Memory Moment

Four years ago, my childhood friend left this world.

I have memories that are still so vivid with Stacie! In a memory moment, I can be back in time to our middle school/high school years. Probably not many of us really care to travel back to that time of our lives! However, I welcome these glimpses just to see, hear and enjoy the memory moment with her. Moments of laughter and tears that always are linked with true friendships.

True friendships last through transitional times apart. After high school, we each went different directions with school and careers. Facebook, phone calls, and once-in-awhile-get-togethers helped keep us connected.

This picture is from one of the times we were able to meet and catch up with each other.

Red Lobster for some popcorn shrimp...if my memory serves me.

A little over four years ago, Stacie found out she had lymphoma. She handled the diagnosis and treatments with a strength and grace that amazed. She had a strong tower of faith! Stacie's sweet mamma wrote about about their journey in her book I Will Not Fear: A Chosen Life.

I'm on my second read through and amazed at the new truths and discoveries that I am finding! This time I am reading it with my youngest daughter. And maybe that is what is bringing new light. I love sharing my friend's life, faith, and friendship with her!

The first time I read the book, I received closure. I had many questions surrounding Stacie's passing from this life. Her mamma beautifully shared about their last few days together.

This second time....I am finding other truths. I've seen God's faithfulness and the answering of prayer in new ways. My heart has been stirred to the power of the Word of God and standing on His truths in times of trial.

I've been sad for me, her friends, students and her parents...she is missed here. But I've realized how happy that I can be and am for her now. She has no more pain, no more treatments, no more concerns. She is with her Jesus.

Yesterday marked four years. Amazingly, my daughter and I were reading chapters surrouding Stacie's last days and her home going. I love the truth that I am sharing with my daughter...that we do not have to fear...not death...nothing do we have to fear. God has got this!

I love these verses from Solomon 8:14 (amplified) that Mamma Mac shares in the book - "Joyfully the radiant bride turned to Him, the One altogether lovely, the chief among ten thousand to her soul, and with unconcealed eagerness to begin her new life of sweet companionship with Him, she answered, "Make haste, my Beloved and come quickly, like a gazelle or a young hart and take me to our waiting Home upon the mountains of spices.

If you are interested in purchasing the book, it is available at Rowe publishing.


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