rebelling against low expectations

Goodbye, Mama


Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” — John 11:24-26

Photo by Andie Jael.

At 8:00pm (PDT) this evening our mother, Sono Sato Harris, went to be with her Savior. She went peacefully and painlessly. We all grieve, but we have hope. We rejoice with her — and we eagerly anticipate our reunion with her someday.

Fourth of July represents something even greater to us now, true freedom for our dearest mother — from a body wracked by cancer and life in a broken world.

Tonight, as fireworks lit up the sky, we like to think that they celebrated a life well-lived — and a recognition that it is not death to die, that we can still rejoice.

Our older brother Joel, who leads worship for the Rebelution Tour, wrote a song for mom yesterday called “Goodnight, Mama.” The lyrics beautifully capture our last several months with her — and are included below.

Written July 3, 2010

Walking through your door, sitting on your bed
Talking about everything together
We’ll talk into the night, till everything seems clear again
And there’s only one thing left to say…

Goodnight, mama, I’m so glad that you’re here to talk to
Sleep well, I’ll see you soon
Thank you, Jesus, for a mother who pours herself out
Always something more to do

Walking through you door, bringing you your food
Talking about how you slept last night
We only have a little while, till you need to rest again
And there’s only one thing left to say…

Goodnight, mama, I’m so glad that I got to see you
Sleep well, I’ll be back soon
Thank you, Jesus, for a mother who poured her life out
Please fill her anew

Walking through your door, to see you one more time
Thinking about all the times we’ve shared
Not much longer now, because He’s calling you home
And there’s only one thing left to say…

Goodbye, mama, I’m so glad that I got to know you
Farewell, I’ll see you soon
Take her, Jesus, to a place with no pain or sickness
To heaven with you

Copyright © 2010 Joel Harris

Goodbye, Mama… We love you.

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About the author

Alex and Brett Harris

are the co-founders of and co-authors of Do Hard Things and Start Here. They have a passion for God and for their generation. Their personal interests include politics, filmmaking, music, and basketball. They are both graduates of Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia.


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  • I’m so sorry to hear the news. Deepest condolences to both of you and your whole family. Praying for God’s comfort to be very real to all of you.

  • May our dear Lord be very close to you all. May you know His arms around you, the close reality of His comforting presence and His deep, deep love for your family. You are in our hearts and in our prayers.

  • Joel wrote such a beautiful song. my family will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. A strong reminder to use the time we have now in obedience to the LORD. Thank you guys for the constant uplifting messages-even in the midst of your sorrow.

    God bless you!

  • Your mother has been a great blessing in many ways. And though we grieve for the loss, we also rejoice for she has gone Home to meet the Lord. May He fill you with peace, comfort, understanding, strength, joy, and love. God bless you!

  • What an amazing attitude you guys have here. To see the beauty in the loss.. Such an encouragement. Condolence you guys.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss, but I also want to thank you for being an inspiration and encouragement to me, as I struggle with facing the fact that my beloved mother is on her way to see Jesus soon too. May He be our hope, our comfort, and our peace!

  • I am sure many believers in the Philippines are sending their condolences to you and your families. Many of us sympathize with you, even if we haven’t met you personally. Your and your brother’s blog entries were honest and hopeful messages that show a testimony of God’s sufficiency in the most painful times.

    We are sure your mom was a godly woman who is enjoying the Savior’s presence now. She has left a legacy in the lives and ministry of her husband and children.

    Praise be to God for her and may He shower you with much grace this time of grief.

  • Mrs. Sono Harris sleeped with a smile in her lips. My prayers are with you. She’s home now with the Lord. God bless you all.

  • Thank you Lord for the life of Mrs. Harris.
    My prayers are with you brothers.
    May the peace and comfort that comes from our God be with you always.
    God bless.

  • May the Lord’s presence be felt amidst your family especially during this time in your lives. Your mom is surely smiling now in heaven with our God in gratefulness for the wonderful family she had on earth. I wanna share you this song. It’s entitled “See You Tomorrow” sang by a Filipino Christian band, Nacls. Their guitarist/vocalist wrote this song when he lost his dad, who was a pastor, in an accident. I hope the message of the song empower your hearts that you will see your mama again in the future. Here’s the link:

    We are praying for your family. God bless

  • I envy her, because she has gone ahead. However, praise be to God because He still has a plan and purpose why we are still here. Phil 1:21 “To live is Christ and to die is gain.”
    Anyway, may the God of Comfort and peace grant your family peace that is beyond all understanding that in spite this circumstance, you’re still able to find joy in Christ! God be glorified in every situation. God bless and grace unto you. 🙂

  • May the Lord give you strength during this time. The peace you have exhibited is an example of Christ’s power and the fact that you are’nt looking to the life of this world, but the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus. May we all look forward to the day when believers will dwell in the new heavens and new earth- of righteousness.

  • We were only acquaintances, but she still gave us the treasure of her influence. She raised a godly generation and inspired us to do the same.
    She will be missed. We will weep with those who weep, but not with despair – for we will see her again on the other side of forever.
    Oh Lord, hold the Harris family in your tender mercies and lovingkindness.

  • Really sorry to hear. I saw the first post on twitter on Sunday and then when I scrolled up today i saw words like passing and Saviour… I was like what?!! But i know about it. My mother passed away as well. Trust God. I pray He will strengthen you at this time.

  • Praying for your family as you walk through this time — thankful that you’re able to rejoice because of hope in Christ, in the face of something that the world thinks is final and hopeless.

  • I’ll be praying for your family –

    “May the peace of God our heavenly Father
    and the grace of Christ the risen Son
    And the fellowship of God the Spirit
    Keep our hearts and minds within His love…”

  • It was actually about the same time last night that I was praying for your mother and for your family. My prayers will continue to be with you all as you grieve this loss but still rejoice in the certainty of seeing her again. Joel’s song was beautiful; I was so touched by his words. May the great Comforter be with you all.

    Rejoicing in the One who has conquered Death,

  • You are all in my prayers-

    I didn’t know your mom personally, but I attended one of her classes at a homeschool convention a few years ago.

    I remember her sweet spirit when she spoke, she reminds me of my mom who died a few years before that.

    I also remember that when she spoke of hers sons, she did so with such love and respect. I truly wish to follow that example.

    She was a wonderful spiritual mentor and a true blessing to me and countless home school moms!

    May God’s peace and comfort overwhelm you!

    “He overwhelms my day’s with good, His steadfast love will never let me go.”

  • In Christ alone our hope is found for He is our light and our strength. In Christ, she has overcome death and is in fellowship with Christ our Savior. My most sincere condolences to your family. Praying for your family.

    In Christ,

  • Guys-

    Your mom has won the prize. The day she graduated, we attended the funeral of a loved one. We all grieve, but certainly not as those who have no hope. I know your mom was proud of you, and I trust that will comfort you as you go through the adjustment process. All blessings on you, your dad and the family. We will be praying for you all and for God’s glory in this tough time.

    Looking forward to the day when we’re all rejoicing around the throne with your mother.

    Grace & peace,

    Rick Boyer and family

  • I am so sorry about your loss! You all will continue to be in my prayers. Joel’s song was very nice. It touched me. I could not imagine loosing one of my parents! I pray that God will comfort you.


  • I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers to you all in this time for God’s comfort and peace.

    That song is amazing. And from what I’ve read, I really believe that your mother was an amazing woman.

    God bless you all! Prayers to you!

  • Brett and Alex, You are in our prayers on this very difficult day. I cannot say I completely understand the pain that you feel right now, but I do know that we have Savior and Shepherd who loves us and will never leave us. He holds every tear that you cry. When I lost my grandmother two months ago it hurt worse than anything I have ever felt before, but Jesus brings beauty out of ashes. Cling to His promises because they are true. May God’s loving arms surround you and your family today.

  • Good night, Mrs. Harris. God, please bless those left behind, and let them feel your arms wrapped around them during this difficult time. Send your peace that passes understanding! In Jesus’ name, Amen

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you all as you grieve and aniticipate seeing your mother again in heaven. She is a beautiful and courageous woman who has inspired my own journey as a mother. God bless you

  • Alex and Brett and family, I’m so sorry. But it is good that you know that God is in complete control, and that He loves you, your family, and your mom very, very much. I’m praying for you guys.

  • Your family is in my prayers as you walk through what seems an unimaginable pain. Yet, I see even in your post the grace of God in giving you such a glorious perspective on death, even as Christ has swallowed death in His victory over the grave. May the Lord surround your family with His love and grace in this time of loss and give you His peace which passes all understanding.

  • Alex and Brett,

    I will continue to be praying for you and your family. I can’t imagine what it is like. I really do appreciate her ministry in your lives and how it has had a “ripple” effect on others. I know this must be hard, but I also know God had a plan.

    In Prayers,


  • I’m so sorry to hear that. I have been and will be praying for y’all!

    “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”

    Matthew 21:23, ESV.

    “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

    Romans 8:38-39, ESV.

  • My Condolences. I can’t really understand what you are going through right now, but I certainly understand it is deffinately a hard thing. But it is good to know that she was a trusted servant of God and now presides with him in her eternal home.

    And we certainly all owe a wonderful thanks to her, because without her the rebelution wouldn’t have ever been started. She was truely a wondeful role model for all young ladies out there and her memory will live on. 🙂

    I will keep you in my prayers.

    -Bethany Faith

  • My mom had cancer as well. She went home to the LORD 17 years ago….

    It is never good bye for those who know HIM….

