YEAR IN REVIEW: Beloved Devotional Author, Mom of 'War Room' Actress Dies Suddenly

Wynter Pitts
Wynter Pitts (Alena Pitts/Instagram)

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This article was published July 25th.

Author Wynter Pitts died suddenly Tuesday night, much to the shock of her family.

"On July 24, 2018 Jesus took my precious mommy off this earth," writes her daughter Alena Pitts. Alena played Danielle Jordan in War Room. Fellow War Room actress and Pitts' cousin says Pitts was 38.

Alena's post continues:

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It happened within a couple hours and was so sudden. My heart hurts like never before. Comfort seems far. Anxiety is extremely present. It still feels like a dream that I will wake up from soon. I will remember those thirty minutes for the rest of my life. And I will remember the pain I felt as I found out. But the surgeon who was on site who is also a family friend repeated this phrase to me as I walked down that hospital hallway. And for some reason I couldn't forget them. As they told me my mom had passed, these words continued and still continue to pound in my head. "I'm gonna tell you something I need you never to forget, ok? You serve a big God. A big God. Don't you ever forget that." I serve a big God. Obstacles will be thrown at me but my God is still there. He knows what he's doing and he's got a plan. I say this not by sheer will but through faith. In the moment, his plan may seem outrageous and I may not understand. I continue to ask myself why me. Why did He choose my family? But I'm reminded He's in control. So even as I weep and grieve, I can smile with joy because I'll see her again. Even now she's been throwing little winks at me. Please be praying for my family as my three younger sisters and I have lost our mommy and my dad has lost his best friend.

Pitts wrote several devotionals, including For Girls Like You, You're God's Girl and more. She also founded For Girls Like You magazine.

"Last night, Wynter was taken from us suddenly but we know that she was only taken into the hands of the God that she loves with her whole heart," says her husband, Jonathan Pitts. "Though we grieve, we are doing so with hope. And though we hurt, her life and her legacy will continue on through each one of us, especially my four daughters. Thank you for your prayers, specifically for them."

Pitts was friends with actress Candace Cameron Bure, who responded to the death on social media.

"I'm saddened beyond words to hear of the sudden passing of my friend Wynter Pitts. She was a kind, loving and strong woman of God and while I can trust that she is walking streets of Gold in Heaven and sitting at the feet of Jesus, my heart grieves for taking such a faithful and incredible example of a Godly woman, mother and wife and friend. I'm so grateful for the time we spent together last month when she was in town visiting. I'm heart is hurting so much and I'm praying for her husband Jonathan and their four daughters Alena, Kaitlyn, Cameron and Olivia. @forgirlslikeyou @alenapitts #sheisyours," Bure posted to Instagram.

Pitts is the niece of Tony Evans.

In his Instagram post, the evangelist wrote:

Please pray for our family. My niece Wynter Pitts @forgirlslikeyou unexpectedly passed away last night. A beautiful mother of four girls and a devoted wife, Wynter loved her family with a deep commitment. Her ministry to her family paved the way for her to encourage girls to follow God with their whole heart and for their parents to do the same. Wynter was bright, loyal, generous, diligent, and simply a delight. A treasured part of our family. While I will miss her terribly and am heartbroken at the sudden loss of her life here on earth, I am encouraged to know that "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." (2 Cor 5:8). Please keep her husband Jonathan, her four young daughters, and our entire family in your prayers.

Further details about Pitts' death were not immediately available. The family asks for prayers during this time.

. Arrangements for Wynter Pitts: . Saturday, July 28th, 2018 . Viewing - 4:00 p.m. Funeral - 5:00 p.m. The Oaks Church - Main Sanctuary 777 S. Interstate 35 East Service Rd. Red Oak, TX 76154 . **Childcare will be provided for children 3 and under.** . • • • Ways you can help: . 1. Pray for Jonathan and the family. . 2. In lieu of flowers, make a donation in support of the family (link in bio) . 3. Send cards of encouragement for Jonathan Pitts and family to: 445 E FM 1382 Suite 3-324, Cedar Hill, TX 75104 . Thank you for loving our family. . • • • From Jonathan: . Words cannot express the love my family has felt since last night. We are heartbroken and in much pain, but we rest in the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. You can never know for sure if you are young or old because you don't know when the Lord will call you home. So if Wynter's life and sudden passing teaches you anything, learn to live every day in light of that fact. God is a good father. He did not stop loving Wynter when she left this earth. His love only got more real to her. I find solace in that fact. . Wynter lived a fuller life than most people live in double her 38 years. Well done, babe. Well done. . I celebrate you babe for an extraordinary life of giving to your children, me, and a world in need of hope. . I love you and I always will. Your children will spend every day rising up and calling you blessed. You have left an incredible legacy. . I love you Beasy.

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