Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Why He came....

this is the real story of Christmas........this also makes me smile when I think of how our Lord Jesus rescued our precious son Tyler.......this will be our 3rd Christmas without our Tyler.....always a time of excruciating sadness mixed with the joy of Christ's birth....But...this is our Tyler's 3rd Christmas with Jesus! What we only know in part, he sees and enjoys in entirety!

            "He comes down, down from the heights of absolute being into time and space, down into humanity, down to the very roots and sea bed of the humanity which He Himself created. But He goes down to come up again and bring ruined sinners up with may think of a diver*, first reducing Himself to nakedness, then glancing in midair, then gone with a splash, vanished, rushing down through green and warm water, into black and cold water, down through increasing pressure into the death-like region of ooze and slime and old decay, and then up again, back to color and light, His lungs almost bursting till......
   Suddenly He breaks the surface again,
                                                  holding in His hands
                                                               the dripping precious thing
                                                                     He went down to recover!''
                                 this is Christmas! Jesus came for us!
                                                    He came to rescue our Tyler from this place!
                                                               He will be back to rescue all of His children!
                                                REJOICE!! REJOICE!! EMMANUEL!!

   thank you C.S. Lewis for this beautiful word picture of our Lord!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

another Thanksgiving!

     Well another Thanksgiving Day has come and gone since our sweet Tyler left us. I miss him so much and so many others do as well, yet we cannot live in the past. Our Tyler is celebrating every holiday with Jesus now! For that I am most thankful and I will see him again one day!
      We have so very much to be thankful for,  our God is faithful, He covers us with His wings of love and carries us through each day of this life! We are only passing through this world on the way to meet our Maker, this is not our home. If only we all could live in this mind set each and every day, then and only then would we truly know peace.
     Sometimes we place too much emphasis on a day like, Thanksgiving. The media would have us believe that it is so very important to be with lots of family and friends on this day. That our life would be complete if we have a huge family dinner together with everyone on this day. Well I believe that Thanksgiving is something that should live in our hearts everyday of the year and that our Lord Jesus is the only One Who really makes everyday special in this life. I love my precious family, all of them, but I know that I am truly never alone even when I am not with them,  He is my peace, my comfort, my only help in times of trouble!
     So wherever you are today, and were on Thanksgiving Day, remember that it is only one day of your life that you should be thankful for! You did not miss out on anything if your were not with a huge family, the God of the Universe was and is with you! Now that's something to be thankful for!
     Today and always, be extra thankful for our military, our SEALS, and all of our troops. They spend many special days away from their families, friends, loved ones,  just to keep us safe at home. We get turkey and all the trimmings in peace and they get cold, damp grounds, fear, pain, worry, loneliness, along with having to do things they sometimes can not live with, just for us to be free and safe! And we think we have problems!  Thank them, and pray for them, send cards and packages to bring some comfort far from home this year! Enjoy your freedom!
         Giving thanks always, in Jesus!!  HOOYAH!  Thanks for the special phone calls from our guys on Thanksgiving! Tyler's brothers! Now that's family!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Jesus Bring the Rain!

Always praying for our guys, our SEALS, Tyler's brothers at 6pm, 1800 hours  HOOYAH guys! You're being watched over by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Happy Birthday Tyler!

     Today Ron and I spent a wonderful lunch with Tyler's brother, Harry Meiners, his wife Ashley and 3 beautiful children! They drove a long way just to be with us, just to share stories about Tyler, laughter and tears.
      Tyler was blessed with such special friends, many who loved our son and enjoyed life with him. Friends who also share the same Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and will one day see Tyler again! What a special God we have, He loves us, He saves us, He blesses our lives and He daily bears our burdens! He sends special gifts of love through others just when we need it the most! Thank You Lord, please kiss our boy for us on his 29th birthday!
     Harry and Tyler were so very close, such great friends, true brothers of the very best kind! They got each others jokes, talked long hours about everything in life, laughed and enjoyed every moment together. Tyler would have loved today, too! Harry and Ashley went to the cemetary to spend time with our Tyler this afternoon, they talked about him to their little ones. They took doughnuts and had a birthday party there together as a family! Oh Lord, Tyler would love that! So sweet, we are still wiping tears! No greater love than that.........Thank You Harry and Ashley!  God bless you all!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Birthday eve....

