Sunday, July 8, 2012

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Today was all about having our garage sale, spending time with family, sitting in the sunshine and waiting for customers to come and hopefully, take our stuff home with them, to be their treasures. It feels so good to clean up and clear out, doesn't it? I think I could have a garage sale every year, just to have an excuse to sort through everything!

After the sale, our backyard was filled with family and friends, eating hamburgers and then later, toasting marshmallows for s'mores. The kids played hard, running around barefoot while stepping on an occasional dropped chunk of watermelon. Living outside on a summer evening really seems like the best use of our time. These long days go by so quickly and I feel like we really need to enjoy them before we go back to sweater and soup weather.
Bedtime came a little later than normal and the kids fell asleep quickly. Playing so hard all day wore us all out and I was ready to put away the rest of the garage sale remnants. Getting things back in order was done quickly as I was so ready to sit down with my love. We decided to grab the monitors and head back outside to enjoy the starry evening, while sitting next to the fire.
 Later I popped onto facebook and read an update about a lady in my town who's battling a very rare form of cancer. She's a mom-just 10 years older than I am and she has 3 children. The doctor's have now given her about a month or two before she succumbs to that horrible disease and hospice has been out to talk with them. As I read the update about this woman, my heart just broke and I cried and then I cried some more. She has kids, a husband and tons of people that love her. And you know what's amazing? Even through these difficult times, where she's facing things that I can't even imagine....she's still sharing her faith and shining bright, as a warrior and an amazing woman!

Life is complicated and a lot of circumstances are beyond our understanding. But even more so, life is beautiful. I'm glad that God made us people that can feel things. We are not numb and we weren't created to be numb. There is beauty all around us and we were designed to enjoy it. Also, there is heart ache and circumstances that seem unfair and we were designed to recognize those situations and try to help out where we can.

Do me a favor and please say a prayer for that sweet Momma and her family. Pray for a miracle and pray for strength for her and her family.

Ephesians 3:20
 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
Angela

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