When my sister-in-law and I were back in West Virginia, we decided to visit some of the places around my home when I was a child. The first place was a little red brick church that we attended. It is now (as you can tell by the sign) a whole different church but at the time, I had some fond memories made in that sweet little red brick church. It was there every Sunday that I went with my family to worship, and it was there that things that I was taught at home were emphasized.
The reason I showed this photo to you tonight was because I think it is vital to have FAITH in your life. I am grateful to have been taught as a child that I had a Heavenly Father who loved me and a Savior Jesus Christ who through His sacrifice, made it possible for all of us to be resurrected and lived again after this life with our family and friends. Knowing that even as a child, made a huge difference on the choices that I made...ones that I believe literally saved my life. Having a Faith and a Hope, is vital in surviving this life and all the trials that come with it.
In the last 3 weeks we have had 3 friends of ours, diagnosed with Cancer. It has been hard to hear the news to watch the fear in their eyes and the sadness that it has brought with it. I am glad though as I have talked to them, to hear that they have great faith, even though it seems to be tested lately. That is what is going to hold them through this. Just like my faith was strengthened in this little red brick church and my home, it is important I believe... to teach our kids at a young age, so they will have what they need to not only survive but thrive in life!
I know that I have put this poem on my blog on more than one occasion but I think it is important to remember what Cancer Cannot do, that is empowering when you not only read it but believe it!
My prayers go out to my dear friends and their families. May we all never take a moment, a day, a smile, a hug or a loved one for granted. Life is too precious to do so. So with that, I would like to tell each of you how much you mean to me in my life! I hope you know that! Thanks for all the love and support you have shown me and my family. It has made a huge difference in our lives! Good night dear friends!
Cancer is so limited....
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.
"That is eternal life! It fulfills the deepest longings of the human soul---the natural yearning for endless association with beloved members of one's family" ~ Russell M. Nelson
"True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost."- Charles Caleb Colton