Wednesday, April 1, 2009


The word "healing" can cover more areas than one would think.

My grandfather (on my dad's side) passed away March 21st and he is in heaven now healed of pneumonia and Alzheimer's.

My grandparents lived in Oregon. My grandfather was flown back to OK and my grandmother flew in for a small memorial service we had in Western OK on Saturday. She has sons on the West coast and then two in OK. It was good to see my uncle and his family.

My Uncle Isaac and I

The "Oklahoma" Crawford Family

My Grandma with her Oklahoma grand kids

My Grandma with her Oklahoma great-grand kids. Bryan and I hope to add to this picture someday!!

My dad and Bryan

I ask for your prayers this week. I am taking off 2 days from work so that I can spend some time with my grandma. I do not have as strong a relationship as I would like and I have really wanted to change that. Please pray we have a sweet time together and we get to know each other over again. Please pray I can overcome obstacles that have been placed in this endeavor.

We were a little anxious getting to Western OK due to the weather. This is what greeted Bryan and I as we got closer to Custer City but a lot of it melted later in the afternoon.

Healing can envelope the process of recovering from hurts by individuals. Have you ever experienced a time when someone hurt you and that person knew, really knew, their actions would hurt yet they did it anyway? It seems I have experienced this numerous times over the past week. God (and Bryan) is working on me to look past myself, be the bigger person, and display the fruit of the spirit. Let the past be in the past. Remember who I represent...Jesus Christ!! Work toward the future. I'm so glad I have Bryan who helps me keep balanced, let's me cry uncontrollably when I need to, and still loves me despite all the jibberish.

And of course, healing covers recovering from a horrible cold and infection. Over the past week, I have been to the doctor twice and finally got some antibiotics and other meds that are working. I think I'm on the road to recovery. I spent all day Sunday in bed sick and missed a day of work last week. Bryan later asked me how many times I died (this is something we do every time I'm sick. Call us dorks, I know!). I told him 772.5 times!! :-) I'm not a great sick person!

Spiritual healing can come from a great study of God's word. This past Monday, we finished our Beth Moore study on Esther. This is the sweet group I led. I will be lost on Mondays for a while without them.

Sherry Parker, Carla Young, Freddi Booth, and myself

Carla's (in the purple shirt) home was the host home. I love her!! She is like a mom and a friend to me. Everyone of these ladies have lifted prayer after prayer up for me, my family, and my family to come. They are so special to me and I am honored they are in my life!

They were crackin me up. They were working to make their faces skinnier before we took a picture of the 4 of us!! I warned them I would post it on the World Wide Web!!

I hope you are all having a great week!


Angela said...

Ha! That last picture is funny!

I'm glad you are starting to feel better and that Monday night was able to happen for you.

I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather and I will pray for you this week as you are spending time with your grandmother.

Take care!

Lacy said...

I am sorry about the loss of your grandfather. My Grandpa had alzheimer's too, and it was a blessing for him to be healed when he passed away. Enjoy this time with your Grandma. Your family will be in my prayers.

petrii said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your grandfather.

I hope your time with your grandmother is blessed and healing for you.


valerie said...

I'm sorry about your grandpa too.
I pray you were able to spend some quality time with your grandmother.

I feel bad for you that someone hurt you purposefully.
You are so sweet...I can't imagine anyone doing that to you.

We finished Esther last Mon. night too. I am so sad to see it end. We are watching "One Night With The King this next Monday."

Have a good weekend, Julie!

Lauren Kelly said...

This was such a sweet post Julie and what precious pictures!!! :o)

MiMi said...


I am so sorry about the loss of your grandfather. I pray that you are enjoying this time spent with your grandmother and that God will work in that relationship to bring healing.

I love all the pictures of her and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Those will be pictures that you will cherish always.

Your family is in my prayers.


Leigh Ann said...

I'm sorry about the loss of your grandfather and I hope the time you have with your grandmother is what you hope for! Hugs to you Julie!

Megan L Hutchings said...

I have been wondering about you friend!

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandfather. Alzheimer's is such a horrible disease, but now he is in a much better place :)!

Enjoy your special time with your grandmother!

Alana said...

I'm so sorry for your lost. My grandfather is very ill and I expect he will pass very soon as well.

I hope the time you are having with your grandma is oh so sweet.

Peace to you!