    My last words to her were: “See you in the morning!”

    God’s shalom peace be on you all as you journey through grief…and hang on to the hope we have in Him when we will be all reunited…one big family reunion!

    with prayers,

  • At church yesterday, the pastor was preaching from Psalm 23:5-6. He started by reminding us Who the Good Shepherd is, and what that looks like, then talked about going through the Valley of the Shadow of Death with Him. Whether a person comes out of the Valley victorious or is taken in death, the Good Shepherd is with him all the way. And when he comes out on the other side, there is the Lord, preparing a feast before him. Welcoming the new guest at the table, being generous in servings.

    Your mother is now partaking in the feast set before her with the Lord Himself serving her.

    May the Good Shepherd comfort you in this time of loss. Praying for you.

  • Praying for you and your family. May you continue to find strength, peace, and comfort in the Lord.

    Even if I never got to know your mom, I know that she was really great. I’ll always remember doing her book of exercises as a homeschooled kid. It would have been great to have met her in person – but I know I still will one day.

    God definitely has a purpose for everything. Continue trusting in Him!

  • Your mom was a beautiful woman, both inside and out. I never met her personally, but her life has been an inspiration and a blessing to me. I am grieving, yet at the same time rejoicing because she is in a better place, home at last with our Heavenly Father.

    Praying that you will find comfort and rest in God.

  • So sorry to hear this. Our prayers and thoughts are with you in this difficult time. May God comfort and be with you. From the clan in KSA.

  • I can’t imagine going through what you and your family have gone through, but I know that it is the grace of the Lord upholding you and He will comfort you during this time. The love that you have for your mother and her obvious influence in your life is such a testimony to her. Thank you for all you’ve shared during this process;it has challenged me. I’ve been praying for you and your family during this time and will continue to keep you in my prayers….

  • She sounded like an amazing lady from the way you guys talked about her!
    I’m so glad you all have the hope of seeing her again… i’ve never known that to be true with family i have lost … funerals were always hopeless for me.
    Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow!

  • You have been such an inspiration to my sons and I am sure even in your sorrows you will continue to inspire. She must have been one great lady and the world will miss her. But she is where we all long to be. May God’s grace and peace sustain you.

  • two weeks ago, our family lost our mother too..we feel what you are going through but the truth that in Jesus we have hope, strength and courage..this truth in His Word still holds true and more powerful than any suffering and pain..
    God bless your family..

  • I grieve for the loss of your Mom. May you experience comfort the Lord provides during this very sad time. Your family will continue to be in my prayers!

  • I am so very sorry for your loss, Harris family. I lost my own mother (Aug. 2, 2008) to a 3-year battle with ovarian cancer. (I’ve linked to my mom’s prayer blog.) I weep with you that you are parted from your mother for a time, but also rejoice with you that one day we’ll both get to be reunited with our mothers in a Place where there is no more pain, no more tears. The Lord is so faithful and gracious, and I pray He will be very near to you as you prepare to say your last goodbyes this side of Glory, and in the days following as you adjust to life without her.

    My brother’s MIL gave me a little book for my birthday (which was only 2 days afterward her going Home) the year of my mom’s pass. It’s called “Grieving the Loss of Someone You Love: Daily Meditations to Help You Though the Grieving Process” by Raymond R. Mitsch and Lynn Brookside. It has been a helpful little book.

    I’d also like to share the lyrics to a Sovereign Grace Music song…”It is Not Death to Die”…that has ministered to me.

    May our God of all comforts surround you with His mercy,

    It is not death to die,
    To leave this weary road,
    And midst the brotherhood on high
    To be at home with God.

    It is not death to close
    The eye long dimmed by tears,
    And wake, in glorious repose,
    To spend eternal years.

    It is not death to bear
    The wrench that sets us free
    From dungeon chain, to breath the air
    Of boundless liberty.

    It is not death to fling
    Aside this sinful dust
    And rise, on strong exulting wing
    To live among the just.

    Jesus, Thou Prince of Life,
    Thy chosen cannot die:
    Like Thee, they conquer in the strife
    To reign with Thee on high.

  • My family and I are keeping you all in our prayers. Praise the LORD that she is now with Him! No more suffering, no more pain. Praying that the LORD will wrap His arms around the Harris family and give you all peace. ♥
    What a beautiful song that Joel wrote! Thank you for sharing.
    Love to you all,

  • I lost my mother when I was 12 so I have a sense of what you’re going through. My prayers are with you that the Lord will bring you through this grieving period with strength, hope and joy knowing that you will see her again in Heaven. God Bless all of you!

  • What a beautiful song, it touched me deeply! Thanks for sharing it! I’m very sad to hear about your Mom’s death! 🙁 But I’m also grateful for God’s grace in her life and that it seems she didn’t have to suffer so much pain. Be strong in the Lord, dear all! Praying for God’s grace, presence and comfort to help you through this difficult time!

  • There are no adequate words to express the grief I know you all must be feeling. There are not enough words to express the loss…Jesus knows.
    I cried when I heard.
    Your mother was an example of godliness and testimony, and lived quietly working behind the scenes in the lives of her children. Praise God for Mrs. Harris.
    Leaning on Jesus with you in this time of sorrow,

  • God Bless you all, in this hard time. Praise God for a life lived for Him. What a beautiful poem! God be with you.

  • So sorry for your loss; so happy for her freedom.
    She is visiting with her Lord now…and will see you soon.

    The Beverage Family

  • The Piper family grieves with you, Alex and Brett.
    what a awesome godly example your mother was. I pray that you will find comfort in Jesus.

  • Amen. She is finally free, free from sickness, free from sin, free to be with her Savior… forever. I’ll be praying for you guys.

  • I, and my family, will pray for all of you. I know that you will lean on Him, and I pray that he provides comfort.

  • my Condolences to all ur family… i know this is the hard part of ur life that u mom passed prayers are all with u i know god will give u more strength, someday u will see ur mom again n Heaven…im sure alex and brett that ur mom she’s happy with jesus now god bless u all…ue always in my prayers

  • Praying for all of you in this time…your mother was such an inspiration to my mother that even to this day, over 15 years later, she still remembers her and the encouragement she was.
    In Christ,

  • The books written by the Harrises, and my only edition of New Attitude, have always made me think highly of Mrs Harris’ role in the lives of her children. I can imagine the kind of dedication she had given them both as their mother and educator, being home schooled myself. Though I had never met her, I know that hers was a life well-lived just by seeing the way Alex and Brett honored her. She is one of the people I would love to meet when I get to heaven.

  • Oh I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers are going up for y’all. May God give strength and peace during this difficult time. Your brothers song brought tears to my eyes. So beautiful. God bless y’all!

  • This is the first time I got to see a picture of your mom, by the way. Utsukushii desu.

  • Sono left such an amazing legacy…I got to meet her here in Japan and I was so impressed by her quiet strength. I agree with Joan. 美しいね! She’s a beautiful woman and it’s wonderful she’s finally with her Savior…

  • “For we know that all things work together for the good of those who love Him; those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) I am praying that God will comfort you and give you strength in this difficult time and I also pray that He will bless you for you continued faithfulness to Him.

  • I am so sorry, I know you’re mother was amazing, I learned some of her wisdom through your books. Praying for you!

  • I’ll be praying for your family. I lost my mom to cancer when I was 8, and though it’s been very hard at times, God has been faithful and continually reminds me that He is sovereign and He is good.

  • I’m so sorry to hear of your great loss.
    I am praying for you guys and your family: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and preace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”. Romans 15:13

  • We are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for your entire family at this very difficult time. Yahweh bless all of you.

  • I rejoice with your mom over her homecoming with Jesus Christ, but I also grieve with your family for the loss of someone so dear to you as your mother. My prayers are with you all.

    “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and gibe you peace.” Numbers 6 : 24-26

    I pray he grants you peace that passes all understanding.

  • this has got to be so hard for you, all it was hard enough for me to lose my grandma i cant imagine losing my mom… the most i can do is pray that the Lord would comfort you i wish there was something else as well…

  • I don’t really know what to say so I’ll let Jeremy Camp say it. “There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears. There will be a day when the burdens of this place, will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face to face.” I don’t know you but I am so sorry and I grieve with you and for you. Praise Jesus that one day we will see Him face to face and we’ll see our lost loved ones as well. Hold on to that hope but until that day gets here hold on to Him and know that it won’t always hurt as much as it does right now. I’m praying for your entire family.

  • I am brought to tears…there is always pain when you lose a loved one. I really have no words to describe what I feel, except to say that I ‘m praying for you and your entire family…I wish it didn’t sound so worn out a phrase, but it’s all I can say right now. God is faithful. He is with you.

  • I’m so sorry about your mother, but I’m glad that she is in Heaven, and no longer in pain. I am praying for you and your family.

  • Praying for you all. I can’t imagine, but I know that He is always more than faithful during such hard times. May His love and peace fill your hearts as you reflect on the wonderful times you had with her and knowing that she is in His arms. Love you all.

  • Oh man… I am so sorry… I will be praying for both of you and your entire family. Again, I’m so sorry.

  • I’m very sorry for your loss guys, but thank God we are not going to be separated from our loved ones who know Christ for long! I Corinthians 15:54 says, “When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.'” Jesus has truly taken the sting right out of death for us! I’ll be praying for your family that God will continue to comfort and strengthen each of you. Thank you both for being an encouragement to me as you live your lives for our Saviour.

