Saturday, November 10, 2018

Love the ones you have while you have them

Erin Ione Mathews (Dunlap)
Erin Mathews is a lovely lady that is showed her last act of love by donating her life saving organs for others.  Many cannot be described as lovely, yet this beautiful woman fits that description perfectly., Her new husband Ryan says she is “Nice, very, very nice.”  Her kindness is just the beginning of her exceptional presence.   One of her friends describes her as a super nice British lady with an amazing sense of humor and art for playfulness.  Her favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice.
She is truly lovely.

Not only is she Very, Very nice.  She has an amazing heart for Jesus.  This heart for the Lord is truly her most enduring quality.  She loves everyone with such a pure heart and makes all whom enter her presence feel welcome and loved.  She definitely spreads His love in all she does.   She truly walks in the Spirit.

When she is not walking or running you may find her dancing.  She loves to dance!!  She even has a special finger dance to “sleigh riding”.  She met her best dance partner, Ryan Mathews in April 2017.  They share an amazing love.  Their marriage is based on Jesus and their love is fascinating to watch.  They were just married September 8, 2018.  Today is their two-month anniversary.  The two are truly one, soul mates.  Both Erin and Ryan’s families have never seen either of them light up and smile as big as did once they met each other.  Both families noticed how happy they both became when they found each other.  This type of love is something many of us never experience.  We are all so thankful that they each have had that. 

Erin has passion for so many things, running, tennis, music, reading, teaching, playing the flute, hanging out with friends and family, playing cards and putting together jigsaw puzzles.  (Currently Erin and Ryan have their kitchen table covered with a 3000 piece Harry Potter puzzle.) Ryan shares so many of Erin’s passions.  Their, her main passion is spreading the love of Jesus Christ.  She is a member of Cornerstone church where she disciples young believers and works the music board and helps out in the nursery.   Erin’s friends and family are all such wonderful people.  It is truly a reflection of the amazingness of Erin.  She also had a huge passion for her work as Cardiology Physicians Assistant at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital.  She truly loved her colleagues and patients.

Erin was born Erin Ione Dunlap June 4, 1992.  Her Dad Shawn, Mom Michelle and sitters Molly and Morgan have always been a main source of her happiness. Molly’s husband Bryce also has become a part of this happiness team.  When you meet Erin’s’ family, its hard to imagine that anyone can really be that wonderful. They are all so very kind, loving and Christ centered that they make you feel at home where ever you are.  It is no surprise Erin turned out so Lovely.  Their secret is no secret their family is built on the Rock of Jesus Christ.  They love to play music and sing together. They, as Erin are beautiful.
John 3:16  “ For God so loved the world (Erin, you, all of us), that HE gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 11:25
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;
Erin Believed and Trusted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, therefore we are confident she is in Heaven!
November 9,2018 at 0500 Erin gave her body to the transplant team of UW Madison.  Her liver, pancreas and kidneys will be used to give life to others.  Erin’s physical life here on earth will not be over.  The miracle from God, she will not die.  We will miss her here. She will be in Heaven where she will have no tears, pain or suffering.  To help each of us deal with missing her here.  We have to TRUST GOD. 

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

When we miss her, think on how blessed we are to have had here in our lives.  Be thankful, for her life.  Thank God for Erin, when you miss her, envision her happy and smiling in Heaven.  It will help, even though it will still be hard.  TRUST GOD.

We ALL Love you Erin and are so thankful you have been in our lives.  We just really wish you could have stayed a lot longer.  But it is better to have loved and lost then to never to have loved at all.  We know its not over, we will see you again in Heaven.  You will forever live on.  Thank you Erin for making such a beautiful Christ like impact in our hearts and on our lives.

Memorial services:
Sunday, November 11th from 3-6pm Visitations and Celebration of Life at First Free Church 123 Mason St.  Onalaska, WI
Monday, November 12th, 6pm Funeral service at First Free Church in the sanctuary.

There is plenty of room, please come.

Instead of Flowers please send your gifts to her new husband Ryan Mathews to help him pay for medical and funeral expenses and any type of memorial he thinks will honor Erins’ life the best. 

