ONE DAY AT A TIME!

I can’t believe it’s been five years since my son has passed away. Every year since then on October 31 – the day of his passing, I’ve tried to make sense of it all, but to no avail. This year, my therapist gave me an assignment… instead of focusing on the pain and sadness of the tragedy, take a moment and think of a good memory of your son and allow that memory to get you through the sadness of that day.

After Trevin’s passing, my husband and I made the decision to donate our son’s organs. Later on, we found out that Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency was able to secure four of his organs for transplant: heart, kidney, pancreas, and his liver…

This past April, as bittersweet as it was, we had the pleasure of meeting the man who now lives with our son’s heart, Papa Don. Since meeting, we have developed an amazing bonding relationship, not just with him, but his family as well. No one will ever be able to take Trevin’s place in my heart, but instead of focusing on his passing, I choose to focus on the lives he saved in his passing.

Renee Jones and Donald Anacker

Prayerfully, I will have the pleasure of meeting the recipients one day soon.

I can’t wait to visit my therapist later this week and share how this assignment has helped me to cope. One day at a time, one day at a time.

New Book Inspires Parents Grieving the Loss of Their Children

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New Book Inspires Parents Grieving the Loss of Their Children 

Miami, FL (October 24, 2015) – Parents grappling with the loss of a child are set to get a dose of inspiration from the newly released book, And The Beat Goes On.

Written by Renee Jones, And the Beat Goes On is a poignant, yet inspiring, memoir of the author’s experience of losing her 19 year-old son, Trevin Reddick, who was murdered in a drive by shooting in 2011. Trevin was destined for greatness. However, little did his mother know the path would be filled with terrible pain and grief.

Government statistics estimate that 228,000 young adults and children die in the United States each year.  A survey commissioned by the Compassionate Friends, Inc. in 1999 revealed that 19% of adults have experienced the loss of a child. Miscarriage was reported to be the most prevalent cause of death with 43% followed by illness with 27%, accident with 13% and still birth with 11%. Another key finding in the survey was that women were more likely than men to seek understanding through books, while men were more likely than women to reach out to funeral homes/directors.

Asked what inspired her to write the book, Renee said: “Losing a child is one of the most painful and stressful experiences. I know how difficult it is to rise from the ashes and move on and so I wrote the book to inspire parents who are still struggling with the pain of losing their child. My hope is that readers will find strength in my experience and the will to go on.”

And The Beat Goes On is a magnificent testament to Trevin and the impact he made in the lives of everyone he met.  Nothing could’ve prepared Renee for the death of her son which occurred one day after celebrating the launch of her first book, Let Go and Let God. The author bares all in the book about her own struggles, going beyond the limits of human endurance into a realm of surrender and acceptance gained only through her trust in God.

And the Beat Goes On is thoughtfully written and is an excellent resource for anyone struggling with grief and unforgiveness. The book is available in kindle and paperback format for a retail price of $6.99 and $14.99 respectively. To purchase a copy of the book, visit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014RHNKX0?keywords=renee%20e%20jones&qid=1444996778&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1. For further information about author or to receive daily doses of inspiration, visit: http://www.iamreneejones.com.

About Author:

Renee Jones is a certified life coach – board member of the University of Miami Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency Medical Advisory Board on behalf of donor families, and Co-founder of the RJT Foundation. She also serves as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, and volunteers with the Miami Rescue Mission while mentoring young women to live their lives on purpose.

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Media Contact: Ramona Jules

Telephone: 786-443-6203

Email:  info@iamreneejones.com

Lemonade

No, not Beyonce’s recipe for lemonade, I’m going to give you my recipe…

April 15th was Donate Life Blue & Green Day. During this day, the public is encouraged to wear blue and green, hold events and fundraisers, and partner with local restaurants, malls, media, and community organizations in an effort to promote the success of organ, eye and tissue transplantation and the extreme need for registered donors.

Well let me just tell you, this event was not only to bring awareness to this great cause, it was the answer to my many prayers. On October 18, 2011, my 19 year old son was shot in a drive-by shooting. He survived on life support for two weeks before he passed away on October 31st from his injury.  Everyday of those agonizing two weeks, I recall placing my ear on his chest to listen to his heart beat – It was the only thing that gave me hope. After being declared brain dead and after being stripped of all hope, I made the painful decision to donate his organs. The time came when I found out that one of the organs transplanted from my son was his heart. After months and months of depression, confusion, anger, bitterness and every other painful emotion you can imagine it hit me – And the Beat Goes On.