  • I’m so sorry for this great loss in your lives. I’m praying for continued peace and comfort. Love in Christ, Rachael

  • Moment by Moment

    Never a trial that he is not there,
    never a burden that he doth not bear,
    never a sorrow that he doth not share,
    moment by moment, I’m under his care;

    Moment by moment I’m kept in his love;
    moment by moment I’ve life from above;
    Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine;
    moment by moment, O Lord, I am thine.

    Daniel W. Whittle

    Our Lord Jesus Christ … died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 1 Thess. 5:9, 10

    Your family is in my prayers.


  • I am so very sorry for your loss, as had been expressed in all the other comments. Although I didn’t know your mom, she has influenced me through your guy’s ministry and through all your dad’s books. May God continue to comfort you!
    God bless,

  • Oh guys, I wish I had the words to comfort you! I love you all and I’m praying for you every moment of every day!

    Homesick~ by Mercy Me

    You’re in a better place, I’ve heard a thousand times
    And at least a thousand times I’ve rejoiced for you
    But the reason why I’m broken, the reason why I cry
    Is how long must I wait to be with you

    I close my eyes and I see your face
    If home’s where my heart is then I’m out of place
    Lord, won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow
    I’ve never been more homesick than now

    Help me Lord cause I don’t understand your ways
    The reason why I wonder if I’ll ever know
    But, even if you showed me, the hurt would be the same
    Cause I’m still here so far away from home

    I close my eyes and I see your face
    If home’s where my heart is then I’m out of place
    Lord, won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow
    I’ve never been more homesick than now

    In Christ, there are no goodbye
    And in Christ, there is no end
    So I’ll hold onto Jesus with all that I have
    To see you again
    To see you again

    And I close my eyes and I see your face
    If home’s where my heart is then I’m out of place
    Lord, won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow
    Won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow
    Won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow

    I’ve never been more homesick than now

    I love you guys!

  • I am so sorry for your loss. It is wonderful to know though that she got to celebrate the 4th of July with our Saviour!!

    Your family is in my prayers.

  • The Hills family in Chilliwack are grieving over your lost and deeply thankful for the Mercy God has shown to and through your dear Mother. Where would any of us be without the Extrordinary hope that we share in the Resurrected Savior, who wept at the tomb of Lazarus and waits joyfully for the resurrection of all of His children. In Christ Phil, Karen, Lauren, Rachel, Brenden and Bob

  • We are praying for you, deeply, Harris family!! To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord …. how great the rejoicing in Heaven over the entrance of a beautiful saint in the Lord … even as we grieve the loss.

    We love you.
    ~ Jean Marie

  • Though I did not know your mother, I grieve with you. She must have been a wonderful woman to raise such inspirational sons. You have touched my life with your book and must thank her for the gift she left behind in you. May God hold you in His arms through this difficult time and keep you strong in the faith. I am sorry for your loss, but thankful that you do have the faith to write a post glorifying God in spite of it. May a thousand angels surround you and your family on this day and every day.


  • I’m praying for you and your family- I spoke with Mrs. Harris briefly a few months ago, and even in that short time her gentle spirit was so touching.
    What a beautiful thing to know, that your mom is finally with her Savior! Thank Jesus for the blessed assurance of a home with Him.

  • Our prayers are with your family. You parents encouraged us as early homeschoolers. We still listen to their tapes. Today I am reminded that Jesus Wept. Although He was about to resurrect Lazarus, He understood the pain death would cause His children. But knowing the depths of our pain how much more will He rejoice with your mother this day in Paradise! And they both will greet you all on your glorious homegoing day.

  • Alex & Brett, I can empathize with you and your family in your sorrow. My wife now has breast cancer with boney metasteses.
    I am reminded of a letter my wife’s father wrote many years ago (he was one of three fathers who had lost a teen-age child within a few weeks’ time in our church.) He wrote a letter to omfort the last father something to this effect: “If our family is getting ready to go on a long journey and one of the children gets prepared to leave before the others, we would be glad to see him go ahead early as long as he is in good company.”
    Our condolences go out to all of you,
    Bob Prince

  • I’ve been praying for your family all day today. I know this is extremely sad, but also must be such a blessing to know that God allowed you to be influenced so much my this Godly woman’s life. Thanking God for blessing us all with your mom and praying that He will give you peace and joy in your hearts as you grieve this separation from your dear mom.

  • I am deeply sorry for your loss. I pray for your family. Remember that your mother is with the Father now, and yes, her pain is truly gone. My grandfather died when I was younger of cancer, and I have the comforting assurance that he, as well as your mom, are sitting this moment, talking with God, at Home.

  • Your mom was an amazing lady. We’re praying for you and your family…

    I love the look on her face that was captured in that picture. You can tell she was looking forward to seeing Jesus face to face!

  • Praying for you all! But praising God that this painful separation from her is not eternal!

    2 Corinthians 12:19 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

  • I know that you guys don’t know me personally, but I want you to know that I will still most definitely be praying for you. I know that you all have changed so many people’s lives, and that is something that I am really thankful for. I’m 15 years old, and I know what it is like to have a mom that is struggling with illness. My mom has had Multiple Sclerosis for about 17 years. And although it is not as deathly as most cancer, it has really impacted everything that she does. She can’t walk, or sit up. She can’t even get to the bathroom by herself. It is a constant struggle for her and the rest of my family, who are a real comfort and help. But, even with all of this my mom is an amazing person. She tries to do everything that any other mom would do, and then some. Well, what I’d really like to say is that the song “Goodnight Mama” as well as what you guys wrote above is a true inspiration to me. Thank you SO much and may God continue to bless you!

  • O wondrous love that will not let me go
    I cling to You with all my strength and soul
    Yet if my hold should ever fail
    This wondrous love will never let me go

    O wondrous love that’s come to dwell in me
    Lord, who am I that I should come to know
    Your tender voice assuring me
    Your wondrous love will never let me go

    I’m resting in the everlasting arms
    In the ever faithful heart, the Shepherd of my life
    You’ll carry me on Your mighty wings of grace
    Keeping me until the day I look into Your eyes

    O wondrous love that sings of Calvary
    The sweetest sound this sinner’s ever known
    The song of Your redeeming Son
    Whose wondrous love will never let me go

    I’m resting in the everlasting arms
    In the ever faithful heart, the Shepherd of my life
    You’ll carry me on Your mighty wings of grace
    Keeping me until the day I look into Your eyes

    O wondrous love that rushes over me
    I can’t escape this river’s glorious flow
    You overwhelm my days with good
    Your wondrous love will never let me go
    Your wondrous love will never let me go

    ~Steve and Vikki Cook

    Alex, Brett, and Family,
    Know that our prayers are with you and our hearts are broken for your loss. May the peace of Jesus Christ, our hope and salvation, fill you, as He promises, in ways we cannot understand. Keep trusting in Him and living for His glory. Your testimony has given and will continue to give hope to others as they see Christ living in you. I know God will use this time of grief and pain to further His glory and work out His good will in and through your lives. It is a comfort to know that He knows every grief and pain, for He Himself bore the weight of our sin and the wrath of God. We deserved His wrath, but He freely gives us His grace and the hope of eternal life. One day we will all worship Him. Untill then, keep holding on to His love, but know that if your “hold should ever fail, His wondrous love will never let you go.”

  • God be with you at this time. You are very blessed to know your mother is with Jesus. Take comfort in knowing you will see her someday. God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble. I will be praying for you.

  • I’m really sorry to hear about your Mom. But I’m thankful she’s without pain now, living with God. My prayers are with you.
    I love that poem Joel wrote. The whole thing brought me to tears, just imagining if it were my Mom. God bless your whole family.

  • Guys, I am speechless, and I’m grieving for you and your loss. I am deeply sorry to hear about your Mother. Praise God, she is in her true home with her Father in Heaven and she is rejoicing with Jesus Christ! I’m so sorry to hear this, but I hope that you are all looking to Christ for healing and strength.
    Praise the Lord for the day when you will all be together again, and we will all rejoice around the throne with the Kings of Kings!
    God bless you guys. Like everyone else, I am praying for you all! Thank you so much for what you do.


  • “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.” (Eccles. 3:1, 2, 4)

    I am grieved by your loss. My best wishes and prayers for your family! Your mother was an inspiring woman. I look forward to meeting her one day.
    Joel’s song is beautiful. I will continue to be praying for your family as you walk through this difficult time of losing your mom.

    It is also a joy to know that she’s with her Maker now! There will be a day when we will be too, and you’ll be reunited with her again.
    Keep up the faith and never lose hope! I’m praying for you!

    In Christ,
    2 Cor 5:15

  • Dancing with the Angels
    by Monk n Neagle

    memories surround me
    but sadness has found me
    i’d do anything for more time
    never before has someone meant more
    and i can’t get you out of my mind
    there is so much that i don’t understand
    but i know

    you’re dancing with the angels
    walking in new life
    you’re dancing with the angels
    heaven fills your eyes
    now that you’re dancing with the angels

    you had love for your family
    love for all people
    love for the Father, and Son
    your heart will be heard
    in your unspoken words
    through generations to come
    there is so much that i don’t understand
    but i know

    you’re dancing with the angels
    walking in new life
    your’re dancing with the angels
    heaven fills your eyes
    now that your’re dancing with the angels

    we’re only here for such a short time
    so i’m gonna stand up
    shout out
    and sing hallelujah
    one day i’ll see you again

  • My heart is heavy at your loss and my prayers are with you and your family. What a blessing, though, that you had time to say goodbye and that you know you will meet again soon where “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and these shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” As you mourn, may God’s loving arms and peace enfold you.

