So, it’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged. 9 days to be exact. That wasn’t my plan, but life came at me hard. (I say that a lot I think…) Each time I would begin to write, the inspiration would leave me. You should see all of the drafts I have over the past week! It’s crazy! And frustrating.
This past Monday was one of the best days of my life. I say that with the utmost respect and seriousness that I have within me. It was a day that changed my life forever and I don’t think I could ever fully express it. Here is what I wrote after my meeting with a beautiful 13 year old girl who I have become friends with recently. We have a lot in common. I’ve written about her before very briefly. We were supposed to meet a few weeks ago, but it didn’t work out. Her amazing mom drove her to Charlotte on Monday. We connected after I wrote my devotion, Stained and Ruined, about being sexually abused. Read below:
I’m not sure I’ve ever had such a time that I knew beyond anything that this was a divine appointment for me, ******, and her mom. I could go on and on at how God led and directed my words, how this sweet child opened up and how brave she is but also how fragile she is. We laughed. We cried. There were so many crazy “coincidences”…like the judge in her case where she testified against the man who sexually abused her..The judge’s name was Melissa Taylor. Can you believe that? The story of her father is very similar to mine. We like the same music. We both love Jesus. And now this sweet child has a little more hope in her life. There was also a man on the jury who had long brown hair. She said he looked like Jesus. And that brought her comfort. When the trial was over “Jesus” mouthed to her, “You are going to be ok.” Jesus on the jury and Melissa Taylor as judge! How cool is that! Another coincidence, my daughter’s good friend is her mom’s God Daughter!!! How does something like that happen??? I am blown away!!
She gave me a card. On it she wrote: “you show me that there is hope in life and I thank God for putting you in my life every day.” These words meant more to me than any spoken in all of 2009. Could this sweet child possibly know that she gives me hope? I had a box of personalized Bible verses I gave to her. When I gave her the Scripture box with the personalized verses, her mother broke down crying (a good cry). I opened a few of them and read them to her. I imagine Jesus will continue to speak life into her through those verses and the His Princess book I gave her. She is amazing, but I tell you what…her mother, what an amazing mom. She’s a fighter, Prayer Warrior, and she loves with action. She drove 2 hours to get here, spent 3 hours here and then drove 2 hours to get home. All of this came from a devotion. All this came out of a terrible experience for me and God redeemed it 100%. He said He would redeem that time for me and He did. I am thankful for what happened to me so that I could help bring hope to my new 13 yr old friend. I’ve never been able to actually thank God for what happened to me until now.
As for me, I feel like there has been a sweet validation in this horrific chapter of my life. Looking into her eyes in a way was like looking into my own eyes and being able to tell myself it was going to be okay. Y’all it was huge for me. I think that ******, her mom and I will continue our friendship for a long time. They were thanking me, I was thanking them, we were all thanking Jesus. I love them and I’m so grateful for their strength and bravery.
Isn’t that just amazing??? That, my friends, is the power of Jesus!
I finished up my work today at the Proverbs 31 office. I won’t be back there until December 29th. Today, I baked cookies and treats with Hayley Grace and 2 of our best friends, Sydney and Donna. Tomorrow we will sleep in (very late I hope) and then attend our church’s “Uptown Christmas Worship Experience”. I cannot wait! After that we will visit Jeff’s parents’ house for egg nog and the annual shaking but not opening of the presents. Then we come home. We’ll put on our jammies, read the Christmas story from the Bible, read “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, and the kids will watch Mary Poppins. WHAT??? Yes, that’s right, Mary Poppins. What can I say? It’s a tradition!
Christmas Day for us is full of love, family, music, food, and yes a few presents. Most of all, Christmas Day is the day we celebrate the most important birthday of the year. Sweet Jesus, Happy Birthday!!!!
Hopefully, I’ll be back the day after Christmas to let y’all know how our Christmas was. For sure I’ll be back a few days after Christmas…I have a devo running on the P31 site and I’m giving away a book! (stay tuned for that), But until then I hope you and those you spend your time with have a fabulous Christmas together! Most of all, I pray you celebrate Jesus. Whether Christmas is happy or sad for you, we all can do that.
Thanks so much for your support and love. And thank you for taking the time to read this.
And to my sweet beautiful 13 yr old friend, if you are reading this, you know who you are. You rock sweet sista! And so does your mom! I love you both more than you know! You are my inspiration.
Christmas Eve Blessings Y’all,