Happy Birthday

Alice Furlough

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  1. Sometimes when our family members and friends are in the presence of The Lord and absent from us and their earth Birthday rolls around we just want to make a party noise🎧🎷🎺🎼🎹🎰🎂🎀 . Alice is sure one of those gone from us but not forgotten.

    As a young girl I have a vivid memory of our families (which included Ms Alice) being in the midst of a church spilit. It was awlful to me and the very first time I had seen such a thing. As I grew older I would meet up with Ms. Alice time and time again. I would notice she had found ways to forgive and always worked to move forward. She would teach many of us the place of change was at Our Father’s knees. She left lessons that family and friends could use to help solve splits in our souls and emotions that may have found ways to hinder our spiritual growth. I have often noticed spiritual parties of celebration might just be the place satan uses his tools to divide and split. I learned from Ms Alice along with other saints that talk and communication and the spreading of love from our💖’S will help to find ways to forgive and move forward. Romans 5:5 says it best, “And, hope does not put us to shame because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

    1. Thanks for sharing my grandmother’s birthday Sara. Today is actually my other grandmother’s birthday and my grandmother Alice’s birthday was yesterday. 🙂

      “As I grew older I would meet up with Ms. Alice time and time again. I would notice she had found ways to forgive and always worked to move forward.” ….Sara, I have heard that when we forgive in a “split or broken relationship/s” that it may not always mean that there will be reconciliation? Do you or did my grandmother Alice give any wisdom on this? Or, maybe, just the fact that you forgive and can “move forward” is all that there is?

      1. Tammy, not only was she conversant with those that had a need to talk she accepted the fact there was no going back to the way it was. I had the opportunity of growing up watching how a few families handled the break. I remember one such lady just seem to walk around angry and not speaking to others. Your grandmother and others went on with their lives. When I become an adult I came to understand through that experience and others that God is in control. I have seen many breaks. I don’t think I’v ever met a person that hasn’t experience divisions and breaks. Many people as well as things come and go. It’s just the way life seems to be stitched. Just as we speak of both of your grandparents’ Birthday this week they are not with us. Families and friends miss them. We forget the hurts and embrace the beauty. Divorce leaves many with voids, but one must move forward and enjoy life to its fullest because we are God’s children. We hold tight to His hand because He dosent leave us He only draws closer to us.

        I thought of many words to describe ‘move forward’ but I think the simplest words and actions would be use the tools given to us, prayer, praise and worship giving us the spirit of joy, hope and peace to enjoy the circle we find ourselves in each day. I read today when we are excited about a new enlightment we should continue to “fetch water and chop wood.” Just do it with a new energy and joy. When we gather with your grandmother many, many years later her joy was teaching us new songs and shared in Bible study with us. Yes, she moved forward.

  2. “We hold tight to His hand because He dosent leave us He only draws closer to us.

    I thought of many words to describe ‘move forward’ but I think the simplest words and actions would be use the tools given to us, prayer, praise and worship giving us the spirit of joy, hope and peace to enjoy the circle we find ourselves in each day. ”

    Sounds like some wise words for me to embrace. 🙂 Thank you, Sara.

    1. And, I also need to purposely embrace them each day and enjoy the joys afforded to me by The Holy Spirit as He works thru me and others to make our life story driven purpose. Very, thankful for you, Tammy, and the joys that flow thru you to make things just a little better for many each day. 💞👏🏻💝

      1. Thank you, Sara. I pray I am and will continue to allow the Holy Spirit to direct me, so that I can make things a little better for others, each day. God bless you, Sara. You are a gift to many people, and you are loved and appreciated. 🙂

  3. “Alice is sure one of those gone from us but not forgotten.”
    Happy birthday to both of your grandmothers, Tammy. I had the privilege of meeting Ms Alice when Sara introduced me to her. I was one of the ones Sara wrote about above, “When we gather with your grandmother many, many years later her joy was teaching us new songs and shared in Bible study with us.”
    Though I was a complete stranger, she graciously and joyfully invited me and others into her home. It was there that I sang with her and others and learned some hymns I had never known. Alice sang them with such feeling that it seemed to me as if she really understood the meaning. One in particular that I remember was “Drifting too Far from the Shore”, which became one of my now favorites that I still sing today.

    1. Debi, you have shown with your words an action story depicting “having moved forward”….Alice pondered the memories of yesterday in a safe file and made room for the new. Shows how she freely opened her home and heart to weary travelers traveling through. The body of Christ meeting face to face for the very first gathering of many, sang and talked about the Lord they all knew. The focus always on The Savior they all knew.

      This gives 🤔 thoughtful pause to take inventory of seeing if our spiritual gifts, including hospitality, and sharing in fellowship with yesterday, today and forever in heart and action forms the perfect 🌟

    2. Thanks for sharing the experiences you had with my grandmother, Debi. Makes me SMILE when I read that she “sang them with such feeling that it seemed to me as if she really understood the meaning.” 🙂

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