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life at it’s best…

i know it has been a while since i blogged… i really have no excuse except that life and business is great and finding time for blog has not been a priority… but on a day like today i am so glad i have this blog… i am not an eloquent speaker of words at times like this… i always either jumble them up or stick my foot in my mouth or just plain don’t know what i should say… but having the time to sit and type helps me to share my thoughts and i can delete what is not needed or “eloquent”…

back in August during my crazy busy week of football, cheer, and dance team pictures and orders, i was asked if i could come and do a session for two very special people… i said “sure, just give me a call”… at the time, not having a clue they would call during my crazy tiger spirit week… so, we set the day and time and it was a go… now, i am going to be honest as i can be here… i was beyond anxious and nervous… knowing Sis. Gussie’s health diagnosis, in the back of my mind i am realizing the pressure on me to capture what will possibly be the last portraits taken of her and her loving husband… i knock on the door knowing that i will be greeted with a firm hand shake from Bro. Paul and the most loving hug from Sis. Gussie BUT i also have the thought in the back of my head that they too may be thinking the same thing about this being the last time they do this… i don’t know how ready/willing they are to participate being as i was asked by their daughter not by them… so that is another stress… but keep in mind, before i exited my car i said a prayer that the Lord would guide me to say the right things and make this the most comfortable session under an uncomfortable situation… my prayer was answered… Sis. Gussie looked just as beautiful as she had every time i saw her… we went out on the porch and they sat and talked with me… of course, asking about jim and my kids, etc… Sis. Gussie’s sister was visiting so she sat out and talked and visited as well as Teressa… the session didn’t take long and as always we ended with a prayer circle and they prayed specifically for me and my family and for me as i left there to go do junior high football pictures (in the past, these pictures have been my most dreaded of spirit shoot week in August)… i left that home that day feeling so extremely blessed (and with a Sis. Gussie original washcloth)… as i drove to the school i couldn’t help but tear up thinking about growing up in church with this Godly couple… it brought memories of going and unlocking the church on Sundays with my Papa and parking in the back of the church and walking in that squeaky door with my Memaw to go to her Sunday School room that was the first door after walking in on the left… i could smell the old church… the memories were pouring through my mind… once i reached the school i had probably the easiest junior high shoot in my 7 years of shooting for the school… that my friends is what the Lord can do…

this past Sunday, our precious Sis. Gussie gained her crown in glory!!!!… so many people have been saddened by this devastating news… we are going to miss her sweet smile and her big hugs… she has been a beacon of wisdom and strength for the ladies of this community for many, many years… she has brought so much comfort with her words and hugs to so many… there is no way to adequately share the witness that this Godly woman displayed throughout her lifetime… i can just say “thank you for giving to the Lord, i am a life that was changed!!”

“SHE IS CLOTHED WITH STRENGTH AND DIGNITY; SHE CAN LAUGH AT THE DAYS TO COME. SHE SPEAKS WITH WISDOM, AND FAITHFUL INSTRUCTION IS ON HER TONGUE. SHE WATCHES OVER THE AFFAIRS OF HER HOUSEHOLD AND DOES NOT EAT THE BREAD OF IDLENESS. HER CHILDREN ARISE AND CALL HER BLESSED; HER HUSBAND ALSO, AND HE PRAISES HER: MANY WOMEN DO NOBLE THINGS, BUT YOU SURPASS THEM ALL. CHARM IS DECEPTIVE, AND BEAUTY IS FLEETING; BUT A WOMAN WHO FEARS THE LORD IS TO BE PRAISED. GIVE HER THE REWARD SHE HAS EARNED, AND LET HER WORKS BRING HER PRAISE AT THE CITY GATE.” PROVERBS 31:25-31

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10/30/2013 - 11:37 am

sandy - well, started off my wednesday with tears after reading this….a very nice tribute to Sister Gussie! Everytime i think about her going to Heaven i think of her with arms outstretched and saying, “i love you this much!” I know she was greeted with the same enthusiasm! She will be missed!

10/30/2013 - 1:07 pm

Rev Carol Adams - Your thoughts are precious…we all have such wonderful memories of our precious friend….wondering if this group of pictures might be available to those of us who would like a copy….just let me know. Thank You!

10/30/2013 - 3:35 pm

Debbie Yates. - Kim….this was well stated and such true words of this Godly woman. She saw me thru my hardest days of my adult life. She was always welcoming with such great hugs and love. We will miss her. I too was a life changed because of her and Bro Paul’ s ministry. Thanks for sharing these words.

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