Tuesday, February 24, 2009
A family member made a life altering decision recently. I am in awe of the strength it took to do so. I am so proud of her. It is quite possibly the hardest decision she will ever have to make, and she did it with grace and dignity. I talked with her shortly after wards to offer support and encouragement and she was telling me that she was surprised at how she felt. She thought she was going to be a mess, but she really was doing much better than she had thought. She is a planner, and for the first time in her life, she had no plan. Everything she had thought was going to be happening in her life was now up for grabs. The direction her life was taking had all of a sudden taken a huge change. She said she was really ok. It was so reassuring to hear her say that. I told her that she needed to remember that Jesus lives inside of each of us, and when we feel that sense of peace it is because it is coming from Him. I am just blown away by the maturity and faith that is being exhibited. I don't know that I would have been able to do the same thing at her age. She was so concerned that she was setting a good example for my girls- she didn't want to disappoint me or them. I let her know that I was nothing but proud of her and that she is amazing example for my girls. She made a difficult decision- and one that most definitely goes against the tide of society- but she stayed true to herself, she stayed true to her faith, and she stayed true to what she believed to be the best decision in the long run. I believe God gave her the strength to do what was right, even though it was very very difficult. I am so proud of her for doing it, and for relying on His strength to get her through. She is an amazing young woman, and I am honored to be in her family.