God’s Faithfulness

A month before Bill went to heaven, he sent me an email.  The top line read:

“If I go home:

Don’t think for a minute that God failed us!  You know how faithful God has been.” 

He continued with a list of things that I needed to take care of (his book, his funeral, etc.), but all I could see and hear were his words above.   These words have replayed over and over in my mind since running across this email.  God knew I needed to read these words as I navigated through the grieving process.  He knew I would question His sovereignty and that I needed to remember His faithfulness throughout the past 24 years.  He made provision in all areas of our life as we walked through the valley of the shadow of death. Bill WAS a miracle! The doctors gave him a 3-5-year death sentence, but God added 20 more years to his life!

Did God fail us?  No, He didn’t fail us. Is God still faithful? Yes, He is.

Because of the loving devotion of the LORD, we are not consumed, for His mercies never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness!  (Lamentations 3:22-23)

The day after Bill went home, I sat in my living room alone for the first time in years, not knowing what to do with myself.  The silence in our home that night was so loud as I sat there staring out the window.  I couldn’t believe that Bill was gone.  I asked God to talk to me.  I closed my eyes and waited.  I saw myself pushing Bill over the finish line in his wheelchair.  I am left standing there as I watched him slowly disappear. With tears running down my face, I realized that I had been running Bill’s race beside him for 24 years.  It was our race together.  We were a team.  A team that included Jesus as the cord that held us together to move forward for His glory.  That marathon was finished.

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12)

I’m not sure what my race without Bill beside me looks like, but I do know that I want to finish strong as Bill did.  I always told Bill he reminded me of Paul.  Metaphorically, Bill was imprisoned inside his body for 24 years.  They both used their time in prison to encourage others.  They kept the faith and didn’t give up no matter how tough life got.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.  (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

Bill allowed God’s grace to carry him so he could be an example to all of us that God’s grace is sufficient.  Now, I must let God’s grace hold me as I figure out the race without Bill beside me.

 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

I have cried more in the past five months than I have in my entire life. I don’t think I allowed myself to grieve during his illness like I should have, so now I mourn the loss of his absence and all the other losses that ALS took from him and our family.  God is healing my heart each day as I put my trust in Him.  He said he’d never leave us. He said he’d direct our path.  So, I wait on Him.

Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!  (Psalms 27:14)

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)

Has God failed us?  No, He hasn’t.  Is God still faithful? Yes, He is.

My prayer is that Bill’s words will help someone else as much as they did me. 

“Don’t think for a minute that God failed us (you)!  You know how faithful God has been.” 

Posted on June 3, 2021, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 165 Comments.

  1. Wow, this is so beautiful. Blessings on you and your family as you walk through the healing.

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  2. Hi Mary, I saw the notice that you are following my blog today. You have no idea how many times you and Bill have popped into my mind, especially when I am praying. I saved all of the pictures that you have shared of you and Bill and your family and I frequently look at them. Words kind of fail me, when I think of the witness to the goodness of God that you both shared with so many. God’s grace is simply amazing. Just wanted you to know that you are held up in prayer and loved and that one day we shall all be together at home. And what a day that will be! Love in Christ – Bruce

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    • Hi Bruce! I agree, God’s grace is amazing! I don’t want to think where we would be without it. Thank you so much for your friendship to Bill. You have been a huge encouragement over the years to us both. I appreciate your prayers so much. Yes, we will all be home one day. What a beautiful reunion that will be! Looking forward to following your blog to see your wisdom and perspective on things.

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  3. My heart is touched now…every bit as much as it has always been by Bill’s words…and to hear them here in your voice is a gift…THANK YOU!
    I know how hard it is to suddenly have such silence and to suddenly have none of the same things you had to do for years. My heart goes out to you and I send you healing prayers, Mary. I truly hope that you are well and that you are handling the grieving process as well as you can. Sweet Blessings ❤

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  4. Mary, I was so encouraged by your story, that I reblogged it on my blog: https://katiesencouragementforyou.home.blog/2021/07/17/gods-faithfulness-unshakable-hope/ Praying for you and your family during these days of grief. God bless you all.

