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2019 retiro De mujeres

Murrieta Hot Springs, CA

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English-language Retreat
September 13-15, 2019

Murrieta Hot Springs, CA
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On November 16th, we received a call at 10 pm to come to my dad’s room in his dementia center as he was not doing well and in the early morning hours of the next day on November 17th, 2018, My sister and I sat at my dad’s side as he took his last breath on earth and his first breath in heaven!! We had spent the night, hugging and kissing him and singing the old hymns he loved and reading scripture and watching him “totter” between here and eternity! My dad had fought the fight of dementia for almost 10 years and as he left his earthly body, it was as if he was set free from the “cage” of this earthly vessel. God had eternally freed him and healed him! As much as we were sad to say goodbye, we were thrilled for him to go home to his heavenly Father. My Verse in my devotions that morning was, “Make vows to the Lord and keep them, let EVERYONE bring tribute to the awesome one“ Psalm 76:11 (NLT) I had made a vow to care for my dad to the end and had asked God if I could “usher” my dad and mom to heaven’s gates and see them breathe their last breath. God would not have had to let me do this but HE, the awesome one allowed me to see and be with my dad at the end. This was even more precious because my mom could not physically be there as her colon cancer had returned and she was in a skilled nursing facility also under hospice care, so my sister and I knew that she would be so relieved that dad did not die alone, but with us, their two daughters.

In the next 2 days, our whole family would surround mom in her bed (either physically or on the phone)and share with her stories of dad and tributes to him and love and prayers and singing together. We filled one another with comfort, love, hope and faith. They were sweet, intimate, powerful moments of peace and I remember my mom saying to us, “I really am not worried about anything anymore!”

Little did we know that 4 days after my dad went to heaven, that my mom would follow him there on November 21st, 2018. Once again, my God allowed me and my husband to be by her side as she breathed her last breath on earth and her first in glory! My scripture that morning was again from Psalms; “Sing praises to God, our STRENGTH..sing to the God of Jacob…NOW I will take the load from your shoulders..I will FREE your hands from their heavy tasks!” Wow, I sang praises all day to my mom that last day and through the praises, He gave us strength this last day and then HE FREED HER from the heavy task of cancer..the load for life that living had become for my sweet little mom who’s body was shutting down.

My parents had always done EVERYTHING TOGETHER and so of course God had ordained for them to die 4 days apart and both died one week before their 63rd Wedding Anniversary!! On that day, THEIR EARTHLY ANNIVERSARY DAY, a week after BOTH of my parents, my foundations and givers and biggest influencers of my life here on earth, DIED AND LEFT THIS EARTH……..this is what God gave me that morning, Nov. 25th, 2018…..in my daily Psalms reading,

“Unfailing love and truth have met together, Righteousness and peace have kissed! “ (Ps. 85:10 NLT)

“ Listen closely to my prayer O Lord hear my urgent cry…for you, O Lord, help and comfort me!” (Ps. 86:6, 17 NLT)


Vicki Smith


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Vicki and Jim Smith's book "Friends Forever."