Monday, September 20, 2021

Name Changes

Hello Happy Monday!

Please bear with e as we go back to the blog name of Footsteps of Grace!

It was the original name I chose years ago and every time I go to write that is what comes out first! So this morning I felt led to go back to that very name. After all, I absolutely know with ou a doubt I walk in those very steps daily!

I am very sorry for any confusion! I will also be updating my social media outlets to match so please know you are at the right place with the correct name!

As always I pray that you too walk with me this week in the footsteps of grace our heavenly Daddy made possible for all of us! Love you mostess!

                              Prayerfully Yours,
                                   ~Shellie~

Thursday, September 16, 2021

A Cord Of Three

 There is truly something about this time of the year.

It is the ending of summer and the new beginnings of fall. We begin to yearn for cooler weather the beauty of the different colors of leaves!

Time spent around fire pits and listening to giggles and chatter. 

While we pull out our sweaters and sweatshirts and say goodbye to swimsuits and shorts.

We prepare for shorter days and longer nights.

I think the past two years have taught us to appreciate things much differently.

How to slow down and enjoy the smell of homemade bread. It has the smell of home... I love when it comes fresh from the oven and you spread butter and strawberry preserves on it. Oh my goodness just the thought makes my mouth water.

It's the way a blanket feels while you're snuggled up reading a book or watching a show, snuggled up on the couch. 

While you're wearing your favorite leggings and oversized shirt, your favorite socks!

The way your home smells of apples and cinnamon. As we see the soft glow of warmers or candles flicker in our homes.

The warm cup of pumpkin spice everything! We count days down to enjoying again.

This time of the year makes me want to slow down and create memories. To take in the sounds and smells all around me.

To take pictures in my mind as we make memories and less on my cell phone,

The past six years have taught me to slow down and rest. To enjoy the sweetest and the smallest joys in this life.

However, the pandemic has made sure that we prioritize the things we love most. To not take for granted the gift of time. Or those who make a difference in our world.

 Something about this time of the year makes me nostalgic.

As my husband and my youngest daughter were spending time together this afternoon. We were discussing how her children will never know the world she grew up in if things continue the way they are now, I couldn't help but feel a little sad. Because in every generation there are always things passed on and left behind.

I feel that we have lost the art of making sure we pass on things that really count. We live in such a virtual world, we almost don't know how to have friendships and relationships past our screens.

However, there has to be an art to this time of our lives as well! Where we embrace the screen and use it to our advantage to grow! Especially in true relationships.

I have been recently studying for the girls club we host and I teach, and we plan to begin Zoom meetings with the girls in hope of teaching the importance of friendship. Teach them also how to continually grow in a life of faith in Jesus. I love that no matter what lesson I am working on or studying. God teaches it to me first. 

my scripture for them was from Ecclesiastes 4:12.

I truly love how the msg version says it!

By yourself, you're unprotected.

With a friend, we can face the worst.

Can you round up a third?

A three-stranded cord isn't easily snapped.

God's Word makes it clear we need friends! He didn't make us be alone. He actually tells us groups of three are stronger.

I know what some of you will argue, He is teaching us that He should be the third strand. Yes, you are very correct, He should always be at the center of all of our friendships. I went on a little further and dug into how he would like for us to grow those strong relationships.

It was by spending time together. Eating together, and sharing our world with one another! These same relationships should be built inside our places of worship as well! We are not meant to set with just my family and with for my church relationships to grow past that,

As a pastor's wife, I can tell you it won't work that way.

Our growth as people, families, communities, and our world. Will continue to become more and more withdrawn if we don't find a way to use our screens for more than YouTube and tic toc.

As I studied to teach the girls how things were certainly different in 1840 even more so today. The pandemic has made it very uncomfortable for getting together in-person tea parties for girls like me.

Not just me though, all of us. We have to find ways to stay connected and make memories, and not put people we love in danger of getting sick.

