Ms. Peggy~July 2, 1928-October 8, 2017
After having three babes within a year I was discouraged with how I would be able to serve outside of my family, but God is so good to continue to lead exactly where he wants you. I had felt the Lord's spirit prompting me to reach out to Courtney and ask about serving with Abiding Hearts despite having three infants. She asked if I would be willing to take myself and my babes to a couple of women in particular that would love to hold babies and have company. The Lord was at work and already answering prayers. Ms Peggy was one of the women Courtney had me meet with. I remember the first time I met her, she did not say much and I was nervous about how time with her would go. As I continued to meet with her, her heart was slowly revealed. Ms Peggy lived simply and believed simply, God loves me so I love others. I have had a personal struggle of feeling that myself or my kiddos might feel burdensome to others and the Lord used Ms. Peggy to break through that lie the enemy planted inside of me. She delighted in seeing myself and my kiddos. Crying babes did not deter her desire for us to remain with her, she would simply join me in rocking whomever needed it. My son is not won over as easily as my twin girls and I remember week after week she tried to find things to win his affections. She tried little toys with no luck. One week when we came to visit she finally won him over with animal crackers. Every visit after that she excitedly surprised Daniel with animal crackers. I can still see him running into her house and expectantly searching for treats he knew she would have for him. I can still see her sitting in her rocker and pulling out a small tupperware where she portioned out the exact amount of animal crackers she intended to give him. I can still hear her saying, "Daniel, look here, I've got some animal crackers," and Dan running into her lap to win his prize. I don't think he was ever hungry for dinner on days we spent with Ms. Peggy and that was just fine with me. It delighted my heart to see him full of joy, in her lap eating animal crackers. It is hard to think about Ms. Peggy without tears of joy. She loved well and delighted in the Lord and in His love for her. And here the humor of God lies because while I thought I was being called to serve, the Lord tremendously blessed myself and my kiddos in allowing us time with Ms. Peggy.
~Testimony of Whitney~