A few weeks ago, I went on a wonderful retreat with our women's ministry. Our speaker, Beverly Ross, was amazing and really inspiring. She inspired me to get a prayer chain going for our kiddos at church and so far we have 22 participating! (If we haven't gotten in touch about this and want to participate, let me know) God is so good. He has blessed our church with prayerful women.
Tragically, Beverly lost her sweet daughter Jenny on Monday. She was 32. It started out as the flu and quickly took over her body in so many different ways. I followed along through her care pages and have been forever changed by this family's story of faith in our loving God. In almost every post, their trust in God was overpowering. His love resonated on each page by them as well as the comments that thousands have left. I've also witnessed how a community of believers can come together and be connected. I've randomly come across so many who knew Jenny or of her. Amazing how people of every faith or of no faith can be unified in tragedy. God's glory has been shown and through her, I know many who have been deeply touched by her.
All this to say that last night on my way to church I was quickly reminded of something else Beverly talked about at the retreat. She told us that she always taught her kids at a very young age to write down what they want people to say at their funeral. What they want to be remembered for and then to live their days so that this would happen. How would people see them? How would they live their life? Would it always point to Jesus as their Lord and Savior? This memory of what she said struck me. I don't know what Jenny wrote down but at today's funeral, I know it will probably surpass her expectations if it's anything I've witnessed the last three weeks.
So what would people say about you? I challenge us to write it down and live our lives as such. This reminds me of the song I LOVE by Nichole Nordeman "Legacy". (click to listen to it! It's also on my song list on the right)
"I wanna live a legacy. How will they remember me? Did I choose to love? Did I point to YOU enough to make a marks on things? I want to leave an offering. Child of mercy and grace who blessed your name unapologetically.... and leave that kind of legacy."
Jenny's funeral is being live streamed at 1 p.m. today so if you'd like to take part in something amazing, the link is:
Here is what was left on the care page after she passed. I ask you all to keep the family and everyone close to Jenny in your prayers:
Posted Feb 22, 2010 5:05pm
Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord
Jenny Bizaillion passed from this world at 3:38pm.
She was the most beautiful, wonderful friend, perfect mom, devoted sister, loyal daughter, and best wife a person could ever have.
We will see her again.
3 months ago