WEEK 2 – DANCING AMID DISASTER
WEEK 3 – BEAUTY IN THE BROKENNESS
Oh my gosh, y’all – check this out! IT’S MY MOM! Please, please give an enormously warm welcome to Nancy!
My mom is retired and lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She loves reading, photography, nutrition & health, and walking every day out in God’s creation. (After all, she lives in the prettiest place in America. Who can blame her?) She isn’t on Facebook and doesn’t blog (yet……?), but has always been gifted in the written word. As I was praying about this series, I just knew it was God’s leading when she flew back and forth across my mind. It’s such an honor that she said YES; what a treat for me to have her inhabit this place this week. Take it away, Mom!
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He wooed and graced me with His love and Presence
He watched and molded and shaped my growth
He stood by protecting when I looked in wrong places
He showed me the truth, the way to go
He generously, patiently watered my seeking, not letting despair and discouragement drown me
He triumphed with me in all my victories, tempering the losses with His eternal love
He gave me Beauty for ashes; identity in Him; faith for tomorrow, because He lives
He still leads me besides still waters; is the lifter up of my head; nothing can ever separate me from Him
He continually cleanses me, washing me in His Blood
He is my All in All; His name is Love
– Nancy Hope
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Additional Resources: Looking for some tools to help? Check these out!
1. Overcoming Obstacles of Cerebral Palsy Focus on the Family Broadcast. Okay, I know the title doesn’t sound like this would be fitting for many, but TRUST ME when I tell you this is some of the best Focus on the Family broadcasting I’ve ever heard. It’s the story of a mom whose son was born with cerebral palsy and how they chose to find the beautiful in the chaos. He went on to finish college and become a doctor, and I promise you, it’s the most empowering and uplifting thing you’ll ever listen to.
2. Questions to Ask on Your Dream Day. Sometimes we find beauty in life when we pause and BE and allow ourselves to ask questions of God and ourselves. This is a beautiful post about giving yourself permission to dream and what to ask.
Watercolor hearts photo ©iStock.com/beastfromeast (modified by Elevate Ideas)
Way to go Nancy! Loved it!
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Oh my! Well, no wonder Monica has a gift for words, obviously she got them from you! What a beautiful rendering of our God and His great love for us!