Happy Friday friends! ❤️ Here’s hoping you have more Ta-das thank To-dos today!
Compassionate. Kind. Resilient. Witty. Fierce. Loving. Loyal. Wicked smart. Servant hearted. Precious. Just a few words to describe some of my favorite friends. What a fabulous time we had at The Elizabeth House banquet tonight! ❤️
Happy #mememonday friends! ☺️
I can’t help but tear up as I look at this picture from exactly FIVE years ago tonight but probably not for the reasons you’d think I would. The girl in this picture was preparing for brain surgery & she was terrified. Utterly and completely TERRIFIED. This pic was taken after I’d had a break down in the exam room when the nurse placed these MRI stickers on my face & then drew around them with a purple sharpie. This was around 11am & I had to wear those stickers until surgery the following day. I had been so focused on preparation & this was the moment that I realized it (brain surgery) really was going to happen & I lost it. I wish I could reassure that poor terrified girl that although it wasn’t going to be fun or painless (& sometimes it was going to really suck) it would all be ok & that that stinky brain tumor was actually a tremendous blessing. God taught me so many lessons during that trial in my life and brought so many blessings from it. As my husband left for a business trip this afternoon I couldn’t help but think of the BIGGEST one of those blessings. What most people don’t know is that my sweet husband suffered from severe anxiety for almost 10 years. Anxiety so severe that it had basically made him a prisoner in our town. He literally couldn’t leave town without going into a full blown anxiety attack & hadn’t left town in over 5 years. I prayed and prayed and prayed for that anxiety to leave him. I begged God & honestly over the years I grew weary. Long story short...right before my surgery he tried a new anxiety medicine which worked perfectly & he now travels freely, easily and often! As I kissed him goodbye this afternoon I teared up thinking about how thankful I am & how faithful God is. Had it been a minor surgery he wouldn’t have tried a new medicine. God knew it would take something dramatic and traumatic to spur him to try one. So for that reason alone I am thankful for that stupid brain tumor. And if you’ve been praying for something for years sweet friend, don’t give up. Keep praying. Keep trusting. Hold on Sometimes God’s answer isn’t “no”, sometimes it is “not yet”. God is good even when circumstances are not. 🙌🏼
In case you need a reminder today....❤️ (Super cute image by the Uber talented @emdashpaperco - check out her awesome cards!)
It’s easy to feel invisible in this world. To compare ourselves with others and find us lacking.To feel like the important people in your life don’t see you or your needs or if they do see them, don’t care even a bit about them. We all want desperately to be valued, to be loved, to be noticed, to be understood, to be seen. The problem is that when we feel that way (and we ALL feel that way sometimes)- we tend to look around, instead of up. We look for a savior in other people, in other things, in other places, in anything and everything. When we look to a friend, a spouse, a child, a job, a bank account, social media- we will always, always, ALWAYS come up lacking. Jeremiah 12:3 says: “Yet you know me, Lord; you see me and test my thoughts about you.” NIV When we feel that we are invisible, the good news is that we are seen by God. God doesn’t take His eyes off of us. Ever. He doesn’t miss a single thing that we say, that we do, that we think. He cares about every single thought in our heads and every single care in our hearts. There is NO substitute for Jesus. If you feel invisible today (or any day), please remember: -You, sweet friend, are known. -God never stops thinking of you. -He even paints reminders in the sky of His promises to you. -You, sweet friend, are seen. -You did nothing to earn His favor but you have it. -He sees every single ache, every single wound, and every emotion you have. -He sees your pain and wants to hold you through it. -You, sweet friend, are loved completely by the God who created you. -If God calls out every single star by name, how much more must He know and love you? -He knows you perfectly because you are made in His image. -He knows every single strand of hair on your head. Every single one. -He loves you so much that He died for you. -You, sweet friend, are safe with God. -There’s not a tear you shed that He doesn’t know about. -His love is the one thing that will never change. Ever. My prayer today is that when we feel lost and broken and invisible, that we look up to Jesus and no where else. That we are reminded that we are always and forever His child and can rest in His mighty hands.
Happy #mememonday! ☺️
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Happy #mememonday ☺️