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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: See (07/22/10)

TITLE: Look to the Hills
By Joyce Morse


My mother was an avid amateur photographer. She always had a camera in her hand waiting for the right moment to capture special memories. She took pictures of family members, friends and pets among other things. I have a box with hundreds of photos and negatives that tell the story of her life.

She instilled in me the same love of photography and taught me how to look at things for opportunities to capture them on film. I learned to take the time to really see things instead of just rushing through life. To pay attention to people instead of being busy in my own world. You never know when the memories are all you will have left.

But more important than what I saw, my mom taught me the importance of what I canít see. Her faith is one of the things that defined her. She became a Christian as a child and grew up with a strong belief in the power of prayer. She prayed for many of her family membersí salvation and had the privilege to lead some of them to the Lord.

One of her greatest desires was to become a wife of a Christian man and mother of two girls. She began praying for that when she was a teenager. She married my father, a godly man, when she was twenty-seven. Eleven years later, she had me and then my sister came along six years after that.

My mother also believed in praying for the impossible. She often prayed for healing for family and friends who had serious or terminal health problems. Many times her prayers were answered but even if they werenít, she never blamed God.

While I remember some of the dramatic answers to her prayers, it was the everyday prayers that influenced me the most. She truly believed in the Psalm ďI will look unto the hills from whence cometh my help; my help comes from the Lord.Ē She prayed for everything whether it was a headache or a sick pet, guidance for a decision or help in finding something that was lost. Nothing was too big to pray about but neither was anything too small or insignificant to go to God with. Even though she couldnít see Him, she knew God was by her side every step of the way and He cared about everything that mattered to her.

When she was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer, she began praying for a miracle. She knew that God could heal her and she chose to put her hope in Him. Once it was obvious that the end was near, she didnít become bitter or angry, but instead chose to concentrate on spending her time with her family and friends and creating more memories that would last long after she was gone.

It has been over three years now since her death. Iíve learned many things from my mother but the greatest lesson was in the importance of constant prayer. Like her, my best Friend is Someone I canít see but I can feel His presence every day. And I hope my legacy will be like her and to teach others to trust and pray.

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Cindy Barclay07/29/10
What a beautiful tribute to your mother and her faith! Thank you for sharing it.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/30/10
What a lovely tribute to an astonishing woman. I lost my mom 17 years ago this August. She was wonderful and your tribute honored her as well. Thank you for the reminder to be like our kind and loving mothers.
Charla Diehl 07/30/10
This story would certainly make any mother proud. You were blessed by her faith, and now you are blessing others with this testamony. Good job.
Fern Brown07/30/10
Thank God for mothers who teach us to pray. I thank God for letting you put it into words.
Lollie Hofer08/05/10
I could relate to your story because my daughter is also a photographer. What an encouraging story of faith and standing firm. Congrats on your recognition.