Thursday, July 3, 2008

Life Without Jesus

Here is a poem I read the other day in my Nanny's devotional book.

Life without Jesus would be meaningless.
Life without Jesus would be hopelessness.
Life without Jesus I cannot conceive,
Lord I'm so glad for the day I believed.
Life without Jesus is not life at all.
No one to help us the moment we call.
No one to guide us each step of the way.
No one to answer the moment we pray.
Life without Jesus, life without Him.
Would just be a life that was still full of sin.
No hope for the future, eternity's mourn
Would be better, far better if we weren't born.
But life with the Saviour is life full of joy. (which Lindsay is doing)
Life with the Master no man can destroy.
He's mine for all time and eternity too
If only the world knew what Jesus could do.
The world with it's wealth and it's pleasure combined
Could never compare with salvation that's mine
For Jesus is all that this old world would need
If only they'd open their hearts and believe.

This poem spoke to my heart after I read it. If we didn't know Jesus we would have never made it through this. But we do know Him and that's all we need.
Today I was cleaning out the diaper pail to use when Julie, Garrett, Emma, and Ethan come on Sat. I had set it outside and forgot that there were a few diapers in there. So needless to say it was very smelly and full of rain water. As I was dumping out the water I realized that those were the last 3 diapers I changed at home. That sure made me sad and long more for Lindsay. You forget what it's like to change diapers everyday but I sure miss doing it everyday.


GarretJulie said...

Looking at the one and only picture I have of Lindsay with Ethan sure does make me sad. I am so very glad I took it that day! I plan to hang it up in Ethan's room as well as one of Lindsay and Emma in her room! Lindsay has made me realize that taking pictures is something I need to do all the time because those are what we will cherish. I have a hard time thinking that Emma won't have Lindsay around but I am grateful that even though you guys live farther away, they did get to spend a lot of times together!
Lindsay~ we miss you so much but we know that you are in a better place than we are!! But know that we love you very much!!!
Laura, Jon and Tanner, we can't wait to come and see you on Saturday!

Anonymous said...


Thanks so much for the reminders. That Life without Jesus would be unthinkable and that changing diapers is a real privilege.

Love, Jill

Anonymous said...

oops sorry... should have written Jill Brown!

Anonymous said...

Dear Laura, Thanks for the reminders that the dailies we do for our kids are precious.....even the diapers. Our kids grow so fast and as you know more than any of us, they are not our children but the Lords and to enjoy the monuments we have with them now. Thanks for making me remember to enjoy the smelly things too! LW

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the posts and for sharing your grandmother's poem with us. We continue to be touched by Lindsay, you, Jon, Tanner and the rest of your family. Lindsay's fingerprints are, indeed, everywhere! I love you all, and like others who have written comments on the blog, I too will pray God gives you a glimpse of what Lindsay is up to in Paradise! In the meantime, I pray you walk in His peace, and that you feel His arms around you every step of the way.
Abbie Hackett

Anonymous said...

Good Morning,

Happy Independence Day!

Thank you so much for sharing that poem..the older I get, the more I know the absolute truth of what your Grandma had to say. She surely is a special lady and is enjoying Lindsay!

Glad that Julie and Garrett will be with you this weekend. I'm sure Emma and Tanner will have a ball!
Enjoy being together.

Love, hugs & prayers,

Anonymous said...

Oh Laura how I pray you will have a big old smelly pail of diapers again someday. I know it wouldn't be predious Lindsay's but it would still be a smelly joy! Nothing about having to care for my baby ever grossed me out...nothing! They are gifts aren't they. Lindsay...such a blessed girl to have a mom like you. Enjoy your guests this week. You'll need eyes behind your head for Emma!

Anonymous said...

Laura, you continue to make Brian & I cry every time we read one of your postings. Miss you! Thanks for your words & reminders.
I was speaking with a friend the other day who has 5 children & they have gotten many comments from individuals (often negative) regarding the size of their family... however, Dan & Amy see them as 5 blessings directly from the Lord, only theirs for a short time. God chose to bless them. Eleven years ago, they had lost their first set of twins. Now years later the children God has given them are NOT taken for granted.
Thank you to you for another reminder that the stinky diapers, temper tantrums, messy rooms, clothes to wash, cries for "Mommy, Mommy" etc. are not "inconveniences" but times that are too short to take for granted.
Enjoy your time with Julie & Garrett, Emma & Ee-Ee. :) We love you!
Brian & Donna & the little Bits

Anonymous said...


Thank you for that post. It's a true reminder of how blessed we all are for having Jesus in our lives. I'm praying for you. Those small reminders of Lindsay, as hard as they may be some times, I believe that they will be necessary for you. God never gives us more than we can handle. Cherish those reminders and memories that you have. Know that all of you remain in my constant thoughts and prayers.

Lisa Sheldon

Anonymous said...


thank you for touching my heart today... thank you for reminding me that I can do NOTHING with out Jesus.

Thank you for showing me that I take each diaper I change for granted. I will rejoice and be glad during the next poopie Isaiah needs changing from.

I love you Laura,
Love Carrie

Anonymous said...

Just a note to say Good Morning--I'm not an early riser! :)
And to say I continue to pray for you and trust that you know the Lord's presence with you every minute of every day.

Hope you all had a good weekend together.

Love, hugs & prayers,
Miriam :)

Susan M. said...

Hi, Jon, Laura and Tanner:

Just wanted to let you know that I'm still praying for you. Enjoyed reading the fingerprint story. I'm sure you'll continue to find Windsay's fingerprints in many places - including the many lives that she's touched.

That's a really neat poem that your Nanny wrote. As difficult as it's been for you to lose Lindsay, I've often wondered how someone who doesn't know the Lord could even begin to cope with the loss of a child.

I was telling your mom (Jan) last night how much I've enjoyed looking at pictures of Lindsay. There's a spark of joy, a spark of life, a spark of impishness and a twinkle in her eyes that is very obvious in the pictures. Many of the pictures bring a smile to my face. I wish I could have gotten to know her better than I did, having seen her only a few times here at Keswick.

Will continue to pray for you and think of you often...and check the blog, too.

With love and hugs,

Susan M.

Isaiah 40:28-31