Sunday, 01 August 2021

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When God Beckons

From time to time, as I am contemplating the next topic to discuss in my column, God will say to me, "write from you heart".  This was one of those times. Every time I have listened to Him and wrote the column from my heart, it has spoken to many.  So, I know there is a purpose that God has for me to write this column.  He already knows who will need it and who it will speak to.  With that said, this column is going to be simple and shorter than what I usually write.  I am going to share exactly what God has placed on my heart to share.

I am a personal trainer and as a personal trainer it is my purpose, goal, and desire to help my clients get healthy and stronger. Exercising truly does add years to our lives.  From the moment we are born we are fighting against physical ailments.  Unfortunately as we age it becomes harder and health issues arise more often.  It is proven that exercise helps us to overcome a lot of health issues, prevent health issues, and maintain good health.  Unfortunately many people wait until they are faced with a health issue or crisis to get serious about taking good care of themselves....including exercising.  It is very fulfilling as a trainer when I see clients come in with health problems of various sorts and as they begin to exercise they become stronger and their health issues begin to resolve.  I personally exercise with a fervency and strive to eat things that are healthy in order to have longevity of life.  It is our instinct to "strive to live."

My grandmother passed away in November.  She was 92.  I was very, very close to her. The last 7 weeks of her life she fought so hard to live. I was with her daily because I wanted to try to help give her strength to live.  I would feed her.  I would make sure she stayed hydrated. When she was coherent (which was sporadic) I would take full advantage of that time and talk with her about all sorts of things. I would do her fingernails.  I would fix her hair.  I would just sit and hold her hand as she slept. I would pray aloud whether she was coherent or not....feeling in my heart she was hearing me either way and certain that God was hearing me.  I would tell her I loved her over and over.  I would kiss her cheeks.  During this time I watched her body deteriorate more and more with each passing day. I watched her approach death.  And I am so happy that I was able to be with her, holding her hand, telling her I loved her over and over as she took her last breath and walked into the Kingdom of Heaven.  This moment was one that taught me so many things.  She taught me so much all of my life, and she taught me so much as she walked from this world into Heaven. 

We will all be faced with death at some point.  We instinctively resist death. But, one thing I learned from my grandmother....when God beckons us to come be with Him in eternity, we will go willingly.  My grandmother loved God with all of her heart and soul. She served Him most of her life.  There was no doubt that as I sat holding her hand telling her that it was okay to go ahead and go be with Jesus, she took her last breath willingly as she walked into the loving embrace of Jesus.  I felt it.  I felt that happening.  It was overwhelming.  She taught me how to die.  If we love Jesus and desire to spend eternity with Him in Heaven then death will be a sweet, innocent, pure, and powerful thing for us.  God wouldn't have it any other way.

Columnist: Kellye Davis Williams

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Kellye Davis Stellman is a personal trainer, gym owner, and certified Life Coach who focuses on the health and well being of her clients as well as coaching them to make positive changes that will impact the rest of their lives.  She helps them achieve their health and fitness goals as well as encourages them to strive for and achieve their “life goals” with her message of hope. 

Kellye resides in East Atlanta with her husband Keith.  She has 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren.  She is an active member of The Tabernacle Church.  In her spare time she loves traveling, spending time with her husband and daughters, shopping, and simply enjoying coffee with friends. 

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