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  5. Dear Mary,

    I haven’t been on WordPress for a long time and got on this evening just to check on the people I follow. Bill was such an inspiration to me and I enjoyed his perspective and insights so much. I am so very sorry for your loss.

    This is a beautiful post, and again, such a blessing. Thank you.
    Peace and love, Sarah

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  6. Mary, I had set this aside because I didn’t have time when I first saw it. Here I am, a month later, and I’m so glad I found it again! It’s true that Bill used his time here to encourage others. So have you. You have been a faithful wife, friend, caregiver, and support for your family. You have blessed me with your steadfastness.

    The grief process is long, and sometimes unbearably painful, as you’re learning. Take heart.

    I love the old hymn, “Does Jesus Care?”

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Thank you, Linda, for your kind words. So thankful for God’s grace that allowed me to care for Bill all those years. It was an honor to do so. Thank you for being a big encouragement over the years to Bill & I. Thank you for the beautiful hymn, I’ve never heard it before.

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  7. Dear Mary, this is beautifully written and wonderfully encouraging. Bill would be so proud of your courage and your obedience to the Spirit’s leading. I’m praying for the doors to open for you and Bill’s book.
    Love & blessings ~ Wendy Mac

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    • Thank you so much for these encouraging words and for your prayers, Wendy. Bill would also be proud of the love and support all of his blogger friends have given me.

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  8. Cindy Skinner

    Dear Mary, This is a powerful post letting us see your tender transparency as you grieve. I will pray for you. You and Bill are an amazingly encouraging couple!! Your legacy will be life changing for so many. You’ve been an inspiring couple for sure. God bless you, Cindy

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    • Hi, Cindy! Thank you for your comment and your prayers. I was just reading your sweet sympathy card again yesterday. Thank you for your encouraging words. Praying all is well with you.

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  9. I thank my God upon every remembrance of Bill and you. The way you pressed on through the marathon of Bill’s disease was–and still is–a powerful inspiration, and your example will live in our hearts forever. I’m looking forward to meeting you and Bill in heaven one day!

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    • Thank you, Nancy. You have been a friend for a long time. Thank you for these kind words here, and for your encouraging comments throughout the years. I can’t wait to meet all our blogger friends in heaven one day!

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  10. Reblogged this on Mitch Teemley and commented:
    My Featured Blogger this week is a first: Mary Sweeney of Unshakeable Hope is the widow of the late Bill Sweeney, a quadriplegic blogger who I’ve featured and written about several times in the past. Bill’s wonderful posts are still there to inspire and encourage you. If you’re already a follower of Unshakeable Hope, then you’re also aware of Mary Sweeney’s constant presence and support. And now, like a spiritual Marie Curie, it seems, she is continuing the work she was already, in fact (albeit less visibly) doing with her husband. Like him, she embodies overcoming faith and compels us to join her on the greatest journey a human being can take!

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing this, Mary. I needed to hear it this morning. Bill’s life was such an inspiration, but so was your unwavering faithfulness to him and the Lord. May God comfort and strengthen you daily as only He can.

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  12. it’s an amazing story i see being told here and i’m so glad to have come by. Mary you are awesomely blessed. your journey has been an inspiration and i’m so grateful to see how you’ve endured so much. Bill is such a powerful pillar of inspiration for just sharing those few words. they definitely touched me much and i probably needed to hear these with a few things making me feel down lately. thank you so much for both of your testimonies and the life you live. will be cheering you on from another corner of the world and wishing you joyful hope, peace and more love.

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Thank you for your comment, Sophia. I’m sorry you are feeling down, but thankful the Lord used Bill’s words to touch you. Blessings to you and your family.

