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*More than Rubies*

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More Than Rubies

By Jaye Lewis

 

I have a very special friend who has taught me more about true friendship, than I could learn in a thousand lifetimes. And throughout her many illnesses she has taught me more about courage, than I could learn on a battlefield. She has been buffeted by disease, cut apart by surgeons and sewn back together, and she has endured long, painful recoveries. Some successful. Some not. Yet one thing remains constant with Diane...her absolute selfless struggle to do more for others, than she will ever do for herself.

Diane and I live within an hour of one another. We are both often housebound due to health issues. Our friendship began over the internet, due to an odd twist of events. Her brother is my pastor. We both had health issues, and we began to share and pray together. Also, it is through Diane, that I first was introduced to HeartTouchers.

I will never forget one particularly difficult period, when my health issues and the weather were cooperating to make me housebound. I emailed a short note to Diane telling her how much I wished we lived closer, so that I could just give her a hug. Then I got as busy as was possible, and felt better just letting her know how I felt. Next thing I knew, there was a knock at my door...no doubt a vacuum cleaner salesman. I went to the door, ready for my "we don't want any" speech, and there stood Diane, holding a balloon and wearing a big smile. "Someone told me that you needed a hug!" She said, holding out her arms and the balloon. That's Diane.

A little more than a year ago, my daughter, Jenny, was about to undergo brain surgery. It was so sudden! There was no time to prepare. My health would not permit me to go to the University of Virginia, and be there for Jenny's surgery. The prognosis was scary. So much could go wrong. My husband and daughter, Helen, went to be with Jenny, while I stayed home keeping prayerful watch, and writing to every HeartToucher I knew who believed in the power of prayer, including Michael and Kristi Powers. The prayer requests, literally, went around the world -- Africa, Australia, Canada, Asia, and the Middle East. Every kindred, tongue and people continued this circle of prayer. And who was holding my hand through it all? Diane.

Diane epitomizes that woman "of noble character" in Proverbs 31. Diane is "worth far more than rubies... She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy," even if the "needy" have more than Diane.

I'm quite certain that Diane and I will be in heaven together, having all the time in eternity to do the things we love to do together, worshiping God, praying, and having all those long talks that we've missed during our many crises on earth.

I will look forward to resting in the eternal landscape of God's true beauty. I think I'll need the rest, occasionally. For I hope that I will receive the honor of helping to carry around that great crown, which I'm quite certain, God will be giving to Diane.

Jaye Lewis
jlewis@smyth.net

Write Jaye and let her know your thoughts on her story!

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Jaye's daughter Jenny is alive and well, after receiving two "groundbreaking" brain surgeries at the University of Virginia. Thanks to all the HeartTouchers throughout the world for your support and prayers. Diane lives in Bristol Tennessee, and she daily stretches her heart, and her prayer list to everyone in need. Jaye Lewis is a Christian writer and poet. Jaye lives with her family and writes in the beautiful southern highlands of southwestern Virginia.

Special Request for Prayer: Diane's Howard's daughter-in-law, Carol Young has been recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Please pray for Carol, her husband Tim and their children. And please pray for Diane. If you wish to send an encouraging email to Carol and Tim, you may contact them through Diane Howard at diandbob@chartertn.net

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Thought For The Day:

"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."


Verse for the Day:

"Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus." Matthew 14:29


Kid's Thought for the day:

"Don't blow bubbles into the wind."


Parent's Thought For The Day

"The value of a marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults." --Peter DeVries


Coach's Thought For The Day

"It really doesn't matter if you win or lose -- except when you lose."


Writer's Thought For the Day:

"For several days after my first book was published I carried it about in my pocket, and took surreptitious peeps at it to make sure the ink had not faded." --Sir James M. Barrie


Deep Thought For The Day:

"For centuries, people thought the moon was made of green cheese. Then the astronauts found that the moon is really a big hard rock. That's what happens when you leave it out."

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MICHAEL T. POWERS
www.HeartTouchers.com

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20
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Dear Michael,

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the beautiful video you made for me! It was so special to see both of my parents in tears as they watched their children grow up in pictures before their eyes! I loved the way you made Estania's part set aside from the rest--that was the part that really got them! The music was beautiful. My mom kept blubbering, "What song is that?" I don't know how you did such a beautiful job with the video in such a short time. I really appreciate your doing it so quickly. You have a wonderful gift, and I thank God that you are using it to create such sentimental memories. I hope that I can find my niche like that in an area that I love. Your video gave us one of our most lasting Christmas memories! I hope yours was filled with moments to be treasured forever! Love, Trisha

Silverhill, AL

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