I can see your eye roll now and your thoughts going to this girl lives into much fear. Nope, not at all, I use the good common sense my Daddy gave me. I chose to vaccinate for those I love. My Mom is immune-compromised, my grandbabies are not old enough to be vaccinated yet, also for those who work on the front lines. Oh yeah, After all, that is someone's child, parent, or spouse. I would not want to risk giving them a germ that would take them away from those who love them. It has been made very clear covid would kill me! Each doctor reminds us at each appointment we have.

So I need to make choices that are safe for me and my family.

The Bible said relationships grew because people went from house to house, and they broke bread with one another!

So how can we do this safely even for people like me who are on lockdown because of a very fragile immune system?

Let's put these things that take up so much of our time to good use. Have a virtual tea party. Fix a meal and ask a friend to do the same and have a dinner date. Cook together, share recipes that you bake at your own homes! Have someone put together a cooking class! If it's safe for you to be in the company of other's go on a picnic, have a movie date chose the movie get your favorite snacks, and facetime your bestie as you watch it together. I know what you all are thinking. You have done lost your mind. I hope not, because the Washington Post shared an article this morning, 1 in 500 people have died of covid. I hope that 2022 offers the hope of being able to get past the spread of this virus. We can come together as we once did. Until that time comes, and we face more and more spread.

Let's embrace the change that is not only in the air but in our world. Teach your kids it's okay to have that facetime with her bestie, play dolls with each other! Find a book they can even read together and inspire their imagination! It's okay to host a group tea party and dress up in your living room by yourself, just as you would have for a group of 10. Remember, the face of the church is also changing during this time! The Bible said they met from house to house! We can still have those same things we have always loved! Maybe just in a much different way than we are used to.

Still, in a powerful way that draws you together and makes us family! Because when we come together in groups we are so much stronger than one and even more so than two, we are the strongest with 3 or more!

There is strength in numbers. How can you create a new tradition or host something fun to help those around you feel safe and included?

I can tell you now that there are more people like me in this world who are like me. Who is not supposed to be out in the world right now? Who would love to feel included in something fun!

If you have a small group, you feel safe coming together with making a rotation of fun things you can host for adults and kids alike! Kids often are not sure what to do with all of these feelings that have come with such a crazy time!

Make a fun autumn bucket list, plan to make some fun fall snacks, maybe share them with a neighbor or a church shut-in!

The days ahead may be ever-changing and sometimes feel very unpredictable!

Still, there is such beauty around and so many memories just waiting to be made!

Let's come together and make this a fall to remember! Come back here and share with me what you did to make memories! Or how you brought a group together and came closer to Jesus and each other!

No matter where this leads us! I hope you have a beautiful cup of tea, talk with our Daddy to increase your faith, Always walk in the footsteps of Grace.

Prayerfully Yours Always,

~Shellie~

 



 






Sunday, August 29, 2021

A Little Bit of Kindness


Hi guys! I hope you're having a wonderful day! 

I really enjoyed all the interactions with you last week!

It allowed me to get to know each of you a little better!

I really want to share my heart with you. So go grab yourself a good cup of coffee, tea, or whatever you like.

Let's pretend we are all hanging out and having girl time!!!

Last Thursday I went for my weekly blood work at the local hospital. I have been doing this for a while now. To the point, they know who I am before I even register. 

I am not sure the place you want to go that everyone knows your name is the hospital, just saying!
We had waited longer that day than we had in the past for a blood draw.

When we finally got called back, and we decide which arm is going to be our friend. I always small talk with the nurses as they are drawing my blood. When I asked her how she was, she told me she was tired. Her feet hurt and she and all the others were so overwhelmed. Someone had walked off after doing a urine sample and left without waiting to have 9 tubes of blood drawn. She looked at me dead in my eyes and told me she hoped she wasn't wrong. She was glad she needed a break. I smiled and told her I was so very sorry she was having such a hard day. I would be praying for her and the other staff members working,

That's when she truly broke my heart. She looked at me and said honey, please do! She said I am so tired of seeing people die! Not only that, but she has seen more body bags. Than living patients on the floors. Each day was worse than the day before. She shared with me every night when she got home, she cried. She was so tired of seeing death.