    It Is Not Death To Die
    by Bob Kauflin
    Sovereign Grace Praise

    “It is not death to die
    To leave this weary road
    And join the saints who dwell on high
    Who’ve found their home with God
    It is not death to close
    The eyes long dimmed by tears
    And wake in joy before Your throne
    Delivered from our fears.

    O Jesus, conquering the grave
    Your precious blood has power to save
    Those who trust in You
    Will in Your mercy find
    That it is not death to die

    It is not death to fling
    Aside this earthly dust
    And rise with strong and noble wing
    To live among the just
    It is not death to hear
    The key unlock the door
    That sets us free from mortal years
    To praise You evermore

    O Jesus, conquering the grave
    Your precious blood has power to save
    Those who trust in You
    Will in Your mercy find
    That it is not death to die”

  • I am so sorry for your loss and my heart breaks for your family. My mom died unexpectedly around three months ago, so I along with my siblings know what it’s like to loose a parent–especially a homeschool mom who you are used to being around like all the time! :o) My family and I will continue to lift your family up in prayer. I pray that the Lord will give you His peace that surpasses all understanding as well as His comfort and grace to help get you through this difficult time! Keep clinging to Jesus and His promises! He will never let you go or fail to meet any one of your needs! I know this for a fact!! :o)

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. I’m praying for you and your family, that you all may have God’s strength, truth, and a peace that passes all understanding.

    In our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ,

    ~Em Jo~

  • I know I only spent a brief time with you and your family last year, but your mom really made an impression. She was an amazing woman, my friends, and people will know that for decades because she invested so much into all of her children. Into you. Keep the faith, my friends.

  • I started crying as I read. I am so incredibly sorry for you all in your loss. Your family will be in my prayers. May God give you amazing peace.

  • I am so sorry Harris family for your loss. Lean on the Lord for comfort and peace. She is home now, what hope there is in that!! You all are in my prayers.

  • Alex and Brett,

    You and your family have my deepest sympathies. I have no idea how this must feel, but to see that you have hope amidst your grief is inspiring and appreciated. I’m so happy that she is at home with the Lord! Know that my family and I will be praying for you and supporting you through this difficult time.

    In Christ alone,


  • Bless you as you do this hardest of things. My daddy died when I was 20. I can’t WAIT to see him again.
    I have twin boys, 18 years old, and you are an example to them, and the rest of my kids.

    Hoping to see you in Nashville,
    Alice and family

  • May songs of the angels welcome you and guide you along your way. May the smiles of the martyrs greet your own as darkness turns into day. Every fear will be undone and death will be no more, as songs of the angels bring you home before the Face of God.

    ~Wishing you peace and consolation during this difficult time,

  • I’ll keep ya’ll in my prayers, She’s in a better place, but that doesn’t mean it won’t still hurt.

  • I’m sorry for your loss Harris Family. It is never an easy thing losing a loved one to cancer.

    Dear Heavenly Father,

    I just want to lift up the Harris family and friends and anyone else that was touched by this wonderful woman who is now in your presence. I never got to meet her but I know she is a great woman just by reading her sons’ books she instilled so much into her sons’ lives who in turn have touched others’ I pray that you give comfort to those who grieve her going and to rejoice that she is now in your presence Lord. I know the pain of losing a loved one never really goes away, but help them to turn their grief to gladness in knowing that she is now with you Lord.

    In Jesus’ name, Amen

    I will keep you in my prayers… A sister in Christ… KC Brown

  • My heart is with you all as you grieve for your beautiful and virtuous mother. She is a true gem in Christ’s crown.

    “Even there your hand shall guide me; your right hand shall hold me fast.” Psalm 139:10

    With tears, joy, and many prayers,

  • Dear Harris family,
    Blessings to you all for a life well-lived! You’ve been an inspiration to an entire generation and I pray you are richly rewarded for your love and sacrifice. I know you know your mom is in a better place and I pray God’s grace, peace and comfort of the Holy Spirit until you join her in her celestial home.

  • Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. Psalm 116:15
    This must be a difficult time for y’all. I pray that the Lord comforts your hearts in knowing that your mother is safe in the arms of Jesus where she is no longer suffering.

  • I am praying for your family during this difficult time. May our heavenly Father’s peace be with you and comfort you. I cannot imagine what ya’ll are going through right now. Know that so many prayers are going up on your behalf! And you have the assurance that one day you WILL see your beautiful mother again and she will no longer be ill! Keeping ya’ll in my prayers!
    In His Strength,

  • I am truly sorry to hear about your mother; y’all have my family’s prayers. This reminds me of a verse from one of my very favorite bluegrass gospel songs,

    I held the frail hand of my mother
    I knew that she didn’t have long
    When I started to cry she smiled with her eyes
    Said “Honey, I’m just movin’ on”

    Many prayers,

    Hannah M. and family

  • I will be praying for you all. Even though we rejoice that she goes to be with her heavenly father, the parting is very hard I’m sure.

  • I’m so sorry! words can probably hardly express what you feel right now. She definitely was, and is in heaven a beautiful and virtuous woman 🙂
    May God Bless you all abundantly!

  • I was so saddened to hear this news. Please know that I am praying for you all. You have a difficult road ahead. I lost my mom to cancer when I was fourteen, so I know to some extent what you are going through and that just spurs me on to pray for you even more.

    When I lost my mom, the sentiment of “God is in control” was emphasized so much by my friends that I felt guilty grieving. I tried not to show emotion around people for fear I would be considered not trusting God. But stoicism is not the sign of a strong Christian. I am so encouraged by the story of Lazarus because Christ Himself is deeply moved in spirit and weeps for His friend.

    The balance between grieving and trusting is a delicate one. I pray that you find it.

  • Dear Harris Family: My family’s hearts are so heavy for you. My dad always tells me his mother–who passed away from cancer when he was a young man–is dancing in heaven with Jesus. My grandma would be dancing the merengue, but your beautiful mother must be dancing the most gorgeous ballet ever with Him!!! With prayers, Ali

  • I am so sorry for your loss! I will be praying for your family. May God wipe away your every tear in his perfect timing, and comfort you as you grieve.
    “Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation.” Psalm 68:19
    Your beloved Mom truly believed this, and is now in the loving arms of Jesus; may He be praised, and give you all that you need in this so very difficult time. God bless you all.

  • We are praying for you boys and your brothers, sister, and father. We are praising the Lord for the life your mother led. She has been such an inspiration and has left quite a legacy, not just in her own children, but in the many mothers & fathers who were inspired to raise their families against the tide of mediocrity. I count myself blessed to know your mother and have been blessed by her love for her Savior. If you or your family ever need anything, please bless us by letting us know.

    In Christ’s Shadow,

    Isaac, Angie & Kids

  • I am so sorry to hear about your loss! My family and I are praying for you during this difficult time. May God continue to bless you and comfort you.

  • Alex and Brett, and the whole Harris family,

    I hope you wouldn’t take it as an offense, but I really do congratulate your family, especially your mother, because I do believe that when a loved one comes home to Jesus, it is a thing to be happy and congratulated for. Especially when we have been blessed by God to be with that loved one, and to feel his/her love in our lives, for so many years.

    Though I do sympathize with what you feel. I understand the pain, we just lost our father last year. But I pray that through the pain of grieving, God will give you rest. He will continue to keep your whole family in His embrace. Death is never easy to accept, but God’s continuous love and presence in our lives will keep us strong.

    God bless you all! He loves your family very much. You all are truly blessed.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Simultaneously, I’m encouraged by your attitudes. May God wrap you in His arms as you mourn. I will be praying for you guys daily.

  • “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

    I’m praying for you and your family! I can only imagine how hard this must be for you all. Continue to hold fast to your savior and look to Him in this time. Great is His faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:20-26)

  • Alex and Brett,

    My prayers are with you and your family.

    “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live'” (John 11:25).

  • I am so sorry for your pain. Grief is hard work and I pray that your family does it well. I have wondered for hours on end about how pain seems to be God’s most powerful and effective tool to sharpen and define our walk with him.
    Heaven is sweeter with the entrance of each one of our loved ones and it’s more real than this world we live in today!
    Praying praying praying……
    See you in August.

  • You guys, your brother, and your family have done so much for so many. Our lives will forever be impacted. All of you will be in our prayers. May the Lord’s grace and love comfort you each during this time and the time to come.


    Lawrence Burns

  • I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, she was extremely blessed to have all of you as her children! May the Lord comfort you in this time of loss and always remember that your mother’s life was well live her children arose and called her blessed. 🙂 Praying for you and that God will give your dad and you all the strength to continue on.

  • Alex, Brett and family,
    I will be praying for you, that you find comfort in Jesus and that you will run to him during this time but that you know that your mum has gone home to be with her saviour. These are some lyrics from Chris Tomlin’s ‘I will rise’ it’s a beautiful song with beautiful lyrics,
    ‘And I will rise when He calls my name
    No more sorrow, no more pain
    I will rise on eagles’ wings
    Before my God fall on my knees
    And rise
    I will rise’

  • “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; They will run and not grow weary, They will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

  • I am sorry for your loss, truly.Praying for you and your family and praising God that we can put our hope in Him. Love to you and your family.

  • I cried for you both and your family when I read the news.

    This must be the HARDEST thing you have yet had to do! May our sweet Jesus grant you the peace and courage to live the legacy your mother has left in this world.

