until we meet again

I am perpetually with you, taking care of you. That is the most important fact of your existence. I am not limited by time or space; my Presence with you is a forever-promise. You need not fear the future, for I am already there. When you make that quantum leap into eternity, you will find me awaiting you in heaven. Your future is in My hands; I release it to you day by day, moment by moment. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow. 

I want you to live this day abundantly, seeing all there is to see, doing all there is to do. Don't be distracted by future concerns. Leave them to Me! Each day of life is a glorious gift, by so few people know how to live within the confines of today. Much of their energy for abundant living spills over the timeline into tomorrow's worries or past regrets. Their remaining energy is sufficient only for limping through the day, not for living it to the full. I am training you to keep your focus on My Presence in the present. This is how to receive abundant Life, which flows freely from My throne of grace. 
(Jesus Calling, September 30th.)

A week ago today, we lost the handsome man in the photos above, my Grandpa. He married the most selfless woman in the world, had 6 children and 17 grandchildren, wrote a book, devoted himself to God everyday, and was a great 500 partner. We spent the weekend celebrating what a great life he had with all those whose lives he touched throughout the years. There are no words for how much this man has affected our lives throughout the years; and it is always so hard when illness takes over someone's body all too early. But, he is exactly where he wanted to go - to be in heaven with his daughter Renee. We love you Grandpa - below is something he told us in his last few weeks of life, which will always put a smile on my face:

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