Jul 30, 2014

The Strong One....

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"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain" Hebrews 6:19

When bad news comes, it feels like someone punches you in the stomach. You are totally in your own world, doing your thing, and then BAM, news comes out of the blue that rocks your quiet little world.

This happened on Monday.

My precious friend Kim was diagnosed with breast cancer.

I cannot even believe that I just typed that sentence. It doesn't seem real or possible.

When you get this kind of news your body and mind go into a state of shock. Like, you hear it, but it doesn't quite sink in for a few hours.

It sunk in last night. With another punch in the stomach.

I was driving home from my mom's house. I was finally alone with my thoughts. My daughter had fallen asleep in the seat beside me, so I was safe to pray out loud and shed some tears.

I prayed. I cried. I prayed. I cried some more.

Here's the thing. I know Kim will be okay. I just know she will.

Kim is a fighter. Kim is strong.

The part that makes me sad is just knowing the journey ahead. A part of me feels selfish for feeling so sad. This isn't about me. This is about me being strong for my friend. Yet, it's hard.

Kim is the strong one. 

She always has been.

Kim is the rock.

She always has been.

Kim is the big sister in our relationship.

Kim has always protected me like a big sister.

Kim has always given me the advice, the comfort, the words of wisdom.

Kim is the strong one.

My mind keeps going back to something she did for me about 6 years ago.

Lem, Joseph, and I had the stomach flu. Nasty, nasty stuff.

Presley, who was 3 at the time, was the only one not sick.

Kim called me and told me to pack Presley a bag. She was on her way over to pick Presley up and keep her for the weekend.

Who does this?????

Kim does.

Presley could have been sick too. She could have gotten Kim's whole family sick. I mean, you don't mess around with the stomach flu.

Kim didn't care. She came to my front door, grabbed Presley, and left.

I will never, ever forget that day.

Kim is the strong one. 

Kim loves and she loves hard. What a gift it is to be on the receiving end of her love.

Kim's trust and faith are in her Heavenly Father. Kim will not waiver.

Kim is strong, because she knows where her strength lies.

"The Joy of the Lord is my Strength" Nehemiah 8:10

Celebrating Kim's birthday last October!
From left: Scarlet, Shelly, Kim, and me. 

Will you pray for our Kim today?

Thank you so much.

Don't panic I am with you.
There's no need to fear
for I am your GOD!
I'll give you strength,
I'll help you,
I'll hold you steady,
I'll keep a firm grip on you!
Isaiah 41:10

finding my strength,


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