Thursday, December 8, 2011

Just stop and love one another.

"The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." -Matthew 7:25

"I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul."
- Psalm 31:7

I am a passionate opinionated person and sometimes that gets the best of me.

Case in point: This very day.

I have been reeling over yet another stupid mommy parenting debate. It doesn't matter where the drama is, but the point is that I have let it consume me.You can say what you want, but when people who are supposed to be friends write, comment or tweet about parenting choices in a condescending manner, it is just stupid. It only causes unnecessary drama and pain.

I am not pointing fingers because I wrote a comment this go round in the debate. I still stand by what I said, but the point in all of this crap that is bogging all of us down is that I promise you that there are much more important battles we need to be fighting. (Note: I also am not defending anyone in this post either.)

Tonight I found out that my sister's best friend's little sister was taken from this world to be with Jesus at six years old from cancer.

You know what struck me about Stephanie (the best friend of my sister) through this entire battle? Her faithfulness to God that He was in control.

I am absolutely broken hearted for Stephanie because I cannot imagine losing Loren and Jessi or even Will.

The lesson from this sad and devastating blow to this wonderful and sweet family?

It doesn't matter what you did in this world, whether you're a lawyer, doctor, stay at home mom, Southerner, Northerner, conservative, liberal, or even the POTUS. The Bible says that we are but a vapor. 

I say this from the bottom of my heart, so please hear me clearly.

What does matter is that we LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

That is it.

It really is that simple.

This Christmas, Jesus is working more and more on me to appreciate just how limited our time is.

Love y'all.

Hold onto your family just a little tighter tonight because we are NOT guaranteed tomorrow.

Happy Christmas



Brittany Ann said...

First of all, the loss of a child? For me, I can't even think about it without breaking down. What a horrible thing to experience, and my heart breaks for the family.

I could not agree more, that in the grand scheme of things - it is about loving one another, despite our differences and opinions and all that. If Ella gets nothing else from my rearing, it's that she needs to approach every person with love as her first intention.

That being said, I feel you are being too hard on yourself in light of the debate last night. I do not like the idea of you holding onto guilt during crucial study time for you. It is not a big deal, even for those of us at the root of it. Underneath the initial reactions we all had, most of us have been able to discuss this via email like adults. I don't think most of us are losing sleep over it. And just because you're personally close to some parties involved does not mean you need to worry over your stance, sweet girl. Your opinion is valid and welcome. But stress and anxiety is the last thing I would want for you right now.

Lil' Woman said...

Bless that young girls heart, hopefully she is in Jesus' embrace as we speak. I will keep her family and friends in my prayers.

As far as the mommy debate, I'm a little out of the loop as I am still catching up on blogs but I do want to mention all the negativity I've seen around the blogs and Twitter lately.

It's distracting and a little hurtful what some of these girls say and even though none are talking to me directly, the condescending tone and attitude is off putting. It's sad but it has really made me reevaluate blogging or atleast some of the people I interact with.

P.S. Love you and Britt.....muaaahhhh!!

Susannah said...

Agreed on all points. I'm so sorry about your friend and their family. That is heartbreaking. Sending lots of love!

brown eyed girl said...

Oh sweets - I am so, so sorry. Praying & sending you lots of love

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