Letter of Encouragement: Thank You- I think

20 Apr

I store up the encouragement from around us. There are days that require more encouragement than others. It helps the be reminded that this journey is purposeful not only for my growth but for the lives around us too. I asked from the beginning that God would give us purpose and allow our story to bring Him glory, which ought to be our soul purpose in life if we love and serve Him. It’s easy to get mixed up, busy and distracted but ultimately we want our lives/stories to point to Him. This letter from a dear friend spurs me forward in a season that seems quite uncertain. Thank you.

Friend,
I want to thank you…I think…I mean, I want to thank you for being you, for sharing your life and this burden. Can I thank you, while also wishing It wasn’t happening? Can I thank you genuinely and then ask you to get better and say “I wish this hadn’t happened, but thank you for helping to make me a better friend, mother, wife…person?. Thank you, I think…AND Get better now…I’ve had enough personal growth and development for now … :0

I read this today, and immediately thought of you…
Phil 1:3-7 Net Bible
“ I thank my God every time I remember you. I always pray with joy in my every prayer for all of you because of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am sure of this very thing, that the one who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. For it is right for me to think this about you because I have you in my heart…”

I think of you…and I think of how you know this is not about you…but about HIM. I think of how so many people around the country are impacted by this story…not your story but His story in you! You have shared it, you have given Him glory…and reflect the work he is doing. I feel selfish in saying I have grown so much and am forever changed by your story. His work is not done, and He never gives up on our continued improvement…

I know this event called “cancer” is the biggest “hurdle” you’ve come to…You’ve stored up, you’ve prayed up, and when this hit, you dug down deep. It’s your journey. So many of us journeying alongside of you are doing the same, so much so, that your journey with Him has become part of our journey with Him. Is that crazy? The “impact zone” is so large and so deep? I am thankful for your courage, and your example, and your humility in this fact, you know, your journey is not yours alone. It has poured over Adam and You girls, your family, friends, clients, friends of friends, strangers even…all who have you in their hearts. It is His work in them, being weaved around their hearts, He will perfect it.

I know your prayer is that your story brings people to know Him, to have Him in their Hearts. And no doubt girl, that’s happening. And it is no small thing that the community of believers around you, has been grown and stretched in ways they might not ever have imagined b/c of this journey. I feel immensely conflicted in my desire to thank Him…and you. How do I thank him for stirring in my heart, for waking me up…and at the same time wish this hadn’t happened this way? “ Is there another route to growth God?” “Can we take a gentle one, something easier, not scary, less tears…?”

But I am encouraged, He has begun a work in you, in all of us, and won’t give up on seeing it through. So I thank Him…I think…I love you, and miss you already!

Jessica

9 Responses to “Letter of Encouragement: Thank You- I think”

  1. Jill April 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    What a beautiful written letter. She wrote so many of the thoughts I have felt in my heart as you’ve walked this journey. Keep on pressing forward. I pray that He continues to bless you and your family as you have blessed and strengthened ours!

  2. Cristina April 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Can I say ‘ditto!’ We love you. Continuing to think and pray for you everyday!

  3. Lee Ann April 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Last summer while going through tragedy a friend gave me a book, I am still working through it but one thing Elisabeth Elliott spoke of in it was the desire to return to ordinary monotonous days… your sharing has made me pray not only for you and your family but also for a satisfied grateful heart in ordinary days. Letting go of guilt because I am not very fond of play either, but I have enjoyed many other wondrous things with my children. Praying for kindness and gentleness when I have to answer another question and say no one more time, as well as looking for ways to say yes even when I am tired. We have a bit of an opposite story. Although Tanner and Paige are born just days a part. We thought for 8 and half years we would have no children. Our miracle first came Jan. 1 2002. Are second surprise came April 12 , 2005. I started motherhood at 31 and God promised to settle the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Kind of funny since due to difficult circumstances I wasn’t always happy and often homeless at that time. I thank you for sharing your life with many and reminding me to let the joy of the Lord be my strength!!

  4. Beckie April 21, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Alli, I agree 100% and THANK YOU my dear friend!

  5. Shelly Vaughn April 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Your friend, Jessica, put into words (beautifully) what so many of us are thinking. We’re thankful for our own growth, but wishing it could be happening in a different way. I see your girls’ smiles and want you to be seeing them, too (not just on the computer). I know you will soon. Your love for God and your family is so apparent in every muddy step you have walked on this path. I just pray the path gets easier soon.

  6. Jodi Tucker April 21, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    Wow! Praying for you for the long haul….sometimes words escape me and I just sit in silence before Him and lift your name up.

  7. Allison April 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    I love this letter. It is so true, Allie. Your testimony and the voice you use to share your journey.. is simply humbling. You are a beautiful soul and like a rippling effect, you will continue to touch lives just by your faithful service regardless of circumstance. Jesus loves you and is whispering, ‘Well Done.” xo

  8. Tracey April 26, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    I think many of us share these sentiments. Thank you for this beautifully-written letter! XO

  9. k April 28, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    All I can do is praise God for the work He is doing through you in your generation. I truly believe that your generation will lead the way into a revival that will be as awesome as our Creator!
    Your beauty is radiant!
    lvu

Leave a Reply