Ryan Mathews
2012 Charles Street
Lacrosse, WI, 54656

Please also send your prayers, to cover my son Ryan, with God’s strength and endurance to make it through is potentially devastating event.

Be fit, be blessed and enjoy every moment you can with your loved ones,


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A call for help. Please

A call for help from Kimberly
Dear friends and family,

If you are getting this you receive my Fit Bits.  Many of you have said you like them and appreciate my work.  I desperately need your help.  I know God has heard all our prayers for my Brand New Beautiful Daughter in Law Erin.  She had a massive pulmonary embolism and received CPR for about 45 minutes.  Machines are helping her maintain right now.  She needs a miracle.  We all need a miracle for her. So please pray for her.  I know God knows has heard our tireless prayers and many are praying.  I am asking you to join our prayer team and agree with us is complete healing for Erin.  In the Bible it said that even the unjust judge gave the woman what she wanted because of her continually asking him.  I don’t know what God wants from us, but I am hoping your prayers will help Him to decide to give Erin back to us in this physical life with complete restoration.

Erin has a beautiful family that trusts God, please pray for them too.

I know we all have trouble, but please take time to pray for our dear Erin’s healing.

Pray in Jesus name always.  God promises to answer righteous persons prayers.  We are all made righteous through Jesus, and never on our own accord.

Be fit and be blessed,

Luke 18 New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Persistent Widow
18 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Mancomes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Psalm 143 ] [ A psalm of David. ] Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.
The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayerof the righteous.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Monday, November 5, 2018

Fit Bit ( Be Strong and of God Courage!

Fit Bit (Be Strong and of Good Courage)
Jesus as my Corner Stone is the Rock I call on for my strength.  The ROCK that always stands strong!  I am really good at beating my self up and remembering my “screw ups”.  I am getting better at forgiving others and loving them the way they are. Yet, when I do something that breaks God’s laws I can feel paralyzed and hopeless.  When I am in the “beat up Kimberly mode”, I find it difficult to have strength and courage. 

In order to get the strength and courage I need to face my day, my week or what ever the task is at hand.  I have to go back to Jesus loves me.  He knew I would do this or that screw up and He died for me anyway.  He takes all my (our) sin and removes it as far as the East is from the West.  This seems easier to believe when I am having relatively good behavior but it is true also in the midst of my sin. 

For me to be Strong and of good Courage, I have to repent of my sins, try my best to not repeat them and trust in Jesus for forgiveness.  This gives me the continual FRESH start I need to start my day, week or simple task as a warrior ready for whatever battle may lay a head. 

Today, Be strong and of good courage, for the Lord your God is with you!

Joshua 1:9  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Be fit and be blessed,


Monday, October 29, 2018

Fit Bit ( Look for the Rainbow)

Fit Bit (Look for the rainbow)
This past weekend I was able to be a part of helping pamper Mom’s of children with disabilities.  When I went into this I was truly not realizing what many of them have to deal with on a daily basis.  Many haven’t slept through the night in years, or have to deal with toileting issues on a daily basis.  I went into the weekend hoping to recover my cost by selling my DVD’s.   I left, wanting to give them more.  I went there to “Do my thing”, with “Music, Movement and a Message”.  I left there touched by their love, patience and kindness.  It takes a special person to be loving and kind through a storm.  Thank you Mom’s for helping me see the rainbow.

Emily Colson was the Key Note for this event.  Her testimony was learning how to embrace her son’s disability and not be overwhelmed by it.  He has autism.  Her story was finding the rainbow (Dancing with Max).  I sat next to a woman that has a child that is four years old, non verbal and has toileting issues.  Her rainbow may be harder to find.  Yet, Jesus says He will never leave us or forsake us, He says, He will be with us always. (Mathew 28:20) For me, my storms seem small compared to others, yet in the midst of my storms, they can feel overwhelming.  The only way, I get through my storms, is to remember Jesus loves me and He loves the ones I love even more then I do.  This helps me see the rainbow. 

Today, whatever your circumstances may entail, see the rainbow.

Psalm 30:5 “ For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning”

Psalm 31:24  “ Be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.”

Be fit and be blessed,