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Calm before the storm

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Through the years, It has been my joy to write words that have captured the essence of hope in suffering. That have encouraged countless people to boldly face their seasons of struggle.


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We are in Orlando this week! And it’s been raining since we left.I love the rain, but can’t help to think this is the start of my storm. The days prior to this, I heard thunder and saw dark clouds, but now it’s beginning to rain in my life.

It’s as calm as if I had never heard of the word “cancer” over my life. As if my life was the same prior to last Wednesday. Kids are sleeping and hubby has one hand on the wheel, the other grasping mine.
It’s quiet and peaceful.

Thank you, Jesus.

Finally arriving in Orlando! We are having so much fun.
It’s so different how I am with my family now.

With my boys, I yell less. Things that were so big before aren’t that big of a deal anymore. I’m beginning to see the importance of time well spent. I’m beginning to see how easily so many things used to distract me from my tinys.

Hugs and kisses were always given, but now my hugs are a little longer and snuggles happen a little more often.

I’m really learning to take the time to worship and praise God and to enjoy the moments I used to take for granted. I stare at my boys a little longer. I stop and really listen to them a little better.

I even play differently with them. My perspective is so different, and I’m so thankful for that.

When it comes to my husband, I think to myself: he didn’t choose this path. He didn’t choose his wife to have cancer. He didn’t choose for his life to stop instantly and make a complete 180! He didn’t choose to go through this pain and struggle.

Yet, I have a husband that reminds me daily of his vows to me: to have and to hold, in sickness and in health. He is amazing. He is strong and courageous. He is loving. He is kind. He is funny.

He is the perfect example of what it truly means to love your wife as Christ loves the church. He loves me at my worst. He loves me even with knowing what’s to come. He loves me and our love will never fail.

In this time away, we have created so many memories! It’s truly been so calm.
I am brought to believe that I don’t have to wait until the storm comes – or in this case, passes – to have Peace. The true meaning of peace comes by knowing the presence of God THROUGH the storm.
What awaits me when I come back is scary, but I am called to get in the boat.

And it is my choice to trust in the Captain.

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