A Christian Mother
God gives us many gifts,
But far above any other,
The first and best He gives us
Is the gift of a Christian mother.
Her head bows over the Scriptures
Teaching children from God's Word.
Her hands are always busy
Doing service for her LORD
Whenever her children need her
They know she's always there.
Her beauty's in the strength of faith
That she daily finds in prayer.
Her children love and bless her,
And in their lives we see
The lessons of the Saviour
That were learned at mother's knee.
~~Ramona K. Cecil
In Honor of My Mother
Joan B. Monck
Born: May 20th, 1940
Born Again: at Vacation Bible School as a Child
Met her Saviour face to face: May 28th, 1992
I've waited a LONG time before attempting
to write & publish this page...
I know there are a LOT of people out there
who need some
"words of encouragement"
from someone who knows the pain
cancer brings to a family.
This is a tribute to my Momma,
whose sweet spirit & Godly example
were a blessing to all who knew her!
She was diagnosed with a type of cancer
in autumn of 1986....
The doctors "gave" her 18 months to live.
The LORD blessed her with
nearly 6 wonderful years of--
Traveling with my Dad:
the baby of the family *_*--
graduate from a Christian college:
AND my sister Joann & brother-in-law Kevin
gave Momma her first, second, and third grandbabies:
With baby Matthew...
Looks like she's holding Caleb *_* May '88
With a wee Justin *_*--Christmas '91
With her grand-DAUGHTER *_* Joanna Lee--April '92
Momma was a teacher...at home first, but also at Sunday School, Day Care, &
1rst & 2nd grade at our Christian school. She played the church organ for
many years, and I LOVED listening to her "practice" at home *_* She was a
keeper of the home & hearth...always having the living room "ready for
company", and the rest of the house tidy as well! She loved her gardens...she
spent hours planting, watering, and weeding, and I believe praying...while the
morning mist still covered the earth. She was a very quiet lady who didn't
spend a lot of free time with "friends", but invested her time with her
family. She taught us by word and deed to LOVE THE LORD.
The years she lived beyond what the doctors "gave" her?
LOTS of "bonuses" and very few "bad" times physically
considering the seriousness of her condition. She was told she
couldn't have a kidney transplant because her cancer was so
advanced, and she couldn't have a bone marrow transplant
(where the cancer was) because her kidneys were so bad. Yippee
for modern medicine *o*
She had been told (actually, WE had been told) on 3 separate
occasions to "gather the family together, she won't be with you
long"...and she had recovered *_* She had a precious testimony
before the hospital staff as well as our church, our friends,
and our family through it all.
Momma got to play for the church Easter Cantata in April of
'92, had the JOY of holding her first granddaughter a few weeks
later, then went to Heaven at sunset one beautiful evening in
May. The day of her funeral would have been her first day of
kidney dialysis...she had been to the orientation and had cried
and cried about it, it scared her so; but the LORD saw fit to
never allow her to pass through those particular waters.
No one knows why such precious people go through such
difficult times.... We will know someday, though! *_*
I do know that she has been 100% cancer-free and in the best
possible company for over 15 years now *_* The LORD obviously
had His hand of blessing on her during all that time though, I
KNOW. She lived far longer, with much more quality of life
than the doctors ever expected.... We had her with us for 4
years longer than we had thought when she was first diagnosed
*_* I do miss her to the point of tears many times...she
was the bestest Gramma & Mom-in-law in the whole world! But my
hubby and babies won't know her 'til Heaven. She was the best
friend I ever had, but I also know "What a Friend (I) have in
Jesus" because of her *_*
Well, I've gone on and on, but I just want you to know that
God can & does miraculously intervene! I didn't just
want to say "my Mom died from cancer"...her "bonus years" were
too precious to not acknowledge as being from the hand of our
loving heavenly Father! And she is more "alive" now than any
of us, too *_*
In John 11:25 & 26, Jesus says,
"...I AM the
and the Life:
he that believeth in Me,
though he were dead,
yet shall he live:
and believeth in Me
shall NEVER DIE.
The Monck family's last Christmas together on earth...
Christmas Day 1991. Johnny, Jack, Joann, Joan, & Jennifer.
I miss you, Momma.
I heard an old, old story,
How a Savior came from Glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary
To save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning,
Of His precious blood's atoning,
Then I repented of my sins
And won the victory!
I heard about His healing,
Of His cleansing pow'r revealing,
How He made the lame to walk again
And caused the blind to see;
And then I cried,"Dear Jesus,
Come and heal my broken spirit,"
And somehow Jesus came and brought
To me the victory!
I heard about a mansion
He has built for me in Glory,
And I heard about the streets of gold
Beyond the crystal sea;
About the angels singing,
And the old redemption story,
And some sweet day I'll sing up there
The song of victory!
O Victory in Jesus, my Savior forever!
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me e'er I knew Him,
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to VICTORY,
Beneath the cleansing flood!
That was one of Momma's very favorite hymns *_* She was our
church organist for a LONG time (even since her teen years, actually *_*) One
can almost hear her singing it...the words are so perfect....
The following song is her favorite...
It was written by a precious child of God & cancer survivor
The music option at the top of this page is the accompaniment *_*
We were singing this song when she drew her last breath on earth....
Rejoice in the LORD
by Ron Hamilton