Sunday, February 18, 2018

Happy Sunday

Sunday, a day we dedicate to rest, peace and worship. Try all three, it will do your body good in more than one way:)
I read from the book, Jesus Calling, a way to focus on Him.

 "My face is shining upon you, beaming out Peace that transcends understanding. You are surrounded by a sea of problems, but you are Face-to-Face with Me, your Peace. As long as you focus on Me, you are safe. If you gaze too long at the myriad problems around you, you will sink under the weight of you...r burdens. When you start to sink, simply call out, "Help me Jesus!" and I will lift you up." It goes on to talk about the waves of adversity looming huge but by the time they reach you, touched by Him, they are small. Our encouragement is to smile at the future. Smile at this Sunday and lean on His favor.

 A song and a prayer that the Lord will keep you and all that concerns you in His care;
 
I just got home from Family Worship Center where David Fleming ministered. He is not getting older, he's getting better in Jesus name. Praise the good Lord! He always inspires my family.
 
 
So happy he shared the cutest pictures of his little boys with Bill and me after service. THEY ARE ADORABLE! The Lord certainly saved the best for last as in giving David the most awesome wife and sons in his later years after David serving him in the low places for years.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Review of The Miracle Worker and the Misfits by DIXIE KOCH:

 
Here is my review of The Miracle Worker and the Misfits by DIXIE KOCH:
 
I liked The Miracle Worker and the Misfits by DIXIE KOCH. I thought it had a catchy title which is why I decided to order it for review. The subtitle is "Two Supernatural Kingdom and the Clashing of Swords."
 
The play on the story from the Bible about the demons being cast out and into animals brought about a big dilemma in the story. Personally I wish Dixie had kept to the Biblical adaptation and used pigs instead of cows to send the demons into, just my preference, for some reason.
 
Some of the dialogue was extremely beautiful at times and the story was gripping and will keep you reading.
 
 
 I was very grateful to receive a Review Copy from the publisher through BookCrash. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255. My review is my honest opinion.
 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

What is Your Samaria or Connection?


What is Your Samaria or Connection?

And I shall cause thee to have ministry among the sisters and I shall give thee favor. But thou shalt also wait upon thy God and I will give thee a tender heart and yea even more than thou dost even have this night. Thou shalt be broken by My word and by My presence many times but not destroyed nor cast down.

I shall fashion you again and again and each time that I mold and touch thee thou shalt rise up in more of a new transformed creation than you were before you came into the presence of your God. (Prophectic Word for Donna 1984)

 

Do you ever feel there is something in your life that you must or need to do? The scripture in John 4:4 where Jesus said, "And he must needs to go through Samaria." has been on my mind lately. He needed to go there because He knew there was someone who had need of Him. She didn't know it, at the time, but He knew well ahead of time what she needed, and it came in the form of a reality check. It also was a needed connection. She needed to connect with her creator in a way that she never had before.

How many of us need one of those connections? Can we handle them when they come in the words of a friend or loved one? A proverb says, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend.” Recently someone I know called me at the right time, the moment I felt so down, I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it. THE LORD’S TIMING IS ALWAYS RIGHT AND TRUE.  Dealing with the “new normal” of not feeling good or having energy because of a recent health diagnosis, had gotten me down. 

But my friend had a good report on herself; the Lord had her call me before Christmas, feeling that I had a connection for her that she needed desperately that day. I didn’t know if I did have the connection, but the Lord was faithful and she was able to get the help she needed. It wasn’t me or my connection but it was JESUS ALL THE WAY.  She was able to be revived and had what she needed to get through the holidays which are very painful for her, a woman alone, at this stage in her life.

The Lord is so good! He gave back to me through her words; she was a revived and filled with the SPIRIT, SISTER/MOM/DAUGHTER.  The minute she started talking to me on the phone, I started to weep as I knew I needed what she had and what she was going to say to me. She had a prayer and prophecy somewhat about me as Anna ministering to the Lord and God’s people. Me, praying, being seen, being used of the Lord when frankly right then I didn’t FEEL that and was so tired and down that I didn’t even want to go out of the house. She said she saw me as intercessor not only for my own children but for other’s children, too. May I be faithful to the call and the leading of the Holy Spirit. I write this today knowing that many of you may feel “unseen” yet the Lord does always see and He is very acquainted with our griefs and sorrows. He is always here, so take heart if you feel down.

