Sunday, November 23, 2008

Hey There...

I tried to come up with a more appealing title. "Hey There" was all I could come up with. Maybe because I'm so out of practice blogging......but dang, time has just flown by and I've been busy and my mind has been preoccupied, but I really have missed writing and reading in this bloggy world. It's one of those things where each day, I intend to blog and get caught up on others' blogs, but then all of a sudden it's 9:00 pm and time for beddy bye. It's hard to know where I should begin.

My mom is doing ok. Not much has changed. She has lung cancer. Stage 4. That stinks.

But, her spirits have been good. She began chemo this week. God love her, she is amazing.

I'm really excited about this upcoming week. My sister and her family are coming here for Thanksgiving, my dad will be here, my husband's family will be here, and my mom and her husband will be here too. It's the first time that my mom and dad will be present at a holiday gathering together in over 27 years. Wow. I'm so thankful for that. They are at a place where they get along and can look back with love and understanding.

Last Friday, I spoke at a Christmas event for First Baptist Church, Matthews, NC. I was SO NERVOUS!!! The reason I was nervous was because of who was there. 2 of the women on the Proverbs 31 Speaker Team were there. That made me nervous, although it shouldn't have. It was Wendy Pope and Tracie Miles....both so sweet....but I was still nervous to speak in front of them because they are both such great speakers. Also, my mom was there to hear me for the very first time. She has never heard me speak before. I just wanted to make her proud. But I also wanted her to feel like she was greatly responsible for me delivering the message being presented. Because she was. Also in the audience were 3 women I went to high school with. I wasn't expecting that! It's so much easier talking to strangers than friends! But, God was with me and what could go wrong? Nothing. It was a beautiful night.

Well, it's late and I need to go to bed. Good night. I pray that you are filled with peace, love, joy, and blessings.

Much Love,


Joyful said...

Oh Melissa my friend...SOOOO good to hear from you! Praying for you, your Mom and your family - all your names daily in my prayer journal.

Boy, do I know what you mean about speaking before family, friends and strangers! A week Tuesday I am speaking at a Christmas event AT MY CHURCH! YIKES!!! I've been so uptight about that - but trusting the Lord.

Love ya my friend. Sending HUGS!!!! Praying for your Thanksgiving event with family - ENJOY!!!!

Love & prayers,
PS. Still waiting on that crazy magazine! Oh how I'm going to enjoy it when it arrives!

Anonymous said...

Hey There!
I was getting ready to email you to tell you I was praying for you and your family, I was a bit concerned since you had not posted lately. But decided to see if you by chance posted yesterday first and there you were!
My mom and dad and stepparents do the holidays all together just about every year and it is such a blessing for us girls and the grandchildren.
I am certain you did an amazing job speaking no matter who was listening. What was your topic?
We are going to do a Gather & Grow group at The Gate! Robin my sister is going to lead that. Want to have you back again.
Please know you and your family will remain in my prayers. I hope that you all have a thanksgiving full of God's grace & mercy. Sweet Blessings,

Shari Braendel said...

Hey Melissa, just popped over to wish you a happy turkey day! I pray you have a wonderful one! And look AMAZING the cover of the P31 mag! And your story was very inspiring...I'm sure it will help many. I hope to see you soon, maybe a christmas party for all of us?! love ya, shari

Amy L Brooke said...

Glad to hear from you. I was beginning to think I was going to have to plaster blogland with a missing person report. Missed you.

I do hope this is a great holiday for you and your family.

Cheri Bunch said...

Good to hear from you, Melissa! I have been thinking about you!
It sounds like your Thanksgiving will be very special. That is awesome!
I understand how intimidation works! Whew! It has plumb ripped me off sometimes! I am glad that your evening was awesome. I have only one regret about it. I didn't get to be there. I would love to be at an event when you are speaking. I am going to add that to my list of desires. (Psalm 37:4)
Be blessed with many happy days!

Love to you!

Chef Diane said...

So good to hear from you and see you blogging. I was glad to hear you were able to speak with your mom there. I know for me it is easier to speak to strangers than friends, because friends hold me more accountable.
I will continue to lift your and your mom in prayer.
Love ya,