    What an incredible woman! What a wonderful example to all young women pursuing virtuous womanhood.

    Much love in Christ to you and your family.

    Your sister in Christ in New Zealand,

  • Alex and Brent,

    I am praying for you and the family. I can’t imagine how hard this is for you. Your mother was a wonderful woman and it is amazing to see all she has done.

    Your sister in Christ,

  • Alex, Brett, and the rest of the Harris Family,

    I really am sorry for what happened to your mom. But I also prayed for you, guys. my prayer is that GOD would continue to strengthen your faith. May you continue to excel just as you have before. May our GOD bring you to higher levels and continue to use you to impact thousands and millions of people.

    Condolence from Alyssa.

    GOD bless you!!!

  • I’m sorry to hear your sad news. I really like Joel’s song. Thanks for the hope that you bring in spite of your loss. Thinking and praying for your family.

  • A beautiful woman.
    A beautiful life.
    A beautiful legacy.

    May God comfort you richly in your time of sorrow.

  • Just wanted to let you know, Alex and Brett, that I am praying for you and your family. Reading Joel’s song brought tears to my eyes as I thought about your family and about my mom.

  • I’m so sorry. I know what it’s like to lose someone you love. Just last February I lost my baby cousin (he only lived for 2 hours). I know what it’s like to really grieve. At first I had a really hard time at it. But then after a few days of struggling and hardly making it through, it finally struck me. He’s not feeling pain any more. Jesus has him in His arms!!! That is one of the most comforting thoughts in the world. After that the days seemed a bit easier. I felt like there was still something to live for. I’m so sorry about your mom. What a comfort to know that she is safe in Jesus arms. Your family will definitely be in my prayers. That song is simply amazing.
    In His great & awesome love,

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom!!

    I’ll be praying for you guys and your family!!

    God Bless,


  • Dear Harris family,

    I just wanted to let you know that you have been in my prayers these past few days. I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your mom, but I am full of joy to know she is free of pain and with our Savior.
    Thank you SO much for your family’s willingness to follow Jesus and Do Hard Things.

    Soli Deo gloria,

  • Dear Harris Family,

    I am weeping with your family! I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. But she is in God’s arms and in no more pain. I thank God for your ministry!
    I am praying for you!


  • Joy and grief so beautifully mixed…how you must grieve that your mother is no longer here with you. But OH, how you must REJOICE that our Father in Heaven ha promised her to your future, whole and healed. And such a Blessing our Lord has given you in the time you had to pour out your love upon one another in these last days.

    I often think that the New Orleans Jazz funeral is the best way to send our loved ones off to Heaven…a somber march to the church and then music befitting the celebration of a life well lived afterward. It is the perfect marriage of our grief that our loved ones are no longer in the next room, but that they will be complete and free with Jesus.

    I’m reminded of the song All My tears:

    When I go, don’t cry for me
    In my Father’s arms I’ll be
    The wounds this world left on my soul
    Will all be healed and I’ll be whole.

    Sun and moon will be replaced
    With the light of Jesus’ face
    And I will not be ashamed
    For my Savior knows my name.

    Blessings and Peace to you and yours

  • Dear precious Alex and Brett,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was an amazing woman. She helped shaped you all into who you are today. I’m so sorry . . . I’m rejoice that she is no more pain and is with her Savior, but I’m so sorry for you all. I am praying for your family.
    Bless you ~ Ruth

  • Alex and Brett,
    I am so sorry for your loss, your mom sounded like such an amazing person. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. The song your brother Joel wrote was so honest and heartfelt that it made me cry.
    God Bless,

  • Alex and Brett,

    May the peace of God which surpasses understanding comfort your hearts during this unbelievably difficult time.


  • Beautiful song. My heart goes out to your family. Rest assured that our good and sovereign God has a plan through all of this–He brings beauty from ashes.

    2 Corinthians 5:1
    “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”

  • Y’all are in my prayers. Joel’s song is beautiful. Your family has been an inspiration to me for years. Your hope and faith through this is continuing to inspire. God bless. Soli Deo gloria!

  • We weep with you, but we know that we will all see her again someday. What a precious life she lived. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Joel, the words to your song are beautiful and a wonderful tribute to your mom. We love your family, Fred and Sarah

  • That song is so powerful and brings tears to my eyes.
    Mrs. Sono Harris was a beautiful woman, inside and out, it is so sad to hear that she is gone from this world. I find it so amazing that her passing was on July 4th…that is so symbolic! A new freedom from all pain and sickness and with Jesus!
    It is so hard to let go of someone, but God blessed you all with so much strength and spiritual peace to face this hardship, it truly is touching and inspiring.


  • I pray that your family will stay strong through this test. Please remember Joseph and all the tests and trials that he went through. God has a plan to use this experience later in your lives.

    Romans 8;28
    And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

    Keep strong during this trial.

  • I’m so sorry for your lose. I pray that you all can stay strong through this hard time. God bless.

  • Dear Harris Family,
    Our prayers are with you all as you go through this trial – we weep with you at the homegoing of your dear mother. We heard her speak at a homeschool conference several years ago and her message still resounds in our hearts. May God be glorified in this, and through her life.
    Sarah for the Bryant Family

  • I can think of no better words to share than those of Scripture. Below is Psalm 34 – a family favorite since the death of six family members in an accident years ago. May God bless you and your family.

    Psalm 34
    I Will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
    My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; The humble shall hear it and rejoice.
    O magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.

    I sought the LORD, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears.
    They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces shall never be ashamed.
    This poor man cried and the LORD heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles.
    The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them.

    O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
    O fear the LORD, you His saints; For to those who fear Him, there is no want.
    The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
    But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.
    Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
    Who is the man who desires life, And loves length of days that he may see good?
    Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit.
    Depart from evil, and do good; Seek peace, and pursue it.

    The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry.
    The face of the LORD is against evildoers, To cut off the memory of them from the earth.
    The righteous cry and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.
    The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

    Many are the afflictions of the righteous; But the LORD delivers him out of them all.
    He keeps all his bones; Not one of them is broken.
    Evil shall slay the wicked; And those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
    The LORD redeems the soul of His servants;
    And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.

  • I am so sorry for you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers. That song was absolutely beautiful I started crying when I read it. God bless you and your family. You can do all things though Christ who gives you strength!
    <3 Janel

  • I’m so sorry! May the Lord be with you both and your family.
    You will all be in our prayers.

    “…Death has been swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your victory?
    O death, where is your sting?…But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” 1 Corinthians 15:54-57


  • I’ve never met your mom, but I’m crying with you right now. Knowing that she is with Jesus still doesn’t make it easy for her to be gone. I’ll be praying for you.

  • Your mother was an absolute hero to the homeschooling world. She inspired thousands of families and spoke wisdom, strength, and love into so many lives. She has left a legacy. May your hearts be consoled by the Comforter.

    With Love and Prayers, Janell Rardon

  • I’m so very sorry to hear that. 🙁 I knew a girl that died on July 4th and was very upset about it. I pray that the Lord will give you strength to keep carrying on. You all have a great testimony to share, and maybe through her story, many lives will be saved. 🙂 The Lord is a God of many blessings. 🙂 I love yo guys. God Bless!! Your sister in Christ, Daisy

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  • May God be near to you and your family. I know the pain of losing a mother to cancer but God is good. Praying for you all!

  • Hey
    Sorry about your mom you guys she was very famouse around here and we send you all of our prayers and love. At least she is with our Father in heaven and He is taking VERY good Care of her until you all get to see her again.

    All of our love and prayers

    ~Alisa and the Family

  • My prayers are with you and your family. keep your faith and I know that God will continue to give your family strength. God bless,

  • I pray that the Lord will be your strength and comfort in this time of grief. I can only imagine how much she loved God and what an amazing woman that made her. As a mother, I am inspired that she mothered such godly children. God bless you all.

  • Dear Harris Family
    My prayers are with your family.
    Your mother was amazing to have raised such an awesome family. I can’t imagine how deep your grief must be. But please take comfort in knowing that she is at peace in a much, much better place.
    Laura Harriott

  • You are in the prayers of so many brothers and sisters all around the world right now… may God strengthen and sustain your family through this difficult time of saying goodbye to your dear mother.

    Here’s a verse that is special to me… isn’t it beautiful?

    “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I hope in Him!’ ~Lam. 3:22-23

    May God bless!

  • i felt sorry for your mother..
    my prayer is in you Harris family that God will surely give His comfort both of you guys..
    WOW to your mom,shes now with our GOD…nice!i’m sure she’s very happy now as God gave her a reward..of her faithfulness..
    just keep on going and inspiring us..
    love you guys…
    keep the faith, finish the race, see you at the finish line.

  • I pray the Lord Jesus will surround you with His comfort and peace during this difficult time. My grandmother passed away on July 2 and July 4th was when we had her funeral so it is always a time for remembering for me as well. It sounds like your mom was the type of Christian homeschooling mom I would have been honored to call a friend. We are in our third year of homeschooling and I just bought your book for my 14 year old son. He has started reading it and is on fire about what the Lord can do! Please continue your ministry to young people and to the world. May the Lord bless you richly for your willingness to serve.

  • Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, may perpetual light shine upon her, and may she rest in peace.

    I am praying for her soul, and for your family. May Christ comfort you all.

  • I am sorry for your loss. May Jesus give you the peace that surpasses all understanding. It’s amazing how you show you’re strenghtened through this difficult time. God bless you.

