Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hope sits...

In a basket on my kitchen table, is my box of hope. Or my "encouragement stash" as "The Nester," put it in her piece, "Everyday Encouragement," over at (in)courage.  But unlike some stashes, mine has accumulated in a mere 3 months, since the time I was first diagnosed with breast cancer.  And the basket is filled to overflowing thanks to the outpouring of love I continue to receive.   I lay eyes on it every day.  In fact I am constantly rummaging through it and re-reading.  Love-filled, hope- inducing, comfort giving words, that are balm for my soul fill me back up when the burden is starting to weigh in on me.

Running out to the mailbox has become a cherished time of day, and I am rarely disappointed.  The cards of encouragement come from all over and each day I relish and savor ripping into a new envelope, a new message, a new hope-filled moment.  My cup, um, "basket" continues to overflow and I couldn't be more blessed by it.



7 comments:

  1. Love flutters all around you like a butterfly :) Jillian would like this line! Butterflies are her favorite.

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  2. You make my day every time I read your uplifting posts, Vicky.

    (BOOK in the works?) :-)

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  3. what gifts of encouragement you give and receive ...

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  4. Vicky, I'm with Karen. You are a bright light and I'm so happy to know you. I was tickled to see my little hope cross in the mix! Glad it has brought you some amount of comfort in the low times. You are awesome Vicky! Keep setting your eyes on the One who loves you to infinity! :)

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  5. Such a blessing to be encouraged :)

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  6. How wonderful to receive encouraging messages. Those cards and letters must just make you smile.

    I think about you everyday Vicky.

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  7. I suspect you will carry that basket of inspiration and love with you the rest of your life, Vicky! I still have mine. I get it out once in a while, usually at a time when I am complacent and self-centered. I know we are to move on with our lives. But there is something about "reviewing" the places and things that God has brought us through and those who were used to encourage us and who prayed for us and lifted us up. I always come away from that box strengthened again, and renewed, and more sure that He has a future and a plan for my life. Somehow, God knew we would need encouragers in our lives. How glad I am that He is not stingy with that but rather sends them in an over abundance. Love you and am always praying for you!

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