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  13. Mary, I was so delighted to see that you’d written this post. Amazingly, wonderfully, I see that, like our crown-wearing brother Bill, that you’ve already started turning your own journey, including your grief and spiritual wrestling, into lessons for others. May God continue to bless and guide you, dear sister, and your ministry to many. My prayers are with you always.

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    • Thank you so much, Mitch! “crown-wearing brother Bill” 🙂 Your prayer is exactly what my heart wants. Thank you for being a good friend to Bill over the years. We have pondered so many of your posts, and laughed until we cried at some. You, like so many others have blessed us with your words. Thank you for being a blessing and for your prayers.

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  14. Thank you, Mary. I continue to lift you up in prayer. Bill left such a sweet legacy of faith. I’m sharing with a friend who lost her husband yesterday. I imagine she might feel as you do and might be encouraged by your journey.

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  15. May The Lord bless Mary and watch, guard, and keep Mary; The Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten Mary and be gracious, kind, merciful, and giving favor to Mary; The Lord lift up His approving countenance upon Mary and give Mary peace, tranquility of heart and life continually.

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  16. Theresa Schrock

    Mary, Bill’s words remain forever strong and powerfully influential to everyone who reads them. Especially now spoken through you months after his passing. My thoughts are directed to the scripture ”and the two shall become one flesh.” All of us need to hear these words, they are living water flowing from the heart of God. Thank you so much for continuing Unshakeable Hope. I love you and I’m praying for you my dear forever friend.

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Thanks, Theresa! Yes, we were One for 35 years. I always told him that I was his arms & legs and he was my brain. Now…. that’s a scary thought. Love you, too! Thanks for your continuing prayers.

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  17. It’s so great to hear from you, Mary! What a beautiful post and such wisdom from Bill. I think of your family often since we don’t live that far away from each other. I will never forget Bill. He still inspires me. There are times when I don’t want to write and then I think of Bill writing and being used by God and I think I can do it too. I wish I had the perfect words to comfort you as you grieve. I have nothing but love and admiration for you. God bless you Mary and your daughters and your entire family. You are very special. Love and prayers to you.

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Thank you, Meghan. I’m so happy to hear that Bill still inspires you to write! I believe his words will live on. That’s why Unshakable Hope will remain. I remember Bill telling me you lived close. I hope your house isn’t floating away from all this rain we’ve gotten lately.

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      • Bill’s words will definitely live on. He touched so many lives. As far as the rain, I think it’s time to build an ark. The storms have been so crazy!! Looks like we might be finally drying out. Thank God.
        I’m looking forward to what you have to share on Unshakable Hope. You too are an inspiration, Mary.

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  18. Mary, may you be blessed for the courage it took to write this post to all of us. My own heart has an empty space where Bill’s steadfast faith & wisdom dwelt. I loved all the gifts he wrapped up and gave to us with his words and invitation into his life…and your family’s. Thank you for sharing him with all of us, but more importantly thank you for getting him to the finish line. I can’t help but feel that before he left you there wasn’t a baton he placed in your hands. I do hope you will consider carrying on sharing with us. Bill shared life beautiful through the view of his lens…perhaps with a nod and a wink he’s encouraging you to share from yours too. I trust you will discover the answer. Sending you warm hugs and blessings with the reminder Bill is greatly missed. ❤️

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Dawn, Thank you for these kind words. I’m not sure Bill would have even thought that I would ever post on Unshakable Hope. He never mentioned it. He did say he wants chapters in his book from my perspective. He knows that I am a “behind the scenes” girl. I was nervous to make comments on people’s blogs for fear of sounding goofy so writing a blog wasn’t even a thought. But, when the Holy Spirit prompts us to do something, you do it knowing He will equip us. Bill is probably cringing right now that I posted on his blog. 🙂 Bill was so relational, wise, witty, loving, and gifted. That’s a hard act to follow.

