Sometimes your next step forward comes through a major life change. Something big and jolting takes place then you are forced to make a step of transition.
Sometimes the next step forward comes as a result of a gentle nudge from someone who cares. that friendly nudge arrived in my email yesterday from Becky, "Just want you to know someone out here is missing your blog."
That one sentence from just one friend was the encouragement I needed to get back in gear and make a post happen. Today!
This picture was taken just about two hours ago. Frank has had health issues since the first of the year and today should be the final procedure moving him back to full health. Can you see the smile behind our masks?
We are grateful for nurses and doctors who are incredibly knowledgeable. But on a day like this, we’re also thankful for those who remember that their workplace is intimidating, cold, overwhelming and downright frightening for the rest of us.
Gloria, Kelly, Stephanie and Dr. Brown filled the bill beautifully for us this morning. Patiently answering questions, meeting needs, anticipating requests and offering genuine kindness. Thanks to all of you in the medical field who read Embrace the Grace.
This picture is also part of the reason I haven’t been writing. Our family has been experiencing an unusual amount of medical issues. (Of course, when your “family” is comprised of eight adults -one of which is pregnant- and nine little people, some ER and doctor visits are to be expected, I guess.) But in six months we’ve had three surgeries, two biopsies, multiple MRI’s and CAT scans and another surgery on the horizon. That really is a lot for a family that’s typically healthy.
Today I want to focus on the importance of ONE.
Many of you may feel like I have lately, a bit overwhelmed by life. Pretty sure I have nothing of value to offer anyone else at this moment. Thinking my contribution isn’t being missed by anyone and that it’s so much easier to move to the back of the room and sit silently.
But all it took for me to shake my head and re-engage was one email from one friend saying, “Those thoughts are not true. I miss you!”
Are you supposed to be the ONE in the life of your friend today?
May I encourage you, don’t keep sitting silently in the back of the room. Shake yourself. Send that email; write that card; make that call. Someone needs your ONE word of encouragement and you don’t even know how badly they need it.
Be the ONE in the life of another. I can promise that every seed of encouragement you sow into the heart of someone else, will eventually bloom and come back to supply you when you need it most.
The wisest man who ever lived (Solomon) put it this way, "The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed." Proverbs 11:25 NLT
Thanks, Becky. You’re ONE refreshing friend!