SHIRLEY MARIE DAVID DAUTREUIL — I CALL HER MOM
September 6, 2016, at 5:45 am: It was the day I received a text from my mom. It read, “I’m going to the ER. I have to find out what’s going on with me.” I told her, “We’re on the way to meet you.” That was the day cancer started a fight.
She was COMMITTED and FAITHFUL.
She was FUN and LOVING.
She was BRAVE and COURAGEOUS.
She was a WORSHIPPER.
She was a CHRISTIAN.
I’d like to begin by reading a JOY story I wrote on my blog as told to me by my Mom!
It was early Sunday morning and she heard these words, “Get up and go to church.” She was in the middle of putting the wet clothes in the dryer. She finished up in the laundry room and sat down at the kitchen table. She heard it again, “Get up and go to church!” It only took two times for her to realize that it was really God speaking to her. So, of course, she did what He said. She got up and got ready for church. She had not been to our church services for several years.
Let me share a little about my mother: I have the greatest mom! What a role model. She has always been a loyal wife and mother. Back up to January 1981, when my dad was in a serious boating accident that left him in critical condition. As a matter of fact, the doctors didn’t think he would survive. I watched my mom care for my father, offering him sacrificial and unconditional love. The days and months and years were hard for her. She meant what she said when she said, I DO! Staying true to her marriage vows, “for better, for worse, in sickness and in health”, she stayed by his side for 27 years, never quitting, even when it was very difficult. Although I knew it was hard, she made it look so easy. She wasn’t able to attend church services or any special events, because of the demands of caring for my dad.
So… years down the road, mom became a widow. She worked through the grief, loneliness, and uncertainties. It’s been 10 years now since my dad died. God had a plan all along. Things changed that Sunday morning when she obeyed God and went to church. What a joy to have her sitting next to me. Not only did she come that Sunday morning, but she got plugged in serving at church. She was a part of the Nursing Home Ministry every Monday; singing songs of worship and reading encouraging stories of hope! She served on the Hospitality Team every Sunday morning and cooked meals for home-bound couples. I watched as she got baptized. We have a questionnaire to fill out giving the person a chance to share what God is doing in their life. I’d like to read that baptism testimony in her own words.
(How was your life before you accepted Jesus as your personal Savior?)
Religion was a big part of my husband and I’s lives before we married. For 19 years it was not so great. In 1973 my husband gave up alcohol and my life was a complete turnaround. We started going to church again together.
How/when did you come to know the Lord Jesus and surrender your life to him?
In 1982 Eva and her husband invited us to their church. Pop Neel was the pastor then. The church was on Lewis Street. My husband and I went up to the altar call and gave our lives to Jesus. It was a beautiful experience. Pastor Paul was the piano player and led the worship.
(What changes have you noticed since you gave your life to Jesus?)
He saved my husband’s life and gave us 27 more years with him. He has been by my side ever since. I have had many personal talks with the Lord. He is my Savior and I want to be baptized in water just like he was by John the Baptist.
I am so thankful that I got to share in what God was doing in her life!
Many things I will always cherish, but these are some of my favorites:
► My last goodbye. As I was leaving the hospital that Monday night, I kissed her and said, Okay, Mom. I’ll see you in the morning. When I got to the door I looked back and said, “Love you.” and blew her a kiss. Then she turned and stretched her neck to look at me and said, “Love you too! Bye.” Then she blew me a kiss!
► All the fun times, the belly laughs we had together. She loved to play games. Yahtzee, Phase 10, Skipbo – Croquet… anything to spend time together and have fun!
► The times we just played old hymns and sang and sang and sang. She was a worshiper.
► Our conversations about her childhood growing up and marriage and forgiveness and salvation and life and death and heaven and Jesus. She would always say, “I want to fly to meet Jesus in the sky.”
► Finally… let me share what happened Friday night. The time for her Savior to call her home was fast approaching. Paula, Melanie and me and Phil were by her bedside. We had some old hymns playing softly. The presence of God filled the room when she breathed her last breath. As I knelt by her bed, I could hear the song that was playing…. ~ I’ll fly away O Glory, I’ll fly away. When I die, Hallelujah by and by… I’ll fly away. ~ I began to laugh and cry at the same time. What a sweetness that Jesus would leave us with that note… She is flying with Him!
There are 2 scriptures that come to mind to express the joy of knowing my mom served the Lord.
First one: “When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.” John 14:3-4
And the second one: “And this is the way to have eternal life – to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.” John 17:3
When my mom surrendered her life to Jesus, He began to prepare that place for her in Heaven. She knew the way to obtain eternal life. She took time to get to know her Savior.
I love you, Mom and I miss you so much! You’re the best!
And about that fight… on June 22, 2018 – JESUS finished it and WON!