I published the post on my parenting revelation, that is found below, and was ready to share some other cool things happening within our home and then BAM Joanne had her stroke. The morning was 1-11-11. If you are friends with me on facebook or follow me on twitter then you know that Joanne has consumed my every thought and request for prayer. I still can't believe what that sweet woman has endured, what her husband has endured, what her precious girls have endured. It just tears our hearts to pieces doesn't it?
Our friend, Holly, put up a post on her blog and I cannot get it out of my mind. These were Holly's words on what kind of friend Joanne is. If you are like me, I tried to find myself in these sentences. I was unsuccessful for the most part. Joanne is teaching me SO MUCH about life. See what you think. Are you in there?
This is the kind of friend who sends flowers, when she's praying for me.
This is the kind of friend, who invites me over for lunch and then gives ME a gift basket.
This is the kind of friend, who shares deep truths she is learning from God's Word.
This is the kind of friend, who tarries with me in conversation, never making me feel like I am TOO MUCH or NOT ENOUGH. She accepts me, as I am.
This is the kind of friend, who thinks I am special and lets me know in 100 ways.
This is the kind of friend, who loves to read as much as I do! She also loves Jesus, her family, home and Bible study--and makes me want to be fully committed and growing better in all of that.
This is the kind of friend, who prays with me.
This is the kind of friend, who rooms with me---even though I sometimes snore.
This is the kind of friend, who teaches me new thing, like knitting.
This is the kind of friend, who will take time away from her very busy schedule homeschooling, being a student in seminary, wife, mother and a host of other things and spend it with me--without a hurry or care. Just unrushed time, as friends.
This is the kind of friend, who will spend the day with me at a French flea market.
This is the kind of friend, who will take her mother's knitted project that didn't quite turn out, take it apart and restitch it--giving it as a gift to her mom this past Christmas. I told her, she is just like Jesus-making all things new. How beautiful.
Isn't this just beautiful?? I read these with no conviction whatsoever because I know Joanne's heart. I read this with more of a challenge. I read this wanting to be more like Joanne.
Take some time and swallow these and see where Joanne is in your life.
There is so much to say about what Jo is teaching me, but for now.....I just know I want to be more like her!
And we all shout HALLELUJAH! for what He is doing in her life right now. In all of our lives!