My story is my story. All of it. The good, the bad & the ugly. Remember when I told you my vision statement for this year is:
I AM A WOMAN OF VISION, GRIT & LOVE
I've been given the chance to build grit this week! I was blessed to be healthy & do what I needed to do last Sat & Sun & LITERALLY, when our last guest left Sunday night, my body crashed. Hard.
I've been in bed alllll week- deliriously sick. Bronchitis. Ugh. One of my challenges these past 6+ years has been health.
We all have ugliness in our stories, but guess what? It's part of our stories. Now, I do not believe this gives us license to be negative & murmur--- that doesn't help anyone or anything. (We can always find a silver-lining. )But I do believe we can share our stories to strengthen others! As I've been in bed- (and after 5 days of being really out of it) I'm finally able to pick up my phone & read. I opened up the PDF version of my Great grandma's personal history & guess what I read? How illness was something that she, her mother & grandmother all experienced--- in bed & even sick for YEARS! Yet, her whole personal history is filled with HER joy, cheer & hope in Christ that she learned from her mother & grandmother.
I'm learning that instead of beating myself up & questioning- Did I do too much? Instead: I ask God if what I've done is acceptable. And He answers. Then comes the peace. So, I lay here, reading, pondering & feeling so grateful
to slow down & find JOY, cheer & HOPE in Christ. He suffered. He knows my pains. He is with me. He will strengthen me---just like the amazing, strong, stalwart women who came before me.
P. S. Happy Valentine's Day- I missed you all!