When Jody and I got in the car. We really were burdened for the staff. Could you imagine that being what you saw? Each and every day, how burdened you would feel for the families!

  My heart was incredibly heavy.

So when I went to bed that night, I made a point to talk to my Daddy about the hospital staff. 

I have to admit, I prayed a little harder for the respiratory therapist who works so closely with patients. Respiratory therapists work with those struggling to breathe. My oldest is actually on a travel assignment right now at a hospital.

I knew what my nurse was referring to!

My daughter confirmed each night, when she calls me on her way home, each day is worse than the day before.

Our medical staff all around our country needs to be lifted up in prayer daily!  No matter what your thoughts are about Covid. 

They are truly on the front lines each and every day. A recent life event had me thinking even more. Is there something I might, can do to lift spirits and let them know they are seen they are heard and prayed for. 

I think I have decided when I go this week I am going to bake a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies and take them with a card of appreciation. 

When I was in the hospital last year, I saw my nurses go all day long without eating lunch!  I may even make a fruit basket to take as well. Our world is in such turmoil. I am not sure if we will ever truly be the same again. My heart hurts for our country and those in Afghanistan. It's like someone shook a snow globe and everything is topsy-turvy. My heart hurts for my grandbabies. I want them to grow up in a safe ad healthy world.

What can we do to make an impact on those around us who serve? I'm not talking about just our hospital staff. It could be our mail person, a grocery store clerk, someone who serves in our churches, a friend, or even a neighbor.

Check on your friends and make sure they are holding up through all of this! Let them know you are there for them!

How can we impact those around us that feel as if they are drowning! 

Acts of kindness and serving are some of the best medicine there is.

Jesus once said that whatever we do to the least of our neighbors, we do to Him! So, ladies, let's be those hands and feet. 

We don't have to do gigantic things to show we care. Or even be in a leadership role. We just have to be willing....

After all, we are called to be servants for Jesus in our own ways. 

So let me challenge you if I may? Find some way this week to lift their spirits. With an act of kindness. Not to be seen, but to serve! After all, when we serve others, we are serving Jesus!

Spend some time with me this week, pray and ask Jesus who would you like me to show kindness to this week?




After all, we are called to serve. What a beautiful world it would be if all would serve one another. 

I can not thank you enough for spending some time with me today! I know your time is precious! Not only that, but I don't take it for granted! I am honored you chose to share some with me!

As always, I pray we find ourselves walking in the footsteps of grace!

In acts of kindness to those who are around us!

Until next time!

Prayerfully Yours,

 ~Shellie~







Friday, August 20, 2021

Let's Sparkle Not Stress

Is it just me or does everything in the world around us feel chaotic and out of control?

Things that we never thought we would experience. Have become a part of our new normal. It has made it hard to focus lately!

Does anyone else feel that way?

Stress can creep in absolutely wreak havoc on our lives in a blink of an eye.

It can begin without notice but before we know it. It has crept in and exploded!

It can cause something we would normally love to become something we now dread and hate!

It has a tendency to affect our moods our attitude and not for the better either! 

I have spent quite a bit praying about this. Because honestly, I don't want to live life on the edge. It's not good for our health or our loved ones who often fall victim to the aftermath.

As I prayed about it I was reminded that stress is not a new tool of our enemy! It's actually a pretty old trick he likes to throw our way a lot! He used it in Bible times and well he certainly loves using it today. Prayer is the absolute best way to conquer stress for sure. 

After all, it is never a bad time to talk to our heavenly Daddy! He loves it when we do! 

My favorite book in the Bible is Psalm. If you have read it you absolutely know, it's filled with stressors! Poor David especially talks about them. However, David continually shows us ways to deal with the stress. By giving things to our heavenly Daddy and praising his way through! 

