This is one of the sweetest souls I have ever met. She blessed my heart today when she hugged me, kissed me, told me I was a very, very good woman...and assured me she would visit my house one day soon! I am amazingly blessed...by someone who has lost more than I can fathom. Watching God write this story!
We live in an amazing place and time right now. God is sending the nations to us right here in the USA! Look around you. Strangers among you?! Chances are - especially if you live near a big city - there are refugees from all around the world. How do you think God want YOU to welcome them?!
Hebrews 13:2 gives ya a hint!
"Be sure to welcome strangers into your home. By doing this, some people have welcomed angels as guests, without even knowing it."
This is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE books. It was a real life-saver at a time when I found myself DANGEROUSLY overloaded by life choices. (Did you even know you could get to that point?! I didn't. Especially since I was a full-time stay-at-home mom and doing "good" things.) Yes, I had come to a point where my mental and physical health were screaming at me to slam on the brakes and make some hard changes.
I believe you can get this book at MOST libraries or even buy it for next to nothing on Amazon! I love the idea of a slower, better November...leading into what does NOT have to be a hectoc holiday season.
I am serious when I confess to you that I was a COMPLETE mess when I stumbled on this lil Godsend of a book in my local library. (It is literally a SMALL book!) I sat in the backyard and read a chapter a day. It was what helped me believe I would not TRULY drown in my current circumstances. I knew I had to make changes. Linda Andersen's healing words helped me find peace, forgiveness and courage - that and the AMAZING, I-will-never-forget-it blessing of Jill Hayward's friendship. (Wanna make a difference in someone's life? Don't back out when their life gets messy.)
I grabbed this skirt and plain black t-shirt to wear the other day...and then I almost didn't. They are lucky to have made the trip all the way to Georgia. In fact, I almost ditched them two moves ago. They were literally in a box going to the Goodwill. I walked past them several times, then caved and pulled them out - not sure I would actually ever BRAVE wearing them again.
Don't get me wrong. They fit. Honestly, they are incredibly comfortable. Maybe THAT is why I grabbed them on that crazy morning in July 2013. This is what I wore on the day of Pete's outpatient sinus surgery. And this is what I was wearing 48 hours later - the outfit I slept in curled up in a chair in ICU room. This is what I was wearing when I looked in the mirror in a hospital ladies' room, glad I was all alone so I could finally cry my eyes out. The same thing I was wearing when I sat in our driveway and completely broke down - realizing I was about to walk in to tell my kids what ALMOST happened - when I could have been facing the unimaginably daunting task of telling them their dad was gone (for now). These are the clothes I dropped on the bathroom floor when I was finally able to shower, hoping that, if I stood there long enough, the hot water might somehow wash away at least PART of the bizarre reality of what had happened.
I started to HATE seeing this outfit. But then something occurred to me: I could wear this outfit and be THANKFUL because it represents the day(s) God chose to leave a wonderful husband here on earth with me. And, hopefully, this reminder to be appreciative would also serve to encourage me to make the best of each day He has given us since.
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