You, Lord, will bring to remembrance the things I need to remember at the right time, whether through YOUR WORD (Psalm 118) or through friends. You, Lord, have gifted me with such kindness and love and MERCY by allowing me to partake of prophecies given, groups that support me and friends and family who love me. YOU ARE MY CHIEF LOVE, MY SAVIOR, MY DELIGHT AND STRONG FORTRESS OF HOPE! BE THAT FOR ALL HERE WHO READ THESE WORDS.

But even after the high of a wonderful phone call and connection by Sunday there was a great hindrance to me even wanting to go to church. This is rarely ever the case as worshipping the Lord revives me. I realize now it was the enemy trying to keep me from bringing a connection to someone. When I first got to church I was blessed by watching a sister worship the Lord even though less than a week ago her husband passed away unexpectedly. The music began to revive my soul as I begged the Lord to use me and reveal my purpose here on earth. Even at this late stage and age, I’m still one of the few who most of the time feels purposeless or that I’m just not really sure of the call. As I was leaving church a sister came to me and asked “Don’t you have a prayer group?” I sat with her and started talking about our Somebody’s Mother Online Prayer Support Group but then as she started sharing her heartache, I thought, let’s not talk about praying let’s just pray. It was my honor to hold her, pray for her and her daughter, to be used in a small way by the Lord. I knew then the reason for the hindrance, the enemy did not want me to connect or be part of someone’s Samaria. But he did not win on that day.

The right connection is always Jesus.

"And he must needs to go through Samaria" Jesus not only needed to minister to that woman, but He needed to give her a reality check. She needed something to get herself out of the stupor of life where she just existed. She needed to know that there was someone who knew her better than she knew herself and loved her anyway. She needed to know that she was more than she had settled for, trying to find herself in numerous relationships instead of the one relationship that would bring her life, health and love.

"And he must needs to go through Samaria" is such a beautiful phrase even though, the wording at first sounds a bit strange. Jesus not only ministers but is ministered to by doing what He needed to do, which in this case was bring life where there was death and darkness. Where the woman normally tried to hide herself from the community she went on to become a preacher of the good news of God. The news that someone can know everything about you and still love, want and desire you.

We can't change our past, but we can make it work for us and the Lord as wonder and awe forms, when others hear what we have gone through. We give glory to the Lord who has helped us when we were too weak to help ourselves.

Many people are going through tremendous trials at this moment. Prayer requests pour in that would break your heart and the heart of the Lord. The only way we are going to make it is to cling to the Lord and listen to that small voice that tells us what we "need" to do. It might be something simple as giving a dejected person a hug, sharing some time with someone when you don't really have time of your own, calling up someone in ministry and telling them they are doing a great job.

Look around you; that person who is your "Samaria'" or connection may appear in a way or form you didn't expect. But the heart of the Lord who loves us all supremely will always go out of His way to go to your "Samaria."

 Donna Collins Tinsley

A SISTER AMONG YOU

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Y.A.N.A. You Are Not Alone

It's Thursday and
Y.A.N.A. You Are Not Alone. We are never alone when we have the Lord. May those in recovery keep working a program or keep leaning on the Lord. Doing both is even better. Our God is very unique and so He can send recovery in whatever way He sees fit. We have to yield to Him, knowing we can't fix anyone and we can sometimes get in the way of HIS PROGRAM! So let's leave our expectations at His throne and then stand back and see the faithfulness of our Lord.
 
 
 
Think about what if we lived as if Romans 8:28 is true?


Sometimes in conversations we hear these words:


What if?...
 I regret...
If only...

Life as we know it can be full of regrets and pain.

"What if someone had reached out to me as they did to her?" one says.
"I regret that I wasn't what you needed me to be," says another.
"If only I'd had more resources at that time of my life," is a common saying. Or if only I had a better mother or another father, or a car or a college fund, or someone would leave me a house or an inheritance.
"I'm too young to live with this kind of physical pain!"
"Wow! that woman has never gone through half the pain that I have and look at her whine."

What if...
I regret...
If only...

