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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

when the rubber hits the road

do i really have what it takes?
if real life came and whooped me up the side of the head like it did a friend of mine about two weeks ago… would i have what it takes to live what i say i believe?
if real life came and gave me a horrible diagnosis with an abysmal survival rate… do i have what it takes?
if real life came and delivered me into a situation where my husband was declared brain dead and what would i like to do now… do i have what it takes?
both of these situations have happened to friends of mine in the last week.
for one of my friends… life was going along just fine. mom of two college boys. one about to graduate. husband has a triple cerebral aneurysm. he is brain dead in a matter of hours. happened like a train wreck.
or the woman with two preadolescent kids with a fresh diagnosis of lung cancer. yeah, the woman who never smoked a day in her life… screwed. royally.
do i have what it takes to live my faith out loud like these brave, faith-filled women?
for now… i do.
and if i'm called upon by the holy spirit… i'll certainly try.
but these women? and these kids? the ones who stay in college despite losing their dad in mid semester… they are filppin heroes…
i love you all…

i invite you to encourage people around you who are pressing on through the most difficult of circumstances. i invite you to spread the story of sara jane and her ridiculous diagnosis. she is living her faith out loud… and it's a beautiful song… i wish she didn't have to sing it.
visit her. surround her with love… and spread her story. she is worthy… because she points all to the cross. god bless and keep you, Sara Jane!


  1. I don't think any of us has what it takes until God gives us the grace for the situation. I've seen this in people's lives, when they just throw themselves wholly upon God's mercy. And He is there to comfort them and hold them up and bring them through, to accomplish His purpose. God bless those families who deal with such pain and heartache suddenly thrust upon them.

  2. I don't know what to say. This hit me hard. I pray I have what I would need but I don't want to face any of it yet life doesn't come with a guarantee. Well it does come with the guarantee of Eternity in Heaven and I am thankful for that.Each day I read these extremely sad stories. Makes me want to crawl in a hole and take my whole family with me. But hiding won't change things. Without God we have nothing. Horrific things happen to wonderful people. I am so sorry what has happened to your friends. I will keep them all in my prayers and I am heading over to visit with Sara Jane. ((HUGS))

  3. I hope that I never have to experience either one of those. When we had to make the decision to take my brother off life support, it was the worst time in my life and I pray that God does not take my husband that way...I don't think that I have what it takes.

  4. Thank you for spreading my story and for the uplifting comments you leave for me on my blog. You have no idea how much it means to me. xoxoxo


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