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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
--Multiple Myeloma--
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:


Seeing me--
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 Resurrection,
and the Life:
he that believeth in Me, though he were dead,
yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth
and believeth in Me
shall NEVER DIE.
Believest thou this?"


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
Ron Hamilton
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

God never moves without purpose or plan
When trying His servant and molding a man.
Give thanks to the LORD though your testing seems long;
In darkness He giveth a song.

I could not see through the shadows ahead;
So I looked at the cross of my Savior instead.
I bowed to the will of the Master that day;
Then peace came, and tears fled away.

Now I can see testing comes from above;
God strengthens His children and purges in love.
My Father knows best, and I trust in His care;
Through purging more fruit I will bear.

O rejoice in the LORD
He makes no mistake,
He knoweth the end of each path that I take,
For when I am tried
And purified,
I shall come forth as gold.

Thank you so much for taking the time to "meet my Mom" *_* If you don't know our Savior personally, please take the time to meet Him! We have God's Plan of Salvation on our home page if you would like to meet Him today!



The following poem was sent to me by a dear sister in Nova Scotia...
she dedicated it to my Momma *_*

  The Light of Son-shine  

Bring Son-shine into your world each day,
Begin with thanksgiving when you pray...
Give thanks for the breath that gives you life
The breath of God morning, noon, and night.



Like flowers busting forth into bloom
With Son-shine your day will flower, too
Where new life meets you at every turn
And the light of Son-shine in you burns.



Burns away the walls that keep you from
All God really wants you to become
Creating bridges to lead you on
To gardens of beauty each new dawn.



Son-shine's a gift that all can receive
When we say yes, we want to believe
That Jesus came as a gift to all
To bless us when on His name we call.

  © Viola Doncaster  
February 8, 2001

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER
by Erma Bombeck
(written after she found out she was dying from cancer).


I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner." There would have been more "I love you's." More "I'm sorry's."

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it, live it, and never give it back. Stop sweating the small stuff.

Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what. Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.

Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with.
I hope you all have a blessed day.



I don't know about you, but after having a Mother separated from me for life by cancer, I tend to chose more of the above options. I had a couple look at me like I had completely lost my marbles when I allowed our 4 year old to play with her playdough on the LIVING ROOM coffee table *_* I wanted her to be right there where I could watch her enjoying her favorite toy *_*

ENJOY every moment God blesses you with. Never forget: the things that matter in life aren't things...they're PEOPLE.

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A bit more testimony about Momma and her Home-going:
Momma's Poem

To see the graphics set I created using a beautiful photo of Momma, click HERE, and ENJOY!!!

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Legacy of HOPE *_*

The banner above was made with graphics from the site below *_* Mary's Little Lamb has a whole set of beautiful cancer awareness graphics...
Mary's Little Lamb Graphics *_*

Rest Ministries

Victoria's Quilts

What a precious ministry...
making and donating handmade QUILTS for cancer patients!!!

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