What if Jesus arrives with comfort that only He can bring?
What if He turns our regrets into healing for another person?
If only.... we truly learn acceptance is a path to a fuller, more grateful life and look for that Romans 28 moment when He turns all things into good for us who love Him.



 


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

How to Live With a Codependent Dog


How to Live With a Codependent Dog

I’m really not sure when she became codependent. She seemed like a pretty normal dog when she came here to live. Maybe it was all the hovering over her or the extreme love that got her this way. Willow the willowy Weimaraner has a big fan club with her owner, Ashley, at the top but her “Granddad,” Bill, is a close second. Nothing is too good for Willow around here. Sometimes I wonder if there was a choice if Bill wouldn’t choose Willow first over me!

She is a big “chicken” dog I must say. Of course a lot of dogs are afraid of fireworks, but Willow seems afraid of little dogs and even squirrels at times. Yes she likes to chase them but if one turns around and comes toward her, Willow runs for the door. She does seem afraid that someone may love the new granddoggie, Luna,  more than her even though I tell here “There is always enough love to go around.”

More and more Willow just seems afraid to be alone at night. And that doesn’t even mean ALONE, when we are here upstairs. Just WITHOUT ASHLEY constitutes alone for Willow. Last night Ashley and Isaiah went out to a late movie after I went to bed. Just as I was about to doze off, SCRATCH, SCRATCH. SCRATCH, I hear at the bedroom door. I tried to ignore it as I heard her run down the stairs. Then I heard her run up again. This time scratching led to bounding into the room as she used enough force, by pouncing on it, to open the door.

 “Willow, lay down,” I whispered, as I didn’t want to wake Bill up. Of course, he wears ear plugs to bed so no fear in that. Willow instead paced about the room, whining and actually crying. At this point I was willing for her to get in our bed, anything, so I could get some sleep, but no.  She evidently wanted back out. So I got up and opened the door and she ran back downstairs.

I guess she felt the sudden need to protect the homestead. Bark, bark, bark, bark, bark, I hear once again as I was about to go to sleep.

How do you live with a codependent dog?

I have no idea!

I can barely keep my eyes open today. Where is Willow? Sound asleep in Ashley’s room. “Codependent No More” is a very popular book written years ago. I wonder if I read it with new eyes concerning Willow if it would help me? Or does Willow need me to write one for dogs? How am I to learn their language? The best Dog Whisperer I know is Cyndi Walsh. Please Dan Walsh, let her know I need help! I guess the new title for Willow’s next book will be CODEPENDENT DOGS NO MORE. Maybe at last, I will get published!

Donna Collins Tinsley

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Can We Be Content Amidst Christmas Changes?


Can We Be Content Amidst Christmas Changes?

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein be content.”

Helen Keller

C hristmas may look different this year
H
oping and praying for the best for you
A
ngels surround you and your home
N
o glory given but to Him, our Lord
G
reater things He will do than you ever dreamed
E
ternity will reveal things that were hidden here on earth.
S o be happy be blessed this Christmas season.

 

Let your complications and changes help you to be content this Christmas season.

 

C hrist’s birth should make us content

O nly in Him will we find relief; mentioning God’s goodness every day

N ot in people, places or things

T hanksgiving every day

E verlasting love is ours through Him, enduring hard times even with the chaos and complications of life

N ever alone or forsaken, never giving up

T reating people with kindness; there is always enough love to go around

 

Is your Christmas going to be complicated or contented? As with most things in life, the choice may lie within us. I think the word for today could be complications; families are complicated, some are hurting, sad, broken yet our Lord is Lord over the complications. This we will believe in our darkest night of the soul, in the most complicated issues, in the wildest storm, You Jesus Christ our God and Father are Lord over the complications. You know the beginning from the end, the Alpha and Omega, the beautiful pattern of tapestry. Why would we think we can go through life pain-free when you suffered ultimately? Though it doesn't make us feel good to go through things, we know we have fellowship with Your suffering. We will believe the report of the Lord today that this is the day that He has made and in that we can find some small thing to rejoice in.

