We were a family of five, my husband James, myself, and our three children. Jason was 26, Nathan was 25, and Matthew was 20. We had been married for 28 years. We lived on a farm in northern Scott County near the community of Sadieville, Kentucky. We grew beef cattle for a living. James was a full-time farmer. I was a full-time homemaker. I was so glad to stay home with our children and take care of their needs myself. My lifetime ambition was being a good wife and mother. I was very thankful that the Lord made that possible for me. James and I also took our boys to church. We wanted them to learn about Jesus and know in their hearts that there is purpose in our lives every day. We wanted them to be a living witness for the Lord Jesus. MY life almost came to a screeching halt when James was diagnosed with lung cancer and had just a few months to live. He had nine months with us until the Lord took him home. He died October 2, 1999, just two days before his 55th birthday. While he was sick, our family grew very close to each other. At the time, our oldest son Jason, and wife Beth, lived in Clearwater, Florida. All of the sudden, though, they decided to move home for some reason. Nathan was already living at home. They knew what was coming, but they were never ready to face losing their dad. We had a difficult time accepting what was happening. We could not imagine life without dad. I tried to comfort them the best I could. I realized that was a job too big for me. That was something only the Lord could do…for us to heal.
The boys helped me in many ways around the house wit everyday needs and lived there for several months. This was a big help to me, but finally I knew I would soon be all alone and would have to call all the shots for myself.
We kept going to church and reaching out for the Lord to help and guide us. In James 5:13-16, the Bible says, “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him song psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church: and let them pray over him anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” I knew what fervent prayer would do. I got closer to the Lord through prayer, and mt prayer life grew. Gospel music helped encourage my spirit. When I felt like crying, the songs of faith spoke to my heart. I knew I had to go on living. I had to follow Christ and look for God’s will. The Lord had called James home, but I had to follow Christ wherever He led me. It wasn’t long until the Lord healed my spirit and heart. I was ready to serve him and go on living my life.
God is always good! He led me to another chapter of my life. I met Danny that next year. We met at a church revival. After much prayer, I realized the Lord had brought us together. I Had gotten closer to the Lord in every aspect of my life, and I would not have it any other way. I fell very blessed that the Lord had Danny for me. We were married on December 30, 2000.
I know that the Lord is always there waiting to help. All I have to do is stop and pray God is in control of everything. I love the Lord with all mt heart. I am so thankful for all the grace and mercy He has shone to me. The peace I got when James died was knowing that life was not over. At death, if you know Jesus Christ as Savior, life is just beginning. We will see and be with the Lord again some sweet day in Heaven.
Janis R. Davidson
Excerpt from the book God’s Amazing Grace Overflowing by Susan Hall