  • I am so greatful that see has gone to be with our Lord. I am very sorry to her she has past. I shall be praying for your family and you both. May the Lord continue to show you his wonderful mercy in this matter.

  • We have been praying for Sono, and for all of you. Sorry to hear of your loss, but rejoicing in the truth that you will see her again someday, and that she is safe and pain-free at the feet of Jesus.

  • I am so sorry. I fully believe that God will carry you through this time, but even me, someone who has never met your mother, it brought tears to my eyes to think how sad you must feel. Maybe your hard thing right now is to just….live. It’s certainly a hard thing to do when you lose someone so…wonderful and close to you. My prayers and my heart go out to you.

  • The pain you all must be in is incredible! I know it might not seem like much now, but just know that she truly is in a place of perfect happiness with the Father she loved so much. Losing my mom would be unthinkable — I can’t imagine what you guys are feeling. My heart goes out to you!

  • I heard about your mom on the girltalk blog….I am so sorry for you guys, I am praying for your whole family. She touched my life by touching all of yours!

  • I’m a Japanese homeschooling mom and took my son to Do Hard Thing conference last year. Your mother is my hero for raising wonderful children. When I want to give up homeschooling I think of her dedication to the Lord and family. I can hear Jesus say, “Well done, my faithful servant.” May the Lord comfort you at this difficult time.

  • Our whole family has been so blessed by your all and the many ministires you do. We were prvileged to witness your mother last September at the Rebelution conference as she spoke to others, giving God all the credit for the work you guys do for young people and their families. Though heart breaking as this brief parting may seem, how amazing to know that your mother is now resting at the feet of her Savior, with no more pain, no more tears. You have all been in our prayers since we first learned of her illness and we will continue to pray for you as you walk through this vale of sadness. Her pilgrimage is over, she is home! May the blessed Lord and loving Shepherd carry you all tenderly on His strong wings as you continue on now, looking toward the City of Lights.

    Grace and peace be with you all,

    Abby and Millie K.

    “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”

    Psalm chapter 116, verse 15

  • I am sorry to hear about your loss, our family and church will be praying for all of you. Thank you for your encouragement and sharing the hope we have in heaven.

  • Dear Alex, Brett, and the Harris Family,

    My (and my family’s) sincere condolences. I’ve only seen your family in person at Rebelution conferences, and your mother from afar, but from what I saw, and stories people told, she always struck me as a such a graceful, peaceful, poised, and loving woman, that I’ve looked up to her as an example of Biblical Womanhood.

    My heart grieves for the pain you all are going through, and rejoices for the saving knowledge that you know where your Mom is, and that she, as an individual, hasn’t died, but is now with Jesus.

    The updates you’ve given about your Mom’s condition have been such a beautiful example of grace in the midst of pain, and I thank God that he has supported you through this and enabled you to give such a graceful testimony to Him through everything.

    Praying for comfort, wisdom, and unity for your whole family during this process. God bless you.


  • Our hearts are broken at the news. One of my favorite memories will always be meeting her at the Do Hard Things conference in Indy- watching Sono as she bustled around setting up and taking down,her enjoyment as we had photos taken as ‘twin moms’, and her obvious delight in her wonderful children. It was an honor to have spent even that brief time with her and I look forward to seeing her bright smile meeting her again in heaven.
    Praying for all your aching hearts.

  • Keep on keeping on, men of God! Your testimony for our Lord shines in dark places and the enemy is scattered.

  • Just wanted ya’ll to know that your family is in my prayers. May the Lord comfort you, lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. As the years pass, may the pain of her death decrease and the sweetness of memories increase. Thank the the Lord that your mother set her heart on the eternal vs. the temporary blessings of the Lord!

    Matthew 6:19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;because where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

  • Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her…Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

  • I grieve with you in your loss. May the Lord multiply the seed your mom and your family have sown in a time when strong and godly families are desparately needed throughout our land. God bless you RICHLY in and because of the mighty impact you and your family have made in countless lives.

  • Alex and Bret,

    I too know what it is like to lose someone very close to you. My uncle died in a military plane exercise 9 years ago. He was a great friend, ally, and (for the most part, he loved to joke about everything) a good role model. God says to rejoice about the deaths of saved loved ones because you will see them in heaven and because they are happy now in the presence of the Lord. Take comfort from these next words. We are to look forward to the appearing of the Glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. Those who are dead will be raptured first, then those who are alive and remain will be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air.

    Your brother and ally,

  • Wow…I’m so sorry about this. You have such a good outlook on it. Thank you for your influence.
    Praying for you guys…

    ~Tori L.

  • I don’t really know you..hhmm, but I am deeply sorry for your loss, I will surely be praying for you all. Stay strong in God
    I was especially deeply touched by the lyrics that Joel made.So beautiful 🙂 I wish I can hear the lyrics with music in it, but the lyrics are soo beautiful..
    God bless you abundantly!
    -carol (from Indonesia)

  • The lyrics your brother Joel wrote are beautiful. The loss of someone close to me is something I have not yet experienced, but I can not even begin to imagine the sadness I would feel. Your beautiful mother is with our Father, in His Kingdom. There is no better place, and that is where eternity shall be spent.

  • I will be praying for your family! The song is so beautiful too. Thanks for sharing your lives with us! I know that your mom was a huge blessing through her homeschooling writing and speaking. God bless!

  • My deep condolences to your family. God bless your family and your mother deeply and may she rest well in God’s arms.

  • She’s in your future now – just ahead of you. I have always wanted to meet your mom. Thank you for bringing such honor to her life, and now to her memory!

  • when I read this I cried for you. I can’t even begin to imagine the loss. I will be praying for your family.

  • a lot of people can say “I know how you feel,” or “I’ll be praying for you,” but, in no way, can any of us, express in words, sorrow. Sorrow is a funny thing. It hurts the heart, yet, in a sense, it has a light-ness to it. A sense that, one day, you’ll get to see that special someone again, in the presence of one greater than all the sorrow and pain put together. I have no idea how much you guys are feelling, I can’t know it, but I can feel it. Losing someone close is tough, beyond a doubt. But she is up in heaven, looking down, and knows that Alex, Brett, you guys have great futures in front of you. She’ll get to see everything, your accomplishment, your dry times, your hightimes, and yet you’ll always know, that she’s waiting for you, saying “hey, don’t cry for me, this place is 100X better than anywhere on earth, and I can’t wait till I see you again.” God bless you guys, and thank you, Mrs. Harris, for allowing your sons, to change my life.

  • God bless you guys. I’ll be praying for you. My pastor’s son died about a year ago, and he did a series of sermons on heaven. One thing that stuck with us was when he said that when you die and go to heaven, you aren’t really dead, but “swallowed up by life.”
    Your mother left a legacy here on Earth, and now she is in God’s arms. Again, God bless you and be with you, and I pray peace and strength over you in Jesus’s name.

  • My heart aches for you Harris Family, I wish I could say that I know how you feel…but I can’t. Mrs. Harris is with the Lord, all pain is gone, and she is rejoicing in Jesus! God’s richest blessings on your family,

  • Alex, Brett, and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I lost my mother to cancer when I was eight, so I truly understand the grief and pain that comes from such a loss. I am also a walking testimony that God is SO faithful to heal and restore.

    Praise God that your beautiful mother is in glory!

    Blessings and prayers,


  • We are praying for you all’s family. there is a song that I believe will truly touch you guys and comfort you all through this hard and difficult time. it is called “Goodbye for Now” by Kathy Trocolli. Here are the lyrics.

    I can’t believe that you’re really gone now.
    Seems like it’s all just a dream
    How can it be that the world would go on
    When something has died within me
    Leaves will turn, my heart will burn
    With colors of you
    Snow will fall, but I’ll recall your warmth
    Summer wind, breathing in your memory
    I’ll miss you

    But there will be a time
    When I’ll see your face
    And I’ll hear your voice
    And there we will laugh again
    And there will come a day
    When I’ll hold you close
    No More tears to cry
    ‘Cause we’ll have forever
    But I’ll say Goodbye for now

    I can’t imagine my life without you
    You held a place all your own
    Just knowing you were beneath the same sky
    Oh what a joy I have known
    On rainy days, in many ways
    You’ll water my heart
    On starry nights I’ll glmipse the light
    of your smile
    Never far from my heart
    You’ll stay with me
    So I’ll wait…for now

    ‘Cause there will be a time
    When I’ll see your face
    And I’ll hear your voice
    And there we will laugh again
    And there will come a day
    When I’ll hold you close
    No More tears to cry
    ‘Cause we’ll have forever
    But I’ll say Goodbye for now
    We love you guys and may God bless and comfort yal’.

  • Brett and Alex~
    I’ll be praying for you guys and your family.
    I am sorry that you no longer have your mom with you, but praise the Lord that she is in Heaven and you will see her again!
    May God bless you!

  • Wow. Wow. All I can say is I’m praying for you guys and your familiy. My heart aches for your grief and pain and yet I rejoice with your mom because I know she is now in the fullness of joy.

  • Your mum has, by the grace of God, influenced so many people worldwide. Her faithfulness has touched me, through you – and you have no idea who I am. It is wonderful to think that I and so many others will one day get to meet her; that she has but gone ahead of us. I cannot say anything that someone has not already said, but be sure that I also am deeply sorry for the pain of separation that you must feel. May God comfort you as no other can.

  • Oh I am so sorry to hear that I’m terribly sorry for your loss! We will keep both of you in our prayers may the Lord be with you during this difficult time. Your mother was an amazing and beautiful woman:)

  • Your mama truly gave this world her greatest gifts, and that includes you, her children, as blessings upon us all. I hope her reward is great.

