Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Today is February 27, 2007. My brother Jerry Wayne McLendon JR. was born in 1965.
Were he still alive today, Jerry would have been turning 40 years old today.
Jerry was my best friend from the day he was born until the day he died. He was such a sweet and loving soul. He had the silliest of laughs. He was one of those all American kinda guys. He loved boy scouts, camping, car's and trucks, and GIRLS of course.
Jerry was hurt in high school when the principal asked him and his friends to get off of a particular set of bleachers. He fell something like 21 feet from a standing position to landing on his head onto the gymnasium floor.
Well to make a very long story shorter. He sustained massive head injuries, and many , many, years later, Jerry wound up taking his own life.
He was loved by many, and missed by all who knew him. Especially by our family. My parents have never recovered from the loss of Jerry (and their part in the sadness in his life and death), and me, Mara, and Minah have never recovered from his loss either. There hasn't been a day that has gone by that I don't miss my brother.
I know that he has been an angel over our family. I am thankful that Jerry received Christ as his savior 2 months before his death. This has given me more comfort than words will ever be able to express.
I miss you little brother. Happy Birthday Jerry. !!!
Love & Prayers,
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Well today it is snowing outside. Beautiful, clean, crisp, fresh, white snow, the kind of home bound, snowy day that leaves you feeling like cleaning, cooking, as your mind wanders off to other places. Having grown up for many years in the deep south, where it hardly never snowed, I love snowy days.
Today (and much of the past week) my redneck has been such a blessing to me. I have been recuperating from having hurt my leg when in Florida. He has been the one to run up & down the stairs for me. Helped me with laundry and some house cleaning. I am so thankful that he is not one of those young men who is unwilling to help around the house when needed. Although, I do not think he would have lived for long had he turned out to be one of those young men, LOL. I might have been tempted to just shoot him, just kidding, don't take me seriously on the shooting part.
I find my mind still wandering off and thinking about last week, my sisters wedding, and our reunion. I am so very prayerful and hopeful about the renewing of relationships between me and both of my sisters. I sense such a sincerity in my sisters and I to rebuild stronger relationships, and to be more accepting of each others faults. I pray my Lord will continue to help me in these same area's.Today is also Wednesday. I, more and more, find myself needing these mid-week services. A time to go back to God's house, sing praises with the congregation, and try to just soak up, like a sponge, what God gives us through our wonderful Pastor Lee Davis. Our family has belonged to several churches, in years past. Ranging from Baptist (where hubby & I were both saved) to full gospel churches, and now God has brought us full circle back to a Baptist church. One in-which we have truly found the place God wants us to be. One where we have learned so very much more than we could have ever imagined. Yet it is probably the one church where we have seen so very many people saved. That was a rare thing in the other churches we belonged to. They were seemingly content in their ways of self fulfillment, self praise, self everything. Always looking for the next financial gift from heaven, or other things of that sort. Now please so not misunderstand me. God was there in those churches, but I feared man's wants and needs were in greater abundance, than their ability to truly fulfill God's plan for salvation for the lost. This was the very thing that I was always looking for. "When would some one come to church and get saved"!!! "When would they/we go out and get them"!!!. So when God brought us back to a baptist church, I began to see people going out to "get" the lost, bring them in to God's house, and through God's preaching and conviction, People find their way to God and Salvation. There is so much more that I need to be doing for the Lord, and more that I want to do, yet all in God's timing I guess. Wednesday, mid-week, the half way point between Sunday's. Kinda like God made our bodies to need 3 meals every day. I guess spiritually that is why He has led church services to be 3 time a week. Two on Sunday's and 1 in the middle of the week. I do have to admit though, I do feel sorry for folks who go to churches where they have done away with Sunday night services. I wonder if they know what they are missing, or if Satan has fooled them into thinking that they don't need that "Meal". I do not mean to be critical of other's churches. I am just going on personal experiences. On the days when I am in pain, or am nearly to exhausted to stay awake. My hubby will ask if I want to stay home from church. I figure it this way, I can be just as tired as church as I could at home. Yes you might see me nod off, or look like I can't hardly walk, but I figure God can speak to me, even if I am a bit tired. I would rather try to be as faithful as possible to church, than to slack off and give into my flesh. Besides I truly LOVE MY CHURCH, and all God does there.
Don't misunderstand what I am saying, I AM NOT PERFECT, just would like to be as perfect with God's help as possible. I am not an extremely intelligent woman, or even a well learned one, I am not a great bible scholar, heck, I have a really hard time trying to memorize even the smallest of scriptures. But I have such a desire to be so much more than I am today, or more that I was yesterday. I know where God has "brought me from", and even as pitiful as I am, I truly want to be more for the Lord. In writing and sharing my thoughts (and realizing that I was the one to make my blog public) I do not want readers in here to think that I think more of myself than I ought to. I realize that I am a simple woman, with a wonderfully simple life, and as I grow older, I am almost daily, beginning to realize more and more just how much more of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, and (as I said when this blog started) I want more of the "Peace that Passes All Understanding, that only God can give me".
It's kinda weird how much this blog is helping me to sort out my thoughts, and how God is using this thing to help me learn more about myself. Kinda nice to be able to put things down into words that have been rolling around in my head for a very long time. (I can't help but wonder if the Lord has told Jewels how reading her blog helped me and what a wonderful road it has put me on.) Thanks Jewels.
Love & Prayers,
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