Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Thoughts on Nikki...

Keisha "Kitten" Isaacs, one of the most incredible spirtual bloggers in the blog world, has a very special online type ministry, LYLAS (Loving You Like a Sistah) that sends out encouraging text messages every Monday morning to those on her text list.

Keisha is very frank and honest with those messages. It does my heart good to pull up my email and receive something from her.

And it is always exactly something I needed to hear that day.

What a way to start off a Monday morning. Thanks for that, Keisha...

Continue doing what you do, girl.

Her Monday morning message was concerning Nikki. She has given me permission to post it here at the House of LadyLee.

A Note from Keisha...

Greetings from LYLAS 4 Life Ministries, "A modern day ministry, delivering the word of God through technology to unite, empower, and uplift sistahs in Christ." In addition to your weekly TextScriptz, I send you God's love, peace, and blessings.

I am saddened to hear about the passing of a sister that I was introduced to through blogging and later became friends with through Facebook. She was a great person who had the ability to draw people to her with her unique and humorous writing style. Although, many of us never met Nikki in person, we loved her dearly. A little while back Nikki became ill with a rare immune disease that attacked her lungs. I can recall her telling me that it was genetic and others in her family had been dealing with the same illness for years so who was she to be upset about having it too.

The one thing I can remember is how Nikki never complained and she kept her sense of humor even while she was in pain. In fact, it was pretty much a guaranteed laugh whenever she posted a status on her Facebook page. We often chatted online and I would joke with Nikki about a potential book where she could give accounts of her dating experiences which she often shared with her friends in such a hilarious way. We also shared some serious conversations where we talked about God, faith, and it being no mistake that we crossed paths. Several times Nikki said she thanked God for people like me that he had placed in her life to help her grow her faith. I will forever be thankful for having the opportunity to meet this sister virtually through divine order and having chances to speak into her life and pray for her.

My sadness for a sister I met through the airwaves has taught me so much in just a matter of hours. Love is universal and it transcends time and space. Whenever we are blessed to make connections with people that is God’s gift of love that is not to be taken for granted. In fact, he commands us to “…Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35). I must admit, it was easy to love Nikki because she was lovable, but from this day forward I will challenge myself to love those who are not as lovable, those who do not put a smile on my face, as Nikki did. I am taking this challenge in honor of her but most importantly in obedience to God and as a commitment to be a disciple that others can see the love of God through. By the way, I love you!

Loving You Like a Sistah (Lylas),
Keisha “Kitten” Isaacs
www.textscriptz.com
www.lylas4life.org

Thanks for that Keisha... I really needed your Monday morning text that day.

It was a blessing all that read it.

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this Lee. It really made me think.

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  2. This was beautiful.. Nikki was definitely loved...I've been reading all of the tributes by all of the bloggers today..It's the only thing that has made me smile about this situation.

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  3. I am so not in a place to hear any comforting words. I am selfish in my grief... I thought I had more time to connect with her...to continue our discussions on life...dating...men...careers...
    being women.

    I thought I had all the time in the world and so I was lax in getting back to her. I was lax in reading her blog on the regular. We tweeted in twitter and I thought COOL...we are connecting. This is very selfish to focus on my pain about her death and what it means to me...it is personal. It hurts.

    So while I appreciate all the comforting words...I am fucked up over this in ways I can't begin to explain or blog about.

    I liked her so very much. She had a young woman's swagger and it was BADDDDD as hell.

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  4. @Babz... Babz, I think you're in a place we all were when we first found out. Don't wanna hear jack, just want her back. Shoulda, woulda, coulda, etc. Shoot man, I was suppose to spend the day with her on Friday, but she wouldn't let me come over... Should've busted down the door anyway, but respected her wishes...

    So our comforting words are all we have, my friend. Words and memories of her. So be encouraged. Like I told her BFF, it's okay to grieve, okay to hurt, okay to be angry... It is.

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  5. i was very pleased to read keisha's words. i think her words were very fitting. it makes it a little easier to deal with her untimely death.

    i pray that you continue to gain strength.

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  6. Nice words by Keisha. Now I need to get on the list.

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  7. Thank God, for ministers of the web who are speaking into our hearts and sharing God's love.

    Nikki has touched so many lives. Now she's in the care of Heaven and pain free.

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Slap the *crickets* out the way, kindly step up to the mike, and SAY something!!