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      • Mary – I apologize for the delayed response…life just got in the way for a bit. 😉 I do not think you would ever sound goofy…unless it was in a good way. (Goofy can be creative & fun, giggles.)😊 I look forward to reading Bill’s book when it’s released and to reading your own personal perspectives. Bill was always so wise in his thoughts and words, so I am sure he was correct in valuing your additions to his writings. I agree with you that we should not combat against the promptings of the Spirit and am so proud of you for not only listening…but in being brave enough to act upon it. I hope to be on WP more regularly now and look forward to reading what you are prompted to share next. Until then many hugs & blessings continue to be sent your way!

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  19. Yes He is still faithful. 🙌
    Thank you for sharing this and openness to share this, ma’am.
    You are loved, and Abba is for you. ❤

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  20. My daughter almost died a year ago. When I say almost I mean, they had us say out goodbyes and there was a lot of doctors standing around with folded arms and whispers. It wasn’t until I tried to squeeze out a message her friend had ask me to tell her past the lump in my neck that she lurched forwards and tried to grab me and the room became a ruckus of people trying to hook her to the life support machines they had previously thought she was too gone to benefit from. We learned she’s a type one diabetic. She suffered a stroke while on life support… that was one year ago; she’s only 14… this message was for me. My poor baby has struggled and continues to. It’s so easy amidst the hard days to remind ourselves of the faithfulness. After the miracle of her surviving, how on earth I forget it and wonder through my days like a grumbling Israelite in the desert. Thank you for this post and God bless you as you find your healing.

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Gina, Thank you for your comment. I’m glad the Lord used these words to help you. As I read your comment, I could feel myself in the hospital room with you. How scary this must have been. So thankful that God brought her through! Don’t beat yourself up. It’s hard to be grateful when you are going through hard times, but it helps us so much to remember His faithfulness to us in the past because it tells us who He is. I’ll be praying for your daughter.

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  21. Mary,

    In glad you wrote this post. In many ways as you process things it’s cathartic for you. I hope you will keep this blog going in honor of Bill. He had a ministry and there are people who need encouragement. As you encourage you will get it, too.

    In Christ,

    Gary

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  22. Beautiful! Keep writing, you are carrying the baton! You are loved ❤

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  23. Marla Crowder

    Such encouragement that Bill left for you! Love you, Mary

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Thanks, Marla! I’m sure when he wrote it he had no idea that the it would comfort me after he was gone. Love you, too! I love seeing pictures of your adventures. Do you have a spare room in that RV? 🙂

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  24. Mary! It’s wonderful to hear from you and to be encouraged by your great faith. Thank you for claiming the victory and not focusing on what others may see as a defeat. Amen!

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Thank you, Terri! You remind me so much of Bill – they way you give hope to so many from your wheelchair prison. Thank you for your encouragement and prayers. I continue to pray for you.

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  25. Thank you Mary. It is so great to see you writing and continuing the blog. Excellent post. I can’t imagine how difficult it has been for you but in this post I see GRACE. You have clearly demonstrated this. And I see Bill crossing over in his chair. You were a great, indispensable, faithful, and wonderful help assisting the Lord in getting him there. How free and wonderful he must feel right now!

    This is pure scripture from the Book of Bill: “If I go home: Don’t think for a minute that God failed us! You know how faithful God has been.”

    This is just so awesome. Words can’t describe. Our Lord Jesus is so wonderfully faithful. Without Him we would have no hope. Because of Him everyone has an opportunity at eternal life and joy. We can always count on Him. And you can certainly count on Him now.

    Spread your wings and fly

    Blessings to you

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Thank you, RJ! “The Book of Bill” 🙂 Yes, it’s His grace that gets me through each day just as it did while caring for Bill, but it’s a greater measure now. “Without Him we would have no hope.” –so true!

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  26. Carolyn Jones

    I was so delighted to read your blog post. Unshakable Hope continues. Here is the link to my blog post, which I wrote about you and Bill. Many blessings to you.
    https://carolynpriesterjones.org/2021/06/04/laying-down-your-life/

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Thank you, Carolyn! Wow! So humbling to read this. I remember the beautiful tribute you wrote about Bill. Someone once told me that God’s grace will be there in the measure of the trial. I have seen that to be true in our life.

