Psalm 116:15 | Is It Death?

Today, bound by time, we celebrate my Dad’s Heavenly promotion to Glory. On Saturday, July 30, 2016 Dad saw his Savior face to face for the first time. We can only imagine, he saw!

We experience 2 years –sometimes seeming forever, sometimes seeming like yesterday, yet for Dad it’s been Glory. Glory just to walk with Him. Glory just to bow before His Maker, Glory just to give praise, Glory just to honor Him, Glory just to serve Him, Glory just to adore Him, Glory just to live with Him. Glory!

We can only imagine, He is living it!

Time is nothing in heaven, it has no hold, no influence, no bond, nothing. It’s a different story here on Earth, doesn’t it?! Time has a real affect.

For me, through deaths we have experienced, time and Glory have grown sweeter.

  • Sweeter in its power of understanding. We have such a short time here on Earth and I must be serious about what God’s will is for me and therefore, accomplish it — period!
  • Sweeter in its purpose. There is no greater purpose in my life than to please, obey, love, serve my Lord, none! My life is for His service, not my own!
  • Sweeter in its plan. This goes along with purpose but focused on God. It’s God’s plan, not mine! See, God is not stupid. To think we have fooled God or gotten one over on God is just plan foolishness. To think, as the creation we are better than the Creator, we are wrong. We deceive ourselves. God is Truth, not our opinion.
  • Sweeter in its place. Heaven is my home, not here. Heaven is where my Savior is and that is where I long to go –when my time on Earth is completed. Heaven is also sweeter because those I love who are with my Savior, are with their Savior.

This is my Dad.

  • Avid woodworker, fisherman, traveler, genealogist, hockey goalie, and Philadelphia Flyers fan. Faithful follower and humble servant of Christ. After his salvation, he grew in his faith and love for the Lord. Attended seminary classes and faithfully served in two churches.
  • One moment Dad was serving the Lord the next he was face to face with his Lord.
  • Love & Miss you Dad! Thankful in Christ we are SAVED, HOPEFUL, EMPOWERED!

Claude Ronaldo Proulx, 64, of Mount Aetna (USA) died on Saturday, July 30, 2016 serving the Lord. Born on June 28, 1952 in Brownsburg, Quebec, Canada.

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

a Picture of Hope

‘Tell Your Heart to Beat Again’* – the first time I heard this song/testimony of the heart surgeon was about two or three weeks ago through a Facebook tag from my middle sister. I listened. Then listened again and again. It was so powerful to my soul that I couldn’t even repost it because it brought such tears to my eyes – especially with the recent last of my Dad, it ripped into my soul in ways that I am still working/healing through.

Over the years, my husband and I have had many losses through death. Whether it was grandparents that we adored, my husband’s father, to our third child passing exactly a week after my husband’s mother who we loved so much, then my Daddy.

This is my Daddy (the picture). He entered into eternity suddenly on July 31, 2016. There were no warnings. No signs. Nothing. One second an earthly-citizen the next a 

 heavenly-citizen standing face to face with his Savior. The night we received that phone call, truthfully I don’t remember much except  a few things like first hearing that Dad had a heart attack – but remembering saying to myself “we will go and see him – he will pull through again.” Death wasn’t even on my radar. The next thing I remember is “I’m sorry (my name) your Dad didn’t make it.” Didn’t make it – that is impossible, they didn’t know who they were talking about! My Dad is stronger than strong. But, it was true. Dad was gone.

It has been an interesting wave-like several months. My sweet husband, children and I have faced many life changing events over this past year. New state. New job. Great incredible accomplishments. New church. Old friends gone. New friends are next to none. Away from the known. Extended family far away. Dad entered eternity. Oh, and I turned 40 (that wasn’t hard…lol).

Much to take in and digest when it happens all at once. Not impossible with Christ, the Lord has been incredibly good to us; He has protected us in a million ways, guided, and provided, but I must admit that humanly my faith has been challenged so intensely. At times the challenging’s have been so hard that it has scared me, but now; now, though I still don’t understand everything or his wise loving plan, this challenge of soul has sparked a journey in my soul that I couldn’t have dreamed of. My soul is literally burning with fire and sometimes it is all I can do to accomplish what I should be doing.

The passing of my earthly father has truly been hard – no goodbyes, no last hugs, no last anything’s – just gone. I miss him. It wasn’t in my plans for Dad to enter Heaven at 64 years old. It wasn’t suppose to happen that way. I struggle (some days more than others), but in my struggling it has brought me closer to my heavenly Father and ignited me in ways I knew not of. I couldn’t write it any better then the bridge of the song:

Let every heartbreak

And every scar

Be a picture that reminds you

Who has carried you this far

‘Cause love sees farther than you ever could

In this moment heaven’s working

Everything for your good

My soul is starting to beat again through the healing power of Jesus Christ. It is bursting into flames and how can I not speak boldly for on King? How can I not share Christ with others? Eternity is forever. Life is truly short! How can I not live in boldness to speak of Him? How can I not live my created God-confident life for this world is not my home for one day (sooner than I think) my time on earth is up just like yours is.

I could choose to take the reins of control and pretend to live this life as though I was the one in control, but I am not and neither are you. God is in control whether we want accept that reality or not. We are the creation and he is the Creator.

This life is not mine and I am choosing to not live another moment as though it is mine but rather I as simple clay – an instrument in His molding hands, willing. Obedient. Quick to respond to His Word. Putting on Christ. There is surety and intense hope in Jesus Christ for the future that I have never known before.

*disclaimer: I am so thankful for my precious sister posting this song to me via FB. This song has been an encouragement to my heart, but I must note, personally I do not support everything he (Danny Gokey) sings or produces nor have I seen or heard everything he has sung or produced.