Make Heaven Count

24 thoughts on “Make Heaven Count”

  1. Beautiful and sad reflections, Julie. Praying for you today. Today is the anniversary of my dad passing, eight years. My story is a little different, yet none-the less powerful. My dad was not only absent from my life for a few years in childhood, when he came back, he was a self-proclaimed atheist. Often he told us there was not a God, no matter what people said.

    When I accepted Christ at 16, I started praying for him every day. When my faith waned, I inserted his name in Scripture. 16 years later, he believed in God and accepted Christ as Lord. Although I’m sad this time of year, I find joy that he is in heaven.

    Praying for your heart today.

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    1. Thank you so much for prayers, Karen. And I so appreciate the reminder of your story about your dad. I had read it before and was in awe of His power, as I am again today. It is sad that my mom may not be in Heaven, but only God can take that weight to fuel evangelism in His Kingdom. I am thankful, ever so thankful for my born again life in Him. In case I miss you, have a very merry Christmas, sister.


  2. Julie, I pray for you today. It never leaves completely, but no, we do not grieve as those who have no hope. We do! And we can never say God’s mercy did not reach someone. We do not know until heaven. My mom did go to heaven in 1998, but I am not sure about my dad. I still grieve them both and miss them tremendously. I think there will be a lot of surprises in eternity.
    Just getting back to FB., slowly.

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  3. Your words about grief and hope are beautiful. The holidays always make me think of the empty chairs that I see around the table. It is bittersweet for sure. I pray your holidays are laced with hope and the love of our dear, Savior!

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  4. Thanks for sharing, Julie. I know what it is to be unsure of a passed loved one’s eternity, but praise to God, there is hope, for we know not what transpired between that loved one and the Lord in those moments prior to their step into eternity. Keeping you in prayer.

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  5. Julie, I saved the link to read this, somehow knowing that it was something I needed to read. There are those we love who are gone, and we didn’t see clear evidence that they trusted Jesus, and this may create a greater grief. But you bring it all back to his mercy and our trust. It’s all we can do. I don’t think it was a mistake that you surrendered on the date that you did. If you were standing here now, I’d give you a great big hug. Bless you and your mom with peace.

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