If I have learned anything in my short life….it is that things are going to happen. And, sometimes….the “things” are something small…like a bad day…and sometimes, it is heartwrenching–the kind of struggle that my words are likely to fall short when describing.
And, so this brings me to my beautiful friend, Manda. She is precious and kind, gentle…and, also fierce…2 weeks ago, her doctors diagnosed her with Cancer for the 3rd time. She is an incredible mama to her sweet babies (ages 5 and 1).
If you knew her, you would love her.
Anyhow, I met Manda through these beautiful ladies.
And, listen–these are 13 women who have each other’s backs (one isn’t pictured–she had pneumonia when we took these pics). We love each other, we pray for each other, we cry for each other, we lovingly point each other to Him….I am so thankful for each and everyone of them!
So, after Manda’s diagnosis, she and I made plans for a family session…before her treatment was to begin. And, we did just that. Don’t you want to kiss both of her babies on the cheek? They are so sweet!
Secretly, though, our 11 dearest friends met us as we finished up with her family session so we could SURPRISE her and snap this picture.
I am so thankful for the photographer (Emily) who came out and took this picture for us and encouraged us to do a few others as well. We showed our big muscles, we prayed over her, and we laughed SO hard!
What was meant to bless only Manda…blessed us all…..because that it how awesome our God is. I stand amazed by how he uses these circumstances to further our joy in Him.
Even so, Manda faces a battle. And, Cancer means crazy medical bills, extra costs, and more. Please consider donating to her family here. All proceeds go directly to her family and their needs.
I encourage you to consider donating any amount that you can. You won’t regret helping her sweet family through this heartache! Also, if you’d like to stay updated on her progress and prayer needs, you can like her page here. 🙂
Yesterday in church, we sang this old hymn. And, I’m not a singer…..but you put an old hymn on, throw in an organ for good measure…..and I get all evangelical…I start raisin my arms up high, and SANGIN’
There is so much truth wrapped up in that chorus. I pray them over our precious Manda daily….that she might have peace, that her doctors might have wisdom, that he would use His miraculous healing hand to cure the cancer, and that it is all well with her soul.
Happy Monday, friends!! Thank you for your help! N