
 
Love,
Jennifer

Patti,
I have wanted to respond to you since I received your e-mail of Saturday 10/5/07.  I was in a state of shock and I could not seem to find the words.  I know that nothing anyone can say will make it any better I can only pray that God gives you strength.  I have had you in my prayers ever since and will continue to do so.  This will be a long road and we just have to pray for the Lord's blessings every day.  When I opened your second e-mail with the picture and the music I just "lost it"!  I cried for about 30 minutes.  That is the same song I had sung at my beloved Husband's funeral 11 years ago.  After all these years I still feel the unbearable grief that I felt the night he died.  They only way I have been able to stay sane is to wake up every mornig and thank the good Lord for the 14 wonderful years he allowed to share with this incredible man.  Sometimes that is all you can do.  Remember thank God every day for the years you had with your son 
 
I would like to pick you up or have you meet me one day and I would like to take you to lunch.  Or maybe you could meet say at the Chevron at the corner of Clay and Barker-Cypress where you brought Krissie to me.  I'm working from home now so almost anytime would be great.  Let me know.
 
Patti, you have brought so many people so much joy in allowing us to adopt your precious puppies.  I would like to be able to do something for you.  Anything!  Please call me and let me know where you are and if you have the same phone number.
 
My prays are with you,
Carolyn

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You and your families are all keepers.  

Sent by Tiffany Rawls


TO A KEEPER  

One day a mother 
died.

And on that clear, cold morning,

in the warmth of her bedroom,

the daughter
was struck with

the pain of learning that sometimes

there isn't any more.


No more hugs,

no more lucky moments to celebrate together,

no more phone calls just to chat,

No more "just one minute"


Sometimes, what we care about the most goes away.

never to return before we can say good-bye,

Say "I Love You."

So while we have it . . it's best we love it .
And care for it and fix it when it's broken
and take good care of it when it's sick.


This is true for marriage
.... and friendships .
And children with bad report cards;

And dogs with bad hips;


And aging parents and grandparents

We keep them because they are worth it,
Because we cherish them!


Some things we keep --

like a best friend who moved away

or a classmate we grew up with.


There are just some things that

make us happy,
No matter what.

Life is important,

and so are the people we know
And so, we keep them close!



 

This was sent to me by a friend in Dallas. And I think there is alot to this message so wanted to share with you.

This is an absolutely incredible interview with Rick Warren, author of "Purpose Driven Life"  His wife now has cancer, and he now has "wealth" from the book sales.  In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said:

"People ask me, "What is the purpose of life?"  And I respond:
In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity.  We were made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven

One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body--but not the end of me.

I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to

Spend trillions of years in eternity.  This is the warm-up act - the dress rehearsal.

God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity. We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn't going to make sense.

Life is a series of problems:  Either you are in one now, you're just coming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another one.

 

The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort

God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.

We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ

Likeness.

This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer.

I used to think that life was hills and valleys - you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth.  I don't believe that anymore.

Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it's kind
of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life.

No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.

And no matter how

Bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for.

You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems.
  If you focus on your problems, you're going into self-centeredness, "which is my problem, my issues, my pain."

But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.

We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her.

It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.

You u have to

Learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life.


Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder.  For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.

It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don't think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease.

So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence.  He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72.

First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit.  We made no major purchases.

Second, about midway through last year, I stopped

Taking a salary from the church.   Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation.

Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back.  It was liberating to be able to serve God for free.

We need to ask ourselves:  Am I going to live for possessions?  Popularity?

Am I going to be driven by pressures?& nbsp; Guilt?  Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God's purposes (for my life)?

When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better.  God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list.

He's more interested in what I am than what I do.  That's why we're called human beings, not  human doings.

Happy moments, PRAISE GOD. Difficult moments, SEEK GOD. Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD. Painful moments, TRUST GOD.  Every

moment, THANK GOD. "

 

 

Dustin Marshall Rawls
September 2, 1982 - September 27, 2007
Dustin Lives on Through All The Many People that had the honor to know him!
I love you my Son!
God Blessed Me So giving you as MY SON!

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