 

Everyone reading this has the gift of life, everyone reading this is able to find someone to bless in some small way, if not a large way, everyone reading this can be thankful for something today. If we have lost family members thank the Lord for those we have left, if we are in pain in one part of our body, thank the Lord for the parts that don't hurt, if we don't have an abundance of provision thank the Lord for what we do have. It's a "give thanks" day if we think about the great gift given this season. Christmas is a time of gift giving as we think about the best, most precious gift of the Man, Jesus Christ our Lord, being given to us. What do you do if you don't really feel like you have a gift to give, a song to sing or a light to shine?  Pray for contentment amidst the changes, complications and chaos of life.

Merry Christmas from Donna Collins Tinsley 2017  

Praying for your family strong this day, to be in peace and contentment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK8xB1opuQ8

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

IT’S BEEN A LANDSLIDE AROUND HERE THIS YEAR!


IT’S BEEN A LANDSLIDE AROUND HERE THIS YEAR!
 

Recently I had about a two-month bout with sickness. I guess with not being able to do what I want lately, it makes me reflect on “changes” in life. One thing I see is life changes daily and if I can’t change with it, I’ll become inflexible. I may become something or a type of person I don’t want to become or someone that no one wants to be around.

I’ve had to change some things and some dreams and even give some up. What worked years ago, won’t work now. Even Christmas celebrations.

With my health and Bill’s chronic pain even getting the house decorated hasn’t happened yet. Bill works so hard and I keep thinking there is a better way for him, that something is going to change; he cannot continually do the physical work of his business. Something can change in a moment with Jesus. The Lord wants us to fulfill the destiny that Christ had in mind for for all of us before the foundation of the earth.  For this I pray.

Change comes. Change hurts, sometimes. Change must occur for help to come. A phrase I use a lot it seems is “Nothing changes if nothing changes.”  It’s recovery related and can mean, if you keep doing the same old things expecting different results, it’s not going to happen. Change is essential to life. And life as we know it, will never be the same, it seems. But it can be better in Jesus name.

Even old traditions like the Grandkid’s Gathering, or my pre-Christmas celebration with them is changing. Years ago, when they were little it consisted of a sleepover, and a few times, a Christmas Scavenger hunt where we collected food for the needy. I think those things were more for me, than them, but we can still look back and rekindle those good memories. When it’s all been said and done memories may be the only things that don’t change.

This year instead of a night gathering for the grandkids, we will do brunch, as Aubrey works at night. (Give her a holler at Olive Garden Daytona). I’m storming my brain for something fun and Christmas related to do besides eat. We can’t go look at Christmas lights, that’s for sure, unless they want to stay until the evening to do that and I’m cool with that.

Having been sick for about eight weeks now, I find I have to pace myself. Even a little outing may take the energy out of me for a day afterward. Right now, I’m breathing in scented Frankincense oil in a diffuser, (even anointed myself with it again as Shiloh did recently) running a Himalayan Salt lamp to clean the air and praying that the Lord will cleanse my system of any residual infection of  the pneumonia /bronchitis. And I’m listening to a song about changes.
 

Oh, mirror in the sky
What is love
Can the child within my heart rise above
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides
Can I handle the seasons of my life~~~

Well, I've been afraid of changing
'Cause I've built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6IA4U09qQo

The title of the song is LANDSLIDE and maybe that’s another word for this year. I relate to the lyrics of building my life around my children but children do get older and so do old moms.  Lord, be my mirror in the sky and show me how to maneuver the seasons of my life. Give us a season of grace this year and although not picture perfect, a semblance of family. A family dreamed of with love and covered continually with prayer regardless.

A verse to pray and hold on to. I don't remember ever seeing this version of the verse: Matthew 19:26 MSG

 [26] Jesus looked hard at them and said, "No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it."

Matthew 19:26 Amplified Bible (AMP)

 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With people [as far as it depends on them] it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Congratulations to the new youth ministers at Family Worship Center, Decision Youth Group

Sometimes we forget to praise the Lord for the success stories, the answered prayers that come about even though there is trauma and drama in the family. Here's mine concerning our daughter Shiloh Tinsley Gaffka:

 I'm so proud of Pastor Brian and Pastor Shiloh Gaffka, the new youth ministers at Decision Youth Group at Family Worship Center. Y'all rock! Mentored by the very best: Pastors John and Cathy Mazza. That's one anointed mantle to pass on. May a double portion be upon them and the Blood of Jesus cover them.