Who wouldn't rather sparkle than stress?  I know I sure would!

Still, there are some other ways we can conquer stress. It can help make life run smoother and more enjoyable! 

I would like to share a few that I have found to be lifesavers for sure!


Make a list of five things you need to accomplish for your day! Make sure you write your top three tasks first! 

Those tasks should be the ones you take on first, so if the last two have to wait for it. It does not cause a meltdown at the end of the day.

Affecting your mood or send you into the all too familiar panic mode! 


If you don't already, this may be a good opportunity to purchase a good planner. Make sure your planner has plenty of writing space.

Here is mine for this year! Jody found it for me at Walmart! It's been great! I use it to write my own thoughts about my morning scripture and my task for the day! 



I am super excited about the one I will be putting together for next year!

Hobby Lobby was having an awesome sale on Happy Planners! I snagged a great deal on a Mickey and Minnie planner. I added a home extension set to it to help out with some things for the home! 

I also added a Minnie extension to it that had a folder of extra stickers and some super cute sticky notes.






I have found this helps me stay focused on what needs my attention on that day! I also was really bad to forget certain things and have two or three really important things overlapping. That is never good...

Another thing I have found that helps especially since I chopped all my hair off. If I can get dressed for the day. Before I leave my room it makes a huge difference. Otherwise, I might as well stay in my p.j's all day! 

If you're like me and your home all the time. Setting an alarm to get up at a certain time helps out
a lot! Otherwise, I may as well kiss the majority of my day gone!

Then I m super frustrated which turns into stress, Which here lately can lead to tears! 

There is no need for that if it can be prevented.

Another stress reliever for me is a meal plan! I become very frustrated when a spontaneous grocery store trip happens. Because it seems what I need is not bought at all and I have a bunch of random stuff I can't even use!

My sweet hubby does our shopping and one thing he dislikes is multiple trips to the grocery store! Bless his heart though he will go even if he would rather not have to!

We recently have cleaned our diets up a lot! Fresh organics often need to be purchased the day of. So sometimes it can not be helped. I have found weekly meal plans help a ton! 



I have found too If I have writing I want to do! The very best thing I can do is turn the sounds off on my phone so that I can focus! 

Some people can write and text watch tv and it does not affect them at all! Me on the other hand that is not the case at all!

As the evening comes maybe diffuse essential oils in your family room to bring about a relaxing environment. Pinterest has a ton of oil combinations to help you find what works best for your family! Just remember not all oils are safe for our fur babies.

One last tip and it happens to be my very favorite! 

Try drinking a relaxing cup of tea in the evenings! There are several options you can try! That has the calming ability to relieve stress and bring sleep!

I will be posting an article on my Faith and Tea Cups Facebook and Instagram account that will give you wonderful information on teas and their benefits. If you haven't already come on by and join us there for more stress tips next week and a fun giveaway!

Well as evening is creeping upon me. It is time to wrap things up here so I can spend some one on one time with my love!

I can not thank you enough for stopping by and spending a part of your day with me! Time is precious and I am honored you chose to share some with me!

As always I hope we all find ourselves walking in footsteps of grace and not stress!

✨Because sparkling is way more fun!✨

Until next time Prayerfully Yours,

~Shellie~


 


Monday, August 16, 2021

Why The Name Change




Change is never easy! Even when it was a decision that is for the very best. I started a facebook page called Faith and Tea Cups. I am so 

excited about this new journey! 

What I thought was the plan for this Facebook page, well God's plans are much bigger than mine! So starting this week my blog and Facebook page are going to be doing some really fun changes! 

So don't be surprised or taken back when you notice the blog name change! 

I am super excited about the things my Daddy wants to do with this ministry!

That's not been the only changes in my life! I actually have been working on some lifestyle changes as well.

I have started to do things I love! Making sure I make time to incorporate it into my day.