  • I’m sorry for your loss. I just read your first book and I was very moved by it. I looked up the website and shared it with my friends. My friends and family and I will be praying for you.

  • Sobbing as I read this. I feel for you guys so deeply, but have high hopes of meeting such a wonderful woman in heaven. Prayers for your entire family.

  • Sitting here taping our daily tv programs in India. Crying at the thought of your mother having to leave you. Yet, knowing that Jesus truly is the Resurrection and the Life. Our family has been blessed by you both holding to Jesus and living it out before our 7 children who are rebelutionaries with you. The Lord said to Moses, ‘This is the way…This is the way you will bless Aaron and his sons, …, The Lord bless you and watch, guard, and keep you; The Lord make His face to shine upon you and enlighten you and be gracious, kind, merciful and giving favor to you; the Lord lift up His approving countenance upon you and give you peace, tranquility of heart and life continually.”
    Numbers 6:22-26

  • Ooh… I am so very sorry to hear this. You are in my prayers for sure. I thank the Lord she’s with Him now and I thank God that one day soon, we’ll see her again in her beautiful, glorified body. I hope 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 will help comfort you all.

    Your sister in Christ

  • I am so sorry for your loss! I know though that she is in heaven right now and you will see her. I am praying for peace for you every day!

  • I am so sorry. I know that your mom was precious in your life because of the way you have talked about her. Even though I didn’t know her, I started crying when I read the song. I am so thankful she is in a better place, rejoicing with our savior.


  • I cant find this verse in the bible, but my preacher calls it one of the “Be Attitudes”
    “Blessed are the mourning, for they will be comforted”

    Even though I didn’t know her, the least I can do is give a few comforting words;
    I never knew my grandmother, but my dad always tells me that the time that we’ll spend togeather in Heaven can’t begin to compare to the time we’ve been on Earth, even if it’s 1,000 years

  • Oh, I am saddened to hear this! I’ll be praying for your family yet rejoicing for your mom.
    ~Lindsay, Psalm 23

  • Dear Brett and Alex,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I always find myself at a loss for words at times like this, but I want you both to know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.


  • As I have read the many tributes to your mother, such as Randy Alcorn’s, I find myself amazed by the power and grace of your mother’s life well lived. I met her only a few times and was struck by her inquisitive mind, her intensity of soul and her mightiness of spirit. We are praying for your whole family that you will continue in His strength as you both grieve her loss and celebrate her home going. We commit you all into His love and care.

  • May our God of “all comfort” (2 Cor. 1:3) continue to comfort you all in this time. Praise the Lord for the godly influence your mother left. Praise the Lord that she is with our Savior! Praise the Lord for the hope we have in Him.

    God bless,
    Brooke (Ps. 16:11).

  • My deepest condolences to you for the loss of your mother. I’m sure the 4th of July celebration of her “life well lived” was nothing compared to the rejoicing that went on at her homecoming party in Heaven. Peace

  • Oh, Alex and Brett and Harrises… I cannot imagine your sorrows now. Please be encouraged by our prayers. I am so glad that your mom had a heart for Jesus and chose the hard path of a sacrificial life – she has truly changed the world! I am glad that she is now with Jesus.

  • We are all with you in prayer during this time of your loss. Your mama was a wonderful lady and she has a wonderful legacy. Without a doubt she heard the words Well done my good and faithful servant! Love you all!

  • May Father give you the peace you need during this time. My heart grieves with you, and I pray that Father will use this to grow you all into deeper and stronger relationship with Him.
    In Christ,

  • i am sooo sorry guys. <3 You’re such amazing men of God, and i know you’ll get through this. Hang in there, i know its tough but you’ll get through. praying u both and the family 🙂

  • may God continue to bless and keep you guys and don’t forget to grieve cause i did when my uncle died three years ago. God knows you guys will be hurting so it is okay to cry………………..there is a quote i like but i don’t know the author it is: “life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain” that is what my family is still learning. you are in my prayers and my familys. and i know how much saying i am sorry doesn’t help but i am excited for your mom and pray for you guys for your loss. my church and my family are also praying for you guys. God bless you! and through Jesus we have hope!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Oh my! I am certainly praying for your family. I am not a stranger to loss, and thus I really don’t have many words. All I can say is this: let God hear your pain. Don’t keep it bottled up in a feeble attempt to hide it from Him. He needs to hear it–He WANTS to hear it.

  • I heard about the death of your mother a few days ago.
    So sorry you had to lose her but know that God is working his plan out in this and every situation in your lives.

    My prayers are with you and your family.

  • I’m so sorry about your loss. You and your family are one of your mother’s greatest accomplishments. I know she’s proud of everything that you guys have done and encouraged others to do. Don’t forget that it’s okay to grieve for her.

  • I just started reading your book with my 15 1/2 year old son, and came online to find your blog. I am so sorry for your loss. You are a wonderful family, and your Mother’s legacy lives on in you.

  • Oh man, I’m so grieved to hear about your Mom passing on! I’ll be praying for your family in this bittersweet time…. May Jesus wrap you’all in His love, and saturate you with His presence. May the Holy Spirit be your comforter.
    Peace to you Harris Family!

  • I am so, so sorry to hear about your Mother! She seemed like such a gentle, kind-hearted example of Christ. My prayers and heart go out to you two and your family. God is always present, but I know how difficult it can be to cling to his hopes and promises in great pain. I pray that, even in the moments of deep sadness, he will come close to you and remind you that he will never forsake you, and that he remembers your mother for the goodnesses she has done on this earth. She will receive the Crowns that we are promised. Our love is always with you, Brett and Alex, and all of your wonderful family. <3 <3

  • God bless you all. You’re mother seemed like a strong and brave woman and my thoughts go out to your family at this hard time. Know that she is in the arms of her father and I pray that he will bring you all peace and help you continue with the phoenomenal change that you are bringing to our generation <3

  • I’m so sorry for you and your family, but yet, I rejoice! I’m glad to know and say that she is now in heaven with our wonderful Father!

    May God bless your family always!!! 😀

    In Christ,


  • I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I kinda know how you must feel. I lost my dad 2 years ago in a car wreck. Its a hard thing to deal with, but God will help you through these hard times just like he helped me. I will be praying for y’all and your whole family!


  • I just learned about your mom, I will be praying for your family. I pray that God will draw your family close to Himself.It’s so hard to lose someone you love. My heart goes out to your family in this most difficult time.

  • I’m sorry to hear of your loss and I will be praying for you. In the pictures of your Mama, you can see happiness flowing out of her. I am glad to know that she is now home with her father and I hope that you will grieve with hope, for you know that you will be with her soon. It has been said that when a person dies it is like they are in a ship that has sailed passed the horizon, we can no longer see them, but they are there and we will see them again.Thank you for posting your beautiful song, it reminded me to treasure each moment that I get with my mum. May our Father bless and comfort you.

  • Dear guys,

    Thank you for telling us on the Rebelution on what has happened. I have prayed for you and will keep doing so. May God be with you today-


  • Praying for your family as you grieve the loss of her presence on this earth. What a legacy she leaves in the lives of her children and grandchildren! I can hear my God saying–“Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

  • What a late response this is, but I hope your family is holding close through it all. Apologizing for your loss is what I’m trying to express, but it doesn’t seem adequate. I’m sure she was very proud of you! What a wonderful mother she must have been. God bless you!

  • So sorry for your loss! Your mom was a beautiful lady! I had the pleasure of listening to her speak at the Christian Home Educators of Ohio conference several years ago and it was such a blessing. I loved just listening to her speak, she was gentle, funny, sweet and encouraging all while sharing the truth from God’s Word! Our loss but definatly her gain! Praying that the Lord will comfort each of you now and always.

  • hi, I was brought to ur site because i just started reading ur book “Do Hard Things”. I am truely sorry for ur loss, but rejoice with u for heavens gain. My family and church Family has experianced several deaths in the past 2-3 months and more seem soon to come….. The words to that song… could not help but be moved. Your mother must have been an alsome women of God. I guess she would have to be to raise young men like yourselves. I pray Comfert and blessing for you today

  • Hi, I just finished your book. I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother. She’s been a great role-model and helped my parents choose to home-school me and my siblings. God’s blessings.

  • My Uncle told me about your loss.
    You planned to stay with him in th Philipines but cancled.
    I am deeply sorry.
    May God be with you.

  • I am sorry you lost your mom on earth. I lost my mom a few years ago. While your mom is in a MUCH better place, I know that you will continue to miss her presence here in your life always. My heart weeps with yours, yet rejoices in our Savior!

  • The most amazing part is that Brett, Alex, Joel, and Josh didn’t even cry! They new that she was in heaven and that God has a purpose!! 🙁 It is so amazing how God works!!

  • Just adding my voice to the masses, praising God for your mom’s legacy and praying that He’ll continue to bear you up and fill you with peace and strength.

  • I am sorry for your family. But at least she is with the father now. I will keep you in my prayers! God Bless!

  • I’m so sorry to see that your mother has died. =( Was just randomly skimming, and yeah. My mom died quite a few months ago of cancer as well. My heart goes out to yall, may God heal your hearts and keep you from the weary path. God has truly blessed you with beautiful children and parents, keep in Him and He shall direct your paths. Keep pressing on -Bri

  • To the Harris family
    We are very sorry for your loss. We will pray that The Comforter will give you the comfort that only He can give in such a very difficult time.
    God bless you all!