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  27. Hi Mary. So good to hear from you. I can only imagine what a hole is left in your life these days. Praying that God continues to comfort and lead you.

    I “met” Bill after losing both an Uncle and his first cousin to ALS. Bill was such an encouragement to me and such a light with his simple faith and complete trust in the Lord. I remember him now as I battle with my own, not fully diagnosed yet, chronic illness.

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Thank you for your prayers. I remember Bill telling me about your family that you lost to ALS. I’m sorry your family had to endure that pain. I’m glad the Lord used Bill’s writing to encourage you. I will pray for healing as you walk through your illness.

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  28. Pleasant surprise to see your post from Unshakable Hope. Prayers to you and the family🙏

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  29. Thank you. May God continue to bless and uphold you as He prepares you for what He has for you, in Jesus.

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  30. “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12)”
    Sending this to my family. Love to you.

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  31. Sweet and wonderful words of faith and encouragement both. You were definitely a team.. you, Bill and the Lord.
    ‘One of my favourite verses which I quote often to myself and to others is ‘ all things work together for good, to those who love God and are called according to His purpose’
    When we got the diagnosis last year that my husband had Alzheimer’s… the one we ‘feared’ most.. (I don’t like to use the word fear… but in honesty I do)… my heart sank because of all that I knew about with this disease. I thought about the years that I was unwell, both physically and with depression… It took it’s course and it’s toll, but God brought us through those times. It could easily have happened that I wasn’t around now, when my husband needs me… but God knew of course … and so we face the future at times feeling uncertain but knowing that the Lord will be along side of us each step of the way…. May God bless you in the days ahead Mary… .. Diane

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Thank you, Diane. Bill shared with me about your dear husband. We prayed for him, and I will continue to pray. I ran across an email that Bill sent to you. Maybe he left it there so I’d remember to pray. That verse is one that Bill and I clung to for the past two and a half years. Hold it close to your heart and make it personal.

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  32. Linda Menaugh

    Beautiful post, Mary! Made me cry! Bill was amazing in his race & so are you!!! You took such great care of him and you and Bill have such a sweet love story! Hug!!

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  33. Allan Halton

    Thanks for this, Mary. A happy surprise to find this in my inbox today!
    Do continue writing from time to time as you continue running the race set before us. You are a blessing!

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Thank you, Allan. I think I shocked several people when they saw an Unshakable Hope email pop in. I wish Bill could write one from heaven and post it so we could see what he’s up to.

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  34. Thank you Mary, for writing this encouraging post. While none of us can imagine what the past 24 years have been like for you and Bill, all of us are grateful to have been privy to a small part of it.

    Your saying that you want to finish strong stopped me in my tracks. Just a year and a half ago my wife and I agreed together that we wanted to finish strong, and we prayed together that our latter years would be more fruitful than any of the previous years.

    God has answered our prayers, as we are now busier and more involved in God’s work than ever before. As a matter of fact, my sweet wife asked me to stop praying every night that the Lord would use us in a greater way! She said He is and we can’t do any more!

    Rest assured Mary that the same God who sustained Bill will sustain you as well. As your dear husband reminded you, God is faithful and He will never fail us!

    I look forward to you writing and sharing more with us as the Lord heals your heart and opens doors for you.

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Thank you, Ron, for this encouragement. I’m proud of you and your wife for stepping up in you latter years! It reminded me of a quote.
      “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” ― Hunter S. Thompson
      This quote reminded me of Bill. His body was totally worn out.