29 years ago tonight........Ron and I had gone out to eat with my parents...after getting home I awoke in the middle of the night, our baby was on the way! We called my mom and dad to come to our house and stay with Sumer so we could drive to the hospital. When we got in the car we noticed it was almost out of gas, so my dad followed us to the truck stop on I40 to make sure we made it and he went back to our house.
      Ron and I went on to Asheville to Mission and our beautiful baby boy, Tyler, was born at 10am, on October 7, 1983! I do believe he was smiling when he came into this world! He had kicked so hard before he got here that I just knew he would be a great soccer player, and he was! Always a happy baby, so loving and full of smiles! He looked alot like Ron's dad when he was born so much that Papaw claimed him as his own, sent from God to him! He was a precious gift from God to everyone who ever met him! But Tyler was Mama's little man! Happy Birthday to our baby boy! We all love and miss you Ronald Tyler Woodle!!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tyler's birthday week 2012

Our God is so awesome! This is not news, He always has been and He always will be. This week once again He reminds me of how very much He cares for us and how He comforts us in our pain and grief.    God sent 12 of Tyler's brothers to visit us, we shared a wonderful evening and had a birthday party together for Tyler! Thank You Lord Jesus, for giving us a wonderful son, our Tyler, for giving him wonderful brothers, true friends and for sending people to love on us when we need it!  Last year his precious friend Harry came to spend the night with us so we would not be alone on Tyler's birthday, thank you! Once again God reaches down into our hearts to bless us! We cannot praise You enough!! We have many of Tyler's brothers on our hearts and in our prayers right now as they serve in hard circumstances, far from home! Please join us in prayer at 6pm. or 1800 hours each day for our guys!      HOOYAH Tyler Woodle!  Your mom and dad sure do love and miss you!
May you feel the arms that hold the universe holding you tonight, He's holding us! And our precious Tyler is with Him, our comfort! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Happy 1st Birthday in Heaven to the best little brother a girl could have!
 I love and miss you Johnny Hyatt!! Mollee misses you too!!

Changed, forever more!!

I have come to understand that losing someone you love so dearly changes you in so many ways! Our lives have changed, our family relationships have changed, our dreams have changed, the things we look forward to in life have changed, what we desire in life has changed, we have been changed forever. I thought it was others that had changed and did not see or feel our pain, always dissapointed in them, yet, it was only us that had changed! God changed us all that day, the Woodle family is now different in so many ways! It reminds me of when Ron and I came to know the Lord Jesus as our Saviour, He changed us, instantly! Because of the changes in us, people we had always known no longer knew how to relate to us, our entire life had changed! WOW there is so much freedom in knowing it is not anyone's fault, not a lack of compassion or love from people we know! God has just changed us once again! Part of us is now gone, we are no longer complete! We are the ones who are different! Oh how sweet Heaven is, even sweeter when part of you it there and no longer with you here! It makes you long to be there even more! So if we seem different to you, it is because we are! Have you ever experienced this? Wondering what is wrong with others? Maybe God has changed you! He brings you closer to Him, the closer you get to God the more changed you are! You have a stronger fellowship with the God Who holds your loved one! The One Who loves our Tyler even more than we do! I can live with this change and I pray you will live well with the changes He brings into your lives, they are for your good and His glory!!  Hooyah Tyler Woodle! I sure do love and miss you son! I am forever changed! love,Mom :)

These words from Mercy Me, say everything!!