  • I have just learned this terrible news. I’m so sorry, for all of you! My husband (and father of our 12 children) died 4 1/2 years ago. We know what you are going through and will be going through for quite a while. Nothing can be said to take it away, but God will comfort you, as He has us, DAILY. He will send friends, ministry, scripture, gifts, cards, and especially His own wonderful presence to help you through this valley.
    I’ll pray for your family. I’m so, so sorry! Love to all of you in Jesus, our King of Glory.

  • Dear Harris family,

    It has been ages since I last took a look at your blog, and now I have taken the time to do so. I am so so sorry to hear about your great loss! (Forgive me, but I didn’t even know that your mother/wife was sick like this….I should have known.) But I’m excited to realize that she is indeed now in glorious paradise; heaven…God’s home where all of those who have trusted Him as Lord and Savior will spend eternity in His glory. Just think what a precious time that will be when you all will be re-united with her! What a precious and beautiful song you wrote in memory of Mrs. Harris…it almost brought me to tears, and it made me think of my mother (who still is living) but when God chooses to call her home someday (as He will all of us) then I will probably remember mostly how she has been just like Mrs. Harris – pouring herself out to her family and spending so much valuable time with them.:)

    I will be praying for you all,
    Hannah B.

  • “Death is only the climax of the story of life.”


    I read the book Do Hard Things. It changed the way I looked at life. I didn’t realize how easily life oils be wasted.

  • I’m very very sorry for your loss, but I’m very glad that right now she is in Heaven with the Lord. Just last year I lost my Aunt’s mother,Kay, and I’m still worried that she might not be a Christian…=( I guess I’ll have to wait to find out til it’s my time to be with Him.

    Praying for your family,
    Brienne Jackson

  • Do not stay behind in grief. Your mom would want to see you both excel. Go make her and your Savior proud.

  • Dear Harris bros,
    I”m very sorry for the loss of your mother! I can’t even imagine what you are going through. But I do know that God is always with you guys; in the good and the bad times. Remeber that you guys will see her again sometime. Know that she is with the Lord. I will be praying for you guys!!!!

    In Christ,

    Ps Your song was amazing1 it tells a story of an awsome mother. It brought tears to my eyes. Again I’m sorry for you loss!!

  • i just read your book and wanted to check out your website so i did and saw tha your mom died im sorry. My father died last year 3 days after my mom birthday when i was at school on september14. it is hard at age 13 to go through this but God is helping me and i Know he will help u.

  • Your in my prayers. My deepest condolence. May God comfort you in this difficult time and may He fill you with the peace and reminder that she is home with her saviour. God bless you all.

  • I’m sorry for your loss. I just started reading your book a few weeks back and got interested in looking for the website. I didn’t know that you’re going through something difficult. I know the feeling, I lost my grandfather to cancer as well a couple of years ago and it was one of the hardest things that happened to me. But I know it made me stronger and I’m sure this will make you stronger as well.

  • The words of Joel’s song brought me to tears as I read them. I had the privelage of meeting both of you at the conference in Nashville, TN just yesterday. I have grown up in a loving Christian home and have been a beleiver for 6 years now, but Do Hard Things has changed my life. I was amazed by not only your love for Christ and the work that he is doing through you both but also by the love you have for your family. Thank you for pressing on and doing hard things. My family has been praying for you guys and your family as you go through this tough time. I cried yesterday as 83 people came to Christ at the conference right before my eyes. May God give you peace and comfort during this time. God Bless You.

  • Alex and Brett,

    I’m so very sorry for your loss! I understand what you’re going through and I know that it’s hard and a difficult time. But through God’s comfort and strength you will get by. I pray that God would continue to overflow your family with peace, comfort and strength. But it’s so comforting to know that all of you have put your trust in God and that you trusted that he had a plan! I’m so glad that you were able to love on your mom and serve her the last few months you were with her. That is just so amazing.. I would have given anything to have that time to tell my mom that I loved her and how much she meant to me. Even though I didn’t know your mom personally, I see a lot of my mom in her. I’m so happy for your mom and I know that she is so proud of you guys! What you guys are doing for the Lord is AMAZING! I’m completely blown away with what God has done for His ministry and what he has done in both of your lives and your families! As my mom would say, “PRAISE THE LORD!” 🙂

    At the conference in Nashville, you guys really encouraged and inspired me to Do Hard Things.. and ever since then I’ve been seeking God with ALL OF MY HEART. Oh, and the teaching that your older brother Josh gave was INCREDIBLE..thank you guys so much for your encouragement. My family and I will be praying for you guys!

    In Christ,
    Calah Robinson

  • I went to private school its wasnt that much different from public.I have trouble following God. Im only 12 going on 13 soon and am in the middle of reading Do Hard things.I love the Lord so much but going through struggles with little sisters(foster Care) and God is definetley changing my life with that but I couldn’t have chosen a better time to read Do Hard Things.

  • Salut Alex et Brett,

    Je suis de Toulouse, dans le sud de la France. Je viens d’apprendre le décès de votre Maman. Je suis vraiment triste de l’apprendre. J’imagine un peu, parce que j’aime beaucoup ma Maman. Mais en écrivant ces mots, je prie le Seigneur que mon message ne soit pas un moyen de vous faire de la peine. Mais au contraire, pour vous dire que nous vous aimons, et que votre engagement à accepter ce que Dieu voulait faire au travers de vous a du grand prix à nos yeux ici. Vous êtes précieux. Je pense humblement qu’avec le départ de Sono, il y a un challenge qui se rajoute: être les hommes qu’elle a rêvé que vous soyiez, selon ce que l’Eternel avait mis dans son coeur et dans ses yeux pour ses fils.

    La Rebellution en Marche !!!!

    Gloire à l’Eternel ! Gloire et Honneur !

  • I cannot imagine losing your mother. Her children are a testimony of her life well lived for the Lord. We will certainly be keeping you in our prayers, though I am months late finding out about this, I know it is still difficult for sure.
    It is an eye-opener about how much you love someone when you realize they are gone…at least for the moment! But how glorious the day will be when we see them again!! Thank-you all for your encouraging way that you are handling yourselves during a hard time.
    <3 Tiffany Miller

  • I’m so sorry about your lost. A few people in my family have died while I’m alive, but most of them I don’t remeber. I didn’t even get to meet my dad’s dad. I know how you fell and I’m sorry

  • I’m sorry for your lost. I am encouraged of what you have wrote. I will pray for you and I know that our God will give you the power to do great things in future because HE is “strong enough to save”.

    “Be strong in the LORD!”

  • What a lovely woman your Mother is. I am so sorry for your loss. I am amazed at what a testament you boys are to her. I pray that I may be to my son what your Mother is to you.


  • I am so sorry.
    my friend’s mom is battling with cancer right now.
    you are doing a wonderful thing by your testimony.
    thanks so much for this site.
    I am praying for you.


  • My heart goes out to your family, I lost my mom 2 years ago and she most likely entered into eternity with out Jesus. Sometimes the thought is unbearable. Praise God one day you will see her again. Romans 8:28 is the verse our Lord gave me at her passing. Prayerful it will minister to your hearts as well.

  • Aww this is gunna make me cry! 🙁 i lost my grandmother to cancer. It must have been so hard! I’m so sorry! i wish there was something i could do!

    “Ye, tho i walk through the vally of the shadow of Death I will fear no Evil. You are with me. Your Rod and Staff protect and comfort me.” Psalm 23. Never give up Harris family! God is with you! I will keep you in my prayers. God bless you! -Kia

  • i’m so sorry.. Philippians 1:21
    “To live is for Christ, and to die is gain”

    ..amen, indeed, in Christ we shall never die, it may be hard because it will take years before we could finally meet them once more, but in Christ’s Resurrection we have HOPE…

  • Alex and Brett, your mother sounded amazing. I’m so sorry! I can’t imagine what you’re going through, but I want to remind you that she is now safe in the arms of God, where there is no sorrow or pain.

    Brett, when a friend told me about your mom, I couldn’t believe that you still came to speak at Momentum, but I’m glad you did! I’ll never forget one thing you said, “Every attempt, even a failed one, builds muscle.” It reminds me that what I go through in this life has a purpose that will make me stronger.

  • Hey, so sorry that your mom died. Your mom must have been a really sweet lady. It helped, after my grandpa died, to remember that he was home, where every chrisitans home is. I’ll pray for you.

  • i’m so sorry to hear that you guys will definitly be in my prayers. I know what it’s like to lose a loved one the pain is there for that second but the memories with her last a life time!

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  • 1 am pray1ng for you, hard. My fr1ends lost the1r mother 2 years ago to cancer, 1t was a very hard t1me for them, as 1 am sure 1t 1s for you. 1 am sure she 1s up there 1n heaven hav1ng a fun t1me and look1ng down at you.

    Sorry about all the ‘1’s one of the letters on my keyboard 1sn’t work1ng so 1 have to use the ‘1’.

  • I know I am a little late… Fourth of July is also a hard holiday for me. In March of 2005 my grandpa, whom I was very close to, got sick and found out he had colon cancer. He passed away on the Fourth of July that year. The Lord took him quick, he needed to go home. Every year the Fourth is bitter sweet for my whole family, my grandma is now struggling with breast cancer and it is somewhat painful for my mom and I to see her go through this with out my grandpa. But, God is good, he does everything for a reason. As Christians we can know for sure that our loved ones, who have trusted in Christ, will be in Heaven perfectly healed praising the Lord! My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family.

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