I have been grieving the passing of my dear sister-in-law, Regina; my brother Mack’s beloved wife. I have known Regina since I was a very young girl of nine years old. She has been a strong force in my life right up to her passing just a few days ago. She dedicated her life to God and family. She taught me so much about living, loving and enjoying every moment, no matter what life throws at you. I want to take a moment to thank her.
From the time we first met, she was my teacher. She was always imparting wisdom from the Word and from her personal life. For instance, she was the epitome of homemaking and the greatest homemaker of them all. What I remember learning about most was her cooking. She would teach me tidbits about cooking and WOW! She was the greatest cook. I especially loved her baking; those pies and cobblers! Oh and I can’t forget those homemade rolls. I could never master those rolls. And she passed that gift on to her children. Danielle, her daughter, makes the best lemon meringue pie and I can’t find anything like it, anywhere. Her daughter Jennifer and son Mike are great cooks. Her son Paul is too, and he was a great right hand man Regina would always say. The grandkids are following right behind. She sure loved her family and I believe she still does. That’s how I know we will see our loved ones again, because the love never ends.
She imparted wisdom from the Word. She loved the Lord so much and she so wanted everyone to know Jesus and to know Him intimately. She always shared the gospel no matter where she was or what she was doing, and that never stopped. When we got our Christmas cards every year, or birthday cards, there would always be a gospel message included. She was a true evangelist. Mack and Regina continued their ministry after they retired and traveled the countryside sharing the gospel with elderly people in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Regina continued this ministry up until she could no longer walk. To say this woman was amazing is an understatement. She wanted nothing more than to give her life for Christ and as she was going through her lengthy battle with cancer, her beautiful smile never left her face to the very end! In fact, you would have never known she was sick up until the last months of her life. All I could say over and over was, “What an amazing woman!” She always gave all the credit to Jesus.
I know in my heart her efforts were not in vain. I have reaped the benefits of her labor of love. The Lord God has brought me through so much sadness and trouble in my life. Regina was always there to encourage me. I looked high and wide, long and hard for love for many years. I’m so glad I finally found it in Christ Jesus! I know Regina was praying for me! Her prayers were heard when I was in a pretty dark tunnel with no light at the end; speeding fast to a very dark place. Thank you Regina, for praying for my life, my salvation and soul restoration. I now pray daily for my family. I can rest in Christ, knowing He is taking care of things and will bring to pass all that He has promised for me and for those I love. What a legacy of love Regina left for all of us.
I thank God for Regina’s example; for being a strong woman of God. She taught me to be a good wife and mother. She would always tell me to take good care of my husband; look out for him and pray for him always. Oh how she loved and cared for her beloved Mack, for more than fifty years.
She blessed my children. When Jessica had her son, my grandson Shia, she took her under her wing and spoke into her life with encouragement, sound advice and wisdom. It had such an impact on her. Mack and Regina traveled so far to be at my son Cjs graduation from college, even with all they were suffering through. It was such a huge blessing to us that they made such a sacrifice. She believed in supporting family and celebrating accomplishments.
I thank God for her love and her joy. Her favorite fruit of the Spirit was truly JOY! Whenever I would call her and ask how she was doing, she would always say, “JOY!” And she would say, “Praise the Lord. God is so good!” Joy to you, Regina. You are in the fullness of joy right now. I am so happy for you being with your Savior at last.
And to my family, I say, please take a moment from your busy schedules, and look about you to hope and experience the love that surrounds you. It’s hard to stop and rest these days. We have so many plans to fulfill, obligations to meet, new adventures to seek…..but I urge you to stop for a minute and feel the love. Feel the prayers being prayed for you right now. Our lives are but for a moment. It is here and then it is gone. The time in between your beginning and your end is important, but this very moment is the most important. Live in the moment! Live life today, in the present! Look up and receive your blessing of love and redemption. God is love and He loves you. Regina would surely want me to say, receive Christ today. I am here if you want to know more about Him.
Be still and know love is all around you. Don’t be robbed of the blessing of it, acknowledge it. There is a crowd of witnesses surrounding you, praying for you, fighting for you, pouring out love to you. Regina is one of those witnesses and there are so many more of us, too. I love you, family!
Thank you Regina, for the love of God in you that was relentless, powerful, and never, ever gave up on any of us. Surely your reward is great! I love you…forever and always…