I am not the same wife and mother I would have been, without her influence. I met her throught her radio program, and we began a writing correspondence. She later came to visit me on several occasions, and asked me to be on her radio program for three days. She helped so many young women to love their husbands and children!
You have no idea the blessing it is taking care of the woman who is a spiritual mother to me. I have been able to take care of her personal needs and even got to put her to bed last night and tuck her in. I am witnessing God-honoring, graceful dementia right before my eyes that stems out of a lifetime lived with acceptance and trust in God. One of Elisabeth's favorite quotes came from Amy Carmichael, who Elisabeth greatly admired, who said, "In acceptance, lieth peace."
Oh! How Elisabeth's life reflects that!
I will try to write back this week to share more with reflections with you of our time together this weekend, and some precious photos below from the weekend, including Elisabeth with my Mary touching her hands, and singing to her. Please continue to pray for the Grens (Elisabeth's husband's name is Lars Gren).
|My Husband, Terry (purple), Lars, Elisabeth's husband (red), friends Jim & Thomas|
(Thomas in his beautiful Congolese accent),
all praying over Elisabeth and her husband at the end of our Sunday School class.
|Elisabeth holding the 35 letters that she wrote me over a ten year period that I treasure!|
|Elsabeth's dear hands on the hymnbook.|
I started with one of her favorite hymns,
A Mighty Fortress,
and sang several for her.
Her big blue eyes looked into my eyes as I sang all the verses.
I'm speaking this upcoming weekend (much of what Elisabeth taught me!), March 22-23 at Christ Covenant Church in Raleigh for their women's retreat on Seeing God in Everything on Saturday morning, after giving my testimony first on Friday night. Please pray for all of us to hear from the Holy Spirit and for me to share out of this weekend with the freshness God is still showing me as he teaches me through Elisabeth's life.
If any of you live in the Raleigh area, they may still have a few spots. You can check by clicking here.
Part Three of my vlog that I had planned this week with Nancy Cobb will be rescheduled on my blog next week!
We will be having prayer on my blog this Wednesday and every Wednesday. Be sure to come back and list your prayer request then to be prayed over! It was such a joy last week to pray for so many of you. There are so many needs out there, but we serve a great God who longs to hear from us!