This post is gonna be short and sweet today. I have a big work day ahead, and that means my hair needs to be on point so I can go into it with at least one thing going for me LOL! So no messy bun for me today!
That said, this post is dedicated to the women in life, my friends. I am sitting here at this desk and names are just coming up of women I know battling all kinds of things and pressing forward. Dear brave friend, you know who you are. You’re the one staring sickness in the face and rising above it in prayer and in humility and in hope. You’re the one battling addiction and feeling defeated yet getting up day after day saying, “I love you, God.” You’re the one battling an eating disorder and being willing to be honest and ask God for strength for change. You’re the one just feeling beat down by life and finances and believing God for miracles and giving even though you have nothing. You’re the one who battles a crippling disease that keeps you in bed most days but even then you text others to see how they’re doing. You’re the one that is full of insecurities yet you push past them to show up and lead the way for others to see Jesus. You’re the one who’s husband broke your heart yet you still tend to the needs of your family and get up and give “one more day” and then “one more day” and so on. You’re the ones who battled all kinds of things each Sunday to show me how to get up and sing to God for real. You’re the one who battled cancer that took your hair and taste buds for a time and let me be there during the process and have lunch with you after your appointments. You’re the one, despite your own disappointments, shows me how to laugh and persevere in the middle of a work day that can suck the life out of you. You’re the one who thinks you have nothing to offer, but you offer yourself anyway and you don’t even know how important your love is. You’re the one who laughs with me even though life has given you so much to shed many more tears. You’re the one who pushes past business and life and comes over mid-week to recap life and sing songs. And finally you’re the one who got beat up by people that call themselves “Christian” – you didn’t give up, but instead rose up to lead an army of women to take up arms in God’s army (you know who you are) and encourage people from all walks of life to get real and get healthy.
This morning as I sit here and type (with tears running down my cheeks) I realize I am blessed beyond what I deserve. You’ve been God’s hands and feet and heart in my life during crucial, game-changer moments and I want to take a moment to say, “Thank you, a million times over, for being on this journey. You are braver then you could ever imagine. I love you and thank God for you!”
Proverbs 17:17 & Proverbs 27:17
With all my heart,