Now here we are 4 1/2 years and I was able to hear my son’s heart beat again. The human side of me wanted to collapse on the ground, but as I positioned the stethoscope upon Papa Don’s chest, the recipient of my son’s heart, I felt a sense of peace. I felt Trevin’s spirit assuring me that everything was okay. I don’t know why God chose this avenue for me, but through organ donation this devastating tragedy has become a miracle for many including myself. Through organ donation it has created a platform for me to share my story to not only help bring awareness to this great cause, but also to create a much needed dialogue within my community. Most importantly, it has played a major role in my healing process. I feel like I can breathe again.

For more information about organ donation and to register, CLICK HERE

Before you leave, be sure to check out the video below to witness this emotional union. Oh yeah, feel free to share, share, share.

Blessings,

Be Careful Where You Pitch Your Tent: Not Everyone Wants to See You Win!

Every now and then, I like to replay some of the past happenings in my life (good and bad); for the purpose of grabbing a few good lessons that I can apply for future use. Now, I must tell you, sometimes I want to give myself a good ole butt kicking (a hard side eye right about here), because as I look back, I could have avoided a big number of those hard bumps along the way. Yeah, I hear you, all things work together for our good – true, but if we are honest with ourselves, if we would have followed our instincts and applied Godly wisdom, things would have went a lot smoother for us.

Does this sound familiar to you, “Get it where you fit in”? For me, it became so familiar; I adopted it as my motto when wanting to connect with the “right” crowd. I dove right in with my eyes wide-shut and with my thinking cap in the off position. I didn’t take the time to pray and ask God for His guidance – if I did; I didn’t stick around long enough to receive His response. Here’s a truth, my mind was made up before I prayed, (SMH!) As a result, I connected with people who didn’t like me in the first place and did not want to see me win. Like in the story of Joseph, Genesis 37:5, once I told them my dreams, all hell broke loose. They stopped speaking and then made up lies to make themselves look innocent as to why the relationship was severed. They no longer wanted me around. The word of the streets was, “I thought I was better than them”. So, there I went with my head held low and asking God why.

I thought to myself, “That devil is so busy!” Hold your seat right here! Well, I was wrong for putting it on the devil – he’s not the one who pitched the tent in the first place. Wrong crowd, wrong connections, and wrong motives…The lesson for me is clear: be careful where you pitch your tents.

Here are some important questions to ask when you’re connecting with the “crowd”: Do we support one another? Do we push one another past our comfort zone? Do we hold one another accountable for the goals we’ve set? Do we want to see one another win?

Here is my challenge to you:

Pray and ask God to lead you to your divine connections and allow Him to lead.

Until next time…

Renee

What’s on Your Mind?

Week 1: What’s on Your Mind?

If you’re anything like me, you know that it’s hard to stay focused long enough to pull a single thought together – there’s always something going on. Between the television, radio, social media, or those blasted text message tones (phone calls are rare these days) going off every five minutes, there’s hardly enough time to finish a complete thought. Before you know it, you’re at the end of the day only to realize that a big part of your day was unproductive. Enough already! In order to accomplish the goals you have set for 2016, you will have to focus.

Setting a priority list will help you to accomplish this. At the beginning of each day, spend some quiet time asking yourself a couple of questions: What do I want to accomplish; and what will it take for me to accomplish it? It’s important to do this at the start of the day because trust me; as you head out – distractions will be waiting to greet you. But, here’s a little secret, when you are ahead of your distractions, you maintain control of how you will respond to them.

One of my favorite scriptures is found in 1 Corinthians 10:13 – “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].” It’s important to note that distractions are only temptations to pull you away from the goals you have set out to accomplish in your life.

Here is my challenge to you:
I challenge you to think about what you are thinking about. The next time you’re tempted to waste your precious time on things that are not lined up with the goals you have set to accomplish for your day, resist the temptation.

Journaling assignment:
At the end of each day, journal your progress and take note of anything that interrupted your focus to reach your goal. You cannot conquer what you won’t confront. Don’t forget to leave your comments, I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time…

Renee