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      • I have heard variations of that quote several times but this is the first time I’ve heard it quoted as the author said it. That about sums it up doesn’t it? How boring to go through this life merely treading water when there are oceans to conquer!
        Your husband was a great encouragement to me Mary, and I will always treasure his writings. In some ways he reminded me of Paul, who said that he was now ready to be offered, and that he had fought the good fight of faith. I know that at the end Bill simply wanted to go home, and in fact I told him that when he drew his last breath here he would take his first breath in Heaven.
        I only wish more people could have set at Bill’s feet and learned from his wisdom and grace. That goes for you too Mary. If ever there was a picture of love and devotion, it is you. Surely the Lord has placed His hand upon you, and I am trusting Him to take you places you never dreamed possible!

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  35. Beautiful words Mary. I can’t even imagine how difficult things are for you. Certainly your words of hope above are an inspiration!

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  36. Wow Mary, what a seamless continuation of Unshakable Hope for all to be inspired by! You and Bill have the same gift of voice through blogging. I was so amazed to receive an Unshakable Hope notification today!! May God continue to bless you on your journey. ~ Ed

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  37. What beautiful words from Bill, to remind you to lean on God in your grief. Such an encouragement for us. Thank you for the beautiful verses you shared and for sharing your heart with us.
    Blessings to you Mary. May the Lord comfort you and carry you every step of the way.

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  38. Dear Mary, I am so glad to hear from you, and blessed that you are sharing yourself and your heart with us. Please know that we love you as we do Bill. Please continue to share and know that we are here for you.

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Thank you for this sweet comment, Ann. I am forever grateful for my blogging family. You all have encourage Bill and I over the years, and continue to do so. God has shown His love to me through all of you.

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  39. Thank you so much for sharing Mary, so many times you and Bill have crossed my mind in the last few months since Bill’s passing and I have said a silent prayer for you and your family and thanked God for the witness of you two. If I miss him, and I really do, I can only imagine how you all feel. One glorious day we shall all be together in the presence of our Lord. May God’s grace, peace and blessings be with you and yours and as you feel led, please let us know how you all are, again. – Bruce

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Thank you for your prayers and encouraging words, Bruce. Thank you for being a great friend to Bill over the years. I miss him so much along with you and many others. His words of hope live on though. Looking forward to that “one glorious day”!
      Praying all is well with you and your family.

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  40. Dearest Mary – thank you for such a beautiful and powerful message of hope.

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  41. Mary, I cannot tell you how much reading this post meant to me. Thank you for sharing yet another inspirational message. You see, I have been following this blog for several years and received inspiration with each post from Bill. But your post is just as powerful. I have thought of you often and prayed for your loss.

    A few years ago, I had the honor of interviewing you and Bill and publishing an article on SoCal Christian Voice and my own personal blog. What a blessing!

    But even to this day, I am still impacted by both of you. Back in February, I was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. It was such a shock since I’ve been in excellent health. As I processed the terrible odds of survival, I thought about Bill. Right then and there, I was determined with the help of the Holy Spirit and Bill’s example that I was going to have “unshakable hope!”

    Since then, I have gone through some ugliness with fluid around my lungs and in my abdomen while enduring the side effects of the most aggressive chemotherapy drugs. I’ve lost weight and my hair, but I have not lost hope in Jesus Christ!

    God has provided amazing support through family and friends. But He has assured me with Scripture and His Spirit that I will be healed of cancer. I know it’s audacious to claim, but God gave me the following scripture:
    “Then your light will break forth like the dawn and your healing will quickly appear. Then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.” Isaiah 58:8
    I believe God will indeed heal me on this side of Heaven, but even if He does not, my faith rests in Him alone.
    So, like Bill, I am determined to share my story and give God all the glory!

    I’m blogging and sharing my progress on social media. God has instructed me to speak His words of life over my body each day. As of today, I am feeling pretty good as the fluid build-up is gone and my cancer markers have dramatically decreased. I will have surgery later in the month and a few more rounds of chemotherapy.

    I will never forget Bill’s unshakable hope and faith. He pointed me to the power of God’s word and lived it out. His blog impacted people around the world. I will also never forget your faith and dedication to God and Bill. You are such a treasure. I know God will continue to use you, Mary.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I pray God’s peace and joy over you, dear sister in Christ.