 May the Lord answer you, Shiloh and Brian, when you are in distress;
    may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary
    and grant you support from Zion.
 May he remember all your sacrifices
    and accept your burnt offerings.
May he give you the desire of your heart
    and make all your plans succeed.
 May we shout for joy over your victory
    and lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests.
 Now this I know:
    The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
    with the victorious power of his right hand.
 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
 They are brought to their knees and fall,
    but we rise up and stand firm.
Lord, give victory to the king!
    Answer us when we call! Psalm 20 (NIV)
 
We are so happy this day has come in your life, that the hopes and dreams to fulfill your destiny in the Lord is here!
We are so proud of y'all and bless the Lord who put y'all together and continues to refresh your love and ministry.
May compassion for the youth and their families fill your hearts and strong wisdom come from our Lord Jesus Christ.
May He shine upon you both in every way, and give you wisdom beyond your years.
The threefold cord will not be broken and He will fulfill your innermost desires.
The Lord is good and His mercy is surely everlasting to Shiloh and Brian.
 
We love you,
Mom and Dad November 5th, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017

NOTHING CHANGES, IF NOTHING CHANGES!

Good morning People! It's Thursday and a great day for recovery in the state of Florida. Go to a meeting, spread some love and hope and work your program! Make a gratitude list and truly think about what you are writing down and what you have to be grateful for, we ask for grace today as we pray for those in recovery and their families:
Remember NOTHING CHANGES, IF NOTHING CHANGES! And the Bible says if we go back to what we've been delivered from it can be seven times worse than before. Only God. Only Jesus, Only the Holy spirit is going to turn you around if you keep playing around with what can only bring physical and spiritual death. Someone needs to read this and know this today.
Just as there is no "one way" to recovery, there is no one way to be their family, either. My motto is "Do what you can live with." Some days I can live with what would be entirely impossible to live with for an entire life. That's why we do it one day at a time. In my case and many others it's with the Lord. So let His praise ever be on our lips this day as we pray for those in a recovery walk and those who need to be. Open their eyes to reality and that there is always help available if they want to be well.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJpAZgXg7x0
Cool blog I found: Manage
https://www.recoveryfarmhouse.com/addiction-manage-by-chri…/
By Chris Joubert
“The reason society is more focused on drug and alcohol addiction is because these addictions are less forgiving. Meaning, the consequences of these addictions are too serious to ignore or to minimize. They are chaotic and ultimately, life threatening.
The main question we might ask is why people get themselves into addiction predicaments. Many times it starts off with ignorance and/or social pressures and/or health issues. But then, why is it so hard to break free once we are hooked? We might argue that it has become a physical, chemical and/or habitual prospect. The question then might arise; why would someone who had been clean for a long time, go back to illicit drugs or alcohol, knowing what it will do to them, and their loved ones? Interestingly enough, should you present this question to any person in the relapse predicament, they will have many arguments and excuses but will eventually relent to admitting ‘I don’t know’. I think we are ready to admit and realize that there must be a silent force behind addiction, there must be! I have learned that anything that we do, that does not make sense to our natural thinking, and overwrites our logic and inelegance, is spiritual.
Secular ideas and strategies are based on physical consequences and observations; it is an attempt to fix the problem from the outside in, but actually, addiction must be fixed from the inside out. It is remarkably similar to an infection. We can say that addiction is an infection of the soul. In my experience ALL addictions pivots on these realities.
Since we are on the subject of infections, let us discover whether addiction is a disease. The popular notion these days is that addiction is a disease. Has this idea been given the necessary study and thought?
A disease, in its literal sense is a diagnosable condition with a physical cause. Having or being infected by a disease has nothing to do with choice whatsoever. Addiction is better defined as voluntary slavery. Disease serves best as a metaphor to addiction; it highlights the way we can feel controlled by something other than our own will. We can thus say that addiction is LIKE a disease and not be fooled by the general assertion that addiction IS a disease. The AA them self’s identifies that we need the help of a “higher power”.
Most, if not all addicts, describe their drug addiction as an intimate relationship with their drug of choice. This drug means everything to them. It is closer to them than
their own breath. They are ready to sacrifice anything and anybody for their next hit. There is no limit to what they will venture in order to support their addiction. Many institutions describe this relationship between the drug and the addict as a “Romeo and Juliet” phenomenon.”