The question that is never far away
The healing doesn't come from the explained
Jesus please don't let this go in vain
You're all I have
All that remains

So here I am
What's left of me
Where glory meets my suffering

I'm alive
Even though a part of me has died
You take my heart and breathe it back to life
I've fallen into Your arms open wide
When the hurt and the healer collide

Sometimes I feel it's all that I can do
Pain so deep that I can hardly move
Just keep my eyes completely fixed on You
Lord take hold and pull me through

So here I am
What's left of me
Where glory meets my suffering

I'm alive
Even though a part of me has died
You take my heart and breathe it back to life
I've fallen into your arms open wide
When the hurt and the healer collide

It's the moment when humanity
Is overcome by majesty
When grace is ushered in for good
And all the scars are understood
When mercy takes its rightful place
And all these questions fade away
When out of the weakness we must bow
And hear You say "It's over now"

I'm alive
Even though a part of me has died
You take my heart and breathe it back to life
I've fallen into your arms open wide
When The hurt and the healer collide

Jesus come and break my fear
Awake my heart and take my tears
Find Your glory even here
When the hurt and the healer collide [x2]

Jesus come and break my fear
Awake my heart and take my tears
Find Your glory even here

Read the words to this song and you will understand even more.......

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

Ron, my mom, and myself bravely went to our town's Memorial Day Parade yesterday. We saw the old soldiers and thought of the parade in 2008 when my 86 year Daddy marched his last Army march at the end of the parade. He passed away in July of that year. Memories! We saw the young men and women in their uniforms for various branches of the military. We heard a 92 year old retired Brigadeer General speak of his service and our great country. We saw WW2 Jeeps diven, bands playing, people of all ages and genders waving the American Flag! Proud Americans! It was so hard emotionally, especially when a young man in his dress Navy whites walked by us! Oh Tyler, we miss you so much!  We went from there to take some flags to Tyler and my dad's gravesites. My mom had bought a Navy flag for Tyler and an Army flag for my dad. So hard! We were so surprised to find a big boquet of fresh flowers with a flag in it on Tyler's grave. They were from his dearest friend Jarad K. and his family! What a sweet blessing to see flowers and a note to our Tyler from someone who really cared for him and misses our Tyler as well!! Thank you for his flowers, your love for him and your constant support for us!! HOOYAH ! our prayers are with you, all our love as well!   Hard days with lots of sweet blessings from our Lord Jesus all along the way!

Friday, May 11, 2012

2012 another Mother's Day

Well another Mother's Day is here, the weather is supposed to be beautiful here in the mountains! I know that there are lots of Mothers out there who have lost children and struggle with Mother's Day and all holidays as I do. The waves of grief and sadness just keep on coming even though it has been over 2 years now. Broken hearts never really heal, but they do grow stronger. Some moms have had many more years to grieve and some are just beginning this journey, but we are all so very blessed to have had our precious children in our lives. Whether they left this world at 2, at 20, at 26 or at 56 and so on, we are blessed to be their Mothers! Life is a hard road with many beautiful blessings along the way! I pray for you all that you would find the peace that God has for you and His comfort this Mother's Day! I am part of a very special group of Mothers that I want to pray extra hard for this Mother's Day in 2012, the "Gold Star Moms" these are the Moms who have lost a son or daughter in military service. May God bless you with grace, peace and wonderful memories this Mother's Day! HOOYAH Tyler Woodle! There are also some Moms that are dear to me who have also lost sons, my Mama lost her youngest son just 56 years old, my little brother and best buddy, Johnny, in October of 2011. This is an especially hard Mother's Day for her. God bless you Mama, you are a wonderful example of a Mother to me and all who know you! I love you! Then there is my friend, Teresa, who recently lost her 20 year old son, Ethan, to a car accident. This will be her hardest Mother's Day ever. She is also a wonderful mom. My precious Tyler was 26 when he left us, they have all left too soon, yet in God's timeline it was just the right time for them. I want to wish all Mothers who still have their children a very Happy Mother's Day, and to all the ones who have lost children I want to wish a blessed Mother's Day filled with sweet memories of their children and God's great peace and comfort for the days ahead. Still praising my Jesus and loving every moment of this life with my precious Ron, my princess Jerica, my dear Sumer and my bubble of joy, Ava!! I love you all! Looking forward to Heaven where my Tyler lives! Blessed Day to
all, Kathi