Community Is Like Family

Oh my goodness! My summer has flown by but I can’t explain how excited I am to share this story with you!  FORTY days ago our world was rocked upside down. One of our closest friends (and best newest employee) was involved in a terrible accident. That day was an absolute nightmare and such a blur. We were fortunate to be with his wife and other close friends that day. This story isn’t to share his story (that’s coming soon in another way) it is to share with all of you how God was there through it all and how I saw his work through his miracle.  One answered prayer from that day was that God could give me strength to be strong for his wife, and he did! One of my very best friends just looked at me like she was saying I know, but instantly I felt peace and was able to be strong when I thought I was weak! 

Community is like no other around our small town and I have been so blessed to get to see it through two good friends’ struggles.  Our other good friend’s son is going through chemo treatments and we have been also fortunate to walk through their struggles with them too. Honestly, their family has been so strong and it has been an honor to see them come out of the struggles with hope.  I have ZERO doubt that God’s hand has been in it all. I would be lying if I hadn’t had doubts over these past few months, but I am so thankful now that our journey has been put on pause to let God use us to pour into these families. I honestly felt that was the first sign that is why we needed a break after this all started. I truly believe that God knew I couldn’t handle that too on top of this! I would be lying if I didn’t feel overwhelmed, but man our Community has blown it out of the water! The support that both of these families have received is amazing! I can’t thank every single person who helped in some form! I know God is using these people to make his work known.  The past months I have literally sat crying looking back at God’s goodness in just a few days of struggles. God’s Hand has been at the front line in both of our friends’ stories and I felt every single blessing.  Honestly, there were many many long nights and some without our necessities, but God taught me that none of that matters without friends and family. Man am I glad I have these friends who are like family!  You see growing up I never had a sister and that was always my wish, but now I know God gave me sisters in many other forms and I AM SO GLAD he did!  Another win is that God showed us how to appreciate the ones that are there through it all and boy did he!  If you know me I am not much of a hugger and boy do I love hugs now! I waited all week for one of the best hugs ever! AND…another non-hugger Clint allowed people to hug him!   Man…a tragic event like these brought many of us friends and family closer and I am so thankful that I have them as members of our community!  God has allowed me to let my guard down and show others my feelings and my heart in more ways than one. 

I pray that he shows you his Goodness in your life!

Proverbs 17:17

A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.

Who is your friend that was there to help you through your time of need.

P.S. Don’t forget to tell them how much you love them and truly do it! AND..If you don’t have someone like this RUN and find a friend who drops everything to just come spend time with you to make sure your okay during the hard days!

Much Much Love,

Camile

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