Where You Are

The night my grandmother passed away, God gave me a dream about her going to heaven. She passed away 3 years ago today, but I still remember the dream and the emotions I felt as I awoke and knew she was in heaven. I wrote this poem based off the dream I had and read it at the graveside. I am far from a poet, but I thought I would share in memory of my grandmother. I invite comments and thoughts.

Where you are

The night before you passed

I had a marvelous dream

I was standing to the side

Before you was a brilliant light beam


So beautiful and enticing

Heaven I knew it must be

As you strolled towards it

I leaned in, eager to see


All the splendor of glory

My whole life I’d been told

The mystery of the promised land

I was anxious to unfold


But no matter how hard I tried

A glimpse I could not steal

For you see it wasn’t my time

To experience what you now feel


One thing I do remember

Before everything went black

Never once did you hesitate

Shift your focus, or glance back


Your eyes were not fixed on heaven’s gates

Streets of gold failed to capture your attention

You appeared oblivious to the crystal sea

And the mansions Jesus did mention


The spectacular objects of heaven

You seemed not to notice

There was one thing on your mind

Seeing Jesus was your sole focus


Often times you wondered

When you would take your place

Around the throne of God

And see Jesus face to face


Grandma we will miss you

But with Grandpa you now abide

Worshiping Jesus together

Hand in hand and side by side

Grandma on her 92nd Birthday

Grandma on her 92nd Birthday


It is November and where as we are to be thankful every day, often times during this season we take the time to publicly reflect on the things for which we are thankful. Here is my list. They are in no particular order, in fact, I scrambled them around so they were not even in the order which they came to my head. I would love to hear everyone’s reasons for being thankful so feel free to share. 🙂


  1. God loves me, loves me so much He was willing to allow His own Son to be sacrificed just so I could spend eternity with Him
  2. Jesus was willing to come to the earth to set an example of how to live and how to walk in faith, who died in order to save me, and who rose again, so I could live with Him forever
  3. The Holy Spirit dwells with me that I am not comfortless. He leads me, guides me, and is an ever present help in time of trouble
  4. I have family who is loving and supportive and always there for me, and the fact that there is minimal drama and insanity in my family is a huge blessing
  5. To be a part of a church that knows how to worship God
  6. For a supportive and loving church family
  7. I have the BEST Job in the WORLD!
  8. To have friends who are awesome and even those who live far away still make time for me when I need them
  9. For the changing of the seasons. I love to see God paint His masterpieces
  10. For every opportunity to invest into people’s live, whether in big or small ways, every way makes a difference
  11. God always provides, He always ensures I have enough and more than enough
  12. LITE BRIGHT is on the WAY! My sister has been waiting for God’s miracle for 5 years and now little Lite Bright is on the way! This means I am going to be an Aunt!
  13. For Peace of mind knowing I am where God wants me to be doing what God has called me to do
  14. To have the opportunity to learn. I don’t claim to know it all and have a long way to go, but I know I am going to get there by the grace of God and a lot of hard work
  15. For Kingdom connections
  16. I have been able to travel to so many different places to share God’s love and to invest into lives
  17. God has brought me a long way, but is still not finished with me yet
  18. For Faith to move mountains, claim healing, and scare away demons in the NAME OF JESUS
  19. For color (what a dull world it would be with no color)
  20. To have the ability to do God’s work with a healthy body and mind
  21. My little Saturn is still going strong. She has almost 150,000 miles but is still a good car (please last 8 more years, please last 8 more years)
  22. For majestic mountains and sandy shores
  23. To live in America
  24. For alone time with God, just to sit at His feet and bask in His love
  25. When God reveals Himself through His Word, His handiwork, and through dreams He gives me
  26. For cool breezes and warm rains
  27. God is my first LOVE. He satisfies and fills my heart in a way no one else can
  28. God has the perfect plan for my life and He has it all worked out
  29. People (could you imagine the world without people)
  30. Sports, specifically, basketball, tennis, and football and a little bit of baseball. I do love sports
  31. Creativity
  32. For my green thumb, it’s not a big one, but it’s enough to keep my plants alive and thriving
  33. For those little moments when people in my life say something or do something that reminds me of how blessed I am to have them in my life
  34. To have the opportunity to serve God and serve others
  35. For those periods of stretching. I know they may be difficult, but I also know they will make me more into the person God desires me to be
  36. To have a strong Christian heritage in my family
  37. For crazy socks and brightly colored scarves
  38. For peanut butter, on waffles, cake, doughnuts, pancakes, sandwiches, straight out of the jar
  39. For sweet Tea
  40. I have way more than 40 things for which to be thankful