Are you Willing?

#fmf #marcomoments

As we are fast approaching the year anniversary of a sweet little one, Marco Shemwell, going to sit with Jesus, I feel a heavy burden for my friends, Marco’s parents, Liz and Ben, along with their family. Even though my heart is heavy for them, I’m positive that their heart is even heavier. But as a believer of a God that loves greater than we could even imagine and a believer of a son, Jesus, that His father gave to us through death for our salvation, I’m positive that His heart is burdened far more. I wrote about that burden, my burden, and rejoice now as time has passed and I’ve seen a glimpse of how God can make good out of bad. (click link to read)

On the day that Marco was injured and throughout weeks and now months, my head and heart have been filled with so many emotions. Today I want to focus on Marco’s mommy & daddy, Liz and Ben. Being “Willing” to do what the Lord asks of you can be hard for average asks but when you’re asked to make good out of the loss of a child, being “willing” is a HUGE ASK! But Liz and Ben have said “YES” to the big ask of being “willing”.

The captioned picture of Marco is just a glimpse of the life that little boy brought to this family and now is only a glimpse of the life and hope that he continues to bring to so many more. His mommy and daddy have chosen to let the life of their son to not end with sadness but to let his life continue by encouraging others to bring #marcomoments of joy, hope and lasting happiness to communities and even more far reaching simply by being “willing” to say “yes” to God’s call.

I rejoice with Liz and Ben as they still feel the loss of Marco but choose to see the difference he is making by the ripple effects of fulfilling God’s purpose.

I am including links on this post so that you too can see those ripple effects. I hope that you will be encouraged to be “willing” to say “yes” to God’s calling and find ways to create lots of #marcomoments. Watch out for those ripple effects!

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  1. A positive, perspective-changing experience worth sharing with others.
  2. Love in action.

I am proud to be called friend. I’m grateful for the opportunity to watch God work. We are not guaranteed that life is going to be easy but we are guaranteed that God will overcome.

John 16:33  I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

And I am grateful that I have the opportunity, given to me by the grace and forgiveness of my Jesus, to rejoice in heaven one day.


Take………..this one could go in all different directions as most of them can. One train of thought arose in me immediately……….. “Take time to…………..” Whatever it is you want to fill in the blank with. Time is a precious commodity and what you use that time for can be even more precious. So if I take time then that means I want to make the most of it.

I want to ……

Take time to listen

Take time to grow

Take time to connect

Take time to rejoice

Take time to grieve

Take time to learn

Take time to teach

Take time to serve

Take time to just be

I’ve come to appreciate that I have a Lord who

Takes time to just be with me

Takes time to serve me

Takes time to teach me

Takes time to learn from me

Takes time to grieve with me

Takes time to rejoice with me

Takes time to connect with me

Takes time to grow me

Takes time to listen to me

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

He is in my midst and as I take time to wait for Him through my walk on this path, He will make the most out of all I take time for. His mercy and grace falls over me abundantly as I take time for Him.