Monday, January 27, 2014

one foot in heaven


a little watercolor sketch from the Gaudi study - Sagrada Familia in my dreams

Finding sure footing.

My sweet Dad left to heaven unexpectedly early Wednesday morning.  I am heartbroken for our little families. He was foundational in our lives and we are trying to stand on wobbly legs right now.  I am hope-filled with heavenly joys for him though.  He and I talked of spiritual things often and I am grateful for those comforting memories.  He had a relationship with God that was personal and strong.

We have been lifted up and carried during these difficult days, God is good.  It will always be a very holy week, Hillary Hope's heavenly birthday was the 24th (my oldest daughter).  She was very close to her grandpa, so we take great comfort in that homecoming.
    
My Dad was one of my biggest cheerleaders, I know he will be anxious for me to get back into the world, but I need to sit here with one foot in heaven for just a little while longer.

Thank you for your prayers (I am so in need this week).    

I will post the new class as soon as I am able.

xoxoxo
jj




47 comments:

  1. Junelle, I am so sad to read of your family's loss and the special memories this week brings. Thinking of you and sending gentle and kind wishes and hoping you can take the time you need ...

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  2. so sorry for your loss my prayers are with you and your family. God bless you.

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  3. I will keep you and yours in my prayers through this difficult time. I'm so sorry to read of your family's loss.

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  4. I'm so sorry to hear this. My prayers to you and your loved ones

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  5. I feel your pain, Junelle. I have lost my Dad and my oldest child, a daughter, as well. Good wishes and prayers to you, your Mom and your family.

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  6. I am so very sorry. Praying for peace and strong arms to hold you up during this time.

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  7. Junelle, please know how much I care. I'm still praying... My heart goes out to all of you...

    Faith

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  8. I just found your blog last week and I am so so very sorry for your loss. And, you've lost a daughter too. The little I've read of your blog shows how beautiful your faith is. I know He will carry you. I will be praying for you. (I lost my first husband at a young age)

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  9. Deeply saddened by your loss. The greater the love, the deeper the pain. May your memories comfort you in the days ahead. Judging by your love, you will have many memories that will bring you strength, and gently ease the pain in time.

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  10. I am so sorry for your loss...sending prayers to your family.

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  11. Thinking of you, holding you and your family in my prayers, Junelle xx

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  12. Praying for comfort and peace for you and your family. I love the verse, "Draw" near to God and He will draw near to you. Even literally, as you draw on paper during this time, He will be near. Many blessings to you.

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  13. Sending hugs and prayers of comfort.

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  14. Junelle, I really can really appreciate - as beautiful as you put it - that you need o sit with one foot in heaven for just a little while longer. As much as grief stings in our deepest chambers it also lets us into heaven for a while and allows us extraordinary insights - embraced with a golden hue as it is portrayed. When I hear of your Dad's passing I instantly got a very beautiful imagery of his reunion with Hillary Hope. I wish you strength... but I rest deeply and assuredly God is with your every step. XOX

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  15. Sorry Junelle, that was me in the comment above - I forgot to switch to my own account. Xoxo Joan

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  16. This art is so gorgeous. I think however, that a life such as your father's is probably the most beautiful work of all. My condolences. Anita

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  17. Your post was an amazing tribute to your dad. Praying the days and weeks ahead will be full of God's mercy.

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  18. Junelle, you are such a blessing to this Christ-follower. You stay right there with one foot in heaven as long as you want to stay. God is good. Aren't we thankful for our wonderful memories of our spiritually strong loved ones who have gone on to their eternal home. My mother's homegoing was in April. I am praying for you.

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  19. I'm so sorry for your loss. Lifting you and your family up in prayers.

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  20. Praying for you, Junelle, and your family...God is good!

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  21. I am so sorry to read of your loss. I wish I could hug you. But for now, sending hugs and prayers and comfort and the happiest memories of your dad.

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  22. Praying for you and your clan Junelle! A friend of mine recently said that she is learning to settle herself into God's arms and let His love settle over her. My you all be settled in, and through, His great love.

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  23. I'm sorry to hear of your loss, so happy to hear of him and God's relationship. He will be with your little girl and watching over all of you. Wrapping my arms around you in a big warm hug sweet girl. Prayers for all of you and strength to get thru this hard time. Don't worry about us, do what your heart needs you to right now. XOXOX

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  24. Love and many prayers for you and your family Junelle. I love that you express your feelings as 'one foot in heaven a little longer' - that is such a beautiful way to express your feelings. It touched my soul. Your heart is so beautiful and you set such an example even when your heart is breaking. I pray you stay strong in your faith and enjoy the love of your family. Big, Big Hugs and lots of love...

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  25. Sweet Junelle, let your hurt and pain spring forth, for in that you will find healing. Right now, my uncle is close to death. It is never easy to loose the ones we hold near and dear to our hearts. Knowing they will reside there for an eternity is truly a calming force.
    Hugs, dear friend.
    xx, Val

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  26. I'm so sorry to read this. I am sending a prayer right now for peace in your family. A wonderful father is such a blessing to his children. God bless you.

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  27. Junelle, thinking of you at this difficult time. Sending you love across the ocean.

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  28. Sorry to hear the news about your Dad, Junelle. I'm lifting you and your family in prayer. May God hold you close and give you peace and strength.

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  29. Rose D. Frenchtown, NJJanuary 30, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    My sincere sympathy goes out to you and your beautiful family. Much love to you.

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  30. My prayers are with you and your family, Junelle. I am sorry for your loss.

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  31. sending prayers up for you and your family

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  32. As I read your blog post tonight .... prayers to you and all of your family. Your fond and sweet words regarding your Dad remind us all that it is so important to love the ones on this earth and tonight I am calling my Daddy. thank you for sharing ....

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  33. I am so sorry for your loss Junelle but am surely happy that you have the comfort of knowing that your Dad is with the Lord and you will see him again one day along with your daughter. What a wondrous reunion that will be! Prayers and hugs to you.

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  34. Oh, Junelle! I feel your loss somewhat, having lost both my folks and husband in the last few years. My prayers are with your family. Rest with the thoughts of reunion someday!

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  35. I am just so sorry for your loss Junelle. Being BLESSED with wonderful parents makes it so hard to let them go...I lost both of mine just 5 years ago , two weeks apart, very unexpected also. It is comforting knowing they are all in heaven and watching over us ...and how sweet the memories we will always keep close in our hearts. Hugs to you.

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  37. So sorry for your loss. Sending you lots of hugs from Barcelona.

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  38. So sorry to hear your sad news. Sending you love from California.

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  39. Sending prayers..... May God comfort you as you begin to find your new normal.

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  40. Sorry to hear this. Sending prayers & love.

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  41. So sorry to hear of your loss. Many prayers and hugs being sent your way

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  42. I just read about the loss of your dad. I know how hard it is. I've walked that road. We lost a dear friend unexpectedly in February. When the godly men depart so early our hearts can do nothing but stop a second, wonder and listen for the promise of the Father's faithfulness.

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