We met Ms.Judy Brownson in 2015 and she quickly became our "Mamma Judy" and "Ju-Ju" to our children. We had the immense joy and privilege of living life with this sweet lady for 6 1/2 years. We laughed together, sang together, and cried together. Every single week we studied God's word together, prayed together and grew in faith together. We had the joy of meeting and helping her manage many of her healthcare needs, taking her to Dr appointments, picking up Rx for her, cooking with and for her, cleaning her home and doing laundry with her, planting flowers for her, making her home environment safer and more handicap friendly. We had the privilege of seeing a true Biblical example of a widow who was faithfully persistent in prayer and who had her hope fixed on God (Like 18 and 1 Timothy 5). Judy was a prayer warrior, a lover of Jesus, and a lover of people. Despite being widowed for nearly 10 years, home-bound, living with many complicated health issues, and being wheelchair bound 95% of the time, Ms. Judy had the biggest heart of gratitude and optimism. She ALWAYS had something to be thankful for and she ALWAYS saw the cup as half full. She reflected the compassionate heart of Jesus and always sought for ways that she could help neighbors and friends, though she herself lived with significant needs. Ms. Judy truly became a mamma to us. She nurtured us, encouraged us, exhorted us, and set a Christ like example for us. She cared for us, prayed for us, held us, called to check on us, sat at the door waiting for us and then sat at that same door with tears streaming down her face when it was time for us to leave after visiting with her. Ms. Judy is one of the greatest blessings in our lives. We had the joy and privilege of sharing 6 1/2 years with her, and then the bitter sweet honor of holding her hand and singing her into the presence of Jesus. Not a day goes by that we don't miss her smile, her laugh, her prayers and her hugs. Our faces can not help but erupt into a huge smile every time she crosses our mind and we ponder what all she may be doing and saying to Jesus at any given moment.
He who sows generously will also reap generously. Each one should give thoughtfully and with purpose just as he has decided in his heart to give. God loves a cheerful giver. God is able to make all grace come in abundance to you, so that you will always have everything you need, and also have an abundance for good works and acts of charity. He who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness shown in acts of goodness, kindness, and love. When we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.
(scripture paraphrase from the Amplified and NLT versions of 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15)
As we wrap up the 6th year of ministry we face great loss, great need and great Hope. We have journeyed with so many precious friends over the last 6 years and we have lost 4 of them in the last 6 months. Please visit our ministry blog at www.abidingheartshomecare.com to see their beautiful faces and read their amazing stories. The loss, the pain, the grief, the exhaustion are real and heavy. However, we knew that this would be a part of the journey in healthcare ministry and it is SO WORTH IT!!! God has affirmed eternal ramifications beyond measure in so many ways and the love that we have shared in Christ with others is an eternal irrevocable reward and treasure. Therefore, with Christ as our Anchor, Sustainer, Guide and Defender we anticipate with GREAT HOPE all that He will do in the next season of ministry.
At this present time we have a great need. This ministry is supported by the generosity of many who give sacrificially. This ministry has been sustained by long term care insurance policies or private financial resources that some patients have to privately pay for care. The other patients we serve receive care strictly through donations and careful budgeting of private payer compensations. We intentionally limit the number of private paying patients we serve so we can serve more patients who do not have family or financial resources. Thus, our financial needs are based on our patients’ ability to pay for the care we provide. Three of the four patients we recently lost were private payers. Therefore, at this time we have more patients who need donation help than those who do not. We will continue to serve those without family or resources and we need your help to do that. We will remain faithful in prayer and are confident that the Lord will once again send the financial support needed to sustain this ministry. We ask you to partner with us in prayer and monthly financial donations.
1. Please pray that God will lead us to find the people we need to help and that He will send people to help us.
2. Pray for us to abide in God’s word, trust Him completely & serve faithfully
3. Pray for the people we serve to see God’s love and be drawn to Him
4. Pray regarding a scholarship grant we are applying for through the American Nurses Association in collaboration with another like minded healthcare professional
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After Patt’s traumatic fall I thought and prayed a lot about the words I could share that would glorify God and honor His work in and through Patt’s life. What words would best describe this beautiful friend He brought into my life? Humble, Loving, Joyful, Full of Zeal, Kind and Gentle, Silly and Sassy and a bit stubborn at times, Forgiving, a Fighter, a Prayer Warrior, Patience, Endurance and Sincerity. The first passage of scripture the Lord brought to my mind is from Romans 12 “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.”
This passage describes Patt. God used her as a beacon of light in the midst of a dark world. One day before Patt fell, she finished writing her testimony and Cathy typed it for her. Now Patt had always told us that many years ago she had written her testimony, but had been unable to find it, and she often commented on wishing that she could find it. The day before Patt’s Celebration of Life service, we unexpectedly received that original testimony in the mail from Patt’s sister in Nebraska. She found it packed away in a box somewhere.
The Friday evening after Patt had fallen on Wednesday I was crying at the reality that we would soon say goodbye for now, and laughing at some sweet memories of Patt. A silly memory came to my mind: About 3 months ago Patt started talking about wanting to find herself a husband. In jest we talked about this and suggested that perhaps a cat or a dog would suffice, and in all seriousness we warned her that there are crazy people in this world and that she was not to go looking on Facebook for a husband. In the midst of laughing at this memory, something profound pressed upon my heart. I heard these words, “her Bridegroom awaits.” My mind immediately went to a passage in Revelation 19:6-8 “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him the glory!For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given to her to wear.” The One who planned and numbered every one of her days; the One who left his throne in heaven and gave Himself for her is Jesus, the Bridegroom, The Lamb of God. Revelation 22:4 tells us that she now sees Him face to face. Her life and her story have really just begun as described in these words from the last chapter of the last book in The Chronicles of Narnia written by CS Lewis: “the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And, for us this is the end of all the stories…..but for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page; now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on Earth has read; which goes on forever; in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
God’s faithfulness and love were undeniable in Patt’s life, and her faith in Him prevailed as you will clearly see when you read both of her testimonies which I have included below.
With eternal thankfulness to God for Patt’s life and witness,
Patt's First Testimony written in 1997:
Patt's 2nd Testimony written 24 years after the 1st one:
February 3, 1959-April 15, 2021