A TRIBUTE TO CHARLOTTE QUIGLEY
It is Sunday morning and I'm getting reading to go to church but I can't let another compliment of Charlotte go without Amening it!!!! lol I just read Dana's journal and I have wanted to write a tribute about my dear friend Charlotte for over a week.
I want to tell you all about a night approximately a week ago that I spent with Charlotte and Dev.
I believe it was a rainy Saturday night when Charlotte called me and asked if I wanted to come and watch a movie with her and Dev. Someone from her church let her borrow a christian based movie so you know I'm in!!! lol
I do spend a lot of time with Charlotte and Dev since she's been home with Devon from his accident and I have had many occasions……….(TOO), many, where Dev has coughed and choked so bad that I thought I would die! I have come to accept this to be a common occurrence for this precious boy and I've come accustomed to Charlotte's reaction. She will race over to him if he starts coughing and she isn't directly beside him. But once she is there, it's like an angelic calm! She is soft spoken, slow moving, gentle, patient, enduring, positive, and encouraging. She tells Devon over and over in a soft, comforting voice……"I love you honey", "you're going to be all right", "you know God is going to heal you", "you can do it honey, just swallow"……….and on and on I hear her voice echo!
Now, to be specific of that Saturday night.
As I watched this woman, my friend, get her son ready for bed it was something I can't put into words. She asked Dev if I could help and he said yes. Did I really help?? lol Not really. Charlotte is a one woman show. She knows what she's doing and does it to PERFECTION! After he was all set, she pulled his bed up to where we were on the couch so he could see the TV. As we started to watch the movie there wasn't 5 minutes between coughs and choking. I would pause the movie almost every time as to not be rude and not have Dev think I didn't care. Charlotte had gotten her pjs on after a long, exhausting rainy day and was ready for bed when the movie was over.
Here's what spiritually happened to me.
The Holy Spirit started to show me Charlotte. My friend, (who's getting up there in age), lol as the most amazing, sacrificial, loving person I probably know. I was sitting there exhausted from my day, feeling my aged body and just wanting to get through the movie so I could go home and get into bed. (Selfish, but human). And here's Charlotte who will probably have an entire night of jumping up for Dev to make sure he swallows or she can swab him. How does she not give up or collapse? It made me think of when I had my babies and I was jumping up all night and how I was so exhausted and almost non functioning every day but I knew there would be that night, the night the baby would stop crying and sleep through the night. And then there would come a time it would be over and that child wouldn't wake through the night any longer. Most of us mothers and fathers have around 3 months of that. Charlotte has had 3 years and did I mention her age!!!!! She has 7 years on me and I will tell you, I don't know how she does it!
I started to feel overwhelmed for her as a mother. Her love it so pure. She sees nothing but Dev. I believe that Jesus loves us like that. My recent surrender has opened my eyes to how much Jesus loves me and all of his children. He has given us all the amazing power of love, his love!
So there it is. One of the reasons for this tragic accident of Dev's. To put in Charlotte, a woman that I believe has shocked all of us with her amazing Christ like love and tenacity for her child. That is God's example of his love for us! He will NEVER leave us or forsake us. He will always be there to "jump up", stand by our side and tend to our every need.
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
When it comes to Charlotte and her love for Dev……………..this is it!!!!! 1 Corinthians 13:4-8!
Amen and God Bless CHARLOTTE!!!!