Acorns From Oakes

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Another Day In Paradise

She slipped away quietly yesterday, January 6th, at 1:32 PM EST. She left from her home. One moment she was with us and the next she was with her Lord. If I told you she was a fighter who expended every ounce of her lifeforce for the sake of her 4 year old son, Jake, and her 8 year old daughter, Kaitlin, it would be such an understatement that you cannot imagine. She engaged death in a titanic struggle to try to extend her time fulfilling the great role of her life, which she cherished so very much, that of being mom to her precious children. She was only 35 years old.

Tina Theisen was a new Christian having been baptized only about five months ago. But I believe she was one of those souls who had been living her life “not far from the kingdom.” I cannot adequately describe the outpouring of love and round-the-clock devotion Tina was offered by her friends in life and her friends in Christ. I’m not sure I have ever personally witnessed anything like it. So many, many friends who would do anything for her. And all of them would tell you they did it because that’s how she always was with them. She was a beyond-the-call-of-duty kind of person. She had been a nurse…and I am told she was one of those nurses that wouldn’t hear of patients being mistreated or neglected. She wanted everyone who worked with patients to treat them as if they were their own mothers or fathers or grandparents. And that’s how she treated them. The bread that she cast out on the waters in her life, returned to her in unbelievable fashion, especially the last few weeks of her life here. Twenty four hours a day, multiple friends and family members were there for her. And when she left, they wept that they couldn’t do any more for her. By God’s grace, I won’t forget the devotion I witnessed in Tina and in her dear friends.

My Lord’s wish was granted yesterday…at 1:32 PM. Remember? He prayed this in John 17:24…”Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My  glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world.” I love to think of Tina, free of tubes, medical machines, medicines, hospital beds, pain, confusion, worry over her children and all the rest, looking upon the blessed Lord in all His glory…at peace in her heart…knowing that not only will it be alright…but it is alright in His presence. At peace…complete peace with the truth that it’s okay…the things she can no longer control or handle…the cares that weighed upon her mother heart…the welfare of dear children…all love’s concerns are safely left in His capable hands…yes, Tina, it’s okay. For the first time in a long time it’s okay. But not just okay…it’s your second wonderful day in Paradise!

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3 thoughts on “Another Day In Paradise

  1. Bless our Precious Lord and God that we know he said it would not be a bed of roses here but it is sure a bed of roses where Tina is now.
    I say this with tears in my eyes and my heart with heaviness for those who loved her (especially her children) for she will be missed so very much.
    Thank God for the people he sent to help her the best they could while she was so very sick. God Bless Them So Much.

    Thanks Doug for letting us know and your thoughts that always lead us from the shadow of the valley of death to the beautiful Paradise she is experiencing now. It helps me with death so much.
    AMEN…SIS! TINA WAS GREATLY LOVED AND WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW FATHER GOD IS ABLE TO KEEP HER HEART IN PEACE AND JOY THERE WHILE SHE IS AT SUCH A DISTANCE FROM HER TWO PRECIOUS LITTLE ONES. BUT I BELIEVE HE DOES IT JUST THE SAME. I PRAY THAT THE ANGELS WHICH LOOK OUT FOR KAITLIN AND JAKE WILL BE GOING BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY TO COMFORT THEM IN THEIR EXTREME SORROW. PLEASE, LORD.

  2. Thank you Doug for sharing Tina’s story…her struggle and the beauty of her soul…with us. It is a strange thing we feel…so heartbroken for her family and the loss they will have to deal with and yet at the same time we rejoice because she is with the Lover of her soul. She is experiencing a “wholeness” that we can barely even imagine.

    I pray that her children will have reminders of her goodness and her love. I pray that God will keep good people in their life to be that reminder.
    SHERRY, HOW HUMAN HEARTS CAN CONTAIN SUCH DEPTHS OF SORROW AND HEIGHTS OF HOPE AT THE SAME TIME, I DON’T UNDERSTAND. I BELIEVE, BUT GOD HELP MY UNBELIEF. YOUR HEARTFELT THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR TINA AND HER CHILDREN HAVE BEEN A BLESSING TO THEM AND TO ME. THANK YOU FOR HAVING A HEART LIKE HIS. GOD BLESS YOU.

  3. I have thought about Tina since you first told us about her illness. Her situation is one of those that makes it difficult for me to understand just what God is thinking. How can this be part of His plan?

    But when you reminded us that He got His wish that day, it helped me see through His eyes. She got to go home to be with Him which is what His intention was all along. And thankfully about 5 months ago she made a decision that made that possible.

    I continue to pray for her family … I can’t imagine what they must be feeling. But it sounds like she was a good example of faith to them right up to the end.

    Thank you for sharing her with us.

    AND THANK YOU, PAIGE, FOR BEING WILLING TO ENTER INTO THIS VALLEY OF SUFFERING AND GRIEF WITH US. NO…IT WASN’T ALL SUFFERING AND GRIEF. WE HAD LIGHT FOR THE DARK NIGHT. BUT TINA’S TERRIFIC STRUGGLE WITH CANCER WAS MORE THAN MATCHED BY HER TERRIFIC BATTLE TO STAY HERE FOR HER KIDS. WHAT A MOTHER’S HEART SHE HAS! AND IF THE DEAD CAN BLESS THE LIVING, TINA WILL REMAIN ON THE JOB FOR HER DEAR JAKE AND KAITLIN.

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