Hi – we are Linda, Karen and Bill. Marie Allen is our fabulous mom who is now an Alzheimer’s patient. Although she is no longer able to communicate verbally with us, she still blesses us with her smile and 100 journals! This blog is written from those journals.
Mom grew up in the Midwest and married our Dad in 1950. They were married 65 years before his death in 2015 and were completely devoted to each other. She was a homemaker in every wonderful sense of the word.
Mom began keeping a journal after a friend gave her a book with blank pages. She begins each entry with a personal prayer about what was going on in our lives at the time. She generally follows that with a “Meditation Thought” which is usually a verse or two from the Bible. She then writes down what she perceived God was teaching her in this prayer time. (That’s the part we are publishing here.) The power of the Holy Spirit’s teaching is palpable in the pages. It’s amazing how relevant the entries are even up to 40 years later. (The journals cover the mid-70’s all the way up to the early-2000’s.)
The Lord put it on my heart some time ago to publish these entries but I had a few false starts and, to be honest, plain old procrastination. Mom self-published a small book of the meditations some years ago and that little book has blessed so many that we are excited to share this wisdom with others.
We anticipate this blog will morph over time to include some of her more personal thoughts regarding her journey through Alzheimer’s disease. Right from the time of diagnosis Mom wanted to do everything she could to help others either avoid or navigate this terrible disease. She participated in several studies and interviews solely for that purpose. She did not like doing either but did both in the hopes of helping others.
In this spirit, she desires that we share those more intimate portions of her journey as well. As a matter of fact, she even wrote an introduction to a yet-to-be written book towards this end. When she wrote that introduction she had already been diagnosed and specifically says that we, her family, will need to choose what is included. We humbly anticipate undertaking that task as the Lord leads. We would appreciate prayers towards that end.
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The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine on you, and be gracious to you: the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-36)