Tribute to my Mother for Mother’s Day

Margaret Patricia Bradley
June 25, 1928-October 5, 1993

This is a poem I wrote for my Mom when she was dying from pancreatic cancer.

For You Mom
You taught me to care,
You taught me to share.
You took away my fears
When you wiped away my tears.
You gave me hope,
and taught me to cope
when all I felt was despair
You showed me no matter what happens in life,
that you would always be there.
You showed me God’s love in the way that you lived,
and showed me the happiness that comes when you give.
You made me feel important when I thought no one cared.
I know I can’t take away your pain,
and it really hurts to see you this way
But I know God is with you each step of the way,
and I know in your heart,
He will always stay.

written in 1992

This is one that her caregiver wrote for her

I met a lady not long ago,
Who touched my heart and blessed me so.
Going wherever God would ask,
I was sent to do a task.


In my heart I desired to please,
Caring for others, full of pain and disease.
So into this lady’s home I entered,
And could sense right away, Christ was the center.
This lady’s smile would warm your heart,
I loved her so dearly right from the start.
I bathed her body with love and care,
As her life stories, with me, she shared.
As time went by, to her I grew fond,
I knew the tie was a Christian bond.
She brightened my day and I’d leave with a song,
But I knew in my heart that her time was not long.
This lady allowed me the joy of true living,
By doing for others, loving and giving.
To bring a smile and feel compassion,
Has been my life’s goal and greatest passion.
Letting go will be hard to do,
Seems our moments together have been so few,
But it won’t be long, I”ll see her again,
Because this dear lady is now my friend.

Dedicated to Margaret “Patty” Bradley
November 14, 1992


The time is drawing near my friend

When we shall say goodbye;

The angels soon will carry you

To your home above the sky.

God has a place prepared for you,

And with His Son you'll be;

Jesus as your Savior

Will truly set your free.

My dearest friend, I'll miss you so,

And all the time we've shared;

life here on earth comes and goes;

Sometimes it isn't fair.

In my prayers Ill think of you;

For with our Lord you'll be,

And I will ask, dear Jesus please,

Hug my friend for me.

Written for Patty Bradley
on September 29, 1993

Christine Payseur

Things we need to know about being Holy

Holiness is one of the defining points of God’s people. Edom is represented by stubble, while Israel is represented by fire. God’s people are to be consumed and marked by the fire of God’s holiness so that the stubble of pride, deception, greed, betrayal, and rebellion can be burned up and overcome in our lives. God desires that we walk in the full possession of our inheritance in Him.

Colossians 3:1-17 tells us that relationships often prove to be the crucible in which our godliness is tested. Colossians challenges us to bring the life and character of Christ into the way we relate to others. Drawing strength from the power and might of His glory, we must remove and discard our old ways of living and relating. God has made us new creations in Christ; let us be continually renewed to live and love in a manner worthy of our Lord. So we should put on love, and from the core of our being, be tender, merciful, humble, patient, and forgiving in all relationships. We should let the peace of Christ control our thoughts and emotions, and be thankful, study, think about, memorize, believe and live the Word of God so that it becomes part of who we are. Let the Word inhabit your conversation with others and your worship of God. Devote yourself to Jesus and to knowing God’s Word.

Dear God, please help me to seek and pursue holiness and welcome the fire of Your holiness in my life. In Your mercy God, please burn up the dry and lifeless or activity that You consider stubble in my life.  Help me understand that You want me to live in holiness so that  I will be able to possess fully all that You have for me (I Corinthians 3:12-15).

Just wanted to say something about pride. It being the opposite of humility, can strike at any time if we do not take time to be Holy as He is Holy. Because of my pride, I made a terrible mistake. I want to share with you what happened. I saw the chance to get dental implants so I was thinking about how much better I would look with them. While there’s nothing wrong with that per say, it becomes wrong when you make it your focus. I hated the way I looked, and didn’t bother to think about this or to pray about this before I did it. I know that I should have at least prayed about it.

When we make quick decisions instead of praying about it, it usually results in sin because we have to rush into something without thinking. So I did all the thinking afterwards which was a little too late. I ended up in the hospital because of an infection that somehow got into the bloodstream. I was septic and the Dr’s in ER said I was lucky to come in when I did. They said I would have died in four hours. I had several problems associated with this that caused me to stay in the hospital for 16 days. After I got home from the hospital, it took 2 months to recover. It was almost like God was saying to me….”Do I have your attention now?”  OK, let me be clear on this. I know God did not do this to me, He allowed it to happen just like He allowed bad things to happen to Job. I had been so busy all the time doing the yard, in fact I spent more time doing the yard than anything else.