    Blessings to you and yours,
    Beckie Lindsey

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    • Oh, Beckie! I’m so sorry you are having to go through this trial. Hang on to those scriptures that God gave you! I will be praying with you for your miracle. Hopefully, others will see your comment and join in. Thank you for sharing your unshakable faith and hope here in this comment. Thank you for sharing your story, and giving God the glory. I’ve already been over there reading (and crying). God is so faithful.

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  42. What a beautiful vision – you and Bill crossing over the finish line together! ❤️ Yes it was your race,too, and well run. What a wonderful reunion you will have when the rewards are handed out and you are standing on that platform together.
    Blessings,
    Annie

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  43. Ellen A Irons

    Beautifully written Mary , you continue to amaze us. Love you

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  44. Amen, Mary, beautifully said. Bill was always a great encouragement and inspiration to me, and he still is as I struggle through my suffering. Your faith in Jesus is equally inspirational and encouraging. My prayers are with you and your family. Grace and peace to you all.

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  45. Dear Mary, I praise the Lord for Bill and you ~ now you as the witness of His presence and power. You have the same Spirit and Word Bill had. I pray we hear from you often. Love and blessings as we endure and praise Him to the end of our time here. 🙂

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  46. These words are exactly what I needed at this time in my life. Bill’s words have always been an inspiration to me and now you have continued that same path. May God continue to bless and keep you, Mary.

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Thank you for your comment, Kathy. We have a loving Father who sends us words of comfort when we need them. I’m glad He was able to use these word to comfort you.

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  47. As everyone has said, its good to see your words of love and faith again. Thank you for being strong when it is so hard to do. You and Bill showed amazing hope, faith and love. May you continue to feel God’s peace surround you and bless us with your encouraging words.

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  48. Thank you so much! What a lift it was to see the blog name come up. I struggle with the loneliness and loss of purpose after my husbands years of illness and death. I am finding purpose in writing and sharing my faith journey. Bill’s legacy goes on through many of us that were fed and strengthened by his and your journey of faith. Thank you for continuing that. You are in my prayers.

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Eileen, Thank you. I’m sorry for your loss and your struggles. You have given me hope hearing that God has given you comfort through your writing.

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  49. I am glad to see you blogging. God never fails us. There are times under duress we might think so but the ultimate victory is being with Jesus forever.

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  50. Mary, thank you so much for sharing with us. Yesterday Major League Baseball celebrated their first Lou Gehrig Day to raise awareness for ALS. My first thought was of Bill and you. I know God sent your words today. Blessings to you and I pray our Lord continues to comfort you and your family.

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Thank you for your comment, Diane. I heard through my brother-in-law that it was Lou Gehrig Day. He and my nice went to the Cubs game. Blessing to you, too. Thanks for your prayers.

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  51. A team indeed. 💟

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  52. Dear Mary, I thank God for you and Bill.
    A new chapter starts with “unshakable hope” even through tears, with enduring faith. This post is so beautiful, thank you.
    We’re praying for you and know that the Lord will set your feet on solid ground and, you’ll see, He’ll put a new song in your heart.
    We love you Mary. ❤

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Thank you, Lisa! Such encouraging words. His promises are true, and He will put a new song in my heart. Praying all is well with you and Bob.

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  53. Barb Raveling

    That was so beautiful, Mary! I love how mature you are and how you’re leaning on God for help in this next stage of life. I pray that God will bless you beyond measure and give you wisdom as you craft a new life without Bill. I’m so thankful God gave Bill the wonderful gift of a godly wife and you also the gift of a godly husband!

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Thank you. I don’t know about mature, but I’m learning to rely on God’s grace more than ever. Thank you for your prayers.

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  54. Mary it was great to see and read your post! Grief
    never ends but it changes. It is a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith. It is the price of love! God bless you and your family!

