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Camille

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I had lunch with a friend yesterday. We met not too long ago, and yet she’s become a valuable encourager and friend to me though we don’t see each other often and haven’t known each other long. But this friend, she’s super special. We aren’t the same age or at the same place in life, but I’d say we’re birds of a feather.

I feel incredibly blessed to have met and gotten to know her. As usual, during our lunch she encouraged me by reminding me that for everything there is a season, and right now, my season is full of busy busy busy.  I wish there was more time for me to write about women of the Bible, and I will…one day.  When I told her that wish, she reminded me that there was plenty on my plate right now, to not feel guilty, and that after this season of busyness and moving, there will come a time when things will settle down and allow me to get back to writing.

Why do I tell you this? Because it’s so important to be a friend, to encourage, to lift each other up, and pray for each other. Women have a tendency to feel guilt easily along with feeling the need to do it all, all the time.  And when we can’t, in creeps guilt.  So, remind one another that God gives us different seasons to teach us different things and that it’s ok.

My friend reminded me that it’s ok to let go of things during the busy seasons, they’ll be there later. I needed that reminder yesterday.  My life has going at a breakneck pace and I can’t catch my breath, and sometimes a gentle reminder of “it’s ok” is just what is needed.

So to my sweet friend, I thank you for the reminder. I so value our friendship and pray that one day, we get to have another of our Red Robin lunches.

Maybe you know someone in the midst of a busy season, trying to do it all…trust me, it’s a relief to hear, “it’s ok.” Please, encourage them…TODAY!

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Together We Can Run

A friend reminded me of this verse last week after my root canal drama, and it so encouraged my heart, I wanted to share it with all of you with the hope that it encourages you, too!

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10)

I’m so thankful to all who have encouraged me this summer during one of my busiest seasons yet (and it’s still going strong!)  I believe there are times when we all need extra encouragement and I’m very grateful for the friends and family who gave me just that!  Selling a house, a root canal, a long t-ball season, beginning homeschool, plus the regular activities of a household with 3 boys made for an interesting and busy summer.  But looking back, I know that my strength was in the Lord and there is absolutely no way I could come this far without leaning on my Savior. I also realize how important it is to surround oneself with the kind of friends who lift you up in prayer, lend a listening ear, and encourage you every chance they get.  Friends are a wonderful gift from the Lord.  And so I’ll leave you with the words of Rebecca St. James’ “I’ll Carry You” to explain, and a BIG FAT THANK YOU for being my friend!

“I know that look in your eyes
I see the pain behind your smile
Please don’t hold it all inside
Together we can run
To the finish line
And when you are tired
I’ll carry you

I can’t walk this road without you
You cannot go it alone
We were never meant to make it on our own
When the load becomes heavy
And your feet too tired to walk
I will carry you and we’ll be carried on

Share your burden now
I will listen
And when I’m weak
Will you hold me to the truth
That we can go on, for we are carried
Three strands of chord
Cannot be easily torn…

I can’t walk this road without you
You cannot go it alone
We were never meant to make it on our own
When the load becomes heavy
And your feet too tired to walk
I will carry you and we’ll be carried on

God will carry us

Before I say one more word
Hear me say I love You
My love comes from a heart that overflows
With love Who fills me
Comforts me
Comforts you,
With arms stretched out He said,
“I’ll carry you”

I can’t walk this road without you
You cannot go it alone
We were never meant to make it on our own
When the load becomes heavy
And your feet too tired to walk
I will carry you and we’ll be carried on”