Sunday, September 24, 2017

She’s Dancing with the Stars, A tribute to Emily Gaines Tinsley


My mother-in-law, Mom Tinsley, passed away on Monday at the age of 97. She was the mom who adopted Bill and his twin, Happy/AKA Debbie. So those who know Edie, my other mother-in-law, don’t panic. I was blessed to have a very good relationship with her, and she jokingly called me her “favorite” daughter-in-law, since I was her only one. She was always very affirming to me, even telling me I was beautiful with wet hair and no makeup, after swimming in the lake. As said by so many others, she endeared people with her Southern charm of calling them “Sweetheart” “Darling” and “Honey.” She was a wonderful, supportive wife, mother and grandmother. Her legacy will live on.

 

One thing we shared in common was a love of dancing, although she could dance circles around me and so many others. When she became a widow, she had boyfriends galore and she went out dancing often until at age 91, when she fell and broke her shoulder. Her quality of life after that was not what she was used to. I hated to see her reduced to just sitting, watching the television instead of living life to the fullest as she had before. Up until she was no longer able to drive she drove people to church, doctor’s appointments and was even a Christian counselor going to school, I think in her eighties, to get a Master’s degree. But the “Master’s Degree” that was most important to her was the one that said, Jesus is my Lord and Master. She had a prayer book with pictures in it of those who she was praying for and her prayers helped many people along the way. She made people feel loved and happy and that was truly her gift to the world.

 

Monday September 18th I felt that the Lord wanted me to spend the day in Orlando, being at her side with her since Bill, Teresa and Frances had to work and Tina lives in Georgia. She had come through the surgery on Friday for her hip and the surgery on Sunday for a broken wrist well. Her daughter, Happy had flown in from Tennessee and wanted a ride over to the hospital and strangely, when normally my schedule doesn’t always allow for a day trip, all was good.

 

It was a long, bittersweet day and I’m not going to go into details, but it ended with her passing on into her heavenly home. After I returned home, I was wound up and turned on the television. The blast from the speakers said, “And this is Dancing with the Stars,” which was one of her favorite programs. I knew it was a special sign for me that she was dancing with Jesus.

 

She’s Dancing with the Stars 

 

Emily Gaines Tinsley showed us how to dance with her life,

And how to dance through life and do it well.

Her eyes, her countenance, her joy as she danced through life showed us first:

A little girl

A fun loving sister,

A young bride,

A loving mother,

A faithful daughter of our

Lord Jesus Christ.

 

All these things were there

In her eyes and life journey.

She communicated so well

With her beautiful blue eyes,

But also with the way

She danced through life.

She personified grace and mercy.

She was a sweet grandmother

A woman passionate

About her family and friends.

 

 “I’m ready to go,” she said to Teresa

On Friday, before her operation.

“You’re going home, Mama”

 

A few days later, her eyes portrayed

A new desire, “Set me free, Lord

To dance before You

At Your Majestic throne!

I’ve been in this old body

Way too long.

 

 

The Lord looked into those beautiful blue eyes

And said,

“Come my daughter, it’s your time.

You’ll not only be dancing with the stars,

You’ll be dancing with the One who flung them into heaven.”

 

(Donna Collins Tinsley in celebration of Emily Gaines Tinsley’s life 1920-2017)


 
Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things;
         Let this be known throughout the earth.
 Cry aloud and shout for joy, O Emily,
         For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

 Isaiah 12:4-6

 

To me, this quote by Mother Teresa of Calcutta sums up her life story and walk.

"Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be a loving expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting. To children, to the poor, to all who suffer and are lonely, give always a happy smile. Give them not only your care, but your heart." Mother Teresa of Calcutta

 

E ver loved by her family even

M ore as each year passed

I ndescribably beautiful

L atter years were peaceful

Y outhful in ways and looks always.

 

T houghtful

I n the ways of the Lord she walked

N eeded and cared for

S hine on, dear one

L ovely in ways and deeds

E xuberant and happy with dancing feet

Y ears of joy have been given. (Donna Collins Tinsley)