Like having tea, not just a cup of tea. Enjoying getting out my tea pots  setting up one of my trayes with a different tea cups and cream and sugar bowls each week has been a lot of fun and and tradition I am truly enjoying! Over the past few years I totally realized that life is to short to have all these beautiful things that you never use but set and look at! 

These things will not be going with me when, I die!  

So I want to take the time to enjoy each and every piece I have and then some! I also want to embrace the calling on my life to enjoy tea with you guys and devotions! Even future projects together! I want to grow a sisterhood and community that comes from all walks of life who know that we are here for one another and we are here to listen and pray for each other! So that's where the name change come in!  

 I want us to share coffee and tea with me! I want to share God's Word with you! Heck I want us to show up and share life with each other and have fun!

I can't wait to see you here and on facebook! I promise each please you decide to spend time with me at will not be disappointing! If you have anything fun you would like to get see us do please feel free to reach out to me and let me know!

So I hope you come along and subscribe! Join in and be apart of it all or just some of it! The important thing here is be apart of a growing community that inspires us to be better Jesus girls, Moms, daughters, friends, and role models!  

So I can't wait to see how we grow and encourage one another 

as we all continue to walk in His Footsteps of Grace!

As I introduce our new name! 

Faith and Tea Cups

Thank you for stopping by and spending some of your day with me!

I am praying for you and your family always!
Prayerfully Yours, 

~Shellie~

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Take Time To Celebrate

 

Celebrating everyday miracles may sound a little odd!Yet after the week I have had I believe it is necessary!

I am guilty of taking things for granted over the years....

I don't want would be that girl ever again! I want to be engaged and plugged into the life around me! The smiles on my sweet families faces, the sound of their voice and giggles, being tucked in by Jody every night, Spending time with my kids and my sweet grandboys! The sound of my Mom and Poppi's voices! The phone call from you bestie or the text, the new friends I have made and love talking too! Sweet snuggles with my reborn baby. This list could go on forever! 

It's so easy to get discouraged when life throws another lemon! Sometimes we don't feel like making lemonade. Sometimes we just want to suck on it and be a sour puss. 

I don't want to be the source puss waiting for the next negative thing to come along, Instead I want to make lemonade and find the beauty in what I have.The Bible teaches us to do this very thing actually in 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Having a chronic illness like lupus can be hard. You never know what is going to strike next. However if I will focus not the everyday miracles of not being confined to a wheelchair or I can breathe even if I need oxygen, I can still walk and bathe myself. 

I have came along ways and these everyday miracles should be celebrated!

So how should we celebrate?

Maybe you reached a goal you set for yourself and there is a dresses or shirt you have been eyeballing. If you can treat yourself to it! What if you are like me and can't even can't go anywhere! You still should get and wear it ! Don't wait till the time you can go out to look cute ! Actually I just learned for girls like me it is good for me to get up and get out of your pajamas, to fix my hair, and wear makeup even! Because it gives your mind a whole new feeling and way of conceiving the day! Don't mean your feeling good at all! It means your willing to still take care of you! 

You can celebrate maybe by inviting a friend over for coffee or tea!

Sometimes just being able to have special time with a friend is such a uplifting feeling! Those moments are so important to relish in sharing those things God has done for  you! Sharing your victories and celebrating with someone you love is not only an amazing way to share God's goodness but also way for your friend to share with you too!

Surprise the love of your life with their favorite meal and down time just with them! Watching something they would like! Because celebrating that special person in your life is so important to thank them for cheering you on!If your king is like mine you have a keeper for sure! Because that part of our wedding vows that said for in sickness and health! He is by my side for both! Encouraging me! Holding my hand and reminding me he is there for me! 
I want to celebrate that everyday! 
Maybe you want to celebrate someone you have noticed may need to feel special! Like my girls for example! I sometimes feel like they have carried me through some very hard times and they had to carry the what ifs! Maybe plan a Mom and Daughter day! I can't be out and about but I still know their favorite snack and I know their  favorite movies! Maybe surprise them with a gift certificate to their favorite coffee shop!Maybe plan some time with just them! 
Or maybe bake some cookies and get a pretty card to go with them and ask your hubby to deliver them for you! Write a letter or send a card in the mail. All these little things turn into big celebrations!

