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  1. The Author of our Stories! | Austin Gardner on August 2, 2011 at 11:53 am

    […] Watch as you read this and consider how God was preparing her for her home going! What a blessing this lady was! Source […]

  2. Martha Baker on July 7, 2011 at 5:42 am

    I am so grateful to have been in the class of 70 with so many good people like Deborah who know just where they are with the Lord and how their lives have been so blessed to walk with God – talk with God and have HIM on their side to be with them all day and all night – Deborah – I know – will have a great crown of life now which resides on her head and truly clothed in the brightess white robe. She will live on in our hearts – closer to us all than she could ever be just in knowing her and being in her life – and she in ours. I am reminded as well – when I saw this sign on a church marqee “When you die – it is not what you may have done in your life – but who will remember how you were in their lives – How will you be remembered? It is a honor to be able to be raised up and praised as such a woman as Deborah was and is and will continue to be in spirit in our hearts. God Bless You All and please – give Jesus a chance to LOVE you as he did Deborah. Open your hearts to him and let him come in – that is all it takes — Believe.

  3. Michael Blair on July 3, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Still praying for you and yours. Love you bro.

  4. Sandee Carlisle on July 3, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Jeff and Amy, I just heard of this accident and the passing of your mother. My heart goes out to you and I am sure that you are right in your assertion that she is with her Lord and saviour. I don’t know many details at this time, but my heart breaks for the sorrow you must feel in losing her in your lives. I hope that Amy is doing well. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. The two of you are in good hands with each other.

  5. gail and harry barton on July 2, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    We are so heart broken in the loss of Mrs. Deborah. My own daughter, Jennifer, loved her so much. I know she always prayed for my grandchildren lifting their lives up to the the Almighty Father we serve and that has always touched my thoughts for Amy’s precious Mom. She is waiting for us now in the presence of our Lord. Man, what a happening! My family will continue to speak frequently to our Saviour in regard to your family for grace and comfort til we meet again. Love to each of you.

  6. Mick & Lorna McDowell on July 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Sis Amy & Bro Jeff,
    We have been wrapping you all in our prayers for the past couple of weeks now. The Lord’s ways are not always our ways, but they will always lead us to an eternal victory. What a beautiful testimony your Mother has shared with all who have known her and have followed her writings. They remind me of my own Pastor’s writings. What a blessing to all of us.
    The Tweets and the Blog writings have kept us all informed as to what is going on in your lives as well as keeping our eyes on the Great Physician who alone has the power to restore. The Lord Jesus has not failed in either case.
    We pray that you will soon be back at home with your dear children and husband. The Good Lord still has a great plan for your life. Our desire is to simply continue to be a part of it.
    We Love You Both,
    Mick & Lorna

  7. Sam & Zack on July 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Sorry for missing such a godly lady but we should rejoice knowing that she is now with our Lord Jesus.My mother had been the piano player of our church in Cairo at that time when the congregation was pretty similar in number to Meadow Baptist Church.When she departed to Heaven, some 38 years ago, one of the pastors in her funeral commented that she was holding her harp and singing praises to Lord Jesus in heaven, refering to Revelation 5:8.I think that our beloved ones in Heaven can see us, based on Hebrews 12:1, where the writer refers to the “cloud of witnesses”.
    We are praying for complete cure of Amy and we trust in our Lord and Savior Jesus who so loved us while we were yet enemies that He died for us.He will rebuke any complication of surgery just as He rebuked the roaring sea and the wind while the disciples were in the ship.Pastor Jeff, we know you are blessed by the grace of our Lord and you will get over this just to be stronger in your ministry,
    Sam & Zack.

  8. Sherry Robbins on July 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I never met Amy’s mom but feel I’ve gotten to know her a little through Jeff’s blogs these last two weeks. What a glorious time she must be having today in Heaven. I know you will miss your mom, Amy, but when we know our loved ones are in glory with Jesus, it’s a little easier to let go. And, oh, what sweet memories you must have of times spent with her. I am praying for all of you during these days. I’m especially praying the last two days for relief from pain for Amy – both physical and now emotional. Hopefully, you will soon be home with your dear family around you and many friends that want to help. God’s blessings and love to all of you. May you feel His presence and comfort as only He can give.

  9. Jenny Fraser on July 2, 2011 at 10:22 am

    What a testimony!! What a blessing!! What a wonderful, godly lady, she was! She is at home with Jesus today, in heaven!!!! Thank God for her! She will be missed here on earth!! Loved Deborah!!


  10. Judy Vega on July 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

    What a godly example Miss Deborah was to all of us! Thanking God for her wonderful testimony and for taking her home to be with Him. Praying for the Samples and Lyle families. We love you all.

  11. Mary Lewis on July 2, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I am so sorry about Mrs. Samples. She was truly an inspiration.
    I know you all will miss her terribly.
    We love you all and are praying for you all.

  12. What a beautiful testimony to a woman of faith! Her homegoing should be a coronation celebrating a life of faith, hope and charity. She is meeting those gone before and her most precious friend, Jesus! Those who love her will certainly miss her, but she is receiviing her crowns, her mansion and praising Jesus with the saints in glory. This is the hope of every Christian. When my precious grandmother, Rebecca Osterhus passed, her children called her homegoing a coronation not a funeral. She also lived a life of faith, trusting in the Holy Scriptures’s promises every day of her life. Praise the Lord!!!

  13. Jeanie McCue on July 2, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I have never known a time in my life where a parting felt so right. Bitter/sweet are the words that stay in my mind. May the joys of Heaven receiving Deborah rain down on each of you. What a precious story and legacy she leaves. Amy… I’m holding you close in my heart. Wish I could hold you in my arms. Continuing to pray for Alicia and Landon as they deal with the loss of a grandmother like no other. Praise God for his mercy. Hold on… He’s still working, hallelujah! LOVE TO ALL OF YOU!!!

  14. Sharon Willis on July 2, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I can’t tell you how many times I have read and shared this very post over the last couple of weeks. We truly do preach our own funerals, and her sermon is one that brings glory to our God and Savior Jesus Christ! Love and prayers from the Willis family.