Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Yes to God...Chapter 1

This is the first week of “Yes to God” bible study with Lelia,our host. I’ve missed you guys in the last study and I’m looking forward to seeing where God will take us as we read “An Untroubled Heart” by Micca Campbell.

Highlighted in blue has been taken from the book.

The first chapter caught me off guard. As I started to read Micca’s story about the tragic death of her husband, it took me back to the day that my mom’s bathrobe caught on fire. She was making her morning tea when her sleeve touched the open flame on the stove. By the time she (at 88 years old) could put out the fire 90% of her body was covered with 3 degree burns. She went home to the Lord seven hours later in the hospital with her five daughters standing at her bedside singing "Amazing Grace."

Shortly after her death, I began to question my faith. I remember screaming at God “How could you let this happen to such a faithful servant of yours?” Soon after that tragic event I received my Proverbs 31 magazine, which I read from cover to cover. In the magazine there was a story about a young wife and mother who lost her husband in a fire accident. By the end of the article, I could barely see with my eyes as tears screamed down my face but my heart could clearly see the faithfulness of God.

Micca, if you’re reading this I want to say …Thank you for sharing your story, it gave me hope.

So, my prayer is as I journey through the pages in the upcoming weeks, the statement found on the front cover of the book… finding a faith that is stronger then all my fears, will take root in my heart.



Heather said...

Thank you so much for sharing about your mother... and how Micca's story gave you hope.

There is hope, it is just sometimes so hard to see it.
I too hope that I will find my faith stronger than my fears. Still dealing with many, but greater is He who is in me that, he who is in the world!

God bless, and looking forward to doing this study with you!

Chatty Kelly said...

Your faith is so amazing. Every time you tell the story of your mom's loss, I am amazed. I am so sorry for your loss.

God bless you.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

How awesome...I mean that you read about Micca's story that many moons ago and now you are rejoined with her story and reading her book.

The Lord is unbelievable in how He orchestrates things...much like I said in my post last Saturday...how he orchestrated someone who entered my life 25 years ago, coming and going only brief spirts and then, bam she's back, I work with her and she was one of God's hands in a recent journey of mine.

Tea With Tiffany said...

Yes, finding a faith that is bigger than all my fears!

You bless with your words of faith.

I remember reading your mom's story recently. It made me cry. I can't imagine. I'm sorry.

Love you,


Lelia Chealey said...

I remember reading a post about your Mom and crying through it. The one thing that so touched me about her and I think it was in a separate post was when she wore a neck brace and seemed depressed and with tears in her eyes said she just wanted to read God's Word. That really stuck with me.
You are always such a huge blessing Tammy.

LisaShaw said...

Dear Tammy,

I've missed visiting with you. I was off line but I'm so glad to be back and to read your heart warming and incredibly faith lifting message. I've not read the book but it's one I will have to get.

I'm moved by the testimony of God's faithfulness even in the very painful loss of your precious Mom. We often can not see "it" right while we're in the midst of a painful situation. I certainly felt that way in the losses of my brother in 1994 at 23, my Grandma in 1990 and my Grandfather in 2007 but especially in the loss and type of loss of my baby brother.

It often takes a "stand back" and see GOD moment to bring us back into the awareness that He is STILL faithful in the midst of tragedy.

I love your heart for the Lord and to share so openly with all of us. Bless you dear sister.


Carol said...


I'm so glad you are with us on this study. I've missed you. I pop over to try and keep up, but I'm so excited to hear your posts on this story.

Your story brought me tears. But what really touched me was that you and your sisters were singing to your mom as she was lead home to be with the Lord. What a beautiful moment to share with her.


Jody said...

Hi Tammy,
My dad passed away a little over a year ago, the result of outpatient tests gone bad, negligence of doctors. He was only 68, but praise God loved Jesus and is with him now. I didn't question God or his love for me, but was devestated in the way God had already decided how my dear dad would meet him. As the title of a book says, I was suprised by grief and still am on the path, with God holding my hand, of coming out of the valley of the shadow of death. God is good though, all the time.
Looking to Jesus.

LisaShaw said...

Sister, left something for you on my Speak on it with LisaS blog.

Joyfulsister said...

HI Tammy,
Thank you for your words of encouragement when you came to visit me this morning. I am so touched by this post about your Mom, Faith is bigger than all of our fears because we serve a big God, and he understands us through even those times when we question all that we possibly cannot understand or even comprehend. He is so faithful!!

Hugz Lorie