Make each day a day that you make memories! Don't wait till you feel better or something is different. Celebrate the day you celebrate by beginning to be thankful and grateful for the day that days before you! Because it can all change in a blink of a eye! 

For example if your hair is falling out! Cut it off in a cut pixie cut and see what happens! There are tons of cute hats and hair raps!

Don't let that be the thing that keeps you from celebrating instead let it be the thing that helps you to celebrate the beauty of the good around you!

 Celebrate the bad days as well! They don't last forever! Yet these down days help to grow us and teach us to slow down and let God do the healing He will do. Take this time to treat you to a new book or watch a movie you haven't taken time to watch, plan something special for the feel better days to come!

No matter if it's a celebration day or a take care of you day! I pray each day allows me to walk in Footsteps of Grace!

Thank you for stopping by and sharing apart of your day with me! Time is precious I know! I am praying each of you have a beautiful week and celebrate something new each day! 

Prayerfully Yours ~Shellie~ 

Friday, June 25, 2021

In Waiting Once Agajn


 

I am so sorry for my absence! June has totally flown by and almost gone! It seems so hard to believe we are already half way through 2021.

Time has a way of reminding us how fast things truly are passing by.

Often times when find ourselves in the waiting room.

Time kind feels like it is standing still!

I feel like that is where I am! In the waiting room again and time is standing still as I await more answers.

Unable to sleep but yet feel like a sloth on benadryl who  got stuck on a never ending treadmill.

In the reality of it, time is still passing by even if I feel it stopped!



After we went on vacation to Williamsburg, we were home about a good week and I went into a nasty lupus flare.

I was feeling some better I was enjoying the freedom of being able to get out some! I had some visitors which was a dream come true! Almost a year of not being able to see people was hard. Even though it was necessary, it was really hard. Memorial Day weekend I started to feel like something was off. I just couldn't put my finger on it.

I began running super high fevers and spent several days in the bed because I felt to bad to even get up and move around. The following Tuesday I called and made a doctor's appointment.

Something was off and I didn't feel well at all I wasn't even sure how to explain how I felt. I just felt really bad.

I really do have an amazing team of doctors I work with. Because they all will tell you, I do not do anything like the textbook says and I can look like a picture of health and be almost sepsis!

This visit was kinda like that  I looked pretty good in appearance. We were just pretty sure I was in a bad lupus flare. Nothing a good ole large dose of steroids can't fix with a whole lot of talking to Jesus! 

Before we left his office he asked could he draw some blood work!  I was like sure! I really don't expect anything out the norm for me! My c.m.v viral load has been negative since March. so I felt for sure things were looking good. That my inflammatory markers were probably active.

Nope it just refused to be that easy! 

I found myself faced with the answers and thrown into waiting.

My white blood count was dangerously low. The medicine I took for the cmv was the source of the problem. There was no easy fix except stop the medicine and pray the body responds and begins making them again.

New blood draws every week because without the medicine the cmv can return and make me very very sick again... We are going to stop right here though and thank Jesus that's not going to be a worry! We are gonna praise Him in the hallway! 

As we are praising Jesus because we know He has this no matter what! I have to return to quarantine my new found freedoms had been taken away again. My heart shattered when I realized I was not going to return to in house church services! I have missed being with our church family.As I wrestled with some of this in my head trying to figure it out and remind myself this only temporary .

My mind went back to the story in the Bible about the women with the issue of blood, Her story was mentioned in 3 of the gospels Matthew, Mark, and Luke. To me that makes might heart believe that there is a hidden gem in her story God did not want His children to miss! 

So I had to revisit the account, was there something I had missed?

