Dearest Sisters in the Lord,
Grace, Peace and Joy to you. I hope this note finds you well. I imagine you sitting down with a cup of coffee or tea and reading this letter. I am so excited to have a few moments with you to encourage you.
When I was young, I was so excited about life. I always believed the best in people, always had a smile on my face, and was full of hope for the future. I don’t know where each of you are at, but I do know one thing. We ALL are going to face something. No one forewarned me that life would have many seasons, many ups and downs, trials, pain and struggle, mixed in with amazing, only- through- God I’m alive, moments. Honestly, I didn’t handle this truth well for a long time. I didn’t know how, or that it was normal. My plan was to be the perfect Wife – FAIL. Perfect Mom – FAIL. Wealthy, Healthy – FAIL, FAIL. For every “I would never” ~ I probably have.
What have I learned: We have a GREAT BIG GOD who is our all. He IS Perfect, and that is enough. Life may or may never turn out the way you plan, envision, dream or desire. That’s okay! I would never be the strong, reliant, wise person that I am continually growing into today without all the struggles. I have learned to not ask “Why” anymore when things happen that are out of my control, but to ask “What can I do” in the moment. Going through trials will enable you to have more compassion and understanding for others. It opens doors to talk to people, in places you may never have gone to. It stretches your faith and trust in God. It enables God to show you and use you to His glory. Life will become so much richer because of what you face.
I have a dear friend who has a brain injury. She amazes me, because every day, she sits before the Lord, praying for others. Was it her plan? Not at all. Tough on her family, you bet. I have another friend who is allergic to most food, and deals with depression, yet, every day, she tends to her family with a smile on her face. Does she get tired, and weary…of course. One of my other dear friends husband has MS and a Mom who is ill. She works every day, and makes the best of her life, against all they face. Did she know this would be “for richer, or poorer, in sickness and health” would require? I doubt it.
I share these stories to let you know you are in good company. Everyone faces something, but they don’t have to face it alone or without help. I am so grateful for my life now. I feel blessed to be counted worthy to face adversity and for all the growth. I am so thankful for all the prayers, love and support.
God has always shown up.
So go ahead, give yourself permission to Love yourself and those around you, in spite of your/their shortcomings. Laugh in the face of your future. Get up daily with Hope in God. Be strong, Be intentional. Rest. Cry. Pray. Steal away and spend time with God. Hang on to the promises in the Word and speak life over your life. He promises to go before you and prepare the way. He knows what we need and when. He has you in the palm of His hand.
You are BEAUTIFUL and you got this!
I Love You,
Thank you, Lisa!!
Lisa is a regular writer for the Authentic Grace blog. She speaks such truth from her heart as she lets her Father speak to her. Lisa is a wife and mother of 8 beautiful children and is a priceless member of the Grace Chapel family.