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Saturday, March 30, 2013

As my brother, sister and I were cleaning out Mom's house after she passed away last May, we found a small wooden sign next to her mirror with just one word on it - COURAGE. We all looked at each other, then my brother left the room for a moment and my sister and I cried. We cried with realization, empathy, and pride - our mother had been amazingly brave and resolute in her battle, gentle and kind throughout. We wondered how perhaps that one thought, seen and contemplated daily, helped her maintain that beautiful attitude.

My siblings gave me that little wooden sign to take home with me. It sits on the bookcase by my bed, and I cherish it not simply as a memory, but as a call. All of us need courage to face the things given to us to strengthen and deepen our spirits. Whatever those wounds, whatever our gifts, the realization that we ARE brave, and we CAN endure is one that comes late to some of us.

My mother was a fervent believer, as am I, both of us knowing the comfort and strength to be found in our Lord. I believe that little sign was Mom's reminder that she also needed to do her part, as I need to do mine. Courage.

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    This was an amzing blog! Thanks so much for letting us in on this treasure.
    1841 days ago
    emoticon for sharing...she left you a good reminder of what we all have to do in this life. It takes courage to get up everyday and face the challenges we have. emoticon
    1848 days ago
  • ANNIE924
    What a treasure to have that reminder of your Mom's strength. I also learned so much about courage and strength as I helped my mom as she dealt with terminal cancer a few years ago. She made us laugh right up until the end.

    Thank you for sharing this, it is very touching and inspiring.

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    1850 days ago
    Oh that is SO so nice--"'Courage""----- Happy you read my blog dear friend on thism ""April Fools D emoticon ay""--Lyndfa
    1850 days ago
    Oh my! I cried too. Your blog touched my heart deeply. I can't imagine what that experience was like for you all and I am so glad you have that sign for such a tender memory of your mother. emoticon

    I am glad to be back after my move and reading your blogs again. Thanks so much for your supportive comments on my feed when I was struggling; means a lot. I hope your week is wonderful.

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    1851 days ago
  • SISSIE21
    What a powerful story! To find that after your Mom passed, must have been comforting. It reminds me how we can show our children who we really are by how we act in difficult times. My Dad died of cancer and I nursed him for 8 months so he could die at home. He taught me much about courage in the face of illness and death and I have always carried the memory of those months in my heart.
    Your mom left you a beautiful legacy-courage. You must be very proud of her. emoticon
    Thank you for sharing this story. emoticon emoticon
    1851 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful memory and passing on this wise lesson from your mother.
    1851 days ago
  • STARFISH1961
    What an appropriate blog for me today, I'm new to spark as well and have a long journey ahead, seen your blog through a blog I wrote this morning that 111 butterfly 111 commented on never the less I will need courage in the days to come and also inspiring people like yourself to keep me motivated , will add you as a friend, don't have many yet emoticon visit my page sometime

    Have a blessed Easter

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    1852 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/31/2013 1:57:53 PM
    What a wonderful gift you have been given That is such a true sign of her faith. It is so hard when someone is taken from us but when we have faith and we know that they are God's there is such a peace within us. That in itself is courage from above.
    Thanks so much for sharing your blessing emoticon
    1852 days ago
    It's a great thought for the day.
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  • CHERYLA2012
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  • MSHEL7
    So cool to have something to think great to remind you of your mother.
    1852 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this.
    1852 days ago
    Oh, I just love this blog. What a powerful message and legacy your mom left for you, one that you are carrying on. I hope you have a blessed Easter.
    1852 days ago
    So glad for every little thing to hold on to when we lose someone dear. This is indeed a treasure, a souvenir of her spirit, a blessing on yours.
    1852 days ago
  • NHES220
    Sorry for your loss, but it is a great reminder of her. We can all use a little courage. One of my favorite quotes:
    Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow. Author: Mary Anne Radmacher

    1853 days ago
  • KENWANNE2013
    What a great mum! Still looking after you all and guiding you. Thank you for sharing this.
    1853 days ago
    Wow! What a wonderful gift your mother has passed on to you! Courage is something I have always lacked, yet something I long for! Maybe I need to get my own little sign as a reminder ! Thank you so much for sharing this today! I needed to hear it.
    1853 days ago
    How beautiful. I'm so happy for you and your siblings that your mother left for you a sign of her faith to remind you that it is not from within that we pull that much needed daily strength, but from above. Left to our own devices, we would manage so very little.

    Courage is such a big word when you ponder it. Thank you so much for sharing today.
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    1853 days ago
    Thank you for sharing!
    1853 days ago
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