Pastor Paul Wilkerson came to visit me in the hospital and I was telling him that I thought maybe God was telling me that I was doing too much and wouldn’t let anyone help me, so now I have no choice. He asked me if I thought I was better than everyone else, so I just replied, yeah…..I never really thought that, but when he asked, I guess because I thought if I wanted something done right, I had to do it myself.  Later, I wanted to call him and tell him I didn’t really mean that, but truth is I wouldn’t let anyone help, then I thought about what it says in Philippians 2:1-3 1)Therefore if you have any encouragement in Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2)then make my joy complete by being of one mind, having the same love, being united in spirit and purpose. 3)Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves.

Doing the yard took up all of my time, so I realized I had to change things. I had to spend time talking to God through prayer and reading His Word.  I needed to have a closer relationship with God. I knew that more than anything else, God seeks an intimate relationship with us, but I just didn’t take the time, and now I had all the time in the world…..I realized now that I didn’t take the time to be Holy, when the Bible clearly says, “Be Holy, for I am Holy”

1 Peter 1:15-16 New International Version (NIV)
15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Things we need to know about being a disciple.

We should try to understand and accept that discipleship means forsaking all selfish personal ambition and know that every true disciple must take up his cross. Jesus calls His disciples to go to people of all nations and teach them how to know Him and live for Him. Trust that God will give you the wisdom and words you need when facing opposition to the Good News. We don’t have to go far to find people who need Christ, so don’t think you have to go to Africa or somewhere far far away to show true discipleship. There are people right here where we live that need Him. They are our neighbors, people we meet in stores and on the street. We go wherever God leads us.

You should also recognize and anticipate that personal discipleship and commitment to Jesus can result in division and rejection, and you should know for certain that Jesus calls us to be more loyal to Him than to any other human being. Try to understand that discipleship means submitting your own interests in favor of God’s. Remember that if the world hates you, it hated Him first.

CHRISTLIKENESS is growing in the likeness of Christ and it requires that we take up our cross daily. It regularly confronts the human insistence on our own will, way, and wants. Even as Jesus laid down His life for us, He invites us to lay down our for His. It is not an equal exchange. He died to do for us what we could never do for ourselves, to save us and give us eternal life. But when we sacrifice for Him, that opens the way for His life to reveal even more of the glory of His way and will, to discover new dimensions of eternal love and liberty that bring freedom from bondage to our self-life.

Reference Bible Verses

Matthew 10:17-20, 17. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. 18. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20. for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Matthew 10:34-36 New International Version (NIV)
34. “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35. For I have come to turn

“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.

In Matthew 10:34–36, Jesus said He had come at this time not to bring peace to the earth, but a sword, a weapon which divides and severs. As a result of His visit to the earth, some children would be set against parents and a man’s enemies might be those within his own household. This is because many who choose to follow Christ are hated by their family members. This may be part of the cost of discipleship, for love of family should not be greater than love for the Lord. A true disciple must take up his cross and follow Jesus

Luke 12:51-53 English Standard Version (ESV) 51. Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. 52. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. 53. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Matthew 10:37-39 English Standard Version (ESV) 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Luke 14:26-27 English Standard Version (ESV) 26. “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.

This is the point of the passage. In order to be a disciple, we must be willing to give up everything for Jesus. Therefore, if our parents will not follow Jesus, or even if they disown us for being Christians, we must still choose Him over them. It is in this sense that we are “hating” our family members who reject the Lord or reject us because of the Lord. This is not easy, and of course it is right that we should love our family members and want our family members to love and follow God. 1 John 4:7-8 says “Beloved, let us love one another for love is from God and everyone that loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God for God is love.”So, despite our love for the people we know, here is the key: if they don’t love Jesus, He must still be our first priority.

Matthew 16:24-26 New International Version (NIV) 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25. For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
Mark 8:34-36 New International Version (NIV)
The Way of the Cross 34. Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35. For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?

Luke 9:23-25 English Standard Version (ESV)
Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus 23. And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

Matthew 28:18-20 New International Version (NIV) 18. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20. and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”