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Tuesday, August 21, 2012


I've already scheduled a post for today.
However, I can't help but share this heavy heart with you.
So, today, there will be two posts; one happy and one heavy hearted.
My apologies ahead of time.

"For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to run away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace."
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

I don't find it a coincidence that as I lay awake this morning thinking about time and how we spend/share/embrace/waste/live/utilize/cherish/enjoy/remember it, 
that Facebook imposed Timeline upon me.  It's as though God is sending me the message: 
Be aware of how you spend your time; cherish it.  It is not dispensable.

I write all this because yesterday, a young girl that I once babysat (early 20's), was removed from life support.  Teal suffered two massive heart attacks last week and her parents and brother had to make the decision to stop forcing her to stay here when her soul was ready to be elsewhere.

I knew Teal as a young girl; beautiful in talent, spirit, and physicality.
I remember her as extremely talented musically and theatrically, gorgeous and captivating eyes, and an intelligence and wisdom beyond her years.  A girl I enjoyed babysitting spending time with.
Life separated us, but from what I can gather from the outpouring of love and kindness on her Facebook page, she never stopped touching peoples' lives.
So many people sharing memories, performances, and cherished thoughts.
Twenty-two years is a short time to be on this earth, but she made the most of those years.
And, the people on her Facebook page may be grieving, but they are also rejoicing.
They are grateful and thankful for the time they had with her.  The time God provided by placing Teal in the lives and hearts of many.  
In period of grief, her family and friends are thankful for the time they had.

So, today, I contemplate, my time here.
What will people remember about me when God calls me to eternal life?
How can I best utilize my time here to glorify Him?
I am forever grateful that I've been given the time I have and I intend to cherish every moment.
Today, I think of Teal and her family and pray for them in what can only be described as a desperate time.  A time when they must try not to understand, but to embrace what is divine destiny.

RIP Teal Barns.
You are greatly loved
& already missed.


  1. <3. my prayers go out to Teal's family. we can rejoice in knowing that Teal is with the Lord. so sorry for your loss, girl.

  2. So sorry for your loss! She's in a much better place now.


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