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  55. Perfect words ! Your so right God has not failed us ! Bill continue to amaze me all these years . Mary you have amazed me . The two of you were so incredible & have Blessed so many . I know God has you and will never leave you . We love you & Bill so much

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Thanks, Beverly! Bill continues to amaze me still! He showed us all what unshakable hope was. Praying you and Gary are doing well.

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  56. Thank you Mary, You continue to be a blessing, as you and Bill in partnership have been for years.
    God Bless you during this time of transition, even through difficult days, you know you are never alone.

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  57. I was overjoyed to see a new post! I was not sure if I ever would again. How amazing you are Mary, and thankyou for your blessing today and the reminders that we all need that God is faithful. It’s easy in this world, seeing all the fighting and murders taking place each and every day on the news, to forget about the amazing gifts we are all given and the need to use those gifts to enlighten the lost. You, my friend, have done just that, reminded us all of the faithful God we have and to not lose sight of what we were put here to do. I do hope and pray for your heart to heal, I know it takes a long time, I am still in the process myself, but clinging to the Lord is what saves me each and every time, one day at a time. I am so proud that you are continuing the fight and this blog. Love and Hugs, ♥

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    • Mary Sweeney

      Thank you for your kind words! I pray that God will continue to heal your heart as you cling to Him.

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    • Lynda Verity

      Hi Mary, This was me. I don’t know why it put anonymous, but its me, Lynda Verity. Thanks

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      • Mary Sweeney

        Lynda! I almost emailed you to see if you were that “Anonymous” comment. It just sounded like you but I wasn’t sure. Watching you navigate through the loss of Verl has encouraged me. He would be proud of you.

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  58. Mary, your honesty and vulnerability are a blessing to all who have followed your journey. You and Bill have been a team for a long time, but only one of you has finished the race. You are a woman of great courage and strength to share your heart as you have, and I’m grateful you have the confidence and hope in the Lord for your new journey. May it be filled with wonderful memories and joyful new experiences. No, God can’t fail us. It’s not in His nature.

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  59. Beautiful post & tribute Mary
    Xoxo
    Janet

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  60. Yes our God is there but sometimes we need to sit in silence and listen to what may seem like nothing ..in order to hear what He has to say. You are precious in His sight and you will carry on the path that you and Bill traveled. You have too…It is God’s will for you and for us.
    Don’t ever forget how much you and Bill have meant to all of us.

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  61. I had 33 hour painful COVID-19 like pneumonia that required 12 days in the hospital..
    The first Scripture for my healing was Deuteronomy 31 v 8. I saw it on the wall of the x-ray room. It had HIMSELF like this in the email. Other translations do not have this word.in it.
    For a good reason this word made it more personable and I continued to worship with new zeal!

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    • Mary Sweeney

      I’m so sorry you had to go through a hospital stay with COVID. I’m sure that wasn’t fun. But, I’m so thankful that God’s Word gave you comfort, and that you are continuing to worship.

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  62. Such a blessing to “hear” from you, Mary! Thank you for the raw honesty and transparency in your words! God beautifully put you and Bill together in His sovereignty because He knew and knows the amazing power of your witness together!

    One of the things I loved about Bill’s writing was how real he was – good, bad, and even ugly but all under the umbrella of Scripture. And the tradition continues.

    Thank you for blessing me today, Mary. And many others, no doubt. You and your family continue to be in our hearts and prayers. You are loved and appreciated!

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  63. A beautiful and encouraging tribute to God’s faithfulness and the faith of you and your husband. May God’s peace and grace be your covering.

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  64. bornagain732

    Bless not bleed I saw that after I pushed send!! Sorry!!!

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  65. bornagain732

    Wow! Bleed your heart, Mary! I was just thinking about Bill an hour ago and how free he is right now!!! Then you posted this! If I was standing in front of you would see me crying my eyes out for you and for him! Be blessed, sister, you will see him one day again standing up with open arms!!! 😭🙌❤️👍🏻🙏🏻 👑

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