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A Life Worth Living

There’s so much I could say about this lady… my friend… my writing partner… my Sissy! One week ago today, God held out his hand and she took hold and allowed Him to lead her back home. A place where she no longer has to suffer. She no longer has to worry about doctor visits or bad reports. She is free to live with her Master. The God who created her and the God she spent her life serving. If you know nothing else about Tanishia Pearson-Jones, you know that she was a faithful believer and there was nothing anyone could say that would cause her to doubt God’s love for her. When the pain increased, so did her faith.

I spoke to her the day after she’d taken the picture above. She said, “Sissy, I got my report and it doesn’t look good.” Before I could respond she continued. “The tumors are back and it’s inoperable. I was having a rough day, but I decided to go ahead with my photo shoot. My body was full of cancer, but I didn’t want to show it. I wanted people to see the God in me and the God in me don’t look like cancer.”

We hear people say all the time, “I’m so glad I don’t look like what I’ve BEEN through,” but it’s a lot different to say “I’m so glad I don’t look like what I’m GOING through.” The picture above is a true example of a child of God, who was deteremined not to look like the diagnosis she’d just received. She looked beautiful, flawless, peaceful, joyful… everything a child a God should look like. Tanishia was handed a death sentence. We all know that inoperable means there’s nothing more we can do to help you. How can someone who knows that death is a great possibility sooner than later, still get up, get dressed, pose in front of a camera and smile like nothing’s wrong? I know the answer to that million dollar question…GOD. 

You’d have to know God the way Tanishia knew God to be able to do that. The walk she walked, the trials she endured, the pain she suffered, wasn’t for the weak or the mild, it was only for the strong and I can tell you with great assurance that Tanishia Pearson-Jones was one of the strongest women I’d ever met. She was young, just turned 36 on October 19th, but she had an old soul. She reminded me so much of my grandmother who’d take in anyone in need. Tanishia gave birth to two children, but she was a mother to many. Someone posted that she made everyone feel as though they were her best friend and that’s so true. We’d only had a few conversations before she started calling me “sissy.” She knew that term would make me feel special like I played a major role in her life, I know she played a big role in mine. 

 

I believe there are two big lessons we can learn from Tanishia, way more than two actually, but for the sake of your time and the length of this blog, I’ll keep it at two:)

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1. Always trust God. No matter what. Trust His decisions and His timing. Trust that even when the answer is no, it’s still for your good.  As you can see from our inbox message, Tanishia made it clear she knew how to fight. She fought with prayer and the word of God. 

2.  Stop talking and start working. Tanishia worked hard at her house, in her church, in her community, and in the literary world. She was always doing something, but the one thing she really wanted was to write her own book. So many days we laughed about doing everything except what we should be doing…writing! She thought she had time. She was going to finish her book and start speaking about her journey. Those were her plans, but God’s plans were different. Thankfully, Tanishia did finish writing, and as she requested, Joyce and I will carry the torch to the finish line. You’ll get to read about her journey in her words. 

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Tanishia sent this to me. We had plans. But so did God. 

James 4:14-15 

14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.    
15 For that ye ought to sayIf the Lord will*, we shall liveand do this, or that. 

 

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We thought we had time. I’m sure you’re thinking the same thing too. The truth is,  as the scripture clearly points out, none of us know.

Do what you can do while you can do it. 

19 thoughts on “A Life Worth Living

  1. OMG!!! This absolutely beautiful. Tanishia was truly a beautiful person inside and out. Her journey and to know all that she endured on it truly makes me want to become a better person. To really live my purpose. She will really be missed by so many! Thank you so much for this post!

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  2. I didn’t know her like some but whenever I see her she always had an smile on her face. I’ve always thought she was so beautiful always looked flawless I never would have know she was sick by the way she kept her self, but it was nothing but God. I can’t wait to read her book. She was a true warrior for God.

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  3. Thank you for this beautiful blog. It made me cry. Happy tears because our friend is at peace and free from pain.

    I’m glad she had the photoshoot. She deserved a good day.

    I’m so happy to hear she wrote her book. The last time we saw each other she said she working on her own story.

    I’m happy she shared her loving spirit with us.

    Please let me know when you publish the book. I would love to help promote it.

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  4. This is so beautiful. The fact that she still lives out her purpose even though she is no longer with us in the physical is amazing to me. Wow!

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  5. This was so beautiful and a very touching. I’ve known her and her family almost her whole life. She was kind, sweet, friendly and inspirational to anyone she encountered. She had that bubbly spirit like Aunt Darlene and tenacity like Uncle Danny. She was a determine person. I thank God for blessing us with her beautiful spirit and you for keeping her spirit and memory going.😢😘

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  6. I love your blog and will continue to follow you. The blog on Tanisha Pearson- Jones was everything l was thinking, but didn’t know how to put it together so eloquently as you did. I can’t wait until the book comes out.

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  7. I personally did not know Tanisha, but I know her father. Danny Pearson is a man of structure literally and figuratively, his daughter ( Tanisha ) seems to have followed her fathers path. I’m sure God, knew bring his treasure home to him would leave us with grief, but let us look at the number of people who she touched in her short time. She will always be a part of each one. Thank you for allowing your child to touch our hearts.

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  8. I personally didn’t know Tanishia either, but my mother did. My mother (Mrs. Virginia May) taught her and she described Tanishia as a joy to have in her classroom. Sending hugs and prayers to the family…

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  9. Absolutely Amazing!!!! Taneisha is beautiful inside and out!!!! I will always cherish our Saturday evenings meeting once a month for our bookclub!!! Taneisha looooved to read and write and she would always tell me she was going to have a bookclub and when she did I would be definitely be a member and she did just that!!!! As I write this now my heart is so full I can remember us trying to come up with a name for the club!!! It wasnt many of us but we were all different in ways but the same when it came to a passion for reading!!! So we came up with the name Characters!!! Characters Bookclub wasn’t just a club to me it was Family and I’m forever grateful to have been apart of it!!!! I will always have you in my heart love u Beautiful!!!! #CharactersForever

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  10. Thanks for sharing. I did not know Tanishia, but heard of her death from other writers via social media. Two things that seem to be a common thread in everything I’ve read about her is her strong faith and the fact that she touched so many lives in a positive way.

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