Dream Small

Dream Small

My husband, Ken, wrote this about my dear mother’s passing into the arms of Jesus on Sunday night and I thought it would bless many of you.

What a wonderful person and life well lived.
A Mom, grandma and great grandma who was the perfect example of the song, Dream Small:

Dream small
Don’t bother like you’ve gotta do it all
Just let Jesus use you where you are
One day at a time

Live well
Loving God and others as yourself
Find little ways where only you can help
With His great love
A tiny rock can make a giant fall
Dream small

It is in the simple moments that Ellen gave to us all that changed our world for the better.

Ellen never had grand plans to be a professional or have a career, instead choosing to take her life and invest it in her family and grandchildren. With her ever lilting voice she showed her joy for life and the Lord in the moments each day.

If you could pick from the fruit of her life you would find a table overflowing of love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, and kindness. Her faithfulness and servant’s heart never wavered. All who knew Ellen were very blessed by her joy and generosity.

We will miss you, Ellen Jean, as we loved you very much. We thank you for a life well lived and all the many fun times you gave us all. You sure knew how to live a joy-filled, fun-filled life while shining the Spirit of God to us all. We are better people because of who you are. From family to friends to church friends we loved you dearly.

We thank you that your small dreams became the foundation of our dreams with many more eternal blessings to come. Rest in your Lord and Savior Jesus as you have won the race that was set before you and have entered into His presence as a good a faithful servant. Job well done, Mom!

As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth…But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children.
Psalm 103:14-17

13 thoughts on “Dream Small

  1. I am sorry that you’ve had to let such a great woman move on, but I know that you’ll meet again, and until then, know that she’s with her Lord and Savior. She sounds like someone I would have liked to meet, and thankfully, I will one day.

  2. Dear Lori & family, I extend my deepest sympathy. Thanks for sharing your husband’s beautiful tribute. I read once that God is honored or dishonored not only by the way a Christian lives, but also by the way in which he dies. The blessed foretastes of heaven are now joyfully hers. It is a comfort to know she died in the Lord. Praying for you and your family.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing, Lori. We will be praying for you in these coming days. That was a lovely tribute – I couldn’t wish for a better myself!

    Diana

  4. I am so sorry for your loss and you are in my thoughts. While our views do not always align, loss is still such a difficult thing and I will be thinking about you and your family during this time.

  5. What an example for all of us women we are learning here in this post! Thank you so much Lori and Ken to opening your lives to us! Thank you for showing us this great example we should imitate! I wish to achieve my race the same way your mom achieved hers! My deepest sympathy to you, may you find in God your peace in those hard days.

  6. “Until then
    My heart will go on singing
    Until then
    With joy I’ll carry on
    Until the day
    My eyes behold that city
    Until the day
    God calls me home”

    “I Will Find You Again”
    I was there when you crossed over
    To the dying part of living
    I held your hand
    And so lowly watched you go
    Oh I know you’re someplace better
    Than what I can imagine
    But I can’t help the way I miss you so

    If I have to knock on every mansion door
    Walk miles of golden streets
    Search among a million saints
    That rest at Jesus’ feet
    I will run along the jasper walls
    Call your name upon the wind
    I will find you again.

    I would never be so selfish
    As to pray you back from Heaven
    So I could have you longer here with me
    So I cherish every memory
    ‘Cause it helps me to remember
    That where you are is where I’m going to be

    If I have to knock on every mansion door
    Walk miles of golden streets
    Search among a million saints who rest at Jesus’ feet
    I will run along the jasper walls
    Call your name upon the wind
    I will find you again

    Save a seat for me at the table beside you
    And tell everyone that I am on my way!

    If I have to knock on every mansion door
    Walk miles of golden streets
    Search among a million saints
    That rest at Jesus’ feet
    I will run along the jasper walls
    Call your name upon the wind
    I will find you again

    Much love, dear Lori.

    *hugs*
    Kelley~

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