This poor woman had bled non stop with her period for 12 years. During a woman's monthly cycle she was considered unclean. She couldn't go to the temple to worship, Anything she sat on or laid on was considered unclean. You could not physically touch her either. For yourself would be considered unclean. She spent all of her savings on doctors trying to find a cure. No matter how many times she went or how much money she spent. The answer remained the same. Made worse by their attempts but nothing stopped the blood!Nothing went unchanged and she was this way for 12 years! Can you imagine how lonely she must have felt? How the female issue she had made her feel!?!

I can almost imagine the perfect scene in my head when she heard Jesus was coming to town and she absolutely had to find a way to touch him! Because she knew He was her only hope! Her faith was in Jesus and she knew if anyone could make her whole again it would be Him. You know she had to be kinda sneaky about how she went about this because all the town's people had to have known of her affliction!

There was no way they were going to just let her approach Jesus.They could easily turn on her if they even realized as she sneakingly pushed her way through the crowd. When she got just close enough to reach out and touch the hem of His garment. She felt the healing surge through her body! I truly believe she  probably didn't even look the same when she was healed! You have to imagine how anemic she had to be. Imagine she was like me chronically fatigued. I almost bet she was hunched over from all the pain she had suffered for 12 long years.

In waiting! Waiting for answers healing. She just wanted to be apart of the life she seen around her.

For the very one she believed if she would just touch the 

Hem of His Garment !

She believed that's all it would take!

That one touch would bring healing and she could be apart of the world around her again.

So she made her way through the crowd and touched Jesus in the only place she thought would be safe! The hem of His garment! 

Jesus immediately felt the power go out from Him. This was different from the bumping of people up against Him as they followed Him and the crowd grew. He knew this touch was a touch of faith. When He asked she didn't hesitate to tell Him it was her! She told Jesus why she touched the hem of His garment!

He told her faith made her whole! 

She had been in waiting! Her faith never waivered all through the years she held out hope!



I have found myself waiting again.... Trying to understand His plan and not mine. I watch life around me go on unaffected. That's not completely true because of the illness I am affected.

I am waiting for healing as I am aware without the touch from heaven the answer will be no! I can't give up on hope that He may very well reach down from heaven and take every part of these illnesses away!

But I refuse to allow myself to have a pitti party or to stop Praising Jesus even in the midst of the storm.

Because waiting can also cause you to find your purpose, you can find your true joy, and it can help you to not take those simple moments like going to Walmart for granted!

It's easy to focus on the loss when we are in waiting because waiting can often lead to discontentment. Don't let that be what fills your heart while waiting. A life filled with joy and Thanksgiving will be so much more full filling than a bitter and angry heart.

He hasn't forgotten me I know! I trust Him even if the answer is no. He has a purpose and a plan! Last November when I was in the hospital. One of my nurses told me often our pain is not for us but for someone else. 
I am not sure why I am here again. He knows though. I trust Him with every ounce I have in me!
I have learned that there can be purpose even if you have a chronic illness.
He can use right where we are. All we have to do is have faith knowing His silence isn't  always no. It may be the teacher is giving His student a test of faith.
Never think He is just not healing or answering because He is a tyrant. Because my heavenly Daddy is gentle and loving even we has had to discipline me.He has always did it with great love and grace.
So if your like me and you are in waiting! Share with me what your in waiting for so I pray for you! It would be my pleasure to lift you up as I wait and praise Him in the hallway for all I am believing in Him for what I need!
Sometimes life can be a little scary! When your white blood count is dangerously low, your bone marrow is presenting borderline abnormal, your cmv levels are on the rise.
While we wait I want to humbly walk in the Footsteps of Grace
like my heavenly Daddy has taught me to walk in.
I hope you will join me as we thank and praise Him in the hallway I will meet you there!




 

 

 

Name Changes

Hello Happy Monday! Please bear with e as we go back to the blog name of Footsteps of Grace! It was the original name I chose years ago and ...